Hadeeth 2- Distinctness
from ibn 'umar (radiyallaahu 'anhumaa) who said that allah's messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa'sallam) said:
i have been sent before the hour so that allaah alone should be worshipped without any partner for him, and my provision has been placed beneath the shade of my spear, and subservience and humiliation have been placed upon those who disobey my orders, and whoever imitates a people then he is one of them.
the muslim has a distinct personality with it's own special nature and particular outlook and manner. it is distinct in its appearance, its nature, its creed ('aqeedah), its orientation and direction faced in prayer, and in all its affairs.
by being distinct as muslims we preserve our islaam and our call in a clear and pure form, free from any adulteration and mistakes.
9.reported by ahmad (no. 5114) and others with hasan (good) isnaad (chain of narration). i have spoken about it in more detail in my footnotes to al-hikamul jadeerah bil idhaa'ah (pg. 1-3) of ibn rajab