The Companions are our Example
“And keep yourself steadfast [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect.” (Qur’an, 18:28)
This is a command to the Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam) to remain steadfast with those righteous servants of God (i.e. the companions). We are in more need of following this advice, especially in times of deception and chaos. The companions are the role models in understanding the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and practising the religion. Their Sunnah is the Sunnah, and everyone after them is secondary to them.
Therefore, whenever seeking to understand a verse or a Hadith correctly, see how the companions looked at it, and surely therein is the guidance. May Allah be pleased with them. One thing that made Imam Ahmad stand out is his exceptional knowledge of the fiqh and tafsir of the companions. No wonder he became a leader for those who came after him.