The Remembered and the Forgotten

Imām Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

The People of the Sunnah die, and mention of them [still] lives on [while] the People of Al-Bidʿah¹ die, and mention of them dies. [That’s] because the People of the Sunnah brought to life what the Messenger ﷺ came with, [by practicing it and calling to it], so for them is a portion of His saying:

وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ

And I have raised high for you the mention of you [in this life and the Hereafter]. (Al-Sharḥ, 4)

The People of Al-Bidʿah, [meanwhile], hated what the Messenger ﷺ came with, so for them is a portion of His saying:

إِنَّ شَانِئَكَ هُوَ الْأَبْتَرُ

Indeed, the one who hates you [and that which] you have come with, he’s the one who is cut off [from being mentioned and remembered after his death]. (Al-Kawthar, 3)

So beware, beware, man, of hating anything of that which the Messenger ﷺ came with or rejecting it […].

¹anything invented in the religion that Allāh never legislated (tr.)

Majmūʿ Al-Fatāwá, vol. 16, p. 528.