What stranger, you ask?
Well, hopefully me…and you.
Confused? Let me explain.
The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) stated that Islam would be something strange again:
It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Islam initiated as something strange, and it would revert to its (old position) of being strange, so good tidings for the stranger.” [Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 270]
It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) observed: “Verily Islam started as something strange and it would again revert (to its old position) of being strange just as it started, and it would recede between the two mosques just as the serpent crawls back into its hole.” [Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth No. 271]
What do these two ahadeeth mean? And what are the characteristics of these “strangers”?