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The questioner says: May Allaah treat you well; what is the path that will lead me to Paradise, from amongst these methodologies, paths, and parties within the Islamic world?
The way out from that is to cling to the Book of Allaah with the correct understanding and to the Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ. He who does not have knowledge of that then let him go to the people of knowledge, ask them and benefit from them so that he may traverse upon the path of truth in the life of action (i.e. this worldly life), upon clear insight; in order that me may come to Allaah with the best provision.
Is there any advice to these groups?
The reality of Al-Islaam is not affirmed except with one Jamaa’ah; those who unites upon acknowledgement of the Truth, acting upon it, and calling to it. The Truth is that which has come within the Book of Allaah and the authentic Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ; likewise, that which the scholars who traverse upon the methodology of the Salaf propagate. For the Prophet ﷺ, when he mentioned the Hadeeth of Al-Iftiraaq (i.e. splitting of the Ummah) said:
“This Ummah will be divided into 73 groups; 72 in the Fire and one in Paradise.”
They (i.e. the companions) said: “Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah?” He ﷺ said:
What is intended by the Jamaa’ah is those who unite upon the truth; knowing it, acting upon it in all of their affairs, and calling the people to it; and holding fast to it until their Lord sends to them the certainty (i.e. death). He said on another occasion:
“The saved sect is the one upon the likes of which I and my companions are upon today.”
So he who is upon the guidance of the Book of Allaah and the authentic Sunnah of Allaah’s Messenger ﷺ then he is from the Jamaa’ah; even if he is only one individual, then he is the Jamaa’ah. All the praise is for Allaah; Allaah’s Messenger gave us glad tidings with his statement:
“There will not cease to be a group from my Ummah, victorious upon the truth. They will not be harmed by those who forsake them, nor by those who oppose them until the command of Allaah comes and whilst they are in that state.”
They are the Jamaa’ah. Cling to the Book and the Sunnah with the correct understanding. That which is other than that from the groups which oppose the beliefs and the methodology of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, whether the opposition is a complete opposition or a partial opposition, each of them has deviated from the truth; whether that is a total deviation, like the people of Shirk and Kufr, or it is a deviation which is less than that, such as he who has fallen into innovation from the people of Al-Islaam and has brought harm upon himself and has harmed others. Such as the callers to the partisan groups in their various types from this group or that group. And this is not befitting for those whom Allaah the Mighty and Majestic has honored by (guiding them to) the Straight Path; the Magnificent Book and the Pure Sunnah. And Allaah knows best.
Shaykh Zayd Al-Madkhalee (hafithahuAllah)
Translation By: Raha ibn Donald Batts
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