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The Pollution of 'Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah'

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    The Pollution of 'Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah'

    Assalaamu ‘alaikum waraHmatullaah,

    A term introduced many centuries ago; a term used to describe those upon the correct creed; a term to distinguish between the people of Sunnah and those upon bid’ah (innovation) -Ahlus-sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah - a statement that has today become as polluted as the River Ganjees and as corrupt as our politicians!

    Over a millennium ago when newly invented matters (innovation) into the Deen were becoming more prevalent and attracting the ignorant in masses, the early scholars of Islaam introduced the phrase ‘Ahlus-sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah’ (the people of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah) as a means of classifying the correct creed. This terminology was a reflection from the famous ahadeeth whereby the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) identified the 1 saved sect, from the 73, that would avoid the punishment of the Hell Fire - the one upon the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah (the companions and those who follow them in righteousness).

    By categorising the good from the evil did not mean an introduction of any kind of group, but merely a description in order to distinguish the people upon Islaam with those deviating from it.

    During an era when grave worshipping and other forms of shirk had become widespread, in later years this witnessed the rise of famous scholars condemning such practices and inviting the people back to the Oneness of Allaah. Islaam needed to be reinforced in the hearts of the people by addressing the sinful actions that could easily take them beyond the boundaries of the Religion. With this, the definition ‘Ahlus-sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah’ was reintroduced to the scene with the same objectives as when it had been initiated. The most renowned Scholar who spent a lifetime establishing the correct understanding amongst the people was Ibn Taymiyyah (raheemahuAllaah). For this very reason he was known as ‘Shaikh al-Islaam’, the Scholar of Islaam. He strongly refuted the false claims and practices that had polluted the faith of those who claimed to be upon the Deen of Allaah but were introducing unIslaamic principals to the public. And by the Will of Allaah, he brought many people back to Islaam. This task of re-educating the Muslims was also carried out later on by the Scholar Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahaab (raheemahuAllaah) who literally fought against the evils of shirk and grave worshipping.

    Today, such practices that existed in the Middle Ages have once again become apparent amongst Muslim societies, which is the very reason why those engaged in similar acts of shirk, refer to those trying to correct them, as ‘Wahaabis’. Such a label does not exist in Islaam and is a derogatory term introduced by some to offend and outcast others. However, for those who attempt to adhere to the Qur’aan and Sunnah this does not insult as long as they are truly trying to follow Islaam … and Allaah Knows Best. Several even display a hatred for Shaikh al-Islaam ibn Taymiyyah because he was in the very core of refuting and falsifying such deviant beliefs and practices.

    However, there now lies a danger that because the endorsed truth is as lucid as the stars in a cloudless night and the expression ‘Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah’ (as defined by the righteous scholars) is clearly established, most deviated groups and organisations are also claiming to be Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah as a means to avoid confrontation toward their kufr beliefs. But let it be a reminder, claiming to be ‘Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah’ (or more importantly a Muslim) is not a saviour in itself but only remains a definition as it were in the earlier years. It is not terminology or ‘groups’ that will take us to Paradise and save us from the Hell fire, but it is our ‘amaal (sincere intentions backed up by actions) which will determine our final abode. This is a common mistake made by many Muslims who closely attach themselves to chosen rhetoric, that they completely forget or even neglect the example of the Prophet - salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam - and the lessons to heed from the Qur’aan. They are shouting out to organisations with much decorum, but in the process neglecting the methodology of calling out to Islaam. Many associate themselves with Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah but in reality are far from the Sunnah and some have even over stepped the folds of Islaam while pertaining to their evil ways. They are more engrossed in calling others names while trying to cling onto a label which in truth does not even represent their false desires but rather rejects them out right.

    Every soul shall taste death, and we shall not be asked which group did we belong to when we are buried six feet under. We will only be asked three questions in our grave: Who is your Lord? What is your Deen? Who was the man who came to you?

    And it does not matter whether you know the answers today or will revise for them tomorrow, because if you did not live Islaam, no matter how intellectual you are in life, the answers will not come to you at death.

    So if the definition is Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, but the actions are not manifest upon the ‘aqeedah (beliefs) of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, then how can the description be Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah? This is not possible, as actions (backed up by intentions) speak louder than words.

    ... and Allaah Knows Best.

    Indeed, all praise is due to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds.


    "No leaf falls except that He knows of it, and no rain drop forms except that He has willed it."

    Great words indeed. Good post bro.
    and Jazakomollah Khiar.


      Assalamo Alaikum!

      Very appropriate post, brother, Jazak Allah. A sister has posted a message on the term 'wahabi' which is also on the same lines as this.

      When Muslims are being misguided to prefer bidah and shirk, the people with vested interests are calling the ahle-sunnah-wal-jama'a names in the derogatory sense.

      Unfortunately, the disease has become so wide-spread that you say something according to Quran and Sunnah and you are bound to get an immediate response that you are a 'wahabi'.

      I have started taking it as a complement as 'Wahab' is one of the attributes of Allah. To be a follower of that attribute or the renowned scholars yoou have named is a privelege. Plus, I would rather be derogated against in this world than be questioned for not guiding people out of bidah and shirk.


      Rabbeshrah lee sadree; wa yassirlee amree; yafqahoo qaulee.