Except for the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, all other groups are people of Hell (Part 1)


Madina MunawwarahConcept of Unity in Islam

Unity is one of the strongest values of Islam, proven by both the Holy Quran and the teaching of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. However, there are some who don’t understand this concept and say in their ignorance that all people who read the Kalima are part of the Muslim Ummah and are brothers in Islam. How can this be?

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Stay away from those astray from the deen and keep them away lest they put you in fitna and make you astray as well.” — Muslim, Vol. 1, Pg. 10; Mishkaat, Vol. 1, Pg. 20

Didn’t Musailma Kazzab read the Kalima but also claim to be a prophet after our beloved master, Muhammad Mustapha صلى الله عليه وسلم ? Didn’t Ghulam Ahmed Qadiyani (another reciter of the Kalima) say the same a few years back? Is he our Mu’min brother too? Shias profess the Kalima but say that the Quran is incomplete. Do we embrace them with open arms as believers? When the answer to these questions is “No, they are not Muslims”, why is reciting the Kalima made to be the criteria of unity? Mere lip-service of the Kalima doesn’t suffice for unity. Rather, having faith and conviction on all the dimensions of Tauheed (the Oneness of Allah Almighty) and Risaalat (Prophethood of the Beloved Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم) is its foundation.

In the end, to accept a belief of infidelity (kufr) as infidelity and a belief of Imaan as Imaan is compulsory in Islam. Those who recite the Kalima and perform namaaz punctually, etc. yet hold beliefs contrary to the established Islamic faith are not our Muslim brothers. Unity with such people is absolutely prohibited. This is not something formulated by an ordinary Maulana, but is the instruction of the Holy Prophet Muhammed صلى الله عليه وسل himself.

Have we forgotten what our Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said to us: “The Bani Israel was split into 72 sects. My Ummah will be split into 73. All of them are in Jahannam except one.” When the Sahaaba asked him who the correct group was, he answered, “Those who are on my path (Ahle-Sunnah) and the path of my Sahaaba (wal-Jamaat).” – Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Pg. 89; Mishkaat, Vol. 1, Pg. 30; Sharah Fiq‘he-Akbar, Pg. 5

Did the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم mention unity and brotherhood in the above? Does it exist with sects on their way to Jahannam? Definitely not. So those who say that we are all one should take heed of the teaching of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم himself. Unity exists between Mu’mins of correct beliefs, not with those who have un-Islamic ones. No matter how much you try to avoid sectarianism, you cannot escape it. This is because when Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم foretold that there would be sects in Islam, its occurring is inevitable.

Mere Kalima recitation is not enough to be a part of Muslim Ummah and as brothers in Islam. The following is the background for the revelation of Surah Nisa, Verse 60:

There was a man named Bishr who professed the Kalima but was truly a Hypocrite, A case had arisen between him and a Jewish man. To solve it, the Jew said that they should go to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, while Bishr said that they should go to another Jew named Ka’ab ibn Ashraf. This suggestion of his was rejected by the Jewish man, who wished only for the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم to decide their case. Thus (after some time), Bishr reluctantly decided to go to our Beloved Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

After Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم justly ruled in favour of the Jewish man, Bishr left his company and rejected his decision. He forced the Jew to go with him to Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu to again decide their case. When they did, the Jewish man told Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu that they had already gone to the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and he decided in his favour, but the Prophet’s صلى الله عليه وسلم decision was not accepted by this “Muslim”, Bishr. Thus, they were now before him to decide their case. Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu asked Bishr if this was what had truly happened. When Bishr confirmed it, the Khalifa told them to wait for him. He entered his home and emerged with a sword. Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu then slew the head of Bishr and said, “This is what I decree for the person who doesn’t accept the decision of Allah azza wajal and His Rasool صلى الله عليه وسلم .” — Tafseer Bagawi, Vol. 1, Pg. 355; Tafseer Khaazin, Vol. 1, Pg. 394; Tafseer Kabeer, Vol. 4, Pg. 120

So was Hadrat Umer radi Allahu anhu insane? Didn’t he know that Bishr used to read the Kalima? Can you unjustly kill a Muslim brother? No, dear readers. Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu was in all senses and he knew that Bishr recited the Kalima, but disobedience and disregard for the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and anything associated to him (e.g. his decree) nullifies your recitation of the Kalima. Did Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu unjustly kill a Muslim brother? No!

The incident doesn’t stop there. After this, Hadrat Jibrael Alaih Salaam descended and said, “Verily Umar radi Allahu anhu has differentiated between truth (Haqq) and falsehood (Baatil).” It is for this reason that Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu was given the title of Al-Farooq’ (The One who Differentiates). — Tafseer Bagawi, Vol. 1, Pg. 355; Tafseer Khaazin, Vol. 1, Pg. 394; Tafseer Kabeer, Vol. 4, Pg. 120

Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu killed Bishr who rejected the decision of Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. If Hadrat Umar radi Allahu anhu did something wrong, he would have been censored, not honoured. From this, amongst many other proofs, we know that targeting those with false beliefs and agendas is an admirable act.

Now you decide what about those who recite Kalima and dis-respect the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

[Surah Hujurat 49: Verse 2] : O People who Believe! Do not raise your voices higher than the voice of the Prophet, nor speak to him loudly the way you shout to one another, lest your deeds go to waste whilst you are unaware. (Faith will go waste due to the slightest disrespect towards the Holy Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him. To honour him is part of faith. To disrespect him is blasphemy.)

[Surah Tauba : Verse 24] : Say, “If your fathers, and your sons, and your brothers, and your wives, and your tribe, and your acquired wealth, and the trade in which you fear a loss, and the houses of your liking – if all these are dearer to you than Allah and His Noble Messenger and fighting in His way, then wait until Allah brings about His command; and Allah does not guide the sinful.”

A person who does not love and respect the exalted Nabī SallAllahu Alaihi wa Aalihi wa saHbihi wa Baaraka wa Sallam, even though that person worships all his life, his worship is fruitless and rejected.

[Surah Mujadilah 58:22] : You will not find the people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, befriending those who oppose Allah and His Noble Messenger, even if they are their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their tribesmen; it is these upon whose hearts Allah has ingrained faith, and has aided them with a Spirit from Himself; and He will admit them into Gardens beneath which rivers flow, abiding in them forever; Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him; this is Allah’s group; pay heed! Indeed it is Allah’s group who are the successful.

It is obligatory upon Muslims to not lend an ear to such misguided people and misguiders who recite Kalima but have un-Islamic beliefs and who dis-respect the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“Stay away from those astray from the deen and keep them away lest they put you in fitna and make you astray as well.” — Muslim, Vol. 1, Pg. 10; Mishkaat, Vol. 1, Pg. 20

The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

“The Bani Israel was split into 72 sects. My Ummah will be split into 73. All of them are in Jahannam except one.” When the Sahaaba asked him who the correct group was, he answered, “Those who are on my path (Ahle-Sunnah) and the path of my Sahaaba (wal-Jamaat).” – Tirmidhi, Vol. 2, Pg. 89; Mishkaat, Vol. 1, Pg. 30; Sharah Fiq‘he-Akbar, Pg. 5

No matter how much you try to avoid sectarianism, you cannot escape it. This is because when Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم foretold that there would be sects in Islam, its occurring is inevitable.

SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbihi Wa Baraka Wa Karam

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