Opinions of the Salf-e-Saliheen (our great pious predecessors) on Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah
Hadrat Sayyiduna Shaykh Abd’al-Qadir al-Jilani عليه الرحمة says in his famous book Ghuniyya-t at-Talibeen “There are 73 groups as foretold by Sayyadina Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. The group which will be saved from the fire of Hell is the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah.”
“The Believer should adapt himself to the Sunnah and to the Jama’ah. The Sunnah is the way shown by Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Jama’ah is composed of the things done unanimously by the Sahaba al-Kiram who lived in the time of the four caliphs called Khulafa’ ar-Rashidin (and others in their path). A Muslim must prevent the multiplication of the men of bid’ah and keep away from them, and should not greet them (as given in many Hadith on this issue). Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu), the Imam of our Madhhab, said that greeting a man of bid’ah meant loving him since it had been declared in a Hadith, ‘Disseminate (your) greeting (salaam)! Love one another in this way!” He also said (pg. 143): “The title, Ahlus-Sunnah, which the innovators have expressed for themselves is not appropriate for them”.
Imam Ghazzali عليه الرحمة writes: “The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah is the successful Firqah (group) and it is this Firqa which weighs or determines its thoughts and its according to the scales of the Holy Quran”. (Mujarribaat-E-Imam Ghazal)
The Great Mujaddid Alfe Thaani Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi عليه الرحمة writes in his Maktubat Shareef that: Success in the Hereafter is based only upon this: That all actions, statements, principles and subsidiary issues should be in accordance with the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah. (May Allah azza wajal increase their numbers. Ameen). This is the only group of Jannah. Except for the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah, all other groups are people of Hell. Whether people know this today or not, but, on the Day of Judgement, every person will come to realise this. Knowing (and realizing this) at that time would be of no benefit to anyone (who was not a Sunni in this world). (Maktubat Shareef, Vol. 1, pg. 69)
Sayyiduna Shah Wali’ullah Muhaddith Dehlawi عليه الرحمة states: “As Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has stated, follow this ‘Sawad-e-Azam’, and when the four Madhabs are within the Sawad-e-Azam then the following of any one of them, is followance of the Sawad-e-Azam. Therefore, refuting any one of them is refuting the Sawad-e-Azam”. (Aqdul Jayyad)
Imam Sufyan Souri عليه الرحمة states: “By Sawad-e-Azam is meant those who are called the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah”. (Al Mizaanul Qubra)
Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dehlawi عليه الرحمة states in his book “Fatawa Azeezi” (Vol. 2, pg. 4) that: “The various parts of the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah in Aqaa’id such as the Ash’ariya, the Maaturadi, in Fiqh such as the Hanifa, the Shafi’i, the Hambali, in Tassawwaf such as the Qaaderi, the Chisti, Naqshabandi, the Suhurwardi, this servant considers all of them to be the truth”.
“There is no doubt whatsoever that the sect that made conforming to the Aqaid (beliefs) and the Seerah (conduct) of the Prophet’s Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all) necessary, that alone is the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah.”
Alahadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Tere Ghulamon Ka Naqshe Qadam Hai Raahe Khuda;
Woh Kya Behak Sake Jo Yeh Suraagh Le Ke Chale!
O Prophet ﷺ! The footprints of your servants are the surest guide to Allah-consciousness;
Those, who follow their example, are destined to achieve supreme spiritual success!
TaajushShariah, Mufti Akhtar Rida Khan عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Naqsh-E-Paa-E-Sagane Nabi ﷺ dekhiye!
Yeh pata hai bohat Rehbari ke liye!
Follow the footprints of the servants of Prophet ﷺ;
These are more than sufficient for guidance!
Clear proofs on those who are against the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah in the present era. (Wahabi/Deobandi/Tablighi Jamaat movement)
The Great Mujaddid Alfe Thaani Shaykh Ahmed Sirhindi عليه الرحمة writes in his Maktubat Shareef (Vol. 3, Letter 38)
“It was declared in a Hadith that this Ummah would part into 73 groups, 72 of which would go to Hell. This Hadith informs us that the 72 groups will be tormented in the Fire of Hell. It does not inform us that they will remain in torment eternally. Remaining in the torment of Hell Fire eternally is for those who do not have Iman. That is, it is for disbelievers.The 72 reported groups of bid’ah, which will go to Hell, should not be called disbelievers, because they are Ahl al-Qibla (people of the Qibla in prayer). But, of these, the ones who disbelieve those facts in the Deen that are indispensably required to be believed, as well as those who deny the rules of the Shari’ah which every Muslim has heard and knows, become disbelievers.”
Today there are many issues that are disputed amongst Muslim Ummah. What is the Truth? One of the fiercest opponents of the the Ahlus-Sunnah in the present time is the Wahabi/Ghair-Muqallid/Deobandi movement. They would like the general Muslim public to believe that they are the true followers of the Quran and Sunnah, and that the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah (i.e. Sunnis) on the path of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم, the Sahaba, Ahle-Bait, Mujtahid Imams, Auliya, Huzoor Ghaus-E-Azam, Imam Al-Ghazali, Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti, Data Ganj Baksh Lahori, Khwaja Gareeb Nawaz, Huzoor Shahabuddin Suharwadi, Huzoor Bahauddin Naqshbandi, Huzoor Sabir Paak, Mehboob-E-Ilahi Nizamuddin Auliya, Huzoor Mujaddid Alfe-Thani Khwaja Ahmad Naqshbandi Sirhindi, Shaikh Abdul-Haqq Muhaddith Dehlwi Naqshbandi, Shah Abdul-Azeez Muhaddith Dehlwi, Alahazrat Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Bareilwi and other accomplished servants of Allah azza wajal are all Innovators (Bidatis), Polytheists (Mushriks) and Kaafirs.
Don’t be fooled by them. Alhamdulillah, every Sunni belief and practice is supported by the Quran, Sunnah and other Islamic proofs. Our dispute with the Wahabi / Deobandi / Tablighi Jamaat sect is not merely on Salaam, Fatiha, Meelad, etc No. Our battle with them is that they accept those who’ve been proven to have abused, mocked and disrespected Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم (the soul of Imaan and existence) to be Muslims.
They claim to be on the right path and call the previous people astray ones.
Would that they would have understood that if our ancestors had not trodden the path of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, who would be on the right path.
It is necessary for the Muslims to keep them aloof from such people as people keep themselves aloof from the fire, and beasts.
Alahadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة, when he was in Makkah for second and last time, himself prepared an abridgement of the blasphemous sayings of the Imams of the Wahabi/Ghair-Muqallid/Deobandi movement and presented it before celebrated scholars of Haramain Sharifain asking them for shar‘i order. It was during his stay in Makkah that 33 Ulama of the city (20 Meccan and 13 Medinese Ulama) containing thirty-four verdicts issued their detailed fatawa and declared the beliefs of these sects out of the pale of Islam mentioned in al Mo’tamad al Mustanad. On his return to the country, Alahadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan عليه الرحمة compiled the abridgement of Mo’tamad al Mustanad with fatawa and reviews of Ulama of Haramain in 1324AH entitled as Hussam- al-Haramain ‘ala Minhar al Kufr wal Main, which is easily available in Arabic, Urdu and English language.
The Blasphemous sayings of the Imams of the Wahabi/Ghair-Muqallid/Deobandi movement.
Allah azza wajal can speak lie. – (Al-Barahin al-Qatiah, by Khalil Ahmed Ambhetwi-Saharanpuri and Fatawah Rashidiyah, by Rashid Ahmed Gangohi)
The knowledge of the accursed Satan and the Angel of Death is greater than that of RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم knowledge. – (Al-Barahin al-Qatiah, by Khalil Ahmed Ambhetwi-Saharanpuri)
“Prophets are superior to their followers only in Knowledge, but in good deeds, followers sometimes seem equal and occasionally even become superior to them.” – (Tahzeerun Naas, by Qasim Nanotvi)
The Knowledge of RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم is [posessed by] Zayd and Amr; rather, children and madmen; rather, all animals and quadrupeds also possess [such knowledge]. – (Hifzu’l Iman – Ashraf Ali Thanawi)
It is possible for another Nabi to appear after the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. – (Tahzeerun Naas, by Qasim Nanotvi)
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani claimed for himself the status of prophethood. – (Khutbat-e-Ghulamiya, by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiyani)
maadhAllah: We seek the refuge of Allah!
It is obligatory upon the believers to call them disbelievers as these people has denied the essential requirement of Deen (religion).
So comprehensively all these factions are disbelievers, apostates and out of the pale of Islam by the consensus of the believers. In Bazaziah, Al-Durur Al Ghurur, Fatawa Khairiah, Majma Al-Anhaar, Durr Al-Mukhtar and in reliable books has clearly been stated about these disbelievers that whosoever has doubt in their blasphemy and chastisement, becomes disbeliever himself.
Every person who being Muslim denies the necessities of religion is disbeliever indeed and to perform prayer in his following, to marry, slaughtering of animal, meeting and discussing any problem with him, falls in the category of apostasy in all such matters, as per categorical order contained in many books of various scholars of thought like Hedayah, Al-Ghurar Multaqi-ul-Akbar, Durr-ul-Mukhtar, Majma-ul-Anhaar, Shar’h Al-Naqayah of Barjandi, Fatawa Zaheeriah, Tareeqatul Muhammadiyyah, Hadeeqatul Nadiyyah, Fatawa Hindiyyah and their text and exegetics.
Is it not kufr to insult RasulAllah صلى الله عليه وسلم? Surely, it is; and indeed it is an insult.
O Muslims! Is one who disrespects Allah ta ala and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم, not a kāfir? Indeed, he is a kafir; he is an infidel.
Qadi Abu Yusuf, the prominent Hanafi Imam says in his Kitab al-Kharaj: Any Muslim who insults the Messenger or belies him, or finds fault with him, or diminishes his rank – has certainly committed kufr and has disbelieved in Allah táala. The wife of such a person goes out of wedlock.
It is written in “Mawahib-ul-Ladunniyah” that he, who lessens the glory of the Holy Prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him, upon his inmates and companions) he is liable to the assassination”.
Ahadith : They are worst then “Dajjal” and “Idol Worshippers”
Hazrat Abu Dhar (radi Allahu anhu) said, “I was with the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) one day and I heard him saying: “There is something I fear for my Ummah more than the Dajjal.” It was then that I became afraid, so I said, “” O Allah’s Apostle! What is that?” He said; “Misguided and astray scholars.” – Musnad Imam Ahmed
The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The angels of hell will seize such (evil) scholars before they seize idol worshippers; when they protest, ‘do you seize us even before you take idol-worshippers?’ They (angels ) will answer: ‘Those who know are not the same as those who do not know.’ – Tabarani, Abu Nuaym
The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “There will be “dajjals” (fraudsters & imposters) and liars among my Ummah. They will tell you something new, which neither you nor your forefathers have heard. Be on your guard against them, and do not let them lead you astray.” – Musnad Imam Ahmed
The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said “Nearing Qiyamah there will be a Group of people who will recite the Holy Quran but it will not go below their throats. They will leave the true Religion of Islam as fast as an arrow leaves the bow. They will be recognized by the shavings of their entire head and they will move in Groups and their last Group will emerge with Dajjal, when you meet them you will discover their nature and character, the worst of its kind.” – Mishkat Shareef Page 309
Alahadrat Azeemulbarakat عليه الرحمة has explained it beautifully:
Shirk Thehre Jis Mein Ta’zeem-E-Habeeb;
Us Bureh Mazhab Pe Laanat Kijiye!
Curse such a bad religion severaly;
Which regard your love for the Prophet as a heresy!
SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam wa ‘Ala Alihi wa Sahbihi Wa Baraka Wa Karam