What is Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat

Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at (Urdu: اہل سنت و الجماعت) most commonly refers to the Sunni branch of Islam generally. It is an Urdu variation of the equivalent Arabic term “Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘ah” (Arabic: اهل السنة و الجماعة‎) which literally translates as “People of the Tradition and the Congregation“.

What is Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at?
This is a very important question. In today’s Islamic world several Sunni sects / groups claim to be Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at and people are confused about it. Therefore, it is important to understand who is who within Islam and who are Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at.

All the denominations within Islam have NO differences on common beliefs. They are all united on these beliefs;

  • There is no God but Allah , Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah.
  • Allah has no partners, children or associates. He is alone the Creator (KHALIQ) and Sustainer (RAB) of every thing. Allah is everywhere. He has no shape or form. He is not confined to one place. We worship only Allah.
  • Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the FINAL and LAST Messenger and Prophet of Allah. There is no Prophet OR Messenger of Allah after him. Allah perfected and completed His DEEN (way of life) on Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
  • Qur’an is the word of Allah and it is the FINAL divine book from Allah.
  • Allah sent Prophets and Messengers before Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) towards different tribes and locations, such as Prophet Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus (Peace be upon all of them). These prophets and messengers of Allah are part of Islamic faith.
  • Allah gave books to several of His messengers, such a Zaboor, Torah and Gospel.
  • Allah created angels.
  • There is a life after death. On the judgement day (QIYAMAT), we will be judged by Allah.
  • There is Heaven and Hell.
  • Allah is the ultimate authority. Without His Will no harm or benefit comes to anyone.
  • Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘h-

        1. The Ahl as-Sunnat Wal Jama’at is the largest group of Muslims and the only group whose beliefs and teachings are truly in accord ance with the Noble Qur’an and Sunnah of the Most Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

        2. The beliefs of this group are the same as the beliefs of the Sahaba or Noble Companions of the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) and the Salf-e-Saliheen (our great pious predecessors).

        3. In many Ahadith,the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) strongly advised the Muslims to follow his Sunnah and to remain steadfast upon the path of his Sahaba, the Salf-e-Saliheen and the majority of Muslims to remain steadfast upon the way of the Ahl-as-Sunnah.

        4. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        “I have left two things behind me for you (the Ummah). You will never go astray as long as you follow these two things. One of these two things is Allah’s Holy Book (the Qur’an al-Kareem) and the other is the Sunnah of his Most Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam).”

        (Muwatta Imam Malik)

        5. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said that after he passes away his Ummah should remain firmly steadfast upon his Sunnah and upon the way of his four Muslim Caliphs. He advised us to follow this Path alone and to be beware of innovations, which contradict the Nobel Qur’an and his Sunnah. (Abu Dawud; Tirmizi)

        6. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        “Follow the way of the largest group of Muslims! For, he who deviates from this group will be thrown into Hell!”

        (Ibn Majah)

      REMAINING WITH THE AHL AS-SUNNAH WAL JAMA’AH

        1. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) advised us to remain firm with the largest group of Muslims and remain steadfast upon their way in beliefs and in actions.

        2. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        “Allah will never allow my Ummah to unite upon misguidance and incorrect beliefs. Allah’s mercy, blessings and protection are with the largest group of Muslims. And he who deviates from this largest group of Muslims will be thrown into Hell.”

        (Tirmizi)

        3. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        “He who deviates from the largest group of Muslims, even as much as a hand span, has himself cut off his connection with Islam.”

        (Abu Dawud)

      ABSTAINING FROM MISGUIDED GROUPS

        1. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) clearly warned his Ummah to completely abstain from joining in the gatherings of or listening to the words of any of the other misguided groups that will appear amongst the Muslims, whose beliefs will contradict the beliefs of the largest group of Muslims.

        2. The beliefs of the largest group of Muslims will be in accordance with the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) the beliefs of the Sahaba and the Salf-e-Saliheen.

        3. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        ” In the period prior to the Day of Judgement, false and deceitful groups will emerge. They will say things to you, which neither you nor your forefathers will have ever heard before. Stay away from these deceitful people and do not let them come near you! Do not be misguided by them and do not let them cause strife amongst you!”

        (Sahih Muslim)

      DIVISIONS IN THE UMMAH

        1. The concept of the Muslim nation separating into 73 sects, is taken from authentic Ahadith such as the following related by Hadrat Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu):

        “The Messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘The Jews separated into 71 sects, and the Christians into 72, and my nation will divide into 73 sects.’”

        (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

        2. The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

        “Seventy-two (of the 73 sects of the Muslim nation) will be in the fire, and only one will be in Paradise; it is the Jama’ah (i.e. Ahl-as Sunnah Wa Jamaah).”

        (Abi Dawud, Ad-Darimi, Ahmad)

        3. There is another narration which states:

        ”The Companions asked: ‘Which sect will triumph (i.e. achieve salvation)?’ The Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: ‘The sect which adheres to that (set of beliefs and practices) which I and my Companions adhere to.’”

        4. It should be clear from these Ahadith that the one sect, out of the 73, which is to gain salvation, is the Ahl-as Sunnah Wa Jamaah, the only segment of the Muslim community which adheres to that which the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and his Companions (radi Allahu anhum) adhered to.

      OPINION OF GREAT SCHOLARS AND SAINTS

        1. Ghawth-al A’zam, Hadrat Shaykh Abd’al Qadir al-Jilani (radi allahu anhu) states: “There are 73 groups as foretold by Sayyiduna Rasoolallah (Salla Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) and (bear in mind that), the Ahl as-Sunnat wal Jama’at was the rightful group”. (Ghunyatut Taalibeen)

        2. Imam al-Ghazzali (radi Allahu anhu) writes:
        “The Ahl as-Sunnat Wal Jama’at is the successful Firqah (group) and it is this Firqa which weighs or determines its thoughts and its according to the scales of the Noble Qur’an”. (Mujarribaate Imam Ghazal)

        3. Hadrat Shah Wali’ullah Muhaddith Dehlawi (radi Allahu anhu) states: “As Rasulallah (Salla Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) has stated, follow this ‘Sawad al-A’zam’, and when the four Madhabs are within the Sawad al-A’zam then the following of any one of them, is followance of the Sawad al-A’zam. Therefore, refuting any one of them is refuting the Sawad al-A’zam”. (Aqdul Jayyad)

        4. Imam Sufyan Souri (radi Allahu anhu) states,
        “By Sawad al- A’zam is meant those who are called the Ahl as-Sunnah W’al Jama’ah”. (Al Mizaanul Qubra)

        5. Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith Dehlawi (radi Allahu anhu) states in his book “Fatawa Azeezi” (Vol. 2, pg. 4) that:
        “The various parts of the Ahl as-Sunnat Wal Jama’at in Aqaa’id such as the Ash’ariya, the Maaturadi, in Fiqh such as the Hanifa, the Shafi’i,the Hambali, in Tasawwaf such as the Qaderi, the Chisti, Naqshabandi, the Suhurwardi, this servant considers all of them to be the truth”.

        6. Imam Rabbani, Mujaddid Alif Thaani (radi allahu anhu) states in the second chapter, page 67 of his “Maktubaat Shareef” that: “The way of salvation is followance of the Ahl as-Sunnat Wal Jama’at. May Almighty Allah Ta’ala bestow blessings upon the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jama’at, in their speech, in their actions, laws, for this is the successful group.Besides this, all other groups have become victims of deception. Today, nobody realises how much these misled groups will be punished, however, on the Day of Qiyamah this secret will become apparent. Even though at that time this knowledge will be of no benefit to the misled.

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