Sticking to the Jamāʿah Can Make or Break Your Islām
A profound and insightful lecture by our beloved brother, Abū Khadījah (may Allāh preserve him), where he describes and gives multiple evidence and examples of Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah. Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah are those who adhere to the rules, regulations and fundamentals that are laid down in the Qurʾān and the Sunnah, in the Sharīʿah of Allāh, and upon the tongue of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace). When a person sticks to these principles, only then will they be considered Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah.
Allāh mentions in Sūrah Āl ʿImrān (3:103),
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّـهِ جَمِيعًا وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا ۚ وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّـهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ كُنتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُم بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا وَكُنتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِّنَ النَّارِ فَأَنقَذَكُم مِّنْهَا ۗكَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّـهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
"And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allāh (Qurʾān and the Sunnah), and be not divided among yourselves. And remember Allāh's favour upon you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together. So by that, by His Grace, you become brothers (in Islamic Faith). And you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allāh makes His Āyāt. (proof, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, so that you may be guided.
In addition, the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace), "I have left you upon clear proof, its night is like its day. None strays from it except that he is destroyed."
We are not like the Jews. We do not take some of the Book and leave off some of the Book. We do not take some of the Ḥadīths and leave of some of the Ḥadīths. There are deviants such as Ḥasan Ṭurābī (one of the heads of Ikhwān al-Muslimīn) who put modern science over the statement of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace). Rejecting one ayāh in the Qurʿān is like rejecting all of the Qurʿān. Rejecting one ḥadīth is like rejecting all of them. Imām Aḥmad said, "From the ibnding and necessary proof in the Sunnah, is that whosoever rejects one part of the Sunnah, it is like he rejected all of it". Also, If Abū Ḥanīfah (raḥimahullāh) was alive today, he would reject the aʿqīdah of those who claim they are Ḥanafi. The Muslims are united upon a singular creed. The Messenger of Allāh (may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace) said, "The likesness of the true believers is like a single body (in love, mercy, and compassion). So if one part of the body feels pain, then the whole body suffers from sleeplessness and fever." Hold on to the Sunnah, and watch how the blessings of Allāh will descend upon you in this life and the hereafter.