WHO ARE THE REAL AHLE SUNNAH WAL JAMA'A
بِسم الله الرحمنِ الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين ، والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين
The term Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a is used for the truthful Muslims. Ahle Sunnah means, the followers of Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) traditions; and Jama'a means, the followers of Khulafa-e-Rashideen. Thus, Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a are the followers of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his Khulafa-e-Rashideen (Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthaman, Ali and Hasan - رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہم ).
This book provides details about the beliefs of Ahle Sunnah wal Jama''a in contrast with the beliefs of deviant sects.
DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF AHLE SUNNAH
The distinctive features of Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a are as follows.
(i) In the issues of fiqh, they follow the interpretations of Imams of Islamic Jurisprudence, Abu Hanifa, Maalik, Shaffi'i and Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہم), as most authentic.
No sect or individual in the Islamic history so far has questioned the Islamic faith of these Imams of Fiqh, except Salafis and their like minded groups.
(ii) The basic Islamic creed (Iman) is the essential part of Islamic fiqh. Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama'a believe in the teachings of the above 4 Imams of Fiqh in Islamic faith. As a matter of fact, the famous Imams of theology; Imam Ash'ari, Imam Mathuridhi and Imam Tahawi essentially were the followers of the above Imams of Fiqh.
(iii) With the above facts in view, it is established that the followers of Imams of Fiqh who are known as Hanafi, Maaliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali are not different groups. Rather they follow different jurists within the Group of Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a. We are positive that this fact cannot be disputed by anyone in the world.
THE FEATURES OF DEVIANT SECTS AND THEIR SUB-GROUPS
The Salafi Groups have disregarded all the four Imams. In the Book of Judgments from Al-Insaaf, Ibn Taymiyyah, the Imam of Salafis wrote - "He who makes it compulsory to follow one of the four Imams, then his repentance is sought and if he does not repent, then he is killed."
Salafis encourage Muslims to study their misinterpreted versions of Quran and corrupted Ahadith books and deduce Islamic rules on their own. They also ask people to judge Imams' rulings independently and reject their rulings if they find fault in them. We do not understand how can an ordinary person, who does not know much about the religion, can evaluate the work of the great teachers in Islam? Even to understand an Imam's ruling and become an authentic Mufti who gives opinions on Islamic issues, one has to spend his life time under the guidance of authentic teachers. Indeed, what Ibn Taymiyyah did was an effective ploy to deviate Muslims from the authentic Islamic teachings.
Salafis also changed the concept of oneness of God (Tawheed). They have created an Idol Sky God who sits in the skies, separated from his creatures.Salafis mention a Prophet's (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) Hadith which says that 'Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) created Adam (علیھ السلا م ) on his image. They misinterpret this Hadith and say that since Adam (علیھ السلا م ) has a face, eyes, hands, foot, therefore Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is like a big human being. (La haula wala Quwwata Illa Billah)It is in Quran - لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ (Nothing is like Him) (Ash-Shura - 11).They also mention a Hadith (Muslim and Muatta) that, when Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) asked a slave girl where is Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ), she replied 'in the sky' and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) did not say anything. They also misinterpret many other Quranic verses and Ahadith to confine Allah's (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) Unity (Zaat) into a Human-like body and try to limit Him into the skies.When someone says that Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is in Skies, does it mean that He is only in skies and not on planets or anywhere else? Read the following Quranic verses.(i) It is in Quran - وَهُوَ الَّذِي فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلَـٰهٌ وَفِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَـٰهٌ ۚ وَهُوَ الْحَكِيمُ الْعَلِيمُ [It is He, Who is Allah in skies and Allah on Earth; and He is Wise and Knowledgeable.] (Az-Zukhruf - 84).(ii) It is in Quran - وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ [And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.] (Qaf - 16)(iii) It is in Quran - وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ أَفَلَا تُبْصِرُونَ [ And His signs are in your own self, will you not then see. ] (Adh-Dhariyat - 21)(iv) It is in Quran - وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ [ Wherever you are, He is with you.] (Al-Hadid - 4).(v) It is in Quran - فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ [ Whichever side you turn, you will find Allah. ] (Al-Baqara - 115)(vi) It is in Hadith - Abdullah (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) narrated that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said : 'Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is not hidden from you'. (Bukhari)Salafis follow Athari (textualist) School of thought in Islamic Jurisprudence. Nobody knows about the origins of this school of thought and nobody knows who was the Imam of this school of thought. This school of thought seems to be the brain child of some misguided scholars like Ibn Taymiyyah and his students and intellectual heirs. Salafis claim that Imam Ahmad was the follower of this school of thought (Astaghfirullah). It is indeed a slander on this great Imam.
Similarly, Shias do not follow the above 4 Imams. They follow different schools of thought in Fiqh.
There are certain deviant Groups like Deobandis, their sub groups like Tabhlighees and Jamat-e-Islami and others., who claim that since they follow Imams of fiqh, they should be categorized as Ahle Sunnah. This claim on their part is false in view of the following facts.
(a) They accept Ibn Taymiyyah as authentic scholar of Islam and always refer to his statements, Fatawas and books. They also accept all Salafi Scholars, upto Uthaymin, Al-Bani and Ibn Baz.
(b) They all claim Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) is physically sitting on the skies. They all do not celebrate Milad and oppose Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a in visiting of Muslim graves.
(c) Their united stand is that the Green Dome of Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) should be destroyed and three graves should be flattened.
(d) They support Saudis' action of converting Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) house in Makka into a .(e) They support removal of authentic Ahadith from Ahadith books of Imam Bukhari, Muslim and others. They consider Al-Bani, who has changed the entire Hadith literature of Islam, as great Islamic Scholar.(f) They accept the translation of Quran titled "Noble Quran" done by Salafis as authentic.(g) There are some differences of opinion among them, therefore, sometimes they differ with each other on some fiqh issues. But overall, their basic faith is heavily influenced by Salafi beliefs.
(h) Tabhlighees, Deobandies, Jamat-e-Islami and the like minded groups race with each other in disrespecting the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ). Their Akabir Ulema are notoriously famous in insulting the Prophet of Islam ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ). For all practical purposes, they are the sub groups of Salalfis/Wahhabis.
There is another group of Babas, Maulanas and Godmen who call themselves Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a. This Group consists of sorcerers, hypnotists who are good at "vision hold juggling", mantras, spiritual gimmicks and witchcraft in the name of Sufi healing. The followers of this group have no relationship with Islam whatsoever. Certain Muslim individuals also learn these evil techniques and claim that they are Sufis. It is observed that people belonging to all Muslim sects approach these people for quick fix solutions to their day to day problems.
These so called Sufi Babas and Godmen perform sorcery and witchcrafts in secrecy, therefore, it is generally not known who is approaching them for help. We advise our brothers and sisters never to get in touch with these Sufi Babas because they take the assistance of evil spirits in their witchcraft. The Islamic Shariah is amply elaborated in the rulings of our 4 Imams of Fiqh. A person who does not accept or care about Islamic Sharia, cannot be regarded as Sufi. In Islam, the basics of Tasawwuf is Shariah.
Some groups like Ammanis, equate Tasawwuf with mysticism theories of Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, etc., and say that it is possible to be close to God from outside the ambiance of Islamic Sharia. These are all futile talk. Therefore, followers of Vilayat Khan /Inayat Khan Group and like minded, cannot be regarded as Sufis or Ahle Sunnah because they have separated themselves from Islamic Sharia.
Deobandis, Tabhlighees, etc., claim that they also follow the great traditions of Sufism and identify themselves with Silsila-e-Ashrafia which is associated with Ashraf Ali Thanvi.Who is Ashraf Ali Thanvi?They refer to him as Hakim-ul-Ummah and there is a Sufi Silsilah called "Silsila-e-Ashrifia" attributed with him.
Let us see what Ashraf Ali Thanvi has written in his book 'Risala Imdad, page 34-35, Imdad Al-Mataab'e, Thana Bhavan publication.QUOTE - It is 'Satisfactory and consoling' to say 'La Ilaha Illallah - Ashraf Ali Rasulullah' and 'Allahumma Salle Ala Sayyedina Wa Nabi'eena Ashraf Ali', and there is nothing wrong in saying this. UNQUOTE
The above statement of Ashraf Ali Thanvi is similar in nature with Mirza Gulam Ahmad Qadiyani (1835-1908), who claimed himself to be a Nabi. His followers are known as Qadiyanis or Ahmadiyya who were declared as Non-Muslims in 1974 by Pakistani Parliament.In his book Hifzul Iman, page 7 Ashraf Ali Thanvi wrote "The type of knowledge of Unseen given by Allah (عَزَّ وَجَلَّ) to Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) is also given to animals, lunatics humans and children. (Astaghfirullah).
When you question Deobandis, Tabhlighees and their like minded about these beliefs, they will give long explanations to convince you that Ashraf Ali Thanvi did not mean what is so explicitly written by him in his books.Like Ibn Taymiyyah who claimed himself to belong to Qadri Silsila, Deobandis and Tabhlighees also claim that they are also Chistees, Naqshbandis, etc. Their claims are false because Ashraf Ali Thanvi and other Scholars of Deoband are famous for their disrespect of Prophet Mohammad ( صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ) and Sahabah. In addition, they believe in Sky Idol God theory.There are some groups whose members belong to all kinds of faiths. They never try to learn or even discuss basic faith of Islam or follow the Imams of Fiqh, but do talk a lot about Sufism and Sufi Shaikhs. They call themselves Chishtia Groups, Naqshbandia Groups, etc., and claim they are Ahle Sunnah. These groups have taken themselves away from Islam. The reason is simple. Tasawwuf which is not based on Islamic Sharia is not Islam, therefore, these groups cannot be regarded as Sufis and their claim of affiliation with Chishti or Naqshbandi orders is false. What they practice is out of the purview of Islam. They have completely misunderstood Sufi teachings.We have written many books on Ahle Sunnah wal Jama'a and have explained this subject from various angels.