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There is an hadith that there will be 73 sects of Islam and out of 73 sects one sect will be in true path and rest of the 72 sects will be in wrong path. Could you please enlight on this because all sects are claiming that they are in right path.

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There is an hadith that there will be 73 sects of Islam and out of 73 sects one sect will be in true path and rest of the 72 sects will be in wrong path. Could you please enlight on this because all sects are claiming that they are in right path.

 

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Which sect on right path

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 171 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr

That Allah's Messenger (saws) said: There will befall my Ummah exactly all those evils which befell the people of Israel (Jews and Christians), so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother, there will be amongst my Ummah one, who will do the same. And if the people of Israel were fragmented into seventy-two sects, my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect. The noble Companions asked: O Allah's Messenger (saws), which one is that? Whereupon he (saws) said: It is one to which I and my companions belong.

 

Your Question: Could you please enlight on this because all sects are claiming that they are in right path.

Dear and Beloved brother in Islam, not only does every sect of Islam, but every religion, every movement, and every belief in existence claims that they alone are on the Right Path!!!




 

To determine, choose, and follow the One and Only Right Path between all these million of false beliefs and paths is precisely the test that the All-Knowing Lord has ordained for mankind!

 

The All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord bestowed two things upon His best creation (ie. mankind) which He did not bestow upon any in His Supreme Creation, and thus put mankind to a test:

  1. Intelligence or the Power of Reasoning
  2. A free will for a limited period of one life-time to choose whatever path one wishes to live his life.

 

Whoever amongst man studies and ponders over the innumerable wonders and Signs in the various creations of the Majestic Lord, and uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to understand his mission of creation, recognize His Supreme Lord and Creator, and of his own free will chooses to submit his will to the Will of his Creator, and chooses to live his life in accordance with the guidance of his Creator, passes the test of life and is promised the Eternal Mercy, Grace, and Rewards of Allah Subhanah.

 

And whoever amongst man uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to do everything else but does not recognize or denies his Supreme Creator, refuses to submit his will to the Will of His Creator, and of his own free will chooses to live his life in accordance with any guidance other than that of His Supreme Creator, miserably fails the test of life and will have a severe accounting in the Presence of His All-Mighty and Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.

 

For one who has already professed belief in Allah and His Last Messenger (saws), it would indeed be very easy to determine which sect amongst all the sects of Islam is on the Right Path!

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: And if the people of Israel were fragmented into seventy-two sects, my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect. The noble Companions asked: O Allah's Messenger (saws), which one is that? Whereupon he (saws) said: It is one to which I and my companions belong.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885 Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon: The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran; and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws). The most evil affairs are the innovations, and every innovation is an error.

 

The Prophet of Allah (saws) said in an authentic narration: I (saws) leave behind me two things, which if you (the believers) follow, you will never be mis-guided: 1.The Al Quran and 2. My Sunnah.

 

Thus my dear and beloved brother in Islam, the one and only way to determine which amongst all these sects is on the one Right Path that leads to Allahs Mercy is to, without any prejudice, predisposition and bias, study and understand the Glorious Quran and the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and using nothing but these two barometers of Knowledge to determine which sect or community or jamaa is closest to the one followed by the Messenger of Allah (saws) and his companions!

 

If you are sincere in your search for the Truth, and strive the necessary striving with sincerity, humility, and hope.. Allah is our witness brother, He will not only help you in your search, but He Will make your striving easy for you and rush towards you with His Mercy, Grace, Pardon, and Forgiveness; for our Lord Most Gracious never ever leaves astray those who sincerely strive to seek His Guidance.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6499 Narrated by Abu Dharr

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, stated: 'He who comes with goodness, there are in store for him ten like those and even more than those; And he who comes with vice, it is only for that that he is called to account. I even forgive him as I like, and he who draws close to Me by the span of a palm I draw close to him by a cubit, and he who draws close to Me by a cubit I draw close to him by the space (covered) by two hands, and he who walks towards Me I rush towards him, and he who meets Me in the state that his sins fill the earth, but not associating anything with Me, I would meet Him with the same (vastness) of pardon (on My behalf)."

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 


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