After having been introduced to the Naajiyah group, get some of the doubts removed from your minds. The questions which may arise in someone’s mind is that (1) The Hadees tells us that there would be 73 factions whereas at present there seem to be much more factions in the Um-mat, (2) Many among the existing factions claim to be the Ahle Sunnat even though the “Ahle Sunnat” will only be one group, (3) The Hadees mentions “when you see differences in the Um-mat,” by differences which differences does it mean? Because every group has come into existence due to some differences and there are differences present in every faction.
Now, the answers to this questions is that basically, there are only 73 factions in the Um-mat, 72 of them Hell-bound, and only one Paradise bound. Every faction in the Hell-bound faction as well as in the Paradise-bound group is called by a different name and thus people get the impression that the total number is much more.
This can be easily understood by this that a tree has one root but has many branches and many other small branches sprouts from the large branches, yet the large number of branches do not necessarily mean that there are many roots also. Understand also like this there are many families within one tribe and every family has many individuals. Like these roots of 72 irreligious and strayed factions grow many small and big branches and the 72 hell-bound tribes produce many families and thousands of individuals from those families, then this would not mean that the roots and the tribes are
also vast in numbers like the branches and the individuals.
By the 72 Hell-bound factions it is meant those factions whose foundations contain irreligiousness, apostasy, infidelity and impiety. It is also known to all that the branches exist because of the roots, and life is due to the root meaning that no branch can exist after being cut off from its root. The 72 roots which are rotten themselves they cannot produce good branches and all the factions and groups that are the branches of these rotten roots, whatever maybe their quantity their original will still be the same 72.
You should now try to understand the state of affairs with the Naajiyah group. Placed into its root is the spirit of Islaam, faith, guidance and mercy, and so all the branches sprouting from this one good root have the same effect as the root itself. Let me explain it further. All four of the creeds (mazaahib) of Sharee’at (Hanafee, Shaafi’ee, Maalikee and Hanmbalee) and their further branches Ash’aree, Maatureedee and similarly the four orders of Tareeqat (spiritual orders of Islaam) Naqshbandee, Qaadiree, Chishtee and Suharawardee and their further branches, Saabiree, Nizaamee, Ashrafee, Shaazlee, Rifaa’ee, Mujad-didee etc. All of these belong to the” Ahle Sunnat,” Naajiyah group. All of these have only one root and one foundation and there is no fundamental
difference among them regarding infidelity and Ieemaan.
This characteristic is only exclusive to Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaa’at that all the branches have excellent harmony in their beliefs and views. And their deeds and beliefs are proved in succession. Those factions asserting themselves as Ahle Sunnat, if they consider their claim correct and true then they should clearly prove within themselves the same beliefs and doing of the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaa’at otherwise their claim will be false. To be Ahle Sunnat and to be called Ahle Sunnat are two separate things. Calling oneself as Ahle Sunnat by a group or a faction of people is not an enough evidence of its being Ahle Sunnat. Remember that there is no group other than the true Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaa’at which can completely prove its truthfulness through the Qur’aan and the Sunnat and prove their beliefs and acts exactly in accordance with the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam)and his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhum).
Even after the lapse of 1400 years, continuance of beliefs and acts of the Ahle Sunnat Wa Jamaa’at in complete accordance with the Qur’aan and the Sunnat is proved, while all other factions are newly created and all their beliefs, ideology, acts and conditions are not derived from the Qur’aan and the Sunnat. These factions have contributed to their own deviation and ruination by distorting the real meaning of the Qur’aan and the Sunnat.
It is not these people’s share to have guidance and mercy, their share is to earn loss in this world and in the Hereafter. The largest group of the Ahle-Sunnat (Naajiyah group) have been given the good news and surety of mercy, blessing, support and victory on them of Allaah on account of their being slaves and true followers to the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam) and his companions (Radiyal Laahu ‘Anhum) in this world and hereafter. It is these who have been guided in the right path, and it is incumbent upon us to remain wholly associated with them.