The “difference” mentioned in the blessed Hadees does not at all mean a superficial difference but is the one which is based on principle. Before explaining the “difference” which is mentioned in Hadees Shareef it is best to know that there are two types of differences. (1) (Usoolee) based on principles, and (2) (Furoo’ee) based on non-essentials.
Shar’ee commands and orders have been laid down for both of them. Those Usoolee or Furoo’ee difference in which there is clear difference of kufr (infidelity) and leemaan (faith), and guidance and deviation makes a person liable to go to Hell.
It should also be noted that there are two kinds of people in the Um-mat of the holy Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam), i.e. (1) (Um-mat-e-Ijaabat), the Um-mat of acceptance and (2) (Um-mat-e-Da’wat), the Um-mat of invitation.
The Um-mat-e-Ijaabat (acceptance) is that which comprises of true followers who are firm on their beliefs. All those deviated and false groups who apparently seem to be pretender of Ieemaan and Islaam come in the category of the Um-mat-e-Da’wat (invitation). All those infedil and false groups who apparently seem to be claimers of Ieemaan and Islaam, some of these sects have not been declared absolute kuf-faar (infidels), since although their beliefs and ideologies are different no clear distinction of kufr (infidelity) and Ieemaan (faith) is found in them. But it is settled that in ideologies and beliefs of any of those have a clear distinction of kufr and Ieemaan then they would be counted among the factions of the Hell. The Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi faction, among the new emerging groups of the Um-mat are those who not only wish to be called “Ahle Sunnat” (Sun-nee) but are also engaged in getting all the other factions beside themselves declared as apostate, innovative and false.
Our dispute with this Deobandi-Wahaabi-Tableeghi faction is not merely superficial and a matter of willing or not willing but it is based on principles and basic things. You surely would like to know what are the causes of these differences. So just read on, and by making Almighty Allaah and His beloved Prophet (Sallal Laahu ‘Alaiehi Wa Sallam) as witness, say it with justice and equity can you accept these things? Can people having such beliefs be Muslims or Ahle Sunnat?