Note before reading: These are outlines of the topics rather than the full posts. When I actually write and edit the treatise in sha Allah it will have the necessary evidences and statements of the scholars. To proceed…
The answer to this question, although re-iterated among those who ascribe to the methodology of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah in several conferences, hasn’t been fully adhered to. Although I addressed this question in my post: “Is Salafi Publications the saved sect?*”, up to now there are gaps in understanding who Ahlus Sunnah, the Salafis, Ahlul Athar are. Therefore it is necessary to re-teach this definition in order for clarity to be attained.
Therefore when defining Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah one must ask two questions:
- Who are Ahlus Sunnah?
- Who are the Jama’ah?
I hence proceed seeking the aid of Allah:
Ahlus Sunnah refer to those who adhere strictly to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and their actions, speech and beliefs. Hence, their beliefs, statements and actions are based upon the established evidences and principles which are found within the book of Allah and the authentic Sunnah of the Messenger (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
The Jama’ah refers to those who are united upon their adherence to the Sunnah. And the first Jama’ah refers to the Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and his companions as they all adhered strictly to evidences to the best of their ability and were united upon such a methodology.
Other names for Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah include:
- Ahlul Hadeeth because of their adherence to the Hadeeth of the Messenger (Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
- Ahlul Athar because of their adherence to the Hadeeth of the Messenger and the Athar of the Sahabah.
- As Salafeeyoon who are those who adhere to the belief and methodology of the Salaf and other than these aforementioned names.
After clarifying that Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah refer to those whose beliefs, statements and actions are based upon established evidences and principles found within the book of Allah and the Sunnah it is clear and manifest deviance to make the inference that Ahlus Sunnah in Western Anglophone countries are those who affiliate and adhere to the mandates, dictates and declarations of an organization called Salafi Publications in Birmingham!
Unfortunately, when such an idea is instilled in vulnerable minds adhering to clear evidences and principles is seen as deviance and misguidance. While it is clear that the guidance that Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah is open for everyone to adhere to some of our brothers and sisters have the perception that such an ascription is exclusive to Salafi Publications in Birmingham! This is without doubt clear Hizbeeyah and misguidance which Allah has dispraised the Jews and the Christians for in his book when they used said:
“And they say that no one would enter Paradise unless they are either Jews or Christians. These are their perceptions. Say (Oh Muhammad) Bring your evidences if you are truthful! Rather, the one who submits his face to Allah and he is a doer of good he would have his just reward with his Lord and he shall neither fear nor grieve.”
Allah also said:
“And they say become Jew or Christian and you would be guided. Say rather the religion of Ibraheem was monotheism and he was not of those who made partners with Allah.”
May Allah guide us to what he loves and is pleased with.