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Questions on Manhaj
  Concerning Islamic Groups and Sects
Author: Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan
Source: Al-Ajwibah al-Mufidah of Jamal bin Farihan al-Harithi (trans. Abu Iyaad)
Article ID : MNJ020001  [24875]  
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Q. Does the correctness of a person’s methodology determine Paradise or Hellfire for him?

A. Yes. When a person’s methodology is correct he becomes one of the inhabitants of Paradise. So when he is upon the methodology of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and the methodology of the Salaf us-Salih, he becomes one of the people of Paradise by the permission of Allaah. But when he traverses upon the methodology of those who are astray, he has been threatened with Hellfire.[2]


[1] Shaikh Bakr Abu Zaid said in his book, "Hukm ul-Intimaa" (p.96-97): "It is not permissible to appoint a person for the Ummah and to call the Ummah to his way and on the basis of whom loyalty and disloyalty is shown, except for our Prophet and Messenger Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). So whoever appointed a person besides him, then he is an astray innovator.

[2] And he is under the will of Allaah, the Most High – this is the aqidah of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. And if it had not been the case that the correctness of a person’s manhaj determines entry into Paradise or Hellfire, then what would be the benefit in his (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam’s) statement: "And this Ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of them in the Hellfire except one." The Sahabah asked, "And which one is that?" He said, "That which I and my Companions are upon today."

Therefore, whoever is upon the guidance of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and his Companions, then he is from the people of Paradise and whoever is upon other than that, then his is the second [destination]. And it is also well known and established in the view of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah that the seventy-two destroyed sects mentioned in the hadith will not remain in the Hellfire forever. And no one from Ahl ul-Hadith says this, therefore reflect over this. Unless the person’s innovation is mukaffarah (takes one outside the fold of Islaam) or the sect is one of apostasy, and Allaah knows best.

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