|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  |
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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.
 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
 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
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