The superstructure of Islam, with all it’s pillars of Faith, rests on a rock-solid foundation of correct beliefs that are explicitly established from the Quran and Authentic Traditions of Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.). Generally our focus is on the visible structure of a building above the ground and we admire it’s design and architecture. Yet the architects and engineers have to ensure that their foundation is rock-solid or else the entire beautiful structure collapses as a heap of worthless rubble. Exactly is the case with the faith of Islam. A person can strive to be a devoted worshipper and have mountains of good deeds, but if his/her beliefs are contrary to that taught by the Quran and Prophetic Traditions, then alas, those good deeds are as useless as ashes!
The first source of Shariah Law is the Glorious Quran, with the authentic Prophetic Traditions being the second source. It follows then, that any belief or practice adhered to by a Muslim as part of Islam, must be established either from the Quran or from the authentic Prophetic Traditions to be valid and accepted in Shariah. Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.) is considered the ideal role-model to be followed in all aspects pertaining to beliefs, practices and behavior:
“Most certainly for you, in the Messenger of Allah, is an excellent model for the one who hopes (to meet) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah frequently” (Quran-Ch.33; Ver 21).
In the Majestic Quran we find the second chapter, Surah Baqara begins with the description of the Muttaqeen(god-fearing) with these opening remarks:
“Alif, Laam, Meem! That Book, in it is no doubt. A means of guidance for the God-fearing! Who believe in the unseen…”.
The key quality of the god-fearing is to believe in the unseen, which is elaborated in a later verse:
“The Messenger has faith(believed) in whatever has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers;….”(Ch.2; V. 285)
This verse makes explicitly clear that good deeds will have no value if it is not based on correct beliefs as determined by the Quran and Prophetic Traditions:
“Say: Shall We inform you(all) of those who are the greatest losers in terms of their Deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. They are those who deny the Ayat(proofs, verses, signs) of their Lord and the Meeting with Him(in the Hereafter). So their deeds are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign no weight for them. That shall be their recompense: Hell, because they disbelieved and took my signs and my Messengers as means of jest and mockery.” (Ch.18; V. 103 to 106)
Furthermore, in the next verse, the Glorious Quran makes abundantly clear that the Holy Prophet’s companions are the standard bearers of Correct Beliefs of Islam since they were the direct students of the Messenger Muhammad(s.a.w.) and were present during the period of revelation. This meant that their knowledge, understanding and interpretation of the Revelations and Prophetic Traditions would be more correct and reliable:
“So if they believe as you( O companions of Prophet Muhammad) believe, then they(non-believers) indeed are guided.” (Ch.2; V 137)
We can have no shadow of doubt regarding the fundamental importance of correct beliefs when one reads this verse:
“ The likeness of those who reject faith in their Lord is that their (good)deeds are as (worthless) as dust, on which the wind blows furiously on a stormy day; they shall acquire naught of what they have earned. That is the straying, far away(from the Right Path).”(Ch.14; V-18).
Finally, to crown this all, the one who holds the highest position among creation, and is the most beloved in the sight of Allah Almighty, is given a stern warning regarding false beliefs as a lesson to the rest of mankind:
“And most certainly it has been revealed to you(O Muhammad) as it was (revealed) to those(Prophets) before you, that ‘ If you ascribe (any) partners with Allah in worship, (then) surely all your deeds will be nullified, and you will certainly be among the losers.’ ” (Ch. 39; V. 65)
We have to keep in mind that as Islam continues to gain ground among people in the West, the anti-Islamic forces grow more desperate to destroy Islam. The Wise Quran reminds us in the following two verses:
“The Jews and Christians will never be satisfied with you unless you follow their way(system)”; “They(the disbelievers) desire to extinguish the Light of Allah with their mouths and Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers detest it.”
The allocation of billions of dollars to global media cartels together with dedicated efforts to mount a sophisticated ideological war in order to demonize Islam and win the battle for the hearts and minds of the masses has failed miserably. As a result we see an increase in False-Flag Operations (terrorist attacks implicating the enemy). Also an age-old strategy employed by the Imperialist powers and which never seems to fail is simply stated:
This means that in order to keep control over the enslaved masses, the easiest method is to divert the population with internal conflict by sowing dissent and division. In this regard, imperialist Zionist-linked forces have spawned many deviated sects under the banner of Islam to mislead Muslims. The Messenger of Allah(s.a.w.) had warned the Ummah in this famous tradition:
2641 – حدثنا محمود بن غيلان قال: حدثنا أبو داود الحفري، عن سفيان الثوري، عن عبد الرحمن بن زياد الأفريقي، عن عبد الله بن يزيد، عن عبد الله بن عمرو، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «ليأتين على أمتي ما أتى على بني إسرائيل حذو النعل بالنعل، حتى إن كان منهم من أتى أمه علانية لكان في أمتي من يصنع ذلك، وإن بني إسرائيل تفرقت على ثنتين وسبعين ملة، وتفترق أمتي على ثلاث وسبعين ملة، كلهم في النار إلا ملة واحدة» ، قالوا: ومن هي يا رسول الله؟ قال: «ما أنا عليه وأصحابي» : «هذا حديث مفسر غريب لا نعرفه مثل هذا إلا من هذا الوجه»(Tirmizi, Hadith 2641, al-Mu’jam al Kabir by Tabrani, Hadith #: 62)
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “My community will experience everything that the Children of Israel had experienced, following in their footsteps exactly, so much so that if one of their number had approached his mother publicly for sex, one of my community will do the same. The Children of Israel divided into 72 sects. My community will divide into 73 sects, and all of them will be in the Hellfire save one.”
The people asked him: “And which one will that be?”
He replied: “The one that follows what I and my Companions are upon right now.”
The hadîth can be found in the four Sunan works and in Musnad Ahmad with different chains of transmission. Some scholars declared it to be authentic or at least good, including al-Tirmidhî, al-Hâkim, al-Dhahabî, Ibn Taymiyah, al-Shâtibî, and Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalânî. Others declared it as weak, including ibn Hazm and Ibn al-Wazîr.
The most correct opinion is that it is authentic; taking into consideration the large number of ways it has reached us, with some chains of transmission strengthening the deficiencies of others. Nevertheless, we should not behave as if it is the only hadîth in the world that addresses the issue of difference among Muslims.
The early history of Islam records various deviant sects like the Khawaarij, Mu’tazilites, Murj’ias, Shias etc. In recent times we had Ahmadis, Bahais, Qadiani’s who have tried under British Empire influence to create divisions and weaken Muslims. With the rise of Iran under the late Ayatollah Khomeini, Shiasm has again revived it’s deceptive head, particularly the ‘Ithna Ashari’ sect of Shiasm.
This sect is most aggressive and focuses on Da’wah largely among ‘Sunni’ Muslims while they deceptively sloganize : “There is no difference between Sunnis and Shias, we are all brothers.”
Yet their literature continues to pass negative remarks against the Companions of Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.), especially the first three Khalifas, Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman(r.anhum ),as well as Sayidatuna Ayesha(r.a). Their slogans ring hollow when one observes that their main focus is to convert ‘Sunni’ Muslim so that they also despise the Prophet’s Companions. Such betrayal undermines the foundation of Islam since the Prophetic Companions(may Allah Almighty be pleased with all of them-irrespective of their forgiven sins and mistakes) are the main link in the chain of transmission of this valuable Deen to us all. This main link of the Prophetic Companions to the generations that came after has always been accepted by the overwhelming majority.
The deviant minority Shia sect rejects the fundamental position and role of the Prophet’s companions except for a very few of them such as Sayyidona Ali and Salman Farsi(r.anhuma). Instead they hold on to an innovated belief of Twelve Imaams which has no basis in the Quran nor Hadeeth and is at odds with the mainstream Sunni position. In this regard the following Quraanic verse should suffice for the Muttaqeen(God-fearing):
“And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger after the Guidance(right path) has become manifestly clear to him, and he follows a path other than that of the believers(mainstream majority), We will leave him to that which he turns and We will enter him into Hel-what an evil destination.” (Quran-Ch:4; Ver 115)