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How to behave when there are different sects

Q. At the present time, there are so many sects which claim to be the saved sect.. How do we recognize the save sect and how to save oneself  from the different deviant sects?

A. You must act according to the teachings of the Qur'an, Sunnah, Salaf (righteous predecessors), Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet), and those who follow their guidance.

Refer to scholars who have knowledge, follow in the footsteps of the Sahabah and those who follow them in piety and righteousness, and adhere to the Shari`ah (Islamic law) by following the Qur'an and Sunnah.

This is the way of salvation and the belief of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream), that is, following the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them), acting according to the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah, and remaining steadfast to them verbally, practically and faithfully.

If a Muslim is unaware of certain rulings in their Din (religion), they must ask those with knowledge - and endeavor to refer to those of deep insight and knowledge of Din - and Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah who are known for their goodness. Muslims must ask them about anything which may be unclear to them. Thus, adhering to the Qur'an and Sunnah both verbally and practically is the way to being saved.

Allah (may He be Glorified and Exalted) says:

And verily, this is My Straight Path, so follow it
And: Guide us to the Straight Way.
And: (And) if you differ in anything amongst yourselves, refer it to All‚h and His Messenger (peace be upon him)
And: And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with All‚h (He is the ruling Judge).

This is the clear path, Al-Sirat-ul-Mustaqim (the Straight Path), it is Tawhid (belief in the Oneness of Allah/ monotheism), sincerity to Allah, and adoption of the same path of the Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) which they followed with their Prophet (peace be upon him) and after his death, and which Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah have continued to follow in their words, actions, and belief.

Nur `Ala Al-Darb Fatwas> Volume 3  > Chapter on sects and cults > How to behave when there are different sects