Just like christians, Islam also has many sects (i`m suprised). Now if I decided to convert to Islam can you tell me what sect is truly in the straight path.

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Greetings to all.... I grow in a very Devoted Roman Catholic family but I always have a doubt in my hearth because of contradiction of our bible against some practices just like to bow down on statues and term "trinity".

 

4. Just like christians, Islam also has many sects (i`m suprised). Now if I decided to convert to Islam can you tell me what sect is truly in the straight path. Does the mosque belong to a particular sect just like chruch of christian? I can`t just approach any muslim I know because i`m not sure if he can guide me to straight way nor can go directly to their mosque for I don`t know what to do. Does it be a trial and error, approach someone and see if his teachings is inline with quoran and if not approach another person?

 

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Answer:

 

Which sects to follow

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 171         Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr

That Allah's Messenger (saws) said: “There will befall my Ummah exactly all those evils which befell the people of Israel (Jews and Christians),  so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother, there will be amongst  my Ummah one,  who will do the same.   And if the people of Israel were fragmented into seventy-two sects,  my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects.   All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect.”   The noble Companions asked: “O Allah's Messenger (saws), which one is that?”    Whereupon he (saws)  said: “It is one to which I and my companions belong.”

 

It is indeed unfortunate but true that the ignorant and the unscrupulous amongst the muslims have succeeded in splitting the united religion of Islam into several self-invented sects!  Not only does every sect of Islam, but every religion, every movement, and every belief in existence claims that they alone are on the Right Path!!! 

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 111-112:

111    And they (the People of the Book) say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian."  Those are their (vain) desires!  Say (to them): "Produce your proof if ye are truthful!"

112    Nay! Whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of good he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.

 

To determine, choose, and follow the One and Only Right Path between all these million of false beliefs and paths is precisely the ‘test’ that the All-Knowing Lord has ordained for mankind!

 

The All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord bestowed two things upon His best creation (ie. mankind) which He did not bestow upon any in His supreme Creation, and thus put mankind to a test:

  1. Intelligence or the Power of Reasoning
  2. A ‘free will’ for a limited period of one life-time to choose whatever path one wishes to live his life.

 

Whoever amongst man studies and ponders over the innumerable wonders and Signs in the various creations of the Majestic Lord, and uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to understand his mission of creation, recognize His Supreme Lord and Creator, and of his own ‘free will’ chooses to submit his will to the Will of his Creator, and chooses to live his life in accordance with the guidance of his Creator, passes the test of life and is promised the Eternal Mercy, Grace, and Rewards of Allah Subhanah.

 

And whoever amongst man uses his bestowed intelligence and power of reasoning to do everything else but does not recognize or denies his Supreme Creator, refuses to submit his will to the Will of His Creator, and of his own ‘free will’ chooses to live his life in accordance with any guidance other than that of His Supreme Creator, miserably fails the test of life and will have a severe accounting in the Presence of His All-Mighty and Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.

 

For one who has already professed belief in Allah and His Last Messenger (saws), it would indeed be very easy to determine which sect amongst all the sects of Islam is on the Right Path!

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘And if the people of Israel were fragmented into seventy-two sects,  my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects.   All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect.”   The noble Companions asked: “O Allah's Messenger (saws), which one is that?”    Whereupon he (saws)  said: “It is one to which I and my companions belong.”’

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885     Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah

That the Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon:  The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran;  and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws).   The most evil affairs are the innovations, and every innovation is an error.”

 

The Prophet of Allah (saws) said in an authentic narration: “I (saws) leave behind me two things,  which if you (the believers) follow,  you will never be mis-guided: 1.The Al Quran and 2. My Sunnah.”

 

Thus my dear and beloved brother in Islam, the one and only way to determine which amongst all these sects is on the one Right Path that leads to Allah’s Mercy is to, without any prejudice, predisposition and bias, study and understand the Glorious Quran and the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and using nothing but these two barometers of Knowledge to determine which sect or community is closest to the one followed by the Messenger of Allah (saws) and his companions! 

 

If you are sincere in your search for the Truth, and strive the necessary striving with sincerity, humility, and hope….. Allah is our witness brother, He will not only help you in your search, but He Will make your striving easy for you and rush towards you with His Mercy, Grace, Guidance, Pardon, and Forgiveness; for our Lord Most Gracious never ever leaves astray those who sincerely strive to seek His Guidance.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6499     Narrated by Abu Dharr

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, stated: 'He who comes with goodness, there are in store for him ten like those and even more than those; And he who comes with vice, it is only for that that he is called to account. I even forgive him as I like, and he who draws close to Me by the span of a palm I draw close to him by a cubit, and he who draws close to Me by a cubit I draw close to him by the space (covered) by two hands, and he who walks towards Me I rush towards him, and he who meets Me in the state that his sins fill the earth, but not associating anything with Me, I would meet Him with the same (vastness) of pardon (on My behalf)."

 

Dear and beloved brother in Islam, we absolutely assure you in the Name of the Blessed Lord that the Messenger of Allah (saws) and his noble companions did not claim to belong to, nor did they claim ‘membership’ to any sect whatsoever……..Allah is our witness, they were more than satisfied and considered it an ultimate honor to be called and recognized only by the name Allah Subhanah had Himself chosen for the ‘sect’ and ‘Ummah’ of the believers: ie. ‘Muslims’.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77-78:

O you who have believed,  do ‘rukooh’ (bow down) and do ‘sajdah’ (prostration), and worship your Lord Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds: it may be that you attain true success!  Exert your utmost for the Cause of Allah,  as one should.   He has chosen you for His service, and has not laid on you any hardship in your religion.   Therefore,  be steadfast in the religion of your father Abraham.   Allah had named you ‘muslims’ before this, and has named you (muslims) in this Quran also,  so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you,  and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind.

 

The Prophet of Allah (saws) said in an authentic narration: “I (saws) leave behind me two things,  which if you (the believers) follow,  you will never be mis-guided: 1.The Al Quran and 2. My Sunnah.”

 

Thus my beloved brother, as long as you align yourself to the guidance of the Glorious Quran and the authentic Sunnah (traditions) of the Messenger of Allah (saws), we absolutely assure you that you will never ever be misled in the deen.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws),   one can be assured of never ever being misled;   but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.  

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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