How the Groups were formed in Islam

 In the time of Mohammed (sal), there was just one Group, MUSLIMS, and nothing more. They strictly adhered to Quran and Hadees; the words of Allah and the ways of the Prophet (sal). It was only in later stages; one-by-one, Groups evolved.  All these groups started with very good intentions; seeing the people ASTRAY, they wanted to bring them towards the path of Allah,  towards Quran and Hadees, but Ignorant people made it a group and also started to have their own set of laws and regulations; and it then began to be the set of laws for that particular group. What is surprising is the fact that some of the laws formulated by these ignorant people are contradictory to Quran and Hadees.  Take for example, Hanafee (madhab) Imam Hanafee (rahmathullahi alaihi) seeing the people go Astray from the right path, taught the people Quran and Hadees  and tried to bring them towards the path of Allah and His Messenger; and he clearly stated “ I am teaching Quran and Hadees to the extent I know them.  If tomorrow you come across Quran and Saheeh Hadees contradictory to my statement, throw my statement and follow the Quran and Saheeh Hadees.” Here we should understand that the Imams did not have the Bound Copies of all the Quran and Hadees as we have them today.  It was all in bits and pieces, manuscript copies; and they did not have the entire collection of the Saheeh Hadeeses; but today at the tap of a button we have the entire collection of the Quran and the Saheeh Hadeeses for our references and collections and we can easily understand whether the Quran and the Hadeeses quoted are right or not.


In later days, people following Hanafee (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) segregated into a different group and also formulated their own laws along with the laws stated by Hanafee (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) and classified themselves as the Hanafee group (sect); and they had their own set of laws apart from the Quran and Hadees.  We should clearly UNDERSTAND here that Imam Hanafee (Rahmathullahi) did not form a separate group nor did he advocate the forming of the Hanafee Sect.  It was only the ignorance of the people who blindly followed Imam Hanafee, who after the Imam, formulated a lot of innovations (Biddath) and included them in the laws of the Hanafee Sect. This is how most of the Imams came to be followed; and this is how the different sects came into existence.  The Imams by themselves neither segregated nor advocated segregation at anytime of their lives; it was only after 200 to 300 years after the lives of these Imams that ignorant people segregated themselves into different groups and sects in the name of these Imams which to-date prevails. The Imams have nothing to do with these groups and sects that is being followed in their  names.


Similarly, take for example, the Tabliq Group:  Elias (Rahmathullahi Alaihi) seeing the people astray, put in his maximum effort to bring the people towards Allah and His Messenger. He started this movement in a place called May’vat in the outskirts of Delhi, North India.  It’s a long story as to the hard effort he put in to bring these ignorant people towards Allah and His Messenger. Once, he made these people understand the importance of deen (religion). He advocated to them the necessity of spreading the message amongst Muslims everywhere; and he said “What you know of Quran and Hadees teach others; and of what you don’t know of Quran and hadees, learn from others and go to every mosque, every town, every village, and keep doing this work and do not expect any favours from any persons, but be self-sufficient and keep doing this work”.  He wanted to educate the Muslim public about Quran and hadees. Had they strictly listened to him and followed his instruction, they would have worked wonders all over the world making true Muslims of the so-called sects and divisions in Islam. Their work would have been such that even if Alims made a mistake, the common people would have been able to point out the mistakes in the light of  Quran and Saheeh hadees.


Everyone in Tabliq would have been very very great Alims thorough in the knowledge of Quran and Hadees, but unfortunately, they threw aside his instructions & kept Quran and Hadees ASIDE and introduced their own books, which they revere much more than Quran and hadees and keep going from place to place,  and masjids after masjids reading the stories from these books. Some of these narrations even contradict Quran and Hadees;  and some of the men and women are in Tablique for more than 40 to 50 years without knowing how Mohammed (sal) prayed (The Sunnah of prayers). But, they would say they are doing the work of Allah and His Messenger, what a pity. Quran and Hadees they know very little, but concocted tales they know plenty and with a false assumption that they are doing the work of Islam; they are cheating themselves and their followers. Sad to say, but they too have become one in the 72 groups. Unless they reform and once again come back to Quran and Hadees and adhere to it strictly, they would be far  away from the truth of what Allah and His prophet have taught us.  (May Allah give us and them Hidayath).


  The Tabliq Jamath have made their Alims and Ulamas Allah. They blindly follow them even if they say things contradictory to Quran and Hadees. There are innumerable examples of this in their (Taqleem) books which they revere and read more than the Quran and Hadees. This is because of their blind-following of their leaders.


 They take their priests and their anchorites(their Alims & Ulamas) to be their allah in substitute of Allah and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; Yet they were commanded to worship but one Allah: there is no god but He.  Praise and glory to him: (far is He) from having the parents they associate (with him).   



Allah says in the Quran:

O ye who believe! obey Allah and obey the Apostle and those charged with authority among you.  If ye differ in anything among yourselves refer it to Allah and His Apostle if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: that is best and most suitable for final determination.                                
(Al Quran – 4 : 59)


Allah says in the Quran that one should follow Allah and His Messenger, and also our leaders (alims, ulamas, rulers & leaders ) as long as they adhere to Quran and Hadees; but if there is a dispute or doubt as to what they say, then if we be TRUE MUSLIMS, then it is our duty to come back to Quran and Hadees; and we are not supposed to obey our leaders or Alims if they go contradictory to Quran and Hadees.


Now, in South India, there started a new movement strictly following Quran and Hadees,  but unfortunately, they too have segregated into different groups, i.e : JAQH (Jamath al Quran and hadees) and Tawheed. Now, they are competing with each other; and the Tawheed group in some mosques does not allow the JAQH people to lecture (do bayan) in the mosque or vice versa. This is how the Hanafee school and Shafee school disputed initially, but the problem is, both profess to be following the Quran and Hadees strictly.  Though Allah says in the Quran:


And who doth greater wrong than he who forbiddeth the approach to the sanctuaries (Mosques) of Allah lest His name should be mentioned therein, and striveth for their ruin? As for such, it was never meant that they should enter them except in fear. Theirs in the world is ignominy and theirs in the Hereafter is an awful doom.                         (Al Quran – 2 : 114 )



It is not fitting for a Believer man or woman when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Apostle to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys Allah and His Apostle he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.                                                                           (Al Quran – 33 : 36)


(Be not among ) Those who divide their Religion and segregate themselves
into Sects, each group rejoicing in that which they have!

( Al Quran – 30 : 32 )

Allah says in the Quran that each group exults in what they have and think that they are in the right path, but Allah warns the Muslims not to be amongst the groups who have divided themselves and have segregated into sects.


Allah and His Messenger both have strictly prohibited segregation, but these people (groups); throwing aside the warnings of Allah and His Messenger, still segregate into different groups.


Muslims, beware of all GROUPS AND SECTS. Do not join them, But JUST BE A MUSLIM WHO HAS ACCEPTED  ISLAM; and try, as far as possible, to convince people to be True Muslims alone.  Groups there certainly will be,  but as Allah and His Messenger have said, they would be all going to Hell except one who would not segregate but would be Muslims alone. So, you be a Muslim and follow the Quran and Hadees and be amongst the one and only group which would go to PARADISE.


Wishing you All The VERY BEST

A.H.Nazeer Ahmed