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The Innovation of the Multiplicity of Jamaaat (Groups)

Is there texts from the Book of Allaah and His Prophet ( ), which gives the allowance of having numerous Jamaaat (groups) and al-Ikhwaan (brotherhoods)?

Yes..I say there is neither in the Book nor in the Sunnah that which gives allowance for numerous groups and parties1, rather what is found in the Book and the Sunnah makes that blameworthy. Allaah the Most High mentions:

Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad) have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allaah, Who then will tell them what they used to do.2

And He the Most High mentions:

each sect rejoicing in that which is with it. 3

And there is no doubt that these sects (Ahzaab) are in contradiction to that which Allaah has ordered with, rather with that which Allaah has impelled with, in His saying:

And verily! This your Ummah is one Ummah, and I am your Lord, so keep your duty to Me.4


1 Meaning being that the multiplicity of the Jamaaat (groups) is from the newly invented innovations.

2 Surah al-Anaam:159.

3 Surah Ar-Rm:32.

4 Surah Al-Mu'minun:52.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
The text of this fatwa and the footnotes are taken from a small pamphlet "Fatwa Fadheelatu-Shaykh Muhammad bin Saaleh al-'Uthaymeen rahimahullah fi Bid'iyyati ta'ddudil-Jama'aat" by Maktabah al-Furqan, from the Cassette 'Majmoo Kalaam al-Ulamaa fi Abdir-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq' side B.
Translated by Abu 'Abdillaah al-Kashmiri
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