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Have heard a Hadeeth, which means that there are 75 groups in Judaism; 74 groups in Christianity; and there are 73 groups in Islam; there is only one group of Muslims out of 73 groups will go to Paradise, because these Muslims are on the right path.

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I have heard a Hadeeth, which means that there are 75 groups in Judaism; 74 groups in Christianity; and there are 73 groups in Islam; there is only one group of Muslims out of 73 groups will go to Paradise, because these Muslims are on the right path.


Please kindly explain if this Hadeeth is Hasan Hadeeth, if so, please provide the Hadeeth source.


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How many sects in Islam

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 no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) 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

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: ‘There will befall my Ummah exactly (all those) evils which befell the people of Israel, so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother there will be among my Ummah one who will do that, 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.’ They (the Companions) said: ‘ O Allah's Messenger (saws), which is that?’  Whereupon he (saws) replied: ‘It is one to which I and my companions belong.’

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4579 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘The Jews were split up into seventy-one or seventy-two sects; and the Christians were split up into seventy one or seventy-two sects; and my community will be split up into seventy-three sects.’

 

Amongst the prophecies regarding the times to come before the Day of Judgment that the Messenger of Allah (saws) warned the Ummah, one amongst them was that the Muslim Ummah would unfortunately be fragmented into seventy-three sects.  He (saws) also warned that seventy-two amongst these seventy-three sects of the Muslim Ummah will be in the Hell Fire, and the only one which will be saved by the Mercy of Allah is the one to which the Prophet (saws) and his noble companion belonged.  And Allah is our witness, the Prophet (saws) and his noble companions never ever claimed to belong to any creed or sect, except the one united brotherhood of the ‘muslims’.

 

Your Question: Please kindly explain if this Hadeeth is Hasan Hadeeth, if so, please provide the Hadeeth source.

Both the above quoted hadiths reported by Tirmidhi and Abu-Dawood are regarded by the eminent scholars of ‘ahadeeth’ as authentic and ‘Saheeh’. 

 

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