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Assalamalaikum Mr Burhan, i aam cofused with the different sects in islam, would you please bother to tell who r dawoodi bohra, shiya, sunni, and other such sects. when islam does not have any such sect, niether have prophet Mohammad have ever discribed any thing about it in his life then, why we in this era r differenciating different sect in islam. is this what was discribed as the `fitna` of 14 century by our prophet. your muslim brother

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.

Allah says in Chapter 45 Surah Al-Jathiyah aayat 17:  "Then they differed amongst themselves after the knowledge (of Islam) had come to them, only because they wanted to wrong one another. Your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning the matters in which they have been differing."

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Mu’minoon verse 52-54: And you all belong to one and the same ummah,  and I(Allah) am your Lord; so fear Me Alone!  Yet afterwards the people divided themselves into different sects,  and each sect rejoicing  in what it has.  Well,  leave them deeply involved in their heedlessness up to an appointed time. 

Brother,  what you have said in your statement is absolutely right.   Islam is one Ummah,  and we should all exert ourselves to be honored and recognized by the name that Allah has chosen for us;  and that is ‘muslims’.     All the sects were created by unscrupulous leaders because they wanted to wrong one another to further their own political and material gains ,   and these sects have absolutely no basis from the Quran and Sunnah.    The muslims have unfortunately fallen into the same trap as the people of the former Prophets,  who created sects in their religion.    The deen of Allah has always been the same,  ever since Allah created Prophet Adam.    All the Prophets who came to the various communities all over the world,  declared the same deen.    We,  as muslims,  who believe in Allah and the Last Day,  must strive to unite the broken Ummah of Islam and come to worship of the One Lord Alone.   

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.

And if anybody dares to ask us what sect or deen do we belong,  our reply must always be that we belong to the same deen that was followed by Prophet Mohamed (saws),  his noble companions,  and his noble ‘ahle-bayt’.   And Allah is our witness,  they were all muslims!    No person who has any knowledge of the Holy Quran and Sunnah,  can claim that Prophet Mohamed (saws) was a Shia,  or a Sunni,  or an Ismaeli,  or Itna-Ashari,  or Dawoodi Bohra,  or anything else for that matter.    All these names are created by man,  and have absolutely no basis and authority from Allah and His Messenger (saws).   We follow the same deen as followed by Prophet Mohamed (saws),  and he was a muslim.

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

Yur Brother and well wisher in Islam,




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