Q: I am very confused when it comes to sects in Islam (e.g. Shia, Sunni, Wahhabi). I live in UK and I see a lot of sects in Muslims here. Myself I belong from Sunni/Sufi background. I like to call myself just a Muslim and try to avoid sects. However, when I try to improve my knowledge of Deen, I get confused by the different opinions. Most of the opinions make sense to me as the scholars from every sect tend to come up with valid evidence. After looking at a YouTube clip of Dr Zakir Naik I got even more confused. He says that Quran is against sects (giving reference to the Quran chapter 6 verse 159- “Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects – you, [O Muhammad], are not [associated] with them in anything. Their affair is only [left] to Allah; then He will inform them about what they used to do.”) Now my question is if the Quran doesn’t allow sects. Does that mean everyone who calls themselves Sunni Shia Wahhabi is not following the Quran? And if that’s true, then what is the best way to educate myself?
A: The Qur’aan Shareef commands us to believe and follow the sunnah i.e. the way of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam). Moving away from this path is really dangerous. One may risk his imaan and faith. The way of the sunnah is that way which is supported through the text of the Qur’aan and the consensus of the righteous guided Ulama in all eras.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)