Discussing differences between different sects

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Q: My question is that today there are many groups – salafis, deobandis, barelvis, tablighis etc. I as a layman often find it hard to explain the differences between them to my other layman friends. Kindly, I need an answer that I can give to a layman because you know people nowadays argue over these issues in spite of not knowing even basics of tahara or salaah?


A: It is better that a person should involve himself to the level of his understanding and knowledge. To go on discussing matters that are beyond one’s understanding and knowledge amounts to overstepping the limit. These matters must be referred to experienced ulama; let them discuss it.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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