What characterises Ahl al Sunna wal Jammah from other groups? Especially in matters of aqeedah?
The unique position with the aqeedah of Ahl as Sunna wal Jamaah is that noone can deny it because it is all evidence-based and goes right back to the formative period of Islam.
For instance, if we glance at the deviant sects, we notice they have a specific focus, which though their topic of interest itself is good – these groups make these topics an unbalanced priority. For instance:
- The Khawarij focus only on jihad or the outward signs of worship
- The Shia focus only on the ahl al bayt (i.e. the family of Ali, may Allah be pleased with him)
- The Sufis focus only on dhikr
- Hizbut Tahrir (HT) focus only on khilafa
- Ikhwan al Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) focus only on the unity of the Muslims
But the reality is that the mission of the prophets was only ever about Towhid (the one-ness of Allah, monotheism). And this is the priority of the Ahl al Sunnah wal Jamaah or the Muwahidun (monotheists):
- “Hear O Israel, the Lord, our God, is One.” Deuteronomy 6:4
- La ilaha illallah: There is no ilah except Allah (The Only One, Unique, True Ilah [i.e. deity, god, one to worship])
So what exactly are the characteristics of Ahl al Sunnah wal Jamaah?