All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata al-Khoorijee, the man who calls to the innovated principle of ‘every bid’ah is a major kufr’ in Nigeria, also beliefs and calls to the extreme ideology that ‘all the seventy-two sects mentioned in the ahadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) are kuffar without exception.’ He is so strict on this to the extent that he beliefs that there is no excuse of ignorance on the issue. Once a person ascribes to any group; he beliefs that the person is a kaafir. This belief is not only against the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, but also against the consensus of the Sohaabah (rodiyaLloohu ‘anhum) as affirmed by Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rohimohuLlaah) in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa.
Let’s have a look at what Shaykh Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen has to say regarding this issue.
As-Shaykh Al Allaamah Al Imaam Muhammad bn Soolih al-‘Uthaymeen (rohimohuLlaah) was asked, “In the hadeeth, “My Ummah will divide into seventy-three (73) sects all of them will be in the fire except one”, will they (the 72) sects be in the fire forever or are they from the astray groups from amongst the Muslims?”
The Shaykh (rohimohuLlaah) answered, “The Prophet’s statement, ‘My Ummah will divide into 73 sects; all of them will be in the fire except one’, does not mean that they will all be in the fire forever. Rather some (of them) commit bid’ah which warrants their staying in the fire (eternally), while (others commit) bid’ah which will make the servant deserving of entering the fire but he will not stay therein for eternity. So the situation will all depend on the (type of) bid’ah which is committed and the extent of the differing from that which the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his companions were upon.”
It was then asked, “One of them will be in Jannah”; does this mean that a man from Firqotun Noojiyah (the victorious group) will never enter the fire?
The Shaykh (rohimohuLlaah) then answered, “(Either) he would not enter the fire or, he would enter the fire but not remain therein forever.”
It was then asked, “How do we understand this?”
The Shaykh (rohimohuLlaah) said, “We say for example, people (Muslims) are of four categories (with regards to this issue);
The First: An innovator who commits a bid’ah that is mukaffiroh (which takes one out of the fold of Islaam). And he has absolutely no Sunnah with him. So this one will remain in the fire, and there is no difficulty in this (i.e. with regards to his ruling).
The Second: An innovator who commits a bid’ah that is mufassiqoh (which does not take one out of the fold of Islaam). So this one deserves to enter the fire but he will not stay therein forever.
The Third: A pure Sunni; this one will enter into Jannah and does not deserve to enter the fire. And if he were to enter it (the fire) due to some other sins, then he would not stay therein forever.
The Fourth: A Sunni, who has mixed both good and bad deeds. This one deserves to enter the fire but would not stay therein forever.” [Al-Moftuh al-Baab liqo’aat, Translated by Aboo Abdis Siddiq Salaam al-Juyaanee with some changes by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey]
May Allaah make it easy for us to make use of what we have learnt appropriately and make us learn more beneficial knowledge.
We ask Allaah to guide Muhammad ‘Aliyy Jabata and his students to the correct ‘aqeedah and monhaj of the people of Sunnah.
I beseech Allaah to show us the truth as being the truth and to grant us its following, and to show us misguidance as misguidance and to make it easy for us to abstain from it.
May prayers and peace be upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), his respected households and companions, and on the generality of the Muslims who follow them upon goodness till the end of time.
Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey