Questioner: Since there are now numerous Jama’aat (groups) and we know that these Jama’aat (groups) are (upon) innovations, can one decide to join the Jamaa’ah (group) of the Ahlus-Sunnati wal Jamaa’ah?
Dr Sharof: Firstly, the Ahlus-Sunnati wal Jamaa’ah are not a group. And you must not establish your Sunnah in the name of partisanship. The Sunnah is the religion because Sunnah is Islaam and Islaam is Sunnah. If you see some people establishing their Sunnah in the name of a society they don’t understand the Sunnah. Sunnah is Islaam and Islaam is Sunnah. You should be with the people who are upon the Sunnah, not a society of the people who are upon the Sunnah. Establishment of societies is not the religion. Prophet Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was sent with the religion. You should join the Muslims who are upon the Sunnah not a society. You know a society used to have a leader, a secretary, members, cashier, (and so on); we do not ask you to join such people. The people of Sunnah are those who are upon what the Prophet left the Companions with. Ensure that you are with such people. That is not a society; it is the religion. However, if they establish this in the name of a society, then that means they are also ignoramuses. That is it.
[SOURCE: “Question and Answer session of the tape titled, ‘Unity in Islaam’]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey