Questioner: Majority of the people in my vicinity are people of innovation. Can I establish a Jamaa’ah (group) to call the people to Sunnah?
Dr Sharof: The Jamaa’ah (group) you want to establish is also an innovation. Why is it that the Nigerians believe that the religion cannot be practiced without establishing Jamaa’at (groups)? You can teach the people in the mosques. Teaching the people is enough. There is no need establishing a group. This is because when groups are created, their scholars become ‘Muhammashoon’ (servants). This implies that they will be expected to make comments on the basis of the ideology (of the group). They will be ordered to establish opening and closing prayers (and other irrelevancies in their affairs). I hope you understand.
Also, if anything that has to do with the religion comes up, they will order the scholars in their group to see to it. If their scholars see to it and it contradicts their reasoning, they may ask them to reject it. What do we want to achieve with these Jamaa’at (groups)? Allaah ordered us to stand upon the religion not establishment of Jamaa’at (groups).
[SOURCE: “Question and Answer session of the tape titled, ‘Unity in Islaam’]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey