Question: Are there texts in the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of His Messenger permitting multiple groups or (justifying the establishment) of Ikhwân (Muslimun Group and their likes)?
Answer: Yes… I say there is neither in the Book nor the Sunnah (such texts) that make it permissible to form Firaq (parties) and Jama’ât (groups) rather there are in the Book and Sunnah what render that to be blameworthy. Allâh said:
“Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (all kinds of religious sects), you (O Muhammad ) have no concern In them In the least. Their affair is only with Allâh, who then will tell them what they used to do.” [Al-An’aam: 159].
Allâh the Mighty also said:
“[But they (men) have broken their religion among them into sects,] each group rejoicing in its belief.” [Al-Mu’minun: 53].
There is no doubt these parties (and groups) decry what Allâh has commanded of – what He enjoins on when He said:
“And verily! This your Ummah is one Religion, and I am Your Lord, so keep Your duty to Me.” [Al-Mu’minun: 52].
And some of them (who are in parties and groups) say: It is not possible for the Da’wah to become strengthened except if it is carried out under a party (or group).
We answer: This is not correct, rather the Da’wah of Islâm will gain strength inasmuch a person acts under the Book of Allâh and the Sunnah of His Messengers while he follows what has been handed down from the Prophet and his rightly-guided successors.
[Hear the cassette, Majmuu Kalaami Ulamâ Fee Abdir-Rahmaan Abdul-Khaaliq, Side B]. The
Fatwâ of Honourable Shaykh Muhammad b. Saalih Al-Uthaymeen, a Member of the Council of Elder Scholars, on Ruling over Multiple Jama’aat.
Ishâq bn Abdir-Raheem Al-Athariyy Al-Ibâdaniyy