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CHARACTERISTICS OF A SAVED/VICTORIOUS GROUP.

Mu‘aawiyah and ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with them) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘A group of my ummah will continue victoriously adhering to the truth until the Last Hour begins.’”

Al-Mugheerah ibn Shu‘bah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) say: “Some people of my ummah will remain victorious over the people until the decree of Allaah reaches them.”

‘Imraan ibn Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “A group of my ummah will continue fighting for the truth, and will prevail over those who oppose them, until the last of them will killal-Maseekh al-Dajjaal (the Liar or Anti-Christ).”

From the above hadith, we conclude that the Prophet (peace be upon him) talked about the group of people from among his ummah and not the whole ummah. They will not be harmed by other groups. ( as we know there are 72 sects in Islam). The will strive for truth until the Day of Judgement.

Characteristics of the Victorious group:

1. Adhering to the way of Prophet (peace be upon him) in aqeeda(belief) ‘ibaadah (worship), manners and attitude, and dealings with others. The saved group has distinct characteristics in these four areas.
2. The belief in absolute oneness of Allah and his names and attributes. There is no place for following anyone else other than Muhammad( peace be upon him).

3. In matters of worship, you will find that this group is distinguished by its total adherence to and application of that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do with regard to different kinds of acts of worship, how they are done, to what extent, where and when, and for what reasons.

4. They dont follow or tolerate any kind of innovation or bidah. They dont follow anything other that Quran and sahih hadith.

5. Their manners and etiquettes are influenced by the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad( peace be upon him) such as wishing the Muslims well, being content, having a cheerful countenance, speaking well, being generous, being courageous, and other noble and good characteristics.

6. They are sincere and are conscious of Allah watching them. They deal with others with great honesty and sincerity. They are the ones to whom the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred when he said: “The two parties (to a transaction) have the choice (of proceeding with the transaction or canceling it) until they separate. If they are sincere and open, their transaction will be blessed for them, and if they are lying or deceitful, the blessing will be lost.”

If a person is lacking in any of these characteristics, then does not mean that he is not one of the saved group, but for all, there will be degrees according to that which they did (cf. al-Ahqaaf 46:19). Falling short in matters of Tawheed may put a person outside the saved group, such as lacking in ikhlaas (sincerity or purity of intention). The same applies to bid’ah, as a person may do acts of bid’ah which put him outside the saved group.

In matters of morals and dealing with others will not put a person outside the saved group but will reduce him in status.

We must all strive to be among the saved group and avoid any division in religion. Allaah urges us to do this in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):

“He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islamic Monotheism) which He ordained for Nooh (Noah), and that which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Ibraaheem (Abraham), Moosa (Moses) and ‘Eesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically) and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)” [al-Shoora 42:13]

Allaah tells us that those who divide their religion and break up into sects, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has nothing to do with them. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“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”[al-An’aam 6:159]

It is better for a muslim to avoid any form of kufr and shirk and be careful about that matter. As a believer, we must respect and follow the teachings of Quran and Sunnah. We must not follow any scholar or imam for their ideas and whatever they say. We must avoid bidah.

May Allah make us among the saved group.

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