Fatwa of the Lajnah on Dealing With Groups
The following is taken from Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah (2/238-239):
Q: The groups and sects that are present today, I mean: al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, Jamaa’at at-Tabligh, Jama’at Ansaar as-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyyah, al-Jam’iyyah al-Shar’iyyah, the Salafis, and those called al-Takfeer wal-Hijrah…These and other groups are all present in Egypt. My question is, what should be the position of the Muslim towards them? Does the following hadith of Hudhayfah apply to them: “So avoid all those groups, even if you have to bite on to the root of a tree until death reaches you in that state”? It was reported by Muslim in the Sahih.
A: All of these groups have with them truth and falsehood, and error and correctness. Some of them are closer to the truth than others and contain greater good and wider benefit than the other. You must cooperate with all of them in the good that they have with them, and advise them in the matters you deem incorrect. And leave that which causes you doubt for that which does not. And with Allah lies success. And may Allah send salutations and peace on our Prophet Muhammad, His Family, and His Companions.
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