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Q17: Sects and conflicts

This is a very broad topic with a long history so I will try to mention a few points here:

• Religions nowadays have many sects such as with Christianity (Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah’s Witness and more) and Judaism (such as Orthodox). Likewise, there are sects in Islam such as Shia, Sunni, Burailwi, Sufi, Qadiyani and many more

•The Prophet PBUH prophesied that religions would eventually have sects -Christianity and Judaism as well as Islam. However, this does not mean that people should create sects and divide themselves

• Historically, conflicts have occurred between sects such as between Catholic and Protestant Christians. An example of this was the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605 in England where Guy Fawkes tried to destroy the House of Parliament (centre of government) but was caught. You can read more about this from here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot

• Regarding Shia and Sunni Muslims; this is a very long topic and I am not specialised in it. The gist of the difference is that there are Shia who believe that the leaders of Muslims should be direct descendants of the Prophet PBUH so they believe that his cousin, Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, should have been his successor and not his other companions such as Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, who are seen by Sunni Muslims as some of the greatest companions and three of the four “Rightly Guided Caliphs”, may Allah be pleased with them. Many Shia do not like them as they believe they unlawfully succeeded the Prophet PBUH. I Have tried to give an overview of this part of history by speaking about Ali, the cousin of the Prophet PBUH and his family through my series “House of Fatima”. You can watch it from here:

• There is a difference between politics and what common people think. For example, one might believe that there is great hatred between everyone from India and Pakistan. However, in a neutral country such as the UK where you have many British Indians and Pakistanis, you might not feel any hatred between them because of their origin

• Not everyone is religious and /or takes an interest in history so they are born into a religion without fully understanding it or agreeing with its doctrines. To them, it might not make any difference what religion or sect someone else belongs to or the differences associated with them

All of these issues might make the reader wonder; which sect is correct? Without directly advocating for or against any sect, I would recommend that generally with anything (not only this article but in other areas of life), people should question what they read or hear and not simply believe everything based purely on rumours or what many people think. I would also advise that people should do their own background reading to check how accurate the information is and whether it is valid or not, going back to the original sources of information as much as possible, thus allowing them to decide for themselves. In this case, I would advise the reader to go back to the Quran and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet PBUH) and see what they actually say about the various beliefs such as the companions and the Prophet PBUH. Beyond that, I would recommend reading historic accounts and perhaps asking someone specialised in the field.

One reason that I personally would not follow other sects is because of what was mentioned in the Quran: “This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion AL-ISLAM” (Surah Al Maida 5:3). To me, this suggests that the religion is complete -but is this something that you agree with? What do you think?

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4 thoughts on “Q17: Sects and conflicts”

  1. One has to be careful by using the words cult or sect. It is not because some group adheres other teachings and religious thoughts than you that it would be a cult or a sect.

    The world has many different religious groups, Many of them worshipping One singular, others a binary or a trinity, but also groups which worship several gods or even objects from nature.

    We are all created in the image of God, and we all should come to find Allah, to worship Him in all honesty. The divine Creator has provided His sent ones, prophets, priest but also judges, kings and wise men (like Solomon) who had to write down the Words given by the Most High Elohhim.

    Be it the Torah or Pentateuch, the Writings of the Prophets, the Injil or Messianic Writings, or the Quran, we should consider them set apart books (or holy writings) which are given to mankind to bring us closer to Allah. They show us the way to Allah, but each individual shall have to make his or her own choice to grow in knowledge.

    It is not bad you made your choice and have come w witness for the faith you want to follow. In case that is the path Allah has put in front of you, that is the way you should follow to try to get your body and mind clean and clear to go forwards to the Kingdom of God. People should never forget that it is God Who calls man, and together they should unite in peace to be worthy of His Name.

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