Endless Bliss (Part 2)

A person who claims to be a Muslim and who has been seen performing salat (daily prayer) in jama'a (congregation) must be regarded as Muslim. If, later on, in his speech, writing or behaviour something is seen disagreeing with the knowledge of iman (faith) as conveyed by the 'ulama' [1] of Ahl as-Sunna [2], he will be told that this is disbelief or heresy. He will be told to cease from it and repent. If, with his short mind and coarse reasoning, he answers that he will not, it will be understood that he is a heretic or disbeliever. Even if he continues performing salat, performs hajj and does all kinds of worship and good deeds, he will not escape this disaster unless he gives up the things or acts which causes kufr (disbelief) and unless he repents; he will not be a Muslim. By learning well the things that cause disbelief, each Muslim should protect himself from becoming a disbeliever and should know well the disbelievers and those liars who pretend to be Muslims and keep away from their harm.

Rasulullah (sall-Allahu ta'ala 'alaihi wa sallam) said in a hadith-i-sharif [3] that wrong, false meanings would be extracted from the Qur'an al-karim and hadith, and thus seventy-two heretical groups would appear. This hadith sharif is explained in the books Beriqa and Al-hadiqa, which derived it from the Sahihain of al-Bukhari and Muslim. We should not be taken in by the books and lectures of the men of these groups who come forward under such names as 'great scholar of Islam' or 'professor of religion', and we should be very alert not to fall into the traps of these thieves of faith and belief. Besides those insidious enemies, communists and freemasons, and also Christian missionaries and Jewish Zionists try to deceive the Muslim youth through made-up and deceitful articles, motion pictures, theatre, and radio or television broadcasts. They spend millions for this purpose. The 'ulama' of Islam (rahimahumullah) have given necessary responses to all of them and have shown Allahu ta'ala's religion and the way to happiness and salvation.

[1] 'ulama': pl. of 'alim; 'ulama' ar-rasihin, those learned in both zahiri and batini sciences.
[2] Ahl as-Sunna (wa'l-Jama'a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali.
[3] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).