Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab
Shaikh al-Albaani continues, “A question has come to me now and I wanted to delay it for later since it might cut off my train of thought yet even so I will not forestall the questioner, and will answer the question which is: there is a narration which says that when the Prophet was asked about the Saved Sect he replied by saying it was the Jamaa’ah.
Yes, this narration is authentic and we believe in it, but this narration [with the wording] “Jamaa’ah” is explained by the one we mentioned, because if we mention the word, “Jamaa’ah,” i.e., [as occurs in] this narration the question is about, then we must explain it with the explanation that has just passed.
So we will end this sitting by answering the last question. And I say: there are two narrations, when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked about the Saved Sect, he answered with two narrations.
The first is the one I mentioned just now, “That which I and my Companions are upon.” The other is the one the question is about, “It is the Jamaa’ah.”
But I feel as though the questioner thinks that based upon what she has read from the writings of Hizb at-Tahrir that this narration, i.e., that which mentions the Jamaa’ah goes against the narration which I spoke about.
So I say to her and to bring this answer which is in the negative closer to home: there is no disparity between the two narrations. Suppose now that the first narration, i.e., “That which I and my Companions are upon,” has no basis whatsoever and that the narration is, “The Jamaa’ah.” So we will say, “Who is the Jamaa’ah? Who is the Jamaa’ah today? Is it Hizb at-Tahrir? The Muslim Brotherhood? The Tableeghee Jamaa’ah?”
The answer is:
And everyone claims the love of Laylaa but Laylaa does not acknowledge it for them
The Jamaa’ah is, as has authentically been reported from Ibn Mas’ood, may Allaah the Most High be pleased with him, “Whoever is upon the Truth even if it is only one person.”
When Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, sent the Messengers and the Prophets as givers of good tidings and warners, they were individuals, [but] they were the Jamaa’ah.
Ibrahim was an Ummah on his own.
So whoever follows this Ummah, i.e., the Jamaa’ah, and in reality he was only one person in and of himself but he was the Jamaa’ah in his call, and whoever follows his way, traversing upon his path, then he is the Jamaa’ah even if he is only a single individual.
So now, [for argument’s sake and] upon the supposition that the first narration which described the Saved Sect did not exist at all, this Jamaa’ah is the path of the believers, the Jamaa’ah is the Jamaa’ah of the rightly-guided Caliphs.
So the hadith of al-Irbaad ibn Saariyah is not two narrations [as is the case here] such that it can be said or there can be doubt about it, as it is possible someone might want to doubt/distrust the narration, “That which I and my Companions are upon.” The Jamaa’ah is the Path of the Believers which I have just explained from the Book and the hadiths. So how does it harm us to explain the Jamaa’ah here with the first narration, “That which I and my Companions are upon?”
Because his Companions, his Companions (صلى الله عليه وسلم) are the believers whose opposers have been threatened with Hell in the aayah which I first cited as a proof [where I mentioned] that it is not enough to rely solely on the Book and the Sunnah, but that the path of the believers mentioned in the noble aayah must be added to that.
So whoever explains the Jamaa’ah mentioned in the hadith about the Saved Sect to mean that it is his group only without bringing any proof from the Book and the Sunnah for that: [proving] that he is upon what the first believers were upon, then he would have given it an interpretation other than the correct one, and would thus have explained this hadith incorrectly.”