“And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector – the Best to protect and the Best to help!” (Qur’an 22:78)
Does anyone know any verse in the Qur’an any Sahih Hadith that says that we as Muslims are to call ourselves ‘Sunni’ or that we are to call ourselves ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah’?
I have been searching and searching high n low, and coming up empty. I am not infallible or above reproach. So I think its best I consult with others.
Any verse from the Qur’an where Allah calls us Sunni Muslims or ask us to be called Sunni Muslims.
Or any sound hadith, whose chain of narration was so spotless it was not disputed by any of the scholars?
Any sound hadith that says that we are to call ourselves ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah‘ or that the saved group is the ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah“
In my research, I have come up with two things: namely
1) Ibn Abbas (r.a) is supposed to have been the first to coin the term, with some saying this has political implications going back to the conflict between Ali and Muaviya.
2) That Imam Tahawi was the first to coin the term to make those who follow certain views in theology distinct and separate from the rest.
Again here is a video by a man who claims that the term Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah originates with Ibn Abbas (r.a).
The man then goes on to narrate various ‘ahadith’ but he does not give us the term ‘Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah‘ from the lips of the Blessed Messenger (saw).
He also goes into a discussion at the end directed towards other Sunni Muslims who do not believe in sticking with only one juristic school.
The interesting thing that came to my mind was this.
If these people are so adamant that the majority is the one who is right, It renders the statement devoid of meaning.
For example before the schools of jurisprudence came along, people were not following schools of jurisprudence, and that was the majority of the people.
So where they correct since they were the majority?
What happens as many more people start finding the idea of sticking to one juristic school very unappealing and start going back to the times before the current four schools of jurisprudence became dominant? What happens when this trend now forms ‘the majority’.
It seems this ahadith about the ‘jamaat’ or the ‘group’ can easily be interpreted by any group of any given sect of Muslims at any point in history.
The term or phrase: “Ahl Sunnah Wal Jammah” cannot be authentically attributed to the Blessed Messenger (saw). This term is not in the Qur’an. This term is not from the Blessed Messenger (saw).