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Paradise, Hellfire, and the Correct Methodology – Sh. Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan

Q: Is one’s entering into Paradise or the Hellfire dependant upon the correctness of his methodology?

A: Yes, if one’s methodology is correct, he will be from the inhabitants of Paradise. If he is upon the methodology of Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه وسلم ) and the methodology of the pious predecessors, he will be from the inhabitants of Paradise, by Allah’s permission. And if he follows the methodology of the deviant, misguided individuals, he is threatened with being put in the Hellfire.* Therefore (entrance into) Paradise or the Hellfire is dependant upon one’s correctness of methodology or his lack of it.

*And he falls under the Will of Allah (i.e. if Allah wills He forgives him, and if He wills, He will punish him). This is the creed of Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah. If following the correct methodology or not doesn’t result in a person going to either Paradise or the Hellfire, then what is the benefit behind the Prophet’s (صل الله عليه وسلم ) statement: “This ummah will split into 73 sects – all of them will be in the fire except one.” They said: “Which one is it, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “That which I and my Companions are upon today.”

So whoever is upon the guidance of the Prophet (صل الله عليه وسلم ) and his Companions will be from the inhabitants of Paradise, and whoever is upon something other than that, will have the second of the two. It is well known and established amongst Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah that the 72 destroyed sects mentioned in the hadeeth will not reside eternally in the Hellfire. None of the people of Hadeeth held this view, so think about it. This is except in the case where the innovations found the sect are tantamount to disbelief or if following this sect constitutes apostasy, and Allah knows best.


– From the book “Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies”, al-Ibaanah Publishing 2008, Second Edition.        Comments by Jamaal al Haarithee, hafidhahullah

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