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It is estimated that out of 1000 people who claim themselves to be Muslims in the world today, only 4 may be on the right path of Islam! Let us find out the facts

It is in Hadith - Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) said “Jews got divided into seventy one groups and Christians got divided into seventy two groups and my nation will get divided into seventy three groups. All the groups will enter the Hell except one. They asked: “Allah’s (SWT) Messenger which one is it? He replied: “Those who will remain on the path on which I and my companions are today” narrated by Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah, and Ahmad.

It is in Hadith -
It is narrated on the authority of Abdullaah Ibn Amr (RU) that the Prophet (SAWS) said that the (Muslim) Ummah will divide into seventy-three groups; all of them will enter Hell except one, namely, the one that follows the way of the Prophet (SAWS), and that of his companions.(Tirmizi).

Current State of Muslims in the World 

Population of Muslim sects and their sub groups in the world is estimated to be over 1.2 billion (1,200,000,000). How can we know the actual number of real Muslims among this huge population?

There can be a simple way. If we divide 1.2 billion by 73, we may probably get this figure. (1,200,000,000/73) = 16,438,356.

Meaning, about 16.4 million people may be on the right path. But this figure is extremely doubtful because every sect has several sub groups and we do not know which sub group of a sect is on the right path. For our rough calculation, if we consider every sect to have at least 3 sub groups, then to find the actual number of people who are on the right path, we will have to divide 16,438,356 / 3 = 5,479,452.

Meaning, approximately 5.48 million could be real Muslims in the eyes of Allah (SWT).

The rest (1,200,000,000 – 5,479,452) = 1,194,520,548.  Meaning  over 1.194 billion may be treated as non-Muslims on the Day of Judgment.

The above calculation shows that, out of 1,000 (one thousand) people who claim themselves to be Muslims in the world today, about 4 (four) are possibly the real Muslim in the eyes of Allah (SWT).  The remaining 996 are likely to be thrown into hell fire permanently.

These are bare undeniable facts.

Every sect and every sub group claims that they are on the right path.

How could this be possible? 

Followers of every sect explain Islamic issues in the light of Quranic verses and Ahadith.  They present before us logical arguments to prove their points of view which look convincing on the face value. 

How could people deduce contradicting information from reading  Quran and Hadith books?  

The answer is  simple. 

Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) reformed Muslims in two ways.  

(i) By teaching Quran and acting upon the Quranic commandments.  These aspects are covered in the study of Quran and Hadith.

(ii) By cleansing and purifying peoples hearts and reforming their attributes (tazkia nafs) by personal attention.  This aspect is covered under Islamic theology.

As understanding capacity of people differs from person to person, Prophet Mohammad (SAWS) paid personal attention towards people and expanded their spiritual abilities to absorb the message of Islam.  For this purpose, he often cleared the doubts of people on 'one to one' basis.  Hadith books are full of occasions when he corrected individuals and cleared their doubts in correct Islamic faith.

What does it mean? 

It means that it is possible to get misled and lose the straight path of Islam if we study Quran and Hadith independently.  We need a reliable Islamic Shaikh of Ihsan / Wali Allah who cautions us on your misunderstandings and clears our doubts as they crop up in our mind.  Without this facility, we will not be able understand truthful Islamic beliefs.  

How  Muslims got divided into so many sects? 

Because they attempted to study Quran and Hadith independently and deduced meanings as per their limited understanding capacities.  Read the life histories of the founders of all sects, you will know that all of them attempted to deduce the meanings of Quran and Sunnah as per their limited understanding. 

Followers of various sects may keep arguing with you infinitely, but this is the fact of the matter.  We have more than 73 sects, this itself is the testimony that the founders of these sects broke away from the mainstream Islam because of their misunderstanding of the basic Islamic beliefs. 

In spite of their major differences in basic faith,  there is one thing on which all  sects are united. 

All of them agree upon the fact that prominent Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan are good Muslims. They also accept them as Awliya Allah. 

Nobody denies the virtuous Islamic deeds of Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan.  Ibn Taymiyyah, the founder of Salafis,  praised Islamic virtues of Sufis. 

All sects dispute  with 'look alike Sufi Babas' ,  'Mullahs'  and 'so called Murshids'  who cheat Muslims in the name of religion. 

We also condemn all those who mislead people in the name of religion, try to impose their ill gotten views and take advantage of gullible Muslims. 

Some sects object to Sunni practice of asking for mediation of these respected souls.  They object the  Sunni practice, but never condemn the Shaikhs, rather have a high regard for them because of their virtuous deeds. 

Allah (SWT) also praises these Shaikhs in Quran.

It is in Quran - 'Behold the friends of Allah -SWT! On them shall come no fear, nor shall they grieve.  These are they, who have believed in Allah-SWT and are mindful of Him (the feeling of closeness of Allah-SWT) and (have consequently abstained from everything evil).  To them tidings come (from Allah -SWT) of a happy life both in this world and in Hereafter.  The word of Allah -SWT is never revoked.  This in itself is a great felicity (Younus - 62-64).

In view of the above facts, we can conclude that there is one class of Muslims (Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan / Awliya Allah) whose beliefs are accepted by all sects as truthful.   Allah (SWT) also praises them in Quran.  

Thus as per Prophet's (SAWS) Hadith, out of 73 sects, Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan are the real Muslims who are on the right path.  And insh-Allah, they will get salvation on the Day of Judgment. 

The rest of the Muslims will also get salvation provided they correct their Islamic Faith and follow the foot steps of Prophet Mohammad (SAWS), his companions and Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan.

Finding right path of Islam through books is very difficult, because we have thousands of books, translations of Quran and Ahadith done by people belonging to various sects.  These books misguide and drag us away from the right path. 

We need an honest teacher who is a friend of Allah (SWT) who could lead us to the right path of Islam.

How to find these honest teachers to learn Islam? 

Real Sufi Shaikhs of Ihsan (not  Sufi Babas who cheat people) are more pious and knowledgeable but hide their good deeds from people. They help in purification of minds of the people (tazkia nafs), correct people’s notions, educate them in inner values and significance of Islam and draw people’s attention towards Divine signs and secrets in the cosmos. They follow Prophet Mohammad’s (SAWS) foot steps in propagation of Islamic teachings and purification of people’s minds. Allah (SWT) has described them as His friends. It is very difficult to identify them among masses. If we find them, we should try to associate with them and learn Islamic teachings and practices in their company.

It is in Quran – ‘ O’ you who believe, Be afraid of Allah (SWT) and be with those who are truthful (Muslims) (At-Tauba – 119). At another place in Quran - And whosoever obeys Allah (SWT) and the Messenger (Mohammad -SAWS ), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah (SWT) has bestowed His Grace; like Prophets, the Siddiqun ( like Abu Bakr Siddique -RU ), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are.’ (An-Nisa – 69).

The best way to find them is to judge them by their Correct Islamic Faith and exceptional Islamic character.  There is a famous saying 'a man is known by the company he keeps'.  Therefore, if you be in their company, you will also walk on the right path of Islam. 

It is indeed difficult to find them among masses.  Therefore, you pray Allah (SWT) to find one such teacher for you.  For this purpose, sit quite, closing your eyes, leaving all your inhibitions and apprehensions, at least once during the day or night, after your Salah and concentrate your mind towards Allah (SWT).  Consider, you are sitting in front of Him and He is looking at you and listening to whatever you are saying. 

Pray earnestly, seeking His beneficence to guide you to right path of Islam and to find you a good teacher, a Shaikh of Ihsan, in whose company you can  learn truthful Islam.  Continue this practice until you find this teacher.  When you find him, you heart will testify that this is the teacher you were looking for.

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O’ Allah (SWT), kindly reveal the facts of things, as they are, and keep us Muslim while dying and unite us with the group of righteous people for the sake of the happiness of your beloved Prophet (SAWS).


It is in Quran - (Say O'Prophet - SAWS) My Sustainer is ever-near, responding to the call of whoever calls unto Him! (Hud - 61).



We testify that there is no (real) God, but Allah (SWT), and Mohammed (SAWS) is the messenger of Allah – SWT.

O’Allah –SWT, kindly enlighten us with the rightful beliefs and help us become good Muslims and provide us peace and honor in this world  and salvation on the Day of Judgment. Ameen. 


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