Is there an authentic hadīth stating that all the different sects will enter Jannah and only 1 sect will enter the fire? This was mentioned by a speaker and no reference was provided but we normally hear the narration that all sects will be in the fire except for the Ahl al-Sunnah.


باسم الله و الصلاة و السلام على رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم

Regarding the narration in which the following wording is mentioned:

“…all of them are in Jannah except one sect…”

Then the hadith masters have spoken about it’s sanad and matn in their works.

It is believed to have been forged by al-Abrad bin al’Ashras who was a lieing (kazzāb) forgerer (waddā’) according to the scholars of the science of narrator criticism.

This has been mentioned by amongst others al-Hāfizh Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyutī in ‘La’āli’ al-Masnū’ah’ and al-Hāfizh Nūr al-Dīn al-Kinānī in ‘Tanzīh al-Sharī’ah’.

al-Hāfizh ibn al-Jawzī has similarly mentioned this in al-Mawdū’āt. He has added that ibn Khuzaymah stated regarding al-Abrad: “a liar, a forgerer”.

Further to this al-Hāfizh ibn al-Jawzī has highlighted that al-Hāfizh Abū Hātim al-Rāzī has stated regarding Hafs ibn ‘Umar who is mentioned in the sanad: “he was a liar” while al-Hāfizh al-‘Uqaylī said about this same narrator: “He narrates false narrations from the imāms [falsely attributing them to the imāms].”

Al-Hāfizh ibn al-Jawzī points out:

This narration with this wording has no basis (lā asla lahū) on the contrary it is narrated from the Messenger of Allāh (may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) by our masters ‘Alī ibn abī Tālib, Sa’d ibn abi Waqqās, ibn ‘Umar, Abu al-Dardā’, Mu’āwiyah, ibn Abbās, Jābir, Abū Hurayrah, Abū Umāmah, Wāthilah, ‘Awf ibn Mālik and ‘Amr ibn ‘Awf al-Muzanī (may Allāh be pleased with them all) and  they have all reported in it [the wording]:

“One will be in Jannah and it is the Jamā’ah.”

و الله تعالى أعلم

Answered by Mawlana Ibrar Shafi

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