783: Sects in Islam and influence by other religions
How many sects are there in the Muslim religion and how are each beliefs
differ from the others?
Also, how was Islam influenced by other religions in the Middle East?
Published Date: 1997-11-25
The one and only religion that Allaah, the Most Gracious, accepts is Islam. This religion
has one path, one direction and is based on one methodologythat which the Prophet
of Islam Muhammad
(peace be upon him) followed along with his comrades. This
religion which Allaah has chosen for mankind is not subdivided into different sects nor
does it divert into different paths. However, a number of people have gone astray and
corrupted the religion, forming many different groups that bear no relation to Islam,
examples of which are Al-Baatiniya,, Al-Qadyaninya, and the Bahaa’iya, among which
Allaah the Most Exalted and Glorious has warned us in the Holy Qur’aan:
" And verily this (i.e. Allah’s commandments mentioned in the previous two verses 151
and 152) is my straight path, so follow it, and follow not (other) paths, for they will
separate you from His path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-
Muttaqoon ( the pious-see V2:2) " Verse # 153, Surat Al An’aam.
As for the second part of the question, the noble inquirer must know that Islam came
down from the heavens in the form of divine revelations and inspirations to the Prophet
(peace be upon him). Islam is the religion that Allaah has accepted for his
worshippers, and has chosen it to mark the final completion of all that preceded it and
thus supercede and be the seal for all religions. Therefore, it is not possible to say that
Islam was influenced by other religions (as it was revealed by God, Allaah, the
We hope that you will read more about this religion and we ask Allaah to guide you to
the True Path.