Islamic concepts

Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah — mainstream Sunnī Islam

أَهلُ السُنَّةُ وَالجَمَاعَة
noun phrase
ALA-LC ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-jamāʿah

Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah literally means people of the Sunnah (the Prophet’s example) and of the community (the main body of the Muslims).

which represents nearly 90% of Muslims worldwide, emphasizes consent in the views and customs of the majority of the community. This tradition

Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah literally means the people of the Sunnah and the Jamāʿah (community, main body of the Muslims).

(the customs left by Muḥammad ﷺ)

Mainstream Sunnī Islam is by far the largest denomination of Islam, representing about 85% of the world’s Muslims.

The longer name is


The difference

The main difference between Sunni and Shīʿah Islam is in the leadership structure. The leadership in Sunnī Islam by consensus of scholars.

"The jama'ah is generally interpreted as being the agreement of the companions, radhiy Allah 'anhum, perhaps to differentiate ourselves from the shi'ah, known for harbouring ill-opinions about them. As far as I know, jama'ah was the consensus of the companions (ra) and also is a general principle as you mentioned that the Ummah will not come together to agree on an error, therefore it is best to stay with the majority group and not splinter off, as you mentioned. "

Adhering to the main body of the Muslims (i.e., the Jama’ah) by living amongst believers and choosing righteous friends who will help him to do good. The Prophet r said, “Whoever among you wants to attain the best part of Paradise, let him adhere to the main body of the Muslims, for the Shaytan is with the one who is alone but he is farther away from two.” [at-Tirmidhee (2254)]