Resulullah ‘sall-Allahu ’alaihi wa sallam’ stated: “When fasad (mischief, instigation, disunion, tumult) runs rife among my Ummat (Muslims), a person who abides by my Sunnat  will acquire blessings equal to the amount deserved by a hundred martyrs.” Scholars affiliated with any one of the four Madhhabs , (which are, namely, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali,) are called Scholars of Ahl as-Sunna . The leader of the scholars of Ahl as-Sunna is al-Imam al-a’zam Abu Hanifa. These scholars recorded what they had heard from the Sahaba-i-kiram , who, in their turn, had told them what they had heard from the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allahu ’alaihi wa sallam’.
The earth is populated by three groups of people today:
1– Disbelievers. These people say that they are not Muslims. Jews and Christians are in this group.
2– The Sunni Muslims. These people exist with an ever-increasing population in every country.
3– (Hypocrites called) Munafiqs. They say that they are Muslims. With respect to iman  and some acts of worship, they are not comparable to the Ahl as-Sunnat. They are not true Muslims.
 sunnat: (act, thing) that was, though not commanded by Allahu ta’ala, done and liked by the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam) as an ‘ibada.
 Madhhab: of what a profound ‘alim of (especially) Fiqh (usually one of the four-Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki, Hanbali) or iman (one of the two, namely Ash-ari, Maturidi) communicated.
 Ahl as-Sunna (wa’l-Jama’a): the true pious Muslims who follow as-Sahabat al-kiram. These are called Sunni Muslims. A Sunni Muslim adapts himself to one of the four Madhhabs. These madhhabs are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali.
 Sahaba-i-kiram: (pl.as-Sahabat al-kiram) a Muslim who saw the Prophet (‘alaihi ‘s-salam) at least once; one of the companions.
 iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i’tiqad.