The Saved Sect
The Saved Sect (Arabic الفرقة الناجية, al-Firqat un-Naajiyah), formerly and more generally known as The Saviour Sect, is a Muslim organization that operated in the United Kingdom from its formation in November 2005 until the British government proscribed it on 17 July 2006. It is widely believed, along with Al Ghurabaa, to be the reformed Al-Muhajiroun which Omar Bakri Muhammad disbanded in 2004. It is believed that Omar Bakri today still heads this organisation.
The name of the group is derived from a hadith (or tradition) ascribed to the prophet Muhammad, “My ummah will split into seventy-three sects, all of whom will be in Hell except one group.” They said: Who are they, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “(Those who follow) that which I and my companions follow.” This is mentioned in the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr which was recorded and classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi (2641). It was also classed as hasan by al-‘Iraaqi in Ahkaam al-Qur’aan (3/432), al-‘Iraaqi in Takhreej al-Ihya’ (3/284) and al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
On 17 July 2006 the group was banned under new legislation in Britain. Home Secretary John Reid laid an order in Parliament which made it a criminal offence for a person to belong to or encourage support for the group, to arrange meetings in its support, or to wear clothes or carry articles in public indicating support or membership.
Although the organization's website claims to represent the views of the Saviour Sect in Islam, they do not claim that they themselves are the Saviour Sect, as this apparently would be ascribing purity to themselves and would also indicate that they have knowledge of al-Ghayb (the unseen), which Muslims believe only Allah knows about.
They claim to be followers of Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah (People of the Sunnah and the Community) and that their teachings are of as-Salaf us-Saalih (the Pious Predecessors). However, many Sunnis firmly refute this.
In November 2005, Al Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect were re-established under the name Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah. This organization operates mainly through an invitation-only Internet forum, of which Anjem Choudary is a prominent contributor, using the username "Abou Adha". A reporter visiting the site found recordings of Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Omar Bakri Mohammed, as well as calls for holy war.
- UK: Islamist guilty of soliciting murder Spero News
- "New group replaces al-Muhajiroun" BBC News 29 October 2006
- "Banned extremists regroup" The Sunday Times 29 October 2006
- A Critical Study of the Multiple Identities and Disguises of 'al-Muhajiroun'
- The Saviour Sect website
- Al Gurabaa website
- Al Gurabaa alternative website - archived