Ignorance of Islamic knowledge these days is far much more than it was during the revolt of the Khawaarij and the birth of subsequent sects. Each generation became more ignorant than its preceding generations. As for the first three generations, it has been testified by the Prophet that it will be safe from corruption of knowledge and that it is the best of all generations. He said in a hadith narrated by Ibn Masood: “the best generations are my generation, then those who follow that, and then those who follow that, then after them will come those who will testify but their testimony will not be accepted.
In other long hadith narrated by Mu’awiyah ibn Abi Sufyaan he said: “…..and verily my ummah will split into seventy three sects, all of them in the Hellfire except one. A companion said: “describe them to us, oh Messenger of Allah,” he said: “those who follow what I am upon and my companions are upon today.”
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