بسم الله الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله
Shaykh Al-‘Allaamah Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله تعالى
Source: Lecture delivered by the Shaykh at King Fahd Masjid in Taif on 3/3/1415AH
Question: Is there a difference between al-Firqatun Naajiyyah (the saved sect) and at-Taa’ifatun Mansoorah (the victorious group)?
Answer: Absolutely not. Al-Firqatun Naajiyyah (the saved sect), it is mansoorah (victorious). It is not naajiyyah (saved) except that it is mansoorah (victorious) and it is not mansoorah (victorious) except that it is naajiyyah (saved). These are their attributes: Ahlus Sunnaah wal-Jama’ah, al-Firqatun Naajiyyah, at-Taa’ifatun Mansoorah.
And whosoever desires to differentiate between these attributes and designates some with this attribute and some others with this (other) attribute, then he desires to divide Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. So he designates some of them as al-Firqatun Naajiyyah and some of them as at-Taa’ifatun Mansoorah.
This is wrong. Because they are one group. All the exemplary attributes and praise is gathered within them. And they are Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, and they are al-Firqatun Naajiyyah, and they are at-Taa’ifatun Mansoorah. They are al-Baqoona ‘Ala al-Haqqi Illa Qiyaam as-Sa’a (the ones remaining upon the truth until the establishment of the Hour) and they are al-Ghurabaa’ Fi Aakhir az-Zamaan (the strangers at the end of time).