AHL AL-SUNNAH - اهل السنة
Ahl Al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamâ’ah - اهل السنة والجماعة
Literally: Ahl is a man's family. A household. A kindred. Friends. People. A nation. A man's family and descendants. A wife. The people of a place, condition, profession, religion or quality. A person or thing closely related to some particular thing mentioned.
Literally: Sunnah is a way. A Habit. A practice. A rule of action.
The practices of Muhammad (asm) including His ‘ibâdah which comes from the Sharî’ah, which are contained in the Qur'an. Any word, teachings, deeds and sayings, silent permissions or disapprovals of Muhammad (asm) other than what is contained in the Qur'an, adopted as a rule of Islam.
Jamâ’ah: An assembly. A company. A party. A group; especially, a congregation assembled for ‘ibâdah.
Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamâ’ah: Those who adhere to the Sunnah strictly and minutely in matters of aqîdah or matters of actions which are subject to the rulings of Sharî’ah, and who unite upon it. Hence they are called Ahl al-Sunnah because they adhere to the Sunnah, and they are called Ahl al-Jamâ’ah because they are united in following it.
“He decreed with a certain sahîh narration through saying سَتَفْتَرِقُ اُمَّتِى ثَلاَثًا وَسَبْعِينَ فِرْقَةً اَلنَّاجِيَةُ وَاحِدَةٌ مِنْهَا. قِيلَ مَنْهُمْ؟ قَالَ مَا اَنَا عَلَيْهِ وَ اَصْحَابِى, he reported that his ummah will be divided into seventy-three groups, and among them, Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamâ'ah will be the perfect group who attain salvation.” The Nineteenth Letter - Sixth Subtle Sign
“The largest group in al-‘âlam of Islam, ahl al-haqq and istiqâmah, called Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamâ'ah, have preserved the haqiqahs of the Qur'an and îmân by following to the letter the Sunnah as-Saniyyah within the bounds of istiqâmah.” The Letters ( 402 )
“And so, O ahl al-haqq and ahl al-hidâyah! The way to be saved from the above-mentioned wiles of shaytans among jinn and men is this: make your headquarters the madhab of ahl al-haqq which is Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jamâ'ah; enter the fortress of the muhkamât of the Qur'an of Miraculous Exposition; and take the Sunnah as-Saniyyah as your guide, and find salâmât!” The Flashes ( 112 )