Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala said:
وَإِن تُطِعْ أَكْثَرَ مَن فِي الْأَرْضِ يُضِلُّوكَ عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ
“And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.” [Al-An’aam (6):116]
He also said:
إِنَّ إِبْرَاهِيمَ كَانَ أُمَّةً قَانِتًا لِّلَّـهِ حَنِيفًا وَلَمْ يَكُ مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ
“Indeed, Abraham was a (comprehensive) leader, devoutly obedient to Allah, inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others with Allah.” [Al-Nahl (16):120]
Narrated by Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “I was shown the nations, and some Prophets passed by with a few followers, and some Prophets passed by with no followers.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
‘Amru Ibn Maimun (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “It was said to ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him): ‘How do we be a jama’ah?’ Then he said: ‘O ‘Amru Ibn Maimun! Indeed the majority of the people imparted from the Jama’ah. The Jama’ah is what confirms to the obedience of Allah even if you are all alone.‘” [Al-Lalikaa’i in Usool Al-I’tiqad Ahli As-Sunnah]
The Jama’ah is what confirms to the obedience of Allah even if you are all alone.
Ishaq Ibn Rahawaih (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “If you were to ask a jahil: ‘Who is As-Sawad Al-A’zhom (the Great Majority)?’ And they will say: ‘The majority of the people!’ Little that they knew, that the Jama’ah is the one who is knowledgeable and holding fast to the traditions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his methodology. Whoever follows it, then he is the Jama’ah. But whoever is against it has left the Jama’ah.’” [Ibn Nu’aim in Hilyatul Awliyaa’]
Benefits from this lesson:
The majority of the people is not upon the truth, based on verse 116 from Surah Al-An’am.
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala describes Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) as an Ummah even though he is alone upon the truth, based on verse 120 from Surah An-Nahl.
Being with the majority is not a sign of truth and does not indicate one is upon the truth.
The truth is defined by proofs, not by the majority.
Al-Jama’ah is unity upon the truth and whatever that coincides with it, even though not many people are upon it.
Excerpts from Idohul-Mahajjati fi Bayanis-Sabil As-Salafi by Sheikh Faisal Al-Jasim (may Allah preserve him)