There is another tradition to the effect that 72 sects will go to Hell and only one will go to Paradise and that is that of the Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah. "Shortly there will be born among my ummah people in whom desires will have seeped, even as the poison of a rabid dog seeps into the bitten man; there is left no vein and no joint in which the effect of rabidity may not have reached." Hence desire should be moulded according to the 1400-year old methods of the Holy Prophet and one's personal desires should be sacrificed on his sayings and deeds; as per the prophetic statement quoted earlier that, "None of you can be a true believer as long as his desire does not succumb to the religion I have brought."
Therefore one should not try to interpolate or introduce into religion things of one's own desire, because as regards innovating the Holy Prophet says that, "Whenever a people innovate a new thing (in religion), Allah Most High takes away one Sunnah in its place. Therefore, it is necessary to keep a firm hold on the Sunnah.
Similarly, Hazrat Hassan ^ says that whenever a people innovate a new thing in religion, in lieu thereof Allah Almighty lifts away a sunnah and does not return it to those people till the last day. It means that those people are deprived of the blessings of that Sunnah forever.
Hence regarding such a man who introduces any new thing in religion the Holy Prophet stated, ‘Anyone who regarded with respect an innovator, he in fact helped in obliterating Islam.’