Part 6: The Means to Safety For The Ummah – By Shaikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Seek Knowledge from The Upright Scholars, Stay with The Body of Muslims Who Are United Behind a Ruler and Distance Yourself from Deviated Sects In Order to be Safeguarded from Fitan
Hudhaifah bin Al Yamaan [radiyallaahu anhu] said: The people used to ask Allaah’s Messenger [sallal-laahu alayhi-wasallam] about good, but I used to ask him about evil for fear that it might overtake me. Once, I said, ”O Allaah’s Messenger! We were in ignorance and in evil and Allaah has bestowed upon us the present good; will there be any evil after this good? He said, ‘Yes.’ I asked, ‘Will there be good after that evil?’ He said: ‘Yes, but it would be tainted with Dakhan [i.e. little evil]. I asked, ‘What will its Dakhan be?’ He said, ‘There will be some people who will lead [people] according to principles other than my Sunnah. You will see their actions and disapprove of them.’ I said, ‘Will there be any evil after that good?” He said, ”Yes, there will be people who will invite others to the gates of Hell, and whoever accepts their invitation to it, will be thrown in it.’ I said, ‘O Allaah’s Messenger! Describe those people to us.’ He said, ‘They will belong to us and speak our language’. I asked, ’ [O Allaah’s Messenger]! What do you order me to do if such a thing should take place in my life?” He said, ”Adhere to the main body of Muslims and their Ruler.’ I asked, ‘If there is neither a main body of Muslims nor a Ruler [what shall I do]?’ He said, ‘Keep away from all those different sects, even if you had to bite the root of a tree, till death reaches you while you are in that state.”’
Hudhaifah sought clarification from the prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] about what to do if he comes across evil in the future, so that he can be aware and safeguarded. And this cannot be accomplished by making excuses. It cannot be accomplished except through knowledge; asking questions and asking! When the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] clarified for Hudhaifah [radiyallaahu-anhu] regarding what was to take place, Hudhaifah said: ”What do you order me O Messenger of Allaah if I come across that?” He [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: ”Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Ruler.” This is similar to his [sallal-laahu-alayhi wasallam] statement: ”Upon you is to have Taqwah of Allaah, and to listen and obey’’.
Do not go with the deviated sects; rather you should be upon firmness, perseverance and Fiqh Fid-deen [sound understanding of the religion]. Look to that which the Messenger [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] and his companions were upon and adhere to it. You should listen to the Muslim ruler and obey him [in good]  and be with the Jamaa’ah of the Muslims . He [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: ”Adhere to the group of Muslims and their Ruler.” He (Hudhaifah) said: ‘’O Messenger of Allaah! What if there is neither a group [of Muslims] nor a Ruler?’’ He [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] said: ”Keep away from all those different sects’’.
If there is no group and a ruler adhering to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger, then keep away from all of them because all of that is misguidance. Do not be with them [even if you had to bite the root of a tree, till death reaches you while you are in that state]. However, if there is a Jamaa’ah [i.e. those upon truth] and a Ruler for the Muslims, then do not be isolated; rather be with the Muslims in order that you may safe and secure.
To be continued……InshaaAllaah
An Excerpt: Abridged and slightly paraphrased. Source: From a booklet of the Shaikh titled Asbaab An-Najaat Lil Ummah, see Pdf here: http://www.albaidha.net/vb/showthread.php?t=58811
 refer to this link about the Jamaa’ah: http://www.salafipublications.com/sps/apps_SharhusSunnah.cfm?PointID=2