The Jamaaah at-Tableegh and the Ikhwaan are amongst the 72 sects
His Excellency, Shaykh Abdul Azeez Ibn Baaz (Rahima-ullaah) was asked: : May Allaah grant you the best (of His favours).
In the hadeeth of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu alayhe wa Sallam), relating to the splitting of the Ummah, he says: (( and my Ummah shall split into 72 sects )).
So, is the Jamaaah at-Tableegh, with what they have in terms of shirk and innovations; and also the Jamaaah al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen, with what they have in terms of partisanship and revolting/rebelling against the leaders and lack of obedience; from the 72 sects?
So, he (the Shaykh) responded, may Allaah forgive him and bestow upon him His immense mercy:
They are from the 72 (sects). Whoever opposes the aqeedah of Ahlus-Sunnah enters the fold of the 72 (sects). The meaning of the Prophets (sal-Allaahu alayhe wa Sallam) statement ((My Ummah)) is: the Ummah of Ijaabah, i.e. the Ummah of response; those who responded to the Prophets call and revealed their allegiance to him. And the meaning of 73 sects: the victorious sect which adhered to him and was upright in their religion and 72 of those sects amongst them the kuffaar, the sinners and various innovators.
So, the questioners asked: Are these two groups (Jamaaah at-Tableegh and Jamaaah al-Ikhwaan al-Muslimeen) from amongst the 72 sects?
He responded: Yes, they are from the amongst the 72 sects, along with the Murjiah and other than them; the Murjiah and the Khawaarij some of the people of knowledge regard the Khawaarij from amongst the kuffaar, out of the fold of Islaam although amongst the 72 sects.
[Taken from the recording of the Shaykhs lessons in Sharh al-Muntaqaa in Taif approximately 2 years or less before his death].