Salam Alaikum my fellow Muslims.
As a Bani Israel woman, who is just really begining to learn her deen.
I want to know why are there so many different sects all claiming to be followers and believers in Allah (including Sunni) when Allah clearly states in Al Quran to steer clear of sects, and to not fall in schisms???
We all know the intent behind the word "Sunni" is to distinguish oneself from other sects. However, I'll say this again, Allah is the one to make the distinction as to whom the real believers are not us. To say you're Sunni Muslim is no different from saying you're a Shi'a, how so? Because to break up the religion into sects is all wrong..no matter if what you believe in is the truth. Allah says the believers are those who hears and obey, and not only that Allah gives characteristic over and over again of the believers in The Holy Quran.
Again Allah did not say the believers are those who are Sunni's, and again Allah warns us of these sects, because he knew what was going to happen. Alhumdulillah Allah knows his creation.
And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment." [Quran 3:100 - 3:105]
"As for those who Divide their Religion and Break up into Sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the Truth of all that they did." [Quran 6:159]