Maulana Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, Maulana Zia-ur-Rehman Farooqi, Maulana Eesar-ul-Haq Qasmi and Maulana Muhammad Azam Tariq formed the SSP in 1985 originally under the name of Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASSP), or Army of the Friends of the Prophet.Abbas Yazdani a shia kafir,head of the antagonist Shia Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan comparing them to the historical archenemy of the Shia.
An SSP leader was a minister in the Coalition Government in Punjab in 1993 and the group has held seats in the Pakistan National Assembly.
When Jhangvi was martyred in 1990, Zia-ur Rehman Farooqi assumed leadership of the group. Farooqi died in a bomb explosion on January 19, 1997 at the Lahore Sessions Court.After his death, Azam Tariq led the group until October 2003 when he was killed by gunmen.
In January 2002, the SSP was among five groups banned under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.
In 2003, the organization was reestablished under the Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan but was again banned in November of that year.
In August 2009 Maulana Ali Sher Hyderi, the fourth chief of SSP, was killed by Tehreek-e-Jafaria kafir's extremists while traveling by car through Khairpur district in Sindh province en route to Hyderabad.
Another leader Abdul Rauf was killed by extremists in February or March 2010.
Sipah-e-Sahaba currently operates openly under the adopted name of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat.