All praise is due to Allāh, the Lord of the worlds and Lord of all creation — may the salutations of Allāh, His peace and blessings be upon the noblest of all of the Prophets and Messengers, Muhammad, upon his family, his Companions and all those who follow them precisely until the establishment of the Hour.
From the greatest of evils present, those which corrupt one’s īmān, and harms one’s Religion is the tribulation of the Rāfidah “Twelver” Shī’ah — these individuals who portray their falsehood as if it alone, is the true Islam. This deception has reached a point whereby some of those who profess to be upon the Sunnah have called for greater nearness, cooperation and affection towards the Shī’ah, claiming that the differences between the People of Sunnah and the Rāfidah, who call themselves Ithnā ’Ashariyyah (Twelvers) are merely in minor subsidiary affairs and not in the foundations of the Islamic Faith — this is from their misguidance, ignorance and self-delusion.
The reality is that the differences between Ahlus-Sunnah and the Rāfidah Shi’ah are in the fundamentals of belief and ‘aqīdah. These Rawāfid have idolatrous beliefs that exit them from Islam. They have in their doctrine Shirk and Kufr that clearly removes a person from the fold of Islam. Added to this is their severe hatred and enmity for the Muslims who are upon the Sunnah that leads them to killing the people of Sunnah and taking their wealth and property, as is witnessed throughout history till this day, and written clearly in their source books.
It is unfortunate that many of the general folk, who love the Qur’ān and Sunnah and desire good, do not know of the heretical beliefs and polytheistic practices of the Shī’ah as well as their enmity towards the People of Sunnah — and this is partly due to the fact that the Shi’ite clerics do not make wide-spread their foundational books that their ideology is built upon.
Note: The Shi’ah are an offshoot from Islam that appeared after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) who claimed that the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet, ‘Ali ibn Abi Tālib (may Allah be pleased with him), was divinely appointed as his successor and the first rightful Caliph. The term Shi’ah is short for “Shī’at ‘Alī” (The Faction of ‘Alī). They believe that political authority must remain within the family and lineage of ‘Alī (radiyallāhu ’anhu).
The largest branch of the Shi’ah, and the most vehement against Sunni Islam are the “Ithnā ‘Ashariyyah” or the “Twelvers”. They are rightly referred to as the “Rāfidah” (Rejectors) due to their rejection of the first two Caliphs, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (radiyallāhu ’anhumā) and the other disciples of the Propet (salallāhu alaihi wasallam).
So here we will mention just some of the futile and erroneous beliefs of the Shi’ah that they themselves have penned in their own source reference books:
1. Their Belief Concerning The Twelve Imāms Of The Shi’ah
The foremost Shi’ite cleric Al-Kulainī mentioned in his book, Usūl al-Kāfī (1/258-260):
“If the Imāms desire to know something, they come to know it. They know when they will die — and none of them dies unless they choose to do so themselves.”
This book of al-Kulainī to the Shī’ah is the most reliable source reference to them — in essence it is to the Shi’ah what Sahīh al-Bukhārī is to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamā’ah. The Shi’ah ascribe divinity to these Imāms, worshipping them as Allah is worshipped. One of their Scholars, Hāshim al-Bahrānī stated in his book, Yanābī’ ul-Ma’ājiz wa Usūl ud-Dalā’il (Chapter 5, p. 35-36) regarding the Twelve Imāms of the Shi’ah:
“They have knowledge of what is in the Heavens, and knowledge of what is in the Earth, they have knowledge of what has passed and they have knowledge of what is to come, and they know what happens in the night and the day, and from one hour to the next hour – and they have the knowledge possessed by the Prophets and even more than it.”
One their important shaikhs of this era, Abdul-Muhsin al-Amīnī an-Najafī stated in his book Al-Ghadīr (1/214-216):
“Verily the [Twelve] Imāms are the sons of Allah and from the offspring of ‘Alī.”
They have stated in their writings and lectures:
“Indeed the Mahdi al-Muntadhir (the Awaited Leader) entered an underground cavity whilst he was only five years old, yet he knows whatever takes place in every atom of the universe!”
2. The Shi’ite Belief Regarding The Noble Qur’ān.
The Rāfidah claim that the Qur’ān that is with the People of Sunnah is not that which was revealed to Muhammad (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam). They claim it has been altered, changed and added to. Indeed the vast majority of their clerics and scholars believe the Qur’an has been altered and distorted from the original, as has been mentioned clearly by their cleric, An-Nūrī at-Tabrīsī (d. 1320 AH) in his book, Fasl ul-Khitāb fī Ithbāt Tahrīfi Kitāb il-Arbāb.
Al-Kulainī mentions in Usūl al-Kāfī (2/242) that the Qur’an that was brought by Angel Jibrīl to Muhammad (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) had seventeen thousand verses. This means that the Qur’an the Rāfidah claim was revealed is more than what is with us today, because what we have before us today consists of just over six thousand Āyahs! And it is Allāh who has promised to preserve it:
“Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian.” (al-Hijr 15:9)
Even their behaviour towards the Qur’ānic commentary is misguided as they explain it in accordance to their desires and fanatical ideology. Their scholar, as-Sāfī in his Tafsīr (1/156,361) of the statement of Allāh:
“Indeed Allāh does not forgive that partners are associated with Him in worship.”
As-Sāfī said: “Meaning: That He will not forgive those who disbelieve in the right of ‘Alī, may Allāh be pleased with him, [to be the first and lasting Caliph]. And as for His saying:
‘And He forgives lesser than that to whomever He pleases.’
Meaning: For the one who gives allegiance to ‘Ali [as the first rightful Caliph].”
Other examples of the distortion of the explanations of the words of Allah in accordance to their desires is the following: Allāh stated:
“And it was already revealed to you and to those before you that if you should associate [anything] with Allah, your deeds would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” (az-Zumar 39:65)
The Shi’ite Qur’anic commentators said: “That if you combine your allegiance to anyone along with allegiance to ‘Alī, then your deeds would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” (Tafsīr as-Sāfī, 1/156,361, Tafsīr Nūr ath-Thaqalain, 1/151,488)
Regarding the statement of Allāh:
“Those who believe in superstition and Magic and false objects of worship.” (an-Nisā 4:51) They said in their tafsīrs (commentaries): “It refers to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar.” (See Furū’ al-Kāfī with the notes Mirāt al-‘Uqūl, 4/416).
3. Their Belief With Respect To The Companions Of Allāh’s Messenger (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) And His Wives
The belief of the Rawāfid is built upon upon reviling and abusing the Companions (may Allāh be pleased with all of them). They declare all the Companions to be disbelievers with the exception of three (or a few more). The Shī’ite cleric Al-Kulainī states this in his Al-Kāfī which is a source reference for them:
“All the people apostated after the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam) except for three, those being: Miqdād ibn Aswad, Abu Dharr al-Ghifārī and Salmān al-Fārisī.”
(Rijāl al-Kashshī, p.6, Al-Kāfī Kitāb ar-Rawdah, 12/312,322, with Sharh Jāmi’ of Māzindarānī)
In the Shi’ite book Miftāh al-Jinān of Abbās al-Qummī there occurs a supplication of the Shī’ah scholars directed against Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and their two daughters Ā’ishah and Hafsah (radiyallāhu’ anhum), both wives of the Prophet (salallāhu ‘alaihi wasallam). They consider these as legislated supplications in the morning and the evening, wherein they utter:
“O Allah, send peace upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad — and curse the two idols of Quraish, their two magicians, their two false deities, and likewise their slanderous daughters, those who opposed your commands.. (etc.)” (Rijāl al-Kashshī, p. 114).
They also refer to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar as “Pharoah and Hāmān!” (See Qurat ul-‘Ayn of al-Kāshānī, p. 432-433), and as “the two idols..” (Tafseer al-‘Ayāshī, 2/116, Bihār al-Anwār, p. 58,67) and as“Al-Lāt and al-‘Uzza.” (Ikmāl ad-Dīn of Ibn Bābawaih al-Qummī, p. 246, Muqaddimat ul-Burhān of Abul-Hasan al-‘Āmalī, p. 294).
The Shi’ite clerics are very straight-forward in their vile attacks upon the Sahābah. They state clearly that their ‘Awaited Mahdī’ will bring to life Abu Bakr and Umar and then he will hang them from the branches of a date palm tree, and he will kill them over and over, a thousand times a day. (See Ēqādh min al-Huj’ah bi Tafsīr al-Burhān ‘alar-Ruj’ah of Hurr al-‘Āmalī, p. 287)
4. Their Belief Regarding The People Of Sunnah
The Rāfidah Shi’ite belief teaches that the wealth of the Sunni is permissible to take and his blood is permissible to spill. It states in their book, Al-Anwār an-Nu’māniyyah of al-Jazā’irī (2/206-207) that the ‘Ahlus-Sunnah are impure and filthy unbelievers by the consensus of the Shi’ite scholars, and are more evil than the Jews and Christians.’
In some other books it states that it is permissible to kill Ahlus-Sunnah whom they refer to as Nāsibīs, because of their [false] belief that Sunnis hate ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (may Allah be pleased with him). They state that Sunni can be killed by drowning him, or by crushing him under a wall, or by any other secretive means that leaves the Shi’ite killer undetected. These wicked intentions of the Shi’ites are clearly stated in their books, see: Rijāl al-Kashshī, p. 529, Tahdhīb al-Ahkām, 1/384, Wasā’il ash-Shī’ah, 6/340.
5. The Rāfidah Shī’ah Believe That The Lord They Worship Is Not The Lord That Is Worshipped By Ahlus-Sunnah.
One of the leading Shi’ite clerics and scholars, Ni’matullāh al-Jazā’irī in his book, Al-Anwār an-Nu’māniyyah (2/278-279) stated:
“We are not united with them (i.e. Ahlus-Sunnah) regarding the Deity that is worshipped, nor regarding the Prophet, nor the Imām — and that is because they (Ahlus-Sunnah) say that their Lord is the one who’s Prophet is Muhammad, and his Caliph is Abu Bakr — and we do not recognise such a Lord, nor such a Prophet. Rather we say: Indeed the Lord who made Abu Bakr the Caliph of His Prophet is not our Lord, and such a Prophet is not our Prophet!”
It is possible that their are some ignorant Shī’ah who ascribe themselves to the Shi’ite sect, or call themselves Ja’farīs or Twelvers and do not know the wicked beliefs of the sect. So upon them is to recognise the falsehood of the Shi’ite sect and free themselves from it, and not continue ascribe themselves to the Shi’ite doctrine. Truly, a religion is known by its sources, and not by its ignorant followers who have not studied. We have quoted here the beliefs of the Shi’ah from the source reference books of the sect that cannot be denied.
May Allāh protect the Ummah and all of humanity from the wicked beliefs of the Shi’ite religion.
And all praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, and may the salutations of peace, security and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon his family, upon all his Companions and true followers.
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