All praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds – may the salutations of Allaah, His peace and blessings be upon the Most Noble of all of the Prophets and Messengers, Muhammad, and 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 Imaan, and harms one’s Religion is the tribulation of the Raafidah Shee’ah – these individuals who portray their falsehood as if it alone, is the true Islaam. 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 Raafidah Shee’ah, claiming that the differences between the People of Sunnah and the Raafidah, who call themselves Ithnaa Ashariyyah (the 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 Raafidah Shee’ah are in the fundamentals of belief and ‘aqeedah. The Rawaafid have idolatrous beliefs that exit them from Islaam. They have in their doctrine Shirk and Kufr that clearly removes a person from the fold of Islaam. Added to this is their severe hatred and enmity for the Muslims 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’aan and Sunnah and desire good, do not know of the heretical beliefs and polytheistic practices of the Shee’ah as well as their enmity towards the People of Sunnah – and this is partly due to the fact that the Scholars of Shee’ah do not make wide-spread their foundational books that their ideology (madhhab) is built upon.
[Note: The Shi’ites are an offshoot from Islaam after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) who claimed that the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet, ‘Alee ibn Abee’ Taalib, was divinely appointed as his successor and the first rightful Caliph. Shee’ah is short for Shee’atu ‘Alee (The Faction of ‘Alee). They believe that political authority must remain within the family and lineage of ‘Alee (radhi Allaahu ‘anhu). The largest branch of the Shee’ah, and the most vehement against Sunnee Islaam are the “Ithnaa ‘Ashariyyah” or the “Twelvers”. They are also referred to as the “Raafidah”, or the “Rejectors” due to their rejection of the first two Caliphs and Companions, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (radhi Allaahu ‘anhumaa).]
So here we will mention just some of the futile and erroneous concepts of Shee’ah that they themselves have penned in their own source reference books:
- 1. Their Belief Concerning The Twelve Imaams Of The Shee’ah:
Al-Kulainee mentions in his book, Usool al-Kaafee (1/258-260):
“If the Imaams 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-Kulainee to the Shee’ah is the most reliable source reference – in essence it is to the Shee’ah what Saheeh al-Bukhaaree is to Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah. The Shee’ah ascribe divinity to these Imaams, worshipping them as Allaah is worshipped. One of their Scholars, Haashim al-Bahraanee stated in his book, Yanaabee’ul-Ma’aajiz wa Usoolud-Dalaa’il (Chapter 5, p. 35-36) regarding the twelve Imaams of the Shee’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 great Shaikhs of this era, Abdul-Muhsin al-Ameenee an-Najafee stated in his book Al-Ghadeer (1/214-216):
“Verily the [Twelve] Imaams are the sons of Allaah and from the offspring of ‘Alee.”
They have stated in their writings and lectures:
“Indeed the Mahdee al-Muntadhir (the Awaited Mahdee) 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’aan.
The Raafidah claim that the Qur’aan that is with the People of Sunnah is not that which was revealed to Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam). They claim it has been altered, changed and added to. Indeed the vast majority of their clerics and scholars believe the Qur’aan has been altered and distorted from the original, as has been mentioned clearly by their Scholar, An-Nooree at-Tabreesee (d. 1320H) in his book, Faslul-Khitaab fee Ithbaat Tahreefi Kitaabil-Arbaab.
Al-Kulainee mentions in Usoolul-Kaafee (2/242) that the Qur’aan that was brought by Jibraa’eel to Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) had seventeen thousand verses. This means that the Qur’aan the Raafidah claim was revealed is more than what is with us today, because what we have before us today consists of just over six thousand Aayahs! And it is Allaah 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’aanic commentary is misguided as they explain it in accordance to their desires and fanatical ideology. Their scholar, as-Saafee in his Tafseer (1/156,361) of the statement of Allaah:
“Indeed Allaah does not forgive that partners are associated with Him in worship.”
Saafee said: “Meaning: That He will not forgive those who disbelieve in the right of Alee, may Allaah be pleased with him, [to be the first and lasting Khaleefah]. And as for His saying:
“And He forgives lesser than that to whomever He pleases.”
Meaning: For the one who gives allegiance to ‘Alee [as the first rightful Caliph].”
Other examples of the distortion of the explanations of the words of Allaah in accordance to their desires is the following: Allaah 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.”
The Shee’ah Mufassireen said: “That if you combine your allegiance to anyone along with allegiance to ‘Alee, then your deeds would surely become worthless, and you would surely be among the losers.” (Tafseer as-Saafee, 1/156,361, Tafseer Noor ath-Thaqalain, 1/151,488).
Regarding the statement of Allaah:
“Those who believe in superstition and Magic and false objects of worship..”
They said in their Tafseer: “It refers to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar.” (See Furoo’ al-Kaafee with the notes Miraat al-‘Uqool, 4/416).
- 3. Their Belief With Respect To The Companions Of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) And His Wives.
The belief of the Rawaafid is built upon upon reviling and abusing the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with all of them). They declare all the Companions to be disbelievers with the exception of three. Al-Kulainee states this in his Al-Kaafee which is a source reference for them:
“All the people apostated after the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) except for three, those being: Miqdaad ibn Aswad, Abu Dharr al-Ghifaaree and Salmaan al-Faarisee.”
(Rijaal al-Kashshee, p.6, Al-Kaafee Kitaab ar-Rawdah, 12/312,322, with Sharh Jaami’ of Maazindaraanee)
In the Shee’ah book Miftaah al-Jinaan of Abbaas al-Qummee there occurs a supplication of the Shee’ah scholars directed against Abu Bakr and Umar and their two daughters ‘Aa’ishaa and Hafsah (radi Allaahu ‘anhum), both wives of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam). They consider these as legislated supplications in the morning and the evening, wherein they utter:
“O Allaah, 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.)”
(Rijaal al-Kashshee, p. 114).
They also refer to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar (radi Allaahu ‘anhumaa) as “Fir’awn and Haamaan!” (See Quratul-‘Ayn of al-Kaashaanee, p. 432-433), and as, “The two idols..” (Tafseer al-‘Ayaashee, 2/116, Bihaar al-Anwaar, p. 58,67) and as“Al-Laat and al-‘Uzza.” (Ikmaal ad-Deen of Ibn Baabawaih al-Qummee, p. 246, Muqaddimatul-Burhaan of Abul-Hasan al-‘Aamalee, p. 294).
The Shi’ite clerics are very straight-forward in their vile attacks upon the Sahaabah. They state clearly that their “Awaited” Mahdee will bring to life Abu Bakr and Umar (radi Allaahu ‘anhumaa) 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 Eeqaadh minal-Huj’ah bi Tafseer al-Burhaan ‘alar-Ruj’ah of Hurr al-‘Aamalee, p. 287)
- 4. Their Belief Regarding The People Of Sunnah.
The Raafidee Shi’ee belief teaches that the wealth of the Sunnee is permissible to take and his blood is permissible to spill. It states in their book, Al-Anwaar an-Nu’maaniyyah of al-Jazaa’iree (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 Naasibees, because of their [false] belief that Sunnees hate ‘Alee ibn Abee Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him). They state that Sunnee 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: Rijaal al-Kashshee, p. 529, Tahdheeb al-Ahkaam, 1/384, Wasaa’il ash-Shee’ah, 6/340.
- 5. The Raafidah Shee’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’matullaah al-Jazaa’iree in his book, Al-Anwaar an-Nu’maaniyyah (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 Imaam – and that is because they (Ahlus-Sunnah) say that their Lord is the one who’s Prophet is Muhammad, and his Khaleefah 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 Khaeefah of His Prophet is not our Lord, and such a Prophet is not our Prophet!”
It is possible that their are some ignorant Shee’ah who ascribe themselves to the Shi’ite sect, or call themselves Ja’farees 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 Shee’ah. Truly, a religion is known by its sources, and not by its ignorant followers who have not studied, and we have quoted here the beliefs of the Shee’ah from the source reference books of the sect that cannot be denied.
May Allaah protect the Ummah from the wicked beliefs of the Shi’ite religion.
And all praise is due to Allaah, 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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