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Ar-Rawaafid

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Verily, all praises and thanks are due to Allah, we praise Him, seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evils of our souls and evils of our deeds. One whom Allah guides none can lead him astray, and one whom He misguides, none can guide him. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad (SAAS) is His servant and His messenger.

"O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. (Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always), and die not except in a state of Islam [as Muslims (with complete submission to Allah)]." (Al-Qur‘aan 3:102 - interpretation of the meaning)

"O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship). Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you." (Al-Qur‘aan 4:1 - interpretation of the meaning)

"O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (SAAS) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise)." (Al-Qur‘aan 33:70-71 - interpretation of the meaning)

Ammaa ba'd (as for what follows), the best of speech is the speech of Allah that is the Book of Allah. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (SAAS). Of all matters, the worst are innovations; and everything new is an innovation, and every innovation is a deviation, and every deviation leads to Hell-fire.

 

 

Ar-Rawaafid (the Rejecters) refers to a sect within Shia that deserted Zaid ibn 'Ali ibn al-Hussain ibn 'Ali in Kufa after promising to fight in his side against the army of Umayyad caliph Hisham. Ar-Rawaafid are the largest Shia school of thought, predominant in Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Bahrain. When the term Shia is used, it is usually in reference to ar-Rawaafid since they are the "orthodox" variant of Shiism. Though in extended usage, it can be taken to refer to other groups as well.

Ar-Rawaafid are also known as Jafari (al-Ja'fariyyah), Imami (al-‘Imaamiyyah) and Twelvers (al-Ithnay 'Ashariyyah). Ar-Rawaafid believe in twelve imams, of whom the twelfth, the Mahdi, the ultimate saviour of Shia, is claimed to have been in hiding in a cave for over ten centuries after disappearing in the age of five, and he is believed to return at some time in the future! Although the Shia believe that their Mahdi was born in 868 C.E. (whose mother was a Byzantine princess who pretended to be a slave) and never died, despite that there is a shrine for him in Samarra located next to those of his father and grandfather!

The Shia imams, the first of which is claimed to be 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, are viewed to be infallible. Additionally they are considered to be superior to angels and messengers. "Certainly, the imam commands a noble station and lofty position; a creative vicegerency to who's rule and power submit the very atoms of all creation[!] And an essential tenet of our Shiite sect is that the imams have a position which is reached neither by the angels (in the highest heaven) nor by any commissioned messenger of God." (Khomeini, al-Hukuumat-ul-lslamiyyah, pp. 52-53)

Ar-Rawaafid are called so because they also rejected the leadership of Abu Bakr and 'Umar (RAA). Additionally, they are called the Rejecters because they rejected the religion of Islam. However, they pretend to be Muslims while they are striving to destroy Islam from within.

And Allah knows best.


Published on Friday the 1st of Muharram, 1428/the 19th of January, 2007



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