In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
The article was collected by Ummu Mariam.
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.
The religion of the Shia was founded by a Jew from Yemen called 'Abdullah ibn Saba‘. This religion has started with the assassination of the rightly guided caliph 'Uthman (RAA) and branched into many sections.
Caliph 'Uthman (RAA) ruled for twelve years. The first six years were marked by internal peace and tranquillity, but during the second half of his caliphate a rebellion arose. The Jews and the Magians, taking advantage of dissatisfaction among the people, began conspiring against caliph 'Uthman (RAA) and by publicly airing their complaints and grievances, gained so much sympathy that it became difficult to distinguish friend from foe.
It may seem surprising that a ruler of such vast territories, whose armies were matchless, was unable to deal with these rebels. If caliph 'Uthman (RAA) had wished, the rebellion could have been crushed at the very moment it began. But he was reluctant to be the first to shed the blood of Muslims, however rebellious they might be. No one would ever have expected what happened later. He preferred to reason with them, to persuade them with kindness and generosity. He well remembered hearing the Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) say, "Once the sword is unsheathed among my followers, it will not be sheathed until the Last Day."
The rebels demanded that he abdicate and some of the companions advised him to do so. He would gladly have followed this course of action, but again he was bound by a solemn pledge he had given to the Prophet (SAAS). "Perhaps Allah will clothe you with a shirt, 'Uthman" the Prophet had told him once, "and if the people want you to take it off, do not take it off for them." Caliph 'Uthman (RAA) said to a well-wisher on a day when his house was surrounded by the rebels, "Allah's Messenger made a covenant with me and I shall show endurance in adhering to it."
After a long siege, the rebels broke into caliph 'Uthman's house and murdered him. When the first assassin's sword struck caliph 'Uthman (RAA), he was reciting the verse (interpretation of the meaning): "…So Allah will suffice for you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower." (Al-Qur‘aan 2:137)
'Ali (RAA) accepted the caliphate very reluctantly. 'Uthman's murder and the events surrounding it were a symptom, and also became a cause, of civil strife on a large scale. All governors gave the pledge to 'Ali (RAA) except Mu'awiyah (RAA), the governor of ash-Shaam (Great Syria). Mu'awiyah (RAA) declined to obey until 'Uthman's blood was avenged. His decision was based on the fact that he is not required to obey the Caliph until he ['Ali (RAA)] is able to enforce the rule of Allah. Mu'awiyah was the cousin of 'Uthman (RAA), so he was the responsible of asking 'Ali (RAA) to bring the murderers to trial. The Prophet's widow 'Aisha (RAA) also took the position that 'Ali (RAA) should first bring the murderers to trial...
[However, it was very difficult to put 'Uthman's murderers to account, when they were practically in control of Medina. Indeed, had 'Ali (RAA) attempted to put those people to justice, he might have opened the floodgate for more trouble. Hence, he needed to let matters cool down and his authority to be well established first, then he would have dealt with the matter.] (This is our addition.)
The pretext for the meeting of the armies on the day of the Camel and the day of Seffiin was the demand for 'Uthman's killers on the part of 'Aisha (RAA) and Mu'awiyah (RAA), but the winds of war were fanned by the followers of 'Abdullah ibn Saba‘, the Jew, from inside all three camps until events escaped the control of the companions. It is related that 'Ali (RAA), 'Aisha (RAA), and Mu'awiyah (RAA) often expressed astonishment at the dissension and opposition that surrounded them.
After that some Shia declared 'Ali as a god. He then burned them alive with fire. After the killing of 'Abdullah ibn Saba‘, Shia were divided into many new sects. Each one has its own imam.
The Seveners or al-Ismaa'iiliyyah, like all Shiites, believe that the descendants of Muhammad (SAAS), through his daughter Fatima (RAA) and her husband 'Ali (RAA), the fourth Caliph, are the rightful rulers of the Muslim world. Thus the descendants of 'Ali (RAA) are considered infallible and as divinely guided as Muhammad (SAAS) himself. This sect derives its name from Isma'il, the eldest son of the sixth Imam, Jafar as-Saadiq. In 762 CE, Isma'il died before his father, which resulted in bitter disputes of succession. The minority of Shiites regarded the old line of imams extinct and chose Isma'il's eldest son as the new imam. Thus they proclaimed a cycle of seven imams, 'Ali being the first and Isma'il the seventh, and thus the seventh imam after his line of imams would be the Mahdi, or Messiah, or the seventh after him, etc…
Al-Ismaa'iiliyyuun have usually been small in numbers, but well organised and disciplined. Soon they developed into a cult, borrowing various ideas from Jewish mysticism, Greek philosophy, Babylonian astrology, Christian Gnosticism, etc. When secular sciences were being employed in the Abbasid Empire, al-Ismaa'iiliyyuun were thriving, and managed to recruit a large number of followers, who formed a well organised guerrilla army. By combining their scholarly skills and extraordinary underground network of spies, al-Ismaa'iiliyyuun established their anti-Caliph in Egypt during the 10th century. They named their dynasty after Muhammad's daughter, and thus the name Fatimids emerged. In reality they are the dynasty of a Jew called 'Abdullah ibn Qaddah, and that was they were called al-'Abiidiyyuun too. Al-'Abiidiyyah (the state) in Egypt quickly expanded and soon al-Ismaa'iiliyyuun controlled western Syria and a large part of North Africa, killing thousands of Muslims. They also built a new capital, Fustat, near the ancient Pyramids, which in a few centuries grew to be the largest city in the Muslim world, under the name of Cairo.
When al-'Abiidiyyah dynasty was destroyed by the Abbasids, al-Ismaa'iiliyyuun split into two sub-sects, Tayibiya and Niziriya, named after two 'Abiidii princes. The former sect was soon transformed into an esoteric cult, which moved its activities underground and became invisible. The Niziriya sect transformed itself back into the pre-'Abiidiyyah Ismaa'iiliyyah, developing a network of agents and spies all over the Muslim world. The best known organization within the Niziriya was probably the drug-abusing Assassin sect, notorious for assassinations all over the Muslim world. Today, however, the Niziriya sect has turned pacifist and increasingly Westernized.
Out of the Assassin stronghold in Syria, two heterodox sub-sects have survived, al-'Alawiyyuun and the Druze. Al-'Alawiyyuun sect is militant and combines radical theories from both al-Ismaa'iiliyyah and Shia al-Ithnaa 'Ashariyyah. The Druzes, on the other hand, have until more recently been more pacifistic, waiting for the return of their Mahdi, the psychotic 'Abiidii Caliph al-Hakim, who "disappeared" when he burned down his capital around 1000 CE. In the 13th century the Druzes closed their sect, and became a distinct tribe or nation. They serve today in the Israeli army (fighting) against Palestinian Muslims.
The largest sect within Shia is al-Ithnaa 'Ashariyyah or Twelver, which follows the original line of imams. When the Seveners chose the son of Isma'il to become the imam, the majority of Shiites chose Isma'il's younger brother, Muusa al-Kadhem, as the seventh Imam. Al-Ithnaa 'Ashariyyah adopt their "Twelver" name from their belief in the twelfth Imam, Muhammad ibn al-'Askari, who "disappeared" one day and thus became the hidden Mahdi who would return to earth at the end of days! The Twelvers worship their imams, sometimes as the incarnation of 'Ali or al-Hussain. They form the vast majority of Shiites, including most Iranians and almost 50% of the Iraqi nation.
The third largest body in Shia is az-Zaidiyyah sect or the Fivers, prevailing in Yemen and among some Bedouin tribes in Saudi-Arabia. Az-Zaidiyyah sect is more or less the deification of the 7th century Arabian culture, and it fiercely denounces the semi-divinity of imams, contrary to the Twelvers. Their founder was the fifth Imam, Zaid ibn 'Ali ibn al-Hussain, who was a rationalist and thus denounced his alleged divinity. Az-Zaidiyyah imams are more like Bedouin sheikhs than divine authorities, and thus reject hereditary leadership, and are only visible during warfare.
There are said to be more than 70 small Shia sects all around the world. Probably the best example of these was al-Bahaa‘iyyah sect, which has been persecuted and refuted as anti-Islamic, but grows fast as a separate religion, basing its doctrines on "world peace and harmony" and the unity of all religions. The centre of al-Bahaa‘iyyah sect is in Israel! (The history of the Shia. Taken from: allaahuakbar.net)
When it says that the Shia's faith contradicts the teachings of Islam, that is not because the Muslims do not love the household of the Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), since loving ahl-ul-bayt is a must in Islam. Instead we believe that Shia are claiming to love and to be the followers of ahl-ul-bayt while this is not true. Similarly, the Christians claim that they love Jesus Christ and Muslims do not, while this is not true, since loving all the Prophets is a must in Islam.
Loving Allah's Prophets and their companions cannot be expressed by carrying the crosses, stakes or crucifying oneself and hammering the nails through the hands into a cross as is done by some fanatic Christians in commemoration of the crucifixion. Nor can it be expressed by striking shoulders with chains until they bleed and striking heads with swords and causing blood to gush out as is done by some barbaric Shia in commemoration of the killing of al-Hussain [the grandson of the Prophet (SAAS)]. Instead loving the Prophets and their companions can be expressed by obeying their commands, refraining from the things they prohibited, believing in their sayings and worshipping Allah by performing only acts of worship that they designated.
Therefore the only way to venerate Allah's Messenger Muhammad (SAAS) and love him and his companions is by following his Sunnah and establishing the religion of Islam and rejecting all the myths that the ignorant attribute to him. Unfortunately, Shia occupy themselves by fabricating and circulating many ahaadiith regarding their mischief, and these ahaadiith are lies against the Prophet (SAAS). Their goal is to create anarchy among the Muslims, and to spread their deviations and false religion.
From the hypocrisy of the Shia is that they try to build good relations with everyone, pretending to agree with him. When they find potential in someone, they invite him to their religion, or at least make him doubt his own religion! Their greatest danger lies in the fact that they wear the cloak of Islam while striving to destroy it from within. They also accuse the people of the truth who disagreed with their falsehood of being an-Nawaaseb, but by an-Nawaaseb they mean the Muslims, Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. Shia do this to express their dislike of the Muslims for going against their falsehood and following the way of the truth. And one of the characteristics of the people who follow innovations is to attack Ahl-us-Sunnah and describe them with off-putting terms. Their arguments usually lie on weak and fabricated narrations as well as lies and hypocrisy. However, they forget that Allah (SWT) has guaranteed to protect His religion.
Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: 'We believe in Allah and the Last Day,' while in fact they believe not. They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies. And when it is said to them: 'Make not mischief on the earth,' they say: 'We are only peacemakers.' Verily, they are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. And when it is said to them (hypocrites): 'Believe as the people [followers of Muhammad (SAAS), al-ansaar and al-muhaajiroon] have believed,' they say: 'Shall we believe as the fools have believed?' Verily, they are the fools, but they know not. And when they meet those who believe, they say: 'We believe,' but when they are alone with their shayaateen (devils - polytheists, hypocrites), they say: 'Truly, we are with you; verily, we were but mocking.' Allah mocks at them and gives them increase in their wrong-doing to wander blindly. These are they who have purchased error for guidance, so their commerce was profitless. And they were not guided." (Al-Qur‘aan 2:8-16)
The Shia derive their religion from their imams that they consider infallible. And in the following is only a small fraction of the lies, myths and terrifying beliefs of the Shia.
Khomeini, in his book al-Hukuumat-ul-lslamiyyah (the Islamic government), claims that the twelve imams are infallible, and he raises them to a level above the angels, which are nearest to Allah (SWT) and the commissioned prophets of Allah; he stresses: "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)
"We (Shia) do not worship such a God who gives authority to rascals like Yazid, Mu'awiyah and 'Uthman." (Kashf-ul-Asraar - 107 - Khomeini)
"All of the earth belongs to the imams." (Al-Kulaini, al-Kaafi, p. 407)
"There is not a single truth possessed by a people saved that which originated with the imams, and everything which did not proceed from them is false." (Al-Kulaini, al-Kaafi, p. 399)
"The imams posses all the knowledge granted to angels, prophets and messengers." (Al- Kulaini, al-Kaafi, p. 255)
"The imams know when they will die, and they do not die except by their own choice." (Al- Kulaini, al-Kaafi, p. 258)
"The imams have knowledge of whatever occurred in the past and whatever will happen in the future, and nothing is concealed from them." (Al-Kulaini, al-Kaafi, p. 260)
How strange, that they should falsely attribute to their imams knowledge of the unseen, and that they should adhere to that falsehood although they have not a single proof to establish its verity!
Allah, the Exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): "O mankind! Be afraid of your Lord (by keeping your duty to Him and avoiding all evil), and fear a Day when no father can avail aught for his son, nor a son avail aught for his father. Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, let not then this (worldly) present life deceive you, nor let the chief deceiver (Satan) deceive you about Allah. Verily, Allah, with Him (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things)." (Al-Qur‘aan 31:33-34)
The Shia's article of Faith "at-taqiyyah" encourage them to lie! "Nine tenths of religion is taqiyyah (dissimulation), hence one who does not dissimulate has no religion." (Al-Kaafi vol. 9 p. 110) This shows us why these people cannot be trusted. Ash-Shafi'i rahimahullaah said concerning the Shia: "I have not seen among the heretics a people more famous for falsehood than Rawaafid Shia." (Ibn Taymiyah, Minhaaj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, 1/39)
'Abdullah narrated that the Prophet (SAAS) said, "Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to al-fujuur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and al-fujuur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah a liar." (Al-Bukhari)
Ibrahim reported that his father Hasan said that his father Hasan said that his father 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (RAA) said: "Allah's Messenger said: 'There will appear, at the end of time, people who are called Rawaafidah (rejecters). They will reject Islam.'" (Musnad Ahmad)
And Allah knows best.
Published on Friday the 9th of Muharram, 1426/the 18th of February, 2005