discuss some issues about the companions in this article.
followup to this discussion, please see "Then I Was Guided" by Dr.
al-Tijani al- Samawi; Published in 1989 by the Fajr Establishment
Great Britain. The Author has four books out now, may Allah
reward him generously for risking his life in the Arab World to speak
about the Shi'i/Sunni problem, and why he became a Shia.
Ihtadiyat -- Then I Was Guided (1989)
al-Sadiqin -- With the Truthful Ones (1989)
Ahl al-Zikr -- Ask Those Who Possess the Message (1992)
Hum Ahl al-Sunnah -- The Shia Are The (True) Followers of the
(Sunnah--here meaning the custom/way of the Prophet (PBUH&HF))
NOT sure if this book has been published and released to the
yet -- It was still in the writing process when I first heard of
that the author, Dr. Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi, spent years
before writing these books and becoming, himself, a Shia. He
is also now
a recognized and certified Shi'i Religious Scholar, with
to give Fatwas (Religious Opinions), which is no easy task in the
schools of jurisprudence, philosophy, and the sciences. He received
Doctorate degree from the Sorbone University, the French University
ranked among the best universities in the world. His thesis was a
of al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib's (AS) most famous book "Nahjul
(The Way of Eloquence). This book is recognized by both the
the Shia as a model Par Excellence in classical Arabic
next only to the Quran itself in beauty and grandeur. The proof
statement is that the Sunnis themselves have taken it upon
to explain the meanings of the text and to teach it in various
universities. Among those Sunnis who wrote the commentary
book is Ibn Abil Hadid. A mor recent commentary by the Sunnis is
Abduh from al-Azhar University. The commentary of these
the book of "Nahjul Balagha" can be found in many Mosques
Shedding the blood of Innocents
narrated that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH&HF) said the
to his companions in his last speech:
al-Bukhari Hadiths: 5.688 and 7.458
Narrated Abu Bakra:
Prophet said: "... Surely, you will meet your Lord, and He will
you about your deeds. Beware! Do not become infidels after me by
cutting the throats of one another. It is incumbent on those who are
present to convey this message (of mine) to those who are absent. May
that some of those to whom it will be conveyed will understand it
than those who have actually heard it."
other hand, the documented history confirms that some companions
whom were also promised paradise according to some fabricated
shed the blood of thousands of Muslims in various civil wars.
examples of them are Talha and Zubair who were the first companions
war against Ali (AS) after people paid oath to him as their
Caliph. They could not see him in power, and found him a great
for their robberies. Thus shed the blood of 10 thousand Muslims in
of "Camel", in order to overthrow Ali from power. (see any
history books for details). Their plot was finally failed and both
Zubair were killed. Muawiyah and Amr Ibn al-Auss are another
who waged the war of Siffin against Ali (AS) killing other
of Muslims. Allah states:
Whoever kills a believer deliberately, his reward is Hell
forever, and the Wrath of Allah is upon him, He cursed him and
prepared a great punishment for him." (Quran 4:93)
As such, is
there any reason we should respect ALL of the companions and
of them, even those among them whom Allah cursed by the above
Quran? Why should we love one whom Allah curses, and why should we follow
one whom Allah has promised Hell forever?
Collecting Gold and Silver
narrates the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said the following after the
al-Bukhari Hadith: 8.434
Prophet went out and offered the funeral prayer for the martyrs of
(battle of) Uhud and then ascended the pulpit and said, "I am your
predecessor and I am a witness against you. By Allah, I am now looking
Tank-lake (Al-Kauthar) and I have been given the keys of the
treasures of the earth (or the keys of the earth). By Allah! I am not
that you become polytheist after me, but I am afraid that you
start competing (for the luxuries of this world).
tradition clearly indicates that after his (PBUH&HF) death, some of the
will abandon the religion, and compete against one another for
of this temporary existence. And they indeed competed until the
drawn and the wars were waged, thereby fulfilling the prophecy.
Some of the
famous companions were eager to collect gold and silver.
Historians like Mas'udi and Tabari and others stated that the
Zubair on its own came out to 50,000 Dinars and 1000 horses with
and many holdings in Basrah, Kufah, Egypt, and many other
This massive wealth was accumulated while many Muslims starved to
Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi, v2, p341)
agricultural products from Iraq alone brought for Talha 1000 Dinars
and perhaps more than that. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi,
Rahman Ibn Awf had 100 horses, 1000 camels, and 10,000 sheep.
death, the quarter of his wealth which was divided among his
out to 84,000 Dinars. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi,
Affan left on the day of his death 150,000 Dinars, apart from
wealth of land, cattle and villages. (Muruj al-Dahab by
the same page)
Thabit left an amount of gold and silver that HAD TO BE BROKEN
apart from money and agricultural holdings which came to
Dinars. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi, the same page)
just few examples to show that some of the companions were
interested in the present life. Comparing the poverty of people at
one get suspicious to how they got so much money from nothing
rest of people were in poverty. This gives a good idea of why
war against Ali (AS) to overthrow him from power. They found him
obstacle for their misconducts of treasury and territories.
question now is this: If these so-called pious companions were so busy
money and competing among one another in worldly gain, while
Muslims died from poverty, where then was that so-called piety and
sacrifice that the Sunnis attribute to them (the companions)?
This is a
sign for those who reflect!
The Companions Among One Another
previous articles we have seen how Allah (SWT) describes the
in the Quran; how the Prophet (PBUH&HF), before his (PBUH&HF)
foretells their behavior after his death; and now we will take a
what the companions thought of one another's actions and their
concerning their own behavior.
narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari, v1, p122, under the chapter of
-- The Two Eids (Muslim Festivals)" that the Prophet (PBUH&HF)
pray first, and then deliver the sermon (khutba). That custom
remained as such until Marwan, the Ruler (Amir) of Medina during
reign, started to deliver the sermon (khutba) before the prayer.
be noted that the Sunnis do exactly the same thing to this day.
NOT the sunnah (way or custom) of the Prophet (PBUH&HF). Keep in
the Sunnis maintain that the actions of the companions are enough
the custom of the Prophet (PBUH&HF)!!! The question to the Sunnis
is: If the
companions' actions were enough to alter the Prophet's (PBUH&HF)
then do we need the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) custom in the first
Let's just follow any innovations the companions may come up with!
wonder why the companions made the sermon before the prayer? Dr. al-Samawi
states that many people would not stay for the sermon after they
such, the prayer and sermon times were switched. Superficially,
true, but this is not the real reason, he continues. During the
Muawiyah, it was ordered, as I mentioned in other posts, that
the name of al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS) was mentioned, he (AS)
cursed! Many of the believers at that time loved Ali (AS) and
tolerate such an action; as a result, they were killed one after
until all the believers had to listen to the curses and maintain
silence at the threat of the sword. One way to escape the listening
repeated cursing was to escape the sermon. Muawiyah and his men
that, so the sermon was switched to precede the prayer in an
force the people to stay through the whole sermon and listen to
cursing! Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great)! By Allah (SWT), do you still
not see the
conspiracy against the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) family? Is this how
(AS) is to be treated? The Prophet (PBUH&HF) had said:
love Ali (AS) is a sign of Faith, and to hate him (AS) is a sign
tradition is narrated in Sahih Muslim, v1, p61. Check for yourself.
al-Bukhari, v2, p76; and Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v5, p300 narrate that
(PBUH&HF) said to Ali (AS):
are a part of me, and I a part of you."
al-Tirmidhi, v5, p201 narrates that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said:
"I am the
city of knowledge, and Ali is it's door." Keep in mind that you
enter a city through its door; meaning that any knowledge from the
since he (PBUH&HF) is the City of Knowledge, can only be accessed through
the door, his (PBUH&HF) son-in-law Ali (AS). What's more, Musnad al-Imam
Ibn Hanbal, v5, p25, narrates that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said:
is the master of every believer after me."
If ANY head
of state, whether today or in times immemorial, ALWAYS has a
vicegerent to take his place and manage his affairs in his absence,
then believe that the Prophet (PBUH&HF), who was sent as the
Messenger from He (SWT) Who created the universe, didn't also have a
to manage his (PBUH&HF) affairs after his (PBUH&HF) death? A
that Allah (SWT) also trusts and loves? Would you believe that
would leave the affairs of the "...Best of Nations sent forth
mankind...[3:110]" to random selection and ruling? No, by Allah (SWT), a
was INDEED chosen by Allah (SWT) and His (SWT) Messenger
and that vicegerent was al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS).
Sahih Tirmidhi, v2, p298, narrates that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said:
"Whoever I was his Master, then Ali is his Master! O Allah, support
who support him, and alienate those that alienate him!!!"
That is Ali
(AS), the fearless warrior, and the defeater of the champions
May the Blessings and Peace of Allah (SWT) be extended to the
and his (PBUH&HF) Family, Amen.
yourself: If this is how the Prophet (PBUH&HF) praised Ali (AS),
are the companions, especially Muawiyah, to curse him (AS)? Did
that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said, as narrated in Musnad Ahmad Ibn
"Whoever curses (or verbally abuses) Ali, then he has cursed me, and
whoever has cursed me, then he has cursed Allah (SWT), and whoever has
Allah (SWT), then Allah (SWT) will throw him into the
that by cursing Ali (AS), the companions were cursing the
and by cursing the Prophet (PBUH&HF), they were cursing Allah (SWT), and by
cursing Allah (SWT), they shall enter the hellfire! By Allah (SWT), they
will be asked to account for what they've said! That is
by Allah (SWT), which He (SWT) shall not break!
asserts that during his search for the truth, he tried
wholeheartedly to identify these heinous charges with the hypocrites and
malevolent companions ONLY; but he soon discovered that there is NO way
excluding the SO-CALLED righteous companions, in the sight of the
from these charges. For we see that the first companion to threaten
down of al-Imam Ali's (AS) house is none other than `Umar Ibn
himself -- the man that the Sunnis claim is of such faith and
that he terrifies Satan himself! And the first to wage war against
(AS) were Talha, al-Zubayr, and none other than `Aisha herself,
the wife of
the Prophet (PBUH&HF) that is the most beloved woman in the
the Sunnis. Note that `Aisha is also the daughter of Abu Bakr!
aggressors include, but are NOT limited to, Amr Ibn al-Aas,
and many others that oppressed the family of the Prophet
Are these not righteous companions in the sight of the Sunnis?
Do we need
to say more?
As Dr. al-Samawi
states: "If we wanted to provide all the occurrences
of the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) praise of Ali (AS), we can easily fill
companions also changed the prayer rules, and the first to do so was
`Afan, the third caliph. Sahih Bukhari narrates in v2,
that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) always prayed two (instead of four)
during travel, as is mandated by Allah (SWT) in the Quran. Abu Bakr
did the same, then came `Uthman and prayed four rak'at during
instead of two! This tradition is also narrated in Sahih Muslim,
Who is `Uthman to violate the orders of Allah (SWT) and His (SWT) Prophet (PBUH&HF)
with regards to the Salat (Prayer)? Question
reflect, and may Allah (SWT) guide us all.
what `Umar did: Sahih al-Bukhari narrates in v1, p54:
Ibn Salamah said: I was with Abdullah and Abu Musa, so Abu
told Abdullah: What should a man do if he was in a state of
Janabah (the biological state of sperm ejaculation after a dream or
man has sexual intercourse with his wife) and had no water to
clean?" Abdullah said: "He shall not pray until he finds water." So
Musa said: "But didn't you hear the Prophet (PBUH&HF) tell `Amar
Yasir (RA) that all he had to do was Tayamum?" Abdullah replied:
"Didn't you know that `Umar (Ibn al-Khatab) didn't approve of that?"
Musa answered: But Allah (SWT) said in the Quran: "...Or ye
been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for
yourselves clean sand (or earth), and rub therewith your faces and
hands...[Quran 4:43]" So Abdullah didn't know what to say, except:
allow them that (meaning the Tayamum), then they will use it at
slightest instance like when the water is too cold (to make
ablutions or bathe)." Abu Musa told Shaqiq: "Is that why Abdullah
disapproved of the matter?" Shaqiq said: "Yes."
Tayamum is the pounding of the hands on sand, mud, or rock, and then
face and the hands; this is considered a full ablution (Wudu')
absence of water. Note that there are more details to the process
which are not covered here.
As one can
see, `Umar violated the Quran, Allah's (SWT) DIRECT orders, and
Prophet's (PBUH&HF) custom by his disapproval of the Tayamum! By Allah (SWT),
who is `Umar to disapprove of what Allah (SWT) has commanded? This is a
sign for those who reflect!
companions themselves have admitted that they changed the sunnah
the Prophet (PBUH&HF)) many times: Sahih al-Bukhari narrates in
under the category of "The Battle of Hudaiybiyah" that:
Ibn al- Masib said: "I met al-Bara Ibn `Azib, so I said may you
happy all the time, for you were the companion of the Prophet
and you have made a pact (bay'ah) with him (PBUH&HF) under
tree." So al-Bara said: "O son of my brother, you know not of
we have changed after his (PBUH&HF) death!!!"
This is a
direct confession by a very close companion that they have
religion of Allah (SWT) and violated His (SWT) orders. Again,
who are the
companions to change the religion of Allah (SWT)? This is the
that the Islamic Ummah (Nation) is still living in deplorable
where the most basic of human rights is not even granted. This
is a sign
for those who reflect.
It is also
narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari, v2, p201, after a long tradition
when he was stabbed and Ibn `Abbas was offering some form of
consolation, said: ".......By Allah (SWT), if I had enough gold to
the entire earth, I would offer it to ransom myself from Allah's
punishment before I see Him (SWT)."
was such a faithful companion, why would he wish to ransom himself
(SWT)? Could it be because he committed many injustices and he
will on the
Day of Judgment be held accountable for them? Question for
was no different: It is narrated in "The History of al-Tabari
Bakr said when he saw a bird on a tree: "How happy are you O bird!
eat of the fruit and you lay on the tree, and there is no
punishment or reward for you! I wish I was a tree on the side of the
so that a camel might eat me and excrete me, and I was never a
believe, by Allah (SWT), that if a man was of such spiritual
the Sunnis claim Abu Bakr to be, he would wish that he was never
alone be a human? Indeed, Abu Bakr realized that his time has
all his actions will be scrolled before him in an open book, and
when his loss will be manifested; thus, he wished he was never born
Allah (SWT) says in His (SWT) Holy Quran:
"Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall
grieve; those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;--
them are Glad Tidings, in the life of the Present and in the
Hereafter: No change can there be in the Words of Allah. This is
the supreme Triumph. [10:62-64]"
(SWT) says: "In the case of those who say, "Our Lord Is Allah,"
further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from
ye not!" (they suggest), "Nor grieve! But receive the Glad
Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised! We are
protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: Therein shall ye
all that you shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask
-- A hospitable gift from One Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!
question is that if these Glad Tidings from Allah (SWT) are for ALL of
believers of mankind, and that they should have "...no fear, nor shall
grieve...," why then were Abu Bakr and `Umar fearful? It should be
if they were true believers, should be the least fearful of us,
were the companions of the Seal of Prophethood (PBUH&HF) himself!
But Allah (SWT)
is the Most Truthful when He (SWT) says:
soul that hath sinned, if it possessed all that is on earth,
fain give it in ransom: They would declare (their) repentance
they see the Chastisement: But the judgment between them will be
justice, and no wrong will be done unto them. [10:54]"
Allah (SWT) says:
if the wrong-doers had all that there is on earth, and as much
(in vain) would they offer it for ransom from the pain of the
Chastisement on the Day Of Judgment: but something will confront them
Allah, which they could have never counted upon! For the evils
their deeds will confront them and they will be (completely)
encircled by that which they used to mock at! [39:47-48]"
the so-called companions that the Sunnis strike as an example of
purity and guidance!!! By Allah (SWT), they shall answer for
deception of the Muslims all these years, and their concealment of
might wonder, if the companions were of such high honor and
elevation, why did they kill `Uthman Ibn `Afan, the third Caliph
destroyed Islam? Keep in mind that `Aisha, the wife of the Prophet
herself called for the death of `Uthman -- check The History of
(Tarikh al-Tabari), v4, p407. Also check The History of
(Tarikh Ibn Atheer), v3, p206. Did you know also that
during the reign of `Uthman were so infuriated by him, that
died, he was NOT buried in the same area as the other companions?
Nor was he
washed or Islamically prepared for burial! If this is a rightly
caliph, I seriously question what is a MISGUIDED Caliph then?
hear of `Aisha, the wife of the Prophet (PBUH&HF), who, along with
wives, was ordered by Allah (SWT) to:
"...stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like
of the former times of Ignorance; and establish regular prayer,
give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger ...[33:33]"
if `Aisha was ordered to stay in her home after the death of the
did she go out and ride a camel and wage war against al-
Ibn Abi Talib (AS), whom she NEVER liked? (This is known as `The
the Camel') This is a sign for those who reflect.
Side Comments: Responses to Sunni Brothers
brothers, in response to my article when it was first posted,
forwarded two contentions:
have defended the motives of Abu Bakr and `Umar in the
I quoted above, such the saying of Umar that: ".......By Allah
(SWT), if I
had enough gold to fill the entire earth, I would offer it to
myself from Allah's (SWT) punishment before I see Him (SWT)." Or
of Abu Bakr that: "How happy are you O bird! You eat of the
you lay on the tree, and there is no punishment or reward for
wish I was a tree on the side of the road, so that a camel might
eat me and
excrete me, and I was never a born human!!!"
brothers contended that it is the spiritual purity of a believer
that he was never born, as Abu Bakr did; or that small sins in the
eyes of a
true believer warrant that he wishes to ransom himself with the
of the Earth from the flames of the hellfire, as `Umar did, to
sincerity and faith. The Sunni brothers also asserted that the
asked forgiveness for himself (PBUH&HF). The SECOND objection was that the
verses I quoted from the Book of Allah (SWT) are NOT addressing Abu Bakr and
`Umar, and that those companions addressed are NOT to be equated with the
ranks of Abu Bakr and `Umar.
to their FIRST contention was as follows:
As for the
Prophet (PBUH&HF) asking forgiveness for himself, then that
mean that he wishes that he (PBUH&HF) was never born; and that
invalidate his (PBUH&HF) infallibility. His (PBUH&HF) asking for
is a sign of piety and an admittance of infirmity (weakness)
Allah (SWT). It is not that he (PBUH&HF) has committed a grievous
sin, and is
now asking for forgiveness; for if the Prophet (PBUH&HF) was a
in the community will punish him (PBUH&HF)? Or who is
to punish him (PBUH&HF)? -- for they are all sinners, and a
cannot punish a sinner. Or if he (PBUH&HF) was a sinner, what kind
would follow him (PBUH&HF), and believe him (PBUH&HF) to be a
Messenger (PBUH&HF) sent by He (SWT) Who created the Universe?
Furthermore, if he (PBUH&HF) was a sinner, that would mean that Allah
sending a sinful Messenger, approves of sin! (May Allah (SWT)
A Ludicrous Contention!) And we know that Allah's (SWT)
His (SWT) abhorrence of sin and evil are among the First and
articles in our faith. As such, Allah (SWT) will NOT send a
Messenger. Purified be ALL the Prophets and Messengers of Allah
such claims that scratch their character by claiming that they
sinners. Or have we become like the Jews and the Christians, where
states that the Prophet Lot (AS) was drunk and lay naked before
children!? This is a sign for those who reflect!!!
As for Abu
Bakr and `Umar, I render the following: To ask forgiveness is
and to wish that you were never born, or to wish to ransom
with all the gold of the earth, is another matter altogether.
wish that you were never born is an insult to Allah (SWT),
are claiming that Allah's (SWT) Justice and Mercy are not
you. It is also an insult because there is an underlying
that your entry into hell is not really your fault; such an
means that your entry into hell is an act of injustice by Allah
Allah (SWT) Forbid Such A Ludicrous Contention!) If one truly
he realizes that not the LEAST INJUSTICE will be done to him; and
he will NOT
enter hell unless he TRULY DESERVES it. Such is the Justice of
Not like people who wish they were never born to hide their
and sins. A true believer submits to Allah (SWT) in totality,
that he is weak and sinful; then he asks for forgiveness. He
insult Allah (SWT) by wishing that he was never born.
concept of sin and repentance has always baffled me, until
guided me. Listen to what the Shia say about repentance
"al-Tawbah (Repentance) is the mechanism by which Allah (SWT)
evil in society. By giving each person a chance to repent, the
assured that he is NOT COMPELLED to keep on sinning. That
mechanism ensures that the feelings of guilt that usually
acts of sin, are not turned into feelings of desperation and
uselessness, thereby leading to more sin and the destruction of society. It
repentance) is a great mercy from Allah (SWT) indicating His
infinite wisdom." I add, that sin itself is part of your own
Not that Allah (SWT) has forced you to sin, and then punishes
you for it;
but, rather, Allah (SWT) has made you an erring human being,
then He (SWT)
tests you to see whether you will admit your error (sin), or
you didn't commit any sin and it wasn't your fault, thereby
level of arrogance detested by Allah (SWT). Indeed, to sin and
guilt SINCERELY with the true belief that it was all your fault
really is), and then ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) is much
favorable than insulting Allah (SWT) by wishing that you were never
would also add that erring is part and parcel of the learning
which is an innate feature of our composition and existence. If we
mistakes, we will never learn, and if we never learn, we will
evolve and grow. It is the arrogance that has polluted the minds of
individuals that has precluded our growth -- for we err and sin, yet
to acknowledge our fault therein!
what al-Imam Zayn al-'Aabidin (AS), the son of al- Imam al-Husain
in his (AS) supplication (dua'): "O Allah, for even if I enter
hellfire, I will tell the people there of my love of Thee!!!" What
eloquent, beautiful, and striking statement mean? It is by
one of the most beautiful and touching prayers I have ever
Here's what it means before you jump to conclusions on your own:
Zayn al-'Aabidin (AS) is saying: "O Allah, my belief in You is such
don't doubt Your Justice; for even if You throw me into hell, it is
deserve that and it is due to what I have done in this earthly
Nonetheless, even if I enter the hellfire, I will tell the
there of my love to (and faith in) Thee, such that You haven't done
injustice to me, and I love You for Your Justice, Mercy, and Greatness."
That is what a true believer says, EVEN if he's entering the hellfire!!! He
doesn't wish he wasn't born! My response to their SECOND contention is as
follows: (The second contention, in case you forgot, was that the verses I
quoted from the Book of Allah (SWT) are NOT addressing Abu Bakr and `Umar,
and that those companions addressed are NOT to be equated with the ranks of
Abu Bakr and `Umar.)
that these verses are NOT addressing Abu Bakr and `Umar (and Allah (SWT)
knows best who He (SWT) is addressing), they (the verses),
nonetheless, illustrate an important point: NOT ALL the companions are
equal in the sight of Allah (SWT). As such, my question is: why
Sunnis claim that ALL the companions were righteous? Why, when Allah
Himself, has acknowledged that CERTAIN companions are NOT righteous, do the
Sunnis stubbornly object to the Shia's view of the companions? It is indeed
ironic that Allah (SWT), our CREATOR Who (SWT) knows us BEST, makes a
statement about His (SWT) Own creatures, yet the Sunnis refuse to abide by
that (statement), and claim they know better!
expense of repetition, I reiterate my previous statement: If Allah
made a CLEAR distinction among the companions, why do the Sunnis refuse to
Furthermore, my Sunni brothers, by suggesting (themselves) that these
address companions other than Abu Bakr and `Umar, have advocated and
strengthened the Shia's claim: NOT ALL the companions were righteous; and,
as such, there is a favoritism extended by Allah (SWT) to some companions,
but NOT to others. Similarly, as Allah (SWT) favors CERTAIN companions, so
do the Shia take the same stance.
Is it not
closer to reason that we make distinctions among the companions?
disciples of Jesus (AS) betray him (AS)? Didn't the Jews betray
And so on... Are the companions of the Prophet Muhammad
any different? Are they not humans who may err and sin? Do you
not see a
pattern of differentiation among all of Allah's (SWT) creation?
believers, whether today or in times past, of equal stature? Do we
that some believers are sincere and others not? Why then do the
refuse to accept this truism? Even if the Shia EXCLUDED Abu Bakr
from their direct attack, the Sunnis will STILL REFUSE to
that some of the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) companions were non-
malicious individuals. By Allah (SWT)! Didn't Allah (SWT)
WHOLE Surah (Chapter) in His (SWT) Book about the hypocrites? And doesn't
Allah (SWT) say:
are in varying grades in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees well
that they do. [3:163]"
remark, which my Sunni brothers overlooked in defense of their
might be that the individuals addressed in the aforementioned
the Hypocrites Chapter are NOT considered companions in the sight
Sunnis. If my Sunni brothers should ever forward such a remark, my
definition of the word "companions," according to the Sunnis, is: ANY
has seen the Prophet (PBUH&HF) is considered a companion. The
that appeared AFTER the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) death are called
-- The Followers." As such, the above contention fails again.
Now, if my
Sunni brothers suggest that the word "companions" ONLY addresses those
sincere believers that were close to the Prophet (PBUH&HF) and memorized the
Quran and the hadiths, and kept constant prayer, then they
EXACTLY what the Shia have been always trying to say: NOT ALL THE COMPANIONS
WERE RIGHTEOUS. Nonetheless, EVEN under this assertion, the Shia will
refuse to admit Abu Bakr and `Umar, among others, to be included among the
ranks of the righteous; not after what they have done to the family of the
to conclude with what al-Zamakhshari, the great Sunni scholar
Doubt and conflict have abounded,
each claims he is on the right path
I have chosen to hold tight to (the belief that)
"There Is No Deity, But Allah"
and my love for Ahmad (Muhammad) and Ali
A dog won a great reward
by loving the People of the Cave (Ahl al-Kahf),
how, then, can I lose anything
by loving the family of the Prophet (PBUH&HF)!?
conclusion, I appeal to your sense of truth and honesty to objectively
arguments presented by the Shia. After all we say, do you still
that we are Kuffar? Are we asking you to blindly accept our
or are we supporting our belief with unimpeachable proofs? Are
using your OWN books as evidence? Question and ask for the truth.
May Allah (SWT)
forgive us our sins, and guide us to that which pleases Him
The Enemies of Islam as Depicted in Nahjul Balagha
[ Here is a
general description of the enemies of Islam,
as its true followers, and what happenned to them.]
sway of tyrants was long, so that their tyranny and oppression
be fully exposed and their infamy and disgrace could be
disclosed. They deserved the revolution which overtook them. They were
destroyed and annihilated, and the people were rescued from calamities
destruction, were relieved of war, and bloodshed, which were
brought about by the tyrants.
pious people, who bravely passed through those days, patiently
the suffering and gave their lives for the cause of justice and
They humbled themselves, before God, they never for a moment
magnified their patience and bravery and never imagined that they were
obliging God and His religion. Then God ordained that the times of
and tribulations should come to an end. They were given
permission to defend their faith with the help of their swords and
obeyed the orders of God according to the teaching of the Holy
"Things continued like that until God called the Prophet back. Then
became apostate, or turned to heathenism, they were damned by the
preversity of their minds and waywardness. They put faith in their
relatives, who were misguided, or in instigators who were heathens.
discarded the medium (the progeny of the Prophet), whom
were ordered to love, to respect and to follow, and who would
kept them within the limits of the true religion. Thus, they
undermined the foundation of the true religion and tried to introduce
in Islam. They adopted the ways of the Pharoahs and his people,
attached to worldly power and pleasures, and drifted away from
people! remember that the present time is the time when something
has been promised will happen, and events which you do not know
cannot forsee will take place. During the days of trials and
temptations, those who recognize the significance and worth of the
Ahlul-Bayt will, like a person walking in the dark with a lamp in his
not only go safely through the times, but will be of help to
and will act like pious people. This will free the people from
oppression and tyrrany , will educate the ill-informed and ignorant,
introduce reforms into society, and will cement the gaps which
wickedness and impiety may have created in the true teachings of
For some time, he (i.e. Imam Mahdi) will be hidden from the
of man in such a way that the greates searcher of the day will
able to find a trace of him however he may try.
when he will appear, he will educate mankind in such a way that
vision will expand through the teachings of the Quran, men will
able to acquire true wisdom, and their minds will be able to rise
higher planes of science and philosophy."
urge Muslims to reject any false myths about our Islamic
Many of you already know the Sunni view of history. I stronly
urge you to
read the Sunni works in history such as of al-Tabari, and Syed
to understand the forces that shaped the Muslim world in the 1st
They are still alive and kicking today.