SAHABA OF PROPHET'S SUCCESSORS GROUP

 
 

     

                                    

                            More on Companions

 

I shall discuss some issues about the companions in this article.

For a followup to this discussion, please see "Then I Was Guided" by Dr.

Muhammad al-Tijani al- Samawi; Published in 1989 by the Fajr Establishment

in London, Great Britain.  The Author has four books out now, may Allah

(SWT) reward him generously for risking his life in the Arab World to speak

the TRUTH about the Shi'i/Sunni problem, and why he became a Shia.

 

The four books are:

1. Thooma Ihtadiyat -- Then I Was Guided (1989)

2. Ma'ah al-Sadiqin  -- With the Truthful Ones (1989)

3. Fas'aloo Ahl al-Zikr -- Ask Those Who Possess the Message (1992)

4. al-Shia Hum Ahl al-Sunnah -- The Shia Are The (True) Followers of the

   Sunnah (Sunnah--here meaning the custom/way of the Prophet (PBUH&HF))

   (I am NOT sure if this book has been published and released to the

   public yet -- It was still in the writing process when I first heard of

   it).

 

Please note that the author, Dr. Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi, spent years

of research before writing these books and becoming, himself, a Shia.  He

is also now a recognized and certified Shi'i Religious Scholar, with

authority to give Fatwas (Religious Opinions), which is no easy task in the

Shi'i schools of jurisprudence, philosophy, and the sciences. He received

his Doctorate degree from the Sorbone University, the French University

that is ranked among the best universities in the world.  His thesis was a

discussion of al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib's (AS) most famous book "Nahjul

Balagha" (The Way of Eloquence).  This book is recognized by both the

Sunnis and the Shia as a model Par Excellence in classical Arabic

Eloquence, next only to the Quran itself in beauty and grandeur.  The proof

to that statement is that the Sunnis themselves have taken it upon

themselves to explain the meanings of the text and to teach it in various

Islamic universities.  Among those Sunnis who wrote the commentary

for this book is Ibn Abil Hadid. A mor recent commentary by the Sunnis is

of Muhammad Abduh from al-Azhar University. The commentary of these

scholars on the book of "Nahjul Balagha" can be found in many Mosques

and libraries.

 

 

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Shedding the blood of Innocents

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al-Bukhari narrated that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH&HF) said the

following to his companions in his last speech:

 

     Sahih al-Bukhari Hadiths: 5.688 and 7.458

     Narrated Abu Bakra:

 

     The Prophet said: "... Surely, you will meet your Lord, and He will

     ask you about your deeds. Beware! Do not become infidels after me by

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     cutting the throats of one another. It is incumbent on those who are

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     present to convey this message (of mine) to those who are absent. May

     be that some of those to whom it will be conveyed will understand it

     better than those who have actually heard it."

 

On the other hand, the documented history confirms that some companions

(some of whom were also promised paradise according to some fabricated

traditions) shed the blood of thousands of Muslims in various civil wars.

Good examples of them are Talha and Zubair who were the first companions

who waged war against Ali (AS) after people paid oath to him as their

legitimate Caliph. They could not see him in power, and found him a great

obstacle for their robberies. Thus shed the blood of 10 thousand Muslims in

the battle of "Camel", in order to overthrow Ali from power.  (see any

Sunni history books for details). Their plot was finally failed and both

Talha and Zubair were killed.  Muawiyah and Amr Ibn al-Auss are another

examples, who waged the war of Siffin against Ali (AS) killing other

thousands of Muslims. Allah states:

 

     "And 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

follow ALL of them, even those among them whom Allah cursed by the above

verse of Quran? Why should we love one whom Allah curses, and why should we follow one whom Allah has promised Hell forever?

 

 

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Collecting Gold and Silver

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al-Bukhari narrates the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said the following after the

Battle of Uhud:

 

Sahih al-Bukhari Hadith: 8.434

Narrated 'Uqba bin 'Amir:

 

     The Prophet went out and offered the funeral prayer for the martyrs of

     the (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

     at my 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

     afraid that you become polytheist after me, but I am afraid that you

     will start competing (for the luxuries of this world).

 

The tradition clearly indicates that after his (PBUH&HF) death, some of the

companions will abandon the religion, and compete against one another for

the wealth of this temporary existence.  And they indeed competed until the

swords were drawn and the wars were waged, thereby fulfilling the prophecy.

 

Some of the famous companions were eager to collect gold and silver.

Great Sunni Historians like Mas'udi and Tabari and others stated that the

wealth of Zubair on its own came out to 50,000 Dinars and 1000 horses with

1000 slaves and many holdings in Basrah, Kufah, Egypt, and many other

places. This massive wealth was accumulated while many Muslims starved to

death. (See Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi, v2, p341)

 

The agricultural products from Iraq alone brought for Talha 1000 Dinars

EVERY DAY!, and perhaps more than that. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi,

the same page)

 

Abdul Rahman Ibn Awf had 100 horses, 1000 camels, and 10,000 sheep.

After his death, the quarter of his wealth which was divided among his

wives came out to 84,000 Dinars. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi,

the same page)

 

Uthman Ibn Affan left on the day of his death 150,000 Dinars, apart from

an enormous wealth of land, cattle and villages. (Muruj al-Dahab by

al-Masudi, the same page)

 

Zayd Ibn Thabit left an amount of gold and silver that HAD TO BE BROKEN

BY HAMMERS! apart from money and agricultural holdings which came to

100,000 Dinars. (Muruj al-Dahab by al-Masudi, the same page)

 

These were just few examples to show that some of the companions were

more interested in the present life. Comparing the poverty of people at

that time, one get suspicious to how they got so much money from nothing

while the rest of people were in poverty. This gives a good idea of why

they waged war against Ali (AS) to overthrow him from power. They found him

a big obstacle for their misconducts of treasury and territories.

 

The question now is this: If these so-called pious companions were so busy

collecting money and competing among one another in worldly gain, while

many Muslims died from poverty, where then was that so-called piety and

sense of sacrifice that the Sunnis attribute to them (the companions)?

This is a sign for those who reflect!

 

 

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The Companions Among One Another

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In the previous articles we have seen how Allah (SWT) describes the

companions in the Quran; how the Prophet (PBUH&HF), before his (PBUH&HF)

death, foretells their behavior after his death; and now we will take a

look at what the companions thought of one another's actions and their

remarks concerning their own behavior.

 

It is narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari, v1, p122, under the chapter of

"al-Eidiyan -- The Two Eids (Muslim Festivals)" that the Prophet (PBUH&HF)

used to pray first, and then deliver the sermon (khutba).  That custom

(sunnah) remained as such until Marwan, the Ruler (Amir) of Medina during

Muawiyah's reign, started to deliver the sermon (khutba) before the prayer.

 

It should be noted that the Sunnis do exactly the same thing to this day.

This was NOT the sunnah (way or custom) of the Prophet (PBUH&HF).  Keep in

mind that the Sunnis maintain that the actions of the companions are enough

to alter 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)

custom, why then do we need the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) custom in the first

place?   Let's just follow any innovations the companions may come up with!

 

You might 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

prayed.  As such, the prayer and sermon times were switched. Superficially,

this is true, but this is not the real reason, he continues.  During the

days of Muawiyah, it was ordered, as I mentioned in other posts, that

whenever the name of al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS) was mentioned, he (AS)

should be cursed!   Many of the believers at that time loved Ali (AS) and

would not tolerate such an action; as a result, they were killed one after

the other, until all the believers had to listen to the curses and maintain

their silence at the threat of the sword.  One way to escape the listening

to the repeated cursing was to escape the sermon.  Muawiyah and his men

didn't like that, so the sermon was switched to precede the prayer in an

effort to force the people to stay through the whole sermon and listen to

the 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

al-Imam Ali (AS) is to be treated?  The Prophet (PBUH&HF) had said:

 

     "To love Ali (AS) is a sign of Faith, and to hate him (AS) is a sign

     of hypocrisy!!!"

 

This tradition is narrated in Sahih Muslim, v1, p61.  Check for yourself.

In Sahih al-Bukhari, v2, p76; and Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v5, p300 narrate that

the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said to Ali (AS):

 

     "You are a part of me, and I a part of you."

 

Also, Sahih 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

can only enter a city through its door; meaning that any knowledge from the

Prophet (PBUH&HF), 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:

 

     "Ali is the master of every believer after me."

 

If ANY head of state, whether today or in times immemorial, ALWAYS has a

trusted vicegerent to take his place and manage his affairs in his absence,

would you then believe that the Prophet (PBUH&HF), who was sent as the

FINAL Messenger from He (SWT) Who created the universe, didn't also have a

vicegerent to manage his (PBUH&HF) affairs after his (PBUH&HF) death? A

vicegerent that Allah (SWT) also trusts and loves? Would you believe that

Allah (SWT) would leave the affairs of the "...Best of Nations sent forth

to mankind...[3:110]" to random selection and ruling? No, by Allah (SWT), a

vicegerent was INDEED chosen by Allah (SWT) and His (SWT) Messenger

(PBUH&HF), and that vicegerent was al-Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS).

 

Again, Sahih Tirmidhi, v2, p298, narrates that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said:

 

     "Whoever I was his Master, then Ali is his Master!  O Allah, support

     those who support him, and alienate those that alienate him!!!"

 

That is Ali (AS), the fearless warrior, and the defeater of the champions

of Quraish.  May the Blessings and Peace of Allah (SWT) be extended to the

Prophet (PBUH&HF) and his (PBUH&HF) Family, Amen.

 

Now, ask yourself: If this is how the Prophet (PBUH&HF) praised Ali (AS),

then who are the companions, especially Muawiyah, to curse him (AS)?  Did

you know that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) said, as narrated in Musnad Ahmad Ibn

Hanbal, v6, p33:

 

     "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

     cursed Allah (SWT), then Allah (SWT) will throw him into the

     hellfire."

 

That means that by cursing Ali (AS), the companions were cursing the

Prophet (PBUH&HF), 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

a promise by Allah (SWT), which He (SWT) shall not break!

 

Dr. al-Tijani asserts that during his search for the truth, he tried

wholeheartedly to identify these heinous charges with the hypocrites and

the malevolent companions ONLY; but he soon discovered that there is NO way

of excluding the SO-CALLED righteous companions, in the sight of the

Sunnis, from these charges. For we see that the first companion to threaten

the burning down of al-Imam Ali's (AS) house is none other than `Umar Ibn

al-Khatab himself -- the man that the Sunnis claim is of such faith and

courage that he terrifies Satan himself!  And the first to wage war against

al-Imam Ali (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

sight of the Sunnis. Note that `Aisha is also the daughter of Abu Bakr!

Others aggressors include, but are NOT limited to, Amr Ibn al-Aas,

Muawiyah, and many others that oppressed the family of the Prophet

(PBUH&HF). 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

(sayings) of the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) praise of Ali (AS), we can easily fill

an entire book!"

 

The companions also changed the prayer rules, and the first to do so was

`Uthman Ibn `Afan, the third caliph.  Sahih Bukhari narrates in v2,

page 154, that the Prophet (PBUH&HF) always prayed two (instead of four)

rak'at during travel, as is mandated by Allah (SWT) in the Quran.  Abu Bakr

and `Umar did the same, then came `Uthman and prayed four rak'at during

travel instead of two!  This tradition is also narrated in Sahih Muslim,

v1, p260.  Who is `Uthman to violate the orders of Allah (SWT) and His (SWT) Prophet (PBUH&HF) with regards to the Salat (Prayer)? Question

and reflect, and may Allah (SWT) guide us all.

 

Let's see what `Umar did:  Sahih al-Bukhari narrates in v1, p54:

 

     "Shaqiq Ibn Salamah said: I was with Abdullah and Abu Musa, so Abu

     Musa 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

     when a man has sexual intercourse with his wife) and had no water to

     clean?" Abdullah said: "He shall not pray until he finds water."  So

     Abu Musa said: "But didn't you hear the Prophet (PBUH&HF) tell `Amar

     Ibn 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?"

     So Abu Musa answered: But Allah (SWT) said in the Quran: "...Or ye

     have 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:

     "If we allow them that (meaning the Tayamum), then they will use it at

     the 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."

 

NOTE: Tayamum is the pounding of the hands on sand, mud, or rock, and then

wiping the face and the hands; this is considered a full ablution (Wudu')

in the absence of water. Note that there are more details to the process

Tayamum which are not covered here.

 

As one can see, `Umar violated the Quran, Allah's (SWT) DIRECT orders, and

the 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!

 

The companions themselves have admitted that they changed the sunnah

(custom of the Prophet (PBUH&HF)) many times: Sahih al-Bukhari narrates in

v3, p32, under the category of "The Battle of Hudaiybiyah" that:

 

     `Ala Ibn al- Masib said: "I met al-Bara Ibn `Azib, so I said may you

     be happy all the time, for you were the companion of the Prophet

     (PBUH&HF) and you have made a pact (bay'ah) with him (PBUH&HF) under

     the tree."  So al-Bara said: "O son of my brother, you know not of

     what we have changed after his (PBUH&HF) death!!!"

 

This is a direct confession by a very close companion that they have

changed the religion of Allah (SWT) and violated His (SWT) orders.  Again,

who are the companions to change the religion of Allah (SWT)?  This is the

same reason that the Islamic Ummah (Nation) is still living in deplorable

conditions 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

that:

 

     `Umar, when he was stabbed and Ibn `Abbas was offering some form of

     consolation, said: ".......By Allah (SWT), if I had enough gold to

     fill the entire earth, I would offer it to ransom myself from Allah's

     (SWT) punishment before I see Him (SWT)."

 

If `Umar was such a faithful companion, why would he wish to ransom himself

from Allah (SWT)?  Could it be because he committed many injustices and he

will on the Day of Judgment be held accountable for them?  Question for

yourself.

 

Abu Bakr was no different: It is narrated in "The History of al-Tabari

(Tarikh al-Tabari),", p41 that:

 

     Abu Bakr said when he saw a bird on a tree: "How happy are you O bird!

     You 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

     road, so that a camel might eat me and excrete me, and I was never a

     born human!!!"

 

Would you believe, by Allah (SWT), that if a man was of such spiritual

purity, as the Sunnis claim Abu Bakr to be, he would wish that he was never

born, let alone be a human?  Indeed, Abu Bakr realized that his time has

come and all his actions will be scrolled before him in an open book, and

that is when his loss will be manifested; thus, he wished he was never born

a human! Allah (SWT) says in His (SWT) Holy Quran:

 

     "Behold! Verily on the friends of Allah there is no fear, nor shall

     they grieve; those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;--

     for 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

     indeed the supreme Triumph. [10:62-64]"

 

Also, Allah (SWT) says: "In the case of those who say, "Our Lord Is Allah,"

and further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from

time to time):

 

     "Fear ye not!" (they suggest), "Nor grieve! But receive the Glad

     Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised!  We are

     your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: Therein shall ye

     have all that you shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask

     for! -- A hospitable gift from One Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!

     [41:30-32]"

 

The question is that if these Glad Tidings from Allah (SWT) are for ALL of

the believers of mankind, and that they should have "...no fear, nor shall

they grieve...," why then were Abu Bakr and `Umar fearful?  It should be

that they, if they were true believers, should be the least fearful of us,

for they were the companions of the Seal of Prophethood (PBUH&HF) himself!

But Allah (SWT) is the Most Truthful when He (SWT) says:

 

     "Every soul that hath sinned, if it possessed all that is on earth,

     would fain give it in ransom: They would declare (their) repentance

     when they see the Chastisement: But the judgment between them will be

     with justice, and no wrong will be done unto them. [10:54]"

 

Again, Allah (SWT) says:

 

     "Even if the wrong-doers had all that there is on earth, and as much

     more, (in vain) would they offer it for ransom from the pain of the

     Chastisement on the Day Of Judgment: but something will confront them

     from Allah, which they could have never counted upon!  For the evils

     of their deeds will confront them and they will be (completely)

     encircled by that which they used to mock at! [39:47-48]"

 

These are the so-called companions that the Sunnis strike as an example of

spiritual purity and guidance!!!  By Allah (SWT), they shall answer for

their deception of the Muslims all these years, and their concealment of

the truth.

 

Again, you might wonder, if the companions were of such high honor and

spiritual elevation, why did they kill `Uthman Ibn `Afan, the third Caliph

that destroyed Islam?  Keep in mind that `Aisha, the wife of the Prophet

(PBUH&HF), herself called for the death of `Uthman -- check The History of

al- Tabari (Tarikh al-Tabari), v4, p407.  Also check The History of

Ibn Atheer (Tarikh Ibn Atheer), v3, p206.  Did you know also that

the Muslims during the reign of `Uthman were so infuriated by him, that

when he 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

guided caliph, I seriously question what is a MISGUIDED Caliph then?

 

Then we hear of `Aisha, the wife of the Prophet (PBUH&HF), who, along with

the other wives, was ordered by Allah (SWT) to:

 

     "...stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like

     that of the former times of Ignorance; and establish regular prayer,

     and give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger ...[33:33]"

 

Why, then, if `Aisha was ordered to stay in her home after the death of the

Prophet (PBUH&HF), did she go out and ride a camel and wage war against al-

Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS), whom she NEVER liked?  (This is known as `The

Battle of the Camel')  This is a sign for those who reflect.

 

 

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Side Comments: Responses to Sunni Brothers

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Some Sunni brothers, in response to my article when it was first posted,

have forwarded two contentions:

 

FIRST, they have defended the motives of Abu Bakr and `Umar in the

traditions 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

ransom myself from Allah's (SWT) punishment before I see Him (SWT)."   Or

the saying of Abu Bakr that: "How happy are you O bird! You 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 road, so that a camel might

eat me and excrete me, and I was never a born human!!!"

 

The Sunni brothers contended that it is the spiritual purity of a believer

to wish 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

treasures of the Earth from the flames of the hellfire, as `Umar did, to

prove his sincerity and faith. The Sunni brothers also asserted that the

Prophet (PBUH&HF) 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.

 

My response to their FIRST contention was as follows:

 

As for the Prophet (PBUH&HF) asking forgiveness for himself, then that

doesn't mean that he wishes that he (PBUH&HF) was never born; and that

doesn't invalidate his (PBUH&HF) infallibility. His (PBUH&HF) asking for

forgiveness is a sign of piety and an admittance of infirmity (weakness)

before 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

sinner, who in the community will punish him (PBUH&HF)?  Or who is

qualified to punish him (PBUH&HF)? -- for they are all sinners, and a

sinner cannot punish a sinner.  Or if he (PBUH&HF) was a sinner, what kind

of idiot would follow him (PBUH&HF), and believe him (PBUH&HF) to be a

GUIDED Messenger (PBUH&HF) sent by He (SWT) Who created the Universe?

 

Furthermore, if he (PBUH&HF) was a sinner, that would mean that Allah

(SWT), by sending a sinful Messenger, approves of sin! (May Allah (SWT)

Forbid Such A Ludicrous Contention!)  And we know that Allah's (SWT)

JUSTICE and His (SWT) abhorrence of sin and evil are among the First and

Foremost articles in our faith.  As such, Allah (SWT) will NOT send a

sinful Messenger.  Purified be ALL the Prophets and Messengers of Allah

(SWT) from such claims that scratch their character by claiming that they

are sinners.   Or have we become like the Jews and the Christians, where

the Bible states that the Prophet Lot (AS) was drunk and lay naked before

his (AS) children!?   This is a sign for those who reflect!!!

 

As for Abu Bakr and `Umar, I render the following: To ask forgiveness is

one thing, and to wish that you were never born, or to wish to ransom

yourself with all the gold of the earth, is another matter altogether.

Indeed, to wish that you were never born is an insult to Allah (SWT),

because you are claiming that Allah's (SWT) Justice and Mercy are not

enough for you.  It is also an insult because there is an underlying

implication that your entry into hell is not really your fault; such an

insinuation means that your entry into hell is an act of injustice by Allah

(SWT)! (May Allah (SWT) Forbid Such A Ludicrous Contention!) If one truly

believes, 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

Allah (SWT).  Not like people who wish they were never born to hide their

OWN guilt and sins.  A true believer submits to Allah (SWT) in totality,

and admits that he is weak and sinful; then he asks for forgiveness.  He

doesn't insult Allah (SWT) by wishing that he was never born.

 

Indeed, the concept of sin and repentance has always baffled me, until

Allah (SWT) guided me.  Listen to what the Shia say about repentance

(tawbah): "al-Tawbah (Repentance) is the mechanism by which Allah (SWT)

regulates evil in society.  By giving each person a chance to repent,  the

sinner is assured that he is NOT COMPELLED to keep on sinning.  That

regulatory mechanism ensures that the feelings of guilt that usually

accompany acts of sin, are not turned into feelings of desperation and

uselessness, thereby leading to more sin and the destruction of society. It

(tawbah -- repentance) is a great mercy from Allah (SWT) indicating His

(SWT) infinite wisdom."   I add, that sin itself is part of your own

creation.  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

claim that you didn't commit any sin and it wasn't your fault, thereby

fostering a level of arrogance detested by Allah (SWT). Indeed, to sin and

admit your guilt SINCERELY with the true belief that it was all your fault

(when it really is), and then ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) is much

more favorable than insulting Allah (SWT) by wishing that you were never

born. I would also add that erring is part and parcel of the learning

process, which is an innate feature of our composition and existence. If we

don't make mistakes, we will never learn, and if we never learn, we will

never evolve and grow. It is the arrogance that has polluted the minds of

many individuals that has precluded our growth -- for we err and sin, yet

we refuse to acknowledge our fault therein!

 

Enough is what al-Imam Zayn al-'Aabidin (AS), the son of al- Imam al-Husain

(AS), said in his (AS) supplication (dua'): "O Allah, for even if I enter

the hellfire, I will tell the people there of my love of Thee!!!"    What

does this eloquent, beautiful, and striking statement mean?   It is by

Allah (SWT), one of the most beautiful and touching prayers I have ever

heard!   Here's what it means before you jump to conclusions on your own:

 

al-Imam Zayn al-'Aabidin (AS) is saying: "O Allah, my belief in You is such

that I don't doubt Your Justice; for even if You throw me into hell, it is

because I deserve that and it is due to what I have done in this earthly

existence. Nonetheless, even if I enter the hellfire, I will tell the

people there of my love to (and faith in) Thee, such that You haven't done

ANY 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.)

 

ASSUMING 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

considered equal in the sight of Allah (SWT).  As such, my question is: why

do the Sunnis claim that ALL the companions were righteous? Why, when Allah

(SWT), 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!

 

At the expense of repetition, I reiterate my previous statement: If Allah

(SWT) has made a CLEAR distinction among the companions, why do the Sunnis refuse to acknowledge that?

 

Furthermore, my Sunni brothers, by suggesting (themselves) that these

verses 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?

Didn't the disciples of Jesus (AS) betray him (AS)? Didn't the Jews betray

Musa (AS)? And so on... Are the companions of the Prophet Muhammad

(PBUH&HF) 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?

Are all believers, whether today or in times past, of equal stature? Do we

not observe that some believers are sincere and others not? Why then do the

Sunnis refuse to accept this truism?  Even if the Shia EXCLUDED Abu Bakr

and `Umar from their direct attack, the Sunnis will STILL REFUSE to

acknowledge that some of the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) companions were non-

righteous, malicious individuals.  By Allah (SWT)! Didn't Allah (SWT)

devote a WHOLE Surah (Chapter) in His (SWT) Book about the hypocrites?  And doesn't Allah (SWT) say:

 

     "They are in varying grades in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees well

     all that they do. [3:163]"

 

Another remark, which my Sunni brothers overlooked in defense of their

arguments, might be that the individuals addressed in the aforementioned

verses or the Hypocrites Chapter are NOT considered companions in the sight

of the Sunnis.  If my Sunni brothers should ever forward such a remark, my

response would be:

 

The definition of the word "companions," according to the Sunnis, is: ANY

person who has seen the Prophet (PBUH&HF) is considered a companion. The

generation that appeared AFTER the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) death are called

"Tabi-'uoon -- 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

have said 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 Prophet (PBUH&HF).

 

Suffice it to conclude with what al-Zamakhshari, the great Sunni scholar

and poet, said:

 

                     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)!?

 

In conclusion, I appeal to your sense of truth and honesty to objectively

study the arguments presented by the Shia. After all we say, do you still

believe that we are Kuffar? Are we asking you to blindly accept our

arguments, or are we supporting our belief with unimpeachable proofs? Are

we not 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

(SWT).

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            The Enemies of Islam as Depicted in Nahjul Balagha

            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

[ Here is a general description of the enemies of Islam,

  as well as its true followers, and what happenned to them.]

 

     "The sway of tyrants was long, so that their tyranny and oppression

     could 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

     and destruction, were relieved of war, and bloodshed, which were

     brought about by the tyrants.

 

     "The pious people, who bravely passed through those days, patiently

     bore the suffering and gave their lives for the cause of justice and

     Islam. 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

     trials and tribulations should come to an end. They were given

     permission to defend their faith with the help of their swords and

     they  obeyed the orders of God according to the teaching of the Holy

     Prophet(AS).

 

     "Things continued like that until God called the Prophet back. Then

     many 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.

     They discarded the medium (the progeny of the Prophet), whom

     they were ordered to love, to respect and to follow, and who would

     have kept them within the limits of the true religion. Thus, they

     undermined the foundation of the true religion and tried to introduce

     heresy in Islam. They adopted the ways of the Pharoahs and his people,

     were attached to worldly power and pleasures, and drifted away from

     true religion."

 

 

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Khutba 153

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     "O people! remember that the present time is the time when something

     which has been promised will happen, and events which you do not know

     or 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

     hand, not only go safely through the times, but will be of help to

     others and will act like pious people. This will free the people from

     oppression and tyrrany , will educate the ill-informed and ignorant,

     will introduce reforms into society, and will cement the gaps which

     wickedness and impiety may have created in the true teachings of

     Islam. For some time, he (i.e. Imam Mahdi) will be hidden from the

     eyes of man in such a way that the greates searcher of the day will

     not be able to find a trace of him however he may try.

 

     But when he will appear, he will educate mankind in such a way that

     human vision will expand through the teachings of the Quran, men will

     be able to acquire true wisdom, and their minds will be able to rise

     to higher planes of science and philosophy."

 

I strongly urge Muslims to reject any false myths about our Islamic

heritage. 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

Amir Ali, to understand the forces that shaped the Muslim world in the 1st

century AH. They are still alive and kicking today.

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 "WHOEVER I AM HIS MASTER, ALI IS HIS MASTER. O God! Love those who love him. Be hostile to those who are hostile to him. Hate those who hate him. Help those who help him. And keep the truth with him wherever he turns." (repeating this paragraph three times). 

 

وَنَجَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ {41:18}

But We delivered those who believed and practised righteousness

 

Respect of the Sahaba
Munafiqeen among Sahabah
 
 
 

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