Appointed the Imams of “Ahl al-Sunnah”
What proves that the
Imams of the four “Sunni” sects, too, acted in contradiction to the Book of
Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger who commanded them to follow the
Purified Progeny, is that we could not find even one person among them who
obeyed such a command, boarded their ship, and came to know who the Imam of
his time was.
Abu Hanifah al-Nu‘man,
was a student of Imam al-Sadiq. He is famous for having said: Lawla al
sanatan, la halaka al-Nu‘man, that is, “Had it not been for those couple of
years [during which he was a student of the Imam, as], al-Nu‘man would have
perished.” Yet we find him inventing a sect based on analogy and the
derivation of one’s own opinion in opposition to the available clear ahadith.
Malik, who also learned
from Imam al-Sadiq, is quoted saying, “No eyes have ever seen, nor ears have
ever heard, nor anyone was ever impressed by anyone more acquainted with
jurisprudence, or more learned, than Ja‘far al-Sadiq.” Yet we find him, too,
inventing an Islamic sect of his own, abandoning the Imam of his time for
whom he testifies as being the most knowledgeable and the best informed of
all people of his time with regard to jurisprudence. The fact is that the
Abbasides who held the reins of authority propped him up and called him
“Imam Dar al-Hijra,” hence he became thereafter the man of influence and
authority, the man whose word wielded a great deal of influence on people.
Al-Shafi‘i, who is
accused of being a follower of Ahl al-Bayt, has said the following lines of
poetry in their praise:
O Household of Allah’s
Messenger! Loving you is an obligation Which Allah has enforced in His
Suffices you a great
honor if one sends no prayer unto you all, It will be as though he did not
say his prayers at all.
And the following verses
lauding them are also attributed to him:
When I saw people
being carried away to the seas Of misguidance and ignorance by their creeds,
I boarded, in the Name of Allah, the Ark of Salvation:
The Household of the
Prophet, the Seal of Revelation. And I upheld Allah’s Rope: them shall I
obey and hope, That I obey the One Who commanded us to uphold His Rope.
He is also famous for
having said these lines:
If one loving
Muhammad’s family Is rebuked and called a Rafidi,
Then O jinns and
mankind: Testify That: Yes! A Rafidi am I!
If the jinns and mankind
are to testify that he is Rafidi, then why did he follow the sects which
were established to oppose Ahl al-Bayt?! Rather, he himself, like the
others, invented a sect carrying his own name, abandoning the Imams of Ahl
al-Bayt to whom he was a contemporary.
Ahmad ibn Hanbal made
the name of Ali the fourth in the list of the “righteous caliphs,” after
being rejected as such. He wrote a book recounting Ali’s merits. He became
famous for having said, “Nobody among the sahaba, according to all authentic
musnads, has as many virtues as Ali, may Allah be pleased with him...” Yet
he himself invented an Islamic sect called “al-Hanbali” despite the
testimony of his contemporary scholars that he was not a faqih at all.
Shaykh Abu Zuhra has said, "Many
scholars of earlier times never counted Ahmad ibn Hanbal as a jurist; among
them was Ibn Qutaybah, whose time was very close to that of Ahmad, and Ibn
Jarir al-Tabari, and others.”
Then Ibn Taymiyyah came
to lift the banner of the Hanbali sect. He incorporated into it some new
theories which, among other things, prohibited the visiting of graves or the
building of structures over them, or the seeking of nearness to Allah
through the Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt; all of the above constituted,
according to him, shirk, polytheism.
These are the four
sects, and these are their imams and what they have said about the Purified
Progeny of Ahl al-Bayt.
So, they either say what
they do not do, which is a big abomination very much hated by Allah, or they
may not have invented these sects at all but, rather, their own followers
among the henchmen of the Umayyads and Abbasides were the ones who founded
them with the help of oppressive rulers then attributed them to these imams
after the latter’s death. This you will come to know, Insha-Allah, in the
Are you not amazed about
these imams who were contemporary to the Imams of guidance from Ahl al-Bayt,
then they turned away from the latter’s Straight Path and were not guided by
their guidance, nor were they enlightened by their light, nor did they
prefer their hadith which quotes their grandfather the Messenger of Allah ?
Rather, they preferred over them Ka‘b al-Ahbar, a Jew, and Abu Hurayra the
Dawsi about whom the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib has
said, “The person who told the worst lies about the Messenger of Allah is
Abu Hurayra al-Dawsi”?! Hazrat Ayesha said the same about him. And they
prefer over them Abdullah ibn Umar who was famous for his hatred of Imam
Ali, and who refused to swear the oath of allegiance to him, preferring to
swear allegiance to the leader of misguidance al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf al-Thaqafi
instead. And they prefer over them Amr ibn al-As, Mu‘awiyah’s minister of
deception and hypocrisy.
Do you not wonder how
these imams granted themselves the authority to be the jurists of Allah’s
creed through their own views and personal opinions till they put an end to
the Prophet’s Sunnah through what they introduced of analogy and the belief
in the sanctity of all the sahaba, closing the door of evidence and that of
the public’s secured interests, etc., up to the end of the list of their
innovations for which Allah never sent down any proof?
Did Allah and His
Messenger neglect the completing of the creed, permitting these men to
complete it through their own ijtihad and permit and prohibit as they
Do you not wonder about
the Muslims who claim to uphold the “Sunnah” how they follow men who never
knew the Prophet, nor did he know them?!
Do they have a proof
from the Book of Allah, or from the Sunnah of His Messenger permitting them
to follow and emulate those four Imams who founded those sects?!
I challenge the
thaqalain, the two species of mankind and the jinns, to bring about one
single evidence for the above from the Book of Allah or from the Sunnah of
His Messenger... No, by Allah! No! They will never be able to bring it about
even if they assist one another.
No, by Allah! There is
not a single proof in the Book of Allah, nor in the Sunnah of His Messenger,
except to follow and emulate the Purified Imams from the Prophet’s Progeny,
peace of Allah and His blessings upon him and them. How to prove this can be
done through numerous arguments, convincing proofs, and glorious facts.
So learn a lesson, O
people who have vision! (Holy Qur’an, 59:2)
Surely it is not the
eyes that are blind, but blind are the hearts that are in the breasts. (Holy
 This is
recorded on p. 170 of Abu Zuhra’s book Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
Extracted from the book "The Shi'ah
are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah" by Dr. Muhammad Al-Tijani Al Samawi.