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S vs S Videos
Origin of Shiism
Exposing Shia's Beliefs
Shia's Imams
Sermon of the Gulf
Fallacy of Shiism
Alawi Sect
Khomeini Views
Khomeini - British Agent
Shia converts to Islam
Ahmad Al-Katib
Ali Isa Mallah
Shia Videos: Arabic
Shia view of Sunnis
Quran's Distortion
Shia & Hadith
Refutation of Shiism
Shiism & Hatred
Ghadir Khumm
Rulings on Shiites
Answering Shiism
Who Killed Al-Hussain
Women in Shiism
Shia's Rituals
Shia vs Companions
Succession of Rulership
Shia: Prophet's Wives
Shia & Monotheism
Nahj ul Balagha





Islamic Rulings on Shi`ites (Rawafid)


Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Ibrahim reported that his father Hasan said that his father Hasan said that his father Ali bin Abu-Talib (may Allah be pleased with them) said: "The Messenger of Allah said: "There will appear, at the end of time, people who are called Rawafidah (rejecters). They will reject Islam." [Musnad Ahmad]

Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them) reported that The Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: "There will be, at the end of the time, people who are called Rawafid (rejecters). They will reject Islam and spit it out. Thus, KILL THEM for they are polytheists."

Ahl-ul-Bayt (the household of the Messenger)

  • Imam Ali bin Abu-Talib (r.a.)

It was reported that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) used to repeat the following statement: "The best one after the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) is Abu Bakr. And the best one after Abu Bakr is Umar." He also whipped those who claimed that he (Ali) is better than Abu Bakr and Umar. [Ibn Majah]

Imam Ali bin Abu-Talib (r.a.) said: "The Messenger of Allah called me and told me: "You are like Jesus, Jews hated him till they slandered his mother, and Christians loved him till they put him in the position that is not for him. With regard to me, two categories of persons will be ruined, namely he who loves me too much and the love takes him away from rightfulness, and he who hates me too much and the hatred takes him away from rightfulness. Verily, I am not a prophet, and there is nothing revealed to me. But I work according to the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of his Prophet (pbuh) as much as I can. So whatever I have asked you in regards to obeying Allah, it is your duty to obey me whether you like it or not." [Ahmad]

Imam Ali (r.a.) said: "There will appear, at the end of time, people claimed to be from our Shia, but they are not from our Shia. They have a nickname called Rawafid (rejecters). If you meet them, KILL THEM for they are polytheists."

Imam Ali (r.a.) said: "With regard to me, two categories of persons will be ruined, namely he who loves me too much and the love takes him away from rightfulness, and he who hates me too much and the hatred takes him away from rightfulness. The best man with regard to me is he who is in the middle course. So be with him and be with the great majority (of Muslims) because Allah's hand (of protection) is with keeping unity." [Nahjul Balagha, sermon 126 about the Kharijites]

During that time, people who called themselves Muslims were three groups :
1- Kharijites who said that Imam Ali was a disbeliever and they sent Ibn Muljim to kill him and he did that.
2- Shia who said that he was infallible Imam and Allah had chosen him for leading Muslims.
3- Sunnis ( Majority of Muslims ) who said that he was a great companion of the prophet and he was a great leader to Muslims but Muslims had chosen him to be their leader not Allah.

Read Imam Ali's words and then examine the three groups, you will come to the conclusion that the Sunnis are following the middle course advocated by Imam Ali.

  • Imam Hasan bin Ali (r.a.)

'Aasim bin Damrah said to Hasan bin Ali (son of Imam Ali) that the Shi`ites claim that Ali will come back. Then Imam Hasan said: "Those liars lied. If we had known that, his wives would not have married (other men) nor would we have shared his heritage."

Early Scholars

  • Imam Abu Hanifah

It was reported that often Abu Haneefa used to repeat the following statement about the Shi`ites, "Whoever doubts whether they are disbelievers has himself committed disbelief."

  • Imam al-Shaafi`e

On one occasion al-Shaafi`i said concerning the Shi`ites, "I have not seen among the heretics a people more famous for falsehood than the Raafidite Shi`ites." [Ibn Taymeeyah, Minhaaj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah, 1/39] On another occasion he said, "Narrate knowledge from everyone you meet, except the Raafidite Shi`ites, because they invent Hadeeths and adopt them as part of their religion." [Ibid, p. 38]

  • Imam Malik

Once Malik was asked about them and he replied, "Do not speak to them nor narrate from them, for surely they are liars." [Minhaaj as-Sunnah, 1/37] During a class of Imam Malik, it was mentioned that the Raafidite Shi`ites curse the Sahaba. In reply, he quoted the Quranic verse, "Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and those with him are harsh with the disbelievers and gentle among themselves. So that the disbelievers may become enraged with them." He then said, "Whoever becomes enraged when the Sahaba are mentioned is one about whom the verse speaks." [Tafseeer al-Qurtubee, Soorah al-Fath; Editor’s note: That is, anyone who is enraged by the mention of the Sahaba is a disbeliever, because the verse says, "…the disbelievers may become enraged with them (Sahaba)."]

Imam Ibn Hazm quoted a report with an isnad going back to Hishaam ibn ‘Ammaar, who said: "I heard Malik ibn Anas say: "Whoever curses Abu Bakr should be whipped, and whoever curses Aisha should be killed." He was asked, "Why do you say that concerning (the one who curses) Aisha?" He said, Because Allah says concerning Aisha, (may Allah be pleased with her): "Allah forbids you from it (slander her) and warns you not to repeat the like of it forever, if you are believers." (al-Noor 24:17)’"

  • Abu Bakr ibn al-‘Arabi

Abu Bakr ibn al-‘Arabi said: "Because the people who slandered Aisha accused a pure and innocent person of immorality, then Allah exonerated her. So everyone who accuses her of that of which Allah has stated she is innocent is rejecting what Allah says, and everyone who rejects what Allah says is a kafir. This is the opinion of Malik, and the matter is very clear to those who have insight."

  • Ibn al-Mubarak

Ibn al-Mubarak was reported to have said, "Religion is gained from Ahl al-Hadeeth, scholastic theology and crafty exemptions from religious ordinances of Ahl ar-Ray and lies from the Raafidite Shi`ites." [AzZahabI, al Muntaqaa min Minhaaj al-I`tidaal, p. 480]

  • Abu Zur`ah ar-Raazi

This great scholar was quoted as saying, "If you see someone degrade any of the companions of the Prophet, (pbuh), know that he is a disbeliever. Because the Prophet, (pbuh), was real, what he brought was the truth and all of it was conveyed to us by the way of the Sahaba. What those disbelievers wish to do is to cast doubt on the reliability of our narrators in order to invalidate the Quran and the Sunnah. Thus the disbelievers are the ones most deserving defamation."

  • Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi

One day during the period of Muslim rule in Spain, Imam Abu Muhammad ibn Hazm was having a debate with some Spanish Catholic priests about their religious texts. He brought before them evidence of textual distortions in the Bible and the loss of original manuscripts. When they replied by pointing out to him Shi`ite claims also being distorted, Ibn Hazm informed them that "Shi`ite could not be used as evidence against the Quran or against Muslims because they are not themselves Muslims." [Ibn Hazm, al-Fisaal fee al-Milal wa an-Nihal, 2/78 and 4/182]

Their claims have been rebutted by numerous other early scholars like Ibn Taymiyah in Minhaaj as-Sunnah, AzZahabi in Muntaqaa min Minhaaj al-I`tidaal, Ibn Katheer in his history book al-Bidaayah wa an-Nihaayah, Ibn al-Jawzi in Talbees Iblees, al-Qadi ibn al-Arabi in al-`Awasim min al-Qawasim, At-Tahaawi in al-`Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah, and Al-Qadi Abu Ya`laa.

Contemporary Scholars

  •  Abul-A'laa Al-Maududi

This great Pakistani scholar and leader wrote an introduction to the book, Ar-Riddah bain al-Ams wa al-Yaum (lit. Apostasy in the Past and the Present) by Muhammad Kazim Habeeb published in 1977. In it, the author wrote of the Imami Ja'fari Shi'ites, "In spite of their moderate views (relative to other sects of Shi'ism), they are swimming in disbelief like white blood cells in blood or like fish in water." Maududi supported these views by praising the author and recommending that the book be done in hardback.

  • Imam Al-Alusi

He declared the Raafidite Shi'ites disbelievers because of their defamation of the Sahaba. His position was based on the rulings of Imam Malik and other scholars who were in agreement with him. In reply to their claim to be Ahl Bayt (the Prophet's (pbuh) family), al-Alusi said, "No, they are really followers of the Devils and Ahl Bayt are innocent of them."

  • Bahjat al-Baitar

When this great Syrian scholar was asked if transactions were permissible with Shi'ites, he replied in a book called Al-islam wa as-Sahaba al-Kiraam bain as-Sunnah wa ash-Shia in which he said, "Political and economic dealings with them are allowed in the same way that they are allowed with states and people with whom there are treaties in spite of differences between their lands and religions and ours. And help can only be sought from Allah."

  • Muhammad Rashid Rida

This scholar was among those who worked sincerely for rapprochement between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites, and they in turn pretended moderation for his benefit. However, in the midst of his efforts they caught him by surprise, by presenting him with some of their books which slandered Islam. He then replied to them in a paper called As-Sunnah wa ash-Shia in which he exposed their doctrines and idolatrous practices.

  • Dr. Hilali

After living closely to the Shi'ites for some years, the famous Moroccan scholar, Dr Hilali, wrote a paper on them in which he declared them disbelievers.

  • Al-Bashir al-Ibrahimi

While visiting Iraq, this professor who is the leading religious scholar in Algeria saw with his own eyes the Shi'ite book, Az-Zahraa, in which 'Umar ibn al-Khattab - may Allah be pleased with him - is accused of homosexuality. On his return home to Algeria, he exposed the Shi'ites and clearly outlined their principle beliefs and practices.

  • Mustafa As-Siba'ee

This eminent Palestinian scholar was also among those who lived with the Shi'ites for a period and worked for rapprochement with them; however, he soon discovered their real intentions and noted them in the foreword of his classic, As-Sunnah wa Makanatuha. He wrote, "Those people continue to hold fast to their books in which slanderous attacks and false descriptions are given of the incidents of disagreement among the Sahaba. Hence their intention behind the call to rapprochement seems to be bringing the Sunnites closer to the Shi'ite creed and not bringing them closer to each other." On another occasion, he wrote, "A Muslim would almost be in a state of total bewilderment and confusion at the audacity of these people towards Allah's Messenger (pbuh) were it not for his knowledge that most of the Rafidites are Persians. Some Persians feigned Islam and used Shi'ism as a cover for the destruction of Islam. There were also among the Persians those who were unable to free themselves from the effects of their former religions and thus they entered Islam with a pagan mentality which did not mind telling lies about the Prophet (pbuh)"

Among other contemporary scholars who have have made similar statements are: Shaikh Ibn Baaz, 'Allama ash-Shanqiti, al-Albani, Ahmad Ameen, Muhibuddeen al-Khatib,an-Nashashibi and Dr. Rashad Saalim.




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