A Comprehensive study of the Shia creed

The esteemed author, Doctor Nasir ibn `Abd Allah ibn `Ali al-Qaffari, has rendered an unparalleled service with his literary work originally titled Usul Madh-hab al-Shi`ah, which is the most comprehensive study of Shi`ism to have been penned to date. The author examines integral elements of Shi`i doctrine, from its own sources, revealing its true nature. Even aspects which are simply glossed over in most instances has not escaped the eye of the author; leaving no aspect except that it is thoroughly examined and explained.

Another unique feature of the book is the even-tempered approach of the author, free from heated and scathing remarks usually found in sensitive discussions of this nature. The author simply presents the facts, followed thereafter (when required) with refutation from the Qur’an and Sunnah, all in a calm and collected manner with which he guides the reader towards the Path of Salvation.

 

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Foreword

 

Introduction

 

Definition of the Word ‘Shi`ah’

The Word ‘Shi`ah’ in the Qur’an and its Meaning

The Word Shi`ah in the Sunnah and the Meanings Implied

The Word Shi`ah and its Meaning in the Books of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

The Word Shi`ah in the Light of Islamic History

 

The Technical Meaning of the Word Shi`ah

a. Defined by the Books of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

The First Definition

An Analysis of the First Definition

The Second Definition

An Analysis of the Second Definition

The Third Definition of the Word Shi`ah

Other Definitions of the Word Shi`ah

b. Definition of the Word Shi`ah from the Books of the Isma`ili

c. Definition of the Word Shi`ah from Other Sources

The Definition of Abu al-Hasan al-Ash`ari

An Analysis of the Definition

The Definition of Ibn Hazm

The Definition of al-Shahrastani

d. The Most Appropriate Definition

 

The Inception of the Shi`ah and its Historical Roots

Views of the Shi`ah Regarding Their Inception

The First View

An Analysis of this View

The Second View (of the Shi`ah)

An Analysis of this View

The Third View

The Views of Non-Shi`ah Regarding the Inception of Shi`ism

The First View

An Analysis of this View

The Second View

The Third View

The Fourth View

The Preferred View

The Origins of Shi`ism

The View that it has Jewish Roots

The View that Shi`ism is of Persian Origin

The View that Shi`ism is the Home of Old Asian Beliefs

The Preferred View Regarding the Origin of Shi`ism

 

The Sects of the Shi`ah

The Titles of the Ithna `Ashariyyah Shi`ah’s

Al-Shi`ah:

Al-Imamiyyah

Al-Ithna al-`Ashariyyah

Al-Qat`iyyah

Ashab al-Intizar

Al-Rafidah

Al-Ja`fariyyah

Al-Khassah (the special ones)

The Sects of the Ithna `Ashariyyah

 

Section One – Their Beliefs Regarding the Sources of Islam

Chapter One  – Their Beliefs Regarding the Glorious Qur’an

Discussion One  – Their Belief Regarding the Qur’an as a Source of Proof

a. The Qur’an Cannot be a Proof Unless it is accompanied With the Opinion of the Imam

b. Their Belief that the Knowledge of the Qur’an and its Understanding is Confined to the Imams

Analysis and Criticism of this View

Analysis of the Texts

The First Text: Wherein it is Claimed that Rasulullah salla Llahu `alayhi wa sallam

Explained the Qur’an Only to `Ali radiya Llahu `anhu

The Second Text: Whoever Seeks the Knowledge of the Qur’an from

Anyone Besides `Ali radiya Llahu `anhu will be Destroyed

The Third Text

The Fourth Text

An Analysis of this View

c. Their Belief that the Imam has the Right to Abrogate Verses, Restrict the General Commands of the Qur’an and Add Conditions to those which were Revealed Without any Conditions Attached to them, etc.

 An Analysis of this Belief

   

Discussion Two – Their Beliefs Regarding the Interpretation of the Qur’an

a) The Qur’an Has Inner Meanings which Contradict the Apparent Meaning

An Analysis of This View

b) Their Belief that Most of the Qur’an was Revealed Regarding them and Their Enemies

The Origin of These Interpretations, Their Roots and a Few Examples

A Few Examples of Shi`i Interpretations of the Verses of the Qur’an

A Few Examples of Shi`i Interpretations of the Verses of the Qur’an continued

Discussion Three  – Do the Shi`ah Believe that the Qur’an was Interpolated?

A Preamble to the Subject:

The Birth of this Doctrine – as Stated in the Books of the Ahl al-Sunnah

The Spread of this Belief Amongst Them – as Explained in the Books of the Ahl al-Sunnah

What Do the Shi`i Sources Have to Say on this Subject?

The Inception of this Lie — Taken Directly from the Books of the Shi`ah

The Spread of this Lie in the Book of the Shi`ah

The Contents of the Narrations on Alterations in the Book of the Shi`ah

Do the Shi`ah Circulate Among Themselves Secret Copies?

The “Copy of `Ali”

The Amount of Narrations Pertaining to this Fabrication in the Books of the Shi`ah, and the Weight that it Holds According to Them

Do All Shi`ah Believe in the Authenticity of these Narrations and Regard them to be Mutawatir?

Do those who Reject this Kufr (from the Shi`ah) do so on Account of Taqiyyah?

Ibn Babawayh and His Rejection of that which is Attributed to His Sect

Al-Tusi and His Rejection of Tahrif

Al-Sharif al-Murtada and His Rejection Tahrif

Al-Tabarsi and his Rejection of Tahrif

The Crux of the Discussion

 

Chapter  Two

Their Beliefs Regarding the Sunnah (Ahadith)

The Narratives of al Riqa’

The Beginning of the Compilation of Ahadith by the Shia

Types of Narrations – According to the Shia

 

Chapter Three

Their Beliefs Regarding Ijma’ (consensus of the Ummah)

 

Section Two – Their beliefs regarding the fundamentals of Islam:

Chapter One – Their belief regarding the Oneness of Allah as the Ilah (deity).

Discussion One – Interpreting the Verses of Tawhid to be a Reference to the Imams

Discussion Two – Wilayah is the Basis for the Acceptance of Deeds

Discussion Three – Their Belief that the Imams are the Intermediaries between Allah and the creation

Discussion Four – Their Belief That the Imam can Prohibit and Make Lawful What he Desires

Discussion Five – Their Belief That the Sand of Hussain’s Grave is a Cure for Every Sickness

Discussion Six – Their Supplication by way of Charms and Esoteric Symbols and Their Seeking of Help From Unknown Entities

Discussion Seven – Istikharah in ways That Resemble the Divination of the Days of Ignorance

 

Chapter Two – Their Beliefs Regarding the Oneness of Allah in Terms of Him Being the Rabb

Discussion One – Their belief that Rabb is their Imam

Discussion Two – Their Belief That This World and the Afterlife Both Belong to the Imam

Discussion Three – Attributing Cosmic Occurrences to the Imams

Discussion Four – A Divine Portion has Translocated into the Imams

Discussion Five – Their Belief That Days and Nights Secure Benefit and Cause Harm 

 

Chapter Three – Their Belief Regarding Allah’s subhanahu wa ta ‘ala Names and Attributes

Discussion One – Tajsim (Anthropomorphism)

Discussion Two – Their Denial of the Attributes of Allah

Discussion Three – Describing their Imams with the Names and Attributes of Allah

Discussion Four – Interpolation in Order to Support Their Stance of Denial

 

Chapter Four –  Their beliefs regarding Iman and its components.

Discussion One – Their view regarding iman, the promises, and warnings of Allah

Discussion Two – Their belief regarding the fundamentals of iman

Their belief regarding the fundamentals of Iman Part 2

 

Section Three –  Their fundamental beliefs and principles which are confined to the Shia:

Chapter one – Imamah

The concept of Imamah according to the Shia and its inception

 

The translation of the book is still ongoing, In Sha Allah, the book will be updated as soon as new content becomes available, the pdf. file too will be updated accordingly.