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October 11, 2017

Shattering the Mirage: A Response to ‘Abdul Hussain Sharaf al Din’s al Muraja’at: Letter 1 and 2

BACK⇒ Return to Table of contents   Letter 1 I Greeting the Debater, II Asking Permission to Debate.   Thul Qi’da 6, 1329 A.H. 1) Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon the learned honourable Sheikh ‘Abdul-Hussain Sharafuddin AlMusawi. I have not been acquainted yet with Shi’as’ conscience, nor have I tested their manners, for I have never kept company with any of them, nor come to know the […]
October 5, 2017

Chapter Three Taqiyyah (dissimulation)

BACK⇒ Return to Table of contents   Chapter Three Taqiyyah (dissimulation) [1]   The Definition of Taqiyyah   Al Mufid gives the following definition of Taqiyyah:   التقية كتمان الحق، و ستر الاعتقاد فيه، و كتمان المخالفين، و ترك مظاهرتهم بما يعقب ضررا في الدين أو الدنيا Taqiyyah is concealing the truth, discreetly believing in it, not disclosing it in front of the opposition and not confronting them in a […]
October 5, 2017

Chapter Two ‘Ismah of the Imams

BACK⇒ Return to Table of contents   Chapter Two ‘Ismah of the Imams   The Shia hold the doctrine of ‘Ismah (Infallibility) in great esteem[1] as it is one of the fundamental aspects of their dogma.[2] The word ‘Ismah according to the Arabs means: protection. And the protection of Allah for his slave is that he protects him from that which can destroy him. Likewise ‘so and so sought the […]
October 5, 2017

The Ruling regarding a Person who denies the Imamah of One of the Twelve Imams

BACK⇒ Return to Table of contents   The Ruling regarding a Person who denies the Imamah of One of the Twelve Imams   According to the Shia Imamah is equivalent to Nubuwwah (prophethood) or even greater. And it is the most crucial principle of din. The ruling of the Shia regarding a person who denies the Imamah of one of the twelve Imams further asserts this extremism. For they excommunicate […]
October 4, 2017

Unmasking the other villains of Karbala’

Unmasking the other villains of Karbala’   Retelling the tragedy of Karbala’ has traditionally been an important feature of Shia spirituality. The passion plays of Iran and the Indian subcontinent, the literature, both prose and poetry, composed upon the subject of the martyrdom of Sayyidina Hussain radiyallahu ‘anhu and the general atmosphere of mourning that reigns amongst the Shia during the month of Muharram, all bear eloquent testimony to importance […]