Sheikh Muhammad Nuri says:
I was living in Mosul and the governor’s mother used to hold me in high esteem and her son used to visit me often. One night I decided to visit the various graveyards of Mosul. I came across a white structure which had a wooden door. I could hear noises therein like dogs fighting with each other but there were no dogs within that structure. I approached the structure, opened the door and entered; inside were two or three graves and nothing else. When I went out, again the noises resumed. I was quite perplexed and it just so happened that soon afterwards the governor of Mosul visited me and in the discussion the topic of the Rafidah was brought about. Someone said: “Here in Mosul, the only Shia was so-and-so.” Someone added: “And also the governor of Mazandan’s minister. Both died and were buried in a small graveyard.” I asked them: “Where is this graveyard of theirs?” They informed me that it was within a white structure at such-and-such a place. I then related to them what I witnessed that night and I also added: “If I was in authority in this place, I would order that their graves be opened.” The governor said: “I will see to it that those graves are opened.” When they were then they found two pigs in place of the bodies.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports that Sheikh Abu Bakr Hakkari narrated the following incident:
I used to serve and attend to Maymun Qasri in Halab (Aleppo). Once mention was made in his presence that the bodies of the Shia are transformed into pigs after they die. Mansur however did not agree with this and said: “So-and-so here is a Shia, when he dies we will see. It so happened that soon thereafter this person died and Maymun ordered that he should not be buried in the cemetery but at some deserted place.
At night, joined by Maymun, we proceeded to that deserted place on the outskirts of the city. He ordered that the grave be opened and we saw the body of this Shia was transformed into that of a pig. Maymun then ordered that a fire be lit and the pig be burnt therein.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports:
I asked Abu al Fityan ‘Ali ibn Hibat Allah al Zabadani: “I notice all your relatives are Shia, what is the reason for your father abandoning the Shi’ism? He explained to me: “My father had a friend who was also Shia. He set out on a business journey but returned ill after a few days, and then died. The person who appointed to perform his ghusl saw that his body had been severely deformed after he died. So he came to inform my father, who went and saw it for himself. He then advised the person not to perform ghusl and instead just bury him. Thereafter my father abandoned Shi’ism.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi says: “I came to know Abu al Fityan through Imam Abu Muhammad ‘Abd al Hamid ibn ‘Abd al Hadi. Imam Abu Muhammad also narrated the same incident from his father who heard it from Hibat Allah himself.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports the following incident from Abu al ‘Abbas Ahmed ibn Sulaiman:
Four of us travelled to Madinah Munawwarah, all of us extremely poor. We would make salam to Sayyidina Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam and his two companions Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma. One of the inhabitants of Madinah heard us and invited us to his home. We accompanied him, thinking that he will give us something to eat. When we entered the house, he locked the door and began severely hitting us, to such an extent that he broke my arm. When we left, we proceeded to the place called Nakhl Hamzah, where we sat down. A short while later, a youngster approached and asked us if anyone knew how to perform ghusl to a corpse. I replied that I knew and so he requested we accompany him. He then took us to the same house where the man had beaten us. He said to us: “It was my father who had beaten you and now he has passed away, please perform his ghusl. And I also take this opportunity to inform you that I renounce Shi’ism.” When we uncovered his face, we saw that it had been transformed into that of a pig.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports that Hafiz Abu Tahir Silafi wrote the following incident to him:
Yahya ‘Attaf relates that he heard from an elderly pious man of Damascus who lived in Hijaz for many years: “I was in Madinah when it was struck by a severe drought. One day I went to the market to buy some flour. The shopkeeper took my money, but insisted that I first curse Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma before he would give me the flour. I refused but he kept on insisting that I curse them, laughing as he spoke. I got upset and said: “May Allah curse the one who curses them!” The shopkeeper got angry and delivered a heavy blow to my eye. I returned to al Masjid al Nabawi with tears flowing from my eyes. On the way, I met a friend of mine from Mayafariqin who was also residing in Madinah for many years. He asked me what had transpired and I related to him the incident. He took me with him to the blessed grave of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam and after offering salam, said: “O Rasulullah! We have come before you as those who have been oppressed, please take revenge on our behalf.” He then earnestly made duaʼ to Allah and we returned. We went to sleep that night and when I awoke in the morning my eye was perfect, as if nothing had happened to it. A short while later, a man entered the masjid with his face covered and asked for me. Someone directed him towards me and when he came before me, he greeted and begged me to forgive him for the sake of Allah. He said that he is the one who struck me yesterday. I told him I will not forgive him until he informs me of the reason for this sudden change in his attitude. What actually transpired that led him to come before me, asking forgiveness? He said: “I slept and I saw Sayyidina Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar and ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhum approaching me in a dream, I went forward and greeted but ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu immediately said: “May Allah not grant you peace and may He not be pleased with you. Did I ever instruct you to curse Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma? ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu then thrust his finger into my eye, piecing it. I awoke this morning and repented for what I had done and now I ask your forgiveness personally.” I forgave him and he went away.
The narrator, Abu Nasr, reports: “This Damascene man once came to Mosul and Yahya ‘Attaf, the one who narrated this incident to me, took me along to meet him. We heard from him the entire incident exactly as Yahya had narrated it to us. I also found this Damascene to be a very pious religious person.”
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi says: “I heard Sheikh Abu al Hassan Wasiti Qayyim relating:
We were once sitting in Kallasa (in Damascus) discussing alchemy and how it’s practiced, with us was a group of Shia. The discussion then went on between them and one of the Ahlus Sunnah said: “As for me, I do not revile or swear any of the Sahabah radiya Llahu anhum and also it is not permissible for anyone to do so.” He then went on to relate a dream which was seen by one of the Shia who would curse and revile the Sahabah radiya Llahu anhum often. He had initially heard this from that man’s son, and thereafter directly from the one who had seen the dream. The person who saw the dream said:” I had seen as if it was Qiyamah, I rose from my grave and was suffering from intense thirst; all were in the same condition. As we were walking, we came across a massive pond the ends of which could not be seen, which was filled with water whiter than snow. There were four extremely handsome persons giving water to the people and it was said: “These are Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhum.” I approached Abu Bakr radiya Llahu anhu asking for some water. He scooped up some water from that pond and handed it over to me but instead of water it turned out to be foul-smelling pus and blood. I thought to myself that he must have done this because I used to revile him.
I then approached ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhu who did the same. I then went to ‘Uthman radiya Llahu anhu who did the same. I finally went to ‘Ali, thinking to myself that I used to love him and associate myself with him, so he will not do to me as the other three had done, but when he gave me the glass, it was also filled with foul-smelling pus and blood. So I said to him: “O Amir al Mu’minin! I used to love you and associate closely with you, and I used to revile the Sahabah for your sake, and now you let me down?” ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu replied: “And to whom do you belong?” I replied: “I am a Rafidi.” ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu said: “Well, I did not trick you or let you down. This is due to your evil actions and beliefs. You should repent immediately, because if you die in this condition then you will go directly into the fire.” I asked him: “Will my repentance be accepted?” He replied: “Yes! The door of repentance is still open.” I repented immediately in my dream, and the pus and blood which was in my cup turned into bright white water like the one in the pond. I drank till I was satiated and when I awoke; I was raising my voice supplicating for the Sahabah, saying:
رضي الله عنهم
The people of the house were astonished and asked me what is the matter with me, so I narrated to them my dream.
The narrator says: “For seventeen days thereafter, this person did not drink any water, since he was still satiated from the water he drank in the dream.”
‘Abdullah ibn Idris relates that Muhriz Abu al Qasim, who was a Shia, narrated this dream to him:
I saw Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma arrive and grab me. I asked them: “What are you doing?” and they replied: “We are taking you to Jahannam.” As they were taking me, we met ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu on the way. I immediately called out: “O cousin of Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam on account of my love for the Ahlul Bayt, please assist me. ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu turned to Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma and asked them: “What is the matter between you and him?” They replied: “He reviles and curses us.” ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu said to me: “If that is the case then I cannot save you from the punishment of Allah.” Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma then took me to the brink of Jahannam and told me: “This is where you are heading.” After that dream, I have never uttered an evil word about them.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports that the great Sheikh, Hussain ibn Mu’ammar narrated this incident in Baghdad:
Sheikh Abu Mansur who was a Hafiz of the Qur’an told him: “When I was young I used to love touring and visiting different regions. Once I left Baghdad and went to Sur, (which was a border town near the Roman territories), where I saw the Muslims fighting with the Shia. I asked what was happening and they explained to me that these are the Ahlus Sunnah and these are Shia. I remained there observing the situation, and finally the Ahlus Sunnah overpowered the Shia, although the Ahlus Sunnah were much less in number. Fifteen Shia were killed. They then decided to take their case before the Christian king. I thought to myself: “I should not miss out on this. I must go with them.” They entered a huge mansion (I too accompanying them), where a person wearing untreated raw cloth was seated on a throne. This was due to his abstinence from worldly luxuries. He then asked the translator who sat beside him: “What is the matter with these ‘Muhammadis’?” The translator replied: “I have no idea.” So he called for the priest, who arrived shortly, donning animal skins.” The king rose from his throne, kissed the feet of the priest, and then seated him on the throne. He then asked him: “What is the matter with these ‘Muhammadis’?” The priest replied: “O King! Did ‘Isa alayh al Salam not have twelve special companions (hawari)?” “Indeed he had” replied the king. The priest then asked: “So if you are informed of anyone who reviles and swears any of the companions of ‘Isa alayh al Salam, what would you do to him?” The king replied: “I would kill him, burn him and scatter his ash in the winds.” The priest then said: “Muhammad also had ten special companions just as the Hawari of ‘Isa alayh al Salam, who believed in him and assisted him. Now these (the Ahlus Sunnah) love all ten, but these others (the Shia) love only one and curse the other nine.” On hearing this, the king ordered that the Shia be removed and he commanded his men to spit on them as they leave.
Muhammad ibn Subayh ibn Sammak said:
You are well aware that the Jews do not revile the companions of Musa alayh al Salam, the Christians do not revile the companions of ‘Isa alayh al Salam, so O Ignorant One! How is it that you revile the companions of Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam? I know what the problem is, you are not concerned of your own sins. If you were then you would have feared Allah. In fact, if you worry about your own sins, you would not have time to worry about the evil doers, let alone the pious, but because you do not worry about your own sins, you find enough time to find fault with the pious. If you were from the pious, you would never speak ill of even the sinners, rather you would supplicate for them, but you yourself are great sinners, therefore you look for the faults of the pious and martyrs. O those who try to find faults with the Sahabah radiya Llahu anhum! If you slept the entire night (without performing any nafl salah) and you did not keep any nafl fasts, this would be better for you than spending the entire night in ‘ibadah and keeping nafl fasts, but you speak ill of the Sahabah. Woe to you! There is no reward for you in your nights of worship and your days of fast if you are speaking ill of these noble people. If you do not repent, then what awaits you in the hereafter is not good news. Woe to you! These were the ones who were honoured by participating in the Battle of Badr and Uhud; these are the ones who were forgiven by Allah in the Qur’an;
وَلَقَدْ عَفَا اللّهُ عَنْهًمْ
Verily Allah has forgiven them.
What can you say about the one who Allah has forgiven? We have the words of Ibrahim alayh al Salam in front of us when he said: “O Allah! Those who follow me are part of me and those who disobey me, verily You are most-forgiving, most merciful. So there is hope of mercy for the wrong doers. He did not say: “You are the most powerful, most wise” or “Your punishment is severe” otherwise there would only be punishment for the wrong doers. What do you have in front of you, O Ignorant Ones? How evil are those followers who swear their ancestors and predecessors! I take an oath by Allah, even one of the predecessors is superior than a thousand of those who came after.
Hafiz Diyaʼ al Din al Maqdisi reports that his uncle narrated from the famous Qari Abu Bakr al Harrani:
I went with a group of people to visit the grave of ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu towards the end of the reign of Musta’idh billah. We were the guests of one of the elders of the Shia, who was also the caretaker of the shrine. The person who introduced us to him was a Hashimi friend of mine. Our host really looked after us. We also noticed that he had a Jewish boy attending to him and carrying out all the chores of the house, etc. One day, my Hashimi friend asked our host: “I see that you are a noble, generous man with a lot of good qualities, but why do you have a Jew as your personal attendant?” The Shia elder explained: “I had bought and tried out many slaves, but none were so committed and trustworthy like this Jew. He looks after the house, the garden and other affairs of mine. He is completely trustworthy. If he is around, I do not have to worry about anything not getting done, whether it is inside or outside the home.” One person from our group then told him: “If he has such good qualities, then why do you not invite him to embrace Islam?” So the Shia elder sent for the Jew.
As soon as he arrived he said: “I know exactly why you have called me.” One of us said to him: “You know the nobility, generosity and position of this elder, and you also know how he loves you.” The Jew replied: “And I love him too.” The person then said: “So why do you not accept his religion and become a Muslim?” The Jew replied: You know that I am a Jew and I believe in ‘Uzayr and Musa R. If I knew that any of the Jews accuse the Nabi’s wife of committing adultery and insult her father or the companions of the nabi, I would have never accepted Judaism. Nevertheless, if I do decide to become a Muslim, who should I follow?” My Hashimi friend said: “You should follow this elder whom you are attending to.” The Jew replied: “I can never do so.” When someone asked the reason, the Jew replied: “Because he accuses Aisha of committing adultery, he reviles Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma. This is never acceptable to me, that I follow Muhammad but I accuse his wife of adultery; and I swear and revile his companions. So I prefer to stay on my religion since it is much better.” The Shia elder remained silent for a while then addressed the Jew: “Put forward your hand, I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, who is One and Alone, and Muhammad is his servant and messenger. I repent from the devious beliefs I had.” The Jew also read the kalimah and said: “I bear witness that every religion besides Islam is false.”
So the Jew became a staunch Muslim thereafter and the Shia elder also repented and became a true Muslim.
Jafar Saʼigh relates:
Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal rahimahu Llah had a neighbour who was deeply immersed in sin and some filthy habits. He once came to the gathering of Imam Ahmed and greeted him. Imam Ahmed replied but he noticed that the Imam seemed uncomfortable and not quite pleased to sit and talk with him. The neighbour said: “O Imam! Why are you so uncomfortable with me? I have repented from the evil I used to do, due to a dream I saw.” “What had you seen?” asked Imam Ahmed. The man then related the dream: “I saw Sayyidina Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam who was on an elevated place and there were a great number of people seated below. People were standing, one by one, requesting for supplication and Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam supplicated for them. After all had finished, I was the only one remaining. I wanted to go forward but felt ashamed because of my evil actions. Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam asked me: “Why do you not come forward to ask for supplication?” I replied: “O Rasulullah! I feel ashamed due to my evil actions.” Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam said: “No problem, come forward and ask for supplication and I will supplicate for you, since you are not one of those who revile and swear my Sahabah.” So I stood, requested my supplication and Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam supplicated for me. When I awoke I felt a total disinclination, in fact, an abhorrence for the evil I used to commit.
Jafar, the narrator, says: “Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal rahimahu Llah instructed us to remember this incident and narrate it to others.”
Abu ‘Umar Malihi says:
When I was in Nishapur, I visited its leader Abu ‘Amr, the grandson of Hassan ibn Sufyan Nasawi. An elderly man by the name of ‘Allan was also present. The ruler instructed ‘Allan to narrate to me his story. He said: “When I was in Rayy, I used to mention and narrate the virtues of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma to the people. This was brought to the attention of Sahib – the minister – who ordered that I be arrested. So I fled from Rayy to Jurjan. Once as I was walking in the market, some people grabbed me, tied me up and took me to Rayy. When I reached Rayy, the minister gave the order that my tongue be cut off. His men carried out his instructions and cut off my tongue. I was in great pain and my heart was heavy as I went to sleep. In my dream, I saw Sayyidina Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and some other Sahabah radiya Llahu anhum. Abu Bakr and ‘Umar said: “O Rasulullah! He has gone through this ordeal for our sake.” So Rasulullah salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam supplicated for me and then applied his blessed saliva in my mouth. When I awoke, there was no pain at all, and I could speak as normal. I then left Rayy and set out for Hamadhan, the inhabitants of which were Ahlus Sunnah, where I narrated before them what transpired. As a result, I became quite famous and accepted amongst the people of Hamadhan. I remained there for some time narrating to the people the virtues of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma.
The narrator, Abu ‘Umar, says: “‘Allan opened his mouth and we saw that he had no tongue, but he used to speak clearly and perfectly, just like any normal person.”
Sufyan al Thowri, the great Imam and jurist of Iraq, relates:
On the way to the masjid there was a dog which used to bite the people. One day as I went for salah, I saw the dog and started moving away. The dog spoke and said: “O Abu ‘Abdullah! Pass by safely, I have been ordered to bite only those who revile and swear Abu Bakr and ‘Umar radiya Llahu anhuma.”
Mahmud Dashti, the narrator of the original Arabic book from the author, adds: “Malik ibn Mighwal says that Imam Sha’bi, the famous scholar of hadith, told him:
O Malik! If I wanted to, I could have fabricated narrations and attributed it to ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu, and in turn these Shia would have become my slaves and they would fill my house with gold. But, by Allah, I will never do it. O Malik! I have seen many deviant groups and sects, but never did I see anyone more foolish than the Shia. If they were animals, they would be the donkeys, and if they were birds, they would be the vultures. Beware of these deviant sects, the worst of which is the Shia. The reason I say this to you is because amongst them are Jews who wish to defame and tarnish Islam by distorting its purity with their false notions, just like how Towlis ibn Shawil, the Jewish king did to Christianity. These Jews did not enter Islam wholeheartedly for the sake of Allah but rather to distort it, due to their intense hatred for Islam. ‘Ali radiya Llahu anhu ordered that some of them be burnt alive, others be banished from the Muslim lands, just as ‘Abdullah ibn Saba’ was banished to Sabat by him, and ‘Abdullah ibn Siyaf to Jarud, and how he banished Abu al Karubin. Now I will show you the similarities between the Shia and the Jews:
The Jews say: “Only the family of Dawood can rule.”
The Shia say: “Only the family of ‘Ali can rule and be the Imam.”
The Jews say: “There is no jihad until Dajjal emerges and a rope or ladder from the sky descends.”
The Shia say: “There is no jihad until al Mahdi emerges and a caller from the sky makes the announcement.”
The Jews delay Maghrib salah until the stars appear.
The Shia do the same, whereas the hadith clearly states: “My ummah will be on the clear path as long as they do not delay Maghrib salah till the stars appear”
The Jews turn away slightly from the Qiblah.
The Shia do the same.
The Jews sway in salah,
The Shia do the same.
The Jews allow their clothes to hang loosely in salah,
The Shia do the same.
The Jews distorted the Torah,
The Shia distorted the Qur’an
The Jews regard the killing of a Muslim as permissible,
The Shia also regarding the killing of any Muslim (Ahlus Sunnah) as permissible (in fact, meritorious).
The Jews do not regard three talaq to be binding.
The Shia do the same.
The Jewish women do not observe ‘iddah.
The Shia also do not.
The Jews hate Jibril alayh al Salam, and say that from the angels he is their enemy.
A group amongst the Shia say: “Jibril made a mistake in bringing the wahi (revelation) to Muhammad salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam.”
However there is one major difference between the Shia, and the Jews and Christians. When the Jews are asked: “Who are the best people in your religion?” They reply: “The companions of Musa alayh al Salam” When the Christians are asked: “Who are the best people in your religion?” They reply: “The companions of ‘Isa alayh al Salam, the Hawariyyun.” However, when the Shia are asked: “Who are the worst people of your religion?” They reply: “The companions of Muhammad salla Llahu alayhi wa sallam.” They have been commanded to seek forgiveness for them but instead they revile and curse them.
 Rawafiḍ is a term that pejoratively denotes the Shiʿa.