History of Shi`ism by Moulana `Abd al-Shakur Lakhnawi

This book discusses the history and origins of the Shi`ah religion as well as the life story of its founder, the famous munafiq- Ibn Saba’. It clearly explains the manner in which this munafiq outwardly embraced Islam and was successful in sowing discord amongst the Muslims and ultimately becoming the founder of the Shi`ah religion.

The author sheds light on the various deviant Shi`ah practices and beliefs, quoting relevant Shi`ah texts, from which he emphatically proves that the Shi`ah are a deviant sect of Islam.

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– Ibn Saba’

– Ibn Saba’ was from San’a

– The propaganda of Ibn Saba’

– The effects of his propaganda

– Ibn Saba’ is the originator of the belief of Imamah

– What do the Shi`ah `ulama say about Ibn Saba’

– Assault on Tauhid

– Who is responsible for the belief in the divinity of Sayyiduna `Ali

– Ibn Saba’s second assault was on nubuwwah


The efforts of Ibn Saba’ against the khilafah of Sayyiduna `Uthman

– Sayyiduna `Uthman investigated the allegations

– Unrest in Kufah

– The rebels surround the house of Sayyiduna `Uthman

– Sayyiduna `Uthman’s abhorrence to bloodshed

– Ahadith relating to the martyrdom of Sayyiduna `Uthman

– Martyrdom of Sayyiduna `Uthman

– The excellent qualities of Sayyiduna `Uthman


Sayyiduna `Ali is appointed as khalifah

– `Abd Allah ibn Saba’ disobeys the order of Sayyiduna `Ali

– Sayyidah `A’ishah travels to Basrah

– Sayyiduna `Ali and Sayyidah `A’ishah reconcile and the efforts of Ibn Saba’ to obstruct it

– Sayyiduna `Ali’s  efforts to reconcile

– The misconception was removed

– Battle of Jamal


A brief look at the beliefs of the Shi`ah

– The Shi`ah belief regarding Allah Ta`ala

– The Shi`ah belief of Bada and its necessity


The Shi`ah belief regarding the ambiya

– The Shi`ah belief regarding Nabi Muhammad


The Shi`ah belief regarding the Sahabah and their attitude towards them

– The position of the Sahabah according to Allah Ta`ala

– Ahadith and the opinions of the A’immah regarding the Sahabah

– The Shi`ah belief regarding their A’immah






The Qu’ran and its alteration


The Shi`ah group of Kufah

– The character of Zurarah

– The character of Abu Basir

– The narration Eat son! Eat!