وَقُلْ جَاءَ الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوْقًا
And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.”
Nawab Muhsin al Mulk Sayed Muhammad Mahdi ‘Ali Khan
There is no need to delve into the allegations levelled by the Shia against the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum after their virtue and lofty status has been thoroughly proven by the testimony of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala, the declarations of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the statements of the Imams. However, owing to the fact that the Shia often cite the narrations and statements of the Ahlus Sunnah to support their claims, thereby throwing the unwary masses into utter confusion; the scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah consider it their duty to refute these allegations and remove the deceptive guise cast over such narrations. Thus following in the footsteps of our noble scholars, we too will endeavour to refute these allegations.
Since the issue of Fadak and Qirtas (the incident of the pen and paper) are the most often cited allegations, we will address these first. However, before proceeding with the actual discussion, I feel it appropriate to mention some pertinent and beneficial points. And my capability is through the help of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala.
Every nabi, imam and pious man of every religion, even the noblemen amongst their tribe have been criticised by those who harbour hatred and enmity for them. Such foes have looked at their good works with eyes of scorn and condemned them. They have searched for their minor errors and raised a huge hue and cry over them, in order to cause misgivings in the hearts of their friends. Look at how the Jews criticised Sayyidina ‘Isa ‘alayh al Salam. What evil they blurted out concerning his noble and miraculous birth! They labelled his miracles as black magic and sorcery, and called his companions treacherous and ignorant. Look at how the Christians level allegations against Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam that he had greed and desire for the world. What drivel they blurt at the one who had the most perfect of character, to the extent that they regard such a guide and saviour as the one who misled the world. Have a look at how the Khawarij and Nawasib revile the noble Ahlul Bayt rahimahu Llah. They label Sayyidina ‘Ali, Sayyidah Fatimah—the Queen of the women—and Sayyidina Hassan and Hussain radiya Llahu ‘anhum as disbelievers, may Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala forbid!
کَبُرَتْ کَلِمَةً تَخْرُجُ مِنْ اَفْوَاهِهِمْ اِنْ یَّقُوْلُوْنَ اِلَّا کَذِبًا
Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie.
They feel that harbouring enmity and disassociating from these noble souls will find them salvation. Some have gone to the extent of writing poems in praise of Ibn Muljim—the wretched one—and have deemed the killing of Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu as the highest form of worship. ‘Imran ibn Hittan, the leader of the Khawarij and one of their main poets, says regarding Ibn Muljim:
ليبلغ من ذى العرش رضوانا
|يا ضربة تقى ما اراد بها الا|
|اوفى البرية عند الله رضوانا||
انى لاذكره حينا فاحسبه
What a blow of a devout man who only intended the pleasure of the owner of the Thrown thereby.
Whenever he comes to mind, I feel his scales of good to be the heaviest over the entire creation in the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala.
عیب نماید ہنرش در نظر
چشم بد اندیش کہ برکندہ باد
It is nothing surprising for the enemy to regard a special quality as a defect.
The Shia are the same. Their prejudice and corrupt ideologies have blurred their thinking and soundness of judgement and their extremism in pronouncing love for the Ahlul Bayt has led them far from moderation. They are blind to every quality and every good action of the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum. They see their every good as evil and every quality as a defect.
If anyone is baffled at how a fraction of the ‘Muslims’ have rejected the virtues of the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum despite the innumerable verses, ahadith and Imams’ statements regarding the same, then he should have a look at the Jews, Christians, Nawasib, and Khawarij. Why is it that the Jews, who read about Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam in the Tawrah and were awaiting his arrival and recognised him like they recognised their own offspring, became his enemies when he proclaimed his Nubuwwah? They concealed his outstanding qualities and left no stone unturned in falsely accusing him? What could be the reason for the Christians, despite knowing about the glad tidings of the coming of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and hearing from their Nabi ‘alayh al Salam
وَمُبَشِّرًا بِرَسُوْلٍ يَأْتِيْ مِنْ بَعْدِي اسْمُهُ أَحْمَدُ
A Messenger will come after me whose name will be Ahmed.
and reading about this in their books day and night, still concealed these glad tidings and began giving false interpretations to those verses of the Injil?
What is the reason the Khawarij became the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt despite having full knowledge that they are the blood and flesh of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and the Qur’an and ahadith are replete with their virtues? Why do they deem the best of creation as the worst and label them as disbelievers and sinners? The reason for the deviation of these heterodox groups is the very same reason the Shia harbour enmity and hatred for the Sahabah radiya Llahu ‘anhum and level allegations against them.
اذا لم يكن للمرء عين صحيحة
فلا غر و ان يرتاب و الصبح مسفر
When a man is deprived of sound eyes, there is nothing surprising for him to deny day in broad sunlight.
 Surah Bani Isra’il: 81.
 Surah al Kahf: 5.
 The man who murdered Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu.
 Surah al Saff: 6.