Unsheathing the Arrowhead in Defense of Mu`awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan

This book is a response to a number of scathing remarks which have been cast upon Sayyiduna Mu`awiyah radiya Llahu `anhu — in particular by a Saudi journalist, Hasan Farhan al-Maliki. The illustrious author, Shaykh Sa`d al-Subay`i, responded to these accusations and established the false nature of the narrations quoted by the critics to disparage Sayyiduna Mu`awiyah radiya Llahu `anhu. In addition he has pointed out the ambiguity of the narrations which appear to infer criticism upon Sayyiduna Mu`awiyah radiya Llahu `anhu and also addressed the spurious tales that had been invented by some of the Shi`ah regarding this Sahabi — all in an academic and unbiased manner. Lastly, he enumerates the status and virtue of Sayyiduna Mu`awiyah radiya Llahu `anhu in light of the Qur’an and sound ahadith, with which he seals the door against any criticism towards this noble personality.

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Preface by `Abd Allah ibn `Abd al-Rahman al-Sa`d

The Virtues and Merits of Mu`awiyah

  1. His Islam
  2. His Companionship
  3. He was a Scribe of the Prophet `salla Llahu `alayhi wa sallam
  4. The Praise of the Sahabah and Tabi`in

Praise for him by `Ali ibn Abi Talib and his Senior Companions

The Pledge of Allegiance to Mu`awiyah by Hasan, Husayn, the Members of Their Household, and the Rest of the Sahabah

The Narrations of the Ahl al-Bayt from Mu`awiyah

Some of the Incidents From His Life

Regarding the Authentic Hadith, “The Rebellious Party Will Kill `Ammar,” and Relating it to Other Texts


Authors Preface


Chapter One

Responding to Those Ahadith Which Have Been Quoted in Criticism of Mu`awiyah


Chapter Two

Responding to the Narrations That Have Been Declared Weak, Which Indicate Virtue for Mu`awiyah


Chapter Three

Dealing with the Fabrications that Have been Invented about Mu`awiyah


Chapter Four

The Virtues and Merits of Mu`awiyah


Chapter Five

The Consensus of Ahl al-Sunnah on Remaining Silent on What Occurred Between the Sahabah

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