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Doctrinal debates between Sunnis and Shia have existed for centuries. The religious discourse at the beginning of the 20th century warranted a cunning strategy to promote the Twelver Shia belief system; propaganda. `Abdul Hussain Sharaf al Din al Musawi was a prominent Shia cleric who published what he alleges to be a series of correspondence between him and the then Sheikh al Azhar, Salim al Bishri, which he titled al-Muraja`at; at the end of which he eventually manages to convince of the truth of the Shia school. The mutual courtesy in these letters have blinded many readers not only to the fictitious nature of the correspondence, but also the glaring mistruths and forged evidence upon which the arguments are based. While many exposes of al-Muraja`at have been penned in Arabic, this is the first comprehensive objective investigation to be written in English. This title seeks to expose the multi-layered deception in al-Muraja`at, and to provide – with Allah’s help – clarity and context to the spin in `Abdul Hussain’s tales.

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Letter 1 and 2

Letter 1:

I. Greeting the Debater.

II.  Asking Permission to Debate.


Letter 2:

I.  Greetings Reciprocated,

II.  Permission to Debate Granted.


Letter 3 and 4

Letter 3:

I. Why do Shi’as not Uphold the Majority’s Sects?

II. The Need for Unity,

III. Unity Achieved Only by Adhering to the Majority’s Sects.


Letter 4:

I. Juristic Proofs Mandate Adherence to the Sect of Ahlul Bayt,

II. There is No Proof for Mandating Adherence to the Majority’s Sects,

III. Generations of The First Three Centuries Never Knew Those Sects,

IV. Possibility of Ijtihad,

V. Unity can be Achieved by Respecting Ahlul Bayt’s Sect.


Letter 5 and 6

Letter 5:

I. Admitting Our Argument

II. Asking for Detailed Proofs


Letter 6:

I. References to Proofs Mandating Following the ‘Itra

II. The Commander of the Faithful ‘alayh al Salam Invites to Ahlul Bayt’s Sect

III. Relevant Statement of Imam Zainul ‘Abidin


Letter 7 and 8

Letter 7:

I. Requesting Proofs from Statements by Allah and His Messenger

II. Proofs from Ahl al­Bayt are Circumventive


Letter 8:

I. Overlooking Our Previous Statements

II. Error in Necessity of (Logical) Cycle

III. Hadith of the Two Weighty Things

IV. Its Tawatur

V. Non­ Adherents to the ‘Itra Shall Stray

VI. Their Similitude to the ark of Noah, the Gate of Salvation, and the Security Against Religious Dissensions

VII. What is Meant by “Ahlul ­Bayt” in this Regard

VIII. Reasons for Similitude to Noah’s Ark and the Gate of Salvation


Letter 9 and 10

Letter 9:

I. Requesting more relevant texts


Letter 10:

I. A Glimpse of Sufficient Texts


Letter 11 and 12

Letter 11:

I. Admiring Our Clear Texts

II. Wondering at Compromising Them With the Majority’s Beliefs

III. Asking for Clear Signs from the Book


Letter 12:

I. Qur’anic Proofs


Letter 13 and 14

Letter 13:

I. Argument Regarding These Traditions Weak


Letter 14:

I. Fallacy of Opponent’s Argument

II. Opponents do not Know Shi’as

III. Distinction of Emphasizing Illegality of Falsifying Hadith


Letter 15 and 16

Letter 15:

I. A Flash of the Truth

II. Requesting Details on Sunnis Relying on Shi’a Authorities


Letter 16:

I. A Hundred Shi’a Authorities Relied upon by Sunnis


Letter 17 and 18

Letter 17:

I. Appreciating the debater’s sentiments

II. Admitting There is no Objection if Ahl ul-Sunnah Rely on Shi’a Authorities

III. His belief in the Miracles of Ahlul Bayt

IV. Dilemma at Compromising the Above with what Ahl Al Qibla do


Letter 18:

I. Sentiments Reciprocated

II. Debater’s Error in Generalizing Regarding Ahl al Qibla

III. The Nation’s Politicians are the Ones Who Turned Away from Ahlul Bayt

IV. The Imams of Ahlul Bayt are not Inferior to others

V. Which Fair Court Judges Calling Their Followers “Strayers”?


Letter 19 and 20

Letter 19:

I. No Fair Arbitrator Would Call Followers of Ahlul Bayt Strayers

II. Following Their Sects is Carrying out the Responsibility

III. It Could be Said that They Have the Priority to Lead

IV. Requesting Texts Relevant to the Khilafate


Letter 20:

I. A General Reference to the Texts

II. A Reference to the House on the Day of Warning

III. Sunni Reporters of this Hadith


Letter 21 and 22

Letter 21:

I. Raising Doubts about the Hadith’s Authenticity


Letter 22:

I. Proving the Text’s Authenticity

II. Why the Sheikhs Have Not Reported it

III. Whoever Knows These Sheikhs Knows Why


Letter 23 and 24

Letter 23:

I. Convinced of the Authenticity of this Hadith

II. Unreliability Based on Non-Sequential Narration

III. Its Reference to Restricted Succession

IV. Its Rebuttal


Letter 24:

I. Why Relying on this Hadith

II. Restricted Succession is Unanimously Rejected

III. Revocation is Impossible


Letter 25 and 26

Letter 25:

I. His Belief in the Text

II. Requesting More Texts


Letter 26:

I. Clear Texts Recounting Ten of ‘Ali’s Exclusive Merits

II. Why Rely Upon it


Letter 27 and 28

Letter 27:

I. Raising Doubts About the Status Hadith


Letter 28:

I. The Status Hadith Stands on Most Solid Grounds

II. Binding Proofs

III. Its Sunni Narrators

IV. Why al Amidi Suspects It


Letter 29 and 30

Letter 29:

I. Believing in Our Arguments Regarding the Hadith’s Sanad

II. Doubting its General Application

III. Doubting its being Binding


Letter 30:

I. Arabs Regard it General

II. Disproving Claim of Restriction

III. Disproving its Non-Binding Application


Letter 31 and 32

Letter 31:

I. Requesting Sources of this Hadith


Letter 32:

I. Among Its Sources: the Prophet’s Visit to Umm Salim

II. The Case of Hamzah’s Daughter

III. Leaning on ‘Ali

IV. The First Fraternity

V. The Second Fraternity

VI. Closing the Doors

VII. The Prophet Comparing ‘Ali and Aaron to the Two Stars


Letter 33 and 34

Letter 33:

I. When was ‘Ali and Aaron Described as the Two Stars?


Letter 34:

I. The Occasion of Shabar Shubayr and Mushbir

II. The Occasion of Fraternity

III. The Occasion of Closing the Doors


Letter 35 and 36

Letter 35:

I. Requesting other texts


Letter 36:


I. Ḥadith by ibn ‘Abbas

II. ‘Umran’s Hadith

III. Buraydah’s Hadith

IV. Hadith Recounting Ten Exclusive Attributes [of ‘Ali]

V. ‘Ali’s Hadith

VI. Wahab’s Hadith

VII. Ibn Abu ‘Asim’s Hadith


Letter 37 and 38

Letter 37:

I. “Wali” is a Linguistic Denominator; so Where is the Text?


Letter 38:

 I. Explaining the Implications of “Wali”

II. Proving its Connotation


Letter 39 and 40

Letter 39:

I. Requesting the Wilayat Verse


Letter 40:

I. The Verse of Wilayat and its Revelation in ‘Ali’s Honour

II. Why it was Revealed

III. Why Using it as a Testimonial


Letter 41 and 42

Letter 41:

I.”Mumins” is Plural; Why Apply it to the Singular?


Letter 42:

 I. Arabs Address the Singular Using the Plural Form

II. Testimonials

III. Quoting Imam al-Tibrisi

IV. Quoting al-Zamakhshari

V. What I have Stated


Letter 43 and 44

Letter 43:

I. Context Denotes “the Loved one” or the Like


Letter 44:

I. Context is not Indicative of “Supporter” or the Like

 II. Context does not Outweigh the Proofs


Letter 45 and 46

Letter 45:

I. Resorting to Interpretation Following in the Footsteps of the Predecessors is Unavoidable

Letter 46:

I. Believing in the Ancestors does not Require Interpretation

II. Interpretation is Impossible


Letter 47 and 48


Letter 47:

I. Requesting testimonial traditions


Letter 48:

I. Forty Ahadith supporting the texts

  Letter 49 and 50


Letter 49:

I. Admitting ‘Ali’s Merits

II. Such Merits do not Necessitate his Caliphate


Letter 50:

I. Why interpret text on his behalf as Indicative of his Imamate


Letter 51 and 52


Letter 51:

I. Rebutting the Arguments through similar ones


Letter 52:

I. Rejecting the Rebuttal’s premise


Letter 53 and 54


Letter 53:

I. Requesting the Hadith Pertaining to the Ghadir Incident


Letter 54:

I. Glitters of Ahadith Relevant to the Ghadir Incident


Letter 55 and 56


Letter 55:

I. Why use it as a testimonial if not Transmitted Consecutively?


Letter 56:

I. Natural Laws Necessitate the Consecutive Reporting of Hadith al Ghadir

II. The Almighty’s Benevolence

III. Concern of the Messenger of Allah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

IV. Concern of the Commander of the Faithful

V. al Husain’s Concern

VI. Concern of the Nine Imams ‘alayh al Salam

VII. Shi’as’ Concern

VIII. Its Consecutive Reporting Through the Masses


Letter 57 and 58


Letter 57:

I. Interpreting Hadith al ­Ghadir

II. The Link


Letter 58:

I. Hadith al­ Ghadir Cannot be Interpreted

II. Pretext for its Interpretation is Speculative and Misleading


Letter 59 and 60


Letter 59:

I. Truth Manifests

II. Evasion


Letter 60:

I. Evasion Refuted


Letter 61 and 62


Letter 61:

Requesting Texts Narrated by Shi’a Sources


Letter 62:

Forty Ahadith


Letter 63 and 64


Letter 63:

I. Shi’a Texts Rejected as Testimonials

II. Why Have Others Refrained from Quoting Them?

III. Asking for More Texts


Letter 64:

I. Above Texts were Quoted upon Request

II. Sahihs are Proofs against the Majority

III. Not Quoted Because of Their Existence in Our Own Sahihs


LETTER 65 and 66


Letter 65:

I. Requesting the Ahadith Relevant to the Inheritance


Letter 66:

I. Ali is the Prophet’s Heir


LETTER 67 and 68


Letter 67:

I. Where is the Prophet’s Will?

Letter 68:

I. The Will’s Text


The translation of the book is still ongoing, In Sha Allah, the book will be updated as soon as new content becomes available, the pdf. file too will be updated accordingly.

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