The Concept of Takfir According to the Shia, A Reality or Myth? – (COMPLETE – 26/09/23)

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The increased calls for Taqrib (Shi’i-Sunni rapprochement) and harmonisation which we have seen in recent times has led to the manipulation of some of the Ahlus Sunnah—more so those who have not studied the Shi’i creed closely—leading them to become even greater proponents for Taqrib than even the Shīʿah themselves. One of the chief issues, at the core of all Taqrib discussions, is the issue of Takfir (excommunication), wherein the Ahlus Sunnah have been successfully gaslighted into believing that they are the principal culprits in this regard.

Abd al-Malik ibn Abd al-Rahman al-Shafi’I in this masterpiece establishes beyond any doubt that those most guilty of Takfīr (excommunication) are the Shiah Ithna Ashariyyah, who excommunicate all other Muslim sects; which he proves from the emphatic texts in their reliable books as well as the Fatawa of their prominent Shi’i authorities. He has further highlighted how this very Takfir and these Shi’i Fatawa—directed to the Sahabah and Ahlus Sunnah, their scholars and general public alike—has manifested itself in the real-world with the horrendous massacre and bloodshed of the Ahlus Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah.


The Concept of Takfir according to the Shia, a Reality or Myth?

(Al Fikr al Takfiri ‘ind al Shia Haqiqah am Iftira’)

By: ‘Abdul Malik ibn ‘Abdur Rahman al Shafi’i


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Chapter One – Establishing the Concept of Takfir to be a well-grounded tenet according to the Shia determined by their narrations and emphatically stated by their scholars


Section One – The Emphatic Narrations of the Imams regarding the belief of Takfir

Section Two – Distinguished Personalities of the Shia subscribing to the concept of Takfir and their distinct belief in it

Section Three – The concept of Takfir: A Definite Consequence of considering Imamah a Fundamental of Din


Chapter Two The – Influence of the Concept of Takfir on the Shia Conduct with the Rest of the Muslim World


Section One – The Influence of their Concept of Takfir in dealing with the Sahabah of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, especially the Khulafa’ Rashidun

1. The Narrations which excommunicated and cursed the Khulafa’ Rashidun emphatically, with their names

2. Pronouncements of the Shia Scholars and Authorities on Cursing and Excommunicating the Righteous Khalifas


Section Two – The Influence of their Concept of Takfir on the Rest of the Muslim Sects and Schools and its Manifestation

1. Their excommunication includes all the sects and mazahib (schools of thought) of the Ahlus Sunnah

2. Explanation of Common Technical Terms used in Takfir

Manifestation 1

Deeming the disbelief of the Ahlus Sunnah as poles with Iman


Manifestation 2

The Invalidity of the worship of the Ahlus Sunnah and them not receiving reward for it


Manifestation 3

Their Prohibition of Discharging Zakat to Needy Ahlus Sunnah as they are Disbelievers

1. Highlighting a few examples of their Rancour for the Ahlus Sunnah

2. Their Explicit Texts stating the reason for preventing Zakat from the Poor Ahlus Sunnah


Manifestation 4

Terming the Ahlus Sunnah as Enemies and Refusing to Associate with them as Brothers


Manifestation 5

Permitting Cursing, Backbiting, and Swearing the Ahlus Sunnah


Manifestation 6

Insulting the Ahlus Sunnah is one of the Most Superior acts of Obedience and Proximity


Manifestation 7

Cursing the Ahlus Sunnah’s Deceased in Salat al Janazah


Manifestation 8

Their Offensive Belief on the Position and Purity of the Ahlus Sunnah


Manifestation 9

Killing the Ahlus Sunnah and Considering Looting their Wealth Permissible—from the Most Dangerous Effects of their Concept of Takfir

1. Some of their authorities adopting this as a belief

2. Practical demonstration of this belief in the real world

Tragic incidents highlighting the outcome of this Concept of Takfir

1. The Massacre of the Ahlus Sunnah in Baghdad at the hands of Hulagu with the blessings of Shia Grand Sheikh al Nasir al Tusi

a. Depiction of the Bloody Massacre of the Ahlus Sunnah

b. Description of the tragic murder of the Khalifah al Musta’sim bi Allah

c. Revealing the Identity of the Criminals who soiled their hands with the Blood of Muslims


2. The Murder of 500 Ahlus Sunnah in Jail at the Hands of the Criminal, trusted by the Shia, ‘Ali ibn Yaqtin

Highlighting his slaughter of the Ahlus Sunnah


3. Slaughterhouses killing the Ahlus Sunnah in Iraq under the Auspices of the American War


4. The Undertaking of their imaginary Twelfth Imam of Killing the Ahlus Sunnah, beginning with Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and ending with all their followers—May Allah be pleased with them on behalf of the Muslims

a. Crucifying Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and killing them after exhuming them from their graves

b. Universal Massacre of all the Ahlus Sunnah


Chapter Three – Abnormal Consequences of a Creed Adopting the Concept of Takfir


Section One – Disgraceful Falsehood—their only way to deny the Charge of Takfir from Shi’ism

Section Two – The Extremism of the Shia compared to the Moderation and Justice of the Ahlus Sunnah

Verdict 1: Salvation on the Day of Qiyamah rests on what

Verdict 2: The Stance of both Sects on the issue of Succession and diversity of opinion




Records of Takfir from the books of the Shi`ah Ithna `Ashariyyah


The translation of the book is complete, by the grace of Allah, the pdf. file too has been updated.