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    • By zainab[at]QE
      People across the globe believe that shia and sunni are the two different sects. Both of the sects have different religious beliefs, therefore it has been understood by people that they cannot come under the same umbrella ‘Islam’. Many people have this faith that due to the entirely different conduct of life, shia and sunni cannot marry with each other. However, before making such bold claims, complete research is very important to know the reality. So, before marrying with a shia man or woman, one must know that there are two types of shias:
      One of the types of shia holds disbeliefs (kufr), that the Quran has been altered, Hazrat Ali (R.A) is worthy to worship and here Shirk (to worship someone other than Allah) occurs, the angel Jibril made an error in descending the revelation on the Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) in place of Hazrat Ali (R.A), accusations on Hazrat Aisha (R.A) of committing adultery or denying the Companionship Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A).
      However, the another type of shias are those who do not hold beliefs that constitute Kufr, such as believing that Hazrat Ali (R.A) was the rightful first Caliph after the demise of the Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), belief in the twelve Imams, and all those beliefs which the first type of shias put faith in. 
      A true Muslim has asked by Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) that before marrying, Muslim must need to check the religious beliefs, and religious practices in his/her partner. There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari that Messenger of Allah has said:
      "A woman is married for four reasons, her wealth, lineage, status and Deen. Choose the one who is religious." (Sahih Bukhari)
      Even then we being humans do not know that what faiths are hidden in the chest of people and what they are pretending, indeed! Allah knows the truth only. And so, we should avoid those things where we find doubts or dissatisfaction. If we go for things which are doubtful then we are tangling ourselves deliberately in the chaos.
    • By mgharaibeh
      It is indeed that Mosul is bleeding and surrounded by Shia militias from Iraq, Iran and  Afghanistan.
      Everyone blamed the killing on Islamic State only as they think Shia militias are god sent angels to protect the people of Mosul who are Sunnis.  
       

       
       
    • By mgharaibeh
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    • By Saracen21stC

       

      The Quran Challenge

       
      Crux of the Sunni/Shia Divide


      The center of the debate between
      the Ahlus Sunnah and Shia revolves around the issue of Imamah (i.e. Aimmatal
      Masoomeen). The importance of Imamah is so great that the Shia Ulema consider
      those who reject Imamah to be Kaffir. Likewise, the Sunni Ulema consider those
      who accept (in toto)
      the Shia doctrine of Imamah to be Kaffir.


      Most of the polemical debate between Sunni and
      Shia revolves around peripheral issues such as Mutah, Matam, Saqifah, Ghadeer
      Khumm, Fadak, and other such side issues. However, the fundamental issue of
      debate–namely Imamah–is oftentimes ignored. In the words of Sidi Abu Salih:


      Every other disagreement the Shia have with the
      Sunnis [other than Imamah] has its roots in the Shia insistence on Imamah as a
      principle of Islam, both in belief and practise. From differing views and
      interpretations of history, entirely different systems of Hadith collection and
      authentication, and divergent manners of performing Islamic practises, all
      these dissimilarities can be traced back to Imamah as a doctrine in Shia faith.


      It is therefore only reasonable that the focus of
      any serious quest for truth would begin and end with the principle of Imamah in
      the mind of the truth-seeker. Trying to research about the differences between
      Shia and Sunni without considering the dogma of Imamah as a main sticking point
      will lead to dead ends and fruitless arguments. I have personally witnessed a
      number of [sunni-Shia] discussions that quickly descend into chaos because one
      side or the other wishes to discuss a subject of peripheral importance.


      Source: Sidi Abu Salih, Imaamah and the
      Quran: An Objective Perspective, p.5; Download
      book here


      It is safe to say that if the Shia did not
      believe in the concept of Imamah, then they would not be considered a separate
      sect. The other issues of contention between Sunni and Shia are simply a
      consequence of Imamah. Hence, Imamah and its validity in the Quran is the main
      issue of contention between the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah and their Shia brothers.


      Imamah


      Before we proceed, it is important to state what
      exactly is the Shia doctrine of Imamah.


      The Shia doctrine of Imamah: Apart from the
      Prophets, there are another group of God-appointed persons called Imams. These
      are people who possess Ismah (infallibility) and have access to a knowledge
      that is not accessible by ordinary people. The world cannot be empty of an Imam
      otherwise it will be destroyed. In the Islamic context, these individuals are
      twelve people among the descendants of the Holy Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) who are appointed by nobody except Allah (عز و جل)
      alone to lead the Muslims. Anyone who chooses a leader other than these twelve
      is misguided and not a complete believer. The twelvth (last) of the Imams is
      the Mehdi and, although he has been in occultation for more than one thousand
      years, he will return when Allah (عز و جل) wishes and then justice will prevail.


      Importance of Imamah


      The above stated doctrine of Imamah is the core
      belief of the Shia. The Shia consider five articles of belief as fundamentals
      of religion. These are:


      1. Tawheed (Oneness of God)


      2. Nabuwwah (Prophethood)


      3. Ma’ad (Day of Judgement)


      4. Adl (Justice of God)


      5. Imamah (the above stated doctrine)


      Imamah is considered by the Shia to be one of the
      Usool-e-Deen [fundamentals of religion].


      In the words of Sidi Abu Salih:


      In Shi’ism, the matters of religion are divided
      into Usool-e-Deen and Furoo-e-Deen. The Usool-e-Deen are the principles of
      belief in the religion, analogous to the Pillars of Faith in Sunnism. The
      Furoo-e-Deen relates to the practises in the religion, such as prayer, fasting,
      pilgrimage, and so on.


      To introduce the reader to what constitutes the
      Usool-e-Deen in Shi’ism, I will quote the following tract from Allamah Muhammad
      Husayn al-Kashiful Ghita’s book “The Origin of Shi’ite Islam and its
      Principles” (Asl ash-Shi’ah wa Usuluha):


      “Those matters which
      concern knowledge or wisdom, are called Usool-e-Deen (fundamentals of religion)
      and they are five: Tawheed, Nabuwwah, Imamah, Adl, and Ma’ad.” [“The Origin of Shiite Islam and its Principles, Part
      II: Fundamentals of the Religion”, Part II: The Fundmentals of the Religion,
      Section The Fundamental Beliefs, p.218]


      In similar
      fashion, the Shia scholar Muhammad Ridha Muzaffar states: “We believe that the Imamah is one of the fundamentals of
      Islam (Usool-e-Deen), and that man’s faith can never be complete without belief
      in it.”


      …The [only] real
      issue of contention [between Sunni and Shia] is with respect to [the belief in]
      Imamah. As [the Shia scholar] Allamah Kashiful Ghita mentions: “It is the question of the Imamah which distinguishes the
      Shia sect from all other sects. Other differences are not fundamental; they are
      furoo’i (i.e. secondary)” [Asl-ul-Shia wa Usuluha, p.221]


      Source: Sidi Abu Salih, Imaamah and the
      Quran: An Objective Perspective, p.7; Download
      book here


      Thus, the importance of Imamah in Shi’ism is more
      than the importance of Salat (prayer); Imamah is considered Usool-e-Deen [i.e.
      fundamental] whereas Salat is Furoo-e-Deen [i.e. secondary]. It would be
      accurate to say that the Furoo-e-Deen are a direct consequence of the
      Usool-e-Deen. Imamah is considered the most important pillar of Islam. And by
      Imamah, we do not mean “leadership” since even the Sunni–as well as any group
      of people–consider leadership to be an important issue. When we refer to
      “Imamah” we are referring to the specific Shia doctrine of God-appointed
      infallible leaders who must be followed.


      Denying Imamah


      The sheer importance that the Shia scholars give
      to Imamah can be seen by their views on those who reject Imamah. Let us see
      what the popular Shia website, Al-Shia.com, has to say about this:


      Al-Shia.com says


      “:“فيمن جحد إمامة أمير المؤمنين والائمة من بعده عليهم السلام بمنزلة ( 6 ) من جحد نبوة الانبياء عليهم السلام . واعتقادنا ”

      “فيمن أقر بأمير المؤمنين وأنكر واحدا من بعده من الائمة عليهم السلام أنه بمنزلة من آمن بجميع الانبياء ثم أنكر بنبوة محمد صلى الله عليه وآله “


      Translation:
      Imam Al-Saduk says, “Our belief is that the one who rejects the Imamah of Ameer
      al Mumineen [Ali] and the Aimmah (Imams) after him, has the same position like
      the one who rejects the Prophethood of the Prophets.”


      Further,
      he states: “And our belief is that the one who accepts Ameer al Mumineen [Ali]
      but rejects a single Imam after him, has the same position like the one who
      believes in all of the Prophets and then rejects the Prophethood of Muhammad
      (saws).”


      source: http://www.al-shia.com/html/ara/books/behar/behar27/a7.html ”


      Al-Shia.com says


      “Shaikh Mufid declared:


      “اتفقت الامامية على أن من أنكر
      إمامة أحد من الائمة وجحد ما أوجبه الله تعالى له من فرض الطاعة فهو كافر ضال
      مستحق للخلود في النار”


      Translation:
      “The Imamiyyah [shia] are in agreement (’Ijma) that the one who rejects the
      Imamah of one Imam and rejects the obedience to them which Allah ordered is a
      misguided Kaffir deserving to remain in Hell-Fire forever.”


      source: http://www.al-shia.com/html/ara/books/behar23/a39.html”


      Therefore, we see that this issue of Imamah is
      not one to be taken lightly. On the one side, the Shia scholars say that those
      who reject Imamah are misguided and deserving of Hell-Fire. On the other hand,
      the Sunni scholars say that those who accept the Shia doctrine of Imamah in
      toto [i.e. in totality] are guilty of believing in false prophethood (i.e.
      Dajjals).


      Where is the Doctrine of Imamah in the
      Quran?


      We ask the reader: where is the doctrine of
      Imamah in the Quran? This is a very sound question. The Quran is the book of
      guidance and we have been told by the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) that whenever we feel lost, we can consult the Quran and it
      will never betray us. The Shia doctrine of Imamah is not a minor issue, but
      rather it is very important and it is the core belief of the Shia. Its
      importance is to the extent that the Shia Ulema hold that because of disbelief
      in this doctrine, 80% of Muslims are misguided and in fact not true believers.
      If this is the case, then we ask the reader: which verses of the Quran have
      given us this “all-important” doctrine of Imamah?


      If Imamah is central to Islam, and the Quran is the
      central book of Islam, then surely the Quran should have the belief of Imamah
      in it. And yet, for hundreds of years, the Shia scholars have not been able to
      answer the “Quran Challenge.” The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah has repeatedly
      challenged the Shia to produce even one single verse in the Quran that outlines
      the Shia concept of Imamah. Time and time again, anyone who tries to seek proof
      for Imamah from the Quran fails to do so.


      The Quran Challenge


      This is an open challenge for the Shia to give
      Quranic verses which outline and justify the Shia concept of Imamah. Can the
      Shia produce even a single verse outlining Imamah, without any
      additions to the translation, without parenthetical insertions
      to the translation, without Hadith to “support” their
      interpretation, without Tafseer, and without
      their own personal commentaries leading us from verse to verse?


      When the Shia is forced to produce the Quranic
      verses without any additions, he will find it impossible to even come close to
      fulfilling the “Quran Challenge.” Not a single verse in the Quran says anything
      even remotely close to “O believers, after the Prophet,
      there will be twelve Imams chosen by Allah and you should follow them.” The
      Shia can never produce a single verse in the Quran that shows
      anything even similar to this. In fact, the Shia will be forced to
      produce long Tafseer and circuitious arguments involving certain verses with
      added meanings to them; but if we ask the Shia to simply read the verse without
      any insertions, then suddenly they cannot produce even a single verse in the
      Quran to justify Imamah. Suffice to say that the Shia becomes polemically
      incapacitated if he is forced to use the Quran and Quran alone.


      The Shia have stated that Imamah is the
      fundamental of faith, and so there should thus be many verses in the Quran on
      this topic. Yet, the “Quran Challenge” only asks for the Shia to produce even a
      couple of verses from the Quran, yet even this is not possible. Not a single
      verse in the Quran mentions the names of their Infallible Imams; not even Ali’s
      name (رضّى الله عنه) is ever mentioned in the Quran. But more
      importantly than this, there is not a single mention of the very concept of
      Imamah. This is peculiar, to say the least; how can Imamah be part of
      Usool-e-Deen (a fundamental pillar of faith) and yet not be mentioned even a
      single time in the Quran? The truth is that the Quran mentions all the
      fundamentals of belief, and if something is not in the Quran, then that “thing”
      cannot possibly be a fundamental of belief.


      Imamah Not Mentioned in Quran


      Every single fundamental of Islam is mentioned in
      the Quran numerous times. Tawheed and the concept of Allah (عز و جل)
      are mentioned over two thousand times. The concept of Messengers and Prophets
      [Risalah and Nabuwwah] is mentioned repeatedly; in fact, the words “Rasool” and
      “Nabi” is used over four hundred times. All of the other Usool-e-Deen
      (fundamental of religion), other than Imamah, are mentioned hundreds of times
      in the Quran. Yet, the Quran remains completely silent on the issue of Imamah.


      The Shia say that Imamah is one of the
      Usool-e-Deen, but we see that even the Furoo-e-Deen (the subsidiary and
      secondary parts of religion) are mentioned much more than Imamah is (which is
      actually never mentioned). Salat (prayer), the second pillar of Islam, is
      mentioned 700 times in the Quran. Zakat (charity), the third pillar of Islam,
      has been mentioned over 150 times. And yet, where is Imamah? The Quran is the
      complete guide for humanity, and yet the Shia are saying that the fundamental
      core belief (i.e. Imamah) is not in it.


      The Quran clearly says that Muhammad (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) is divinely appointed as the the Messenger of Allah (عز و جل)
      and that we should follow him. If there was another divinely appointed person
      we were supposed to follow after him, shouldn’t his name also be mentioned in
      the Quran? Why is it too much to ask that the twelve Imams be named in the
      Quran? Or how about even one of them? Not even Ali (رضّى الله عنه)
      is named in the Quran. For argument sake, we will not even demand names; what
      about even the very concept of divinely appointed Imams that will come after
      the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) and that we must follow them? We would
      argue that Allah (عز و جل) should have included the names of such
      people for the book to really be complete, yet we are unable to find even a
      single verse in the Quran which describes even the concept of Imamah. Not a
      single verse can the Shia produce in this regard.


      The Quran is the ultimate guide for humanity. It
      contains all the fundamental beliefs of our faith. If Imamah was really a part
      of our faith, then it would be in the Quran. But Imamah is not in the Quran and
      we reject whatever belief is not justified in the Quran. There are many verses
      in the Quran that say that the believers are those who pray, give alms to the
      poor, do good deeds, and other such things; but why is it that not a single
      verse says the believers are those who follow and obey the Infallible Imam?


      Conclusion


      Both Sunni and Shia, as well as all other
      Islamic-oriented sects, have their own set of Hadith, Tafseer, historical
      accounts, and rituals. However, the Quran should be mutually agreed upon by
      both sides as being an authentic guide to the truth. In the words of Sidi Abu
      Salih, in order for a dialogue between Sunni and Shia to be fruitful,


      …the Lowest Common Denominator should be found, a
      work that will be accepted as fully authentic in terms of its message and its
      integriy by both the Sunni and Shia sides. This book is, of course, the Noble
      Quran. Therefore, the first and most important place to look for resolving big
      differences of doctrine such as those between the Sunni and Shia sects should
      be the Quran.


      Source: Sidi Abu Salih, Imaamah and the
      Quran: An Objective Perspective, p.14; Download
      book here


      Thus, whichever group has basis for its beliefs
      in the Quran, it is this group that we should adhere to. A group whose beliefs
      are not in the Quran cannot be followed as this would be refuting the Word of
      Allah (عز و جل). The Quran is complete in its guidance; Allah Almighty (عز و جل)
      says: “We have left nothing out of the
      Book.” (Quran, 6:38)


      In Nahjul Balagha, which the Shia believe are
      Ali’s sermons and letters, Ali (رضّى الله عنه) says: “The Quran
      is the Hujjat (Proof) of Allah for his servants…it is the basis of Islam…and
      the guidance for anyone who follows it and justification for anyone who takes
      it as his approach and the evidence for anyone who takes it as his supporter in
      his discussions and winner for anyone who uses it for making his arguments.” [Nahjul
      Balagha, Sermon 198]


      Imam Sadiq is reported to have said in Shia
      Hadith: “Anyone who comes to recognize the truth from
      any sources other than the Quran will not be saved from Fitnah.”


      The importance of the Quran is stated clearly by
      the Infallible Imams of the Shia: “If you come across
      two Hadiths narrated from us [imams] then compare them with the Book of Allah;
      what is in accordance then take it and what is in disagreement then reject it.”
      (Al-Istibsar, Volume 1, p.190) And again: “Whatever
      comes to you related from us [imams] then compare it with the Book of Allah;
      whatever is in accordance with it then accept it and whatever contradicts it
      then reject it.” (Al-Istibsar, Volume 3, p.158)


      The realization that Imamah does not appear in
      the Quran may come as a shock to our Shia brothers. We encourage them to look
      in the Quran for verses about the twelve Infallible Imams, and surely they will
      not find any. As stated by one brother: “I did not find Shi’ism in the Quran.”


      Article Written By: Owais Muhammad

      Edited By: Ibn al-Hashimi, www.ahlelbayt.com


      Special thanks to the author of the following book


      “Imaamah and the Quran: An
      Objective Perspective”

      By: Abu Salih


      Synopsis:
      Imamah is one of the fundamental beliefs of the Shia, and it is the major
      difference between the Shia and mainstream Muslims. The Quran is the central
      book of Islam, and hence, it contains all of the major beliefs of the Muslims.
      In the book “Imaamah and the Quran”, the author analyzes how Imamah, the major
      belief of the Shia, is absent from the Quran. This book was instrumental in the
      creation of this website, and it can be purchased here.


       
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