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      Hadith of Ghadir Khumm [A Sunni Perspective]

                                      
                      
                          


      Introduction
      It is impossible to discuss the Hadith of Ghadir Khumm without first understanding the specific context in which the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم)
      said what he said. This is a general rule of thumb pertaining to the
      Islamic canon as a whole: it is important to know the background in
      which a Quranic verse was revealed or a certain Hadith was said.
      For example, the Quranic verse “slay them wherever you find them” is
      often used by Orientalists to wrongfully make it appear as if Islam
      advocates the slaying of people wherever you find them all the time.
      Of course, if we look at when this verse was revealed, we find that it
      was specifically revealed during a battle between the Muslims and the
      Quraish Mushriks; this makes us realize that it is not a general ruling
      to slay people but rather it was a verse revealed in a specific
      situation.
      Likewise, the Hadith of Ghadir Khumm can only be understood in the
      context in which it was said: A group of soldiers were severely
      criticizing Ali ibn Abi Talib (رضّى الله عنه) over a certain matter, and this news reached the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم),
      who then said what he said in the Hadith of Ghadir Khumm. Like the
      Orientalists, the Shia propagandists attempt to remove this background
      context in which the Hadith was said in order to paint a totally
      different (and misleading) picture.
      The Prophet’s intention behind saying what he said at Ghadir Khumm was not at all to nominate Ali (رضّى الله عنه) as Caliph but rather it was only to defend Ali (رضّى الله عنه)
      against the slander being said against him. It is only by removing the
      background context that it is possible to render a Shia understanding
      of the text; it is for this reason that we should always remind our
      Shia brothers of the background context in which the Hadith of Ghadir
      Khumm was said.
      The Importance of Ghadir Khumm to the Shia
      The Shia claim that the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) divinely appointed Ali (رضّى الله عنه)
      to be his successor at a place called Ghadir Khumm. Before we discuss
      the event of Ghadir Khumm with our Shia brothers, we should first define
      the parameters of such a debate. In other words, we should “set the
      stakes”:
      (1) If the Shia can prove their version of Ghadir Khumm, then definitely Ali (رضّى الله عنه) was divinely appointed by the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) and the Shia creed is correct.
      (2) If, however, the Sunnis disprove the idea that the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) appointed Ali (رضّى الله عنه) at Ghadir Khumm, then our Shia brothers should be willing to accept the fact that Ali (رضّى الله عنه) was never appointed at all by the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) and therefore the entire Shia creed is invalid.
      The reason we need to make this very clear from the outset is that
      the Shia propagandists have this uncanny ability to move the goalposts
      whenever they lose a debate. They will jump from one topic to another;
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      a yearly celebration known as “Eid-e-Ghadir”.
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      was the first of the divinely appointed Imams. The Shia website,
      Al-Islam.org, refers to Ghadir Khumm as a “momentous event” and the
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      rejoicing by Shia Muslims where they remember Prophet Muhammad’s last
      instructions to the believers. Eid-e-Ghadir is one of the most important
      days of rejoicing for Shia Muslims around the world as that was the day
      our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.) declared Hazrat Ali’s vicegerency
      at Ghadir e Khumm on his return from his last pilgrimage…

      source: http://www.amaana.org/gadhir/gadhir1.htm ” The reason it is neccessary to strongly emphasize the importance of
      Ghadir Khumm to the Shia is that we will show how the supposedly
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      very weak. If this is the very basis of Shi’ism, then indeed Shi’ism is
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      What the Shia Claim Happened
       

       
      Al-Islam.org says “After completing his last pilgrimage
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