Why Shiism cannot be a 5th Madhab

The call for Sunni-Shi‘i unity, and its concomitant call towards regarding the Shi‘i Ja‘fari madhhab as a fifth madhhab alongside the four Sunni madhahib, will come as no secret to Sunnis acquainted with Shi‘ism.


MJC's Position on the Shiah

A considerable amount of confusion has been caused by the publication in Muslim Views of a misleading report of an interview with MJC President, Shaikh Ebrahim Gabriels. In response to this situation the MJC wishes to hereby clarify its position vis-a-vis the Shi‘ah and Shi‘ism.


Abu Hurayrah and Umar

Shi‘i critics of Abu Hurayrah tend to quote sources very selectively, and those who subsequently quote from them, having no access to the original sources, do not know anything but the citations produced for them by these critics. If it is true that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab disapproved of profuse narration in the manner that Abu Hurayrah used to narrate, then the following quotation contained in the same “Tarikh Dimashq” of Ibn ‘Asakir throws a different light upon the issue.


Are you a kaafir

Shi`ism claims that Imamah, just like Tawheed and Nubuwwah, is one of the fundamentals of Imaan. To believe in the Twelve Imams is therefore just as important as to believe in the Oneness of Allah and the Prophethood of Sayyidina Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-alihi wasallam. Therefore, in the Shi`ah religion, anyone who does not believe in the divinely appointed line of Twelve Imams as the immediate successors of the Nabi is a KAAFIR. This is clearly attested to in the writings of ten of the most eminent `ulama of the Shi`ah over the centuries.


Can we call the Shi'ah kafir

The question as to whether a person or a group may be called kafir or not depends upon the beliefs that person or group holds.


Fadak between Abu Bakr and Fatimah

FADAK is a hamlet in Hijaz that used to be inhabited by a group of Jews. After Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-alihi wasallam had accomplished the conquest of Khaybar, Allah cast fear into the hearts of those Jews.They therefore conclude a treaty with Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-alihi wasallam in terms of which Fadak was ceded to him. Thus, not having been conquered by force of arms, it became the personal property of Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa-alihi wasallam.


Rank of Sahaabah

On account of the praises and merits of the Companions of the Holy Prophet [PBUH] appearing in the Qur’ân and the Traditions, the Ahl al-Sunnah unanimously believe that the greatest of the great saints cannot attain the status of the lowest of the low Companions of the Holy Prophet [PBUH].


Shattering the Mirage of Murajah

A response to ‘Abd al-Husayn Sharaf ad-Din’s al-Muraja‘at published in English as The Right Path - by Abu Muhammad al-Afriqi


Shiism in South Africa

In a world that is becoming increasingly hostile towards Islam and Muslims, the need for solidarity amongst Muslims has become acutely pronounced. It would be logical to expect from advocates of such solidarity that they do not actively engage in or support activities that might prove disastrous to Muslim unity, and that they would by no means allow such activities to exist. What, then, are the implications of unabated Shi‘i missionary activity in Sunni societies, with the full support—by deed or by acquiescence—of the Iranian government?


Sunni Shii Rapproachment

A Study of Attempts at Sunni-Shi‘i Rapprochement in History - This study is largely based on materials from the book Mas’alat at-Taqrib bayn as-Sunnah wash-Shi‘ah by Dr. Nasir ‘Abdullah al-Qafari.


The Marriage of Umm Kulthum

A major part of the edifice upon which Shi‘ism has constructed itself is its idiosyncratic portrayal of the early history of Islam. It is especially in its representation of the relationships that existed between ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib and the eminent Sahabah like Abu Bakr and Umar that Shi‘ism has acquired a character of its own.


The Myth of the Shia Mahdi

The 15th of Sha‘baan is a very significant date, both to the Ahl as-Sunnah and the Shi‘ah. The Shi‘ah, however, have their own reason for ascribing significance to this night. To them it is the night of the birth of their twelfth Imam, the Hidden Mahdi.


The Quran and Imaamah

There is no gainsaying that of all differences that exist between the Ahl as-Sunnah and the Shî‘ah, the issue of Imâmah is by far the most serious. It is in fact quite within the limits of reason and logic to say that the question of Imâmah is the root of all Sunnî-Shî‘î differences; all other differences will upon closer scrutiny be found to result from the difference that exists on that central point.


The roots of Sunni Shii differences in Fiqh

It is often alleged by the protagonists of Sunni-Shi‘i unity that differences between the two schools are not more grave or serious than the differences that exist within the four Sunni schools of jurisprudence. Sunni-Shi‘i differences should therefore be treated with the same tolerance and acceptance as Hanafi-Shafi‘i differences, and it is in the spirit of this proposed “mutual tolerance” that the advocates of unity speak of the Shi‘i Ja‘fari school of jurisprudence as nothing more than a “fifth madhhab”.


Unmasking the villians of Karbalah

Retelling the tragedy of Karbala has traditionally been an important feature of Shi`i spirituality. The passion plays of Iran and the Indian subcontinent, the literature, both prose and poetry, composed upon the subject of the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Husayn radiyallahu anhu and the general atmosphere of mourning that reigns amongst the Shi`ah during the month of Muharram, all bear eloquent testimony to importance of that event in the Shi`i calendar. To the Shi`ah, Ashura is probably the most important day of the year.


Was Muaawiyah or his son Yazeed involved in the poisining of Hasan

It has been alleged that either Mu‘awiyah or his son Yazid was involved in the poisoning of Sayyiduna Hasan. It is claimed that one of them persuaded one of Sayyiduna Hasan’s wives to administer poison to him. What is the truth of this claim?