Replies to a Shi`i

[1] Replies to a Shi`i by GF Haddad

From: GF Haddad <> Subject: Re: A Shi’ite View of the Companions Date: Tuesday, June 01, 1999 11:24 PM wrote in message <7il86q$8af$>…

>The Shia divide the companions into three factions: First, are those who > >believed in Allah (SWT), believed in the Prophet (PBUH&HF), and gave all > >they could for the sake of Islam. These are the highest in rank. These >companions ALWAYS supported the Prophet and were WITH him. They never >disobeyed him in every other issue, nor did they ever accused him of >talking non-sense! (may Allah protect us).

The conclusions of the Shi`a — the first true splinter group in Islam, the first major doctrinal innovation also — are not based upon the Prophet’s actual Shari`a in the matter, but upon innovation and fabrication. “And those who malign believing men and believing women undeservedly, they bear the guilt of slander and manifest sin.” (33:57-58)

This insinuation that some of the Companions accused the Prophet — Allah bless and greet him — is an accusation against Allah Almighty, since He said of the Companions without differentiating them: “You [undifferentiated plural] are the best Community ever brought forth for humankind.” This is why I do not believe in the sincerity of the above du`a. May Allah protect us from self-delusion first! One truly hoping for Allah’s protection, would flee from blatantly contradicting His words.

The Prophet said — Allah bless and greet him: “Allah, Allah! Fear Him with regard to my Companions! Do not make them targets after me! Whoever loves them loves them with his love for me; and whoever hates them hates them with his hatred for me. Whoever bears enmity for them, bears enmity for me; and whoever bears enmity for me, bears enmity for Allah. Whoever bears enmity for Allah is about to perish.” Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, and others.

>The second group, are those who believed in Allah (SWT) and the Prophet >(PBUH&HF), but were not sincere to the fullest limit. These include, >but >are not limited to, Abu Bakr and Umar.

Another rejection of Allah’s word — Subhan Allah! — since He said of Abu Bakr and Umar among other Muhajirin: “Those who spent and fought before the victory are not upon a level (with the rest of you).” (57:10)

The above claim is also an insinuation against the Prophet’s choice — Allah bless and greet him — of Abu Bakr and `Umar as his closest Companions, as narrated by `Ali — Allah be well-pleased with all of them: “The best of this Community after its Prophet are Abu Bakr and `Umar.” `Ali also said that the Muslims’ love followed that order: “Allah’s Messenger, Abu Bakr, and `Umar.”

It is also an imputation of ignorance to `Ali who said that he wished he could exchange his deeds with `Umar’s:

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: When `Umar was placed on his deathbed, the people gathered around him, invoked Allah, and prayed for him before the body was taken away, and I was among them. Suddenly I felt somebody taking hold of my shoulder and saw that it was `Ali ibn Abi Talib. `Ali invoked Allah’s Mercy for `Umar and said: “O `Umar! You have not left behind you a person whose deeds I like to imitate more than yours, nor would I more prefer to meet Allah with other than your deeds. By Allah! I always thought that Allah would keep you with your two companions, for very often I used to hear the Prophet saying: I, Abu Bakr and `Umar went somewhere; I, Abu Bakr and `Umar entered someplace; and I, Abu Bakr and `Umar went out.” Narrated by Muslim.

How far removed from `Ali, Imam Ja`far al-Sadiq, Imam Zayd, and their likes are those who mumble against Abu Bakr and `Umar today!

>The third group, are those who became apostate after the death of >Prophet >as al-Bukhari recorded (see below), or those who neither believed in >Allah >(SWT), nor the Prophet (PBUH&HF) in the first place, but managed to >infiltrate the Islamic isles to be included among the Muslims. These >are >the hypocrites, like Abu Sufyan, his son Muawiyah, and his grandson >Yazid.

So now you have declared as disbelievers two of the Muslims of the First Generation, giving the lie to the Prophet — Allah bless and greet him — who said: “The best of mankind is my century, then the one that follows it” and overtly disobeying his orders: “Do not curse my Companions. If any of you were to spend the weight of Uhud in gold, it still would not reach the measure (mudd) of one of them nor even one-half of it” and “When my Companions are mentioned, hold back.” Notice the prophetic mercy in the latter hadith: if one wishes not to praise, one can at least hold back.

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