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The 400 Usool in Shia Hadith

The 400 Usool in Shia Hadith The 400 Usool (foundations) have always been known as the primary sources of the Twelver Shia hadith library. It is from these four hundred books that the fourth century hadith compilers, like Al-Kulayni and Al-Saduq, have based their books upon. According to the Shia view, the Shia hadith library is superior to the Sunni hadith library, because it is based on these 400 Usool. Mohammad Husain Dirayati (Al-Usool Al-Sitata Ashar p. 5) states that the 400 Usool according to Al-Tabrasi, Al-Muhaqiq Al-Hilli, Al-Shaheed, Al-Baha’ee, and Mir Damad, were all compiled during the time of Ja’afar Al-Sadiq. This suggests that there was no need for chains of narrations, since they Imams would dictate the deen to their companions, and all that these companions had to do is record what they heard. However, the times weren’t so friendly to these 400 Usool, and most of them were lost, most likely due to the carelessness of the early Shias who did a poor job at preserving their hadiths. Luckily though, 16 of the 400 Usool were preserved, and copies of these manuscripts were found in Iran, Iraq, and India. In total, the manuscriptsthat include the 16 Usool are around thirty in total. See the introduction of...

Arbaeen: Number of Visitors

Arbaeen: Number of Visitors The following article about the Arbaeen was originally written in Arabic by Ahmad Al-Hasani, but was translated for Twelvershia.net. Even though our website does not often deal with such topics, however, we have made an exception this time around in order to expose scholars like Mahdi Modarrassi who is either dishonest to his followers, or is too gullible for his turban. The official governmental resources, the Shia Institutions, and two-faced media and of the Shia Persian Government proclaim and assure that the number of visitors (to Karbala’a) in this year’s Arbaeen anniversary reached seventeen million people! Of course, many ignorant people happily accepted this figure! Let’s take a deep look on these claims logically. All statistics agree that the Iraqi population is around 29 million (taking into consideration that one million were killed in military fight from 2003 till now). And when we take into consideration that three million Iraqi are refugees outside Iraq, the real number decreases to 26 million. And when we extract the number of non-Muslims, like Christians, Yazeedis, and Sabians, we reach the number of 25 million Muslim. Now, let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Shias represent 60% of the Iraqi population and the Sunni’s represent 40%. Actually, let’s...

In Defense of the Sunni View of the Qur’an

In Defense of the Sunni View of the Qur’an Introduction Unlike our usual refutations, instead of focusing on specific points made by opponents, we have decided to write a general article against Shia allegations against Ahl Al-Sunnah that revolve around their view of the authenticity of the Qur’an. We have covered in a previous article that Shias have authentic and explicit narrations that clearly state that the Qur’an has been manipulated. That article should be reviewed to see the major difference between the “Sunni Tahreef” and the “Shia Tahreef”. It is a sad fact that Shias often confuse certain aspects of Qur’anic sciences. Due to the complex nature of the documentation and the revelation of the Qur’an, Shias have made false claims time and time again. Often, we find hypocrisy, since these claims are a lot closer to home than they think. Yet, they choose to argue that variant recitations and abrogated verses are actually Tahreef. With this in mind, we will soon observe that Shias have continuously accused Sunnis of the opinion of Tahreef Al-Qur’an, when in reality they are referring to verses that have been abrogated in recitation. The difference between the two cases is that the former view implies that man was the cause of the removal...

Ahlul Bait: A Linguistic Term or a Shari’ah Term?

Ahlul Bait: A Linguistic Term or a Shari’ah Term? The term “Ahlul Bait” has been one that led to a lot of controversy in the past. One of the main reasons for the Sunni-Shia split is due to the understanding of each sect regarding the verse (33:33): “And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and perform As-Salât (Iqamât¬as¬Salât), and give Zakât and obey Allâh and His Messenger. Allâh wishes only to remove Ar¬Rijs (evil deeds and sins) from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet SAW), and to purify you with a thorough purification.” وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَى وَأَقِمْنَ الصَّلَاةَ وَآَتِينَ الزَّكَاةَ وَأَطِعْنَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنْكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًا Sunnis, due to the context, refer to Ahlul Bait as the wives of the Prophet – peace be upon him – , while Shias refer to Ahlul Bait as Fatima, Ali, Al-Hasan, Al-Hussain and nine of his descendants (the other Imams). In this article, we will example the impossibility of the Shia position regarding 33:33 from a linguistic and Shari’ah standpoint. Ahlul Bait Linguistically As mentioned above, Sunnis hold the view that 33:33 is referring to the wives...

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