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Abu Bakr the Chief of believing pilgrims [9th Hijri year]

The Hajj led by Abu Bakr (ra) in 9 AH Introduction One of the arguments scholars of Sunnah give to show the high status of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq is that he was appointed as the chief of pilgrims or Ameer-ul-Hajj, and since Hajj is the type of worship which includes all other types of `Ibadah hence it indicates that Abu Bakr was the most knowledgeable of them regarding the issues of Hajj. However Shiites have a different approach while dealing with this incident. They do not have any details regarding the leadership of Hajj. All they have is an incident related to the delivery of the Bara’ah to the inhabitants of Makkah and based on that they assumed that Abu Bakr was removed from the leadership when `Ali was ordered to deliver Bara’ah. Famous Shi`i scholar Ibn Mutahhar al-Hilli said while speaking about Abu Bakr: [The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) did not appoint him as a leader in any matter during his lifetime… And when he sent him with Bara’ah he took him back after three days. So how could any sane person accept the leadership of someone who is not liked by the Prophet, through the revelation from Allah, for the conveying of even ten verses of Bara’ah.] The Shia...

Did Allah remove his Messenger’s (saw) fears at Ghadir?

{O Messenger! Make known that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord, for if thou do it not, thou wilt not have conveyed His message. Allah will protect thee from mankind. Lo! Allah guideth not the disbelieving folk.} [5:67] The above verse according to the Imami Shia revolves around the announcement of `Ali’s leadership at Ghadir Khum. In brief, they believe that Jibril (as) descended upon our Prophet (saw) ordering him to announce `Ali’s leadership but he (saw) was reluctant due to certain fears he had. It was at that moment when Allah sent Jibril (as) a second time to comfort our Prophet (saw) and guarantee him that no harm will be done. Section 1: What were the fears of the Prophet (saw)? In al-Kafi 1/289-290: علي بن إبراهم ، عن أبيه ، عن ابن أبي عمير ، عن عمر بن أذينة ، عن زرارة والفضيل بن يسار ، وبكير بن أعين ومحمد بن مسلم وبريد بن معاوية وأبي الجارود جميعا عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال : أمر الله عز وجل رسوله بولاية علي [`Ali bin Ibrahim, from his father, from ibn abi Umayr, from Umar bin Udhaynah, from Zurarah, Fudayl bin Yasar, Bukayr bin Ay`an, Muhammad bin Muslim, Burayd bin Mu`awiyah and abi al-Jarud, all...

Al-Tijani’s “Guidance of Truth” – A Brief Critical Examination of his Final Chapter

Al-Tijani’s “Guidance of Truth” – A Brief Critical Examination of his Final Chapter The following is a response to Muhammad Al-Tijani Al-Samawi’s final chapter in “Then I was Guided.” The chapter was titled “The Guidance of Truth” and can be found here. Background In this story-driven chapter, Al-Tijani speaks of how through the guidance of Ahlulbayt he was able to prevent a tragedy from occurring. The story starts out as follows: “In a small village in the south of Tunisia, during a wedding ceremony, an old lady sat in the middle of a group of ladies listening to them talking about a married couple. The lady expressed her astonishment about what she heard, and when she was asked why, she said that she had breast-fed both when they were babies. The ladies spread the news quickly among their husbands who investigated the matter. The woman’s father testified that the old lady had actually breast-fed his daughter, and the man’s father also testified that his son was breast-fed by the same old lady. Inevitably the two tribes were agitated by the news and started fighting each other, and each tribe accused the other of being the cause of this tragedy which would bring the wrath of Allah on them. What...

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