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The Prohibition of Mutah Marriages

The debate on the permissibility of mutah marriages has spanned through centuries. The very act of indulging in a temporary marriage has triggered a multitude of emotional reactions from Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Much of the debate revolves around whether a temporary marriage is moral or not. It goes without saying that those that believe that it is prohibited usually hold the opinion that it is a despicable act. On the other hand, those who find it permissible voice the opinion that it is a necessity, since it prevents people from falling into other sins. Instead of studying the moral argument though, we at TwelverShia.net decided that it would be more efficient to present to the dear viewer the academic answer and to avoid personal opinions. At the end of the day, it is Allah – praise be to Him – , that decides what is morally acceptable and what isn’t. The limited intellect of man has no place as a deciding factor when such is the case. This set of articles will first establish the prohibition of mutah marriages through authentic Sunni hadiths. After this has been established, we will look into arguments brought forth by Shias in order to justify the practice of mutah, like the criticisms...

The Book of Virtues of Hazrat Abu Bakr

The Book of Virtues of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) We have been asked to write a book for the purpose of introducing the English speaking Muslim community to the virtues and high status of the companion of Rasul-Allah (saw) and his successor, the first Caliph of Islam, Hazrat Abu Bakr ibn abi Quhafah. The reason for this project was due to the fact that we observed that the Muslim community in the west was not familiar with the companions generally, and we also noticed that people today tend to not make an effort to learn religion from authentic and traditional sources, they rather prefer to browse the internet for knowledge. However, as the intelligent reader knows, the internet is filled with deviant writings of misguided individuals with sectarian agendas; it is a trap for any Muslim who has not fortified his beliefs with the Qur’an and Sunnah. So we wrote this book and we called it “The pure confirmation of al-Siddiq’s virtues” hoping that the believers can benefit from our effort by Allah’s will and our only intention is to seek Allah’s pleasure through this work. In this project we have decided to follow the way of the early scholars of Hadith, dividing the book into different chapters and...

Dua Kumayl is NOT Authentic

In the name of Allah – the Most Gracious, Most Merciful. “Dua Kumayl” is a trademark of the Shia sect and is so popular that it is perhaps the most recited supplication known by those that ascribe themselves to the Shiasm. Ironically, upon investigation, it turned out that even this very famous supplication has questionable roots, though Shia scholars are never outspoken about this fact simply because it would be devastating to the masses. Even some of the most outspoken reformers, like Mohammad Asif Muhsini in his Mashra’at Al-Bihar (2/405) couldn’t openly come out and reject the attribution of this supplication to Ameer Al-Mu’mineen. He said when commenting on the 118 narrations of the first chapter of the twenty third volume of Bihar Al-Anwar: “The authentic narrations in this chapter are: 8, 9, 18, 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 34 in a version, 35, 37, 41, 46, 54, 58, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 74, 75, 76, 77 in a version, 84, 86 in a version, 90, and the 91st narration which one thinks came from Ali alaihi al-salam.” It is needless to say that Dua Kumayl is the 91st hadith in this chapter. Muhsini, then goes on to use more doubtful language a few pages later, when explaining the narration. He...

Abu Huraira – The Great Hadith Narrator

Abu Huraira: the Yemeni, the Dawsi (from the tribe of Daws), the companion, the jurist, and the ascetic. Abu Huraira’s name will be often tied to one of the above adjectives, but what rings most commonly in the ear of the student of knowledge is the adjective: Hadithist, or hadith narrator. Even though Abu Huraira converted to Islam at a late stage, around four years before the Prophet’s – peace be upon him – death, Abu Huraira was able to narrate the largest amount of narrations out of all the companions. It was due to this, that enemies of Islam sought to discredit him, in order to ultimately destroy the high status of the hadith system and library that Sunni Islam has amassed in its early years. A common misconception that is brought forth by those that criticize Abu Huraira is that he was able to narrate over five thousand hadiths, while only being with the Prophet – peace be upon him – for a relatively short time. The number often quoted is 5374. However, most readers aren’t aware that the number mentioned in this statistic is based upon Ibn Hazm’s book on the “Names of the Narrating Companions” and their numbers of hadiths. His statistics, as he admits...

An In-Depth Study of Hadithul Thaqalayn

Hadithul Thaqalayn speaks of two heavy matters the messenger (saw) left us, it speaks of two big responsibilities he asked us to carry, one of them much bigger and much more important than the other; the book of Allah most high, which he (saw) often instructed his nation to hold on to it, as they will never go astray if they do. The Prophet (saw) reminded us of the book of Allah in the sermon of farewell, we read in the narration of Ja`far bin Muhammad from his father from Jabir bin `Abdullah (ra) in the long Hadith of Hajj and the sermon of farewell in Sahih Muslim, that he (saw) said: فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ فِي النِّسَاءِ فَإِنَّكُمْ أَخَذْتُمُوهُنَّ بِأَمَانِ اللَّهِ وَاسْتَحْلَلْتُمْ فُرُوجَهُنَّ بِكَلِمَةِ اللَّهِ وَلَكُمْ عَلَيْهِنَّ أَنْ لاَ يُوطِئْنَ فُرُشَكُمْ أَحَدًا تَكْرَهُونَهُ ‏.‏ فَإِنْ فَعَلْنَ ذَلِكَ فَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ ضَرْبًا غَيْرَ مُبَرِّحٍ وَلَهُنَّ عَلَيْكُمْ رِزْقُهُنَّ وَكِسْوَتُهُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَقَدْ تَرَكْتُ فِيكُمْ مَا لَنْ تَضِلُّوا بَعْدَهُ إِنِ اعْتَصَمْتُمْ بِهِ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ ‏.‏ وَأَنْتُمْ تُسْأَلُونَ عَنِّي فَمَا أَنْتُمْ قَائِلُونَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا نَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ قَدْ بَلَّغْتَ وَأَدَّيْتَ وَنَصَحْتَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ بِإِصْبَعِهِ السَّبَّابَةِ يَرْفَعُهَا إِلَى السَّمَاءِ وَيَنْكُتُهَا إِلَى النَّاسِ ‏”‏ اللَّهُمَّ اشْهَدِ اللَّهُمَّ اشْهَدْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ […Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them...

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