In defense of Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradawi

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

29 September, 2008

Earlier this month, a semi-official Iranian news agency lashed out at Dr. Yousuf al Qaradawi, widely considered one of the most eminent living Muslim religious scholars. The agency, called Muhr, castigated the great Alim, or religious scholar, for an interview he had given to an Egyptian newspaper in which he warned against organized efforts by some Shiite circles to convert Sunni Muslims to the Shiite branch of Islam. The Iranian news agency went as far as accusing al-Qaradawi of playing into the hands of Zionists and Jewish rabbis!!

I don’t usually write on religious matters, especially Sunni-Shia affairs. However, I do believe that a clear and unmistakable message should be sent to Shiite circles in Iran and elsewhere, namely that Sunnis are not about to become Shiites and that public support for Iran and Hezbullah in some Sunni countries doesn’t indicate that Sunni Muslims are infatuated with the Shiite faith.

The Sunni masses do support Hezbullah because this is the right thing to do. Hezbullah after all is fighting Israel, the evil brat of Zionism which is the ultimate enemy of Islam and Muslims.

The same thing applies to public support for Iran against the Zionist-controlled American administration which is trying so hard to deprive Iran of its right to develop nuclear technology.

People, regardless of their religious affiliations, support just causes irrespective of other considerations.

However, Sunni support for Iran against American hegemony doesn’t mean that the Sunni masses, which constitute more than 90% of Muslims worldwide, are coming to terms with the despicable habit of cursing the Companions of Prophet Muhammed, such as Abu Bakr, Omar Ibn al Khattab and Othman Ibn Affan.

Let us be very clear about this, cursing the Sahaba, as far as Sunni Muslims are concerned, is and will always remain the ultimate redline.

There can be no Muslim unity unless the Shiites brothers, especially in Iran, abandon this hateful and provocative ritual.

Luckily, some Shiite Ulema or scholars have realized this fact and adopted positive positions toward showing respect to the feelings of their Sunni brothers.

This writer has always supported Iran against Western, especially American predators.

While studying in the United States nearly three decades ago, I regularly took part in anti-Shah demonstrations on American campuses.

We shouted aloud Tau Margi Shahi Kha’en, Nehzat Idameh dorat” (until the death of the treacherous Shah, the struggle will continue), and “ Istiklal, Azadee, Hokomati Islamee” (Independence , Freedom, Islamic Government.”

I have also written numerous articles in support of Iran and Hezbullah and will continue to do so for reasons having to do with the moral principle of siding with the weak and the oppressed against the unjust and the insolent.

Hence, the Iranian brothers, especially the people at Muhr, shouldn’t think that this defense of Sheikh Qaradawi is coming from a “Zionist agent” as they are almost innately tempted to dismiss criticisms of some of their objectionable practices and attitudes.

I had the honor to meet with Sheikh Qaradawi many years ago. And I have ever since been following up rather closely his pronouncements and positions which I have found to be quite rational and wise.

Sheikh Qaradawi has been a fierce critic of Israeli criminality and the Nazi-like oppression the Zionist regime is meting out to the helpless Palestinians. However, he has never voiced hatred or hostility toward Jews as Jews, as Zionist propaganda circles claim.

He has been a constantly loud voice urging Muslims and Arabs to show solidarity with the Palestinians.

Indeed, one would exaggerate little by saying that had it not been for Qaradawi’s efforts, the Palestinian ordeal would have been much worse.

As to his positions on Iran and Shiites, al- Qaradawi has always adopted decidedly moderate positions in this regard.

He had warmly welcomed the Iranian revolution back in 1978 as the vast bulk of Sunni Muslims did. He also stood against the Iran-Iraq war, calling it a catastrophe.

In recent years, al-Qaradawi stood against extremist Sunni groups such as al-Qaida which adopted a radical theological stance viewing Shiites, especially the Ithna Ashari Shiites (followers of the Twelve Imams) as heretical.

This position invited hostile reactions from some of the Salafi groups (fundamentalist puritanical Orthodox Sunni Muslims) especially in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

Indeed, Qaradawi’s uncompromising views on Israel, American imperialism, the Palestinian plight and the ongoing American war on Islam, dubbed deceptively as “the war on terror” have prompted many western governments such as the US and UK to declare him a persona non grata.

So how could a man as such be serving Zionist interests when the Zionists themselves have spared no efforts vilifying and inciting against him?

Shiites circles in Iran and elsewhere miss no opportunity urging Muslims to get united in the face of Israeli aggression and expansionism. This is certainly a commendable and admirable stance.

However, true Muslim unity can’t be achieved while some influential Shiite circles in Iran and probably elsewhere retain the old repulsive practice of cursing the Sahaba of Rasullullah, or companions of the Prophet.

Is Shiism a religion based on cursing?

A few months ago, the highest-ranking Shiite Marjie (religious scholar) in Lebanon, Rev. Sheikh Muhammed Hussein Fadulullah issued a fatwa or religious edict prohibiting the cursing of the Sahaba.

Sunni Muslims warmly welcomed the fatwa and many Sunni intellectuals and religious leaders hoped that it would lead to a genuine reconciliation between the two camps.

However, that fatwa was eventually met with widespread opposition by some influential Shiite ulema in Iraq and Iran who couldn’t abandon the malicious canard that Sunni Muslims were Nassibi or Nawaseb (enemies of Imam Ali), the First Shiite Imam who is also the Fourth Sunni Caliph.

In truth, Sunni Muslims don’t hate Ali and his family. On the contrary, they love them so much. Don’t Sunni Muslims, as do all Muslims, recite at the end of their daily prayers “O God, may thy Peace and blessings be upon Muhammd and the family of Muhammed as Thou had bestowed they peace and blessing on Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim.”?

Besides, history shows that Imam Ali had an active working relationship with the very people many Shiites claim they hated him and dispossessed him of his divine right to become the leader of Muslims after the death of the Prophet.

Not only that, Ali actually had his own daughter married to Omar Ibn al Khattab, the man many Shiites hate most.

Well, does a man have his own daughter married to the man he hates most?

In addition, Imam Ali had three of his sons named after Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, the first three Caliphs. Hence, one is prompted to seriously question the Shiite claims that Ali hated these caliphs. Well, a man doesn’t name his own children after his worst enemies.

Ali was known of his exemplary bravery and courage. This is why it is highly unlikely that his collaboration with the caliphs occurred under duress. Ali was not the type of man who would cower under duress. He was not the type of man who would play the role of a hypocrite. His heart and his tongue were the same.

In a nutshell, the Shiite brothers should realize that Muslim unity can’t be achieved while certain Shiites keep up reviving ancient hatred by cursing and vilifying historical figures Sunni Muslims glorify and love.

Such behavior would only perpetuate Muslim disunity. It would also prove that some Shiite religious circles are not really serious about Muslim unity.


  1. Brunella Hoyos said,

    September 29, 2008 at 22:28

    you can turn the equation by asking yourself if it is normal that sunnis accuse shia of beeing rafidin or worse.Qardawi’s fear of shiification of the arab world is just ludicrous.I have been very disquieted since a few years by the campaign against shias,started by the horrible Abdallah or abdamrika of Jordan with his shia crescent.This war of mutual distrust and hate leads directly to violence,bigotism,and ultimately seriously undermines the resistance movements of the region.Since the summer of 2006,saudis,jordans,egyptians officials on behalf of their hegemons,Us/Israel have not have a single moment of peace at the prospect of success at the hands of the resistance especially after the first defeat of the state of Israel at the hand of a very resilient movement.This has for them a geopolitical signification of tremendous importance because it means an inexorable shift in the balance of regional power.Taking into account also the rise of Iran as a defacto power.And because they are impotent at imposing militarily any shift of power against Hezbollah they are resorting to the vilest of method ,namely inflating sectarian strife.They need to detach the arab populations away from Hezbollah,Hamas(accused of beeing shiitised) and Iran and to create enough animosity against shias to last for centuries to come.In light of all of this I think Qardawi has been put under tremendous pressure by the salafists(that he dislikes)and most probably manipulated by regional mukhabarats presenting him false data ecc.The same can be said these last months of al-Jazeera.Anyway ,I just dont get it how on earth 85% of Islam can be affraid of a megre 15%,that is mistreated in every possible senses by most arab countries with a duality of moslems(Saudi-Arabia,Bahrain,Kuwait ecc).Qardawi has fallen in the trap head on and he owes an apology to the shias in the arab world and Iran who are not bigots.As for the latters,shias or sunnis they should be marginalised,starting by the salafists that are growing like a gangrene in our body.Like you I follow with great respect Qardawi’s tv appearances as I do with Ayatullah M.Fadlallah.And all the Ashura sermons of Nasrallah because all three are theologically speaking close to God’s words.

  2. K said,

    September 30, 2008 at 00:16

    I am surprised people whom disobeyed Allah (God) when prophet Mohammed(pbuh) in his last haj clearly apointed his causin ALI(pbuh) as his successor there were 125,000 copmonion of his they all heard it yet they took a right of Ali(pbuh) just like other religions before islam and turned it to some thing else .Now this man accusing shia of some thing which they are not guilty of.
    Wake up and smell the coffee read quran 33-33 and there are 100,s of other verses whuch came for prophet family .you people from the begining aposed Imam ali’s leadership now accusing those whom follow Qura and aprophet (pbuh) to the letter.shame on you.

  3. Golara Hamzeh said,

    September 30, 2008 at 02:16

    what a funny thing. it is often amusive to read amayrah triads against zionism. But you never hear him criticizing the complicity of sunni religious and political leaders with usa and israel. If one is to believe him, it’s all the fault of those bad zionists. I find most of this writers post very emotional and void of a lot of logic and argument. But I cut him some slack knowing he writes from the occupied territories.

    We iranians dont really want to eliminate israel or zionism, we want the people of palestine to decide on their own the future of that land. we respect two state solution or one state solution, but we think it’s is the people of palestine, including jews living there, who should vote to decide the future.

    With this post, he passes a level of ridiculousness but blaming Shie for hatred against Sunnis. iFrst of all he forgets than shie Iran and hizbollah have done more for the Palestinian resistance. more than PLO and the arab leaders.

    I grew up in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iranian government after Khomeini has done so much in fighting bot anti arab racism within iranians, and also advocating muslim Unity. Sunni Islam has always been fully respected by the iranian clergy.

    At the same time, I am from a sunni province of Kurdistan, where hate against Shie Imams and shie beliefs has been a common practice. Given the amount of pure hate coming from sunnis against the shie, it is ridiculous for this fellow to give another sunni hate monger and the voice of divisiveness justification for his hate.

    I know quite a few palestinians who have converted from sunni to shie following the 2006 lebanon war and the victory of hizbollah? and tell me.. what is wrong with that? I am proud of those pelstinians who chose to respectfully leave the sunni religion and join the shie religion. If i was a sunni today, i would have done the same thing.

  4. Muslim said,

    September 30, 2008 at 10:28

    Ash hadou an la ilaha ila allah, wa ash hadou ana mouhamdan rassoulou Allah

  5. Farhan Ghalib said,

    September 30, 2008 at 10:57

    I have to appreciate the zeal of our shite brothers and sisters. The post above provides logical arguments that could lead to unity of the ummah but as always shite brothers and sisters are not willing to tolerate any other point of view.
    Lets assume for a moment that the sunni caliphs did not give Hazrat Ali his due right to be the leader of Muslims. But even then Hazrat Ali the great man he was helped each of those caliphs to keep the unity of the ummah. Imam Hasan gave up his position as caliph to portect the unity of the ummah. But today when sunni’s are willing to bridge the gap and only ask for respects towards companions of the prophet, who lived with him(SAW), who were related to him by marriages of their daughters to him (SAW) the Shite brothers/sisters cannot reconcile in their hatred.
    I can talk on and on about different situations when different companions were selected by Prophet Mohammad (SAW) to lead in his place. But the point of contention is not that whether Hazrat Ali was selected by prophet or not, the point we should understand is, do we have the courage to act like Hazrat Ali.

  6. Bilal said,

    September 30, 2008 at 12:31

    As a Sunni,I feel sad as well when I hear the Shia curse some of the Sahaba. However,these are matters of Islamic history,and are between the Shia,their Lord and the Sahaba who are being cursed. Let ALLAH be the judge in all matters. However wrong you may think it,at the end, we are all muslims, and right now is NOT the time to be debating matters of Fiqh or Tarikh, considering the state of affairs of the Ummah – of which both Shi’i and Sunni are a part of,like it or not. If now isn’t the time to put aside our differences,then when is? Are we going to keep playing into the hands of the Imperialists by bringing up these matters again and again whereas experience proves that this merely brings up fitna and division?

    May Allah guide us all.

  7. Dawud said,

    September 30, 2008 at 13:45

    As-Salaamu `Alaykum,

    Regarding Al-Qaraqawi, I do not agree with his position regarding suicide bombings; I agree with other scholars positions against suicide bombings. I also do not think that any alarms should be rang about the spread of Shi’ism in Sunni areas.

    Moreover, Al-Qaradawi’s statements about the spread of Shi’ism in Sunni lands seems more like a politically driven statement than one based upon concerns over doctrine although he stated concerns such as self-mutilation when mourning over Al-Husayn (RA) . The top Shi’i scholars have issues fataawa against this practice, which leads me to believe that these statements are political in nature, not primarily over creed.

    I beleive in dialectics and debate. If he beleives that Shi’is are indeed true Muslims with some innovations, then let there be the opportunity to have open discussion. Al-Qur’an says, “Let there be no compulsion in the religion for right guidance is clear from error.” This means educating people more in regards to doctrine with wisdom and beautiful preaching, not by attempting to stifle debate. Intellect becomes more refined when challenged.

    And if it is soley Hizbullah’s “resistance” that is being leveraged to attract Sunnis, then what does that say about Sunni’s in the region?

    I don’t see the logic and wisdom in some of Al-Qaradawi’s statements.

    I also disagree with some of the reactions of a few American Shi’i leaders in inflaming a matter that is truly a discourse within the Middle East that has little to no social relevance in AMERICA except to cause “fitnah”.

    We should be careful when invoking the curse of G’d upon those who make “fitnah”; we could be invoking a curse upon ourselves.

    @ K – The event of Ghadeer Khumm is open to interpretation based upon the circumstances in which that statement was said, as with all ahadeeth, as well as in light of the Qur’an. The Qur’an says that the believing men and believing women are “awliyaa” (protectors) of each other. If you’re a true believer, then you’re my wali/mawla, correct?

    If there were some envy and harsh feelings among the some with Ali (KW), wouldn’t the Prophet’s (SAAS) statement at Ghadeer Khumm been the appropriate thing to say? And if Ali (KW) truly believed that ALLAH appointed him imam/khalifah after the Prophet (SAAS), are you insinuating that Ali (KW) disobeyed ALLAH when be helped the government of Abu Bakr and actually served in appointed positions under Umar and Uthman? ALLAH forbid; Ali (KW) would not have disobeyed ALLAH but fullfilled the Qur’an!


  8. m.arshad said,

    September 30, 2008 at 16:26

    the policies of all 4 first caliphs were the same irrelevant about who was to assume title of caliph after demise of the prophet. the shia have rightly said on this blog that some sunnis converted to their religion???
    its nice to see that you yourself have accepted that your religion is your own make believe because islam is one and has always been and will be.

    how can you convert from islam to islam??

    you shias have changed your azaan, the kalima and lots of other practices of the prophet and ashabah and you still following him are you??

    no sunni hates ali or his family, when he took power did he ever say i was promised caliphate due to the promise of ghadeer khuum?
    he never heard of it, so how could he/
    give us a rest and let islam be how it came, not how you shias make it by whipping,lamenting crying falsely. and now we even see you making pictures of ali and the prophet?? as if you had a idea of what their looked like.

    if ali was here today i am sure he would whip you lot himself for what you are doing!!

  9. Bagruh said,

    October 1, 2008 at 00:12

    The Prophet (saw) has foretold the ummah in his farewell khutbah in the plains of Arafah that shaytan has lost the will to misguide us in bigger matters however shaytan will sow disunity in smaller matters. He foretold us of Islam being divided into several sects but only one will be accepted by Allah azza wajal. This is the way of the Ahlul Sunnah wa jama’a.

  10. Golara Hamzeh said,

    October 1, 2008 at 04:09

    what we need is modern islamic unity. forget about khalifs a thousand years ago. forget about the evident differences in rituals and customs. forget about the historical accounts of ali versus osman. None of this is useful today. Sunni Muslims more or less are the ones not taking care of their Islam. look at the nuances. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization, but they are now accepted by usa as a mainstream political force in lebanon. Iran is supposed to be a sponsor of terror, but US leaders are starting to all agree that USA should talk to them.

    Iran itself has a much better profile than Iraq before the Iraq war. What seperates Hezbollah and Iran from Sunni resistance to USA is the level of modernity involved in their approach. Ahmadinejad goes to nyc every year and at least they allow him there to speak and etc… now compare this with sunni opposition to USA, one side is alqeida, the other side of it is the pakistani militants, very problematic and not modern. or the algerian islamists, all caught up in bombing public places. Even hamas, if it gets a lot of legitimacy for standing up to israel and successfully defending gaza, it fails to understand that they cannot prescribe a solution for all the people of palestine and the best solution to the conflict is a referendum. I suggest to out sunni brothers to forget the polemics of history and traditions and deal with what’s in front of us.

    we need a modern islamic unity against the western israeli onslaught. this modern islamic unity has to respond to the challenges of the time. it has to be able to articulate itself in a way that all people of the world can understand and agree with it. No room for intolerance, hate, particularism or sectarian tendencies. Dont get me wrong. we dont want a shie dominated unity, but a mutual agreement on principles.

  11. Truth said,

    October 3, 2008 at 00:24

    Am i missing something here?? the sunni’s poisoned all of Fatima’s(a.s) and Imam Ali’s(a.s) children and beheaded one. The holy prophet’s(pbuh) grand children and that’s O.K ???? but cursing Abu Bakr, Omar Ibn al Khattab and Othman Ibn Affan. is wrong???!!!!! Who are the only people helping the palestinians? The SHIA’S no one else, go ask them. desertpeace you disappoint me. The twelve Holy Imam’s were born perfect without committing any errors on earth, they were created out of love from God for the human race.they left us examples how to live. they are even prophisized in the O.T ” And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee ; Behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and I will multiply him exceedingly, TWELVE PRINCES shall he beget and I will make him a great nation. Gen. 18 :20. There are 72 sects in Islam only 1 enters heaven and it ain’t the one’s the killed the Holy Prophets(pbuh) grandchildren. wake up!!!!!

  12. Truth said,

    October 3, 2008 at 00:40

    Every time i speak to a Sunni brother or sister I’m in disbelief what they are taught about Shia’s. if you have time look up this book,its on the net, called (Then i was guided) People mostly ignorant of what actually Shia’ism is and what in fact the commitment of a Shia is to his faith what actually it is in practice, are Iabouring under a gross misunderstanding of faith and its adhcrents. When asked what actually means Shia’ism and the commit- ment of a Shia to his faith, the Sixth Holy Imam Jafar ibne Muhammad As-Sadiq (a.s)gave the whole in a nutshell, after which there remains no room for any question about the faith or its adherents. “Man kaana Iillah mutee’an wahowa lana vail. ‘He who is obedient to God is our friend (a Shia),’ Man kaana lillah ahoo an wahown lana odoo.” ‘He who is hostile to God, i.e., disobedient to Him, he is our enemy (a non-Shia). “Wala yanals vilayatena illa bil wara’e wal amalis Saleh.” ‘And reacheth not our love save through piety and righteousness.SHIA’ISM IS NO new religion, creed or faith. It is nothing but the Original Islam in its original purity. It is the, very same faith which was preached and practised by the Holy Prophet without anything added to or subtracted of it.

  13. mohammednur ahmed said,

    October 10, 2008 at 08:07

    for generation these debates had conquered our dreams to unity, the ultimate objective of every Muslim. i do not have any detail knowledge about shia because i Sunni Muslim. however, from the debates i heard from different scholars in the media, as to me they are political than religiousness. second, the fatwas forwarded by individual alims are more playing a role in determining the status of one group in Islam than that of the original authentic hadiths and the Quran. what come as a third is the interpretation Islam without due respect to the other interpretation. this makes people awful the Muslim unity . please let us exchange ideas not debates because this does not bring a change for generation. let us also get rid of the veil of enmity from our hearts to have due respects let alone to Muslims but also non-muslims.

    lets follow our hears not our emotion.

  14. Ahmad Aryen said,

    October 11, 2008 at 00:24

    Shias are messed up in Head ,, they are the deviants !
    Dr Qardawi is the greatest Alim of Muslims world alive.
    Shias should apologise for insulting him.

    Shias are are deviants they curse and inslut the companions of the Holy Prophet. IF you go and visit , you would see a shia cleric talking bullshit and using extremely gross and insultive language against Omar and Abu Bakr RAs, that even a Christian wouldnt use it against Muslims
    Kabul – Afghanistan

  15. October 11, 2008 at 18:17

    M.Arshad… better not talk about what you know shit about. We shias do NOT draw pictures og the Prophet. Did you hear that, from those that hate shias and tell lies about them?
    May God Judge between us and you on the day of Judgement.

    I only want to say one thing.

    Every person who speaks about a thing wherein he has no knowledge, is like a person who’s searching for a seed fallen in between thousands of rocks.

    As to regard Imam Ali (alaihy afdhal al salam), who was the cousin of the Holy Prophet, was the first male to believe in Allah and the Prophets message.

    The Prophet (saww) said about Imam Ali:

    “I can not leave without you being my successor (khalif)”.

    “You are the leader (wali) of every believer efter me”.

    “This Ali, is my brother and successor listen and lend ears to what he says and obey his orders.”

    “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is it’s gate”.

    “You are to me as Haroon was to Mosa, except that there is no Prophet after me”.

    “God has informed me that the infidels will break through the house to kill me so today you sleep on my bed.”
    (Allah liked this action of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (AS) so much that HE revealed this verse in the Holy Quran: “And among men is he who sells his nafs (self) in exchange for the pleasure of Allah…” )

    Wal Hamdulillah Ala Ma Alamana.

    I urge every believer Sunni or other, to not to be in denial about this. A true muslim is he who seeks knowledge and cannot get enough of it.

    And just to clarify one thing! Shia muslims do not make 10-15 % out of the worlds muslims. People every day are converting to Shia islam, so that statistic is wrong.

  16. Hussam said,

    October 11, 2008 at 19:08

    Alsalam alykom,

    Please note regarding the claim that Surut 33: Ayat 33 is proof that the Khalifah should have gone to Ali (Allah Bless Him) I just read the Ayat and it says:

    “You shall settle down in your homes, and do not mingle with the people excessively, like you used to do in the old days of ignorance. You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and obey GOD and His messenger. GOD wishes to remove all unholiness from you, O you who live around the Sacred Shrine, and to purify you completely.”

  17. Husam said,

    October 12, 2008 at 07:39

    Please note that this can not be used as evidence that Ali (RA) should lead after the Prophet’s death.

    “You are to me as Haroon was to Mosa, except that there is no Prophet after me”.

    As Haroon (AS) did not lead after Mosa (AS) died but Usha’ bin noon (AS) became the leader.

  18. October 13, 2008 at 12:19

    “Please note that this can not be used as evidence that Ali (RA) should lead after the Prophet’s death.”

    So you mean fine but not enough.

    Here’s a hadeeth, I would love to share with everyone, who’s in doubt about the right Imam Ali (alyhi afdhal al salam) was denied.

    Ali stood before the people and asked them to bear witness about what they had heard the Holy Prophet saying about him at Ghadir-e-Khum. Thirty of the companions, including twelve Badris (those who had fought in the Battle of Badr), stood up and said that they saw on the Ghadir-e-Khum day the Holy Prophet holding up Hazrat Ali’s hand and saying to the people:

    “Do you know that I have greater claim on the believers than they have on their own selves?” All of them said: “Yes.” Then the Holy Prophet said: “Of whomsoever I am “maula” (master), this Ali is his “maula” (master).” ***

    In the bottom of this comment, I will place a list of those who narrated this very event.

    Regarding those who sadly did not confirm the words of the Prophet in Ghadeer Khum, is this hadeeth:

    Out of this gathering three men did not bear witness to the event. One of them was Anas Bin Malik, who said that because he had become enfeebled with old age he had forgotten all about it. Ali cursed the three. He said: “If you are telling lies, may Allah afflict thee with leprosy, which even your turban would not conceal.” No sooner did Anas stand up from his place when leprosy appeared on his body. (according to some reports he became both blind and a leper.)

    Heres another true hadeeth, that is even mentioned by our sunni brothers and sisters:

    Imam Ahmad Bin Hanbal, in his Musnad, vol. IV, p. 281, on the authority of Bara’a Bin Azib. He said: “I was travelling with the Holy Prophet. We reached Ghadir. The Holy Prophet announced: ‘Assemble for prayers.’ It was customary when something serious was about to happen that the Holy Prophet ordered the people to assemble for prayers. When the people had assembled and prayers had been offered, the Prophet used to preach a sermon. A special place was provided for the Holy Prophet between two trees. After the performance of the prayers the Holy Prophet, raising Ali’s hand above his head, spoke to the crowd: ‘Do you not know that I am the master of the believers and have more rights over them than they

    over their own selves?’ All of them said, ‘Yes, we know that.’ He again said, ‘Do you not know that I have greater rights over every believer than he has over his own self?’ All of the answered, ‘Yes, we know it.’ Thereafter the Holy Prophet said, ‘Of whomsoever I am the maula (master) this Ali is his maula (master).’ Then he prayed to Allah: ‘O Allah! Be a Friend of him who is a friend of him (i.e. Ali) and be an enemy of him who is an enemy of him.’ Immediately following this, Umar Bin Khattab met Ali and said, ‘Congratulations to you, O son of Abu Talib! You have now become maula (master) of all the believing men and women.’

    Yet amother one:

    “On the Day of Ghadir-e-Khum, the Holy Prophet called together the umma, and I heard his voice calling them. The Prophet said to the people, “Who is your maula and wali?” The people said clearly, “Allah is our maula (Lord) and you are our wali (Guardian) and no one denies this fact.” So then the Holy Prophet said to Ali: “Stand up! I am content with your becoming the imam (vicegerent) and hadi (guide) after me. So of whomsoever I am the maula (master) this Ali is also his maula (master). Hence, all of you people should loyally and faithfully help him.” Then the Prophet prayed to Allah: “O Allah! Be a friend of him who is a friend of him (Ali) and be an enemy of him who is enemy of him.”

    Finally, I leave this comment, with these hadeeths, being proof enough, that we as Shia have true words to hold on to.

    Wal Hamdulillah for that.

    (Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal in his Musnad, Part 1, p. 129; Ibn Athir Jazari in Asadu’l-Ghaiba, vol. III and vol. V, pp. 206 and 276; Ibn Qutayba in Ma’arif, p. 194; Muhammad bin Yusuf Ganji Shafi’i in Kifayatu’t-Talib; Ibn Abi’l-Hadid in Sharh-e-Nahju’l-Balagha, vol. I, p. 362; Hafiz Abu Nu’aim Isfahani in Hilyatu’l-Auliya, vol. V, p. 26; Ibn Hajar Asqalani in Isaba, vol. II, p. 408; Muhibu’d-din Tabari in Dhakha’ir-e-Uqba, p. 67; Imam Abdu’r-Rahman Nisa’i in Khasa’isu’l-Alawi, p. 26; Allama Samhudi in Jawahiru’l-Iqdain; Shamsu’d-din Jazari in Asnu’l-Matalib, p. 3; Sulayman Balkhi Hanafi in Yanabiu’l-Mawadda, ch. 4; Hafiz Ibn Iqda in Kitabu’l-Wilaya.)

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