THE REAL FOLLOWERS
OF THE SUNNAH
ASH - SHIA HUM AHLUL - SUNNAIT
Autlor: dr. mulamad al- tijahi al - samawi
Translatour: hasan muhammad najafi
Praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and may His benediction and peace be upon the noblest of the prophets and messengers, our Master and Mawla, Muhammad and his pure and cleansed Progeny.
The Prophet (S) said: "The ink of 'ulama' (scholars) is superior near God to the blood of martyrs".
It was incumbent upon every scholar or writer to introduce to people that which is proper for their guidance and betterment, and for uniting their word and bringing them out of darkness towards light. Since when man is martyred on God's way, whcich is truth call for establishing justice, no one may be impressed by him except those who attend him, whereas the scholar who teaches people and writes down for them, can have an impact upon a large number of readers of his time, through his knowledge, his books being a beacon for all coming generations until Allah inherits the earth and whatever above it, as everything is decreased through spending except knowledge which is multipled by spending (usage).
God's Messenger (S) has siad in one his tradtions: "Should Allah guide one man through you (O 'Ali), or is superior to whatever upon which the sun has shone, or is superior to the world and whatever is therein. Many a writer have passed away before many centuries, whose bones have rotted away, but their thoughts and knowledge have persisted throught their books, that being published of times, from which people can acquire guidance and success.
As the martyr is alive near his Lord (God), so also is the 'alim (scholar) with those knowledge people are guided, he is alive near his Lord (God) and servants (people), who remember him in the best manner, praying to God and seeking His forgiveness for him.
But, I am not regarded among the Ulama', neither
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claiming this trait for me, and I seek God's refuge against selfishness, I am but one of scholars' servans, searcheres in their remnants, and followers of their footsteps as the servant follows his master.
When I was inspired by Allah to write the book (Then I was guided), receiving propmpt reaction from great number of readers and researchers, then I followed it with he received too, urging to persist on research and investigation till I wrote the third book under the tittle (Ask those who know) for defending Islam and its Prophet (S), and for eliminating the doubts ascribed to his noble person (S), and for disclosing the conspiracy that is hatched against him and his Pure Progeny (Ahl al-Bayt).
Many Letters reached me from all over the Arab and Islamic world, containing expressions of pleasure, loyalty, love and fraternity.Further I was invited to attend a large number of thought conferences all over the world,organized by Islamic Institutions, so I attended them in the United States of America, Islamic Republic of Iran, Britain, India, Pakistan, kenya, West Africa and Sweden.
Whenever I met educated youth and thinkers, I felt of their admiration and strong desires for acquiring more knowledge, as they were inquiring whether there was a new book to be published.
Praising Allah and thinking Him for this success, I implored Him for more grace and guidance, and relied upon Him for preparing this book that I introduce for the Muslim researchers, revolving around the same axis of the three formed books, hoping that it be of benefit for the educated and truth-seekers, so that they can recognize that the targetted community which is called (the Imamiyyah Shi'ah), is in fact the delivered community (al-fiqrah al-najiyah). And that they (i.e. the Shi'ah) are the true followers of the real Sunnah, with which I mean the Muhammadan Tradition (Sunnah), that the
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Prophet of Islam commenced his mission with it, according to a revelation (wahy) from the Lord of all Worlds, since he never speaks of (his own) desire, it is naught save an inspiration that is inspired.
I intend to expound to the honourable readers, the term upon which the Shi'ah's opponents and foes unanimously agreed, as they called themselves (Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamh'ah) meaning (Followers of the Prophetic Tradition and Company). But it is in fact no more than an alleged Sunnah, named by them and their fathers, for which no warrant from Allah has been revealed, for which the Prophet Muhammad (S) is free from obligation.
Many a time lies were ascribed to God's Messenger (S), and his tradtions, saying and acts were prevented from reaching the Muslims with the pretext of fearing they be mixed with God's words, which is not but a baseless plea and as plea and as frail as the spiders's house.Further many veracious (sahih) tradtions have been thrown away with no weight being held for them, and many superstitions and suspicious have become rules being followed and ascribed to him (S) after his demise.
Numerous mean personages, whose villainly and disgrace have widely known, have become, after and the Prophet's ilfetime, masters and leaders for the Ummah, after the whose errors excuse and justification are sought and bagged.
Whereas many noble dignitaries, whose sublimity and pure origin are known throughout histor, have been disregarded, with no attention being paid to them after the Prophet's era, and even they were accused of infidelity (kufr) ans slandered due to their honourable attitudes. Now glittering and attractive names are there hiding atheism and deviation, and graves are visited while including people of fire (fire-dwellers).
Allah, the Glorified and Exalted, has very well expressed this, when He said:
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"And of mankind there is he whose conversation on the life of this world pleasure thee (Muhammad), and he calleth Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart; yet he is the most rigid of opponents. And when he turned away (from thee) his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle; and
Allah loveth not mischeif." (2:204, 205)
It is no exaggeration to apply the dictum saying: "Hard you reflected (upon things) you could have hit the mark."Every truth-seeking researcher must not consider all things as institutions, but he has to reflect upon them trying, through doubting, to attain to the concealed truth, in which politics has played its role.He must must beware not to be cheated neither by superficialities nor by multiplicity, as the Almighty Allah has said in His Holy Book: "if thou obeyedest most of those on earth they would mislead thee far from Allah's way.They follow naught but an opinion, and they do by guess."(6:116)
Falsehood may disguise under cloak of truth for the sake of misrepresentation and misleading, achieving very often some success due to naivety of people or their good-mindedness towards it, and sometimes due to having supporters, while the truth has no alternative but to forbear and await God's promise to cause falsehood to vanish away, as falsehood is ever bound to vanish.
The best example for this can be found in the Holy Qur'an, in the story of Jacob and his sons, where it says: "And they came weeping to their father in the evening .Saying: O our father! We went racing one with another, and left Joseph by our things, and the wolf devoured him, and thou beleivest not our saying even when we speak the truth." (12:16,17).
Had they been truth full, they were supposed to say: "you are not believing our saying since waere are liars
Then no choice was left before Jacob, the God's messenger who being inspired, but to surrender to their
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falsehood, relying on Allah with comely patience though being aware of their being liars, when he said: "Nay, but your minds have beguiled you into something.(My course) comely patience. And Allah it is Whose help is to be sought in that (predicament) which ye describe."(12:18).
What else could he do while facing eleven men being of one mind, acting the play of the shirt and blood, and weeping upon their lost brother?
Shall Jacob discloser their deceit and refute their falsehood, rushing toward the pit for taking out his little beloved son, and punishing them then for their horrible deed?
No, this is not to be done but only by the ignorant illiterates who are never guided by God's wisdom, but Jacob is God's prophet whose conduct is that of wise scholars, and about whom Allah has said: And lo! he was a lord of knowledge because We had taught him; but most of mankind know not." His knowledge and wisdom directed him to turn away from thm saying: "Alas, my grief for Joseph! And his eyes were whitened with the sorrow that he was suppressing."(12:4).
Had Jacob behaved with his sons as we previously said, by taking out his son from the pit, rebuking them for their lie, and punishing them for their crime, their detestation for their brother would have increased to the extent that they might have assassinated their father, which they expressed by saying to their father: "By Allah, thou will never cease remembering Joseph till thy health is ruined or thou art of those who perish!" (12:5)
We conclude here that keeping silent is sometimes a recommendable behaviour, had it been corruption or perdiction undisclosing truth a public interest even if not imminent.
From the Prophetic tradition saying: "That who never speaks truth is a dumb devil" this concept has to be apprehended, which is in conformity with reason and God's glorified Book.
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By tracing back the Prophet's (S) career we could see him, most of time, keep silent for the interest of Islam and Muslim, as narrated in the Sihah on the Prophet's sirah, like Hudaybiyyah Peace Treaty, and others.
May God's mercy be upon Amir al-Mu'minin 'Ali (A), who kept silent after his cousin's demise (may my father and mother be his ransom), expressing this in his well-known sermon: "Then I began to think whether I should assault or endure the blinding darkness of tribulations wherein the grown up are feebled andthe young grow old and the true believer acts under strain till he meets Allah (on his death) .I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was pricking in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throats..."
Had Abu al-Hasan not endured against his right to caliphate, whereat the prefered Islam and Muslims' interest (over his interest), Islam would have never survived after the Prophet's demise as ordained by Allah and His Messenger (S).
This fact is ignored by most of those who dispute us always concerning the ligitimacy of Abu Bakr's and 'Umar's calipahate due to 'Ali's (A) endurance, and rather they add: "Had the Messenger (S) appointed 'Ali as his successor, he (A) would have not endured keeping silent, since it (caliphate) was his right and that who never demands his right is a dumb devil (shaitan). This is what they utter and reiterate all the time.
This is definitely a wrong conception that knows naught of truth except what comlies with its inclinations and desire, recognizing not the wisdom behind this silence and the consquent interests that are invaluable if compared to the imminent interests resulting from revolting against falsehood that has numerous supporters and backers.
If the prophet's (S) endurance towards his right during the Hudaybiyyah Day (pact), and his surrender before the provisos of Quraysh and polytheists' falsehood, were
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negative to the extent that raised 'Umar's objection saying to the Prophet (S): "Aren't you truly God's Prophet?! Aren't we on the right path and they on the false one? Why do we then give in the lower hand in our religion?
I say: If his (S) endurance was regarded negative in the eyes of 'Umar ibn al-Khattab and most of the other companions of the time, the fact can undoubtedly prove its being positive and for the benefit of Islam and Muslims.Though that interest was not seen so soon, but its positive results were realized after passage of one year, when God's Messenger (S) conquered Makkah without any fighting or resistance, and mankind entered the religion of Allah in troops, whereat the Prophet (S) summoned 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, acquainting him with the fruits of his endurance and the entailed purpose.
The only aim of our presenting these deduction is to express the inevitable reality, that is, while falsehood has supporters and backers it can achieve triumph over truth.Despite that 'Ali (A) is with truth and truth is with is with him, accompanying him wherever he goes, but he could not find supporters and helpers enough for withstanding Mu'awiyah and his falsehood, while the latter one gathered many helpers for resisting and defeating the righteousness, since people are slaves of the world and they pay lip-service to faith, as they never like truth and incline toward falsehood, since truth is bitter and hard while falsehood is easy and accessible.
Allah, the Almighty has said in His Holy Book."Nay, but he bringeth them the Truth; and most of them are hates of the Truth." (23:70)
For the same reason, Yazid's falsehood triumphed against al-Husayn's (A) truth, and so also did the falsehood of the Umayyad and 'Abbasid rulers against truth of the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt (A), who all were martyred, keeping silent for the convenience of Islam and Muslims.
Likewise, the Twelfth Imam (A) has adopted
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occultation and disappeared for fear from falsehood, kand endured till finding supporters and assistants for succouring truth, whereat Allah will permit his reappearance, making universal the revolution of truth against falsehood, to fill the earth with justice and equity as it was filled with oppression and despotism. In other words, to fill it with righteousness after it was filled with wickedness.
Since most people are haters of the Truth, so they are helpers of falsehood, with only little number is left as lovers of the Truth, being unable to defeat followers of falsehood escept by God's succour through miracles.This is recorded in God's Holy Book throughout all battles and wars wherein followers of truth gathered against followers of falsehood, as it says: "How many a tittle company hath overcome a mighty host by Allah's leave! Allah is with the steadfast." (2:249)
Those being steadfast on truth, despite scarcity of its supporters, will be definitely helped by Allah --the Exalted --through miracles, and sending angels sweeping on to fight with them.Truth could never defeat falsehood had not been God's help and direct interference.
This painful reality is experienced nowadays, and the true believer s the followers of true, are helpless, subdued, homeless and afflicted with disasters, whereas followers of falsehood, who disbelieve in Allah, are ruling over people and controlling their fate and souls. Thus is is not feasible for the oppressed believers to attain victory in their battle against the arrogant disbelivers except by God's help, so many narrations attested that miracle shall appear with the reappearance of al-Imam al-Mahdi (A)
This is not a call for stagnancy and lifeless waiting and how can it be so while I mentioned previously that he (A) is not to appear but only with presence of supporters and helpers. Sufficient be for the truthful believers to hold the sound thought of Islam, incarnated in the wilayah (guardianship) of Ahl al-Bayt (A), that is: being commited to
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the Thaqalayn (two precious assets): God's Book and the Prophet's 'Itrah (Household), to be among the followers and helpers of the Awaited al-Mahdi (best bendiction and peace be upon him and his fathers).
I utter this, seeking God's forgiveness if mistaken as most people think, and right as seen by a few people, neither heeding the blame of the majority, nor boasting of flattery of the minority, as long as I seek pleasure of of Allah, His Messenger and that of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (A).
But people's pleasure is unattainable, since they never be pleased but with what they like, and never incline but towards their desires, which are miscelleneous, as mention in the Qur'an: "And if the Truth had followed their desires, verily the heavens and the earth and whosoever is therein had been corrupted... (23:71)
If most of the people turn away from the Truth, to the extent leading them to slaying God's messengers, opposing the truth that does not go along with their desires, as Allah the Almighty has said: "Is it over so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disblieve and some ye slay?" (2:87), so no wonder that I be insulted or cursed by some who could never endure the truth with which I acknowledged in my previous books.They, failing to refute me with argument and scientific proof, resorted to slandering and revilement as the ignorant usually do.
I will never submit to compromises, nor to intimidation, nor to temptation, and I shall defend God's Mesenger and his Progeny (God's benedictions be upon them all), hoping to entertain their pleasure to be among the triumphant. My success is but with Allah, upon Him I depend and unto Him I return (in penitence).
Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi al-Tunisi