INTRODUCING IMAMS OF AHL-AL-SUNNAH
The Ahl al-sunnah wa al- Jama,ah have devoted themselves to the four Imams, the leaders of the known schools of law, who are: Abu Hanifah, Malik, al-shafi and ahmad ibn Hanbal.
These four Imams have neither been among the prophet's Companions (Sahabah) nor the followers (Tabi'un), and neither has the prophet (S) recoganized or met them, nor have they known or met him. The distance between the eldest of them --Abu Hanifah --and the prophet (S) was more than a hundered years, since he was born in 80 Hijrah and was dead in 150 H. Their youngest, Ahmad ibn Hambal, was born 165H. and died in 241H. this is in regard to the branches of religion (Furu al-Din).
Concerning Usul al-Din (principal of religion), Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah refer to al-Imam Abu al-Hassan 'Ali ibn Isma'il al-Ash'ari, who was born in 270H. and died in 335 H.
These are the Imams of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al- Jama'ah for whom they have devoted themselves in respect of principales and branches of religion. Can you see among them one of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt, or any of the prophet's Companions? Or has the prophet (S) introduced any of them or made a guide for the Ummah?? No, nothing of the sort can be there, and about other things you can talk with no blame.
If Ahl al-Sunnah claim being committed to the prophetic Sunnah, why have then these schools emerged so late till that era? where have Ahl al-Sunnah been therefore the emregence of these schools of law? In what they believed, and to whom they were referring?
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How could they devoted themselves to men who never lived in the lifetime of the prophet (S), without even recognizing him, but were born after the occurance of the sedition, and eruption of fighting among the companions, in which they killed and charged with disbelief each other, and after the Caliphs interpreted the Qur'an and Sunnah according to their desires, exerting their opinions as regards them both. Also after Yazid seized the caliphate, proscribing al-Medinah for this army to do whatever they desired. So corruption prevailed everywhere, and the best of the Companions who refused to acknowledge him have been killed, and all kinds of debauchereis and vices prevailed everywhere.
So how could a man of reason rely upon such Imams descending from such a human caste, being polluted by the mires of sedition, suckled its blesmished milk, and grown up on its cunning and trickish means, which invested them with false knowledge medals. None of them became prominent except those with whom the rulers were pleased, and they were pleased with them.65
How could anyone, claiming to be committed to the Sunnah, abandon al-'Imam 'Ali, the gate of the city of knowledge, with al-'Imam al-Hasan and al-'Imam al-Husayn, the two masters of the youth of Paradise, and the Pure Imams from the Prophet's Kindered ('Itrah), who inherited the knowledge of their grandfather the Prophet (S), and follow imams having no knowledge of the Prophetic Sunnah, but being only a making of the Umayyad policy?
How could Ahl al-Sunnah claim to be followers of the Prophetic Sunnah whlie describing its guardians? Rather how dare they neglect the Prophet's precepts and commandments to cling to the Pure Progeny, and claim then to be followers of the Sunnah?!
Can any Muslim aware of the Qur'an, Sunnah and Islamic history, doubt that the Shi'ah --who imitate and follow the guide of the Prophet's 'Itrah,--to be the true followers of
65. In the coming chapters it will be exposed that is the Umayyad and 'Abbasid rulers who have created and imposed thsee creeds (madhahib).
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of Prophetic Sunnah, and none other than them has any right to claim it?
Everyone can precieve how the facts are reversed, and how politics can demonstrate falsehood as truth and truth as falsehood! The Prophet's followers and 'Itrah are called Rawafid and heretics who disregarded the Prophet's Progeny and Sunnah, and followed ijtihad of despotic rulers, are called "Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah"! How wonderful is this!
I am cetain that Quraysh has invented this title, and it is one of its secrets and enigmas. We came to know earlier that Quraysh has forbidden 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr from writing the Prophetic Sunnah, with the pretext that the Prophet was not infallible.
Quraysh is in fact a group of certain people having influence, fataticism and spritual power among the Arab tribes, being called sometimes by some historians as "Dahat al'-Arab" (meaning sages of Arabs), due to their cunningness and sagacity and superiority in managing the affairs, and are called by others "Ahl al-Hall wa al-'Aqd" (conductors of affairs). They include Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman, Abu Sufyan, his son Mu'awiyah, 'Amr ibn al-'As, al-Mughirah ibn Shu'bah, Marwan ibn al-Hakam, Talhah ibn 'Ubayd Allah, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Awf and Abu Ubaydah 'Amir ibn al-Jarrah, and others66
They may gather to consult each other and determine in an affair on which they occur, so they make up their minds about it, then they spread it among people so that it become a factual matter and a followed reality, without the People's awareness of the secret behind this.
An example for their cunningness can be found in their claim that Muhammad was not ma'sum (infallible), and he --like all other human beings --may err and commit a mistake, so that they would be little him and debate him about truth, while knowing it to be truth.
66.We have excepted from them al-'Imam 'Ali (A) as he distinguishes between the sagacity of wisdom and good management and that of deception, cheating and hypocrisy. More than once he said: "Had deception and hypocrisy not been there I would have been seen the most sagacious of Arabs". It is said in the Qura'n too: "They plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters". God's plot is wisdom and good management, while that of polythiest is deception, hypocrisy, falsehood and lie.
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Also their slandering and abusing against 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, and cursing him with the nickname of Abu Turab, and presenting him to people as the enemy of Allah and His Messenger.
They also used to abuse and curse the noble Companion 'Ammar ibn Yasir, by calling him 'Abd Allah ibn Saba' or Ibn al-Sawda' (son of the black woman), since he was opposing the (three) caliphs and inviting people to acknowlege 'Ali as an Imam.67
They too used to call the Shi'ah, who supported 'Ali, with the name Rawafid, to blink facts and make people think the Shi'ah rejected Muhammad and followed the guide of 'Ali .
Further they used to call themselves "Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah" to cheat the faithful believers of their being committed to the Prophetic Sunnah, against the Rawafid who reject it.
In fact they mean by the sword (Sunnah) to ominous bersey that they innovated, of slandering and cursing Amir al-Mu'minin, and the Prophet's Household, over the tribuness (manabir) of all mosques of Muslims and in all countries, towns and villages. This hersey lasted for eighty years, to the extent that when their orator intended to descend to perform prayer before cursing 'Ali, those present in the mosque would shout:"You have left the sunnah "twice.
When 'Umar ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz intended to substitute this sunnah with the Almighty's saying: "Lo! Allah enjoineth justice and kindness, and giving to kinsfolk,..."(16:90), they conspried against him and killed him, since he has obliterated their sunnah stulfying thus the beliefs of his ancestors who brought him to power. So they slew him by poison at the age of eighty-three, after ruling for only two years, being thus a victim of reformation, since his cousins the Umayyads could never endure his striving to exterminate their sunnah, elevating thus the status of Abu Turab and the Imams among his sons.
After the decline of the Umayyad state, the power
67. It is better to refer in this respect to the book "al-Silah bayn al-tasawwuf wa al-tashayyu', by Dr. Mustafa Kamil al-Shabibi al-Misri, who has exposed through ten strong proofs that 'Abd Allah ibn saba', the Jew or son of the black woman is in fact our master 'Ammar ibn Yasir (may God be pleased with him).
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was seized by the Abbasids who in their turn, suppressed the Imams of Ahl al- Bayt and their Shari'ah, till the reign of Ja'afar ibn al-Mu'tasim who was called "al- Mutawakil ". He was the staunchest enemy of Ali and his sons, that his hatred and grudge (against Ahl al-Bayt) pushed him to dig out al-Husayn's tomb in Karbala;preventing people from visiting his shrine, 68 granting no one any stipend but to those abusing Ali and his sons.
The eposide of al-Mutawakkil with the famous grammarian Ibn al-Sikkit is known for all, that he killed him in the ugliest way, by extracing his tongue from its rear, whien he realized that he was loyalty following Ali and his Household, whilst he (ibn al-Sikkit) was the tutor of his two sons.
Al-Mutawakil's grudge was so intense that he gave orders to kill every new-born child given name of Ali, since this name was the most hated one to him .Once the poet Ali ibn al- Jaham came to al-Mutawakil and told him:O Amir al- mumineen my perant have been undutiful towards me " Al -Mutawakil asked him :why ?He replied : "Because thay imparted on me the name Ali whereas I hate this name and hate whoever holds it ". Al- Mutawakill smiled and granted him a gift.
Futher, he used to arrange a gathering in which poeple would make fun of and humiliate "Ali. It is inevitable to mention here that Mutawakil, whose hypocracy and debauchery were proved through his hatred towards Ali was loved by Ahl al-Hadith, who used to call him Muhyi al-Sunnah (Revivalist of the Sunnah) .
And since Ahl al-Hadith are " Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Ja ma'ah ", so this could be an irrefutable evidence that what they meant by sunnah was nothing but detesting, cursing and proclaiming antipahty against 'Ali, being but an open hostility(nasb).
This can be made clearer by al Khwarazmi's statement in his book :"Even that Harun ibn al-Khayzaran and
68. If the caliph be in such a degree of vileness and meanness, by digging out the graves of Ahl al-Bayt Imams, particularly that of al-Imam al-Husayn (A), so never inquire then about what they did for the Shi'ah who were seeking blessing through visiting the grave. The suffering and ordeal of the Shi'ah reached an extent that every Muslim desired to be accused of being a Jew not a Shi'i. No might and power is there save from Allah.
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Ja'afar al-Mutawakkil (upon that Satan not the Benefiecent), were not paying anyone except those who would slander Al Abi Talib,and support the school of Nawasib ".69
It is reported also by Ibn Hajar from 'Abd Allah ibn Ahmad ibn Hanbal that he said:When Nasir ibn 'Ali ibn Sahban said that the Messenger of Allah (S) took the hands of al-Hasan and al-Husayn saying:" Whoever loves me and these two and their father and mother, he will win my position on the Doomsday", al-Mutawakkil ordered to beat him a thousand lashes, until he was about to die, whereat Ja'far ibn 'Abd al-Wahid intervened and said to him: "O Amir al-Mu'minin, he is from among ahl al-Sunnah ", and insisted till persuading him to release him (Nasir)".70
This is another explicit evidence that Ahl al-Sunnah are the enemies of Ahl al-Bayt, whom al-Mutawakkil hated, and used to kill whoever mentioned any of their virtues, even without being one of their Shi'ah.
Ibn Hajar reports also in his book that 'Abd Allah ibn Idris al'-Azdi was a possessor of Sunnah and Jama'ah and was firm in the Sunnah, well-pleased and 'Uthman.71
Also 'Abd Allah ibn 'Awn al-Basri said (about him): "He was trusthworthy and a man of devotion and firmness in the Sunnah, and severe against the heretics, and Ibn Sa'd said that he was 'Uthmani.72
It is reported also that Ibrahim ibn Ya'qub al-Juzjani was Harizi al-madhhab (i.e following the school of Hariz ibn 'Uthman al-Dimashqi) who was known of nasb (open hostility against Ahl al-Bayt), and Ibn Hayyan said that he was firm in the Sunnah.73
Thus we came to know that open hostility and hatred against 'Ali and his sons, and abusing Al Abi Talibb and cursing Ahl al-Bayt were regarded firmness in the Sunnah,and we realized that the Uthmanis are people of nasb and hostility against Ahl al-Bayt, and are severe against whoever follows the guide of 'Ali and his progeny. Also they mean by heretics (Ahl
69. kitab al-Khwarazmi, p.135.
70. Tahdhib al-tadhib, by Ibn Hajar, translated by Nasir ibn 'Ali ibn Sahban.
71. Ibid, vol. v.p.145. It is known that the Uthmanis used to curse 'Ali, accusing him of slaying 'Uthman ibn 'Affan.
72. Ibid, vol.v. p.348.
73. Ibid, vol. i, p.82.
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al-bida') the Shi'ah that believed in 'Ali's Imamate, since they view this as a heresy due to its disagreement with what the sahaba, al-kulafah al-Rashidun and al-Salaf al- salih called for including dismissing him and not recognizing his Imamate and guardianship (wisayah).
There are numerous historical evidences for confirming this proof, but what we mentiond, though brief, is sufficient for seekers of research and investigation. The researchers can get much more information if they wish (from other sources).
The Qur'an says:
"As for those who strive in us, We surely guide them to Our paths, and Lo! Allah is with the good". (29:69)
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THE PROPHET (S) APPOINTED
THE SHI'AH IMAMS
Any researcher who studied the prophetic conduct (sirah) and bacame aware of the Islamic history, has no doubt that the prophet (S) himself has appointed the twelve Imams and determined them to be successors after him and guadians over his ummah. Their number has been stated in the sahih of Ahl al-Sunnah,that they are twelve and all being from Quraysh.This was reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim and others. Some Sunni references have reported that he (S) has identified them by names,clarifying that the first Iamm being Ali ibn Abi Talib, after his son al-Hassan, then his brother al-Husayn and then nine of the descendants of al-Husayn, the last of whom being al-Mahdi.
The author of yanabi al-Muwaddah has reported in his book: "Jew called al-A'tal came to the prophet and said : "O Muhammad I have some inquiries pressing in my bosom,when I get their replies from you I will embrace Islam at your hands".
The prophet replied: You can ask, O Abu Ammarah ". Then he put forwaard his questions till he said: "You said the truth " Then he said : " Tell me who will be your excutor ( Wasi) ? As for every prophet there should be an excutor, and our prophet Musa ibn Imran has made Yusha ibn Nun as his wasi.
The prophet (S) said: "My excutor is Ali ibn Abi Talib, after him my two grandsons al-Hassan and Husayn, and then nine Imams from the lineage of al-Husayn'
He said: "O Muhammad, mention their names"
He said: when al- Husayn passes away comes his son Ali, then his son Muhammad, then his son Ja'far, then his son
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Musa, then his son Ali, then his son Muhammad, then his son Ali, then his son al-Hasan and the his son Muhammad al-Mahadi, they will be twelve altogether ".
Then the author said: Thereat the Jew man converted to Islam, and praised Allah for being guided .74 If we go through the shi'a books and persue the facts they contained about this subject, we will find many more examples.
But we are sufficed with the proof that the ulama of Ahl al-Sunnah recognize the number of the tweleve Imams, being none other than Ali and his pure sons.
Our certainty is multiplied by knowing that the tweleve Imams have not been disciples under any of the ulama of the ummah, as the historians, Muhadidithun and biographers have never narrated that any of Ahl al-Bayt ' Imam has acquired his knowledge from some Companion or Tabi'un,as it is true in regard of all the ulama and Imams of the ummah ( the sunnah).
Abu Hanifah has becaome a disciple under al-'Imam Ja'far al- Sadiq, then Malik became a pupil under Abu Hanifah, then al- Shafi'i acquired his knowledge from Malik and so did Ahmad from Malik.
The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt had a knowledge talented by Allah,the Glorified, the Exalted, being inherited a father from grandfather, as they were meant by Allah 'saying:
Then We gave the cripture a inheritance unto those whom We elected of Our bondmen' .(35:32)
Al-Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (A) has once expressed this fact by saying:How wonderful that people proclaim of acquiring their whole knowledge from the Mesenger of Allah (S), applied it and were guided! At the same time they narrate that we-- Ahl al-Bayt -- have neither acquired his (S) knowledge nor being guided by him, though being his Household and progeny, in our houes the revelation (wahy) was descndent and from us the knowledge went out to people. Can anyone say that they (Sunnah) had knowledge and were guided, and we
74.Al-Qunduzi al-Hanafi in Yanabi 'al-mawaddah, p.440, and Fara'id al-simtayn, by al-Hamini, from Mujahid from Ibn 'Abbas.
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had no knowledge and went astray?!
Yes, how could al-Imam al-Sadiq (A) not be astonished at those who claim having acquired the knowledge from the Mesenger of Allah, while they contract the enmity of his (S) Household and the gate of city of his knowledge, from which all should enter ? And how couldn't he be surprised by their adopting the name of " Ahl al-Sunnah"whereas they contradict this Sunnah?!
Then the Shi'ah on one hand as history testifies, have been concerned only with 'Ali, supprting him and withstanding against his enemies, fighting whoever fought him and making peace with whoever reconciled him with acquiring all their knowledge from him. On the other hand Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'a have naver followed his guide, nor supported him, but rather they fought him, intending to exterminated him, chasing his sons through killing, imprisoning and scarttering, and opposing him in most of the rules, through following knowledge claimants, who had no agreement in their opinions and ijtihadat concerning Allah's rules, resorting then to change and modify them according to their desires and as required by their interests.
How couldn't we be surprised today those claiming to follow the prophetic Sunnah, while they testify against themselves that they abandoned it since it became a motto for the Shi'ah 75Isn't this surpprising?!
The Ahl al-Sunnah are only divergent groups differed in the rules of Allah and His Messenger, but they agreed upon approving the unfair Saqifah caliphate, with abondoning and isolating the pure Kindred ( Itrah).
How could such people allege being Ahl al-Sunnah while they have disobeyed the prophet's (S ) ordered to hold on to the Thaqalayn ( two precious assets) -- the book of Allah and his progeny (Itrah) -- despite their reporting and approving of the tradition? They neither held on the Qur'an nor to the Itrah , since by distancing themelves the pure Itrah
75. See Ma'a al-Sadiqin, pp.159-160, to recognize that Ibn Taymiyyah calls for abanding the Prophetic Sunnah if it be a motto for the Shi'ah. Nevertherless they call me Mujaddid al-Sunnah (Revivalist of the Sunnah).
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they have abandoned the Qur'an as mentioned in the tradition that they ( Qur'an and Itrah) will not separate, as announced by the Messenger of Allah when saying: " And the Sublite, the Aware has informed me that they (Qur'an and Itrah ) will never separate till they come to me upon the pond (Hawd) .76
Why shouldn't we be amazed at people claiming to be Ahl al- Sunnah, while they contradict what is stated in their sihah of the prophet's acts, orders and forbiddings ?77
If we believe in and approve of the hadith: I am leaving behind among you the Book of Allah and my Sunnah, as long as you hold fast to them you will never stray after me " as narrated by some of the Ahl al-Sunnah, the surprise will be greater and the candal will be more explict, since their eminent leader and Imams have themselves burnt the sunnah left by the prophet among them, preventing people from conveying and writing it down, as mentioned earlier.
Once Umar ibn al-Khattab has expresly disclosed: " The Book of Allah is sufficient for us "which is an explicit refutation against the prophet, and as is know whoever refute the prophet is refuting Allah.
This saying by Umar ibn al-KHattab has been reproted by all Sihah of Ahl al-Sunnah including Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. If the proohet said: Iam leaving behind among you the Book of Allah and my Sunnah, so Umar said to him you: We are sufficed with the book of Allah, then Abu Bakr emphasized on executing the opinion of his friend through diclosing, when becoming a Caliph: Do not narrate from the Messenger of Allah anything and when you are asked (about any tradition ) you can reply by saying: the book of Allah is between us and you, You are allowed to do what is deemed lawful in it, and are not allowed to do what is deemed unlawful haram in it "78
How couldn't we be astonished at a people who left
76. It is reported by Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his Musnad, vol.v.p.189, and al-Hakim in his Mustadrak, vol. iii p. 148, saying: it is a veracious hadith on the condition of al-Shaykhayn.
77. Al-Bukhari reported in his Sahih that the Prophet has forbidden from salat al-tarawih congregationally during month of Ramadan, saying: ''O people pray inside your houses as the best prayer be at home except the prescribed prayer". But Ahl al-Sunnah forsook the Prophet's forbidance and followed 'Umar's bid'ah (hresy).
78. Tadhkirat al-huffaz, by al-Dhahabi, vol. i, p.3.
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and abandoned their Prophet's Sunnah, substituting it with heresies innovated by them, with no warrant revealed by Allah, and they call themselves and their followers"Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah"?
But our astonishment will disappear when knowing that Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Uthman were not aware of this title at all, as can be seen through Abu Bakr's saying: "If you acknowledge me with your Prophet's Sunnah, I cannot endure it".79
How couldn't Abu Bakr endure the Prophet's Sunnah? Was his (S) Sunnah so impossible that it could not be endured by Abu Bakr?
How Ahl al-Sunnah dare to claim being committed to it,while their first Imam and the founder of their schools couldn't endure it??!
Has not the Almighty Allah said about it: "Verily in the Messenger of Allah ye have a good example" (33:21)? He also says: "Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope," (2:286). He further said..." He hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship..." (22:78)
Do Abu Bakr and 'Umar believe that the Messenger of Allah has innovated a religion other than the one revealed by Allah, and commanded the Muslims with unbearable acts and tasked them with hardship? Far be it from him to do it, as he used to say: "Bear good tidings and never startle (people) away, make easy and never render difficult, Allah has given you permission, so do not constrain yourselves.
But Abu Bakr's confession that he can never endure the Prophet's Sunnah certifies our belief, that he has innovated a heresy he could endure, being in agreement with his desire,and goes along with the policy of the state he presided over.
Further, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab may opine that the rules of the Qur'an and Sunnah are unbearable, so he decided to abandon prayer (salat) when being ritually unclean and could not find water, giving a legal verdict (fatwa) for doing the
79. Musnad al-'Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, vol. i, p.4; kanz al-'ummal, vol.iii, p126.
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same during his caliphate days, being a known fact about him by all the elect and common people and was reported by all the traditionsts..
Since 'Umar was found of excessive copulation, and in his regard the Almighty's saying has been revealed: "Allah is aware that ye were decieving yourselves in this respect and he hath turned in mercy towards you... " (21:87), as he couldn't endure abstaining from copulation during fasting time, and due to scarcity of water, 'Umar opined it was easier for him to leave prayer and take rest till the availability of enough water for ritual bathing, whereat he could return to perform prayer.
But 'Uthman has contradicted the Prophetic Sunnah as is known, until 'A'ishah brought out the Prophet's shirt saying: 'Uthman has worn out the Prophet's Sunnah before his (Prophet's) shirt is worn out, till the Companions charged him with contradicting the Prophet's Sunnah and the Sunnah of the Shaykhayn, and killed him for this charge.
In regard of Mu'awiyah, you can say what you like, as he has opposed and challenged the Qur'an and the Sunnah. While the Prophet has said: "'Ali is reviling me, and whoever reviles me has reviled Allah", 80 Mu'awiyah has indulged in reviling and cursing 'Ali, and morever he ordered his governors and agents to revile and curse him, deposing and killing whoever refrained from this act .
It is inevitable to know that Mu'awiyah himself has ascribed the title "Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah" to himself and his followers, while calling the Shi'ah as the followers of truth. Some historians report the year in which Mu'awiyah seized the Islamic caliphate, after al-'Imam al-Hasan's recociliation, was called 'Am al-Jama'ah
(the Company year)
Our astonishment will vanish when apprehending that by the word "Sunnah" Mu'awiyah and his followers meant nothing but cursing 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, from over the Islamic pulpist (manabir) on Fridays and bairams (a'yad)
80. Mustadrak al-Hakim, vol. iii, p.121, Musnad Ahmad, vol. vi, p, p.323; Khasa'is al-Nasa'i, p.17
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If "al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah "was involved by Mu'awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, so we implore Allah- Subhanahu -to make us die on the heresy of rafd established by 'Ali ibn Abi Talib and Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) .
Don't be amazed of hearing that the heretics and misleaders turned to be 'Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah ", while the Pure Ahl al-Bayt Imams turned to be heretics (Ahl al-bid'ah).
Herewith 'Allamah Ibn Khaldun, one of the renowned Sunni scholars, dars to say so impudently, after enumerating the Sunni schools that: " Ah al-Bayt have excepted themselves and deviated by schools (madhahib) innovated by them, and fiqh (jurisprudence) followed by them alone, and founded it upon their creed (madhhab) based on censuring some of the Companions" .81
I said from the beginning: "If you reversed the matters you would hit the mark (be right ) ", when the Umayyad debauchees be "Ahl al-Sunnah " and Ahl al-Bayt be Ahl al-bid'ah, as started by Ibn khaldun, so Islam would vanish and would be forsaken.
81. Maqaddimat Ibn Khaldan, p. 494, in chapter 'ilm al-fiqh and the consquent obligations (fara'id)