Every researcher will be amazed when recognizing the true identity of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah, knowing that they have been enemies of the Pure 'Itrah and following the guide beside exterminating them.
Therefore we see Ahl al-Sunnah support and confirm the traditionists, if being Khawarij or 'Uthmani Nawasib, but accuse and enfeeble the traditions if being from among the Shi'ah (followers) of Ahl al-Bayt.
This fact has been expressly mentioned in their books, when they try to deny the sahih tradition, citing the merits (fada'il) of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (A), and weaken the authenticity of their narrator by saying: And in his chain (sanad) someone (fulan) and he is a rafidi.133
On the other hand, they confirm and support the false tradition that are composed for the sake of glorifying the other caliphs, though their narrator being a nasibi, since a nasb in their view is severity and firmness in the sunnah.
It is reported that Ibn Hajar said about 'Abd Allah ibn Idris al-'Azdi (known of being a nasibi): He is the owner of a sunnah and Jama'ah, and has been firm in the sunnah, and 'Uthmani.134
He also says about 'Abd Allalh ibn 'Awn al-Basri: He is trusthworthy, and a man of worship and firmness in the Sunnah, and severity against the heretics. Ibn Sa'd said: 'Abd Allah ibn 'Awn al-Basri was 'Uthmani .135
He also says about Ibrahim ibn Ya'qub al-Juzjani, (known of his hatred against 'Ali [A]): 'He was Harizi al-Madhhab, ie. wa following the school of Harizi ibn 'Uthmani al-Damashqi, known of nasb
133. Rafidi, is a term used for that who follows 'Ali and renounces the caliphate of those who preceded him.
134. Tahdhid al-tahdhib, by Ibn Hajar, vol. v, p.145, and vol i, p.82
135. It is known that the 'Uthemanis are the Nawasib who used to charge 'Ali with impiety and accuse him with slaying 'Uthman, headed by Mu'awiyah inb Sufyan, 'Uthman's cousin, who wa their chief and leader.

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(hostility against Ahl al-Bayt).136
Ibn Hayyan said about him: He was firm in the sunnah, committing hadith to memory (hafiz).
It is noteworthy to mention that this nasibi, whom they praise of being firm in the sunnah and memorizing (hifz) the hadith, used to avail of the gathering of the traditionists at his door (house), and send his maid with a hen in her hand. After traversing in al-Madinah, she returns to tell her master al-Juzjani that she has not found anyone to slaughter the hen for her, whereat he would cry out: Subhan Allah (Glorified is Allah)!! We cannot find one person to slaughter a hen and 'Ali slaughers more than twenty thousand Muslims a day!!
Through such artifice (makr) and cunningness, the opponents of Ahl al-Bayt strive to divert people away from truth, misleading them with such false disturbing news, with the aim of filling Muslim's hearts, particularly the traditinists, with grudge and hatred against 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (A), permitting thus to revile and curse him.
We can see this phenomenon prevelent even nowadays. Despite Ahl al-Sunnah's claiming that they love and are pleased with our Master 'Ali (karrama Allah wajhah), but when any hadith in regard of 'Ali merits is narrated for he narrator, charging him with tashayyu ' and uttering heretics and ghuluww (excess) in religion.
When you talk to them about the Caliphs Abu Bakr and 'Umar or all the sahabah with no exception, citing their merits with exaggeration (mughalat), they will have confidence in you and be pleased to listen to you, with introducing you to be of much knowledge and awareness.
This being exactly the same belief held by their (salih) ancestors. It is reported by the historians that al-'Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal used to disauthenticate those narrators who disgrace Abu Bakr or 'Umar or Uthman, whereas he used
136. Al-Nawasib are the enemiees of 'Ali and his household. They comprise the Khawarij, Qasitin, and Nakithin who declared animosity against him and fought him, and used to slander and curse him after his death.
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to honour Ibrahim al-Juzjani, the nasibi, previously mentioned, to a great extent, correspond with him, beside quoting from his books and arguing with them on the pulpit (minbar).
If this be the state of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, who forced his contemporaries to recognize the caliphate of 'Ali (A), admitting his being the Fourth Caliph, so what about those who have never recognized any merit or virtue for 'Ali, or those who used to reviling and cursing him over pulpits on Fridays and feasts ('ids).
Further, it is reported that al-Daraqutni has said: Ibn Qutaybah, the mutakallim of Ahl al-Sunnah, used to adopt anthropomorphism (tashbih), being diverted from the 'Itrah (Prophet's Progeny).137
Thus it is revealed that most of Ahl al-Sunnah have been diverted away from the Prophet's 'Itrah.
Also al-Mutawakkil, who was called by Ahl al-Hadith with the name "Muhyi al-Sunnah", and used to honour Ahmad ibn Hanbal and obey his orders in appointing the judges, has been the biggest contestor to 'Ali and Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), to the extent that his grudge against them pushed him to dig out the grave of al-Husayn ibn 'Ali (A), preventing people from visiting his shrine, and taking the life of whoever holding the name ('Ali). Al-Khwarazmi has mentioned him in his letters, saying that he has never given any stipened, nor bestowing any gift but over that who reviled Al Abi Talib (A) and supported the school of Nawasib.138
It is self-evident that the school of Nawasib is the school of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah itself, and the supporter of the school of Nawasib al-Mutawakkil is Muhyi al-Sunnah himself, so get the meaning.
It is reorted by Ibn Kathir in his book al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, that when Ahl al-Sunnah heard al-'A'mash narrating the hadith of the roasted fowl, which was in regard of 'Ali's virtue, they drove him out of the mosque and washed
137. Al-Dhahab's Lisan al-mizan, vol. xi, p. 147.
138. Rasa'il al-Khwarazmi, p.135.

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his place (on which he sat).139
They have also tried to prevent the burrying of al'Imam Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, the great historian and author of al-Tafsir al-Kabir, for the only reason that he has reported and confirmed the hadith of Ghadir Khumn: "O whomever I am his master, this 'Ali also is his master (mawla)", beside compiling its narrations from various ways, reaching the extent of tawatur (succession).
Ibn Kathir has said: I saw a book by him in which he has collected the traditions of Ghadir Khumn in two volumes, and another book in which he has complied the traditions about the roasted fowl .140. He (al-Tabari) is mentioned also by Ibn Hajar in his book Lisan al-mizan, where he says: He is the dignified Imam and exegete (mufassir), thigah (trusworthy), sadiq (truthful), in him there is little tashayyu' and harmless muwalat (loyalty).141
When the great muhaddith al-'Imam al-Nasa'i, the author of one of al-Sihah (the six Sihah) for Ahl al-Sunnah, authored the book al-Fada'il (merits) in 'Ali's regard, he was asked about the merits of Mu'awiyah, he replied: I know no merit for him, may God no satiate his abdomen. So they have beat him on his privacy parts till he swooned, an when being shifted he died as a consequence of this.
Ibn Kathir, in his Ta'rikh, cites the incidents that occured in Baghdad in the year 363 H. between the Shi'ah and Ahl al-Sunnah on 'Ashura' Day (the 10th day of Muhararam), saying:
Some people from among Ahl al-Sunnah made a woman to mount a camel, calling her: 'Aisha, while some of them called themselves: Talhah and some others Zubayr, proclaiming: "We will fight 'Ali's companions". Consquently a large number of people were killed.142
This being exactly like what is going on nowadays in India, where Ahl al-Sunnah attack the Shi'ah on 'Ashura' Day,
139. Ibn kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, vol. xi, p.147.
140. Ibid.
141. Ibn Hajar, Lisan al-mizan, on interpretation of Ibn Jarir al-Tabari.
142. Ibn Kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, vol. xi, p. 275.

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for preventing the ceremonies of mourning procession (ta'ziyah), as a result of which many innocent Muslims are slain.
From this survey, the fact exposed clearly is that the Nawasib, who contradicted the enmity of 'Ali (A) and fought Ahl al-Bayt (A), are the same people who gave themselves the title Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah, and we came to know earlier what they meant by Sunnah and what they meant by Jama'ah.
It is self-evident that the enemy of the Prophet's Progeny, is in fact the enemy of their grandfather the Messenger of Allah, and this one being the enemy of Allah.
It is self-evident also that the enemy of Allah and His Messenger, and Ahl al-Bayt, cannot be counted among the bondmen of the Beneficent, nor among Ahl al-Sunnah, only in the case that the Satan's sunnah is meant.
But the Sunnah of the Beneficent (sunnat al-Rahman) is to love Allah, His Messenger and Ahl al-Bayt, beside befriending them and following their guide. The Almighty Allah said:
"Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I ask you of no fee therefore, save loving kindness among kinsfolk".(42:23)
So how can Mu'awiyah compared to 'Ali, and the leaders of misguidance to the leaders (Imams) of guidance, and it is possible to compare Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah with the righeous Shi'ah?
The Almighty has said:
"This is a declaration for mankind, a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil)". (3:138)

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In this chapter you will realize the hidden fact about Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah, and the extent of grudge they held against the Prophet's Progeny, that none of Ahl al-Bayt's virtues could escape their perversion (tahrif).
One of these virtues being to ask benediction upon Muhammad and His Household, with which a verse is revealed in the Holy Qur'an. It is reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim and all narrators of Ahl al-Sunnah, that some Companions came to the Prophet (S) after the revelation of the verse (56) of surat al-'Azab: "Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worrthy salutation", and they said to him: O Messenger of Allah, we knew how to salute you, but we could not realize how to ask blessings on you?!
The Prophet (S) replied: Say: O God shower blessings on Muhammad and Al Muhammad as you showered blessings on Ibrahim and Al Ibrahim. Your are Praiseworthy and Glorified...143
Some have added his saying: And do not ask on me the benediction that is mutilated (batra). Therat they said: O God's Messenger! What is the mutilated blessing (al-Salat al-batra) ? He replied: "(It is) saying: O God! shower blessing upon Muhammad, then keeping silent, while Allah is perfect (kamil), accepting nothing but what is perfect".
This hadith led al-Shafi'i to say expressly that Allah will never accept the prayer of whoever does not ask benediction upon Ahl al-Bayt.
In the book sunan al-Daraqutni, he is reported to have said, through his chain (sanad) from Abu Mas'ud
143. Sahih al-Bukhari col. iv, p. 118.
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al-'Ansari, that the Prophet (S) has said: The prayer (salat) of one who never asks blessings on me and on my Household, will never be accepted (by God). 144
Inal-Sawa'iq al-muhriqa, Ibn Hajar is reported to have said, from al-Daylami, that the Prophet (S) has said: Every supplication (du'a) is screened (mahjub) from being heard till benediction is asked on Muhammad and his Household.145
Also al-Tabrani has reported in his book al-'Awsat that 'Ali (A) has said: Every du'a is mahjub (kept from reaching God) till blessing is asked on Muhammad and Al Muhammad.146
Now we came to know, from the Sihah of Ahl al-Sunnah, the manner of asking blessing on Muhammad and Al Muhammd, and that Allah never accepts the prayer (salat) of any bobdmen not asking blessing on Muhammad and his progeny. We have realized further that every Muslim's supplication is kept from being heard till he asks blessing on Muhammad and his Household.
What a great virtue and honourable excellence, granting Ahl al-Bayt preference over all mankind, that every Muslim seeks God's nearness through them.
But Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah were agreed at seeing this virtue being possessed by Ahl al-Byat, with sensing its danger, since whatever false virtues and alleged excellences are ascribed to Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Uthman, they can never attain this status or get access to this merit. This is due to the fact that Allah will never accept their prayer unless they seek His nearness through asking blessings on 'Ali ibn Abi Talib after Muhammad, since he is the master of 'Itrah as is known. Therefore they (Ahl al-Sunnah) have embarked on perverting it (blessing) by adding a part from their own that has never been commanded by God's Messenger (S), aiming at elevating the status of their masters among the Sahabah. They also have striven, from the first century, to cut it off, so all their letters
144. Sunan al-Daraqutni, p. 136.
145. Al-Sawa'iq al-muhriqah, Ibn Hajar, p. 88.
146. Fayd al-Qadir, vol. v, p. 19, Kanz al-ummal, vol i, p. 173.

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have been devoid of complete benediction, and when mentioning the name Muhammad' or the 'Prophet' or God's Messenger (Rasul Allah), they used to write "may God's benediction and peace be upon him" without mentioning Al Muhammad.
If you talk to anyone of them (Sunnah) and tell him: Ask blessing on Muhammad, he will reply: "May God's benediction and peace upon him", with no mention of the Household. Some of them have even twised it that you never hear of them except "salli wa sallim" (ask blessing and peace).
But when asking any Shi'i, whether an Arab or Iranian, to ask blessing on Muhammd, he will immediately say: May God's benediction be upon Muhammd and Al Muhmmad.
It is reported in the books of Ahl al-Sunnah that the Prophet (S) has said: Say: O God shower blessing on Muhammad and Al Muhammad in the mood of present and future, and in the form of du'a' (invocation) and imploring God (subhanahu). Nevertheless they suffice with the phrase: may God's benediction and peace be upon him, in the past tense without mentioning his Household (A).
The leader of Ahl al-Sunnah, Mu'awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, has tried his best to eliminate the remembrance of Muahammad from Adhan (call for prayer). 147So it is no strange to see his followers and imitators to mutilate and pervert the prayer, and if it were feasible for them to omit it outright, they would do, but it is too far from them.
Anyone listening to their (Sunnah) orators, especially the Wahabists, will hear only perverted salat (benediction). They either cut it, or when obliged to complete it, they add other words to it: "and on his Companions all", or they say: "and on his good and pure Companions", transfering thus the purity verse (Ayat al-tathir), revealed in the regard of Ahl al-Bayt, to include the Companions also, for misguiding common people that Ahl al-Bayt and Sahabah being equal in
147. See the book Fas'ala Ahl al-Dhikr, p46.
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respect of excellence (fadl).
They have learnt the science of misrepresentation (tawmih) and perversion (tahrif) from their first faqih and great guide 'Abd Allah ibn 'Umar, whose hatred against Ahl al-Bayt has already been exposed for all. It is reported by Malik in his book al-Muwatta', that 'Abd Allah ibn 'Umar used to stand at the Prophet's tomb and pray (ask blessing) upon the Prophet, and upon Abu Bakr and 'Umar.148
Contemplating the matter of fact, no one will ever find such addition, like asking blessing on the Sahabah, neither in the Book nor in the Prophetic Sunnah, but in them there is only commandment to ask blessing on Muhammad and Al Muhammad, which is addressed to the Sahabah rather than other mukallaf people.
This addition is only made by Ahl al-Sunnah, who have innovated many heresies, calling them a sunnah, intending therewith to obliterate a virtue or hide a reality.
It is said in the holy Qur'an:
"Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouth, but Allah will perfect His light however much the disbelievers are averse". (61:8)
Thus the real followers of the Sunnah can be easily recognized from the false claimants.
148. Tanwir al-hawalik fi sharh Muwat ta' Malik vol i, p. 180.
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In this chapter we intend to reveal to every sane freeman, who left fanaticism and uncovered the veils and obscurity out of his sight and insight for attaining to guidance and truth, and tell him that all heads and Imams of Ahl al-Sunnah have explicity contradicted the Prophetic sunnah, descerting it deliberately and voluntarily. So no Muslim should be lured with the false flattery uttered here and there, having no clear evidence and no express proof.
By exposing these facts, we never intend to claim or add anything or charge against the, other than what is mentioned by them in their Sihah, reference and history books. Some of these realities have been cited hastily, and we feel necessary to elaborate more, to see the guidance sun rise and deviation clouds disperse, and darkness being subtituted by light.
Repetition is not devoid of benefits, as it is said, and the reader may be interested in diversity, the style we learned from the holy Qur'an, as it has cited the story of Moses and that Jesus in many surahs with different styles, one supporting the other.
We intend to refer to the Imams and magnates, whom Ahl al-Sunnah follow and refer to as being the foremost in knowledge and fiqh, prefering them over Pure Imams among the Household of the chosen Prophet (S). We will disgraced some Sahabah who are known worlwide of being plunged in debauchery and licentiousness, and too far from spirit and morals of Islam, like: Mu'awiyah and his son Yazid, 149 Ibn al-As, Ibn Marwan and Ibn Shu'bah and others.
If we traverse some of the Sunni Arab and Islamic States, we will be encounted with people remembering and
149. In al-Tabaqat al-kubra, vol. v, p. 47, Ibn Sa'd has repoted from 'Abd Allah ibn hanzalah (Ghasil al-Mala'ikah ), his saying: By God we have never revolt against Yazid but only after fearing to be pelted with stones from the sky. He is a man marrying mothers, daughters and sisters, imbibing wine, forsaking the prayers. By God, had Ibeen alone I would have caused him a good trivulation from Allah.!
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glorifying these men, streets being called by their names, and books written in regard of their ingenuity, well-done policy and legitimacy of their caliphate. However, we do not waste time in citing facts about them, and uncover their defeats, being satisfied with that revealed by some freemen among historians and thinkers.
But we intend to refere to those Imams known of uprightness, justice (asceticism) and piety, who were magnates of Ahl al-Sunnah, to better realize how they have changed the Prophet's Sunnah, disseminating among the Ummah heresies that created disunity and misguidance, destroying the towering edifice that the Messenger has erected and spent all his life toiling and striving for safeguarding and reinforming it.
From among the magnates of Ahl al-Sunnah, I have selected twelve personalities, having influential role in the course of events, alternating the ensigns of religion, and sharing in segregating and scattering the Ummah.