Shiism: A Judicious Glance!

By Sheikh
Muhammad Turi
Let me carry on by
acknowledging a number of circumstantial oversights in the last edition especially where the word brevity was used in place of bravery. However, going by the content, the intended point was very clear.
I feel duty – bound to give this explanatory piece on
shiism just as I urge other brothers to do the same
because it is very clear that we are grossly
misrepresented by opposition which is to our great
disadvantage. Evidently, this is very necessary for
a number of reasons:
Firstly, it benefits the teeming population sincerely
wishing to know the facts about the creed but
continuously misled by lies and baseless
allegations. Secondly, it can, to a great extent help
in deterring the fruitless efforts of the opposition
who are bent on blind attacks on the creed through
massive propaganda. And thirdly, it can encourage
the on lookers in making a judicious comparative
analysis between the two on the principle of justice
and unity.
Questions like what is shiism? How did it come
about? What does it aim to achieve and in what
ways does it differ as a religious creed with that of
Ahlus sunnah wal jama’ah? And how true are the
surprising stories spread about them in our social
media? These and many more are commonly heard
in our society.
For the last forty years very few knew about
Shiism. So most of what was disseminated about
the creed was largely rumors. The rumor was
deliberately and ignorantly mongered by different
categories of people.
Realistically, the comprehension of the people on
the creed has been dynamic especially in the recent
past. But in order to put our record straight, we will
flash back at the rumored propaganda designed by
the opposition to achieve their desired goal.
Based on my understanding, I can categorize the
allegations leveled against the shi’ah as ancient and
recent which could be dynamically observed. I will
lead our esteemed readers to a short glance on
these allegations as I will galvanize the same later
in some topics to come. The first category has
greatly diminished now and comprised of
allegations relating to revelation, the holy Qur’an
and Abdullahi bn Sabah.
Most prevalent allegation in the last decades was
that the shi’ah presumed prophet hood and
messenger ship of Ali son of Abi Talib instead of
Prophet Muhammad (s). According to these
proponents, the shi’a believed that Ali was more
qualified and entitled to messenger ship than the
noble prophet. So when Angel Jibreel, head of all
angels descended to deliver the message to Ali, he
met him together with the prophet (s). However, due
to their indistinguishable similarities, Jibreel could
not differentiate the two and instead of delivering to
Ali he mistakenly delivered to the prophet (s)!
This is very unscientific but it was really spread in
the past. If we assume Jibreel had made a mistake
could Allah make the same? What a fairy tale!
The shi’ah is very innocent of this allegation. We
believe in the infallibility of our Imams not to talk of
archangel Jibreel (as). Therefore, he could not
make a mistake at all.
If all angels are absolutely obedient to Allah the
most high, and they never disobey His commands.
What of their leader Jibreel? Above all in his respect
the creator said “With authority there, (and) faithful
to his trust” Q81:21
No doubt, this was simply a lie among the ancient
spread against the shi’ah which are hardly heard of
now. If it were a doctrine in shiism, the Shi’ah is not
afraid of anybody. So they can speak and depend
their creed any where anytime.
Another well – circulated allegation against the
shi’ah is on the holy Qur’an. The proponents
criticize the shi’ah of having their own copy of the
holy Qur’an different from the known prophetic
Qur’an. What a shame!
Several books were authored by Wahhabis on this
subject. And many people answering sheikhs in
Nigeria have translated such books into various
languages and were distributed across free of
charge. They said the Shiite Qur’an has additions
which they sometimes portray as acknowledging
the son ship in law of Imam Ali bn Abi Talib to the
noble prophet (s). The surprising thing about this
propaganda is their disregard to the sayings of Allah
in different parts of the holy Qur’an regarding this
demonstrable message.
Allah said “No falsehood can approach it From
before or behind it: it is sent down by One Full of
wisdom, Worthy of all praise” Q39:42
“Say if the whole Of mankind and Jinns Were to
gather together To produce the like Of this Qur’an,
They could not produce the like thereof, even if
They backed up each other With help and support”
“We have, without doubt, Sent down the message;
And We will assuredly Guard it (from corruption).
If the above were just few examples of the verses
speaking on the protection of the Qur’an that Allah
has taken upon Himself, who is there than can
fabricate another Qur’an or create confusion