The reality of the Iranian Shee`ah and confuting those who claim there is no true Muslim leader except Ayatollah Khomeini

Question: It is common in Nigeria that Muslim youth express their love of Ayatollah Khomeini and support for the Iranian Islaamic Revolution. These youth think that in today’s Muslim world, there is no state that applies Allaah’s Rulings except Iran and that there is no true Muslim leader except Ayatollah Khomeini. Now these views have started to spread widely in Nigeria. Therefore, we would like you to provide us with a sufficient explanation of the truth of the Iranian Shiites, the leader of their state Ayatollah Khomeini, and what he calls people to?Allaah Willing, we will translate this explanation into Hausa, our mother tongue, and into English so that we may get rid of these views, for every month the Republic of Iran sends many books to the Muslims of Nigeria. We appreciate your advice. May Allaah reward you well and bless you!

Answer: As to the claim that in today’s Muslim world Iran is the only state that abides by Allaah’s rules and that there is no true Muslim leader but Ayatollah Khomeini, it is sheer falsehood and a lie… read more here.

Ruling on the Imaamite Shee`ah sect in Islaam and its origin

Question: Is Imamite Sheeah an Islamic sect? Who is the founder? In fact, the Sheeah claim their sect is traceable back to `Alee. However, if the sect of the Shiites is not Islaamic, in what way will it be non-Islaamic? I hope Your Eminence graciously gives me a detailed account provided with valid evidence of the Shiite sect and their beliefs along with highlighting some innovative Islamic sects.

Answer: The fundamentals and secondary elements of the Imamite Sheeah </span>are Bidahs (innovations in religion)… read more here.

Ruling on the followers of Al-Imaamiyyah

Question: What is the ruling on the followers of Al-Imaamiyyah Al-Ithnaa Ashriyyah (the Twelve Imaamee Shiites), which is one of the Rafidee sects (Shiitic sects which openly reject the legitimacy of the Caliphs before `Alee ibn Aboo Taalib)? Is there a difference between the scholars of any deviant Muslim sect and its mere followers regarding being deemed as Kuffaar (disbelievers) or Faasiqoon (those who openly and flagrantly violate Islaamic law)?

Answer: Any person who follows one of the leaders of Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance and supports their chiefs and masters in oppression and enmity will receive their same ruling, that is, being deemed among the Kuffaar and Faasiqoon… read more here.

Claiming : `Alee is ranked as a prophet and Jibreel made a mistake

Question: What is the ruling on Shiites especially those who say that `Alee is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)?

Answer: Shiites have been divided into many sects. Whoever among them says that `Alee (may Allah be pleased with him) is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) counts as Kaafir (disbeliever)… read more here.

Difference between Sunnee (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and Shee`ah

Question: Please clarify the differences between Sunnis and Shee`ah (Shi’ites) Which of them is the closest to the Sunnah?

Answer: The differences between Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and the Shiites are major regarding Tawheed (Oneness of Allaah), Prophecy, Imaamah (leadership or governance) and more… read more here.

Are all the present Shiites Kuffaar, or just their Imaams or leaders?

Question: Are all the present Shiites Kuffaar (disbelievers) or just their Imaams?

Answer: Shiites nowadays have many sects. For more clarification on this issue, refer to the contemporary books written on deviant sects… read more here.

Scholars’ books on Shiite `Aqeedah and their details

Question: What is the Shiite `Aqeedah (creed)? Please clarify as much as possible.

Answer: Shiites have numerous sects, some are extremists and others are not. Hence, we recommend you read books written by scholars about their sects and the `Aqeedah (creed) of each… read more here.

Ruling on marrying from those who invoke Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and `Alee apart from Allaah

Question: We are from a tribe living on the northern borders (of Saudi Arabia), and we mix with tribes from Iraq . Those people are idolatrous Shiites who worship shrines and call them Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and Alee. When one of them stands up he says: OAlee, O Husayn. Some people from our tribe have intermarried with them and mix with them in all circumstances. We have tried to teach them but they do not listen. I do not have enough knowledge to teach them but I hate what they do, and I do not mix with them. I have heard that we cannot eat the meat of their sacrificed animals, but some people eat their meat and do not care. Could you please clarify this matter for us?

Answer: If the situation is as you have mentioned, and those people invoke `Alee, Al-Hasan and Al-Husayn, and the like, then they are committing major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.

The slaughtered animals of those who invoke Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn and `Alee at times of adversity

Question: The person asking this question along with a group of people live at the northern borders close to the Iraqi centers. There is a Shiite community belonging to the Jafaree school of thought. Some people refuse to eat the meat of animals sacrificed by these Jafaree people. Others eat from it. We wonder if it is lawful to eat this meat or not taking into consideration that they invoke `Alee Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, and their leaders in times of adversity or prosperity.

Answer: If the situation is as the questioner mentioned that the Shiites of the Jafaree </span>sect invoke<span id="ContentParagraph" class="HarfBody">Alee Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, and their leaders, they are committing an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and thus they are apostates… read more here.

Seeking help from living humans regarding those things that they are able to do

Question: A righteous scholar told us: “Awliyaa’ (pious people) fulfill the needs of people who invoke them instead of Allaah”. To support his view, he quoted the following Hadeeth in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Allaah has some servants to whom people will turn for fulfilling their needs. Such are those who will be safe (from the torment) on the Day of Resurrection.

Answer: Seeking help from a live person who is present and can fulfill a need is permissible like asking someone to lend you some money or seeking his help to restore one of your lost rights or to remove something wrong that was done to you… read more here.

Seeking the help of the prophets and Awliyaa’

Question: Two groups holding opposing views: the first group maintains that seeking help from prophets and Awliyaa’ (pious people) constitutes Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship); they give evidence from Qur’aan and Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) in support of their view. The second group maintains that seeking help from prophets and Awliyaa’ is permissible because they are the chosen, sincere Servants of Allaah (Exalted be He). Which of the two is correct?

Answer: Asking anyone other than Allaah for help, to bring healing, to make it rain, to prolong one’s life, or similar requests that lie in the Power of Allaah Alone is a form of major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship that takes a Muslim out of Islam)… read more here.

Seeking help from the dead who were known to be pious

Question: A pious man died in India and was buried in a town called Aghmiz. Is it permissible to seek his aid? Does he truly help anyone who seeks his help and turns down no one?

Answer: The answer to this is the same as the fifth question, as seeking help from the dead is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Supplicating to and seeking the help of Al-Khadir

Question: Is Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) a guardian of rivers and deserts? And does he help anyone who loses his way if he calls on him?

Answer: The correct scholarly opinion is that Al-Khadir (peace be upon him) had already died before the mission of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

Can `Alee ibn Abee Taalib aid anyone after his death?

Question: Can `Alee, (may Allaah be pleased with him) aid anyone in times of distress?

Answer: `Alee, (may Allaah be pleased with him) was killed and was not even aware of his killer’s plot, nor was he able to protect himself from it… read more here.

Claiming that ‘Alee is ranked as a prophet and Jibreel (Gabriel) made a mistake

Question 151: What is the ruling on Shiites especially those who say that `Alee is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad?

Answer: Shiites have been divided into many sects. Whoever among them says that `Alee bin ‘Abee Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) is ranked as a prophet and that Jibreel (Gabriel) (peace be upon him) mistakenly descended to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) counts as Kaafir (disbeliever)… read more here.