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.
Question: Is Imamite Shee
ah 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 Shee
ah </span>are Bidahs (innovations in religion)… read more here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ja
faree 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 Ja
faree </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.
Question: The Problem of Sufism: What does it mean and what is the attitude of Islaam toward it? I mean Al-Teejaaniyyah and Al-Qaadiriyyah (a deviant sect that claims Allaah has no power over His Creation and humans are independent of Him), as well as the Shee`ah. These sects are centralized in Nigeria. For example, the Al-Teejaniyyah Sufi order has a sort of Salaah (prayer) called Bakriyyah that starts with: “O Allaah, convey Your blessings on our master Muhammad, the Opener of what is closed… As much as his great rank and high esteem.” This invocation is superior to Al-Salaah Al-Ibraheemiyyah (The invocation pronounced in the second part of Tashah-hud). We have read this (invocation) in their book titled “Jawaahir Al-Ma`aanee” (The Jewels of Meanings) Part 1, page 136. Is this correct?
Answer: It is said that Sufism is ascribed to Ahl Al-Suffah (at the time of the Prophet) who was a poor group of Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) that used to take shelter in Al-Suffah (a section inside the Prophet’s Masjid during the Prophet’s time)… read more here.
Question: Is the call for rapprochement between religions (Islaam – Christianity – Judaism) a legitimate one? Is it permissible for a Muslim believer to support it? I heard that this is done by some scholars in Al-Azhar and other Islaamic institutions. Is the call for rapprochement between Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and the Shiites, Druze, Al-Ismaa`iliyyah, Al-Nusayriyyah and such sects useful for Muslims?
Is reconciliation between them possible, although all of these sects entail Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), offense to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and hostility towards Islam and Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah? Is this rapprochement permissible according to Sharee`ah?
Answer: First, the roots of Eemaan (faith) which Allaah has revealed to His Messengers in the Holy Books: Tawraah (Torah), Injeel (Gospel), Zaboor (Psalms), and the Qur’aan; and which the Messengers Ibraaheem (Abraham), Moosaa (Moses), ‘Eesaa (Jesus), and other Messengers (peace be upon them) called to, are all the same… read more here.