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.

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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.

Breaking the fast when the sun sets

Question: Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …then complete your Sawm (fast) till the nightfall It is established that Shiites quote this verse as evidence that breaking the fast should not take place except after seeing the stars in the sky, which for them is the actual night, as stated in the story of Prophet Ibraaheem (Abraham) (peace be upon him) in which Allaah says: When the night covered him over with darkness he saw a star. Then, what is the reply to their claim, keeping in mind that they deny some Hadeeths which we quoted for them as evidence for breaking the fast upon the setting of the sun. They also claim that the Noble Qur’aan has more authority than the Hadeeth?

Answer: If the sun has set, then it is the time to break the fast. The setting of the sun is the inception of the night, according to the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) statement: When night falls from this side and the day disappears from this side and the sun has set, then one should break his fast.read more here.

Sawm (fast) on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’

Question 5: What is obligatory for a Muslim to do on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’ (10th of Muharram)? Should they pay Zakaat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) on that day?

Answer: It is prescribed for a Muslim to observe Sawm (Fasting) on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’, as it was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered his Sahaabah (Companions) to observe Sawm on that day. However, when the Sawm of Ramadaan was enjoined, it became permissible either to fast or not to fast on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’. No Zakaat-ul-Fitr is to be paid on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’ as due on ‘Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) after the month of Ramadaan read more here.

Hadeeth: “Anyone who bathes on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’ will not be sick during that whole year”

Question 4: Hadeeth – “Anyone who bathes on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’ will not be sick during that whole year.”

Answer: All the Hadeeths mentioned in respect of bathing on the Day of ‘Ashooraa’ (10th of Muharram), wearing Kuhl (antimony powder eyeliner), dying (with Henna), in addition to other acts observed by Ahl-ul-Sunnah (those adhering to the Sunnah) in opposition to the Shiites are Mawdoo‘ (fabricated Hadeeth) except for those mentioned about Sawm (Fast).

Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah be merciful to him) mentioned in “Al-Fataawaa” Volume (4) page (513) what reads: (Some people among those who claim themselves as followers of the Sunnah narrated many Hadeeth Mawdoo‘ on which they based what they made as a slogan for them on that day – meaning the day of ‘Ashooraa’ – with which they also contradicted with those people – meaning Al-Raafidah (a Shiitic group). Therefore, they confronted a void act with another void act, and refuted a Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion) by introducing another. Nevertheless, there was one which was indeed more grievous and supportive of the atheists than the other – he meant the Bidd‘ah of Al-Raafidah – such as the long Hadeeth that reads read more here.

Saying “`Alee “Karamallaahu Wajhah” (may Allaah honor his face)”

Question 229: What is the degree of authenticity of the people’s saying: ” `Alee, may Allaah honor his face” ?

Answer:  There is no basis (i.e. from the Book or Sunnah) for specifying this saying to `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him). Rather, it is of the excessive reverence of Shiites for him... read more here.