How Rijālīs Know: The Case of al-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. Faḍḍāl

Introduction[1] I am often asked the question: How could the Rijālī authors like Ṭūsī and Najāshī pronounce verdicts on men who came much earlier than them – separated as they are by a chasm of a century or two? The answer lies in how we can speak of men who lived in the past in … Continue reading How Rijālīs Know: The Case of al-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. Faḍḍāl

Does the Imam Misguide His Companions? (A Response)

Introduction Where do we draw the line as far as the Taqiyya that the Imams had historically engaged in is concerned? The standard view of the Madhhab is that the Imams would not purposely mislead the overwhelming majority of their own Ashab through statements given in Taqiyya. My own argument in support of the standard … Continue reading Does the Imam Misguide His Companions? (A Response)

How to Know Your Imam (Pt. I)

Introduction[1] Why did disputes occur after the death of some of the Imams such that the main-body of Imami Shi’is splintered into groups - with each group backing a different candidate as Imam? How can we reconcile between this undeniable historical phenomenon with the presence of Nass reports (in which the Imam names his successor) … Continue reading How to Know Your Imam (Pt. I)

Safety in Numbers: The Principle of Shuhra and its Use (A Response)

Introduction What if someone proposes that Imam al-Sadiq purposely introduced false positions among his Ashab to such an extent that the overwhelming majority of them became misguided (adopted the false positions) - with the truth remaining only in the hands of an ‘elite few’? This is what John Andaluso proposes in order to claim that … Continue reading Safety in Numbers: The Principle of Shuhra and its Use (A Response)

Revisiting Abu al-Khattab and the Khattabiyya (A Response)

كان أبو الخطاب أحمق فكنت أحدثه فكان لا يحفظ، و كان يزيد من عنده Abu al-Khattab was a fool - I would narrate to him so he would not preserve it, and he would add from himself[1] Imam al-Sadiq   Introduction The first installment of a promised multi-part ‘response’ to my incomplete series on Mufaddal … Continue reading Revisiting Abu al-Khattab and the Khattabiyya (A Response)