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)

Reports and Counter-reports: The Case of Mufaḍḍal b. ʿUmar (Pt. II)

Cursed or Not? The most important report concerning Mufaḍḍal b. ʿUmar is the one in which two men come and present his belief to the Imam. One of these men is Ḥujr b. Zāʾida. The Imam’s reaction is not pretty if you are a Mufaḍḍal supporter. ʿAbdallāh b. Muskān narrates: Ḥujr b. Zāʾida and ʿĀmir … Continue reading Reports and Counter-reports: The Case of Mufaḍḍal b. ʿUmar (Pt. II)

Rivalry between Companions: The Case of Mufaḍḍal b. ʿUmar (Pt. I)

فلما انصرفت إلى الكوفة أقبلت علي الشيعة فمزقوني كل ممزق، يأكلون لحمي ويشتمون عرضي، حتى أن بعضهم استقبلني فوثب في وجهي، وبعضهم قعد لي في سكك الكوفة يريد ضربي، ورموني بكل بهتان So when I reached Kufa, the Shīʿa turned towards me, and began tearing me to shreds, eating my flesh and disparaging my honour, such … Continue reading Rivalry between Companions: The Case of Mufaḍḍal b. ʿUmar (Pt. I)

The Qur’an – A Compendium of Reliable Shīʿa Hadiths

Introduction All praise belongs to Allah! I am immensely pleased to announce the publication of my booklet on the Faḍāʾil al-Qurʾān in which I have attempted to gather, translate and comment on the reliable reports having to do with the Qur'an from the Shīʿa Hadith corpus. It is my hope that this work will be … Continue reading The Qur’an – A Compendium of Reliable Shīʿa Hadiths