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)

Abdallah b. Saba – Man or Myth?

Introduction Whether a man called Abdallah b. Saba existed historically or not has become a fraught question in light of the latter’s relevance in polemics against the Shia. After all, it is this supposed former Jew from Yemen who stands accused of single handedly causing an irreparable schism among early Muslims by originating the heretical … Continue reading Abdallah b. Saba – Man or Myth?

Who was the Greatest Companion of them All?

Introduction Who was the greatest companion of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt?[1] Different answers can be given depending on a multitude of considerations. However, if we are speaking about the companions of the two Imams who, for historical reasons, did the most to lay the foundations of the Madhhab and clarify its teachings, I mean … Continue reading Who was the Greatest Companion of them All?

Salman and the Milieu of Ghulu

Introduction It is not hard to account for the presence of Ghulati reports in the Imami corpus in light of the socio-historic contexts of those times. The rapid expansion of the Islamic empire meant that early Muslims came into contact with proponents of other religions. The absorption of non-Arab Mawali and new converts into the … Continue reading Salman and the Milieu of Ghulu