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)

Did the Sahaba become Kafir? Pt. I

Introduction There are reports which indicate that all the companions were destroyed except three, these were then joined by four others, and they became seven who were saved. Were the saved companions only seven? Furthermore, if this destruction is taken to be limited to their fate in the next world then we do not doubt that many … Continue reading Did the Sahaba become Kafir? Pt. I

The Imam Supplicates for Someone who was Killed for Cursing

Introduction I came across the following report whilst translating Rijal al-Kashshi: حدثني محمد بن قولويه، قال حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، قال حدثنا أحمد بن هلال، عن محمد بن الفرج قال: كتبت إلى أبي الحسن عليه السلام أسأله عن أبي علي بن راشد و عن عيسى بن جعفر بن عاصم و ابن بند، فكتب إلي: … Continue reading The Imam Supplicates for Someone who was Killed for Cursing

The Grandson of George and Temporary Marriage

Introduction A more distinctive feature of the Imami Madhhab is its acceptance of Mut'a (temporary marriage), which it claims was sanctioned by the Qur'an and the Prophet, before being banned by the second Caliph. One would therefore expect to find support for this practice from the early Salaf, before the crystallization of the various theological … Continue reading The Grandson of George and Temporary Marriage

Did the Imams praise Abu Bakr and Umar?

ما على وجه الارض شئ أحب إلي من التقية There is nothing on the face of the Earth more beloved to me than Taqiyya[1] - Imam al-Sadiq   Introduction: This paper will be considered by some as belonging to the genre of Shi’i-Sunni polemics, but this would be a mis-characterization. It is mostly directed at … Continue reading Did the Imams praise Abu Bakr and Umar?