Tahrif or Not? A Shi’i Perspective on the Seven Ahruf Reports (Pt. II)

What Dialects? It is al-Ṭabarī (d. 310) who comes closest to deciphering the meaning of ‘the Qur’an was sent down per Seven Aḥruf’ when he interprets this prophetic statement as referring to seven different wordings being revealed for a common point in the Qur’an without changing the basic meaning. Al-Ṭabarī asserts that these alternative wordings … Continue reading Tahrif or Not? A Shi’i Perspective on the Seven Ahruf Reports (Pt. II)

Tahrif or Not? A Shi’i Perspective on the Seven Ahruf Reports (Pt. I)

Introduction Did the companions all recite the Qur’an in the same way? If not, did this variation go back to the prophet (he taught it differently to different companions) and ultimately the Divine Author, or was it a result of the natural human condition (they tried their utmost to remain faithful to the original prophetic … Continue reading Tahrif or Not? A Shi’i Perspective on the Seven Ahruf Reports (Pt. I)

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)