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?

God Above the Throne?

Introduction One of the verses of the Qur’an which has caused much controversy is the one reproduced below: الرَّحْمَٰنُ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ اسْتَوَىٰ “The Beneficent Istawa over the throne” (20:5). The crux of the problem is how to interpret the verb underlined. In purely linguistic terms Istiwa can refer to: Settling upon something (الاستقرار والتمكن على … Continue reading God Above the Throne?