Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
We hope to, by God’s Will, complete these 100 questions posed to by the Shi’a to the Muslims and our methodology of response will be in 10 question increments.
Here is an introduction to the rafidhi proclamation as is found on their website
These one hundred questions are from the pen of Allamah Abdul Kareem Mushtaq, a name that needs no introduction for Urdu readers. A former Sunni scholar that converted to Shi’a Islam in the late 1960’s, he dedicated his entire life to defending the path of truth. Author of over thirty books, the vast bulk of his works were rebuttals to Nasibi texts attacking the Shi’a, and he managed to silence many leading lights of Mu’awiya’s cause, such as Dost Muhammad Qurayshi and Qadhi Mazhar Husayn. A continual thorn in the flabby sides of the Nasibi, the inability of the Marwani Mullah’s to refute his books, led to them seeking to ban his books through Court on the grounds that they constituted ‘disrespect of the Sahaba’. Despite such efforts, he continued his mission undeterred by Nasibi hate mail and death threats. Some of his most notable books include Furu-e-Deen, wherein he presented one thousand questions for the Ahl’ul Sunnah Ulema to refute and Chodha Masalai (replies to 14 questions typically raised against the Shi’a). A great orator as well as a prolific writer thousands of people in Pakistan converted to the path of truth, through him.
Unfortunately this fact, coupled with the spectacular inability of the Nasibi to refute his books, made him a direct target, and they silenced him in the only way that followers of Mu’awiya can, by fatally shooting him in Lahore in the mid nineties. Despite this tragedy his memory lives on, his writings continue to act as a huge source of inspiration and guidance for the Shi’a, and the Answering-Ansar.org team have been heavily influenced by his excellent texts.
These questions form the second portion of Abdul Kareem Mushtaq’s book, Usul-e-Deen. Although we have translated this book, it was felt that these one hundred questions are best placed as a separate document under the challenge section. Whilst the Allamah had cited Urdu editions of books, we changed the text, referring to English editions, to ensure that these references can be located more easily.
May Allah (swt) reward Allamah Abdul Kareem Mushtaq for his efforts and grant him Paradise with the Imams (as). May his legacy (his books) continue to act as source of guidance for us all. May Allah (swt) also accept our intention, and bless Prophet Muhammad and his purified family.
The following one hundred questions are presented so that we can ascertain the position of the Ahl’ul Sunnah on these points. It should serve as an opportunity for our Ahl’ul Sunnah brethren, to assess the weight of his adopted beliefs in an impartial manner, free from the shackles of blind prejudice borne out of parental doctrines. Our assertions are that, the Ahl’ul Sunnah Ulema are unable to provide satisfactory responses to any of these questions.
So here are the 100 silly questions and their response, from an average poor young jahl like myself
It is an established fact that all things are recognised by their name, even Allah (swt) first taught names to the father of Mankind Adam (as). Your sect also has names such as Sunni, Ahl’ ul Sunnah or Ahl’ul Sunnah wa al Jamaah. Direct us towards any such verse of the Qur’an wherein any of these names have been indicated.
- Names are ascribed to an entity by which such an entity identifies itself with
- From the ayaah in which this question is being fueled with, it shows that Allah is the one who taught these names to Adam and that the names perfectly apply to the entities in which these names have been directed towards
- Names have “meaning” behind them and they connote a certain reality
- Yes we are called sunni, ahlu-sunnah, etc
- There is no reference in the Quran for these names just as there is no reference to zaydiyyah or any one of your names of your various cult factions under the umbrella of the raafidhi cult.
6. We identify ourselves as “Muslims” pure and simple. People employ adjectival clauses as a means to clarify a general import. Just because Allah identifies the ummah of Muhamamd as Muslims does not negate that Allah refuses to qualify these people with further attributes or characteristics that define them in their particulars.
If these titles cannot be located in the Qur’an could you produce this title from any hadith of the holy prophet (s)? Produce any such ‘mutawatir’ ‘marfuu’ or ‘saheeh’ narration from your books with a complete source (meaning the name of the book, version number, page number, edition etc) wherein the names Sunni, Ahl’ul Sunnah and Ahlul Sunnah wa al Jamaah have been mentioned by the holy prophet (saww) as a sect of Islam.
Firstly, the title is a representation of a state of being. Anyone following the fiqh of Imaam Jafar is by default referred to as a “jafari” whether this person is opposed to this label or not. of course I might add on this point that there is no Jafari madhaab because the madhaab has no link to Imam Abu J’afar as-Saadiq rahmatullahi alay and that the madhaab is actually based on a completely different Ja’far. Likewise a person who seeks as his or her adoption the absolute imitation of the sunnah of the prophet, by default of his state, renders him to be a “sunni” in spite of the person who is opposed to this label or title.
Abu Dawud reported from al-’Irbaad ibn Saariyah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that “the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) led us in prayer one day, then he turned to us and exhorted us strongly . . . (he said), ‘Pay attention to my sunnah (way) and the way of the Rightly-guided Khaleefahs after me, adhere to it and hold fast to it.’” (Sahih Abi Dawud, Kitaab al-Sunnah).
We are obligated to follow his Sunnah. By default of the sciences of nisaab in the Arabic language, an attribution to the prophetic methodology as was labeled by the Messenger of Allah (as “sunnati”) makes the one who adopts that as a methodology to be employed renders its follower a “Sunni” a demonstrative pronoun that identifies the person to the reality in which he has fulfilled, like all other names in which Allah has taught Adam. A person who adopts sin as a normal outlet of his or her life is called, logically and through linguistics, a “sinner”.
If these are not to be found in the hadeeth, then at least come up with an exact date, month and year of hijrah from the history of Islam when these names were adopted as your identity.
When the Islamic sects appeared, that is when.
Yahyaa bin Sa’eed al-Qattaan said, “When Sufyaan ath-Thawree came to Basrah he began to look into the affair of ar-Rabee’ bin Subayh and the people’s estimation of him. He asked them, ‘What is his madhhab?’, and they said, ‘His madhhab is but the Sunnah (huwa sunni)’. He then asked, ‘Who is his companionship?’ and they replied, ‘The people of Qadr’ so he replied, ‘In that case he is a Qadari’.” Al-Ibaanah (2/453)
So it would appear that Sunnis have been around in plentiful ranks before Sufyan ath-Thawree, that is before 150 hirji.
Secondly, this or these names are not something of which we “adopted” rather these names are merely the default basis of the person who does exactly what Allah told him to do, to follow the sunnah of His messenger. I, and I’m sure every other person who believes in what I believe, are more than ready to render as obsolete the term “Sunni” being ascribed to us and merely proclaim that we follow the religion of Muhammad, plain and simple. we don’t need “Sunni” or any other name, these are merely descriptions of a reality by which distinction is made between this reality, and other than it which serves to be the spirit of the ayaah that was used within the first question.
Islam came with the affair of “at-tamayyuz” i.e. distinction. Islam does not come with the affair of mixing antithetical entities. A person who is a muhaahid is a muwaahid precisely because he is not a mushrik. Since our originally affair is that of “Muslim”, then we are Muslims. When your cult decided to form its own religion in the wake of the fitnah, then the catastrophe that you brought upon the people of Allah ipso facto formed a distinction between the people of Allah among the Muslim collective versus the allies of Iblees among your co-cultist followers. Thus the appelation “sunni” was formed as a response in the wake of post innovated shi’i formation.
What were you famously known as before adopting these names?
the sanad of our religion goes from Allah—>Jibril—->Muhammad (all three links in the chain is ahad which means the Qur’an, the revelation of Allah is nothing but an ahad narration, and it is certain knowledge)—–>the companions—>the tabi’een——>atba tabi’ee and all the way down to our present state
the sanad for your religion is
Iblees—–>Abdul-Iblees bin Saba the munaafiq yahudi, as admitted by your own cult leaders——->the party of tashi’u——->until the original shi’i madhaab morphed into a cult of mushriks, magicians, and occult ideology of the mystery religions.
Why have you forsaken your previous title?
Allah and His messenger renders a religion other than the Islam of the prophet and his companion to be something other than Islam. Therefore we are Muslims. We cannot say the same about anyone who falls outside the fold of the Islamic methodology.
According to your sect, an introduction of any new thing to Islam constitutes bid’a, therefore to effectuate such an introduction is also a bid’a, so who was the person responsible for introducing this bid’a?
According to the religion of Allah, an introduction of anything new in the creed and worship of Islam constitutes a bida. that is because bida is of two types
1. bida ash-shar’ii (which is absolutely prohibited)
2. Bida al-Idaaree (which is allowed except if it undermines an asl of shariah)
Putting the Qur’an down on the mushaf is a bida, but it is not a bida in the shariah. There is no new worship being instructed or no new concept being formulated because of the act of putting the words of Allah within a mushaf. Likewise on naming with “salafi” or “Sunni” or the likes has no bearing to the shar’i sense.
Therefore, this is a simple case of convoluting apples and oranges perfectly in sync with your cult madhaab as well as the demonstrable logic that your “allaamah” used to generate this question.
Could you provide decisive evidence with regards to the meanings of Sunni, Ahl Sunnah and Ahl’ul Sunnah wal Jamaah?
Why yes of course!
A person who follows the sunnah
“ahlu-sunnah” i.e. people of the sunnah
Which one is the most ancient of the three titles?
The “Jama’ah” as the prophet literally said in many narrations “the jama’ah”
Which one of the three titles do you consider the best?
All of the words or implicit realities mentioned or obviously alluded to by the prophet are the best of words. Since this is the case, this would make the following question
Why are the remaining two of lesser merit? Which one of those two is the least and what is the reason behind it?