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Kalimah, Wilayah and Answering-Ansar

Answering-Ansar has used two verses of Quran to prove two of its claims.  Quran (35:10) to prove its kalimah and Quran (5:55) to prove the wilayah of Ali.

Answering-Ansar says:

Kalima Tayyiba from the Holy Qur’an

We will now cite reference to Kalima Tayyiba from the Qur’an. We read in Surah Fatir verse 10:

035.010
YUSUFALI: If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result).

This verses does not make reference to a single Kalima Tayyiba. It refers to several Kalima Tayyiba’s, for the verse refers to ‘Kalim’. In Arabic:

  • Kalimatun means one Kalima
  • Kalimataan means two Kalimas
  • Kalim means three or more

Allah (swt) refers to Kalim namely a minimum of three Kailmas being taken up to Him (swt). What are these three Kalimas? The Ahl’ul Sunnah recite two terms ‘There is no God but Allah’ and ‘Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah’ but they don’t possess a third kalima, and as this verse stipulates it is these Kalima of purity via which deeds are rewarded. As we shall seek to prove, we the Shi’a can identify this third Kalima in light of Qur’anic verses that refer to the Wilayat of Maula ‘Ali (as), which is why we recite the third Kalima ‘Ali is the Wali of Allah’. We shall now substantiate our assertion with Qur’anic proofs.

So it used the argument that since here, the word is plural and is used for 3 or more, so it means that there should be a minimum of three kalimas. On  this basis, it saught to claim its kalimah

  • La ilaha illallah
  • Muhammadur Rasuulullah
  • Ali-un waliullah

is correct and according to Holy Quran.

Now lets come to the verse from which it saught to claim that the wilayah of Ali is proven from the Holy Quran.

Answering-Ansar says:

Verses proving that Ali bin Abi Talib [as] is Waliullah

First verse

We read in Holy Quran:

[Shakir 5:55] Only Allah is your Vali and His Messenger and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow.

Various explanations of the Holy Quran state that this divine verse was revealed in honor of Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as) when he gave his ring to a beggar whilst he was bowing during prayers. Unsurpisignly the Nasibi par excellence Ansar.Org have sought to refute this fact in one of their articles but we have written a detailed refutation of Ansar.org’s article which can be read here:
The Verse of Wilayah

And indeed it wrote a whole article on it. Trying to prove that

and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow.”

 

is Ali. Well the word here is plural. But Ali is not plural. So how does it prove the wilayah of Ali because Ali is singular? Answering-Ansar just mentioned right before it that its kalimah is correct because the word “kalim” is plural and therefore there should be atleast three kalimahs, but here the word is plural and this is what  Ansar.Org also said in its article, which the AA team has uploaded in its website also.

Ansar.org said:

According to this report Ibn ‘Abbas was of the opinion that the words “and those who believe, who establish prayer and give charity, and they bow down” in the verse refer to all Muslims in general. (Ibn Jarir at-Tabari, Jami‘ al-Bayan vol. 6 p. 186)

This interpretation by Ibn ‘Abbas is not only in harmony with the meaning of wilayah as outlined above, it also agrees with the use of the plural form (“those who believe”) in the verse.

Now the answering-ansar can choose whether their kalimah is proven from Quran or the wilayah of Ali is proven from Quran. Once it chooses between the two, the discussion can be continued on the topic, but right now, their is a clear contradiction. Whatever the case, Answering-Ansar’s deception again confirms the reality of its authors and the Shia cult, deceiving the people in the name of the holy ahlelbayt. Someone rightly said , these deceivers have got some defect in their brains also.

Kalima Tayyiba from the Holy Qur’an

We will now cite reference to Kalima Tayyiba from the Qur’an. We read in Surah Fatir verse 10:

035.010
YUSUFALI: If any do seek for glory and power,- to Allah belong all glory and power. To Him mount up (all) Words of Purity: It is He Who exalts each Deed of Righteousness. Those that lay Plots of Evil,- for them is a Penalty terrible; and the plotting of such will be void (of result).

This verses does not make reference to a single Kalima Tayyiba. It refers to several Kalima Tayyiba’s, for the verse refers to ‘Kalim’. In Arabic:

  • Kalimatun means one Kalima
  • Kalimataan means two Kalimas
  • Kalim means three or more

Allah (swt) refers to Kalim namely a minimum of three Kailmas being taken up to Him (swt). What are these three Kalimas? The Ahl’ul Sunnah recite two terms ‘There is no God but Allah’ and ‘Muhammad is the Prophet of Allah’ but they don’t possess a third kalima, and as this verse stipulates it is these Kalima of purity via which deeds are rewarded. As we shall seek to prove, we the Shi’a can identify this third Kalima in light of Qur’anic verses that refer to the Wilayat of Maula ‘Ali (as), which is why we recite the third Kalima ‘Ali is the Wali of Allah’. We shall now substantiate our assertion with Qur’anic proofs.

Answering-Ansar and Ali ibn Abi Hamza

Answering-Ansar in its article on Imam Mahdi says:

We believe that Allah (swt) would not leave the believers without an Imam (as) upon the earth, and we believe that the very lifespan of this earth is linked to his lifespan. When his lifespan expires, the earth will likewise come to an end. The earth depends on him (as) and when the veil of occultation is raised by Allah (swt) it will be through him that an earth destroyed by bloodshed and misery will be uprooted and restored to beauty and splendor, with the Kingdom of God on the earth. To this effect we have explicit authentic Shi’a traditions affirming what our Imam (as) shall attain when he reappears

 

And than it narrates the following hadith

A number of our people has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Hassan ibn Ali al-Washsha’ from Ali ibn abu Hamza from abu Basir from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. “It is necessary for the person in charge of this task (Leadership with Divine Authority) to disappear from the public sight and in his disappearance form public sight he must remain away from public. How good is Tayba, the city of Madina, for dwelling and living with thirty people is not frightening isolation.”
Usool al-Kafi, Vol 1, Kitab al-Hujjat, H 903, Ch. 80, h 16
Allamah al-majlesi said: ‘Muwathak’ [Mirat al-Uqool, v4 p50]

 

But in its article on Uthman, it grades a hadith unacceptable due to Ali bin Abi Hamzah, while he is present in the above hadith also.

Tradition Two

Another tradition often quoted by Nawasib is:

Abu Abdullah [as] stated: ‘The Prophet [s] had the following progeny from Khadija: Qasim, Tahir, Umm Kulthoom, Ruqiyyah, Zainab and Fatima. Fatima was married to Ali bin Abi Talib, Zainab was married to a Ummawi man Abul Aas bin al-Rabi and Umm Kulthoom was married to Uthman but she died before consummation, when they marched to the battle of Badr, Allah’s messenger married him (Uthman) to Ruqiyyah. The prophet had Ibrahim from Maria the Coptic, who was a slave girl.
al-Khisal by Sheikh Seduq, page 404

Reply

The tradition is of no use since it contains Ali bin Abi Hamza in the chain of narration about whom Ibn al-Ghadaeri said: ‘May Allah curse him…he was an enemy of the Imam’ (Rijal ibn al-Ghadaeri, page 83). Allamah Heli said: ‘Very weak’ (Khulasat al-Aqwal, page 181). Al-Basri said: ‘Weak’ (Fayq al-Maqal, page 302). Hur al-Amili said: ‘He is dispraised’ (Al-Rijal, page 170). Allamah Majlesi said: ‘Weak’ (Rijal al-Majlesi, page 255). Shaykh Burujerdi said: ‘A Liar’ (Taraef al-Maqal, Volume 1 page 528). Al-Khoei said: ‘A liar’ (Kitab al-Saum, Volume 1 page 380).

 

 

Perhaps taqiyah has been practised somewhere to prove Shi’ism the true religion.

Answering-Ansar and Hisham ibn Salim

Hisham ibn Salim is a thiqqah Shiite narrator, the grand scholars of Shiite Cult have relied on him. In the rijal books, the criticism and appraisal of various narrators is mentioned. According to Answering-Ansar (in its article on the Nikah of Umm Kulthum), Hisham ibn Salim has been criticized of being a wakfee in mazhab in Rijal Kashi. It would be a great deception if a narrator who has been highly praised is ignored, and the criticism on him at some places is mentioned only. In Rijal Kashi, while mentioning the jarah wa tadeel of Zurarah, it says that he believed in trinity. So shall we reject him also? Similarly jarah on another thiqqah Shiite scholar Jabir Jufi is also present in Rijal Kashi, but the Shiite scholars trust him.

Now the Answering-Ansar rejects Ansar.Org which said:

Hisham ibn Salim is credited with having been a student of Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq. His reliability as a transmitter of hadith is attested to by the emphatic statement of al-‘Allamah and an-Najashi: “thiqatun thiqah” (reliable, and once again reliable). (Jami’ ar-Ruwat, vol. 2 p. 315)

Answering-Ansar in turn says:

If Afriki really wants to convince the Shi’a his first approach, then he should cite our MOST AUTENTIC book of Rijjal, which is not Jami’ ar Ruwat but Rijjal al Kashi. When we want to know the authenticity of a narrator this is our first port of call. When we examine Rijjal al Kashi we learn that:

“He (Hisham) was an adherent of the “fasid al aqeedah” and believed that you physically see Allah (swt)”
Rijjal Kashi page 184

The fasid al aqeedah is a break away group from the Shi’a and their beliefs were so deviant that they opposed mainstream Shi’aism. The Shi’a concept of Allah (swt) is that He (swt) cannot be seen / has no physical attributes and to believe otherwise is kufr. Anyone that holds a viewpoint that He (swt) can be seen has deviated from the Shi’a path and hence any hadith narrated by him is to be rejected.

Now it would be extremely wrong if the Answsering-Ansar team declares his hadith as authentic at any place. But in its topic, about Mehdi, it says:

We believe that Allah (swt) would not leave the believers without an Imam (as) upon the earth, and we believe that the very lifespan of this earth is linked to his lifespan. When his lifespan expires, the earth will likewise come to an end. The earth depends on him (as) and when the veil of occultation is raised by Allah (swt) it will be through him that an earth destroyed by bloodshed and misery will be uprooted and restored to beauty and splendor, with the Kingdom of God on the earth. To this effect we have explicit authentic Shi’a traditions affirming what our Imam (as) shall attain when he reappears


And than it not only narrates the hadith of Hisham ibn Salim, but shows the grading of it by the father of all Shiite scholars, i.e Mulla Majlisi too.

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hisham ibn Salim from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. “Al-Qa’im (the one who will rise with Divine Authority) will rise and he will not be obliged to any one under any covenant, agreement or oath of allegiance.”
Usool al-Kafi, Vol 1, Kitab al-Hujjat, H 914, Ch. 80, h 27
Allamah al-Majlesi said: ‘Sahih’ [Mirat al-Uqool, v4 p58]

The Answering-Ansar relies on this narrator , Hisham ibn Salim, in its article on “Bada” also.

We now present some of the traditions in this regard so that the similarities between the meanings of the statements and ahadeeth narrated by Ulema of Ahle Sunah and by the Imams of Ahlulbayt (as) or even at some places the similarities in words may also become clear. In Usool al-Kafi, Kitab al-Tawheed, Chapter of Bada’ we read the following tradition:

It is narrated from Ali ibn Ibrahim from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hisham ibn Salim and Hafs ibn al-Bakhtari and others from Abu ‘Abdallah (as) who has said the following about the words of Allah.
“God establishes or effaces whatever He wants . . .” (13:39) The Imam (as) said, “Can anything be effaced without being established? Can anything be established unless it is out of nothing?”

Usool al-Kafi, Volume 1, Kitab al-Tawheed, Baab al-Bada’, Hadith # 3

Is there not any similarity between the words of Shah Waliullah Dehlawi “Wa bath al Ma’dum” cited earlier and the tafseer by our Imam (as)? Please ponder over this fact.

Ahlelbayt.com quotes the Shiite grand ayatulla al-Khoi about Hisham bin Salim, remember, Answering-Ansar.org heavily relied on this book “Mujam Rijal” in its website (http://www.answering-ansar.org/answers/sunni_myth_of_loving_ahlulbayt/en/chap6.php) :

In “Mujam Rijal Al-Hadith” (Vol.20, p.325), Grand Ayatollah Al-Khoei said with regards to Hisham bin Salim:

“In his Adadiya treatise, Shiekh Mufid counted him amongst the prominent figures, the leaders, those from whom (judgments concerning) Halal and Haram are taken, as well as Fatwa and Rulings, those who cannot be criticized for anything, and those to which there is no way of condemnation.”

Al-Khoei related the narration by which Hisham has been criticized in Rijjal Al-Kashi and commented:

“I say, this narration proves that Hisham ibn Salim was condemned, however, because of its weakness it cannot be depended upon. A similar thing has been reported about Hisham ibn Al-Hakam.”

This is the ruling on the authority of Hisham ibn Salim and it is the accepted position of the Maraje’ (top scholars) of the Shia. So how then can Answering-Ansar question his reliability? It is indeed a sign of their desperation to cast doubt on even one of the narrators in this Hadith. First, they tried to cast doubt on their most reliable book Al-Kafi, and then they tried to cast doubt on one of their most reliable Hadith narrators…all of this in an attempt to further their argument against those whom they so flipplantly call “Nasibis.”

http://www.ahlelbayt.com/response-to-chapter10

Should we call it deception or ignorance on the part of Answering-Ansar team, or foolishness and confusion? I leave it to the readers to decide.