‘Ali: The Best of the Sahabah

This book is an in-depth academic critique, and a thoroughly investigative refutation, of Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah’s Minhaj al-Sunnah on the specific question of Abu Bakr’s alleged superiority over Amir al-Muminin ‘Ali b. Abi Talib. The shaykh has adopted a two-pronged approach in his Minhaj. He presents arguments and proofs to support Abu Bakr’s superiority and discredits all arguments and proofs in favour of ‘Ali’s superiority. Toyib Olawuyi has however placed all the primary submissions, evidences and denials of Ibn Taymiyyah under the microscope and punctured every single one of them severely using the Book of Allah, the sahih ahadith of the Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama’ah, and their strictest rijal verification methods. Full transparency, accuracy and accountability are strictly observed throughout our book, and we hope it will ease the way for every soul seeking to find out the real truth.

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  1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Preface
  4. 1. Hadith Al-Qadha, Investigating Its Authenticity
  5. 2. Hadith Al-Qadha, Confessions Of The Sahabah
  6. 3. Hadith Al-Qadha, ‘Ali’s Superior Knowledge Of The Qur’an And Sunnah
  7. 4. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice I
  8. 5. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice II
  9. 6. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice III
  10. 7. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice IV
  11. 8. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice V
  12. 9. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice VI
  13. 10. Hadith Al-Qadha, An Age Of Jungle Justice VII
  14. 11. Hadith Al-Qadha, ‘Ali Versus ‘Umar
  15. 12. Hadith Al-Tafdhil, Investigating Its Authenticity
  16. 13. Hadith Al-Tafdhil, Shaykh Ibn Taymiyyah Raises Objections
  17. 14. Hadith Al-Tafdhil, is ‘Aishah Really the best of the Ummah?
  18. 15. Hadith Saluni, Investigating Its Authenticity
  19. 16. Hadith Saluni, Implications Of The Reports
  20. 17. Hadith Saluni, Did The Sahabah Ask ‘Ali?
  21. 18. Hadith Al-‘Ilm, Establishing Its Authenticity
  22. 19. Hadith Al-‘Ilm, Proving Its Tawattur
  23. 20. Hadith Al-‘Ilm, Some Further Shawahid
  24. 21. Hadith Al-Istislam, Investigating Its Authenticity
  25. 22. Hadith Al-Zuhd, Correcting An Exaggeration
  26. 23. Verse Of Al-Najwa, A Real Eye-Opener
  27. 24. Hadith Al-Rayat, A Truly Messy One
  28. 25. Hadith Al-Rayat, Investigating Its Authenticity
  29. 26. Hadith Al-Tair, Investigating Its Authenticity
  30. 27. Hadith Al-Tair, Examining Some Shawahid
  31. 28. Hadith Al-Ta’rif, Understanding Its Background
  32. 29. Hadith Al-Ta’rif, Proving Its Authenticity
  33. 30. Hadith Al-Tashbih, Establishing Its Authenticity
  34. 31. Hadith Al-Tashbih, Instances Of Equality
  35. 32. Hadith Al-Ikhtiyar, Examining The Verse Of The Cave
  36. 33. Hadith Al-Ikhtiyar, ‘Ali: The True Second Of Two
  37. Bibliography