The Shia Rebuts

Under the supervision of Ayatullah Ja'far Subhani, Sayyid Rida Husayni Nasab introduces a text outlining the differences in different 'Ummahs' of Islam. He discusses what unites them, as well as those traditions and understandings that cause dispute amongst them.

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  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
  3. Question 1 : Which is correct, “wa ‘itrati” {and my progeny}, or “wa sunnati” {and my tradition}?
  4. Question 2 : What does “Shi‘ah” mean?
  5. Question 3 : Why is ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (‘a) regarded as the wasi {executor of will} and successor of the Prophet (S)?
  6. Question 4: Who are the Imams?
  7. Question 5: Why do Shi’a say “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad”
  8. Question 6: Why do you regard your Imams as “infallible” {ma‘sum}?
  9. Question 7: Why do Shi’a Add Ashhadu anna ‘aliyyan waliyyullah” in the Call to Prayer?
  10. Question 8: Who is the Mahdi of Muhammad’s Progeny {Al Muhammad} and why are you waiting for his advent?
  11. Question 9: If the Shi‘ah are right, then why are they in the minority and why do most Muslims in the world not recognize them (as Muslims)?
  12. Question 10: What is raj‘ah {“return”} and why do you believe in it?
  13. Question 11: What is shafa‘ah {intercession}, which you believe in?
  14. Question 12: Is asking the rightful intercessors for intercession {shafa‘ah} tantamount to polytheism {shirk}?
  15. Question 13: Is seeking help from someone other than God regarded as a kind of polytheism {shirk}?
  16. Question 14: Is calling on someone tantamount to worshipping him and to polytheism?
  17. Question 15: What is bada’ and why do you believe in it?
  18. Question 16: Do the Shi‘ah believe in the tahrif {distortion} of the Qur’an?
  19. Question 17: How do the Shi‘ah view the Sahabah {Companions}?
  20. Question 18: What is meant by “temporary marriage” {mut‘ah} and why do the Shi‘ah regard it as lawful?
  21. Question 19: Why do the Shi‘ah prostrate on turbah {dried clay}?
  22. Question 20: During ziyarah, why do the Shi‘ah kiss the doors and walls of the shrines of awliya’ and seek blessings {tabarruk} whereby?
  23. Question 21: Is according to Islam religion separate from politics?
  24. Question 22: Why do the Shi‘ah regard the sons of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (‘a) (Hasan and Husayn (‘a)) as the sons of the Messenger of Allah (S)?
  25. Question 23: Why do the Shi‘ah believe that caliphate {khilafah} is a matter of appointment {tansisi}?
  26. Question 24: Is to swear by other than God regarded as a kind of polytheism?
  27. Question 25: Is to resort to the divine saints {awliya’} for mediation {tawassul} regarded as polytheism {shirk} and tantamount to innovation in religion {bid‘ah}?
  28. Question 26: Is celebrating the birthday of the saints {awliya’} of God a kind of polytheism and innovation {bid‘ah}?
  29. Question 27 : Why do the Shi‘ah perform the five daily prayers in three periods?
  30. Question 28: What are the sources of Shi‘i jurisprudence {fiqh}?
  31. Question 29 : Did Abu Talib die a believer on account of which you visit {ziyarah} his shrine?
  32. Question 30 : Do the Shi‘ah think that Jibra’il (Archangel Gabriel) has committed treachery when he conveyed the message {risalah} to Muhammad instead of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib?
  33. Question 31: What is the criterion of taqiyyah {dissimulation}?
  34. Question 32 : Why is the Ja‘fari school of thought {madhhab} stipulated in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the official madhhab of the country?
  35. Question 33 : Do the Shi‘ah regard witr prayer as obligatory?
  36. Question 34: Is the belief that great divine people {awliya’} have supernatural power tantamount to polytheism {shirk}?
  37. Question 35 : Why is the station of Imamate {imamah} higher than that of prophethood {nubuwwah}?
  38. Question 36 : What is the criterion for distinguishing monotheism or the Unity of God {tawhid} from polytheism {shirk}?
  39. Bibliography