Shias and Ahle Bayt
All praise and glory be to Allaah, the Creator, the Lord of the worlds. May His blessings and peace be with the Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa, whom He sent as a Mercy to the worlds, conveying to us His Message and His Guidance. To proceed:
Since truth must ever oppose falsehood – it is our duty to demonstrate that Shi’aism is not an acceptable variant of Islaam, but rather an unacceptable distortion of it. It is essential for the Sunni Muslim to know the fact of the Shi’ite deviation from the straight path of Islam taught by the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam)and his noble Companions.
Shi’aism originated in the first century of Islaam as an exaggerated affection for and partisanship of Ahlul-Bait (the family and descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Later on, it developed into a set of disbeliefs and erroneous concepts which ultimately constituted a new religion; a religion other than that which was taught by the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and by his Companions after him.
When the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was alive, the disbelievers and hypocrites tried their utmost to hurt him and one of the methods they used to do this was to target those close to him (i.e. his family). One such famous incident is the event of Al-Ifk, in which they accused the Prophet’s wife of adultery. It was such attacks on his family members that prompted the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) to warn again and again about honoring his family and such a warning is contained in the Qur’an: “Allâh forbids you from it and warns you not to repeat the like of it forever, if you are believers”. (An-Nur 24:17). This warning was especially in regards to the females in his family, as it is well-known that Arabs would debase the women in a man’s family as a means to hurt the man himself. The women in a man’s life are his sensitive spot; a man will be less hurt about someone insulting his own honor and more hurt about someone insulting the honor of his wife.
What is the meaning of ‘ahlel bayt’?
Ahl: noun; relatives including wives, children, brothers, sisters, and other kinsmen, and sometimes used to refer to fellow tribesmen
Bayt: noun; house; place of residence
Ahl-Al-Bayt: noun; those people in relation to a man who live in his house, especially his wives and unmarried children that live under his roof and are provided for by him.
In fact, the primary definition of Ahl Bayt is a man’s wives; in Arab culture, it is considered rude to call a man’s wives by their actual names, and hence people will refer to a man’s wives simply as his “Ahl Bayt”.
The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah thus take the wives of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) to be the Ahlel Bayt. This is in accordance with the dictionary definition of the word as shown above. The Prophet’s wives are part of the Prophet’s Ahl, and they live in his Bayt. Therefore, Aisha (radiyallahu anha) and Hafsa (radiyallahu anha) are included in the Ahlel Bayt.
The Shia Ayatollahs do not have a positive viewpoint of the Prophet’s wives. In fact, the Shia Ayatollahs possess “baraa” (hatred) for Aisha (radiyallahu anha) and Hafsa (radiyallahu anha), and we shall examine this in later articles. It is because of this reason that the Shia Ayatollahs deny that the Prophet’s wives are Ahlel Bayt. In fact, many of the Shia’s who do not speak Arabic are even unaware of the actual definition and usage of the term “Ahlel Bayt” since they simply listen to their Ayatollahs.
The Quran Refers to the Prophet’s Wives as Ahlel Bayt
As Muslims, we believe in the absolute authority of the Quran. It is the highest source of legislation; in fact, it is the very speech of Allah. The Quran refers to the Prophet’s wives as the Ahlel Bayt. Allah Almighty Himself negates all those who dare argue that Aisha (radiyallahu anha) and Hafsa (radiyallahu anha) are not part of the Ahlel Bayt.
The Quran specifically refers to the wives of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) as Ahlel Bayt in the following verse:
“O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other of the women; If you will be on your guard, then be not soft in your speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease yearn; and speak a good word. And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger. And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, you Ahlel Bayt (People of the House), and to make you pure and spotless.”
There is in fact not a single verse in the Quran which identifies Ali (radiyallahu anhu) Fatima (radiyallahu anha), Hasan (radiyallahu anhu), or Hussain (radiyallahu anhu) as the Ahlel Bayt. Not a single verse in the Quran mentions the 12 Infallible Imams of the Shia, let alone calling them Ahlel Bayt. The term “Ahlel Bayt” has been used twice in the Quran, and both times it is used to refer to the wives. And a similar term, Ahli Baytin is used in the Quran to refer to the wife of Imran (mother of Moses). And yet, not a single time is the word “Ahlel Bayt” used in the Quran for Ali (radiyallahu anhu), Fatima (radiyallahu anha), Hasan (radiyallahu anhu), or Hussain (radiyallahu anhu). Nowhere does the Quran say “O cousin of the Prophet” but rather the Quran says “O wives of the Prophet.” If following the Ahlel Bayt is the fundamental of belief as the Shia Ayatollahs claim, then why is it that the Quran never once mentions Ali (radiyallahu anhu) let alone mentioning him as the Ahlel Bayt? If we ask the Shia’s to produce verses in the Quran about the Ahlel Bayt, they will be dissapointed to find that these verses are all in relation to the Prophet’s wives.
Second Time the Quran Uses the Word “Ahlel Bayt”
Ahlel Bayt is used another time in the Quran and again this time to refer to the wives:
“She said: ‘O wonder! shall I bear a son when I am an extremely old woman and this my husband an extremely old man? Most surely this is a wonderful thing.’ They said: ‘Do you wonder at Allah’s decree? The grace of Allah and His blessings on you, o you Ahlel Bayt (People of the House)! for He is indeed worthy of all praise, full of all glory!’”
(Quran, 11:72- 73)
In the verse above, Prophet Ibrahim’s wife asks the angels how can she have a son, and they respond back calling her and Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi asallaam) as ‘Ahlel Bayt’. And again, the collective pronoun is used to refer to the Prophet Ibrahim (alayhi asallaam) and his wife. Nobody else was in the room other than them, and the angels referred to them all as Ahlel Bayt, including Prophet Ibrahim’s wife.
The Quran declares that Wives are Part of the Family
Allah Almighty says that all of the members of Prophet Loot’s family will be saved aside from his wife. Allah says: “(All) except the family of Loot. Them all surely We are going to save (from destruction). Except his wife…” (Quran, 15:59-60)
The construction “except his wife” would be non-sensical unless the wife was included in the family of Loot (alayhi asallaam). Otherwise, why would Allah need to clarify that Loot’s wife was an exception to the rule that the family of Loot (alayhi asallaam) would be saved?
The Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made it clear that it was important to protect the honor of the Ahlel Bayt, especially the female members of his household. There were many Quranic injunctions in regards to honoring the Prophet’s wives, warning the Muslims to respect them by not entering the Prophet’s house and looking at them or even annoying them, referring to them as the Mothers of the Believers.
The Quran Declares That the Prophet Has More Than One Daughter
Allah says in the Quran:
“O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over-garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
Here, Allah uses the plural word for daughters, not the singular form. Allah uses the term “banaatuka” which means “your daughters.” If it was one daughter only, it would be “bintuka.” This completely negates the claim that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) had only one daughter. Had this been the case, then surely Allah would have not used the plural form, since Allah is above making grammatical mistakes. (We hope that the noble Sahabah will
not be accused of doing Tahreef or tampering of the Quran!) We could provide more evidence to prove this fact of history, but it will certainly be a pointless endeavor if a Muslim cannot accept an evidence as ideologically authoritative as the Quran.
Why the Ayatollahs Deny Three Daughters of the Prophet
Let us return to the idea that Shi’ism originates from Abdullah Ibn Saba and his followers. Notive, how the Shia Ayatollahs do not care about the Ahlel Bayt of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). They only care about the Ahlel Bayt of Ali (radiyallahu anhu). Notice how the Shia Ayatollahs deny that the Prophet’s wives are part of the Ahlel Bayt, but Ali’s wife is part of the Ahlel Bayt. Notice how Ali’s children–Hasan (radiyallahu anhu) and Hussain (radiyallahu anhu)–are considered by them to be in the Ahlel Bayt, but the Prophet’s three daughters are not. This again leads us to confirm the idea that Shi’ism originates from the Saba’ites. These Saba’ites excessively praised Ali (radiyallahu anhu) and eventually even declared that Ali (radiyallahu anhu) was superior to the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Today, the Shia adamantly deny this and they say that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) is superior to Ali (radiyallahu anhu). However, we wonder why then they praise the Ahlel Bayt of Ali (radiyallahu anhu) and not the Ahlel Bayt of Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). Is this
not a remnant of the Saba’ite origin of Shi’ism?
Another reason why the Shia Ayatollahs must deny that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) had three daughters was because two of these daughters–namely Ruqayyah (radiyallahu anha) and Umm Kulthoom (radiyallahu anha)–married Uthman Bin Affan (radiyallahu anhu), the third Caliph. The Shia Ayatollahs base their entire belief on the
repudiation of the first three caliphs; if the three caliphs were really evil as the Shia say they are, then why did the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) marry two of his daughters to one of these three Caliphs? Again, this, in our opinion, questions the ideological foundation of Shi’ism.
The Shia revere the book Nahjul Balagha, which they claim are the sermons and letters of Ali (radiyallahu anhu). It is one of the most sacred and authoritative of Shia books. The Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah believes that many of the narrations in the Nahjul Balagha are forgeries; however, the Shia accept all of it, and thus we will quote straight from the Nahjul Balagha to prove that Uthman (radiyallahu anhu) married two of the daughters of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).
Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 163-Ali went to see Uthman and said to him:
“You have seen as we have seen and you have heard as we have heard. You sat in the company of the Prophet of Allah as we did. (Abu Bakr) Ibn Abi Quhafah and (`Umar) ibn al-Khattab were no more responsible for acting righteously than you, since you are nearer than both of them to the Prophet of Allah through kinship, and you also hold relationship to him by marriage which they do not hold.”
This proves that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) had two daughters who married Uthman (radiyallahu anhu). This revelation is troublesome the Shia Ayatollahs it would involve exalting the status of Uthman’s (radiyallahu anhu) family. And most importantly, it shows that Uthman (radiyallahu anhu) was such a pious person that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) gave him two daughters.
The Shia’s curse the Ahlel Bayt of Muhammed (PBUH)
The intensity with which the Quran and Hadith advocated the protection of the Prophetic Household prompted certain evil elements to devise new ways of harming Ahlel Bayt as a means to get at the Prophet of Islam. It was then that the founders of the Shia movement decided that the best way to turn the Muslims against the Prophetic Household (i.e. the Ahlel Bayt) was to change the very meaning of the word “Ahlel Bayt” in the eyes of the masses. So they went about this task, and they began to say that the Prophet’s wives were not part of the Ahlel Bayt and neither were three of his daughters.
So it was that the Shia masses began cursing the Prophet’s family members (i.e. his wives) and even denying the existence of his daughters, all in the name of honoring the Ahlel Bayt. This is voiced again in this Shia book:
“…Muawiyya and Aisha were worst people of all times.” (Makalmaat-e-husainia, page #59). And Mullah Baqir Majlisi said: “They [Aisha and Hafsa] were both hypocrites [Munafiqeen].” (Mullah Baqir Majlisi, Hayatul Quloob, 2:745). Let us now examine what Al-Tijani (a popular Shia scholar) said about Aisha: “…she [Aisha] tried hard to support her father, even by fabricating sayings [Hadith].” (Then I was Guided, p.141). Here, Al-Tijani is accusing the Prophet’s wife of being a liar. It is well accepted that fabricating Hadith is Kufr (disbelief) both in Shia and Sunni schools of thought.
The Shia call Aisha “the horn of Shaitan” and they claim that the Prophet said this. Al-Tijani alleges in his book: “Once the Prophet (saw) was giving a speech, and he pointed towards the house where Aishah was living, then said, ‘There is the trouble … there is the trouble … there is the trouble … from where the devil’s horns come out.’” (Then I was Guided, p.119)
The irony of this should not be lost on anybody. How is it that the imaginary Dajjal Muhammad ibn Hasan al-Askari (the so-called Hidden Imam) was a part of the Prophetic Household, whereas the people who actually lived in the Prophet’s house were cursed as traitors, including Aisha and Hafsa? How long can this farce continue? How long can the Shia masses operate under the silly assumption that they are the lovers of Ahlel Bayt, when they are the ones who curse members within the Ahlel Bayt?
The Shia say they follow the Sunnah as transmitted through the Ahlel Bayt. What kind of boldfaced lie is this? The Prophet’s wives were part of the Prophet’s family, and yet the Shia reject all of the Hadith narrated by them, declaring them to be fabricators of Hadith! It could be said that Abdullah Ibn Saba–the founder of Shi’ism–is laughing in his grave right now because he duped such a large portion of the Muslims, getting them to curse the very Ahlel Bayt that they claim to revere. Ibn Saba was a Jewish Rabbi who pretended to convert to Islam in order to start this deviant sect with the express intent of not only dividing the Ummah but to hurt the Prophet and his family specifically. He knew that it would be impossible for him to call the people towards harming the Ahlel Bayt, so he decided to change the meaning of the word so that his deviant followers would end up cursing the real members of Ahlel Bayt, all in the name of the Ahlel Bayt. What better methodology to bring someone’s family down than to pit some members of that family against others?
We ask Allah to send His Blessings down upon all of the Prophet’s (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) ‘ahlel bayt’, the sahaba and those who follow them in goodness.