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    Questions to ponder over for Sunnis

    Maulana Ghulam Hussain Na’eemi of Sahiwa’al, Pakistan was a Sunni scholar who after considerable research converted to the Shi’a Ithna Asharee Faith. The rationale for his conversion was that he had questions that he found the Ahlul' Sunnah Ulema could not answer satisfactorily. These are those questions; they remain unanswered to this day. Tragically he was martyred for his beliefs, may Allah (swt) reward him and grant him a place in Paradise. Footnotes have been added for the purposes of further clarity.

    1. History testifies that when Hadhrath Muhammad (saaws) declared his Prophethood (saaws), the Quraysh1 subjected the Bani Hashim to a boycott. Hadhrath Abu Talib (as) took the tribe to an area called Shib Abi Talib where they remained for three years, suffering from immense hardship2. Where were Hadhrath Abu Bakr and Hadhrath Umar during that period? They were in Makkah so why did they not help the Holy Prophet (saaws)? If they were unable to join the Prophet (saaws) at the Shib Abi Talib is there any evidence that they provided any type of support (food etc), breaching the agreement that the Quraysh boycott all food / business transactions with Bani Hashim?

    2. Hadhrath Fatima Zahra (sa) died 6 months after her father (saaws), Hadhrath Abu Bakr died two and a half years later and Hadhrath Umar in 24 Hijri. Despite their later deaths how is it that they attained burial sites next to the Prophet (saaws) and not Hadhrath Fatima (as)? Did she request that she be buried away from her father? If so, why? Or did the Muslims prevent her burial? (see Sahih al Bukhari Arabic - English Vol 5 hadith number 546).

    3. Amongst the companions Hadhrath Abu Bakr is viewed as the most superior on account of his closeness to the Holy Prophet (saaws). If this is indeed the case then why did the Holy Prophet (saaws) not select him to be his brother when he (saaws) divided the companions in to pairs on the Day of Brotherhood? Rather, the Prophet (saaws) chose Hadhrath Ali (as) saying “You are my brother in this world and the next”3, so on what basis is Hadhrath Abu Bakr closer?

    4. The books of Ahlul' Sunnah are replete with traditions narrated by Hadhrath Ayesha, Abu Hurraira and Abdullah Ibne Umar. Their narration’s; far exceed those relayed by Hadhrath Ali (as), Hadhrath Fatima (sa), Hadhrath Hassan (as) and Hadhrath Hussain (as). Why is this the case? When the Prophet (saaws) declared “I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is it’s Gate”, did Hadhrath Ali (as) benefit less from the company of the Prophet (saaws) than these individuals?

    5. If Hadhrath Ali (as) had no differences with the first three Khalifa’s why did he not participate in any battles that took place during their reigns, particularly when Jihad against the Kuffar is deemed a major duty upon the Muslim? If he did not view it as necessary at that time, then why did he during his own Khilafath whilst in his fifties unsheathe his sword and participate in the battles of Jamal, Sifeen and Naharwan?

    6. If (as is the usual allegation) the Shi’as were responsible for killing Imam Hussain (as) then why did the majority Ahlul'Sunnah not come to his aid? After all they were in the majority, there were millions of such individuals, what was their position at that time?

    7. If Hadhrath Umar was correct when he denied the dying request of the Holy Prophet (saaws) on the premise that the ‘Qur’an is sufficient for us’ (Sahih al Bukhari Vol 7 hadith number 573) what will be the reward for accusing the Holy Prophet (saaws) of speaking nonsense? (See Sahih al-Bukhari Vol 5 number 716)

    8. Allah (swt) sent 124,000 Prophet’s to guide mankind. Is there any proof that on the deaths of any one of these Prophet’s his companions failed to attend his funeral preferring to participate in the selection of his successor? If no such precedent exists then why did the Prophet (saaws)’s companions follow this approach4?

    9. Of the 124,000 Prophets’ that Allah (swt)
    sent, what evidence is there that they left everything for their followers as Sadaqah (Charity)? If they did, then why did the Prophet (saaws)’s wives not give all their possessions to the Islamic State? After all, Ahl’ul Sunnah consider the wives to be Ahlul'bayt. Sadaqah is haram on the Ahlul’bayt, this being the case why did they hold on to their possessions?


    10. We read in the Holy Qur’an “And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense shall be hell, he shall abide therein and God’s wrath (Ghazibullaho) shall be on him and his curse (lanato), and is prepared for him a great torment” (Surah Nisa, v 93) History testifies that during the battles of Sifeen and Jamal 70,800 Muslims lost their lives. What is the position of the killers here? Is this verse not applicable to them? If these individuals opposed the Khalifa of the time and were responsible for spreading fitnah (dissension) and murder, what will be their position on the Day of Judgement?

    11. Allah (swt) tells us in the Holy Qur’an “And of the people of Madina are those who are bent on hypocrisy. You know them not, but we know them”. (The Qur’an 9:101). The verse proves the existence of hypocrites during the lifetime of the Prophet (saaws). After the Prophet (saaws)’s death where did they go? Historians record the fact that two groups emerged following the Prophet (saaws)’s demise, Banu Hashim and their supporters, the State and their supporters. Which side did the hypocrites join?

    12. Ahl’ul Sunnah have four principles of law the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijtihad and Qiyas. Were any of these principles adopted by the parties during their discussions about the Prophet’s successor at the Saqifa?

    13. If rejecting a Rightly Guided Khalifa is tantamount to apostasy and rebelling against any khalifa even Yazid ibn Mu’awiya will lead to such persons being raised as betrayers in the next world;5 what of those individuals who rebelled and fought the fourth rightly guided Khalifa?

    14. It is a basic principle of rationality that if two parties have a dispute both can be wrong, but both can not be right. Applying this to the battles of Jamal and Sifeen, will both the murderers and the murdered be in heaven, because both were right?

    15. The Holy Prophet (saaws) had said “I swear by the one who controls my life that this man (Ali) and his Shi'a shall secure deliverance on the day of ressurection”6 . Do any hadith exist in which the Prophet (saaws) had guaranteed paradise for Imams Abu Hanifa, Malik, Shafi, Hanbal and their followers?

    16. During her lifetime Hadhrath Ayesha was a severe critic of Hadhrath Uthman, to the point that she advocated his killing7 . How is it that following his murder, she chose to rebel against Imam Ali (as) on the premise that his killers should be apprehended? Why did she leave Makkah, portray Hadhrath Uthman as a victim and mobilise opposition from Basrah? Was this decision based on her desire to defend Hadhrath Uthman or was it motivated by her animosity towards Hadhrath Ali (as)?

    18. If failing to believe in Hadhrath Ayesha is an act of Kufr what opinion should we hold with regards to her killer?

    19. It is commonly conveyed that the companions were brave, generous, and knowledgeable and spent their time worshipping Allah (swt). If we want to determine their bravery, then let us delve in to history, how many kaffir’s did the prominent companion Hadhrath Umar slay during the battles of Badr, Uhud, Khunduq, Khayber and Hunain? How many polytheists did he kill during his own Khilafath? If we wish to determine who is firm against the unbelievers it cannot be that individual who despite the Prophet (saaws)’s order refused to go the Kaffir’s prior to the treaty of Hudaiybiya on the grounds that he had no support and instead suggested Hadhrath Uthman go on account of his relationship to the Ummaya clan9.

    20. The Saha Sittah has traditions in which the Holy Prophet (saaws) foretold the coming of twelve khalifa’s after him . Who are they? We assert that these are the twelve Imams from the Ahlul’bayt. Mulla Ali Qari whilst setting out the Hanafi interpretation of this hadith lists Yazid ibn Mu’awiya as the sixth Khalifa ? Was the Holy Prophet (saaws) really referring to such a man? When we also have a hadith that states ‘He who dies without giving bayah to an Imam dies the death of one belonging to the days of jahiliyya’12 then it is imperative that we identify and determine who these twelve khalifa’s are.

    21. Can anyone change Allah (swt) laws? The Qur’an states quite categorically that no one has that right “And it is not for a believing man or woman that they should have any choice in a matter when Allah and his Messenger have decided a matter; and whoever disobeys Allah and his Messenger; surely strays off a manifest straying”. With this verse in mind, why did Hadhrath Umar introduce Tarawih prayers in congregation, three divorce utterances in one sitting and the formula ‘Prayer is better than Sleep’ in the Fajr Adhan?13 What right did he have to substitute Allah (swt)’s orders in favour of his own?

    Confused?...well don’t be, we can answer these questions and any others you might have, visit the Website - http://al-islam.org/index

    #2
    Salaam every one; I demand that we stop these destructive and insulting debates that are going on between Shias and sunnis. If the purpose of these debates are to clarify the misunderstood concepts then let me tell you some this its not working, instead of solving the issue we are generating new ones. As I have said again and again, break away from this chain and recognize us all as Muslims under a single umbrella of Islam. We are being divided and the day will come or should I say it’s already here where we cannot unite and fight for our own MUSLIM brothers and sisters. Let Allah be the judge of all and every thing that we do.

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      #3
      He who has started it must now endure it.

      Originally posted by TAZZ:
      Salaam every one; I demand that we stop these destructive and insulting debates that are going on between Shias and sunnis. If the purpose of these debates are to clarify the misunderstood concepts then let me tell you some this its not working, instead of solving the issue we are generating new ones. As I have said again and again, break away from this chain and recognize us all as Muslims under a single umbrella of Islam. We are being divided and the day will come or should I say it’s already here where we cannot unite and fight for our own MUSLIM brothers and sisters. Let Allah be the judge of all and every thing that we do.

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        #4
        Ali 2000, It does not matter who started it what matters is who will be brave enough to stop it and move in the positive direction. Try to think outside the box and look at the bigger picture. This for us all not just Ali2000.

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          #5
          Wow I am impressed, what do I need to do to become Shia, please help...

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            #6
            MR Alizadeh, why don't we search your computer, it might have an MPEG file showing all those years of history? May be the historians who wrote the history books had their camera mounted everywhere and will provide us with absolute truth??

            Open up ur brain brothers, we all are depending on the historians. Shia fiqh will have their historians working for them, Sunnis will have their own. There existed no "EVENT LIST" with details in Prophet PBUH time, not even in Hadrat Ali (RA) time. They may have collected ahadith, but how many books today you see are COLLECTIONS of Hazrat Ali (RA)? Hazrat Osman (RA)?

            All the books we see today were written after battle of siffeen, and others when people feared that they'll loose true ahadith. People started collecting. After shahadat of Hazrat Ali (RA), I agree with Shias that Ameer Muwaiya might have concocted or modified ahadith collection (using his force). What about similar accusations from Sunni sect then? They might have some ground as well.

            Many of these questions listed, ask who is going to Heaven or Hell. May be Maulana Ghulam Hussain Na’eemi received a command from Allah to compile a list of Jannati and Jahannumi... C'mon... When even a good doer has to wait for Allah's mercy to enter Heaven, how can you think of deciding in controversial? what is so much hurry for?

            Again, again, again and again, Allah will first ask about our prayers, not "who should've been khalifa". If Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) un-rightly (as per Shia beleif) became the khalifa, does it make you superior than him? Does it make Ayatollah Khomeini better than Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA)???? I don't think so.

            They have their own levels, and Allah knows best about who should fit where. If Allah gave us signs, it does not mean that we should start analyzing our ancestors based on those signs. Allah gave those signs for us to correct our behavior and start moving in right direction.

            I hope it helps.

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            We oughta be Changez like, don't we?

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              #7
              Ali,
              either ur copying these questions from somewhere or someone sending u these.. such flawless writing at ur age is not possible..
              please be original and ask questions only that come to ur mind not that r made by someone whose only aim in life is to create venom and hatred..
              plus why u need those answers ?? do knowledge of those hurdle ur prayers?? or stop u from becoming a godd muslim or helping others ?
              Saints are fine for Heaven, but they are hell on earth.

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                #8
                Degas, these facts may be verified from Sunni hadith and history books.

                Now when asked for explanation, do not run away or hide behind excuses.

                This article was compoiled by my cousin Zileyh Shah who is 23 years old and is a respected Shi'a scholar in the UK.

                He also maintains the websites http://www.voiceofunity.com and http://www.shianews.com

                These things need to be discussed with people like Alpha, who falsely accuse their fellow Muslims of shirk, of rejecting finality of Prophethood, and mislead poison the minds of others agaisnt them.

                Originally posted by Degas:
                Ali,
                either ur copying these questions from somewhere or someone sending u these.. such flawless writing at ur age is not possible..
                please be original and ask questions only that come to ur mind not that r made by someone whose only aim in life is to create venom and hatred..
                plus why u need those answers ?? do knowledge of those hurdle ur prayers?? or stop u from becoming a godd muslim or helping others ?

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                  #9
                  Magnificient questions.

                  Now watch how they come with excuses not to reply.

                  Any answer will be flimsy at most.

                  Most probably won't even read the questions.

                  Good job bro.

                  ws

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                    #10
                    Dear all,

                    Once again, I am not a Sunni nor a Shia, and I build my religion on reason and logic only. For me all the history has to be understood in light of Qur'an, because Qur'an is the only word of God. If we build our faith on history and hadith as primary sources, we'll be no different from Jews and Christians whose books have a history themselves.

                    Moreover, when it comes to personalities of believers, this is what God says in Qur'an,

                    [al-Hashr 59:10] And those who come after them say: Our Lord! forgive us and those of our brethren who had precedence of us in faith, and do not allow any spite to remain in our hearts towards those who believe, our Lord! surely Thou art Kind, Merciful.

                    According to my understanding, I believe that we should not build any hatred against any Muslim whatsoever, especially when I do not know what happened at that time.

                    Therefore, we should be spending more of our efforts on understanding what Qur'an means, instead of what people think it means, and instead of what people said it meant.

                    Only the very best,
                    Omer

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                      #11
                      It is amazing how they draw their swords seething with hatred and envy, with intentions to malign us and to poison others' minds towards us.

                      But when the onus comes to them, they turn on their heels and say "why, we only meant peace". And then shy away from the argument.

                      By God, they have never been able to justify their position in the past 1400 years, so how can they do that now? The Islam they know is what their caliphs and their spin-doctors told them.

                      Of knowledge they have little, of conviction much, and of courage none.

                      Originally posted by a1shah:
                      Magnificient questions.

                      Now watch how they come with excuses not to reply.

                      Any answer will be flimsy at most.

                      Most probably won't even read the questions.

                      Good job bro.

                      ws

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                        #12
                        PLZ stop it guyz, why do u guyz have to make the moderators close threads???. Cant u guyz talk with some sense and respect first .
                        1. Towards each other
                        then
                        2. Towards Sahaba, and hadees sharif.

                        LC

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                          #13
                          salams brejrins

                          wass goin on...same old same old i see...anyway...i think ure questions are valid ali, but none of these guys are going to answer them cuz they don't have the answers, i mean ure cousin is a scholar like u said...i don't think any of these guys are even close to that

                          maaddd props to ure cousin
                          latezz

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                          "There as many ideas in the minds of men and women as there are stars in the sky, it is your job to hold on to one and make it come true"
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ahl_e_Sunnah:
                            salams brejrins

                            wass goin on...same old same old i see...anyway...i think ure questions are valid ali, but none of these guys are going to answer them cuz they don't have the answers, i mean ure cousin is a scholar like u said...i don't think any of these guys are even close to that

                            maaddd props to ure cousin
                            latezz

                            you are right about me, i'm not close to a scholar. brother Alizadeh did some good efforts in bringing these questions (but these questions are not HIS OWN).

                            i'm a knowledge seeker. i heard a lot from 'hear-say' accusing shias of so many wrongs, but now actually i come to know what shiism is about, its not what their image is portrayed in Pakistan. everytime I raise a question, its not because i just want to create 'fitna', but want to know what Shias really beleive in. but these questions didn't appeal me to do research and find out. i don't know how answers to these questions would help me learning Shia beleif and Sunni beleif. i'm more interested in beleif than history. but when i have access to history books, i might read them.

                            also, some sunni scholar might have attempted to answer them as I am not familiar with this kinda debate/question so I don't know if it was answered or not.

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                            We oughta be Changez like, don't we?

                            [This message has been edited by Changez_like (edited July 19, 2001).]

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                              #15
                              Brother Changez,

                              If you assume the premise that all sahabahs were righteous, that they were all loyal to the prophet (pbuh), and that they all recognized the status of the ahl-bait (as), you will not be able to answer these questions. Such assumptions are contrary to the holy qur'an as well as to history.

                              If you truly want to search for the truth, I suggest that you look at both shia and sunni sources, and come up with an answer for these questions that you feel most comfortable with.

                              Falsehood, by nature, is bound to perish.

                              ws

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