Miscellaneous

Taqiyyah

July 1, 2017 admin 0

Introduction   Taqiyyah, or dissimulation, is the act of hiding one’s own belief for the sake of protection. Muslims are in agreement that taqiyyah is permissible when one’s life is under threat; however, the Shias hold […]

Imamah

Ali Legitimizes Fallible Imams

June 28, 2017 admin 0

We find in a couple of places in Nahjul Balagha quotes that legitimize the rule of fallible caliphs. In Saying #73, we find Ali giving advice to those that would one day assume power, “Whoever […]

Sahaba

Praise for the Muhajireen and Ansar

June 22, 2017 admin 0

Most Shias are unaware that Nahjul Balagha contains explicit praise for the companions of the Prophet – peace be upon him – . Below, we shall list a few of these examples and we shall […]

Miscellaneous

Five Prayers Not Three

June 19, 2017 admin 0

It is known that today most Shias pray at three different times each day. They combine the prayers of Thuhr and ‘Asr, then they combine the prayers of Maghrib and Isha’. This lenience by the […]

Imamah

Ali did not want the Caliphate

June 16, 2017 admin 1

To completely understand the problems of Ali’s alleged divine appointing; we need to first understand how he dealt with the political changes of his time.  His contradicting reactions show that he was only a pious […]

Knowledge and Infallibility of Imams

Ali has No Access to Angels

June 13, 2017 admin 0

It is a common Shia belief that Ali bin Abi Talib and the other eleven Imams have access to angels. Shia narrations from their books of fiqh are filled with such examples. One of the […]

Knowledge and Infallibility of Imams

Fallibility of Al-Hasan

June 10, 2017 admin 0

In one of the more heartwarming letters in Nahjul Balagha, we find a caring father Ali bin Abi Talib advising his son Al-Hasan after a life full of experiences and hardship. The letter to Al-Hasan […]

Miscellaneous

The Throne of Allah

June 4, 2017 admin 2

In the very first sermon in Nahjul Balagha, we find Ali bin Abi Talib – may Allah be pleased with him – describing the angels. Interestingly, his description clearly implies that the throne of Allah […]