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Ahl al-Snnah's Hostility to Ahl al-Bayt Reveals their Identity

Every researcher will be amazed when recognizing the true identity of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah, knowing that they have been enemies of the Pure 'Itrah and following the guide beside exterminating them.

Therefore we see Ahl al-Sunnah support and confirm the traditionists, if being Khawarij or 'Uthmani Nawasib, but accuse and enfeeble the traditions if being from among the Shi'ah (followers) of Ahl al-Bayt.

This fact has been expressly mentioned in their books, when they try to deny the sahih tradition, citing the merits (fada'il) of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (A), and weaken the authenticity of their narrator by saying: And in his chain (sanad) someone (fulan) and he is a rafidi.133

On the other hand, they confirm and support the false tradition that are composed for the sake of glorifying the other caliphs, though their narrator being a nasibi, since a nasb in their view is severity and firmness in the sunnah.

It is reported that Ibn Hajar said about 'Abd Allah ibn Idris al-'Azdi (known of being a nasibi): He is the owner of a sunnah and Jama'ah, and has been firm in the sunnah, and 'Uthmani.134

He also says about 'Abd Allalh ibn 'Awn al-Basri: He is trusthworthy, and a man of worship and firmness in the Sunnah, and severity against the heretics. Ibn Sa'd said: 'Abd Allah ibn 'Awn al-Basri was 'Uthmani .135

He also says about Ibrahim ibn Ya'qub al-Juzjani, (known of his hatred against 'Ali [A]): 'He was Harizi al-Madhhab, ie. wa following the school of Harizi ibn 'Uthmani al-Damashqi, known of nasb (hostility against Ahl al-Bayt).136

Ibn Hayyan said about him: He was firm in the sunnah, committing hadith to memory (hafiz).

It is noteworthy to mention that this nasibi, whom they praise of being firm in the sunnah and memorizing (hifz) the hadith, used to avail of the gathering of the traditionists at his door (house), and send his maid with a hen in her hand. After traversing in al-Madinah, she returns to tell her master al-Juzjani that she has not found anyone to slaughter the hen for her, whereat he would cry out: Subhan Allah (Glorified is Allah)!! We cannot find one person to slaughter a hen and 'Ali slaughers more than twenty thousand Muslims a day!!

Through such artifice (makr) and cunningness, the opponents of Ahl al-Bayt strive to divert people away from truth, misleading them with such false disturbing news, with the aim of filling Muslim's hearts, particularly the traditinists, with grudge and hatred against 'Ali ibn Abi Talib (A), permitting thus to revile and curse him.

We can see this phenomenon prevelent even nowadays. Despite Ahl al-Sunnah's claiming that they love and are pleased with our Master 'Ali (karrama Allah wajhah), but when any hadith in regard of 'Ali merits is narrated for he narrator, charging him with tashayyu ' and uttering heretics and ghuluww (excess) in religion.

When you talk to them about the Caliphs Abu Bakr and 'Umar or all the sahabah with no exception, citing their merits with exaggeration (mughalat), they will have confidence in you and be pleased to listen to you, with introducing you to be of much knowledge and awareness.

This being exactly the same belief held by their (salih) ancestors. It is reported by the historians that al-'Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal used to disauthenticate those narrators who disgrace Abu Bakr or 'Umar or Uthman, whereas he used to honour Ibrahim al-Juzjani, the nasibi, previously mentioned, to a great extent, correspond with him, beside quoting from his books and arguing with them on the pulpit (minbar).

If this be the state of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, who forced his contemporaries to recognize the caliphate of 'Ali (A), admitting his being the Fourth Caliph, so what about those who have never recognized any merit or virtue for 'Ali, or those who used to reviling and cursing him over pulpits on Fridays and feasts ('ids).

Further, it is reported that al-Daraqutni has said: Ibn Qutaybah, the mutakallim of Ahl al-Sunnah, used to adopt anthropomorphism (tashbih), being diverted from the 'Itrah (Prophet's Progeny).137

Thus it is revealed that most of Ahl al-Sunnah have been diverted away from the Prophet's 'Itrah.

Also al-Mutawakkil, who was called by Ahl al-Hadith with the name "Muhyi al-Sunnah", and used to honour Ahmad ibn Hanbal and obey his orders in appointing the judges, has been the biggest contestor to 'Ali and Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), to the extent that his grudge against them pushed him to dig out the grave of al-Husayn ibn 'Ali (A), preventing people from visiting his shrine, and taking the life of whoever holding the name ('Ali). Al-Khwarazmi has mentioned him in his letters, saying that he has never given any stipened, nor bestowing any gift but over that who reviled Al Abi Talib (A) and supported the school of Nawasib.138

It is self-evident that the school of Nawasib is the school of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah itself, and the supporter of the school of Nawasib al-Mutawakkil is Muhyi al-Sunnah himself, so get the meaning.

It is reorted by Ibn Kathir in his book al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, that when Ahl al-Sunnah heard al-'A'mash narrating the hadith of the roasted fowl, which was in regard of 'Ali's virtue, they drove him out of the mosque and washed his place (on which he sat).139

They have also tried to prevent the burrying of al'Imam Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, the great historian and author of al-Tafsir al-Kabir, for the only reason that he has reported and confirmed the hadith of Ghadir Khumn: "O whomever I am his master, this 'Ali also is his master (mawla)", beside compiling its narrations from various ways, reaching the extent of tawatur (succession).

Ibn Kathir has said: I saw a book by him in which he has collected the traditions of Ghadir Khumn in two volumes, and another book in which he has complied the traditions about the roasted fowl .140. He (al-Tabari) is mentioned also by Ibn Hajar in his book Lisan al-mizan, where he says: He is the dignified Imam and exegete (mufassir), thigah (trusworthy), sadiq (truthful), in him there is little tashayyu' and harmless muwalat (loyalty).141

When the great muhaddith al-'Imam al-Nasa'i, the author of one of al-Sihah (the six Sihah) for Ahl al-Sunnah, authored the book al-Fada'il (merits) in 'Ali's regard, he was asked about the merits of Mu'awiyah, he replied: I know no merit for him, may God no satiate his abdomen. So they have beat him on his privacy parts till he swooned, an when being shifted he died as a consequence of this.

Ibn Kathir, in his Ta'rikh, cites the incidents that occured in Baghdad in the year 363 H. between the Shi'ah and Ahl al-Sunnah on 'Ashura' Day (the 10th day of Muhararam), saying:

Some people from among Ahl al-Sunnah made a woman to mount a camel, calling her: 'Aisha, while some of them called themselves: Talhah and some others Zubayr, proclaiming: "We will fight 'Ali's companions". Consquently a large number of people were killed.142

This being exactly like what is going on nowadays in India, where Ahl al-Sunnah attack the Shi'ah on 'Ashura' Day, for preventing the ceremonies of mourning procession (ta'ziyah), as a result of which many innocent Muslims are slain.

From this survey, the fact exposed clearly is that the Nawasib, who contradicted the enmity of 'Ali (A) and fought Ahl al-Bayt (A), are the same people who gave themselves the title Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah, and we came to know earlier what they meant by Sunnah and what they meant by Jama'ah.

It is self-evident that the enemy of the Prophet's Progeny, is in fact the enemy of their grandfather the Messenger of Allah, and this one being the enemy of Allah.

It is self-evident also that the enemy of Allah and His Messenger, and Ahl al-Bayt, cannot be counted among the bondmen of the Beneficent, nor among Ahl al-Sunnah, only in the case that the Satan's sunnah is meant.

But the Sunnah of the Beneficent (sunnat al-Rahman) is to love Allah, His Messenger and Ahl al-Bayt, beside befriending them and following their guide. The Almighty Allah said:

"Say (O Muhammad, unto mankind): I ask you of no fee therefore, save loving kindness among kinsfolk".(42:23)

So how can Mu'awiyah compared to 'Ali, and the leaders of misguidance to the leaders (Imams) of guidance, and it is possible to compare Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah with the righeous Shi'ah?

The Almighty has said:

"This is a declaration for mankind, a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil)". (3:138)


133. Rafidi, is a term used for that who follows 'Ali and renounces the caliphate of those who preceded him.

134. Tahdhid al-tahdhib, by Ibn Hajar, vol. v, p.145, and vol i, p.82

135. It is known that the 'Uthemanis are the Nawasib who used to charge 'Ali with impiety and accuse him with slaying 'Uthman, headed by Mu'awiyah inb Sufyan, 'Uthman's cousin, who wa their chief and leader.

136. Al-Nawasib are the enemiees of 'Ali and his household. They comprise the Khawarij, Qasitin, and Nakithin who declared animosity against him and fought him, and used to slander and curse him after his death.

137. Al-Dhahab's Lisan al-mizan, vol. xi, p. 147.

138. Rasa'il al-Khwarazmi, p.135.

139. Ibn kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, vol. xi, p.147.

140. Ibid.

141. Ibn Hajar, Lisan al-mizan, on interpretation of Ibn Jarir al-Tabari.

142. Ibn Kathir, al-Bidayah wa al-nihayah, vol. xi, p. 275.

Adapted from the book: "The Shi'ah; The Real Followers of the Sunnah" by: "Dr. Muhamad al-Tijahi al-Samawi"

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