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Ahl al-Sunnah and the Mutilated Prayer

After expounding in a previous chapter the revelation of the verse (of prayer) with its interperetation by the Messenger himself, and the way of sending the complete salat, and forbidding the multilated one which is never accepted by Allah, still there is strong persistence by Ahl al-Sunnah upon sending the multilated benedictionin order that no mention is made for Al Muhammad within the salat. But when being obliged to mention them they attach the Sahabah to them, and when you say before any of them: May God's benediction by upon him and His Houshold, immediately he realizes your being a Shi'i, as full prayer has turned to be a motto for the Shi'ah exclusively.

This being a clear-cut reality, which I exprienced myself, as I used to recognize the writer's Shi'ism through his saying, after mentioning the name of Muhammad, (may God's peace and benediction be upon him), reveals his being a Sunni. So also is the case with the name of Ali, as (peace be upon him) indicates the writer's Shi'ism, while the phrase (karram Allah wajhah) indicates his Sunnism.

The complete salat indicates the Shi'ah's devoted adherence to Prophetic Sunnah, while Ahl al-Sunnah have contradicted the Prophet's commandations, discarding them, as they alwasys send the the multilated prayer, and when obliged to add the word (Al), they attach to it the words (and all his Companions) with no exception, for the sake of depriving Ahl al-Bayt of any virtue or merit.

All this being a consequence of the Umayyad's stand and hostility toward Ahl al-Bayt, to the extent that they have substituted sending benediction upon them (Ahl al-Bayt ) by cursing them from the pulpits, beside compelling people to follow this pracitice through intimidation and temptation means. Whereas Ahl al-Sunnah could not reach this exent of reviling and cursing for Ahl al-Bayt, as this would disclose thier real nature before all Muslims, entailing proclamation of anipathy against them.They have concealed their enmity and hatred, inside their hearts, against Ahl al-Bayt, striving to extinguish among the Sahabah, creating for them false virtues.

This is indicated clearly thruogh Ahl al-Sunnah's abstaining from deploring Mu'awiyah and the Companions who continued to curse Ahl al-Bayt for eighty years, but rather they decalare pleasure toward all of them, charging with disblief anyone finding fault with any of the Sahabah, or uncorvering his crimes, issueing a fatwa to kill that person.

Some other fabricators tried to attach to the full prayer--taught by the Prophet to his Companions --another part, surming that this would belittle Ahl al-Bayt, by saying: Say O God send Your benediction upon Muhammad and his Household and wives and offspring. It is quite clear for every researcher that this part was added for including 'A'isha within al-Bayt .

Our reply to them is: Should we persume, for argument's sake, the veracity of the narrations, admitting the mothers of believers as included in it (prayer), the Sahabah then have nothing to do with this matter; and I challenge any Muslim in being able to give any evidence from the Qur'an or Sunnah indicating such a meaning.The stars in the sky are more accessible to him than this.

This is decisive commandment in the Qur'an and Sunnah, inviting all the Sahabah and those succeeding them from among Muslims, to call for ( divine) blessing upon Muhammad and his Household. This, in itself being a sublime rank outstripping all other ranks, and a lofty virtue no other one can attain . All Companions, including Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Uthman, and all Muslims all over the world, numbering hundreds of millions, say in their prayer, in tashahhud: O God, send Your blessing upon Muhammad and Al Muhammad! Allah -Glorified -shall never accept their salat if it be devoid of this phrase, and it will be regarded invalid.

Al'-Imam al-Shafi 'i has denoted this when saying:

It suffieces as the greatest honour bestowed on you.

That his prayer is as nothing who does not salute you.

Due to this verse, al-Shafi'i was accused of tashayyu', as the stooges of the Umayyads and 'Abbasids accuse with this charge anyone asking blessing upon Muhammad and his Household, or praising them with poetry, or referring to any of their excellences.

We conclude here that the Shi'ah are the true followers of the Prophetic Sunnah, and their salat is complete and accepted, even in the opinion of their opponents. Whereas Ahl al-Sunnah have expressly contradicted the Prophetic Sunnah, and their salat is mutilated and unaccepted even in the opinion of their imams and 'ulama'.

''Or are they jealous of mankind because of that which Allah of His bounty hath bestwd upon them? For we bestwed upon the house of Abrham (of old) the Scripture nd wisdom, and We bestowed pm them mighty kingdom''.(4:54)

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

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