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Are the Shiaa kaafirs?

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I have read the explanation you have given about the expulsion of Shiaa from the faith of Islam in this web site. But these are things they (the Shiaas) already know & wrongly believe. Is there some way you could help me by giving references from the holy Quran that very clearly justify our view & defy theirs. Some hard evidence which the Quran has with which I can relate to & convice my Shiaa friends who wrongly follow Shiaaism. One of my friends is a very strong muslim (Shiaa) and is very scared to go against his teachings of Islam(Shiaa theories). He belives that he is following the right path & we are wrong. He says that since we don’t follow the Imams we are not proper muslims. Kindly give references that clearly states the finality of the prophet & no need for any Imams to preserve the religion of Islam. He believes that the Imams are maasoomeens ie unable to do any sin. Please quote references that reflect shortcomings in their decision makings. Please give me some evidence from the quran to present my view more strongly upon him & save at least one person from going to hell.


Shi?as are not Muslims. Kindly refer attached, ?Unbridgeable Divide?.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

The protracted contrariety between Islam and Shi?ism is but a clear reflection of fundamental differences between the two. The only common denominator between Islam and Shi?ism is the Islamic Kalimah. The rest of Shi?ism has very little in common with mainstream Islam. The unbridgeable divide between the two is entrenched in some of the core fundamentals of this sect, such as:


Imaamah is a divine station like Nubuwwat. This implies that Sunnis, who do not believe in Imaamah, are unbelievers. According to their beliefs, Allah had chosen twelve men to succees Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The twelfth Imaam however disappeared at the age of five. He is believed to be the awaited Mahdi.


The Imaams possess more knowledge than the Ambiyaa. They are superior to the Ambiyaa and the entire creation. The Imaams can bring the dead back to life. No knowledge of the heavens and the earth is hidden from them.


The Qur?an is incomplete and distorted in its present form. This tenet had been explicity propounded by the classical scholars of Shi?ism, but frugally denied by the contemporary scholars.


The Sahaaba were guilty of wilfully distorting and corrupting the Deen of Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). They turned renegade after the demise of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) except the immediate household of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).



Islam and Shi?ism are two parallel streams of thought that can never converge. They are as distinct from each other, as is Islam to the Ahlul-Kitaab.To ignore these differences is to ignore the stark reality.

The often repeated hallowed call for “Muslim Unity” simply serves as a smokescreen, behind which Shi?a missionaries penetrate Muslim societies. Any attempt to resist this imposition is branded as “divisive”. Would it be divisive to protect Islam from a sect that inherently debases the Qur?an, the Ambiyaa, and the Sahaaba? Unity can only be forged on the basis of Aqeedah (belief). To label these differences as ?hair splitting issues? is to undermine the sanctity of the Qur?an, the Ambiyaa and the Sahaaba unity at the cost of the Qur?an is tantamount to blasphemy.

The constitution of our country guarantees religious freedom. The Shi?as therefore have the right to propagate their beliefs. However, they need to come out of the closet and do so under the banner of Shi?ism.

Issued by: UUCSA

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