Shia praying in the mosques of the Muslims: A sign of hope or hopelessness !?
Written by the ex-Shia, our respected Sheikh ‘Abdul-Malik al-Shafi’i under the original title of “Salat al-Shia fi Masajid al-Muslimeen”, translation done by Hani al-Tarabulsi al-Shafi’i on March/18/2012.
In the name of God the merciful and gracious,
The researchers of Islamic sects in our days and those interested in researching the Shia sects in specific will observe the positive image some of these sects try to paint for themselves, the Twelver Shia sect is no different and the image they try to sell in the west is that of a truthful loving sect that works hard towards Islamic unity. When we take a closer look at the position of the Shia concerning the congregational prayer alongside the rest of the Muslims, we find that the early and late Shia scholars present some pretty descent material, discussing the brotherhood between Muslims and bridging the gaps and uniting the nation, they say that their Imams ordered them to pray together in congregation with the rest of the Muslims in the “Sunni” mosques, they will say that the Shia who prays next to the Sunni in a Sunni mosque will be rewarded.
The Shia scholars have adopted this attitude and they openly declare it permissible for their followers to pray in congregation with the Muslims and this is indeed a positive step that they think will lessen or reduce the amount of attacks and accusations they usually receive such as them being labeled Takfeeris that make Takfeer on all non-Twelvers, or the accusation of them being hypocrites who only display a peaceful image on the outside but on the inside they hide ill-will and hatred towards all those who differ with them.
In order to know the truth of the matter I have resolved to conduct this study, based on what the Shia scholars say in their books and on the narrations they transmitted from their Imams. The result of this study will show whether this beautiful image the Shia displayed to the rest of the Muslims is true and they should be praised for it, or a fake negative image they use only to hide their hatred for the Muslims.
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