All deviant sects rely on Ahlus Sunnah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

The below extract is from the letter which was written by Shaykh Uthman Al khamees. Which is titled as:
From the Heart To the Heart

A Letter to the Seekers of Truth from among the Shiahs

Here I found an interesting extract which talks about the current Quran which we have along with us. We find that ALL those deviant sects other than Ahlesunnah rely on the same Quran, was transmitted by Ahlesunnah. This is something upon which we should ponder. This is the great sign which shows that Ahlesunnah are actually the mainstream muslims. And all other deviant sects other than Ahlesunnah are dependent upon Ahlesunnah regarding this issue.

Do you know my brothers and sisters that a person cannot be a [true] Twelver Shi’ah except if he believes that the Quran is Muharaf[1]? While this might seem strange, what follows is even stranger.

Ahl Al-Sunnah transmitted the Quran from the Prophet [May Blessings of Allah and Peace be upon him and his household] through Tawatur[2] and a multitude of widespread authentic chains. These Mushafs that are printed today, and people all over the world read from, are [from] one of these four narrations:

  • The narration of Hafs from ‘Asim, and this is widespread in the Arabian Gulf, Egypt, Shaam, Iraq, and Yemen.
  • The second is the narration of Warsh from Nafi’, and this is common in Morocco and Algeria.
  • The third narration is that of Qalon from Nafi’, and it is widespread in Libya.
  • The fourth is the narration of Al-Duwri from Abi ‘Amr, and this is common in Chad and the South of Sudan.

In addition to these there are other narrations which are not that common among people, but are being taught in institutes and Universities.

So ask [May Allah bless you, benefit you, and make you a benefit for others] … ask your scholars: Where is the Quran of Aal Al-Bayt?

Where is the Mushaf which the Imams narrate and transmit from each other?

Where is the chain of: Al-‘Askari from the way of Al-Hadi from Al-Jawad from Al-Ridaa form Al-Kazim from Al-Sadiq fromAl-Baqir from Zayn Al-‘Abideen from Al-Husien (the grandson of the Prophet) or Al-Hasan (the grandson of the Prophet) from Ali [May Allah be pleased with them all]?

Did the students of these Imams narrate everything from them except the Quran?!!

Are the scholars of the Shi’ah capable of producing a chain of the Quran up to the Messenger [May Blessings of Allah and Peace be upon him and his household] without relying on or referring back to the chains of Ahl Al-Sunnah?!!

I am definite that they are incapable of producing such a thing, so go back to them and check if they can correct me.

What I think they will say to you, though, is: [Yes,] there is a narration, and it is the narration of Hamza Al-Zayaat[3]from the way of Al-Sadiq[4] from Al-Baqir from Zayn Al-‘Abideen from Al-Husien from Ali.

This should raise another important question: Why is this being narrated by Hamza Al-Zayaat from Al-Sadiq, and not by Al-Kazim [from Al-Sadiq]? And why isn’t Al-Kazim’s son: Al-Rida narrating this from him? And why isn’t Al-Jawad narrating it from Al-Rida … this is a very important point to pay attention to.

Then I add to this another question [to the Shi’ah]: Where are your chains today to Hamza Al-Zayaat? And where is the recitation of Hamza Al-Zayaat being recited today?

All the countries that the Shi’ah recite [Quran] in today follow: the narration of Hafs from ‘Asim, the narration of Warsh from Nafi’, the narration of Qalon from Nafi’, or the narration of Al-Duwri from Abi ‘Amr.

Where is the narration of Hamza? I do not know of a Mushaf that is printed upon the narration of Hamza on this day. So I want to ask two questions:

As for the first question: If the Companions were Apostates, especially the famous ones from among them, and they were the ones that transmitted the Quran: How can a Shi’ah trust the narration of those who he believe are Apostates? This Quran that is between our hands today, is from the narration of those companions of the Prophet [May Blessings of Allah and Peace be upon him and his household], and it is the one narrated by Hafs from the way of ‘Asim from Abi ‘Abdulrahman Al-Salami from ‘Uthman and Ali and Ubi and Zayd.

The second question is: Where is the chain of the Shi’ah to Hafs or to Warsh or to Qalon or to Al-Duwri?

[After answering these questions you would understand why we said that] you will not be a shi’ah except if you say that the Quran had been subject to Tahreef.

We add to this, that some Shi’a scholars, such as Ni’mat-u-Allah Al-Jazai’ri[5], Al-Nuri Al-Tabrasi[6], and others proclaimed that Mutawatir narrations were transmitted from the infallible Imams stating that the Quran is Muharaf, yet you do not find even one narration [from the Imams] clearly stating that the Quran is free from any such Tahreef.

The first to say that [the Quran is] free from Tahreef [from their] earlier scholars are four, they are: Al-Tabrasi Abu Ali[7], Al-Tusi[8], Al-Murtada[9], and Al-Saduq[10]. As for Al-Mufeed[11] he has two sayings in this matter.

It follows, that all those who claim to follow the Twelve Imams should also say [as their Imams are reported to have said] that the Quran has been subject to Tahreef, since the narrations that came from the way of the Imams attested to such a thing. As for those who [don’t wish to follow the Imams and choose to follow] someone else, like Al-Tusi, Al-Murtada, Al-Saduq, and Al-Tabrasi then that is their matter.

For that reason you will find that the scholars of Ahl Al-Sunnah are strict in this matter, and say that whoever says that the Quran is Muharaf is a Kaffir, and they clearly declare such a thing based on what Allah the Exalted said: {Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur’an and indeed, We will be its guardian}[12].

The scholars of the Shi’ah, on the other hand, do not say that, rather they just say that he who says such a thing is just mistaken.

Many times we hear of a narration called “Hadith Al-Thaqalayn”, and the Thaqalayn as is known are: The Book [of Allah], and Aal Al-Bayt. This tradition, which came in the Shiah books, state that the Quran is the Major [Thiql], and Aal Al-Bayt is the minor Thiql.

So after this we say:

Don’t all the scholars of the Shi’ah with no exception, say that the killers of Al-Husien [May Allah be pleased with him] are Apostates, since Al-Husien [May Allah be pleased with him] is a member of the minor Thiql, thus his killers are Apostates due to their attack on a member of the minor Thiql, based on this tradition. Yet they do not accuse any of those who attack the major Thiql, the Quran, of any of that?!

For that reason a huge number … yes a huge number … from the big Shi’ah scholars said that the Quran is Muharaf.

So do you accept these [scholars] as the symbols and heads of the Mazhab you are attributed to? [These are the scholars] whom you ask Allah to bestow his Mercy on, and whom you highly praise the knowledge and books they left behind.

Do you know, May Allah Bless you, that Husien Al-Nuri Al-Tabrasi[13] said that the Noble Quran has ridiculous, silly verses (I ask refuge in Allah for me and you from such Apostasy)!

I ask you: Is he [after saying that] a Muslim?!

What he said can be found in his evil book: “Fasl Al-Khitab Fee Ithbaat Tahreef Kitab Rab Al-Arbab”.

I do not which to rush you for the answer, but would like to say that if you were truly concerned with arriving to the truth, and I think that you are (which is why I am writing this to you) … Go ask your scholars, ask them about the status of that man among the scholars of the Twelver Shiahs.

If we do not stand up to defend the Quran, and we do not show animosity towards those who disrespect it, and do not free ourselves from those who attack it, then By Allah how can our Islam remain correct.

Push your scholars, May Allah bless you, to declare all those who slander and attack the Quran as non Muslims, in the same way as they openly declare the Apostasy of the Nawasib[14] [May Allah curse them], even though the Nawasib showed animosity to humans i.e. the household of the Prophet. Why then don’t they (Shiah scholars) also declare as Apostates and curse those who show animosity or attack the Book of Allah the Exalted.

As for us Ahl Al-Sunnah, we Praise Allah, who has guided us to the path where we do not distinguish between those who attack the Book of Allah, or the Household of the Messenger, or his Companions. We have one Manhaj in defending all that which is revered in this Religion. We show animosity and free ourselves from all those who attack the Book of Allah, rather we declare him as an Apostate, and we hate and free ourselves from all those who slander and attack the household of the Messenger [Blessings and Peace of Allah be upon him and his household] or the companions of our Prophet [Blessings of Allah and Peace upon him].

[1]Tahreef is the belief that the Quran has been subject to alteration after the Death of Prophet Muhammad [Blessings and Peace be upon him], and that the Quran that we have today is not the same as the one left to us by him [Blessings and Peace be upon him]. Such a belief would place one outside the fold of Islam according to the Scholars of Ahl Al-Sunnah wa Al-Jama’ah.

[2]Tawatur or Mutawatir is a narration reported by a significant number of narrators at each level of the chain of narration, in such a way that it becomes beyond possibility that these narrators could have conspired to forge such narration. It is of the highest level of authenticity, and the highest level of Tawatur is that of the Quran.

[3]Hamza Al-Zayaat (80 H to 156/8 H): He is Hamza b. Habib b. ‘Imarah Al-Zayat Al-Kufi. He is one of the scholars of his time in the Qiraat. He was known for his worship and piety. He took the Quran from: Sulaiman Al-A’mash, Humraan b. A’yan, Ja’far b. Muhammad Al-Sadiq, Abu Ishaq Al-Subai’y, and many others.

[4] Original source did not mention Al-Sadiq, however according to books of Qiraat Al-Sadiq was one of those Hamza Al-Zayaat took the Quran from not Al-Baqir (Refer to Ghayat Al-Nihaya). The next paragraph was modified accordingly.

[5]Ni’mat Allah Al-Jazaeri (1050 H – 1112 H): is a highly praised Shi’ah scholar. From his scholars are Muhammad Baqir Al-Majlisi (known as Al-‘Alamah Al-Majlisi) and Muhammad Mohsen (known as Al-Fayd Al-Kashani), as well as many others. He was praised by a number of Shia scholars including Al-Majlisi in the Ijazah he gave him, Al-Hur Al-‘Amili,Yusuf Al-Bahrani, as well as others. Refer to what he said about Tahreef Al-Quran in his book: Al-Anwaar Al-Nu’maniyah

[6]Husien Al-Nuri Al-Tabrasi (1254 H – 1320 H): He was praised by the [Shia] Shaykh Aaqa Al-Tahrani who said of him: “… One of the greatest scholars of the Shia, and one of the grandest men of Islam in this century”. Also Al-Sayid Mohsen Al-Ameen said of him: “He was a noble scholar, a Muhadith, with great knowledge in both the Science of Hadith and Narrators … He was the most unique scholars of his time when it comes to knowledge of narrations and traditions …”. He is the author of the book: Fasl Al-Khitaab fee Ithbaat tahreef Kitab Rab Al-Arbab.

[7]Al-Fadl b. Al-Hasan Al-Tabrasi (460 H – 548 H): The author of Majma’ Al-Bayan fee Tafseer Al-Quran.

[8]Muhammad b. Al-Hasan Al-Tusi (385 H – 460 H): Known as Shaykh Al-Taefah.

[9]Ali b. Al-Husien known as Al-Sayid Al-Murtada (355 H – 436 H).

[10]Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Ali b. Musa b. Babawayh Al-Qumi (305 H – 381 H): known as Al-Shaykh Al-Saduq.

[11]Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Al-Nu’man (336 H – 413 H): Abu Abdullah Al-Mufeed.

[12] Al-Hijr 15:9

[13] Refer to footnote # 41above.

[14] Who are the Naasibis and what is the ruling on them? Islam Question and Answer – Who are the Naasibis and what is the ruling on them?

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