Sunni & Shia

Al-Muraja'at (The Right Path) by Sayyid 'Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din - A series of letters debating Shi'i and Sunni beliefs between the late Shi'i scholar Sharaf al-Din, and the late Sunni scholar and head of Al-Azhar university.

                              Ask Those Who Know by Sayed Mohamed Tijani Smaoui   -A discussion by a former Sunni scholar on the Prophet, the Ahlul Bayt, some of the companions of the Prophet, and Sunni books of hadith. By the author of 'Then I was Guided'.

                              Imamate: The Vicegerency of the Prophet (s) by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi - Meaning of Imamate and Khilafah, as well as Shi'i and Sunni views on topics such as necessity of Imamate, infallibility, and Shura.                              

Inquiries about Shi'a Islam by Sayyid Moustafa al-Qazwini - An excellent introduction to the major doctrines of Shi'i Islam, including an explanation of the Ahlul Bayt, infallibility, intercession, dissimulation, companions and wives of the Prophet, and other schools of Islamic thought.

                              Origins and Early Development of Shi'a Islam balagh.net by S.H.M. Jafri - Excerpts from the preface: In these pages...an attempt is made to trace out and reconstruct those earliest tendencies and ideas which gave Shi'a Islam its distinctive charcter...My aim has been to reconstruct and present the development of an Islamic ideal--that of a particular vision of religious leadership that first appeared after the Prophet's death--based on the testimony of the historical sources.

                              Peshawar Nights by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi - Transcript of dialogues between Sunni scholars and Shi'i author, about major topics relating to Shi'ism including the death of the Prophet (s), successorship, companions, infallibility, Muta' (temporary marriage), and the family of the Prophet. Includes a search facility.

                              Questions on Jurisprudence (Masa'il Fiqhiyya) by Sayyid Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi - Explanations of laws and practices specific to Shi'ism, including combining of prayers, saying the basmala, mut'a, and method of wudhu.                              

Shiism in Sunnism by Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Reza Mudarrisi Yazdi- A discussion providing evidence of Shi'a ideology and practice from the Quran & Sunni sources.

                              Shiism: Imamate and Wilayat by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi - Origin of Shi'ism, self-censorship in Muslim history, Ghadir Khumm and the Orientalists, appointment of Imam 'Ali (a) explicit or implicit?, concept of Ahlul Bayt, Wilayat, and the knowledge of the Ahlul Bayt (a).

                              Taqiyah (Dissimulation) by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi - What is Taqiyah? When can it be used? Best way to perform taqiyah, and when it is not allowed.

                              The Emergence of Shi'ism and the Shi'ites by Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr-The relation between the ideological and the theological realms in Islam. Theories of the Caliphate and the Imamate in Islam and the historical development of Shi'ism as a distinct school of Islam thought.                              

The Qur'an: Its Protection from Alteration by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi - Appearance of forged ahadith, and the Sunni vs Shi'i attitudes towards such hadith and supposed alterations in the Qur'an.                              

The Shi'a are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah by Sayyid Muhammad Tijani Smaoui - An inquiry of an explorer of the truth into the delicate yet essential question of: "Who is best qualified to the claim of being a follower of Islam's Prophet in spirit and in practice?"                              

The Shi'ites Under Attack by Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Chirri - Numerous accusations against the beliefs and practices of the Shi'ites, and their answers. Includes discussions on the revelation of the Qur'an, Ibn Saba, and the companions of the Prophet (s).

                              The Twelve Successors by Sayyid Murtadha al-'Askari - Narrations of the Prophet on the number of Imams, the twelve Imams according to the school of caliphate, brief account of the Imams.

                              Then I Was Guided by Sayyid Muhammad Tijani Smaoui - An autobiographical account of Sayed Tijani's search for knowledge, which aims to remove some of the barriers that exist between the schools of thought of the ahl-as-Sunnah and the shi'a by clearing misconceptions about Shi'ism.

                              To Be With the Truthful rafed.net by Sayyid Muhammad Tijani Smaoui - Discussion of major doctrines of Shi'i Islam, and differences with Sunni Islam.                              

To Be With the Truthful by Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi - An extension of the book "Then I was Guided" by the same author, with the purpose of elaborating with further evidence on the truthfulness of Shia beliefs.                              

Truth About Shi'ah Ithna 'Ashari Faith by As'ad Wahid al-Qasim -As'ad Wahid al-Qasim is a seeker of the truth who tried hard to reach it very bitterly till Allah guided him to the Straight Path.  He  was born in the Dayr al-Ghusun village on the West Bank [of the Jordan River] in Occupied Palestine. Having finished his high school, he made the trip to Jordan where he earned a diploma in engineering vocations. Then he traveled to the Phillippines where he earned his B.A. in Civil Engineering then his Masters in Construction Management. He is about to earn his Ph.D. in Governmental Administration as soon as he finishes his research about Islamic Public Administration.                              

Wahhabism by Ayatullah Ja'far Subhani -The author provides an introduction to the life of the founder of Wahhabism and an in depth analysis of the beliefs of Wahhabi School of thought in the light of Quran, Hadith, and logical reasoning. The title deals with following topics: Construction of graves, Ziyara, Tawassul, Shafa’a, Nadhr, Commemorating the birth and death anniversaries of Awliya Allah, and Political and Social dimensions of Hajj.


Book Review: Modern Political Islamic Thought by Dr. Wahid Akhtar - Book Review of Hamid Enayet's 'Modern Islamic Political Thought' in which the author gives an account of Shi'ite political thought, and the differences between Shi'i and Sunni views on state, caliphate, and politics.      

Fasting according to the five schools of Islamic Law by Allamah Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah - Differing opinions among the schools of Islamic Law on the rules of fasting, including being excused from fasting and repaying missed fasts.

     

Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal by Dr. Sayyid Kàzim Tabàtabà’í - The Musnad of ibn Hanbal is considered among the most comprehensive and early collections of hadīth of the Sunni sect. One of the characteristics of this work is the wide space given to hadīth concerning the merits of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt. Compared to the other hadīth compendiums of the Sunnis, the Musnad’s emphasis on this subject is so pronounced that it has attracted the attention of orientalists and other researchers. The writer of this article has attempted to focus on this particular point of the Musnad and its author by selecting some of the hadīth mentioned about topics such as Tashayyu‘, Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, Hadīth Compendiums, Merits of the Ahl al-Bayt (‘a), Hadīth al-Ghadīr, Hadīth al-Thaqalayn, Hadīth al-Manzilah.

     

Hadith al-Thaqalayn- A study of the tawatur, or the multiplicity of sources and narrators that verify the authenticity of Hadith al-Thaqalayn, when the Messenger of Allah (s) said: "Verily, I am leaving behind two precious things (thaqalayn) among you: the Book of God and my kindred (`itrah), my household (Ahl al-Bayt), for indeed, the two will never separate until they come back to me by the Pond (of al-­Kawthar on the Day of Judgment)."

     

Martyrdom of Imam Husayn and the Muslim and Jewish Calendars by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi   -Is the commemoration of the tragedy of Karbala a bid'ah (innovation)? The command to observe the 10th of Muharram as a day of mourning in the Old Testament.

     

Nikah of Lady Umm Kulthum [as] answering-ansar.org   -Refutation of the claim that caliph 'Umar b. al-Khattab was the son in law of Imam 'Ali (as).

     

Shi'ism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects by Dr. Abulqasim Gorji

     

Sunnah from Shi'i and Sunni Viewpoints by Ayatullah Ali Mishkini - Differing viewpoints on the character of the communication of the Sunnah and the Prophet's statements to the Islamic community and its transmission, and secondly, the method of accessing the Sunnah.

     

Tawassul: Seeking a way unto Allah by Dr. Abd al-Karim Shirazi-Controversy over the concept of tawassul. Definition of tawassul; to the Prophet and the Saints during their lifetime and after death. Opinion of 'ulama (scholars) on the permissibility of tawassul.

     

Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law by Sachiko Murata - The origin of this divergence between Sunni and Shi'i law on temporary marriage, and a description of the legal situation of mut'a in Shi'ism.

     

The Role of Ijtihad in Legislation by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari - Definitions of 'mujtahid' and 'ijtihad'. Ijtihad in Sunni and Shi'i traditions. Akhbarism in the Imamiyyah Tradition.

     

The Role of Reason in Ijtihad by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari - Ash'ari and Mu'tazali beliefs in the role of reason. Qiyas in legislation. The Shi'ite position.

Do the Shi'ah believe in a Different Qur'an?- An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

     

Imam Khomeini on Islamic Unity inminds.co.uk by Imam Khomeini

     

Rafidi Shi'ah narrators in Sahih al-Bukhari - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

     

Striving for Right Guidance by Sayyid Muhammad Tijani Smaoui - A speech by the author of 'Then I Was Guided', on repentance, seeking Guidance, the status of the Ahlul Bayt, Jihad al-Nafs (internal struggle), and the role of the Shi'as.

     

Sunni-Shia Unity islam-usa.com by Ahmad Deedat, South Africa - Transcript of a lecture by Shaykh Ahmad Deedat following his visit to Iran in 1982.

     

Twelve Successors - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

     

Were all the Companions Just and Truthful? - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Personalities Factsheets.

     

Why Do the Shi'ah Avoid Tarawih Congregations? - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Laws and Practices Factsheets.

     

Why do the Shi'ah Combine Prayers?   -An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Laws and Practices Factsheets.

     

Why do the Shi'ah Prostrate on Turbah? - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Laws and Practices Factsheets.

     

Why Follow the Family of the Prophet (s)? - An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

A Charter for Muslim unity muslimedia.com by Isa Othman - Charter 3:103 is being administered by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, London. Several hundred organizations have already signed up to it.

     

Achieving Islamic Unity shianews.com by Mohammed Al-Hilli

     

From A Shia Who's a Sunni victorynewsmagazine.com by Shaykh Ali Abu-Talib   -A Poem By Shaykh Ali Abu-Talib Son Of AbdunNur

     

Shia-Sunni unity ezsoftech.com by Dr. Shahid Athar M.D. - "With the little knowledge I have, I have tried to do my best as a Sunni in defending my Shia brothers in Islam with the hope and prayer to God Almighty that He will <i>instill love in the heart of the believers</i> and bring us closer to each other so that we jointly can fight our common enemy, Satan and his followers."