The Transfer of Kufa’s Hadith Heritage to Qom | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (5)

During the Imamate of Imam Baqir (s) and Sadiq (s), there was a lot of encouragement from the Imams to their students and companions to begin recording down traditions. As this shift from oral to a written tradition became a culture amongst them, there was naturally a large output of written works over the next[…]

The Ash’ari Family II | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (4)

In this post we will continue with the list of scholars from the Ash’ari family who have been categorized into the second and third group, post-migration to Qom. Second Group Zakariyyah bin Idris bin ‘Abdullah al-Ash’ari: Considered a companion of Imam Sadiq, Imam Kadhim and Imam Ridha. Zakariyyah bin Adam bin ‘Abdullah al-Ash’ari: Considered a[…]

The Traditionalist-Theologian Phenomenon | History of Shi’i Imami Theology (2)

The earliest distinct Shi’i Imami school was that of Kufa’s, which began taking form in the beginning of the 2nd century Hijri during the time of Imam Baqir (s). This era itself is worthy of being studied and as a matter of fact has been studied extensively by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars alike. The various[…]

Resemblance of Imam Mahdi (as) to the Prophets (pbut)

This is a summary I wrote up from the volume 1 of the book Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qaaim by Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Musawi Isfahani. The title of the book translates to Perfection of Morals Among the Benefits of Praying for Al-Qaim (meaning the 12th Imam al-Mahdi). The author goes into details[…]

Qur’anic Verses About the Rise of Imam al-Mahdi (as)

A while back I was gifted an English copy of volume 51 (which is volume 13 old edition) of Bihar al-Anwar by Allamah Majlisi, titled Kitab al-Ghaibah (The Book of Occultation). The book includes various traditions pertaining to different topics related to Imam al-Mahdi (ajtf). This translation is done by Hassan Allahyari and he omits[…]

Tajseem (Anthropomorphism) in Ibn Taymiyah’s Teachings

The views of the forefather of the Salafi school of thought, Ibn Taymiyah, have long been beautified. Blurring out many historical aspects of his life makes it easy to present him as a reformer and many laymen Sunnis have fallen for this propaganda in recent history. The propaganda has been backed up by the Petro-Dollars of the Aal-e-Saud and has spread like wild-fire in the last hundred years or so. What often gets undermined is that the Salafi/Wahabis who throw accusations of Shirk on others, rely on someone who himself had disturbing views.

Below are some excerpts I came across while reading Explanation of a Summary of al‐‘Aqeedatul Hamawiyyah of ibn Taymiyyah, by Ibn Uthaymeen. They are filled with anthropomorphism (attributing human-like characteristics to God) and it is thus absurd for the Salafis to accuse others of Shirk when their own forefather resorted to such nonsense. […]