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Sunni fatwas on Shi'as

Sunni fatwas shows, how the Sunni view of Shi'a is documented in their legal rulings. I have listed some Sunni Scholars names with Hadiths. REMEMBER that we are not arguing or fighting with other religions of Islam but to reject all those Hadiths which were created or altered after the life of Prophet Muhammad(s.a.w). Some Scholars of other religions are also telling that such Hadiths were altered.

Hadith of Muhammad(saw) in Sahih and Ali(a.s.)
Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W) Said: My sahaba will be taken to the fire [of hell], whereupon I shall plead: "O Lord! But these are my sahaba!" It will be said to me, "You do not know what they brought forth after you." I will say, "Then perdition should be the lot of all those who altered after me."
(Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 7, p. 209, in a chapter dealing with the Pool [of al-Kawthar])

Imam Ali(a.s.) has also said: "Don't accept those Hadiths which they conflicts with Quran even if it's belongs to me". Imam Jaffar-e-Sadiq(a.s.) & other Imam's also narrated same Hadiths.

Sunni Scholars of early Islam fatwas
The following Sunni scholars of early Islam are known to have openly considered the Shi'a as Kafir. Most of these "Rafideh" hadiths were rejected by many scholars (Click here to read more), I have listed some of them for you:

1) Ibn Hazm "Shia are not even Muslims", when Christians debating him brought a Shia book as reference. See: al-Millal wa al-Nahl 213/2
2) Al-Ghazali. See: Ghazali's al-Mustasfi 110/1
3) Ibn Khaldoun "astray people", "Shia are the source of all deviant groups in Islam history".
4) Nizam al-Mulk in his Siyasatnama, chap 41, where he fully attacks The Rafidhun.

Sunni Scholar Al-Azhar fatwa & Al-Azhar University

Al-Azhar university is considered by most Sunni Muslims to be the most prestigious school of Islamic learning, and its scholars were seen as some of the most reputable scholars in the Muslim world. Al-Azhar Shia Fatwa is an Islamic fatwa that allows Shi'a muslims to attend Sunni universities and colleges.

The renowned al-Azhar Theological school in Egypt, one of the main centers of Sunni scholarship in the world had a ten year long exchange with a Shia scholar. After a long period of discussions, they announced the following on July 6, 1959:

"The Shi'a is a school of thought that is religiously correct to follow in worship as are other Sunni schools of thought."

Today, both Shi'a and Sunni students graduate and study at the Al-Azhar university in Cairo, Egypt and it is one of the oldest operating universities in the world of about 969-975 AD.

  • A copy of the fatwa can be found here.

  • A copy of all the exchanges between the Sunni Scholarship and the Shia Scholarship can be found here.

    Fatwa of Sheikh Al-Akbar Mahmood Shaltoot

    Below I have included the Fatwa of Shaikh Mahmood Shaltoot, the head of al-Azhar University which clearly removes the barrier between the Sunni and the Shia, and allows the Sunnis to follow the Fatwa of any of them. I just give a part of his Fatwa here:

    Head Office of al-Azhar University:


    Text of the Verdict (Fatwa) Issued by His Excellency

    Shaikh al-Akbar Mahmood Shaltoot,

    Head of the al-Azhar University,

    on Permissibility of Following "al-Shia al-Imamiyyah" School of Thought

    His Excellency was asked:

    Some believe that, for a Muslim to have religiously correct worship and dealing, it is necessary to follow one of the four known schools of thought, whereas, "al-Shia al-Imamiyyah" school of thought is not one of them nor "al-Shia al-Zaidiyah." Do your Excellency agree with this opinion, and prohibit following "al-Shia al-Imamiyyah al-Ithna Ashariyyah" school of thought, for example?

    His Excellency replied:

    1) Islam does not require a Muslim to follow a particular madh'hab (school of thought). Rather, we say: every Muslim has the right to follow one of the schools of thought which has been correctly narrated and its verdicts have been compiled in its books. And, everyone who is following such madhahib [schools of thought] can transfer to another school, and there shall be no crime on him for doing so.

    2) The Ja'fari school of thought, which is also known as "al-Shia al- Imamiyyah al-Ithna Ashariyyah" (i.e., The Twelver Imami Shi'ites) is a school of thought that is religiously correct to follow in worship as are other Sunni schools of thought.

    Muslims must know this, and ought to refrain from unjust prejudice to any particular school of thought, since the religion of Allah and His Divine Law (Shari'a) was never restricted to a particular school of thought. Their jurists (Mujtahidoon) are accepted by Almighty Allah, and it is permissible to the "non-Mujtahid" to follow them and to accord with their teaching whether in worship (Ibaadat) or transactions (Mu'aamilaat).

    Mahmood Shaltoot.

    The above Fatwa was announced on July 6, 1959 from the Head of al-Azhar University, and was subsequently published in many publications in the middle east which include, but are not limited to:

    1) Al-Sha'ab newspaper (Egypt), issue of July 7, 1959.
    2) Al-Kifah newspaper (Lebanon), issue of July 8, 1959

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