Shi'ah, according to the etymology of Arabic language, means advocates and followers of someone, besides that it also means every people who gather on a matter. ("Tahdzibul Lughah", 3/61 written by Azhari and "Taajul Arus", 5/405, written by Az-Zabidi).
As for the meaning according to the terminology of shari'ah, Shi'ah means those who assert that Ali bin Abu Thalib is more important than the entire Sahabahs and more entitled to become a khalifah of the Muslims ("Al-Fisal Fil Milali Wal Ahwa Wan Nihal" written by Ibnu Hazm).
Shi'ah started to emerge after the killing of Khalifah Utsman bin ‘Affan. In the time of caliphate of Abu Bakar and Umar, and the early days of the caliphate of Uthman i.e. during the early years of his post, the Islamic Ummah was united, there was no dispute. And then at the end of the caliphate of Uthman, there were various events that resulted in the onset of the split, a group of fitnah and atrocity makers emerged, they murdered Uthman, that resulted in the division in the Islamic Ummah.
In the time of the caliphate of Ali, the Shi'ah group existed but they concealed their orientation, they did not make it visible to Ali and his followers.
At that time they were divided into three categories.
Whereas, it had been narrated in mutawatir by Prophet Muhammad that he said: “The best of the people after the Prophet are Abu Bakar and Umar”.
A riwaayah of this kind was brought by Imam Bukhari in his saheeh book, from Muhammad bin Hanafiyyah that he asked his father, who are the best humans after of Rasulullah , he answered Abu Bakr, and then who? He answered, Umar.
In the history of Shi'ah they are divided into five major sects, namely:
2. Imamiyyah (Rafidhah)
And from these five sects, so many branches of other sects were born.
Out of those five sects, the most important to be raised is the imamiyyah or rafidhah sect, which for a long time until now always fight hard to destroy Islam and the Muslims. In various ways, this group continue to work hard to spread a wide range of its misguidance, especially after the establishment of the Shi'ah state, Iran which toppled the regime of Shah Reza Pahlevi.
- Rafidhah according to the Arabic language means abandoning, while in the terminology of Shari'ah it means those who reject the leadership of Abu Bakr and Umar, who free themselves from them both, and those who reproach and insult the Sahabahs of the Prophet.
Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Hanbal said, “I have asked my father, who are the Rafidhahs?” So he answered, “They are the people who reproach Abu Bakr and Umar.” ("as-Sarimul Maslul ‘Ala Shatimir Rasul" pg. 567, Sheikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah)
- The term “Rafidhah” is closely related with Zaid bin ‘Ali bin Husain bin ‘Ali bin Abu Thalib and his followers during the revolt against Hisham bin Abdul Malik bin Marwan in the year 121 H. ("Badzlul Majhud", 1/86)
Sheikh Abul Hasan al-Ash’ari said, “When Zaid bin ‘Ali appeared in Kufah, in the midst of the followers who gave him bai’ah, he heard from some of them censures against Abu Bakr and ‘Umar. He then negated it, until in the end they (his followers) left him. So he said to them: “You are leaving me?”
Then it was said that the naming of them with "Rafidhah" was due to the words of Zaid for them “Rafadhtumuunii.” ("Maqalatul Islamiyyin", 1/137). The same thing was also said by Sheikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyah in "Majmu’ Fatawa" (13/36).
- The originator of the Shi'ah doctrine was a Jew from Yemen named Abdullah bin saba’ al-himyari, who showed his Islam during the caliphate of Uthman bin Affan.
Abdullah bin Saba’ introduced his teachings openly, he then rallied the masses, announcing that the leadership (imamah) after Prophet Muhammad should fall into the hands of Ali bin Abi Thalib as per the instruction of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (according to their reckoning).
- According to Abdullah bin Saba’, Khalifah Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman had taken over that position. In “Majmu’ Fatawa”, 4/435, it was mentioned that Abdullah bin Saba showed an extreme attitude in glorifying Ali, with one slogan that Ali is the one who has the right to be the imam (khalifah) and he was one who is ma’sum (immune from all sins).
That belief developed constantly from time to time, to the extent of deifying Ali bin Abi Thalib. Ali, who knew about the excessive attitude later fought, in fact even burned those who did not want to repent, some of them escaped.
- Abdullah bin Saba’, the founder of this Shi'ah religion, was a Jewish agent who was rotten and full of plots. He was inserted in the midst of the Muslims by the Jews to corrupt the religious order and Muslim community. His early appearance was the end of the leadership of the Khalifah ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan. And then continued during the leadership of a Khalifah ‘Ali bin Abi Thalib.
Under the guise of Islam, the spirit of amar ma’ruf nahi mungkar and masked in tanassuk (active worshiping), he packaged his various evil missions. It was not just the astray aqeedah (in fact kufr) that he conveyed in the midst of the ummah, he also provoked the masses to overthrow Khalifah ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan. As a result, the Khalifah was unjustly killed. As a result again, conflict of opinions among the Sahabahs also occurred. (See “Minhajus Sunnah” by Sheikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyyah, 8/479, “Sharh Al-‘Aqidah Ath-Thahawiyyah” by Ibnu Abil ‘Izz pg. 490 and “At-Tauhid” by Ash-Sheikh Shalih bin Fauzan Al-Fauzan pg. 123).
- The Rafidhahs must be Shi'ah, while the Shi'ahs do not have to be Rafidhah. Because not all Shi'ahs hate Abu Bakr and ‘Umar like the Shi'ah Zaidiyyah, a Shi'ah sect that has the lightest errors.
[Arranged from various sources, which includes “Al-Furqon Bainal Haq Wal Batil” written by Sheikhul Islam Ibnu Taimiyyah)
“in only 2 minutes you can show that you are right and he is wrong.”
3 verses in surah Fathir, az-Zumar and Yunus.
Sheikh Abdul Muhsin Ahmad spoke of his experience debating Iranian officials who were Rafidhi and triggered them receive hidayah after reading these 3 verses.
The Shi'ahs are doing taqarrub (seeking nearness) with shirk acts.
We say: We will follow you to whichever grave which according to your religion is sacred and hallowed (karomah), and we will join in the worship wherever you want with the condition that it is in accordance with the Qur’an.
The Shi'ahs say : but do not use the words of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab and do not use the words of Ibnu Taimiyyah.
We say : Wallahi, we are not going to use their words Rahimahumullah, we only use the daleels from the Qur’an.
Making do’a at the Grave of Husain and anywhere else is Shirk.
Allah says in surah Fathir verse 13:
“He causes the night to enter the day, and He causes the day to enter the night and has subjected the sun and the moon - each running [its course] for a specified term. That is Allah , your Lord; to Him belongs sovereignty. And those whom you invoke other than Him do not possess [as much as] the membrane of a date seed.”
Isn't Husain other than Allah…? Hasan other than Allah..? Prophet Muhammad other than Allah..? If so then they are not entitled to be asked for help, because:
35:14. “If you invoke them, they do not hear your supplication; and if they heard, they would not respond to you. And on the Day of Resurrection they will deny your association. And none can inform you like [one] Acquainted [with all matters].”
The Shi'ahs say: “Amantu billah..!” But it is not that we worship but only as a wasilah to draw closer to Allah..!
We say: Allah says in surah az-Zumar: 3
“Unquestionably, for Allah is the pure religion. And those who take protectors besides Him [say], "We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allah in position." Indeed, Allah will judge between them concerning that over which they differ. Indeed, Allah does not guide he who is a liar and [confirmed] disbeliever.”
In surah Yunus: 18
“And they worship other than Allah that which neither harms them nor benefits them, and they say, "These are our intercessors with Allah " Say, "Do you inform Allah of something He does not know in the heavens or on the earth?" Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.”
If they say that the ones who understand the Qur’an are only the ahlul bait..!
So we say : Allah says in Al-Maidah 82 – 83:
“You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah ; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, "We are Christians." That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant.
And when they hear what has been revealed to the Messenger, you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they have recognized of the truth. They say, 'Our Lord, we have believed, so register us among the witnesses (on the truth of the Qur'an and prophethood of Muhammad s.a.w.).'”
are the priests and rahib (monks) ahlul bait..?
Thus, the Shi'ahs become tight-lipped!