Friday, September 18, 2009

Tabarra (Character Assissination) Against Imam Ali (as) and the Fatimids (children of Bibi Fatima)

Q. Please enlighten us more on the topic of Hadrat Muawiya (rad). Is it true that the Ummayyads ‘manufactured consent’ by spreading forged ahadith in his praise (Hadrat Muawiya) and is it true that the descendents of Fatima Zahra (radi allahu ta’ala anha) were openly insulted during the Ummayyad reign, and that ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radhi allahu anhu) was openly rebuked and abused during their reign?

A. Yes, unfortunately, during the reign of the Ummayyads, which commenced with Muawiya ibn Abi Sufyan, the descendents of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) were openly insulted and their father, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiallahu ta’ala anhu) was openly and officially condemned, abused and rebuked from the pulpits every Jum'ah for a period of 90 years.

Here is a quote from a reliable neutral source on the subject, Allamah Shibli Nu'mani's book Sirat-An-Nabi, Vol. 1, p. 60

"Traditions were first formed in book form in the days of Ummayads, who, for about 90 years, throughout their vast dominions stretching from the Indus in India to Asia Minor and Spain, insulted the descendents of Fatima and got Ali openly censured* in Friday sermons at the mosques. They had hundreds of saying coined to eulogize Amir Muawiya…
Today, we find none of this rubbish in the Hadith literature”

Source: Sirat-An-Nabi (The Life of the Prophet), by Allamah Shibli Nu'mani, rendered into English by M. Tayyib Budayuni. Rightway Publications, New Delhi, India. From Vol 1. p.60

“Censured” means to vehemently disapprove, an official reprimand, to reproach in a harsh or vehement manner, and is synonymous to rebuke, condemn, abuse and chide. May Allah save us!

And Allah Knows Best!

Ahmed Amiruddin
10th of Muharram, 1429 Hijri

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