Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Imam Ali (as) Says Be With The Great Majority

"With regard to me, two categories of people will be ruined, namely he who loves me too much and the love takes him away from rightfulness, and he who hates me too much and the hatred takes him away from rightfulness. The best man with regard to me is he who is on the middle course. So be with him and be with the great majority (of Muslims) because Allah's hand (of protection) is on keeping unity. You should beware of division because the one isolated from the group is (a prey) to Satan just as the one isolated from the flock of sheep is (a prey) to the wolf. (Sermon 126 Nahjul Balaghah) "

The 12rs think the shias in time of Imam Ali (as) were shias like themselves. So they say that is the majority. As for placing Ahle sunnah in this ahadith the 12rs say we don't even fall under this ahadith. They believe this hadith applies to only those who surrounded Imam Ali (as) and supported him in the battles of Jamal and Siffin. Therefore, within that ahadith they say those who love the imam too much are those who say Ali was god, the haters they classify as Khawari, and the middle they call those shias who fought under Imam Ali (as) in the Jamal, Siffin and Narwaan.

However, I have trapped the 12r by posting another tafseer of a sermon where it proves their interpretation to be false.

Who was the majority in the time of the Imam ?

The 12r Shia tafseer of sermon 97 says the majority of Imam Ali (as) followers accepted him as the 4th calipah.

However, there was one group who was swearing allegiance to him as a religious obligation regarding his Caliphate as determined by Allah. Otherwise, the majority regarded him a ruler like the other Caliphs, and as regards precedence, on the fourth position, or at the level of the common men after the three caliphs.

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