Introduction and Foreword
I Greeting the Debater,
II Asking Permission to Debate.
I Greetings Reciprocated,
II Permission to Debate Granted.
I Why do Shi`as not Uphold the Majority's Sects?
II The Need for Unity,
III Unity Achieved Only by Adhering to the Majority's Sects.
I Juristic Proofs Mandate Adherence to the Sect
of Ahl alBayt,
II There is No Proof for Mandating Adherence to
the Majority's Sects,
III Generations of The First Three Centuries Never Knew Those
IV Possibility of Ijtihad,
V Unity can be Achieved by Respecting Ahl alBayt's Sect.
I Admitting Our Argument,
II Asking for Detailed Proofs.
I References to Proofs Mandating Following the
II The Commander of the Faithful (as) Invites to
Ahl alBayt's Sect,
III Relevant Statement of Imam Zainul`Abidin.
I Requesting Proofs from Statements by Allah and His Messenger,
II Proofs from Ahl alBayt are Circumventive.
I Overlooking Our Previous Statements,
II Error in Necessity of (Logical) Cycle,
III Hadith of the Two Weighty Things,
IV Its Tawatur,
V NonAdherents to the `Itra Shall Stray,
VI Their Similitude to the ark of Noah, the Gate
of Salvation, and the Security Against Religious
VII What is Meant by "Ahl alBayt" in this Regard,
VIII Reasons for Similitude to Noah's Ark and the
Gate of Salvation.
Requesting More Relevant Texts
A Glimpse of Sufficient Texts
I Admiring Our Clear Texts,
II Wondering at Compromising Them With the Majority's Beliefs,
III Asking for Clear Signs from the Book. A Glimpse of Sufficient
Argument Regarding These Traditions Weak
I Fallacy of Opponent's Argument,
II Opponents do not Know Shi`as,
III Distinction of Emphasizing Illegality of
I A Flash of the Truth,
II Requesting Details on Sunnis Relying on Shi`a Authorities.
A Hundred Shi`a Authorities Relied upon by
I Appreciating the debater's sentiments,
II Admitting There is no Objection if Ahlel-Sunnah Rely on Shi`a
III His belief in the Miracles of Ahl al-Bayt,
IV Dilemma at Compromising the Above with what Ahl Al-Qibla
I Sentiments Reciprocated,
II Debater's Error in Generalizing Regarding Ahl al-Qibla,
III The Nation's Politicians are the Ones Who Turned Away from
IV The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (without any
argument) are not Inferior to others,
V Which Fair Court Judges Calling Their Followers "Strayers"?
I No Fair Arbitrator Would Call Followers of Ahl al-Bayt Strayers,
II Following Their Sects is Carrying out the Responsibility,
III It Could be Said that They Have the Priority to
IV Requesting Texts Relevant to the Khilafate.
I A General Reference to the Texts,
II A Reference to the House on the Day of
III Sunni Reporters of this Hadith.
Raising Doubts about the Hadith's Authenticity
I Proving the Text's Authenticity,
II Why the Shaykhs Have Not Reported it,
III Whoever Knows These Shaykhs Knows Why.
I Convinced of the Authenticity of this Hadith,
II Unreliability Based on Non-Sequential Narration,
III Its Reference to Restricted Succession,
IV Its Rebuttal.
I Why Relying on this Hadith,
II Restricted Succession is Unanimously Rejected,
III Revocation is Impossible.
I His Belief in the Text,
II Requesting More Texts.
I Clear Texts Recounting Ten of `Ali's Exclusive
II Why Rely Upon it.
Raising Doubts About the Status Hadith
I The Status Hadith Stands on Most Solid Grounds,
II Binding Proofs,
III Its Sunni Narrators,
IV Why al-Amidi Suspects It.
I Believing in Our Arguments Regarding the
II Doubting its General Application,
III Doubting its being Binding.
I Arabs Regard it General,
II Disproving Claim of Restriction,
III Disproving its Non-Binding Application
Requesting Sources of this Hadith
I Among Its Sources: the Prophet's Visit to Umm
II The Case of Hamzah's Daughter,
III Leaning on `Ali,
IV The First Fraternity,
V The Second Fraternity,
VI Closing the Doors,
VII The Prophet Comparing `Ali and Aaron to the Two Stars
When was `Ali and Aaron Described as the Two
I The Occasion of Shabar, Shubayr, and Mushbir,
II The Occasion of Fraternity,
III The Occasion of Closing the Doors.
Requesting Other Texts
I Hadith by Ibn `Abbas,
II `Umran's Hadith,
III Buraydah's Hadith,
IV Hadith Recounting Ten Exclusive Attributes
V `Ali's Hadith,
VI Wahab's Hadith,
VII Ibn Abu `Asim's Hadith.
"Wali" is a Linguistic Denominator; so, Where is the Text?
I Explaining the Implications of "Wali"
II Proving its Connotation
Requesting the Wilayat Verse
I The Verse of Wilayat and its Revelation in `Ali's
II Why it was Revealed,
III Why Using it as a Testimonial.
"Mumins" is Plural; Why Apply it to the Singular?
I Arabs Address the Singular Using the Plural
III Quoting Imam al-Tibrisi,
IV Quoting al-Zamakhshari,
V What I have Stated.
Context Denotes "the Loved one," or the Like.
I Context is not Indicative of "Supporter," or the
II Context does not Outweigh the Proofs.
Resorting to Interpretation, Following in the
Footsteps of the Predecessors, is Unavoidable.
I Believing in the Ancestors does not Require
II Interpretation is Impossible
Requesting Testimonial Traditions
Forty Ahadith Supporting the Texts
I Admitting `Ali's Merits,
II Such Merits do not Necessitate his Caliphate.
Why Interpret Texts on His Behalf as Indicative of His Imamate
Rebutting the Arguments Through Similar Ones
Rejecting the Rebuttal's Premises
Requesting the Hadith Pertaining to the Ghadir
Glitters of Ahadith Relevant to the Ghadir
Why Use it as a Testimonial if not Transmitted Consecutively?
I Natural Laws Necessitate the Consecutive Reporting of Hadith
II The Almighty's Benevolence
III Concern of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)
IV Concern of the Commander of the Faithful
V al-Husain's Concern
VI Concern of the Nine Imams (as)
VII Shi`as' Concern
I Interpreting Hadith alGhadir
II The Link
I Hadith alGhadir Cannot be Interpreted,
II Pretext for its Interpretation is Speculative and
I Truth Manifests,
Requesting Texts Narrated by Shi`a Sources
I Shi`a Texts Rejected as Testimonials,
II Why Have Others Refrained from Quoting
II Why Have Others Refrained from Quoting
III Asking for More Texts.
I Above Texts were Quoted upon Request,
II Sahihs are Proofs against the Majority,
III Not Quoted Because of Their Existence in Our Own Sahihs.
Requesting the Ahadith Relevant to the
`Ali is the Prophet's Heir
Where is the Prophet's Will?
The Will's Texts
Argument of the Will's Deniers
I The Will Cannot be Repudiated,
II Why Denied,
III Deniers' Arguments not Binding,
IV Reason and Intellect Require it.
Why Reject the Hadith of the Mother of Believers and the best Among
the Prophet's Consorts?
I She Was Not the Best of the Prophet's Consorts,
II The Best is Khadija,
III A General Hint to the Reason Why her Hadith
Requesting an Explanation to our Rejection of
I Explaining Why We Reject her Hadith,
II Reason Confirms the Will,
III Her Claim that the Prophet Died on Her Chest is Refuted.
I Mother of the Believers is not Ruled by Emotions,
II The Pleasant and the Ugly are Denied by
III Why Oppose the Claim of the Mother of Believers?
I Her Yielding to Sentiment,
II Rationale Regarding the Pleasant and the
III Rejecting the Claim of the Mother of Believers,
IV Preference of Umm Salamah's Hadith over
Why Prefer Umm Salamah's Hadith to
More Reasons for Preferring Umm Salamah's
Consensus Endorses al-Siddiq's Caliphate
Consensus Concluded When Dispute Dissipated.
Consensus Was Not Concluded; Dissension Did Not Dissipate
Can You Compromise the Text's Accuracy With the Companions' Truthfulness?
I Compromising the Text's Accuracy With Their
II Rationalizing the Imam's Reluctance to Demand his Right.
Requesting Narration of Incidents Wherein They
Did Not Follow the Texts of Hadith
I Thursday's Calamity,
II The Reason Why the Prophet Repealed His
Justifying and Discussing the Calamity
I Admitting the Falsehood of Such Pretexts,
II Requesting Narration of Other Incidents.
I Justifying Their Behaviour Towards Usamah's
II No Hadith Curses its Draft Dodgers.
I Their Pretexts do not Contradict our Statement,
II Al-Shahristani's Hadith is Documented.
Requesting Narration of Other Incidents
His Order (pbuh) to Kill the Renegade
Justifying not Killing the Renegade
Requesting Narration of all Such Incidents
I Glittering Proofs,
II Reference to Other Incidents.
I Their Preference of the Common Interest in
II Requesting the Rest.
I The Debater Digresses from the Subject-Matter,
II Responding to His Request.
Why didn't the Imam Cite the Ahadith of Caliphate and Wisayat on the
I Why the Imam Abstained on the Saqifa Day from Citing Such
II Reference to his and his Followers' Arguments
Looking for His and His Followers' Arguments
I A Few Incidents When the Imam Argued,
II The Argument of al-Zahra' (as).
Requesting Narration of Other Such Incidents
I Ibn `Abbas's Argument,
II Arguments of al-Hasan and al-Husayn,
III Arguments of Prominant Shi`ah Sahabah,
IV Reference to their Applying the Will as an
When did they Mention the Will?
The Recommendation as Evidence
Why do Some Fanatics Question the Derivation
of the Shi`a School of Muslim Law from the
Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (as)?
I Shi`ah Faith is Sequentially
Derived from the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt,
II Advancement of Shi`ahs in Recording
Knowledge During the Sahabah's Epoch,
III Their Authors Contemporary
to the Tabi`in, and the Latter's Followers.