Al-Muraja'at

A Shi'i-Sunni dialogue

(also known as 'The Right Path')

 

Author's Biography 

Introduction and Foreword 

Letter 1 
I Greeting the Debater, 
II Asking Permission to Debate. 

Letter 2 
I Greetings Reciprocated, 
II Permission to Debate Granted. 

Letter 3 
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. 

Letter 4 
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 Sects, 
IV Possibility of Ijtihad, 
V Unity can be Achieved by Respecting Ahl al­Bayt's Sect. 

Letter 5 
I Admitting Our Argument, 
II Asking for Detailed Proofs. 

Letter 6 
I References to Proofs Mandating Following the 
`Itra, 
II The Commander of the Faithful (as) Invites to 
Ahl al­Bayt's Sect, 
III Relevant Statement of Imam Zainul­`Abidin. 

Letter 7 
I Requesting Proofs from Statements by Allah and His Messenger, 
II Proofs from Ahl al­Bayt are Circumventive. 

Letter 8 
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 
Dissensions, 
VII What is Meant by "Ahl al­Bayt" in this Regard, 
VIII Reasons for Similitude to Noah's Ark and the 
Gate of Salvation. 

Letter 9 
Requesting More Relevant Texts 

Letter 10 
A Glimpse of Sufficient Texts 

Letter 11 
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 Texts 

Letter 12 
Qur'anic Proofs 

Letter 13 
Argument Regarding These Traditions Weak 

Letter 14 
I Fallacy of Opponent's Argument, 
II Opponents do not Know Shi`as, 
III Distinction of Emphasizing Illegality of 
Falsifying Hadith. 

Letter 15 
I A Flash of the Truth, 
II Requesting Details on Sunnis Relying on Shi`a Authorities. 

Letter 16 
A Hundred Shi`a Authorities Relied upon by 
Sunnis 

Letter 17 
I Appreciating the debater's sentiments, 
II Admitting There is no Objection if Ahlel-Sunnah Rely on Shi`a Authorities, 
III His belief in the Miracles of Ahl al-Bayt, 
IV Dilemma at Compromising the Above with what Ahl Al-Qibla do. 

Letter 18 
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 Ahl al-Bayt, 
IV The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (without any 
argument) are not Inferior to others, 
V Which Fair Court Judges Calling Their Followers "Strayers"? 

Letter 19 
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 
Lead, 
IV Requesting Texts Relevant to the Khilafate. 

Letter 20 
I A General Reference to the Texts, 
II A Reference to the House on the Day of 
Warning, 
III Sunni Reporters of this Hadith. 

Letter 21 
Raising Doubts about the Hadith's Authenticity 

Letter 22 
I Proving the Text's Authenticity, 
II Why the Shaykhs Have Not Reported it, 
III Whoever Knows These Shaykhs Knows Why. 

Letter 23 
I Convinced of the Authenticity of this Hadith, 
II Unreliability Based on Non-Sequential Narration, 
III Its Reference to Restricted Succession, 
IV Its Rebuttal. 

Letter 24 
I Why Relying on this Hadith, 
II Restricted Succession is Unanimously Rejected, 
III Revocation is Impossible. 

Letter 25 
I His Belief in the Text, 
II Requesting More Texts. 

Letter 26 
I Clear Texts Recounting Ten of `Ali's Exclusive 
Merits, 
II Why Rely Upon it. 

Letter 27 
Raising Doubts About the Status Hadith 

Letter 28 
I The Status Hadith Stands on Most Solid Grounds, 
II Binding Proofs, 
III Its Sunni Narrators, 
IV Why al-Amidi Suspects It. 

Letter 29 
I Believing in Our Arguments Regarding the 
Hadith's Sanad, 
II Doubting its General Application, 
III Doubting its being Binding. 

Letter 30 
I Arabs Regard it General, 
II Disproving Claim of Restriction, 
III Disproving its Non-Binding Application 

Letter 31 
Requesting Sources of this Hadith 

Letter 32 
I Among Its Sources: the Prophet's Visit to Umm 
Salim, 
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 

Letter 33 
When was `Ali and Aaron Described as the Two 
Stars? 

Letter 34 
I The Occasion of Shabar, Shubayr, and Mushbir, 
II The Occasion of Fraternity, 
III The Occasion of Closing the Doors. 

Letter 35 
Requesting Other Texts 

Letter 36 
I Hadith by Ibn `Abbas, 
II `Umran's Hadith, 
III Buraydah's Hadith, 
IV Hadith Recounting Ten Exclusive Attributes 
[of `Ali], 
V `Ali's Hadith, 
VI Wahab's Hadith, 
VII Ibn Abu `Asim's Hadith. 

Letter 37 
"Wali" is a Linguistic Denominator; so, Where is the Text? 

Letter 38 
I Explaining the Implications of "Wali" 
II Proving its Connotation 

Letter 39 
Requesting the Wilayat Verse 

Letter 40 
I The Verse of Wilayat and its Revelation in `Ali's 
Honour, 
II Why it was Revealed, 
III Why Using it as a Testimonial. 

Letter 41 
"Mumins" is Plural; Why Apply it to the Singular? 

Letter 42 
I Arabs Address the Singular Using the Plural 
Form, 
II Testimonials, 
III Quoting Imam al-Tibrisi, 
IV Quoting al-Zamakhshari, 
V What I have Stated. 

Letter 43 
Context Denotes "the Loved one," or the Like. 

Letter 44 
I Context is not Indicative of "Supporter," or the 
Like, 
II Context does not Outweigh the Proofs. 

Letter 45 
Resorting to Interpretation, Following in the 
Footsteps of the Predecessors, is Unavoidable. 

Letter 46 
I Believing in the Ancestors does not Require 
Interpretation 
II Interpretation is Impossible 

Letter 47 
Requesting Testimonial Traditions 

Letter 48 
Forty Ahadith Supporting the Texts 

Letter 49 
I Admitting `Ali's Merits, 
II Such Merits do not Necessitate his Caliphate. 

Letter 50 
Why Interpret Texts on His Behalf as Indicative of His Imamate 

Letter 51 
Rebutting the Arguments Through Similar Ones 

Letter 52 
Rejecting the Rebuttal's Premises 

Letter 53 
Requesting the Hadith Pertaining to the Ghadir 
Incident 

Letter 54 
Glitters of Ahadith Relevant to the Ghadir 
Incident 

Letter 55 
Why Use it as a Testimonial if not Transmitted Consecutively? 

Letter 56 
I Natural Laws Necessitate the Consecutive Reporting of Hadith al-Ghadir 
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 

Letter 57 
I Interpreting Hadith al­Ghadir 
II The Link 

Letter 58 
I Hadith al­Ghadir Cannot be Interpreted, 
II Pretext for its Interpretation is Speculative and 
Misleading. 

Letter 59 
I Truth Manifests, 
II Evasion. 

Letter 60 
Evasion Refuted 

Letter 61 
Requesting Texts Narrated by Shi`a Sources 

Letter 62 
Forty Ahadith 

Letter 63 
I Shi`a Texts Rejected as Testimonials, 
II Why Have Others Refrained from Quoting 
Them? 
II Why Have Others Refrained from Quoting 
Them? 
III Asking for More Texts. 

Letter 64 
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. 

Letter 65 
Requesting the Ahadith Relevant to the 
Inheritance 

Letter 66 
`Ali is the Prophet's Heir 

Letter 67 
Where is the Prophet's Will? 

Letter 68 
The Will's Texts 

Letter 69 
Argument of the Will's Deniers 

Letter 70 
I The Will Cannot be Repudiated, 
II Why Denied, 
III Deniers' Arguments not Binding, 
IV Reason and Intellect Require it. 

Letter 71 
Why Reject the Hadith of the Mother of Believers and the best Among the Prophet's Consorts? 

Letter 72 
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 
was Discarded. 

Letter 73 
Requesting an Explanation to our Rejection of 
`Ayesha's Hadith 

Letter 74 
I Explaining Why We Reject her Hadith, 
II Reason Confirms the Will, 
III Her Claim that the Prophet Died on Her Chest is Refuted. 

Letter 75 
I Mother of the Believers is not Ruled by Emotions, 
II The Pleasant and the Ugly are Denied by 
Reason, 
III Why Oppose the Claim of the Mother of Believers? 

Letter 76 
I Her Yielding to Sentiment, 
II Rationale Regarding the Pleasant and the 
Unpleasant, 
III Rejecting the Claim of the Mother of Believers, 
IV Preference of Umm Salamah's Hadith over 
Hers. 

Letter 77 
Why Prefer Umm Salamah's Hadith to 
`Ayesha's? 

Letter 78 
More Reasons for Preferring Umm Salamah's 
Hadith 

Letter 79 
Consensus Endorses al-Siddiq's Caliphate 

Letter 80 
No Consensus 

Letter 81 
Consensus Concluded When Dispute Dissipated. 

Letter 82 
Consensus Was Not Concluded; Dissension Did Not Dissipate 

Letter 83 
Can You Compromise the Text's Accuracy With the Companions' Truthfulness? 

Letter 84 
I Compromising the Text's Accuracy With Their 
Truthfulness, 
II Rationalizing the Imam's Reluctance to Demand his Right. 

Letter 85 
Requesting Narration of Incidents Wherein They 
Did Not Follow the Texts of Hadith 

Letter 86 
I Thursday's Calamity, 
II The Reason Why the Prophet Repealed His 
Order Then. 

Letter 87 
Justifying and Discussing the Calamity 

Letter 88 
Pretexts Refuted 

Letter 89 
I Admitting the Falsehood of Such Pretexts, 
II Requesting Narration of Other Incidents. 

Letter 90 
Usamah's Regiment 

Letter 91 
I Justifying Their Behaviour Towards Usamah's 
Regiment, 
II No Hadith Curses its Draft Dodgers. 

Letter 92 
I Their Pretexts do not Contradict our Statement, 
II Al-Shahristani's Hadith is Documented. 

Letter 93 
Requesting Narration of Other Incidents 

Letter 94 
His Order (pbuh) to Kill the Renegade 

Letter 95 
Justifying not Killing the Renegade 

Letter 96 
Justification Rejected 

Letter 97 
Requesting Narration of all Such Incidents 

Letter 98 
I Glittering Proofs, 
II Reference to Other Incidents. 

Letter 99 
I Their Preference of the Common Interest in 
Those Instances, 
II Requesting the Rest. 

Letter 100 
I The Debater Digresses from the Subject-Matter, 
II Responding to His Request. 

Letter 101 
Why didn't the Imam Cite the Ahadith of Caliphate and Wisayat on the Saqifa Day? 

Letter 102 
I Why the Imam Abstained on the Saqifa Day from Citing Such Texts, 
II Reference to his and his Followers' Arguments 
Despite Obstacles. 

Letter 103 
Looking for His and His Followers' Arguments 

Letter 104 
I A Few Incidents When the Imam Argued, 
II The Argument of al-Zahra' (as). 

Letter 105 
Requesting Narration of Other Such Incidents 

Letter 106 
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 
Argument. 

Letter 107 
When did they Mention the Will? 

Letter 108 
The Recommendation as Evidence 

Letter 109 
Why do Some Fanatics Question the Derivation 
of the Shi`a School of Muslim Law from the 
Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (as)? 

Letter 110 
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. 

Letter 111 
Conviction 

Letter 112 
Appreciation 

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