In this chapter, we would like to make clear for every wise person who is free from bias, who abandons fanaticism, and who removes the curtain from both his vision and insight in order to pursue the right guidance and the truth. We would like to tell him that all pillars of “Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`a,” as well as their Imams, have acted against the clear Sunnah of the Prophet, leaving it behind their backs, deliberately and willingly forsaking it.
No Muslim should be deceived by what he hears here or there of false praise based on neither a clear evidence nor a good argument. While unveiling these facts, we do not charge them with anything, nor do we add anything to what they themselves have stated in their Sahih, Musnad, and Tarikh books.
We have already indicated some of these facts in our previous books, and we graciously passed by them, yet there is no harm in mentioning them here in detail so that the sun of guidance may shine, the clouds of misguidance may be dispelled, and the light may replace the darkness.
In the following chapter, we will discuss the Imams and the pillars relied upon by “Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`a,” the ones whom the latter regard as the zenith of scholarship and jurisprudence. They prefer them over the pure Imams from the offspring of the Prophet, deliberately ignoring a number of certain sahaba who were known to the elite as well as to the commoners__be they scholars or illiterate__as being immoral, remote from the spirit and ethics of Islam.
Among the latter are: Mu`awiyah and his son Yazid1, Ibn al-As, Ibn Marwan, Ibn Shu`bah, and their likes. Despite all of this, we do not waste our time by writing about these men to unveil their faults; some unbiased men among the historians and thinkers have already spared us this task.
Instead, we will discuss in this research those Imams who gained fame as being righteous, fair, ascetic, and God-fearing; in short, those regarded by “Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`a” as the pillars, so that we may closely become familiar with their distortion of the Sunnah of the Prophet.
They invented in this nation innovations which caused dissension and misguidance, thus causing the collapse of the lofty structure erected by the Messenger of Allah who spent his entire life struggling to safeguard and firm its foundations.
I have chosen twelve of the pillars of “Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`a” who played a very significant role in influencing the events, in changing the characteristics of the creed, and in dividing and fragmenting the nation.