Sunni & Shi’a - Belief & Creed

A Shi'ite Encyclopedia

A vast collection of information that addresses Shi`a/Sunni inter-school related issues. An effort of the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project Team

Muta', Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law

A description of the legal situation of mut'a / mutah in Shi'ism and the origin of this divergence between Sunni and Shi'i law on temporary marriage

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Peshawar Nights

Transcript of dialogues between Sunni scholars and Shi'i author, about major topics relating to Shi'ism including the death of the Prophet (s), successorship, companions, infallibility, Muta' (temp

Then I was Guided

An autobiographical account of Sayed Tijani's search for knowledge, which aims to remove some of the barriers that exist between the schools of thought of the ahl-as-Sunnah and the shi'a by clearin

The Shi'ah are the real Ahlul-Sunnah

An inquiry of an explorer of the truth into the delicate yet essential question of: "Who is best qualified to the claim of being a follower of Islam's Prophet in spirit and in practice?"

Hadith al-Thaqalayn

A study of the tawatur, or the multiplicity of sources and narrators that verify the authenticity of Hadith al-Thaqalayn, when the Messenger of Allah (s) said: "Verily, I am leaving behind two prec

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To Be With the Truthful

An extension of the book "Then I was Guided" by the same author, with the purpose of elaborating with further evidence on the truthfulness of Shia beliefs.

Inquiries About Shi'a Islam

An excellent introduction to the major doctrines of Shi'i Islam, including an explanation of the Ahlul Bayt, infallibility, intercession, dissimulation, companions and wives of the Prophet, and oth

The Emergence of Shi'ism and the Shi'ites

The relation between the ideological and the theological realms in Islam.

A Shi'ite Anthology

A collection of sayings, sermons, prayers and writings that cover the three basic dimensions of Shi'ite tradition: 1. The Unity of God 2. The political, social and moral teachings and 3.

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Ask Those Who Know

A discussion by a former Sunni scholar on the Prophet, the Ahlul Bayt, some of the companions of the Prophet, and Sunni books of hadith. By the author of 'Then I was Guided'.

Abu Hurayra and the Falsification of Traditions (Hadith)


Abu Hurayra and the Falsification of Traditions (Hadith)
By Yasin T. al-Jibouri

A New Analysis of Wahhabi Doctrines

A text that examines fundamental Wahhabi beliefs in comparison to those of the Ahlus Sunnah and the Shi`ah.

Shiism: Imamate and Wilayat

Origin of Shi'ism, self-censorship in Muslim history, Ghadir Khumm and the Orientalists, appointment of Imam 'Ali (a) explicit or implicit?, concept of Ahlul Bayt, Wilayat, and the knowledge of the

On The Khilafah Of ‘Ali Over Abu Bakr

This text provides evidence for the Caliphate of Imam Ali (AS) over Abu Bakr using differents Traditions such as Hadith Al-Wilayah,Hadith Al-Tawliyah, and Hadith Al-Wirathah.

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The Wahhabia Movement: The True Image

This text, prepared and published by Al-Ghadeer Center for Islamic Studies and translated by Hamid S.

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Black Thursday

The text authored by Muhammad Al Tijani Al Samawi presents an english translation of the famous event of Raziyyat Yawm al-Khamees, known as Black Thursday which took place in the last days before t

Laws and Practices: Why do the Shi'ah prostrate on Turbah

A brief text about why Shi'a prostrate on the turbah or soil from Karbala.

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Taqiyyah

What is Taqiyah? When can it be used? Best way to perform taqiyah, and when it is not allowed.

Striving for Right Guidance

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Allah, Praise and Exaltation to Him, has said,

Truth About Shia Ithna Ashari Faith

As'ad Wahid al-Qasim is a seeker of the truth who tried hard to reach it very bitterly till Allah guided him to the Straight Path.

Brief Commentary On Hadeeth Al-Kisaa (Tradition of the Cloak)

This text presents a brief commentary for the valuable and well-known Hadith Al Kisaa’ that is commonly narrated by all schools of thought.

Wilayah, the Station of the Master

This text is a detailed study of the different meanings of the word Wilayah.

Spurious Arguments about the Shia

Shias have been accustomed to receiving accusations and having to put up with them.

Shiism in Sunnism

A discussion providing evidence of Shi'a ideology and practice from the Quran & Sunni sources.

The Shiites Under Attack

Numerous accusations against the beliefs and practices of the Shi'ites, and their answers. Includes discussions on the revelation of the Qur'an, Ibn Saba, and the companions of the Prophet (s).

Beliefs: Rafidi Shi'ah Narrators in Sahih al-Bukhari

A brief text about the presence of narrations from Shi'ah narrators in one of the most trusted books of Ahlul-Sunnah: Sahih al-Bukhari.

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The Quran: Its Protection from Alteration

This text deals with the appearance of forged ahadith, and the Sunni vs Shi'i attitudes towards such hadith and supposed alterations in the Qur'an.

The Role of Ijtihad in Legislation

Definitions of 'mujtahid' and 'ijtihad'. Ijtihad in Sunni and Shi'i traditions. Akhbarism in the Imamiyyah Tradition.

Nikah Al-Mut’ah, Zina or Sunnah?

All the Sahabah – including Abu Bakr and ‘Umar - considered mut’ah to be halal throughout the lifetime of the Prophet, and throughout the rule of Abu Bakr.

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Laws and Practices: Why do the Shi'ah Combine Prayers

A brief text on why Shi'a combine their prayers along with textual proofs from the Prophet (saw)'s life.

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A Pledge Under the Tree

Our Sunni brother very often use the following Verse of Surat al-Fath:

The Fourteen Luminaries of Islam

Biography of Prophet Muhammad (S), Hadhrat Fatimah Zahra (as), and the Twelve Holy Imams (as)

Glimpses of Shiism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal

The Musnad of ibn Hanbal is considered among the most comprehensive and early collections of hadīth of the Sunni sect.

Beliefs: Did the Prophet (s) Appoint a Successor

This tract presents a summary of the sources relating to the event of Ghadir Khumm demonstrating that the Prophet did indeed appoint a successor in his lifetime.

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Book Review: Modern Political Islamic Thought

Book Review of Hamid Enayet's 'Modern Islamic Political Thought' in which the author gives an account of Shi'ite political thought, and the differences between Shi'i and Sunni views on state, calip

Sunnah, from Shia and Sunni Viewpoints

Differing viewpoints on the character of the communication of the Sunnah and the Prophet's statements to the Islamic community and its transmission, and secondly, the method of accessing the Sunnah

Tasawwuf the Meeting Point of Tashayyu and Tasannun

This text introduces the idea that Sufism is the meeting point of the Shia and Sunni schools of thought, suggesting unity of these sects.

The Role of Reason in Ijtihad

Ash'ari and Mu'tazali beliefs in the role of reason. Qiyas in legislation. The Shi'ite position.

Shiism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects

A discussion of how Shi'ism is viewed in other Sects.

The Role of Holy Imams (a.s.) in the Revival of Religion Vol. 2

The series of lectures delivered by Allamah Sayyid Murtadha al-Askari on discussion of the principle matters concerning veracious Islam.

Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qai’m vol. 1

This text titled "Mikyalul Makarim" authored by Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Musawi Isfahani is a two-part book about the perfection of morals among the benefits of praying for our 12th Living Im

Kamaaluddin wa Tamaamun Ni’ma Vol. 1

Now it is about 12 centuries passed from Imam Mahdi's hidden life, and the bothering time of his hidden life will continue up to his reappearance.

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The Role of Holy Imams (a.s.) in the Revival of Religion Vol. 1

The series of lectures delivered by Allamah Sayyid Murtadha al-Askari on discussion of the principle matters concerning veracious Islam.

A Study of Sunni and Shii Traditions Concerning Tahrif Part 1

In this text, a three-part series written by Rasul Ja'fariyan, the author analyzes traditions from Sunni and Shia sources regarding Tahrif (alterations), also from semantic and textual point of vie

Imam Al Mahdi, The Twelfth Khalifah In The Sahih Sunni Ahadith

Who is the Mahdi of Islam? According to both Sunni and Shi'i Muslims, the "guided one" will rise during the end times to conquer all nations.

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The Role of Holy Imams (a.s.) in the Revival of Religion Vol. 3

The series of lectures delivered by Allamah Sayyid Murtadha al-Askari on discussion of the principle matters concerning veracious Islam.

Laws and Practices: Why do the Shi'ah avoid Tarawih congregations

A brief text about Tarawih congregations, how they originated and how they are perceived from Shi'a and Sunni standpoint.

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Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qai’m vol. 2

This text titled "Mikyalul Makarim" authored by Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Musawi Isfahani is a two-part book about the perfection of morals among the benefits of praying for our 12th Living Im

Mutual Respect & Peaceful Co-Existence Among Muslim

The views of our leading mujtahideen, compiled in this booklet, are guidelines for us to follow the example of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.).

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A Study of Sunni and Shii Traditions Concerning Tahrif Part 3

In this text, a three-part series written by Rasul Ja'fariyan, the author analyzes traditions from Sunni and Shia sources regarding Tahrif (alterations), also from semantic and textual point of vie

Completion of Argument

This book covers almost all the major objections that scholars of Ahlul Sunnat on Shia Beliefs and and customs.

Kamaaluddin wa Tamaamun Ni’ma Vol. 2

Now it is about 12 centuries passed from Imam Mahdi's hidden life, and the bothering time of his hidden life will continue up to his reappearance.

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Beliefs: Do the Shi'ah Believe in a Different Quran

A refutation of the spurious claim that the Shi'ah believe in a different Qur'an than Sunnis do.

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Sects of Islam

This book discusses briefly but very clearly about those subjects that are not agreed among the Muslims and that are the causes of the appearance of different sects of Islam.

Hadith Al-Thaqalayn, the Deposed Will of the Last Prophet to Humanity

This research work addresses all four Sunni positions on the hadiths, with particular emphasis on the claims and submissions of Ibn Taymiyyah.

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Beliefs: Why Follow the Family of the Prophet (s)

Why should the Ahlul-bayt or family of the Prophet (saw) be followed? Who is included in the Ahlul-bayt? A brief text that delves into these questions with textual proofs.

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Backgrounds of Political Thought in Shi‘ism and Sunnism

This book is an extension and elaboration of four lectures from fall 1987 in the hall of the Contemporary Arts Museum.

Wahhabis Fitna Exposed

This text is a detailed and well-referenced reply to the booklet “What is Shi’aism?” which has been printed in Nairobi and distributed throughout East Africa by the Wahhabis, in order to spread dis

A Study of Sunni and Shii Traditions Concerning Tahrif Part 2

In this text, a three-part series written by Rasul Ja'fariyan, the author analyzes traditions from Sunni and Shia sources regarding Tahrif (alterations), also from semantic and textual point of vie

The Faith of the Imamiyyah Shi'ah

The book is an attempt to present a general and throughout outline of the doctrines, practices and history of Twelver Shi'ah Islam.

Beliefs: Why Shi'ah

A brief explanation about why the word "Shi'a" is used for the followers of Ahlul-bayt, talked about through Quran and hadith.

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The Truth about the 'Companions'

The present study aims to critically asses the tradition ascribed to the Holy Prophet known as Hadith al-Nujum that narrates the following:

How I Found the Right Path

How I Found the Right Path
by Brother Muhammad Yusuf
19 Jumaada al-Thaani 1420

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Meaning And Origins Of Shi'ism

Meaning and Origins of Shiism
Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi
Published by Islamic Education and Information Centre
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Manner of Awaiting

"Manner of Awaiting" is a small collection of people's responsibilities which are gathered to remind us of our duties while waiting for the reappearance of the Hidden Imam, Imam al-Hujja, al-Qa’im,

Shi’ite Islam: Orthodoxy Or Heterodoxy? Second Amended and Amplified Edition

This book addresses many essential issues concerning the split between the followers of Ahlul Bayt and the followers of Ahlul Sunnah.

Al-Muraja'at

A series of letters debating Shi'i and Sunni beliefs between the late Shi'i scholar Sharaf al-Din, and the late Sunni scholar and head of Al-Azhar university of that time, Al-Shaykh Salim al-Bishri

Wahabism At The Crossroads

This book gives a detailed account of the two types of Wahhabis: Moderate and Extremist; and explains the reasons why Wahabism is at the crossroads.

Fabricated Traditions

The author discusses traditions about caliphs relating their names in order; he proves that such traditions are fabricated and forged by studying various chains of these kinds of traditions availab

Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad, Text and Interpretation

The Text Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad deals with the judgments and verdicts that the author has collected, through his wide research, which have been innovated by famous companions of the Prophet (S) and by

A Critical Assessment of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

This text studies Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and some of the traditions they contain, in order to make it clear that the traditions are not necessarily authentic (Sahih) just because they are c

Types of Unity in the Quran and Fundamental Causes of Disunity

Types of Unity in the Qur’an and Fundamental Causes of Disunity Ustadh Muhammad Wa’idh Zadeh Khurasani, Director, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Translated by Salim S.

A Probe into the History of Hadith

Sayyid Murtadha al-Askari, the renowned scholar, has very ably made a probe into the History of the delicate institution of Hadith and very ably unveiled the picture of the institution of Hadith in

A Strife-free Dialogue (A Step towards Understanding)

This book aims to establish a suitable method of communication with Wahhabis to familiarize them with Shi‘ism, and to prepare a proper ground for their conversion to the school of thought of the Ho

Ghadir as Narrated by Ahlul Bayt (a.s.)

The present work is about the event of Ghadir as Narrated by the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). It studies briefly the Ghadir narrations in Shiite works compiled by Shiite Mujtaheeds.

A Distortion in Thaqalain Tradition

Thaqalain tradition is a famous and well-known tradition that is reported by [both] Sunnites and Shiites. Hundreds of prominent narrators have narrated this tradition.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib and Allegiance

Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) and Allegiance
By: Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi (r.a.)

Islamic Unity and Happiness

What is Islamic unity? Is it the use of a common ground of beliefs? Is it giving up some of the differences different sects have?

The Five Schools of Islamic Law

This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society.

Prohibition of Two Lawful Pleasures: A Critical Assessment of Prohibition of Mut'a of Hajj and Mut'a Marriage

This book represents an amazing effort by Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Husaini Milani in providing proof that the so called traditions regarding the two lawful pleasures: mut'a of Hajj and mut'a of marriag

Building of Tombs In the Light of Qur’an & Hadith

There are many issues that have divided the Muslim ummah.

Verse of Purification in the Light of Quran & Hadith

At a time when our religion is being attacked from all sides, sectarian division appearing so often, here comes a booklet that underlines the fact that in many instances both Sunni and Shi'a source

The Truth As It Is

We live in a world where every Muslim is judged by the actions of what other so called Muslims do.

Hadith al-Kisa, The Narration of the Cloak

The Tradition of the Cloak, or Hadith al-Kisa’, is a narrative of an incident where the Prophet Muhammad assembled Hasan, Husayn, Ali, and Fatima under his cloak.

The Formation of the Jaʿfari Shiʿa Islamic School of Law from its Inception to the Occultation

The Formation of the Jaʿfari Shiʿa Islamic School of Law from its Inception to the Occultation

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Imamate and Wilayah Part 2

This paper is based on the first three lectures of a series of 17 lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum.

Imamate and Wilayah Part 1

This paper is based on the first three lectures of a series of 17 lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum.