Debunking Doubts 2 - Dua Al-Nudba

Subhana Allah! One of the mainstream scholars, contemporary Maraja of today, Ayatollah Sheikh Makarim, he says, and this is on his website, he says, 'I don't know why ignorant attacks are launched at this incredible masterpiece of devotion', meaning Du'a al-Nudba. 'Whether it be against its chain or its content, both of which are flawless' end quote. But before we even address those things, I need to ask again, with all due respect, what is your criteria for authentication?

I mean, seriously, do you even have a consistent set of rules or do you make your own rules as you rampage your way through authentic Shi'a literature? I'm genuinely asking because first you say the Du'a is full of negativity and complaint and we've addressed that and the previous question. But then you jump to saying it's accurate but not authentic, going as far as to say we know it didn't come from the Imams, which is not only an absurd statement, as you most certainly do not meet the incontrovertible burden of proof for that clear cut verdict to say for a fact it didn't come from the Imams, but also an actual scholar with sufficient piety would hold the reserved and cautious opinion instead of jumping to their biased, foregone conclusions.

So I'm honestly perplexed as to how to even address this erratic line of reasoning. I never thought I'd see someone hold such a grudge against a prayer and such a beautiful and inspirational prayer at that. Now, I won't even address the authenticity question because qualified scholars, those who are much more learned than I as well as jurists, have attested to that. And it would be 'harfat ul-ajiz' to even engage in that with these kinds of people. But let me address the other problems that were raised, right.

He says that the Du'a creates two problems, even though he then rounds up to three points. But besides that, he mentions a few issues with the Du'a. The first, he says it creates a negative outlook to humanity. The second was, I think it rids us of our confidence in our capability. And the third point, which is the most confusing, as he says, it makes us Imam-centric. Then he concludes, these are all in sharp contradiction to our human condition.

So I'm like, what is the human condition? So let's actually look it up on Wikipedia here to know what that even means. Right? Human condition. So this is on Wikipedia, it says, the human condition is all of the characteristics and key events that compose the essentials of human existence, including birth, growth, emotion, aspiration, conflict and mortality. This is a very broad topic which has been, which has been and continues to be pondered and analyzed from many perspectives, including those of religion, philosophy, history, art, literature, anthropology, psychology and biology. As a literary term, the human condition is typically used in the context of ambiguous subjects such as the meaning of life or moral concerns.

I mean, is that even honestly, what are you trying to say? These are in sharp contradiction to the human condition? Who knew that 'Masadur 'l-Tashriyya' besides Al-Qur'an, as-sunnah, al-aql, al-ijma', should also include the human condition? I mean, the oddity and the absurdity of that aside, let's see if these three statements that he makes hold any truth at all. Excuse me.

The first one was it provides a negative outlook for humanity. And when I hear that, I mean, it sounds like you've never actually read Du'a al-Nudba or Shi'a literature, is so foreign to you that you don't know what you're talking about, because while the Du'a addresses the injustices that have occurred in the past and present. An entire section literally paints the most exquisite picture of the future of humanity.

Listen to what the Du'a actually says. The Imam says, 'mata nughadika wa nurawihuka fanuqirra ayna' - when will we be able to come to you and visit you? And our eyes are illuminated, 'mata tarana wa naraka' - when will you be will we be able to see you and you us, 'wa qad nasharta liwa'annasra' - and you have raised the flag of victory. 'Tura tarana nahuffu bika wa anta ta ummu al-malaa, wa qad malatal arda adlan, wa adhaqta adaaka hawanan wa iqaba, wa abarta al-utata wa jahadatal haqqi, wa qatata dabiral mutakabbirin, wajtathathta usul adh-dhalimin, wa nahnu naqulu alhamdu lillahi rabbil alamin' - when will the day come? When you have restored justice to the world, you have destroyed the evildoers and you have given victory to those who are righteous so that we could say Alhamdulillah Rabbil Alameen, praise be to Allah? I mean, how beautiful can it be?

The Du'a then goes on to say, 'ayna al-muaddu liqati addabiri adh-dhalamah, aynal muntadharu li'iqamatil amti wa al-iwaj, ayna al-murtaja li izalatil jawri wa al-udwan, ayna al-muddakharu litajdidil faraidi wa as-sunan' - where is the one who is going to restore justice, where is the one who is going to destroy injustice and oppression? Where is the one who will do all these things, ' aynal mutakhayyaru li'i adatil millati wa ash-shari'a - the one who will restore this religion. 'Al-muammalu li ihya il-kitabi wa hududih'- revive the Qur'an. 'ayna muhyi maalim id-dini wa ahlih, ayna qasimu shawkat il-mutadin' - where is the one who is going to deal a final blow to the to the aggressors, destroy the buildings of hypocrisy? 'abniyat ish-shirki wa an-ifaq, ayna mubidu ahl il-fusuq, wa al-asyani wa at-tughyan, ayna hasidu furu il-ghayyi wa ash-shiqaq', and so on and so forth.

All of these sections are in this beautiful Du'a, Du'a al-Nudba, however, you have some guy, who feels that this is too bleak and too negative and then, you know, says that because of this, this Du'a is not authentic. I mean, honestly, if you feel that way, then maybe you should reevaluate which camp you're in, because if you're in God's camp, you would rejoice at the prospect that falsehood will be defeated and eradicated once and for all. You would only see that as a negative if you're playing for the other team.

Unless there is another problem, and we kind of talked about this in the previous question, right? Maybe you don't even believe in the Mahdi. Perhaps you hold that Sufi view that the Mahdi is some vague concept of humans evolving into demigods, which is a comical notion extracted straight from Japanese anime as well as Rumi mystical gibberish. So that's as far as the first point is concerned.

As far as the second point where he says it rids us of our confidence in our abilities and our capabilities. How does it do that exactly? Again, I think you don't understand how Du'a works or what Du'a even is. Since when does abrogate our responsibility, who says that? Of course, we must do what we can, but there comes a point when you know that direct divine intervention is required. Also, are you suggesting that you can conclusively end all injustice in the world today?

I mean, I get that you're pretending to have this 60's woke hipster persona. And I admire your enthusiasm. I really do. But only someone super high on psychedelics would think that they can reverse the space time continuum and undo the Saqifa. The Du'a speaks about the injustices committed against God's prophets and emissaries. Let's hear your plan, excuse me, on how you will use your capabilities to restore justice for them and accomplish what God calls victory for his Prophets in this world.

Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, says in the Holy Qur'an, 'Inna lanansuru rasulana wa alladhina amanu fi 'l-hayat id-dunya wa yawma yakhum ul-ashaad' (40:51) - We shall grant victory to our Prophets and the believers in this world and on the day the dead will rise, on the Day of Judgment. Let's see how you plan to do that with your capabilities. Actually, forget universal justice. How about you use those capabilities of yours to address one single problem? Like, let's say, women's sexual exploitation or the 40 to 50 million abortions that take place every year or maybe address growing wealth disparity between the rich and poor, which is only getting bigger and bigger.

Address these systemic problems not on a global scale, but on a local scale, I will wait. In fact, seems we can either wait for your grand plan that's based on your capabilities or use the inspiration of Du'a Nudba to actively prepare for the one with divine backing. 'Aynal muntadharu liiqamatil amti wal iwaj'. And as far as the third point, which is that Du'a Nudba makes us Imam centric, right. There it is brothers and sisters.

The anti Shi'a rhetoric is finally coming out, right. Which is why I said in the previous question that there is a silver lining in all of this. All these hidden things need to come out so that we can tell the righteous from the hypocrite because you see a pattern emerging here. He uses these vague and ambiguous terms to scare lay people into thinking that they are somehow committing shirk. It's a classic Wahhabi-esque move repackaged as Shi'a scholarship. Excuse me.

The entirety honestly, if you look at Du'a Nudba the entirety of the Du'a is about Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, and his Messengers, and his Prophets and obedience to God. It begins with this: 'Bismillah, al-Rahman, al-Rahim. Al-hamdulillah Rabbi 'l-alameen, wa sallallahu ala sayyidana Muhammadin nabiyyi wa alihi wa sallama taslima, allahumma laka al-hamdu ala ma jara bihi qadauka fi awliyaik' - Oh Allah, Praise be to you for your decree that you have made for your followers, for your friends, your awliya. That's how the Du'a begins.

And then the Du'aa ends with this statement. 'wa aqbil ilayna biwajhikal karim, waqbal taqarrubana ilayk' - Oh Allah, turn to us with your generous face and accept our, us seeking nearness to You. 'Wandhur ilayna nadhratan rahimah' - look at us with your mercy. 'Nastakmilu bihal karamata indak'. What is this boogyman that they've made up "Imam centricity". Honestly I don't understand that's what Du'a Nudba is like? But in order, in order to scare people away from Imam Al-Zamaan, to scare people away from Shi'a literature, they have created this, this, this scarecrow called "Imam Centricity".

Look at the Qur'an. I just want to give you a few examples from the Holy Qur'an to illustrate just how problematic their approach is. Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, says, wa'may yutie ar-Rasula faqad ataa Allah' (4:80), this is in Surat an-Nisa - whoever obeys the Prophet has obeyed Allah, has obeyed God. That's one verse. The second verse is, 'wa ma arsalna min Rasulin illa liyuta'a bi idhni Allah' (4:64) - we have not sent a Messenger except to be obeyed by the command of God, 'walaw annahum ith-thalamu anfusahum jaook' (4:64) -and if they commit injustice against themselves, meaning they commit sins, come to you, Oh Prophet of Allah, 'jaook faistaghfaroo Allah waistaghfara lahumur il-Rasul' (4:64)- and they seek forgiveness from God and the Prophet seeks forgiveness for them, 'lawajadoo Allaha tawwaban rahimah'(4:64)- they will find Allah, they will surely find Allah to be repentant upon them and merciful. This is in Surat an-Nisa that's the second verse.

The third verse, 'Fala warabbika la yuminoon' (4:65) - by your Lord,they will not be believers. 'Hatta yuhakkimooka feema shajara baynahum' (4:65) - until they make you a judge between them, in matters of when when they disagree, when they have any discord, they have to make you the arbiter. You must be the judge. You must be that ultimate distinguisher between right and wrong, 'thumma la yajidoo fee anfusihim harajan mimma qadayta wayusallimoo tasleema'(4:65) - they must submit fully to you, or else they won't be believers.

If you look at all these verses, it appears as the Qur'an itself is making us Imam centric, which is terrible because that makes the Qur'an contradictory to the human condition, as he put it. But in all seriousness, this is how these impostors deceive people and attack the Shi'a faith, God centricity, Qur'an centricity. I mean, these are all code words for their real agenda, which is to replace our culture that's rooted in Thaqalayn, in the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt alayhum assalam, and restore that with a confused neo Salafi hodgepodge of secular liberal rationalism that's mixed with esoteric, mystical revisionism.

But the end game is to attack Tasha'iyyuh. There are unspoken motto is 'Hasbuna Kitabul Allah' and just like the original inventor of this statement, they are nothing but illiterates as Ayatullah Marakim says.

Wallahi, brothers and sisters, there is such a gaping lack of actual scholarship. When you hear statements like this, you realize just how deprived we are. This is exactly why we have introduced the program that we were talking about earlier, the John the Martyr Academy, because you'd think there is a lot of scholars out there. But the reality is, when it comes to authentic knowledge, it's a cold, dark world out there.

What is this nonsense, honestly? I mean, I can't believe that every Marja advocates for reciting these beautiful Du'as yet instead of showcasing them to the world as masterpieces of spirituality and devotion, I have to sit here and defend them against attacks by people who know nothing. It's like having to defend the Mona Lisa from attacks leveled by a fool who says she looks so depressed the colors feel like they're they contradict the human condition. Why are you so art centric? Her eyes are so emasculating.

Honestly, it's so pathetic. And frankly, it's exhausting to having to debate these pseudo-intellectuals and, you know, imposter scholars. By the way I mean, I think, you know, we have to talk about this a little bit on the question of authenticity. Let me share this example with you to kind of illustrate what I'm trying to say. Imagine you're invited for a iftar at a friends house.

She comes, she cooks the food, she sets the table and brings the food. Everyone sits down to eat. Then all of a sudden somebody storms off screaming, Oh my God, this table is full of germs and micro particles or something along the lines of it's against the human condition to eat here or the food itself has harmful microbes. So you try to calm that person down and say, you know what's going on. And he says, I saw this documentary on how bio pharmaceutical and medical equipment are made and this table fails to meet the level of sterilization that they use in those factories. There is dust, there is airborne organisms and vaporized particles. It's dirty. I can't eat here.

If that ever happened to you. You tell this person to take their pills or to go see their doctor immediately. Why? Because it's a logical fallacy, the standard of hygiene. Listen carefully to this. The standard of hygiene for biopharmaceutical and semiconductor manufacturing is one thing. While the standard for food consumption is another. You're confusing two different things. It's one thing to require a high standard and a direct connected chain for a hadith about halal and haram, but to require that for a supplication shows just how ignorant you are, and it shows you really know nothing about authentication.

Because applying Sayed Al-Khoei stricted Rijali principles on everything is foolish, not least because those principles are today disputed and don't represent the latest mainstream trends in hawza scholarship being in Qom or in Najaf. And speaking of Rajali principles, do you consider yourself a follower of Sayed Al- Khoei or are you a mujhtahid and have your own principles? If you follow Sayed Al-Khoei's principles, then care to elaborate what those principles actually are because you're not a mujhtahid and to borrow your own quote, we know that you're not a mujhtahid.

If you're an adherent of Sayed A-Khoie's, then adhere to his application of those principles. You can't cherry pick from this and that to patch up your inconsistent and incoherent theory. That's the problem with someone simply trying to throw around big names as an appeal to authority and intimidate poor, unsuspecting souls who don't know any better.

Ask any qualified scholar like our esteemed mar'aja and they'll tell you that for a Du'a, Du'a il-Nudba is more than reliable. And once again, on the question of authenticity, the.. I think we have to establish that we're dealing with an individual who's not a scholar worthy of debate, but someone with nefarious intentions and an agenda to gut the Shi'a faith.

And that's key. What he's saying does not represent Tasha'iyyuh. You want to establish your own religion, go right ahead and do that. You want to become a liberal Sunni, do that. No one's going to object to it. There's been many people like you write several recent fake Mar'aja, did exactly that. One of them fled to Saudi Arabia and started wearing the Shma, as they call it, threw away the turban and the other one ran to some undisclosed location. You want to join that club, feel free, be my guest. But people need to know that you do not represent the Shi'a faith. And that's all I'm going to say about this.