The Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project team presents
T a h r i f
Investigating Distortions
in Islamic Texts


The purpose of this site is to investigate instances where the contents of important Islamic tafsir, hadith, historical, or other academic sources have undergone alteration or tahrif.  It is left to you, whether you are an investigative researcher or just plain curious, to arrive at your own conclusions about the reasons for these cases of tahrif.
How strange!

Muhammad `Abduh's commentary of the Nahj al-Balaghah and Imam `Ali's comment on the criteria for caliphate

The testimony of martyrdom...

Abdullah Yusuf Ali's Qur'an commentary, the deletion of the merits of Imams Hasan and Husayn [a], and other changes

How will you be when the son of Mary (a) descends amongst you... ?

The English translation of Sahih al-Bukhari and the account of Jesus's (a) return

Why did Anas b. Malik get the disease
'al-baras' ?

The Kitab al-Ma'arif of Ibn Qutaybah and the account of Imam 'Ali's imprecation for Anas b. Malik

"I am the city of knowledge..."

The Sahih of al-Tirmidhi and the hadith, "I am the city of knowledge and 'Ali is its gate"

Your contributions and feedback are welcome !
Kindly send any comments or suggestions about this site, or any  factual information on cases of tahrif known to you, to the Shi'a Encyclopedia team of the Ahlul Bayt DILP.

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Some of the contents of this site may be quoted from copyrighted sources.  However, these have been reproduced either with prior permission or with the belief that the fraction of material quoted meets the conditions for it to be deemed allowable under the fair use provisions of international copyright laws.   If any owner of the copyright to any of the material does not wish us to include their material, we will be happy to discuss this and subsequently remove it.

Launched: November 1999
Last Updated: June 2000