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Mufti Desai and Shiism
By:Adil Naveed
Date: Thursday, 5 November 2009, 6:34 pm

I was a Shia and have converted to Ahlay Sunnah. Do I have to say all the Qada prayers for the time that I was a Shia?

I was a Shia till just a few months ago, when I converted to Ahlay-Sunnah (Fiqah Hanafi), I am almost 21 years old, I used to say my daily prayers in the Shia manner, and not perform Sunnat Raka'as (as it is not obligatory in Shia's except for the 2 Fajar Sunnah and 2 Vitar in Isha). What I want to know is that how many Qada prayers do I have to say now? Do I have to say all my Qada prayers for the years that I have spent being a Shia? And I also want to know how to give the kufaaraa for leaving the fasts of Ramadan without any valid excuse? Allah Hafiz.

Answer 2799

Shi'as are not Muslims. Your reversion to Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaa` is similar
to accepting Islam from Kufr.

Salaats in the state of Kufr (Shi'ism) was not compulsory, therefore, you do
not have to make Qadhaa of the Salaats while being a Shi'a.

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

The protracted contrariety between Islam and Shi’ism is but a clear reflection of fundamental differences between the two. The only common denominator between Islam and Shi’ism is the Islamic Kalimah. The rest of Shi’ism has very little in common with mainstream Islam. The unbridgeable divide between the two is entrenched in some of the core fundamentals of this sect, such as:


Imaamah is a divine station like Nubuwwat. This implies that Sunnis, who do not believe in Imaamah, are unbelievers. According to their beliefs, Allah had chosen twelve men to succees Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The twelfth Imaam however disappeared at the age of five. He is believed to be the awaited Mahdi.


The Imaams possess more knowledge than the Ambiyaa. They are superior to the Ambiyaa and the entire creation. The Imaams can bring the dead back to life. No knowledge of the heavens and the earth is hidden from them.


The Qur’an is incomplete and distorted in its present form. This tenet had been explicity propounded by the classical scholars of Shi’ism, but frugally denied by the contemporary scholars.


The Sahaaba were guilty of wilfully distorting and corrupting the Deen of Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). They turned renegade after the demise of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) except the immediate household of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).



Islam and Shi’ism are two parallel streams of thought that can never converge. They are as distinct from each other, as is Islam to the Ahlul-Kitaab. To ignore these differences is to ignore the stark reality.

The often repeated hallowed call for "Muslim Unity" simply serves as a smokescreen, behind which Shi’a missionaries penetrate Muslim societies. Any attempt to resist this imposition is branded as "divisive". Would it be divisive to protect Islam from a sect that inherently debases the Qur’an, the Ambiyaa, and the Sahaaba? Unity can only be forged on the basis of Aqeedah (belief). To label these differences as ‘hair splitting issues’ is to undermine the sanctity of the Qur’an, the Ambiyaa and the Sahaaba unity at the cost of the Qur’an is tantamount to blasphemy.

The constitution of our country guarantees religious freedom. The Shi’as therefore have the right to propagate their beliefs. However, they need to come out of the closet and do so under the banner of Shi’ism.

Allah Knows Best

Adil Naveed