ANOTHER TRICKSTER - IBNE SHAHAB ZAHRI:
Now let us examine "Imam" Ibn-e-Shahab Zahri Toosi touted as “Madani” (d. 124 Hijrah, 742 CE). Hujjatullah Abdul Qadir Ali Al-Musvi, author of Mizanul Faris states that Zahri's real name was Ibn-e-Shahab Toosi. He was one of those hundreds of thousands of migrants who, after the Arab conquest of Persia, had settled in the Iraqi cities of Kufah, Basra and Baghdad. Some history books have named him as the second founder of Shi'a theology. (The first founder was Abdullah bin Saba, the Jew)
In his book "Imam Zahri and Imam Tabari, the Other Side of the Picture", Allama Tamanna Imadi states that Zahri's role features prominently in all the differences between the Shi'a and Sunni sects to this day.
He used to fabricate a Hadith and then it was passed over to the propaganda centers from where it made rounds of the entire Muslim world. Some Shi'a scholars acknowledge him as a Shi'a while others hold him to be a Sunni (Mufti Muhammad Tahir Makki). However, Ibn Shahab Zahri (Toosi) had descended from the royals of the Persian Sassanids and was a staunch Zoroastrian. Allama Imadi, ‘Maulana’ Dost Muhammad Qureshi, Mufti Muhammad Tahir Makki and Allama Mujeebi all are unanimous in the view that some of the machinations of this Zoroastrian masquerading as "Imam" have lasted until this day. He:
• Made up stories casting doubts about the collection and compilation of the Qur’an.
• Broached the novel idea that some Ayahs of the Qur’an abrogate others.
• Concocted the foolish notion that the Qur’an was revealed over seven "readings".
• He was the man to name Hazrat Ayesha in context with Surah An-Noor, thus providing an open opportunity to "Imam" Bukhari to slander the Mother of Believers. The Qur’an had not named any person in the Surah.
• Made up the tales of dispute among Sahaba Kiraam concerning the exalted Prophet's succession in Saqeefa Bani Saa'dah.
• Fabricated stories of disputations between Hazraat Ali, Abu Bakr and Umar.
• Invented stories about persecution of Bibi Fatima, the dispute about the Garden of Fadak, and the maltreatment of the Prophet's daughter by Hazraat Abu Bakr and Umar.
• Topping it all, the tales like the Battle of Jamal between Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Ayesha, the Battle of Saffain between Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Mu'awiya, and the Battle of Nahrawan between Hazrat Ali and the Khawarij were creations of the scheming mind of Zahri and expanded by Tabari. In fact, the Battles of Jamal, Saffain, Nahrawan and Karbala never took place!
Zahri was not alone in spreading the above mentioned horrendous plots. He had full support of his fellow Zoroastrians. Their ulterior motive was to divide Muslims in sects, engage them in mutual disputes and make them abandon the Qur’an.
Other culprits in this sordid business were Jews banished from the Arabian Peninsula. Many of them assumed Muslim names and settled in centers of Islamic Civilization to benefit from the prosperous Muslim state. A third force active in this endeavor was the Byzantine (the Eastern Roman) Empire which had been conquered by Muslims during the reign of Hazrat Umar. Syria, Egypt, Jerusalem, Alexandria etc had fallen to Muslims. The Romans were also bent upon avenging their defeat from Muslims.
THE ENEMY CAMP:
That is how the camp of the Zoroastrian, Jewish and Nazarene brains formed a coalition against Muslims. Misery seeks company. The three scheming, defeated elements held a series of secret conferences in Kufah, Syria, Yemen and Constantinople. (Lisanul Meezan)
It is to be remembered that Muslims had not invaded the Persian and Roman empires on their own or for occupying their lands. In both these superpowers of the time, a few elite were holding people in physical, mental and economic bondage. The accounts of the tyranny and the public outcry for help were reaching the capital of the new superpower in Madinah. The exalted Prophet had warned the tyrannical emperors that if they failed to reform and restore human rights, time were at hand that the elite would face the hardships that the masses were facing. Hazraat Abu Bakr and Umar only reaffirmed that warning.
Please recall that the Qur’an prescribes Jihad in the sense of warfare only under the following circumstances:
• When adversaries physically attack Muslims.
• When the enemy drives away Muslims from their lands and homes.
• When innocent people are subjected to oppression and cry for help.
In their hearts, the Parsi and Christian masses were jubilant over the rise of Islam because it was the first time that they had witnessed the beauty of freedom. However, the courtiers and the elite of the old regimes grieved for the good old days. The Jews had not forgotten the hurt of their banishment. In their private counsels these defeated elements had reached the conclusion that it was not possible to fight Muslims on the battlefield. Therefore, they resolved to sow the seed of discord among Muslims. The best way to accomplish the task was to make them desert the Qur’an. Henceforth, the war was philosophical and intellectual at which the plain Arabs were no match to the enemy. They were men of action, not of gossip.