The Rise and Fall of Shi'ism
Ithna Asharis, Ismailis and Zaydis and many others....
by Kaukab Siddique, PhD
Shiism is a concocted religion which did not exist in time of the Prophet, pbuh, and the khulafa-e-rashidoon.
The Qur'an does not recognize Shi'ism and does not mention Ali and Fatima, r.a. It severely condemns breakaway group and insists on Muslim unity. The Qur'an recognizes the name MUSLIM but does not recognize Shi'a.
Since the Qur'an does not recognize Ali and Fatima, r.a., to base a religion on reverence for Ali and his family is a clear violation of the Qur'an.
In fact the Shias themselves are deeply divided over their religion.
The Twelvers [Ithna Asharis] claim 12 imams starting with Ali and ending with a child who might or not have existed and who according to the Ithna Asharis disappeared about 1200 years ago. They are waiting for him to come back and fill the world with justice. Again this belief about a 12th imam returning is a baseless belief which is a clear violation of the Qur'an.
The Seveners or Ismailis broke away from Ithna Asharis after the 6th Ithna imam. They became the supporters of the idea that instead of waiting for the hidden imam, they have a Hazar Imam, the living incarnation of Ali. This of course is an absurd belief which has not the slightest basis in the Qur'an or even in hadith. The Ismailis were the first terrorists and helped the European crusaders by attacking the leaders of the Muslim world including Salahuddin Ayyubi. A sub-sect of Ismailis attacked the Kaaba itself and stole the Black Stone till they were forced to return it. Today the Ismaili leader is called Agha Khan, and lives the life of a playboy in Paris. He supports the western powers directly and indirectly against all anti-western Islamic movements.
The third major branch of Shi'ism are the Zaydis. They are closest to the Sunnis and they accept Abu Bakr, Umar and Usman, r.a., as legitimate Caliphs although they too think that Ali, r.a., was better than them. They were the only Shias who insisted on jihad against the kings but the Ithna Asharis did not support them and insisted on peaceful means.
ALL THESE WERE POLITICAL MOVEMENTS which morphed into a religion now called Shiism. Neither Ali, nor Fatima, nor Hasan, nor Husain, r.a., taught anything called Shiism. They were staunch supporters of Abu Bakr, Umar and Usman, r.a., and never abused or insulted them or called them usurpers.
Smaller Shia subs sects are very abusive of the Companions of the Sahaba, r.a., of Muhammad, pbuh. They have concocted huge numbers of narratives which they call "hadith" to insult the sahaba,r.a. [We have seen examples of this abuse on this forum coming from a character named Zaheer Hussain.]
There are Shia sects which claim that Ali was god, or that by looking on the face of Ali one looks at the "face" of god. Some even claim that the angel mistook Muhammad, pbuh, for Ali! Or that Ali was born in the Kaaba and was therefore superior to Muhammad, pbuh. Or that Ali was mentioned in the Qur'an but Usman, r.a., removed it.
A Jew named Ibn Saba played an important role in spreading these ideas about the supernatural status of Ali, r.a