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AL-MAHDI INSTITUTE

The Creed of Shi'a from Their Own Sources.
Clarifying the Misrepresentations of
Afzal Hoosen Elias.

This is a second selection of answers to statements that Hoosen Elias uses in an attempt to support his prejudice against Shi'ism.  This list of alleged faults is widely published on the internet.  It is a shameful and barefaced distortion intended to misguide and further divide the Ummah.  It is an all to common ploy for the enemies of Islam and their creatures to extract quotations from the Holy Qur'an and the collections of hadith to use outside of the intended or actual context.  May they turn to Allah (swt.) and seek forgiveness.
3.) - Shia 'Islaam' based on 5 pillars - Salaat, Zakaat, Fasting, Hajj, Wilaayat.
The conceptual structure of Islam, from a Shi'a perspective is not usually expressed in terms of pillars but rather of roots and branches.  The roots (Usool) are Tawhid, Adilat (Justness of Allah), Nabuwat (Prophethood), Immamat and Qiyamat (Judgement Day).  Ayatullah Seyyid Mojtaba Musavi Lari in his book Introduction to Islam, makes the following comment, "One who does not believe in Tawhid, Nabuwat, or Qiyamat is not a true Muslim; whereas in addition to the above mentioned three items, Shi'a Muslims consider Adl and Imamat as also Usool al-Deen or the fundamentals of Islam, which are distinct from the doctrines of faith..."  So to be considered a Muslim one must believe in the first three specified but to be a Shi'a believe in all five and practise The Branches or Doctrines of Faith (Furoo al-Deen) Are Salat, Saum, Zakaat, Khums, Hajj, Jihad, Amr bil Ma'ruf (to enjoin good), Nahi anil Munkar (to forbid Evil), Tawalla (To love Divine Persons) and Tabarra (To keep away from the enemies of Divine persons.
      The Shi'a position, and it may seem a truism, can be stated as that while the Five Pillars are necessary there is much before them and beside them that is also essential to the proper practice of Islam.


4.) -( Azaan is "Ash Hadu Anna - alian Waliullah Wasu Rasulullah was Khalifatu hu bila faslrin")
     It should be noted that the first deletions and additions to the Adhan were made, according to Ahadith in Bukhari, Muslim and Malik, on the orders and opinion of Hadhrat 'Umar.  The Shi'a view is that

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