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  1. Excerpt: Reading and pondering over hadith and acquiring knowledge directly from our Imams (as) is not the prerogative of the mujtahids only. It is a duty and responsibility of each and every muslim. Unfortunately, the religious establishment has divided the society into two classes - clergy and layman. The layman are discouraged from accessing the hadith directly. One of the reasons often quoted is that the hadith literature has been corrupted and a layman will be unable to differentiate the sound (sahih) hadith from unsound (zaif). Nothing is further from the truth - our great col
  2. Let me re-iterate the statement mentioned by Sheikh Yaqub Kulayni (with the title Thiqat-ul-islam) in the Introduction to Al Kafi: Thus, you should know, my brother - may God [continue to] guide you - that nobody can resolve any of the disparities in the traditions of the Imams - may God's peace be upon them - using his own opinion. Rather [these can only be resolved] according to the methods stated by one of the knowledgeable Imams - may God's peace be upon him - when he said "Compare them to the book of God. Take whichever of them concurs with the book of God - almighty is he and sublim
  3. Br Abdul Qadir - Below are some of the hadith I have compiled. As you will see there is no mention of the concept of Ilm al Rijal anywhere and in fact, you will not find any hadith that advocate this concept. On the contrary there are numerous hadith (refer to my article) which speak against using this concept. --------------------------------------- 1. Refer to the Book of Allah: --------------------------------------- Abu Abd Allah (asws) said: 'The Messenger of Allah (saww) said: 'Surely on every truth there is reality, and on every correct thing there is a light. Whatever is
  4. How do you know the reports about the biographies of men which constitute ilm al rijal are themselves not fabricated? What is the reliability of those biographies?
  5. Were it not for the hadith of Masumeen (as) which speak against the fundamental concept of ilm al rijal - this subject would have validity. There are other criteria specified by the Imams (as) which help to identify sound hadith - ilm al rijal is not one of them and is not a necessity.
  6. Br Haydar Husayn - Thank you for the advise and tips which I agree with. The history of Ilm al Rijal is blurry and it is (like many other subjects) hard to define exactly when this science started and at what point it was adapted by the Usulis. The article is not about the roots of Ilm al Rijal - rather the focus is on the hadeeth of Masumeen (as) and ayah of Qur'an that clearly contradict this science. I wouldn't call it a monumental mistake since history of ilm al rijal is not the focus of the article. I also agree, that I should have done more research on counter arguments and provided
  7. Br Haydar Husayn - Based on the wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biographical_evaluation#Early_specialists Ahmad Ibn Hanbal was one of the early specialists (if not the first one) to specialize in the study of hadith narrators. We have corrected our article. Regardless, it is a subject invented by Ahl al Sunnah and against the teachings of the Masumeen (as). -- Ahlul Bayt Mission https://ahlulbaytmission.org/2016/09/18/fallacy-of-ilm-al-rijal/
  8. Full article at: https://ahlulbaytmission.org/2016/09/18/fallacy-of-ilm-al-rijal/ Abstract: Ilm-al-Rijal literally means 'Knowledge of Men' and is more commonly understood as the Science of Narration. This science is one of the most important founding pillars of Ijtihad (and thus the system of Taqlid and Marjaiyat). The purpose of this science is to distinguish between reliable and unreliable hadith by evaluating the biographies of the narrators instead of examining the actual text and contents of the hadith. This science was first invented by Ahmad ibn Hanbal (founder of the Hanbali
  9. Sr Hameedeh - The hubeali website only quotes the hadeeth of Masumeen (as). Why don't you visit it? It is the obligation of all of us to be well versed with the traditions of the Masumeen (as). This responsibility is not limited to mujtahids only. Our holy Imams (as) never classified people into category of mujtahid and muqallid. This is an innovation and scheme to keep the masses ignorant and rule over them. The Imams (as) have classified people as follows: "People are of three types – the scholars (aalim), the students (mutaalim), and rubbish (ghisaa). We (asws) are the schola
  10. I read the chapter on Decision of Tradition in the book quoted above. If you read carefully, the Masumeen (as) are asking us to refer to narrators of hadith (highlighted in red). "اما الحوادث الواقعة فارجعوا فيها إلى رواة حديثنا فإنهم حجتي عليكم وانا حجة الله." There is no mention of ijtihad - system of deriving laws based on Quran, Hadith, Aql and Ijma. Nowhere will you find Masumeen (as) ever teaching people the principles of Ijtihad. I advise you to read the following book which is based on the hadith of Masumeen (as): http://hubeali.com/books/English-Books/Ahadith-of-Infallibles-
  11. Salaams Sr Hameedeh - They were not representatives - rather they were four trustworthy messengers (safeers). Their responsibility was to simply convey messages back and forth from the Imam (ajtf). A representative (naib) is one who acts independently with full functions, authority and capabilities in place of another person. For example, Imam Ali (as) was the naib of the Holy Prophet (as).The four noble messengers never claimed to be representatives and never used the word naib for themselves. There is no mention anywhere in history of the usage of the word naib for these four messe
  12. Respected Sr. Hameedeh - The fundamental Shia beliefs are Tawhid, Adalat, Nubuwat, Imamat and Qayamat. Taqleed of a fallible person is not part of our fundamental beliefs. However, Taqleed of Masumeen (as) is automatically implied in our belief in their infallibility. There were no mujtahids during the times of the Imams (as) for two reasons: 1. Ijtihad has been condemned and prohibited by the Masumeen (as). 2. The presence of Masumeen (as) would not even create a need for Ijtihad in the first place. Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq asws said: 'You and taqleed? Whosoever adorns thi
  13. Thank you respected Sr. Hameedah. I advise you to read the hadith of Masumeen (as). In Bihar ul Anwaar there is a is chapter on Taqleed in Volume two which contains eighty four hadith classified under the heading of ‘Prohibition on orders of Taqleed of a fallible person. In Wasail us Shia, the colossal collection of Hadeeth by Sheykh Al Hurr Al Amili, there is a chapter on Taqleed in Volume twenty seven, containing more than a hundred hadith, ALL of which have been classified under the heading of prohibition orders on the Taqleed of a non-infallible. Taqleed (blind
  14. A common tactic used by the proponents of the religious (clerical) establishment to deceive the innocent followers and to impress on their minds that their leaders are rightly guided is to attribute to them stories about meetings with Imam-e-Zamana (ajtf), and how through these meetings, the Imam (ajtf) guides and corrects them. Many incidents have been narrated in books and they are widely used in lectures to gain popularity and support. The motive, through these incidents, is to claim a type of divine sanction for them being on the right path and to claim that they are the only sect out of t
  15. I read the hadith you provided. All of them encourage us to either become a scholar of hadith (the one who is well versed with lawful/unlawful) or refer to one. All knowledge ultimately comes ONLY from the Masumeen (as). The scholar of hadith is one who puts the Masumeen (asws) in the forefront, and who can quote, explain and guide people through the hadith. Everything the true scholar of hadith says should be clearly backed up by references from hadith and should be provided readily to the people when demanded. Unfortunately the clergies don't quote the hadith and encourage people to follow t
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