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S. Shuja

Are Shias Muslim? If so what's the evidence?

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There was a question 'Are Shias Muslim? If so what's the evidence?',

My humble response was as follows: 

It is as if one poses questions that Are Sunnis Muslim? Are Catholics and Protestants Christian? Are days and nights parts of time? Do the black and white colors fall in the spectrum of colors? If so what's the evidence?

Anyhow, to address the above-mentioned question precisely and to know whether or not Shias are Muslims, one should know in advance what does Muslim literally mean? What does make an individual a Muslim? Or what are the most integral parts of Islamic belief system?

A Muslim is he who follows the religion of Islam and surrenders his will to the will of Allah.

The most important constituents that make one a Muslim are to bear witness to the Absolute Oneness of Allah, to accept the Prophetic missions of the divine messengers including the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him and his family) as the seal of the Prophets and to confess to the existence of the judgement day. The Shias and Sunnis unanimously accept the very three fundamental principles and thus are entitled Muslims. He who meticulously observes the divine law in his private and public spheres of life and his actions translate his inner feelings and beliefs, is called a practicing and faithful Muslim.

One can find a another definition of a Muslim in our Hadith literature that says:

الْمُسْلِمُ مَنْ سَلِمَ الْمُسْلِمُونَ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ وَيَدِهِ Meaning that “a Muslim is he who the people are safe from his tongue and hand, i.e. he does not inflict harm to people”.

Let me finish it with Allah’s saying:

وَمَنْ أَحْسَنُ قَوْلًا مِّمَّن دَعَا إِلَى اللَّهِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا وَقَالَ إِنَّنِي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ

And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, "Indeed, I am of the Muslims." [Fussilat: 33].

Thanks

Reference: 

  1. The Quran.
  2. .من لايحضره الفقيه، شیخ صدوق، ج ۴، ص ۳۶۲، ح ۵۷۶۲
  3.  .سنن النسائی، المعجم ۴۷- الإیمان، ب ۷-۱۶،  ح ٤٩٩٥؛-٥٠٠٨
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19 minutes ago, goldenhawk said:

@starlight according to sunnis, you maybe doing taqiyah therefore your statement is in question. Please state your true beliefs. 

....ALI YUN WALI ULLAH WASI O RASULALLAHe  WA KHALIFATAHU BE'LAA FASL !!!!! 

:woot::woot: 

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