Author: Dr. Ahmed 'Abdullah Salamah
Publisher: Abul Qasim Publishing House (1998)
Pages: 130 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The religious beliefs and practices of SHI'AS differentiate and segregate them from the entire Muslim Ummah. The SHI'AS have specific beliefs about the attributes of Allah, the attributes of Allah's messengers, the position and mission of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the reliability of the Qur'ân. They even have their own unique moral codes. Unfortunately, because of their clannish nature and secretive preaching, very few people have proper knowledge of their beliefs and practices.
History vouches for the fact that since its inception, Shi'aism has been shrouded in mystery. The initial preaching and propagation of Shi'aism was only through word of mouth.
None of the Shi'ia imams left any documentary evidence of their teachings. It is a strange paradox that the Shi'ia's claim to follow Ja`faar Imam when, in fact, Imam Ja`faar (may Allah be pleased with him) did not even leave any evidence of having compiled a Fiqh. And later, when the Shi'iahs started writing about their beliefs, such writings were meant only for Shi'iahs Sunnis did not even have access to them.
Contrary to the universal and basic teachings of monotheistic religion, Shi'ism teaches its followers to conceal their faith and hide their beliefs. Two of their basic doctrines, known as lotman and taqiyyah, are primarily designed to achieve this purpose. The belief in kitman commands the Shi'iahs to conceal their religion from non-Shi'ahs. The following two so-called "Ahaadeeths" from the sixth Shi'ia Imaam, Ja`faar as-Sadiq, clearly elaborate this point:
"One who exposes something from our religion is like one who intentionally kills us. " 1
"You belong to a religion that whosoever conceals it - Allah will honor him; whoever reveals it Allah will disgrace and humiliate him" 2
Furthermore, the belief in taqiyyah commits Shi'ia's to put up a hypocritical show and to act in such away that non Shi'ia's may never be exposed to real Shi'ism. It even allows them to tell a lie if their intention is to hide their religion from non Shi'iahs. The following Shi'ia narrations testify clearly to this effect:
Imarn Ja'far as'Sadiq said: "Associate with your opponents outwardly and oppose them inwardly."3
Zararah narrated: "I asked a certain question of Imam Baqir, and he gave me its answer. Another person then asked the same question, and the imam gave him a different answer. Later, a third person asked the same question, but the imam's answer that time was different than the previous two answers. I then asked him, '0 son of the messenger, the two persons who just came here to ask you questions were from Iraq and were Shi'iahs, yet you gave them contradictory answers.' The imam then answered, '0 Zararah, this is good for me as well as for you, and this will help us survive and prosper."4
Because of such beliefs both the Muslim urnmah and Western scholars have very little genuine and reliable knowledge of Shi'iah beliefs and practices. However, most of the openly declared Shi'iah beliefs revolve around the concept of imamah, the superiority of 'All (may Allah be pleased with him), and the so-called love of the Prophet's family members. As a result, the intense love that Sunni Muslims carry for the Prophet's family members combined with the magnanimous personality of 'All has led some Sunnis to accept the Shi'iahs as part of the Muslim urnmah.
However, the brutal fact remains that under the pretense of 'Ali's superiority and the so-called love of the Prophet's family members, Shi'ahs have literally evolved an entirely new religion, grossly distorted the teachings of the Holy Qur'ân, and completely rejected the sanctity and authenticity of the ahadith. They have elevated the sayings of their imaams to the level of the Prophet's sayings and have classified them as ahaadeeth. For all practical purposes, they reject the most authentic sayings of the Prophet (PBUH) and base their religion on the so-called ahadiths attributed to their imams. By doing so they have rejected one of the most fundamental principles of Islam: the law can only be derived from the sayings and actions of the Prophet (PBUH), not any other human being.
This work is the third in a series comparing Sunni and Shi'ah beliefs. The first two booklets are Sunni and Shi' ah Perspectives on Islam and Sunni and Shi'ah Perspectives on the Holy Qur'ân. The Shi'ah belief in the sanctity and blessings of temporary marriage, called mut’ah, is dealt with here.
The present study gives only a glimpse of the Shi'ah belief regarding mut’ah. All quoted citations used in support of their beliefs come from the most authentic and original source books of the Shi'ah faith - two of the earliest Shi'ah commentaries on the Qur'ân, two of the earliest Shi'ah books of ahaadeeth, and two of the earliest Shi'ah books of fiqh, along with a few other references, including words from the late Shi'ah imarn, Ayatullah Khomeini.
Mut'ah is Arabic word which means "enjoyment." Actually, it has a deep religious connotation and draws a line of demarcation between the Shi'ahs and the rest of the Muslim ummah. The books of hadith and fiqh written by Shi'ah scholars define mut'ah as "a temporary marriage contracted for a fixed period in return for compensation." The belief in the sanctity and virtues of mut'ah is an integral part of the Shi'ah faith. In contrast, the rest of the Muslim ummah considers mut’ah as prostitution.