By as-Sayyid Murtadã al-‘Askarī (Translated by M. J. Muqaddas)
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Dr. Hamid Hafni Dãwood 12th October, 1961 Cairo — Egypt The above article was written by a learned Sunni man, who has broken the barrier of fanaticism and quarrelling for the sake of quarrelling. Comments by AL-SHEIKH JAWÃD MUGHNIAH (A Shi‘ah Scholar) "Everything in this world is changing, except the writings against Shi‘ah. To every beginning there is an end, except the accusations against Shi‘ah. Every verdict is supported by evidence, except the one against Shi‘ah. Why? " Here is the answer.
2. Recording events in such a way that truth appeared to be false, and false appeared to be truth. He invented Companions (Sahãbī) for the Prophet such as So‘eer, Hazhãz, Ott, Homaiza, etc. He recorded his stories in such a way that they appeared to have been told by the people who met these Sahãbīes. 10 11 Among his fictional heroes is ‘Abdullãh Bin Saba΄, who was supposed to have related tales about Shi‘ah; all stories against Shi‘ahs, recorded by all historians originate from Saif. After Saif, the historians accepted his books as the gospel truth.
This was the theory — that to every Prophet there is a successor, and Ali is the successor of Mohammad. So, every Muslim, therefore, must help Ali by his words and deeds. It is said that ‘Abdullãh Bin Saba΄ sent missionaries all over the country to propagate his theory. " The Encyclopaedia refers to Tabari and Maghrizi, Tabari lived 300 years after the story, and Maghrizi 800 years. Tabari mentions the names of those he has quoted but Maghrizi does not. Hence the writings of Maghrizi are not thought to be as reliable as those of Tabari, who lived 500 years before Maghrizi.