“Why I Left Shi'ah”--Sayyid Husain Al-Musawi
Rabi Us Sani 26, 1434 A.H, Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Testimony Of The Author Before He Was Killed
Sayyid Husain Al-Musawi is not an unfamiliar name among the Shi'ahs. He was a great scholar of the Shi'ahs who was born in Karbala and studied in Hauzah until he got the title “mujtahid”. He also had a special position in the sight of Imam Ayatullah Khomeini.
After going through a long spiritual journey, he finally left Shi'ah, because he found so many deviations and errors in it. This article was excerpted from his book, 'Why I Left Shi'ah (transl.)', his responsibility for Allah and history before he was eventually murdered:
I was born in Karbala, growing up in an environment of Shi'ah people and was cared of by my father, who was a religious person. I studied in a number of schools in the city up until I reached early adolescence. And then my father sent me to Hauzah, sort of like an Islamic boarding school, in the city of Najaf. It was the main city of knowledge, the place of the famous scholars to study religious knowledge, such as Imam Sayyid Muhammad Ali Husain Kasyif Al-Ghita. He was a notable figure in the 'City of Knowledge'. Since then, I started thinking seriously about the issue of knowledge. I studied the madzhab of Ahlul-Bait, but on the other hand I have found reproach and attacks against the Ahlul-Bait.
I learned about the issues of Shari'ah to worship Allah, but in it were nas (texts) which show kufr against Allah SWT. "O Allah, what am I studying? Is it possible that all this is the true madzhab of Ahlul-Bait?"
Indeed, this led to the splitting of a person's personality. Because, how does he worship Allah while on the other hand he is kufr against Allah? How does he follow the sunnah of Rasulullah while on the other hand he attacks him? How can he be said following the Ahlul Bait, loving and studying their madzhab, while he insults and mocks him?
"Send down your mercy and love O Allah. If not because of Your mercy, I will surely be among those who go astray, in fact among those who lose."
I again asked myself, "What is the attitude of the notable figures, the imams and those who are considered as ulama's? What is their stance on this matter? Do they see what I see? Do they learn what I learn?"
I need someone to complain about all my confusion and pour out all my sadness to. I finally got the guidance and a good idea, i.e. to do a comprehensive study and reassess all the subject materials that I had received. I read everything I got from the references, be it the mu'tabar or otherwise.
I read every book that got into my hands. I pondered to review some of the paragraphs and those nas and I commented based on the ideas that were in my brain.
When I finished reading the references that are mu'tabar, I got some paper, and then kept them, hopefully one day Allah will determine a decision for me.
I beg Allah for help in explaining this truth. There would be a lot of accusation, fitnah and murder attempts that would be met if one exposes the deviations of Shi'ah, but I had already considered all those, and they did not prevent me from doing it.
The people of Shi'ah have killed the father of our leaders, namely Ayatullah Uzhma Imam Sayyid Abul Hasan Al-Ashfani, a greatest imam of the Shi'ah after the disappearance of the imams until today. There is no doubt that he was a great figure of Shi'ah , however, when he was about to straighten out the manhaj of Shi'ah and cleanse the superstitious that are present in it, they slaughtered him like how they slaughter a goat. Just as they also have assassinated Sayyid Ahmad Al-Kasrawi when he declared himself free of the deviations of Shi'ah and wanted to straighten out the manhaj of Shi'ah, they chopped off the body of Sayyid Ahmad into several parts.
There are still many people who suffered the same fate due to their courage in opposing the bathil aqeedah incuded into the madzhab of Shi'ah. And they also want me to suffer the same fate. But it does not frighten me. Suffice it for me to deliver the truth, advise my brothers, give warnings to them and turn away from misguidance.
If I want the pleasure of the world, the mut'ah (contract marriage) and khumus (a fifth of the property given by the followers of Shi'ah) have been enough to achieve all those, as done by others other than myself who have become rich in each of their area. Some of them ride the most expensive cars of the latest model. But alhamdulillah, I turned away from those since I recognize the truth.
Seeing The Ahlussunnah As Najis (Unclean)
The most widespread belief among us, the followers of Shi'ah is the prioritization on the Ahlul Bait. In the madzhab of Shi'ah, everything is based on the love for the Ahlul Bait. To disown themselves from the laymen, namely the Ahlu Sunnah, to disown themselves from the three khalifahs and Aishah binti Abu Bakar for their attitude against the Ahlul Bait.
What's rooted in the mind of every Shi'ah, be it the young or the old, the clever or the ignorant, the male of the female, is that the Sahabahs had done injustices against the Ahlul Bait, shed their blood and made halal their honor. The belief instilled by the ulama's and mujtahid of Shi'ah is that their biggest enemy is the Ahlus Sunnah. This is because the Sunni people are considered najis in the sight of the Shi'ahs, to the extent that even if they cleanse a thousand times, the najis will not vanish.
Almost all the books of Shi'ahs that I studied are full of rough languages and are beyond common sense. Various insults, aspersion and dirty words are scattered in every book. In fact, oftentimes, what's expressed do not have sound logic. Please read Al-Kafi, Nahjul Balaghah, Al Ihtijaj and Rijal Kishi.
If we want to explore everything that is said about Ahlul Bait, the discussion will be extended, because no one among them is free from the dirty words, foul sentences or contemptible accusations. Many despicable deeds have been attributed to them.
Read this riwaayah,"Rasulullah did not sleep until he kissed the front part of Fatimah's face," (Bihar Al-Anwar,43/44).
"Rasulullah kept his face on both breasts of Fatimah," (Bihar Al-Anwar 43/78).
A very heinous blasphemy, how could Rasulullah, the noble, do all those illogical things.
Nikah mut'ah has been practiced in the ugliest forms, the women have been humiliated in the worst humiliations. Most of them (Shi'ahs) fulfill their lusts in the name of religion behind the curtain that is called mut'ah.
They have brought riwaayahs that give motivations to do mut'ah, setting and detailing its rewards, as well as punishments on those who do not do it. In fact those who do not practice mut'ah are considered kafir. As Saduq narrated from As Sadiq, he said, "Indeed, mut'ah is my religion and the religion of my father. Whoever denies it, it means he is denying our religion and having the aqeedah of a religion other than our religion," (Man La Yahdhuruhu Al Faqih,3/366). This is the declaration of kafir on those who reject mut'ah.
To strengthen further this mut'ah, the name of Rasulullah was even brought in, such as written in “Man La Yahdhuruhu Al Faqih”, 3/366, "Whoever does mut'ah with a woman, he will be safe from the wrath of Allah, the Compeller. Whoever does mut'ah two time, he shall be gathered together with the people of goodness. Whoever does mut'ah three times, he will be side by side with me in paradise."
It is the spirits of these words that drive the ulama's of the city of knowledge, Najaf, the dominion of the imams, to do mut'ah with many women. Such as the ulama' Sayiid Shadr, Barwajardi, Syairazi, Qazwani, Sayyid Madani and many others.
Check out this riwaayah. From Sayyid Fathullah Al Kashani, he narrated in Tafsir Manhaj As-Sadiqin, from the Prophet SAW, verily he said, "Whoever does mut'ah once, his status is like Husain AS; one who does it two times, his status is like Hasan AS; the one who does it three times, his status is the same as Ali Bin Abu Talib; and whoever does mut'ah four times, his status is the same as my status."
Indeed, it does not make sense. Say there was a evil man doing mut'ah once, his status is the same as Husain AS; and then mut'ah twice, his status goes up again. That easy?? Are the status of Rasulullah SAW and the imams that low?? Even if the person doing mut'ah has attained a high status of iman, is his status the same as the status of Husain, his brother, his father and his grandfather?
The Imam Has Mut'ah With A Small Child
When Imam Khomeini stayed in Iraq, I went back and forth to visit him. I studied under him, thus the relationship between myself and him became so close. At one time, he agreed to go to a city in the framework of fulfilling an invitation, namely the city that is located on the western part of Mosul, that could be reached in about half an hour by car.
Imam Khomeini asked me to go along with him. We were received and honoured with an extraordinary honour during our stay with one of the Shi'ah families who lived there. He had pledged allegiance to propagate the creed of Shi'ah in that region.
When the visit ended and on our way home, on the road, on our return, we passed through Baghdad and Imam Khomeini wished to rest from the tiring journey. Then he instructed so that we head to a resort area where there lived a man from Iran named Sayyid Sahib. There was a pretty strong friendship between him and Imam.
Sayyid Sahib asked us to stay overnight at his place that night and Imam Khomeini agreed.
When the time of Isha' came, dinner for us was served. The people who attended kissed Imam's hand and asked him questions regarding a number of issues and Imam answered them.
When it was time to sleep and the people had already gone home, Imam Khomeini saw a little girl, her age was around 5 years old but she was very beautiful. Imam requested from her father, i.e. Sayyid Sahib, to present the girl to him so that he could do mut'ah with her. So the father agreed to it, feeling very pleased. So Imam Khomeini slept and the girl was in his embrace, while we heard the cries and screams of the child.
The night passed by. When the morning came, we sat down and had breakfast. The Imam looked at me and noticed very obvious signs of unpleasedness and disagreement in my face, because how could he do mut'ah with a little girl, whereas in the house there were girls who are already baligh (adolescent).
Imam Khomaini asked me, "Sayyid Husain, what is your opinion about doing mut'ah with a small child?"
I asked him, "The most supreme words are your words, what's true is your acts, and you are a mujtahid imam. It is not possible for me to opine or say unless it is in accordance with your opinion and words. It needs to be understood that it is not possible for me to oppose your fatwa."
Then he said, "Sayyid Husain, indeed the ruling of having mut'ah with a small child is permissible but only with fondling, kisses and squeezing with the thighs. As for the sexual intercourse, indeed she is not strong enough to do it." See also the book of Imam Khomeini entitled "Tahrir Al Wasilah", 2/241, number 12, which allows mut'ah with babies that are still suckling.
Mut'ah with Married Women
So obvious, the damages caused by mut'ah are very huge and complex.
Among others are:
First, it's violating against the nas of the Shari'ah, for making halal what is made haram by Allah.
Second, the fake riwaayahs that are diverse and their attribution to the imams, whereas therein contains vituperations which would unplease a person who still has an atom of iman in his heart.
Third, the damage inflicted by it by allowing mut'ah with a woman who already has a husband. In these circumstances a husband will not feel safe for his wife because of the possibility that later his wife will have nikah mut'ah with another man. This is a damage upon a damage! Nobody can imagine how the feelings of a husband who finds out that the wife who is under his care have mut'ah with another man.
Fourth, the fathers out there also feel insecure about their daughters, because it is possible that their daughters would do mut'ah without his permission, and then suddenly get pregnant with God knows who.
Fifth, most people who do mut'ah allow themselves to do nikah mut'ah but will object if their daughters are wedded by means of mut'ah. They are aware that this mut'ah is similar to zina (fornication) and is an aib (shame) for them, but they themselves are doing it for other people's daughters. Supposing nikah mut'ah is something that is allowed by Shari'ah, why most fathers feel disinclined to allow their daughters or relatives to have nikah mut'ah?
Sixth, in the mut'ah marriage, there is no witness, announcement, and consent of the female's guardian, and the spousal inheritance law does not apply, but she is just a contracted wife. The allowance of mut'ah will open opportunities for young adults to drown in a puddle of sin that it will corrupt the image of religion.
So the danger of mut'ah is very clear from the standpoint of religious, moral and social life. Thus mut'ah is made haram as it contains a lot of dangers.
The claim that prohibition only applies specifically on the day of Khaibar, is a claim that is not based on daleel. Besides that, if the prohibition only applies on the day of Khaibar, there must have been an affirmation from Rasulullah. The meaning of the words that mut'ah marriage was forbidden on the day of Khaibar is that, its prohibition commenced on the day of Khaibar until the Judgment Day. As for the words of our ulama's (ulama's of Shi'ah), they are ridiculing of the nas of the Shari'ah.
How many people who do mut'ah mix up the children and mothers, the women and their brothers, fathers.... and other chaos.
A woman came to me asking for the incident that befell her. That woman told that she had had nikah mut'ah with an influential personage and ulama', Sayyid Husain Sadr, twenty years ago, and she got pregnant. After having enough, that personage divorced her. She swore that she was pregnant from the relationship with Sayyid Sadr, because no one else did mut'ah with her except Sayyid Sadr. After her daughter turned into an adult, she became a beautiful lady and ready to be married . But her mother found that the daughter had been pregnant. When enquired about it, she said that she had had nikah mut'ah with Sayyid Sadr and her pregnancy was because of that nikah mut'ah. The mother was taken aback and lost control and said that Sayyid Sadr is her father. And then the mother told the story to her daughter, his flesh and blood! In Iran, such incidents are happening countless times!
Let us refer to the words of Allah SWT, "But let them who find not [the means for] marriage abstain [from sexual relations] until Allah enriches them from His bounty...." (QS An Nuur:33).
Whoever is not able to marry in a shar'ie way because of the lack of provision that he has, let him guard his chastity until Allah gives rizq (sustenance) to him so that he is able. Supposing mut'ah is made halal, surely Allah would not have commanded to guard the chastity and wait until the time comes that the affairs of marriage is eased for him.
It has been equally known that Islam came to command the virtuous deeds and forbid deplorable deeds. Islam came to actualize the welfare of the Allah's slaves and so that their way of life become well-regulated. On the other hand, it cannot be doubted anymore that mut'ah will disturb life. Mut'ah propagates uncountable damages.
Indeed, the outbreak of the practices of mut'ah will plunge the ummah into the lending of the private parts. The lending of the private parts means a man will give his wife or mother to other men.
It is very unfortunate, the fatwas about the lending of the private parts are sounded a lot by the ulama's of Shi'ah, such as As Sistani, Sayyid Sadr, Ash Shairazi, Ath Thabathabai and Al Barwajardi. Most of them allow their guests to borrow their wives if the guests are interested and will be lent during the guests' stay.
It is our duty to give warnings to the general public over this indecent practice, so that they will not accept the fatwas of the personages which allow this immoral and indecent practice.
The matter does not just stop here, it even allows doing sodomy to the women. They narrated a few riwaayahs and ascribe them to the imams.
Indeed khumus, one-fifth of the property that comes from their livelihood which must be paid by the Shi'ahs, is something that is being exploited in a manner that is very ugly by the fiqh experts and mujtahids. It becomes the main livelihood and revenues of the personages and mujtahids in a very large amount, whereas the nas of the Shari'ah show that the general public of the Shi'ahs are exempted from the obligation of paying one-fifth of the property.
The ruling on paying khumus is just mubah, and it is not obligated upon everyone to pay it out. They are allowed to use those property just as they are using other properties or incomes from their works.
There has been a competition among the Sayyids and the mujtahids in obtaining khumus. Therefore, they try to lower the percentage of the khumus taken from the possessions of the people with the goal that the people would come in droves to deposit their khumus to them. So among them, there are those who are doing Satan's ways.
Imam Khomeini is a very rich person from this khumus. While in Iraq, his wealth was in abundance, that when he departed for France and lived there, he had savings in the form of money in Iraqi Dinar, besides American Dollar which were deposited in the banks in Paris with very high interests.
On top of that, indeed, lineage and descendancy is something that can be sold and bought. Whoever wants an honorable lineage that is associated to the Ahlul Bait, there is no other way but to approach his sister or wife to come to the Sayyids for nikah mut'ah with them or he pays a sum of money, so that in that way that he gets an honorable lineage.
This is the practice that is not unfamiliar in the city of knowledge.
I remembered my honourable friend, Ahmad As Safi An Najafi. I knew him after I had obtained the title of mujtahid, we became very good friend despite the big difference in age. He said to me, "My son, Hussain, you shall not dirty yourself with khumus, because it is a haram possession." We engaged in an intensive discussions until I was sure that khumus is a haram possession.
Other Holy Scriptures
But the gravest of all in the deviations of the Shi'ahs is the presence of other holy scriptures besides Al-Qur'an and that they say that the Qur'an is fake. When reading and examining our references that are mu'tabar, I found the names of other books claimed by our ulama's as being revealed to Rasulullah SAW and that those books were specially dedicated to Ali RA. Those books are Al-Jami'ah, Sahifah An Namus, Sahifah Al-Abithah, Sahifah Dzuabah As-Saif, Sahifah Ali, Al-Jufr, Mushaf Fatimah, Al- Qur'an.
Regarding the mushaf Fathimah, from Ali bin Said and Abu Abdullah AS (Ja'afar As Sadiq), he said, "We possess the the mushaf Fathimah, it contains the verses of the kitabullah, it was revealed to Rasulullah and his family and was written personally by Ali with his hand." (Bihar Al Anwar, 26/48).
If the book was dictated by Rasulullah and written by Ali, why did he hide it from his ummah? Allah SWT says, "O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord. , and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message...." (QS Al-Maidah : 67).
Regarding the Qur'an, Our ulama's and mujtahids agreed that the Qur'an is the only book that has changed among the books that are recognized by the Shi'ahs. Al-Muhaddiths An-Nuri Ath-Thibrisi has compiled all the evidences and proofs of the occurrence of wide-scale alterations in the Qur'an in his book which he named “The Determiner In Establishing The Occurrence Of Alterations In The Book Of God Of All Gods” (Faslu al-khithab fi Ittsbati Tahrif Kitabi Rabbi Al-Arbab).
In his book, he has compiled a thousand riwaayahs which stated that there has occurred alterations. He compiled the words of the fiqh experts and the ulama's of Shi'ah who openly stated that the Qur'an that is in the hands of mankind today has been changed from the original.
The true Qur'an is the Qur'an that was with Ali and the imams after him until it will be with Al-Qaim.
Due to that, when facing death, Imam Al-Khaui made a will to us, his students and cadres in Hauzah, "Hold tight to this Al-Qur'an until the appearance of the Qur'an Fathimah."
Indeed, the most bizarre and surprising thing is that, all of these books had been handed down from Allah and dedicated to Imam Ali and the imams after him but they are all hidden from the ummah. If Imam Ali really had those books, what is he hiding them for?
After wandering in very tiring and painful journey, what should I do? Do I have to remain in the position and office the way it is today, and dredge away the abundant treasures from the simple-minded people who do not know anything in the name of khumus and contributions in the festivals and then ride on a luxury car and practice nikah mut'ah with beautiful women? Or do I have to leave this pleasure, abstain from the haram deeds and blast out the truth because one who is silent from the truth is a mute Satan.
I know that Abdullah bin Saba' is a Jew who founded the Shi'ah Madzhab and sects in Islam. He instilled enmity and hatred amongst them after they were earlier bound by love and iman which united their hearts. "They [think to] deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive not except themselves and perceive [it] not." (QS Al-Baqarah : 9)
After I published my book, for Allah and then for History (Why I Left Shi'ah – transl.), then a fatwa was issued from the city of knowledge about the declaration of kafir of myself, the retraction of all my knowledge based titles. All the punishments of the murtad people are imposed on me, and it is forbidden for the Shi'ahs to read my book.