SHAFAQNA -Â Most Muslim scholars define the companions (sahaba) of Prophet Muhammad to be the people who lived during his time period, and saw or heard him speak, even for a brief moment.
Islam teaches that no person should be praised or condemned without a valid reason regardless of their origin, belief, or color. According to the Noble Qurâ€™an, those nearest to Allah are the ones who are the most pious,
â€œVerily, the most honorable of you with Allah is that believer who has more piety and righteousness.â€
Neither blood relation, friendship, companionship, monetary status, nor social status play a role in nearness to Allah.
As for the companions (sahaba), the Noble Qurâ€™an divides them into two groups. The first consists of those who were truthful and loyal, and had sacrificed their wealth and souls (i.e. life) to defend the cause of Islam. The Qurâ€™an says,
â€œThose who believed and emigrated and strove hard and fought in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of mercy from Him, that He is pleased (with them), and of Gardens for them wherein are everlasting delights. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.â€
Other numerous verses in the Noble Qurâ€™an hail the good companions of the Prophet, such as the al-Badriyun, those who stood by the Prophet during the Battle of Badr, even though their number was less than one third of their enemies and their weapons were trivial compared to the weapons of their adversaries. They stood firm and sacrificed their lives and are among the best of examples for the Muslims.
Likewise, there were respected women among the sahaba who participated in the political, social, and economic life of Islam, such as Umm Amarah who sacrificed four sons to defend Islam. While tending to the fatal injuries of one of her sons, Umm Amarah herself went to the battlefield to fight the enemy. The Prophet witnessed her bravery and said about her, â€œO Umm Amarah, who can bear what you are bearing?â€
However, there is another groupâ€”the hypocrites, which the Noble Qurâ€™an clearly describes. Numerous verses in the Noble Qurâ€™an condemn their attempts to destroy the Muslim nation. In particular, there are two Surahs in the Noble Qurâ€™an that refer to some of the companions as hypocrites: Surah 9 (al-Tawbah or The Repentance) and Surah 63 (al-Munafiqeen or The Hypocrites). In Surahtul Munafiqeen, the Noble Qurâ€™an teaches that people should not be judged by their physical appearance, or even by their public actions, but rather by their sincerity and dedication to Allah, His Prophet, and the Muslim nation. This Surah says,
â€œAnd when you look at them, their bodies please you, and when they speak, you listen to their words. They are as blocks of wood, propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies. So beware of them; may Allah curse them. How are they denying the right path?â€
These are the disobedient whom Allah will not forgive on the Day of Judgment, according to the Noble Qurâ€™an,
â€œIt is equal for them whether you (Prophet Muhammad) ask forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness for them. Allah will not forgive them. Verily, Allah guides not the people who are rebellious, disobedient to Allah.â€
Although they performed the prayers and gave alms (zakat), these acts stemmed from their hypocrisy and desire to show off and were not for the sake of Allah. The Qurâ€™an also says,
â€œAnd nothing prevents their contributions from being accepted except that they disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger and that they came to prayers only in a lazy state, and that they only offer contributions (zakat) unwillingly.â€
Even when praying behind the Prophet himself, whenever a trade caravan would enter Madina, these hypocrites would leave their position in the prayer row to watch the caravan, rather than listen to the sermon of the Prophet of Allah. The Qurâ€™an states,
â€œAnd when they see some merchandise, or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave you (Muhammad) standing (while delivering the Friday jumâ€™ah congregational religious sermon). Say: that which Allah has is better than any amusement or merchandise, and Allah is the best of providers.â€
According to historical reports, some of these hypocrites who posed as the Prophetâ€™s â€œcompanionsâ€ were actually plotting to kill him. The Noble Qurâ€™an mentions that they had schemed to start a civil war in Madina:
Verily, they had plotted sedition before and had upset matters for youâ€”until the truth (victory) came, and the Decree of Allah became manifest though they hated it.
They (the hypocrites) say, â€˜If we return to Madina, indeed the more honorable (the chief of the hypocrites) will surely expel the abased (Allahâ€™s Messenger and his followers) from it.â€™ But honor, power, and glory belong to Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, but the hypocrites know not.
Some of these hypocrites established a masjid and invited the Prophet to inaugurate it, not to please Allah but to compete with the other Muslims and to cause disunity among the believers. Allah ordered the Prophet to refuse their invitation and destroy that masjid which was based on hypocrisy:
And as for those who put up a masjid by way of harming and disbelief, and to disunite the believers, and as an outpost for those who warned against Allah and His Messenger aforetime, they will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good. Allah bears witness that they are certainly liars. Never stand therein.
Verily, the masjid whose foundation was laid from the first day based on piety is more worthy for you to stand therein. In it are men who love to clean and purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure. Is he who laid the foundation of his building on piety to Allah and His good pleasure better, or he who laid the foundation of his building on an undetermined brink of a precipice ready to crumble down, so that it crumbles to pieces with him into the Fire of Hell?
And Allah guides not the people who are the dhalimun (cruel, violent, proud, hypocrites, and wrongdoers). The building which they built will never cease to be a cause of hypocrisy and doubt in their hearts, unless their hearts are cut to pieces. And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
Some of the hypocrites would approach the truthful Muslim believers and claim that they were genuinely part of the Muslim nation; yet, Allah informed the Muslims not to believe them,
â€œThey swear by Allah that they are truly of you while they are not of you, but they are a people (hypocrites) who intend to divide (the Muslim nation).â€
The Muslim hypocrites, on countless occasions, insulted and offended the Prophet of Islam, the Qurâ€™an says,
â€œAnd among them (the hypocrites) are men who hurt the Prophet and say, â€˜He is (lending his) ear (to every news).â€™ Say, â€˜He listens to what is best for you, he believes in Allah, has faith in the believers, and is a mercy to those of you who believe.â€™ But those who hurt Allahâ€™s Messenger will have a painful torment.â€
Even the Prophet was unaware of some of the hypocrites in Madina. Although he knew of â€˜Abdullah ibn â€˜Ubay, the leader of the hypocrites, there were others in the Masjid of the Prophetâ€”in the city of Madinaâ€”whom Allah did not inform him about. The Qurâ€™an says,
â€œAnd among the desert people (Aâ€˜arab) around you, O believers, there are some hypocrites, and so are there some among the people of Madina. They exaggerate and persist in hypocrisy. Even you (Prophet Muhammad) know them not. We know them; We shall punish them twice and thereafter they shall be brought to a great, horrible torment.â€
The acts of desecration to Islam and the Muslim society had reached such an extent by some of the hypocrites that Allah promised them eternal punishment. Therefore, Muslims should not extend the pleasure of Allah to all of the people around the Prophet without distinguishing between who was a true believer and who was a pretender. Nor should the Muslims refer to them as â€œthe starsâ€¦whomever we follow, we will be guided.â€ Imam al-Bukhari narrates:
Allahâ€™s Messenger said, I will be there at the Fountain of Kawthar before you, and I will have to contend for some people, but I will have to yield. I will be saying, My Lord, they are my companions, they are my companions, and it will be said, You donâ€™t know what innovations they made after you.
Imam al-Bukhari also narrates a similar version of this hadith:
Allahâ€™s Messenger said in the company of his companions, I will be at the Fountain waiting for those who will be coming to me from among you. By Allah, some people will be prevented from coming to me, and I will say, My Lord, they are my followers and the people of my ummah (nation). And He will say, You donâ€™t know what they did after you; they have been constantly turning back on their heels (from your religion).
Since many of the companions heard the Prophet saying this, a companion by the name of ibn Abu Mulaikah began then to include it in his supplication. It is reported that he used to say (in supplication), â€œO Allah, I seek refuge with You that we should turn back upon our heels or be put to any trial about our religion.â€
Some Muslims claim that whoever disrespects any of the people around the Prophet is a not a Muslim or a believer. Certainly, criticizing a devout and genuine sahaba of the Prophet is completely forbidden and unacceptable. However, it should not be forgotten, that within the group of people around the Prophet there were some who were hypocrites, whom even the Prophet did not know of. Nonetheless, Allah was well aware of them and even cursed those hypocrites who portrayed themselves as true companions of the Prophet, but in reality were not.
Scholars contend that to curse or speak ill about a companion is an abomination. However, within the Umayyad clan, there was a particular caliph who established a precedent for cursing a certain companion known for his devotion to Allah and Islam. If any Muslim who curses one of the companions is declared a disbeliever, then what would be the Islamic judgment regarding this caliph?
In addition, some hadiths claim that the companions were infallible, if they were infallible then why is it that after the death of the Prophet, some of the companions, from time to time not only disagreed with each other but their arguments even escalated into physical attacks. If they were infallible then why were they fighting each other? It has been documented that certain individuals from the companions of the Prophet were responsible for the assassination of the third caliph, â€˜Uthman ibn Affan. Should they still be regarded as equal to the pious companions of the Prophet?
If a hadith, such as â€œmy companions are like starsâ€¦whomsoever you follow, you will be guided,â€ indiscriminantly extends to all those companions who were around the Prophet, then such a hadith cannot be considerd authentic in the Shiâ€˜a school of thought since some of these same companions were reprimanded and cautioned about (to the Prophet) by Allah in the Qurâ€™an.
Some of the companions commited sins without intending to defy Allah, and Allah promised them forgiveness,
â€œAnd there are others who have acknowledged their sins. They have mixed a deed which was righteous with another that was evil. Allah shall turn to them in forgiveness. Surely Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.â€
Now, let us take an unbiased look at the history of Islam.
Imam â€˜Ali was the first male to embrace Islam. He himself declared, â€œI started worshipping Allah nine years before anyone else in this nation started worshipping Him, except for Prophet Muhammad.â€
The Prophet held two ceremonies of Brotherhood (muâ€™akhat) in which he made the Muslims brothers of each other. He did one before the migration to Madina and one afterwards. In both Brotherhoods, the Prophet made brothers of himself and Imam â€˜Ali, Abu Bakr and â€˜Umar, â€˜Uthman ibn Affan and â€˜Abd al-Rahman ibn â€˜Auf, Hamzah ibn â€˜Abd al-Mutallib and Zayd ibn Haritha, Musâ€˜ab ibn â€˜Umayr and Saâ€˜d ibn Abi Waqqass, Salman al-Farsi and Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, and Talha and Zubayr.
The Prophet ordered all of the gates which had access to the courtyard of the Masjid of the Prophet to be closed except the gate which connected to the house of Imam â€˜Ali, since the ritually impure (junub) were no longer allowed to enter the masjid before performing the ritual bathing (ghusl). However, the Prophet, Imam â€˜Ali, and Lady Fatima al-Zahra were exceptions to this rule, as an emphasis to the â€œVerse of Purityâ€ (Noble Qurâ€™an â€“ 33:33). Even Hamzah, the uncle of the Prophet was saddened by this decision and came to the Prophet weeping. The Prophet told him, â€œI did not ban you, and I did not allow him (â€˜Ali); but it was Allah who allowed him.â€
Ibn Hanbal also narrates that many companions wondered about the Prophetâ€™s decision to exempt Imam â€˜Ali from having to shut his door to the masjid, the Prophet answered them by this sermon, â€œI commanded that these doors be closed except for the door of â€˜Ali. By Allah, it was not my own desire, but I was commanded by Allah, and I followed his command.â€
For this reason, the second caliph, â€˜Umar ibn al-Khattab, says, â€œIbn Abi Talib has been given three virtues of which, if I had been given only one, it would have been better for me than everything in this life: the Messenger of Allah married him to his own daughter and she delivered offspring for him, the Prophet sealed all the gates to the Masjid of the Prophet except his door, and the Prophet gave him the banner on the Day of Khaybar.â€
The Event of Thursday
Towards the end of the life of the Messenger of Allah, the Roman army was gathering on the border of the Islamic state, and the Prophet ordered all of his companions except for Imam â€˜Ali to leave Madina and to join the battalion of Usama ibn Zayd. Some of the prominent companions refused to join. The Prophet ordered them again to go, but they still refused. The third time, when they gathered in his house on a Thursday, four days before he passed away, the Prophet opened his eyes and saw that his companions had gathered around his deathbed.
The Prophet asked for a pen and paper to write his will but one of the companions refused to give it to him, saying, â€œVerily, pain has overwhelmed him. The book of Allah is enough for us.â€ Once the argument increased, the Prophet turned to them and said, â€œGo away from me. You should not argue in my presence.â€ â€˜Abdullah Ibn al-â€˜Abbas says, â€œDisaster struck when they did not allow the Prophet to write his will.â€Â  Other historians narrate that on that day, the same companion said, â€œLeave him (the Prophet) alone. He is hallucinating.â€
This situation occurred despite the clear command of the Noble Qurâ€™an,
â€œObey Allah, and obey the Messenger that you may obtain mercy,â€
â€œHe who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah, but he who turns away, then we have not sent you (Muhammad) as a watcher over them.â€
This companion later on confessed as to why he denied the Prophetâ€™s request during the â€œEvent of Thursday,â€ by saying that the Prophet had wanted to mention Imam â€˜Ali for leadership during his final days so he stopped him from doing that.
Imam al-Bukhari reports on the authority of Saâ€˜d ibn Jubayr from Ibn al-â€˜Abbas:
Thursday, and what about Thursday! Then he wept until his tears wetted the gravel. Thereupon I said, â€˜O Ibn al-â€˜Abbas, what about Thursday?â€™ He said, â€˜The Messenger of Allah said, Bring me (a pen and paper) so that I may write for you a document (by which following) you will never go astray.â€™ But they disputed, while in the presence of the Prophet, there should be no disputing. They said, â€˜What is the matter with him?â€™ Ask him. He said, â€˜Leave me alone. That which I suffer is better. I give you three wills: Drive the polytheists out of the Arabian Peninsula; grant delegations the same allowance that I used to give;â€™ but he kept silent over the third, or he said it but I was made to forget it.
The Suffering of Lady Fatima al-Zahra
One of the undeniable historical facts that all Muslim historians, regardless of their school of thought, unanimously agree upon is that the beloved daughter of the Prophet, Lady Fatima al-Zahra died approximately three months after him; as a result of the great pain and suffering she endured during the incident of the attack on her house. She died at the age of 18 years and 7 months. On the day of her burial, Imam â€˜Ali addressed the Prophet at his grave and said:
O Prophet of Allah! Peace be upon you from me and from your daughter who has come to you and who has hastened to meet you. O Prophet of Allah! My patience about your chosen daughter has been exhausted, and my power of endurance has weakened, except that I have ground for consolation in having endured the great hardship and heart-rending event of your separation. I laid you down in your grave when your last breath had passed, when your head was between my neck and chest.
Verily, we are Allahâ€™s and verily, unto Him shall we return. Now the trust has been returned, and what has been given has been taken back. As to my grief, it knows no bounds, and as to my nights, they will remain sleepless until Allah chooses for me the house in which you are now residing. Certainly, your daughter will apprise you of the joining together of your people for oppressing her. You ask her in detail, and get all the news about the matter.
This has happened when a long time had not elapsed, and your remembrance had not disappeared. My salaam be upon you both, and the salaam of a grief-stricken, not a disgusted or hateful person, for if I go away it is not because I am weary of you, and if I stay it is not due to lack of belief in what Allah has promised the ones who endure.
Lady Fatima al-Zahra, three months after her father, the Messenger of Allahâ€™s death were all spent in grief and agony. She was never seen smiling, not even once after the death of her father. Her suffering increased day by day as a result of the injuries she sustained when one of the companions slammed the door on her, two days after her fatherâ€™s death, causing her to mis-carry her son, Muhsin. When Lady Fatima died, her husband Imam â€˜Ali buried her in the night. Only a handful of sincere companions participated in her funeral and he performed the prayers over her.
She was also denied her inheritance from the Prophet Muhammadâ€” mainly, a land outside Madina called Fadakâ€”on the grounds that prophets do not leave inheritance. Imam Bukhari narrates that when Lady Fatima asked for her share of the Prophetâ€™s inheritance, she received the response that the Prophet had said, â€œWe, the group of prophets, do not leave inheritance. What we leave is charity.â€ Thus she was refused anything from her fatherâ€™s inheritance despite the fact that the Noble Qurâ€™an gives examples of prophets inheriting from other prophets, such as,
â€œAnd Sulayman inherited from Dawud.â€
These incidents happened even though the Messenger of Allah had said, â€œLady Fatima is a part of me. Whoever angers her, angers me.â€ Ibn Qutaybah records that Lady Fatima al-Zahra said to some of the companions, â€œI take Allah as a witness, and His angels, that you have angered me and did not please me, and when I meet with the Prophet, I will raise my grievances about you to him.â€
The Ten who are Guaranteed Paradise
Tirmidhi narrates that the Prophet declared that ten of his companions were guaranteed paradise, while Imam al-Bukhari and Muslim (al-Dhahabi in his book, Mizan al-Iâ€™tidal) deny that the Prophet had ever made such a statement, as well as. This hadith counters logic on many levels, and as such, cannot be accepted. For instance, Talha and Zubayr, who are both included in this hadith, ordered the killing of the third caliph â€˜Uthmanâ€”who is also included in this hadith.
They are the sameâ€”Talha and Zubayrâ€”who revolted against the legitimate caliph, â€˜Ali ibn Abi Talib after paying allegiance to him. Another individual included in this hadith is Saâ€˜d ibn Abi Waqqass, who refused to pay allegiance to Imam â€˜Ali but did pay allegiance to Muâ€™awiyah. Another individual was â€˜Abd al-Rahman ibn â€˜Auf who revolted against the third caliph, â€˜Uthman ibn Affan and was killed by the Umayyads. The second caliph described ibn â€˜Auf as the â€œpharaoh of this nation.â€
The very notion that only ten of the Muslims should be guaranteed Paradise is illogical, since it exempts hundreds of other sincere and virtuous Muslims, such as Hamzah â€“ â€˜Sayyid al-shuhada (Master of the Martyrs) and uncle of the Prophet, Jaâ€˜far ibn Abi Talib, Zayd ibn Haritha, Saâ€˜d ibn Maâ€˜adh, â€˜Ammar ibn Yassir, about whom the Prophet said, â€œHe is filled with faith (iman) from head to toe,â€ and Salman al-Farsi, about whom the Prophet said, â€œHe is one of us, the Ahlul Bayt.â€ Since the hadith of the ten who are guaranteed Paradise was narrated by Saâ€˜id ibn Zayd, who was not on good terms with the Ahlul Bayt, the Shiâ€˜a school of thought can not accept it.
The man who narrated the largest number of hadithâ€”5,374 (446 of which are in Sahih al-Bukhari), although he says that he only spent three years with the Prophetâ€”was Abu Hurayra al-Dusi. He embraced Islam on the seventh year after the migration to Madina. Abu Hurayra himself says that only â€˜Abdullah ibn â€˜Umar narrated more traditions than he did, and that â€˜Abdullah used to write them down whereas he did not.
In fact, â€˜Abdullah ibn â€˜Umar only narrated 2,630 hadith, of which Imam al-Bukhari mentions only seven and Imam Muslim narrated, twenty. â€˜Umar ibn al-Khattab himself narrated only 527 hadith; while â€˜Uthman ibn Affan narrated 146; Abu Bakr, 142; â€˜Aâ€™ishah, the wife of the Prophet, 1,210; Jabir ibn â€˜Abdillah al-Ansari, 1,540; â€˜Abdullah ibn Masâ€˜ud, 848; Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, 281; Umm Salamah, the wife of the Prophet, 378; â€˜Ali ibn Abi Talib, 537; and Anas ibn Malik, 2,286.
Furthermore, Imam Muslim also narrates that the second caliph, â€˜Umar ibn al-Khattab beat Abu Hurayra on one occasion.Â  Abu Hurayra admits, â€œI have narrated to you several traditions that had I narrated them during the time of â€˜Umar, â€˜Umar would have lashed me with a stick.â€ It has been said that Abu Hurayra was the first narrator who was accused justly in Islam.
â€˜Umar al-Khattab said to him, â€œYou have taken the money of the Muslims for yourselfâ€¦.â€ â€˜Umar also told him once, â€œYou have narrated too many hadiths, and most likely, you lie about the Prophet.â€ Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani says that the â€˜ulama unanimously agreed that lying about the Messenger of Allah is one of the cardinal sins (kabaâ€™ir), and others went further to say, that whoever lies about the Prophet is an unbeliever (kafir). Al-Samâ€˜ani states that narrations would not be accepted from someone who lied about the Prophet, even one time.
Another example of the narrations of Abu Hurayra is found in the Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari. Abu Hurayra attributes the following advice to the Messenger of Allah, â€œWhen a fly falls into one of your goblets, immerse the entire fly inside the goblet and then take it out, and then consume the (contents of the) goblet, because on one wing of the fly is a disease, and on the other wing is the cure.â€
Sahih Muslim narrates from Abu Hurayra that the Prophet slept until sunrise and missed the morning prayers! This hadith is not compatible with the Noble Qurâ€™an which says,
â€œStand to pray all night, except a littleâ€”half of it, or a little less than that, or a little moreâ€”and recite the Qurâ€™an in a slow style.â€
How could the Prophet, who never missed the midnight prayers, miss the obligatory morning prayers? Along the same line, in Sahih Bukhari, it narrates from Abu Hurayra that the Muslims were standing in their prayer rows about to pray, and that the Prophet had just finished the Iqamah when suddenly he remembered that he was junub (in a state of ritual impurity)!
Al-Bukhari also narrates from Abu Hurayra that the Prophet said, â€œThe Shaytan (Satan) confronted me and kept me busy!â€ This hadith also diverges from the Noble Qurâ€™an, which says,
â€œWhen you want to recite the Qurâ€™an, seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan, the cursed. Verily, he has no power over those who believe and put their trust only in their Lord. His power is only over those who obey and follow him and those who join partners with him.â€
Imam Muslim also narrates from Abu Hurayra that Lady â€˜Aâ€™ishah, the wife of the Prophet said:
One day, the Messenger of Allah was lying in my house, revealing his thighs. Abu Bakr sought permission (to enter). He gave him permission, so he entered and spoke to the Prophet, and the Prophet remained in the same condition. Then â€˜Umar sought permission (to enter). He gave him permission, and he spoke to him while he was in the same condition. Then â€˜Uthman sought permission (to enter.) Once â€˜Uthman sought permission, he (the Prophet) sat down properly and covered himself. When he spoke to him and he left, I said, â€œYou neither paid attention to Abu Bakr nor â€˜Umar, so why did you (when â€˜Uthman entered) cover your thighs?â€ The Prophet said, â€œWould I not be embarrassed in front of a man whom the angels are embarrassed in front of?â€
Ibn â€˜Arafa explains that most of such narrations were constructed during the time of the Umayyad Dynasty. When Muâ€™awiyah reached power, he wrote to all his governors around the Islamic state, â€œFor every virtue which is narrated by the Prophet on behalf of Imam â€˜Ali, I need a similar virtue to be said on behalf of the companions.â€
Since hadiths are the second source of Islamic legislation all the contents and chains of narrators must be carefully examined and compared to the Book of Allah before being accepted. The Shiâ€˜a school of thought has strict criteria for judging the narrators of hadith and determining the authenticity any of ahadith.
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 49:13
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:20-22
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 63:4
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 63:6
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:54
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 62:11
 For further details see: al-Waqidi, al-Maghazi, Vol. 2, 989
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:48
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 63:8
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:107-110
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:56
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:61
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 9:101
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 Noble Qurâ€™an 3:132
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 Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-â€˜Ilm, Vol. 1, 86
 Muhammad al-Ghazzali, Fiqh al-Sirah, 41
 Mustafa al-Rafiâ€˜i, The History of Arab Literature, Vol. 1, 278
 Ibn al-Athir, al-Bidayah wal-Nihayah, Vol. 8, 116
 Ibn Abi al-Hadid al-Muâ€˜tazili, Sharh Nahj al-Balaghah, Vol. 1, 360
 al-Nawawi, al-Taqrib, 14
 Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 7, 22
 Sahih Muslim, Vol. 1, 310, 471
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 73:2-3
 Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, 77
 Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 4, 151
 Noble Qurâ€™an, 16:99
 Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, 1866, Hadith 2401
 Ahmad Amin, Fajr al-Islam, 213
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