Friday, 5 February 2021

Twelver Shi'ah Belief: Imams are Prophets Rationally

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

والصلاة والسلام على اشرف الانبياء والمرسلين

ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلى العظيم

If there is any sect among the Muslims that is truly guilty of denying khatm an-Nubuwwah–finality of prophesy–it is the Ithna Asharis (Twelver Shī’ah). Not only do they ascribe characteristics that are exclusive to prophesy to their Imāms, but they hold their Imāms to be superior to all of the Prophets of Allāh with the sole exception of our Prophet Muhammad–sall Allāhu alaihi wasallam. One of the senior gurus of this astray sect, Bāqir Majlisi, went even further and said:

وبالجملة لا بد لنا من الاذعان بعدم كونهم عليهم السلام أنبياء وبأنهم أشرف وأفضل من غير نبينا (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) من الأنبياء والأوصياء ولا نعرف جهة لعدم اتصافهم بالنبوة إلا رعاية جلالة خاتم الأنبياء، ولا يصل عقولنا إلى فرق بين بين النبوة والإمامة، وما دلت عليه الأخبار فقد عرفته

[the Imāms] are nobler and superior than the Prophets with the exception of our Prophet sall Allāhu alaihi wa-ālihi wasallam. We don’t know why the ascription of Prophesy isn’t given to them except for Prophet Muhammad being khātam al-Anbiyā. Our intellects cannot understand what is the difference between Prophesy and Imamate (Bihār ul-Anwār; v.26, p.82):


Similarly, another guru of this astray sect, Shaikh al-Mufīd, says:

وإنما منع الشرع من تسمية أئمتنا بالنبوة دون أن يكون العقل مانعا من ذلك لحصولهم على المعنى الذي حصل لمن ذكرناه من الأنبياء عليهم السلام

The religious law has only prohibited us from ascribing Prophesy to our Imāms although the intellect does not prohibit this, because they have acquired the qualities that we have mentioned for the Prophets peace be upon them (Awā’il al-Maqālāt; p.45):



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