The Ahle Bait (peace be upon them) are Raafezis

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Since centuries, the Bakris (the so-called Sunnis) have attempted to deride the true Shias by calling them names, the most prominent of them being ‘Raafezi” (the plural of which is ‘Rafaawez’). This propaganda was so massive that even some Shias became apologetic and started saying that we are not Raafezis, rather we are Shias. (A couple of years ago, a Kuwaiti Shiite parliamentarian very proudly, albeit foolishly, claimed in the house that he was a Shia and not a Raafezi!)

In our other articles on The Strong Rope (www.thestrongrope.com), we have emphasized on the importance of the term Raafezi or Rafz.

To reiterate, Rafz means to refute and reject and Raafezi is the one who refutes or rejects. Yes, we are Raafezis because we reject all forms of falsehood or misrepresentations and don’t indulge in bogus diplomacy in matters of faith.

Importantly, it is not only us but even our infallible guides (peace be on them) – the divinely appointed caliphs – have endorsed this viewpoint. We will quote one narration here to validate our viewpoint.

Abu al-Jaarood says, “May Allah make his ears deaf like He has blinded his eyes if he has not heard Imam Abu Ja’far (al-Baqer) (peace be on him) when a man said to him, ‘Verily, so and so are calling us names’.

He (peace be on him) asked, ‘And what is that name?’ He replied, ‘They call us Raafezah’.

Imam Abu Ja’far (al-Baqer) (peace be on him) retorted – while pointing towards his own chest, ‘I am from the Raafezah and he is from me.’ He (peace be on him) repeated this thrice.”

(Al-Mahaasin by Ahmad al-Barqi, p. 157, H. 91; Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 65, p. 97, H. 2)

In fact, our extremely reliable scholars and traditionalists have also brought chapters on this subject in their precious tomes. For example, the great traditionalist of the third century Hijri, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Khalid al-Barqi (exp. 274 A.H.) has brought a Chapter (no. 24, p. 157) in his famous book al-Mahaasin called The Chapter of the Raafezah. Similarly, the unparalleled Allamah Shaikh Muhammad Baqir Majlisi (exp. 1110 A.H.) in his magnum opus Behaar al-Anwaar has brought a Chapter (no. 17) called “The Excellence of the Raafezah and the Praise of Being Called by this Name” in volume 65, page 96.

This is sufficient to establish that it was the creed of our Imams (peace be on them) to reject falsehood and our great scholars and historians followed the divine emissaries (peace be on them) in this aspect.

May Allah the High give all of us the grace to emulate these great personalities! Aaameen!

Leave a Comment

recommended reading

Most beloved creature in the eyes of Allah the High

Imam Sadeq (peace be on him) informs that the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny) declared, “Creatures are the family of Allah. So the most beloved of the creatures in front of Allah is the one who benefits the family of Allah and makes the family members happy.” (Kafi, vol. 2,

Read More »

The despot disarmed

Masoodi – the celebrated scholar of Ahle Tasannun – records in his book Murooj al-Zahab: Somebody complained to Mutawakkil the Abbasi Emperor (may Allah curse him) that in the house of Imam Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (peace be on them both) were books and weapons from the Shias of Qom and that he (peace be

Read More »