had taught me – he would always reply logically and would back up his comments by citing traditions from classical works such as Sahih al Bukhari.In truth I had not discussed any of these conversations to my Salafi brothers, until Iwas out one day and visited a market stall that was run by two Salafi reverts. After our general salutations I informed one of the brothers that I had a friend who wasShi’a and inquired whether he knew anything about the Shi’a faith. No sooner did Isay the name “Shi’a” that the brother’s face changed colour, he said:
“Brother don’t talk to them they are kaffir (infidels), they believe that the Qur’anhas verses missing”.
I told him that the Shi’a I had spoken to denied this and countered me by presenting a tahreef tradition from Sahih al Bukhari – with Umar stating that aSurah on stoning is missing. The brother was shocked and after about a minute’ssilence he said:
“brother they did black magic with your eyes you didn’t see it!”
This really made me laugh and I walked off. I proceeded to do my shopping andwas just passing the stall again when the brother called me over and introduced meto a revert who he acclaimed as an “expert on Shi’aism”. The ‘expert’ said:
“So you wanna know about the Shi’a kaffir, all you need to know is that theybelieve in 12 Gods”.
Even I from my general conversations with the Shi’a brother knew that this was a blatant lie. I then decided to test him by quizzing the fact that Shi’as believe ‘Ali to be the Prophet (s)’s legitimate successor and I cited the Sahih tradition ‘Ali is tome as Harun is to Musa except there shall be no Prophet after me’.The ‘expert’ then countered this by asking:
“And what did he (s) say about Umar[r]?”
I knew exactly what he was asking and said:
“If there had to be a Prophet after me it would be Umar”.
The expert patted me on the back and said:
I then asked him
“That being the case why did Umar not become the first Khalifa? Is this not an insult to Hadhrath Umar?”