Shia Beliefs


Allah Ta’ala has promised in the Qur’an that He will protect the Qur’an in its pristine purity till eternity. The Shia believe this has not happened. Rather, according to Shia belief, the Qur’an was changed by the Sahaaba (R.A.) (Allah Forbid!). This fundamental belief is, however, not openly expressed as part of the policy of taqiyya (holy hypocrisy). Taqiyya according to the Shia means to lie in order to hide one’s true beliefs.


Usoole Kaafi is the most important book of the Shia, similar to the status of Bukhari Shareef among Muslims. It is stated in Usoole Kaafi that Imaam Ja’far said to a person: “Continue to recite (the Qur’an) as the people are reciting, until Imaam Mahdi appears. When he appears, the Qur’an will be recited in its original form and that Qur'an will be brought out which was recorded by Hazrath Ali (R.A.)” (Vol.2, pg.632). This clearly implies that nobody today has the “original” Qur’an!!!

Elsewhere in the same Shia book, examples of the “man-made changes” and “interpolations” are given. Pertaining to the verse of the Qur’an: “And indeed we had given Aadam (A.S.) a command from before but he forgot, but we did not find him to be persistent” (Sura Taha, V:115), Imam Ja’far Saadiq is reported to have said: “By Allah, the verse was originally revealed in the words “And indeed we had given Aadam a command from before regarding Muhammad, Ali, Fathima, Hassan, Husain and their progeny …” (Vol.1, pg.416). What is meant is that the original verse was changed by the Sahaaba (R.A.) and the abovementioned names were removed.

Likewise, the Sahaaba (R.A.) are clearly accused of “dropping off” the words “the family of Muhammad” from verse 33 of Sura A’le Imraan. The sum total of these baatil narrations is that the Qur’an is not preserved but rather distorted — Allah forbid!

        Thus the baatil Shia belief of the distortion of the Qur’an is found in their most authentic book, even though by means of taqiyya they may try to convince others that they hold no such belief.

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