Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Did Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) recite the Shahaadatain?

The enemies of the Ahle Bait (a.s.) – also known as Nasibis – have circulated several myths over the years right from the time of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).

One of these myths is that Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) – the father of Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) and the uncle of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) – did not recite the dual testimony of Tauheed and Nobuwwat (Shahadatain) in his lifetime. At least they can’t trace the dual testimony in their books.

Minus the testimony, he is assumed to have died on apostasy and is consigned to Hellfire (Allah forbid) – according to their definition of Islam and faith.


Hazrat Abu Talib’s (a.s.) unwavering faith is a topic that was settled centuries ago and even the Ahle Tasannun have recorded his merits, sayings and poetic verses that signify his Islam and faith.

However, the Nasibi skeptics as is their wont, do not care for the numerous ways Abu Talib (a.s.) has obliged Islam and the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).

All they are interested in knowing is whether or not Abu Talib (a.s.) recited the dual testimony.

Since the argument raised by the skeptics has been narrowed down to just this one subject of the verbal testimony of faith, we address this specific point here and will not delve on the numerous occasions on which Hazrat Abu Talib (a.s.) has given irrevocable proof of his unwavering faith.

Our response on the subject of verbal testimony is in the form of another question.

Was it necessary for Abu Talib (a.s.) to testify verbally in Tauheed and Nobowwat?

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