In this article you will find a series of quotes (with scans of course) from the father of modern day Shiism, the ‘Shaykh Al-Islam’ of Shiism, M. Baqir Al-Majlisi (scroll to the bottom part of this post to see his profile) regarding the infamous Shia belief of the distortion (Tahrif/Tahreef) of the Qur’an.
Keep revisiting this post, as it is going to be updated in the near future with more scans, whenever we find time, this is because the kufr statements of the kafir (whom the Rafidah Shia call ‘Shaykh Al-Islam’!) Al-Majlisi on the topic of Tahrif Al-Qur’an are so numerous that typing them all down would take hours of work.
Al-Majlisi: Logic dictates that the Qur’an has been distorted!
Mir’aat Al-‘Uqool by Muhammad Baqir Al-Majlisi
و الأخبار من طريق الخاصة و العامة في النقص و التغيير متواترة، و العقل يحكم بأنه إذ كان القرآن متفرقا منتشرا عند الناس، و تصدي غير المعصوم لجمعه يمتنع عادة أن يكون جمعه كاملا موافقا للواقع، لكن لا ريب في أن الناس مكلفون بالعمل بما في المصاحف و تلاوته حتى يظهر القائم عليه السلام، و هذا معلوم متواتر من طريق أهل البيت عليهم السلام و أكثر أخبار هذا الباب مما يدل على النقص و التغيير و سيأتي كثير منها في الأبواب
‘The narrations from the path of the elite (i.e. Shia) and the generality (i.e. Muslims, Sunnis) regarding deletion and distortion are mass transmitted. Logic dictates that if the Qur’an was spread in various locations with different people, then a group of non-infallible men were tasked with collecting it, it’s natural that it won’t be collected in its entirety or in accordance with how it was revealed. No doubt, the people are religiously obliged to adhere to what’s in the mushaf (today), they are to recite it (as it is) until Al-Qa’im (i.e. Shia Mahdi) appears. This is known and mass transmitted from the way of Ahl Al-Bayt (as) and most narrations in this topic are proofs for deletions and corruption and you will see much of it in the (following) chapters’ [Mir’aat Al-‘Uqool vol. 3, p. 31 also in vol. 2, p. 374]
Lessons to be learnt
- Notice how right at the beginning Al-Majlisi lies through his teeth, claiming that tahrif is a mass-narrated phenomenon amongst Shias (‘elite’) and Sunnis (the ‘generality’) alike. Fact is that there is a consensus amongst Sunnis that whoever holds the belief that the Qur’an has been corrupted is a kafir (hence not a single authority of Sunnism has ever championed the belief in the distortion of the Qur’an, rather all ‘Sunni’ narrations pointing to tahrif have been proven as unreliable and rejected narrations), a consensus that (for obvious reasons) never had nor ever will exist amongst Shias, considering that their top scholars believe in the distortion of the Qur’an.
- Majlisi argues based on logic, he is simply more consistent than most Shias, especially apologists of our time. If the Qur’an was compiled (as per Shia narrative) by a bunch of non-infallible enemies of the chosen people of Allah (12 Imams), then of course these usurpers will do a bad job. That’s Shiism without excuses for you.
- Al-Majlisi explains that Shias don’t have another Qur’an, this is a strawman Shias accuse their opponents accusing them of. The Shias only possess the Muslim Qur’an, for no disbelieving sect, not even the Shia one, dares to make up a new one. What Shias believe is still kufr, as they believe that the Muslim Qur’an is naaqis (incomplete and corrupted), yet (as Shias have no choice), they ‘are obliged to work with what is included in the copies of the Qu’ran and to read it until Al-Qa’im (Shia Mahdi) appears’ …
- Al-Majlsi boldly claims that mass-narrated Shia narrations from the Ahl Al-Bayt all prove that the present day Qur’an is an incomplete and corrupted one, and he will provide more evidences in the following chapters of his book.
Al-Majlisi: Present day Qur’an is corrupted and uncomplete!
ما ادعى أحد أي غير الأئمة عليهم السلام و المراد بالقرآن كله ألفاظه و حروفه جميعا، و المراد بكما أنزل، ترتيبه و إعرابه و حركاته و سكناته و حدود الآي و السور، و هذا رد على قوم زعموا أن القرآن ما في المصاحف المشهورة، و كما قرأه القراء السبعة و أضرابهم و اختلف أصحابنا في ذلك، فذهب الصدوق ابن بابويه و جماعة إلى أن القرآن لم يتغير عما أنزل و لم ينقص منه شيء، و ذهب الكليني و الشيخ المفيد قدس الله روحهما و جماعة إلى أن جميع القرآن عند الأئمة عليهم السلام، و ما في المصاحف بعضه و جمع أمير المؤمنين صلوات الله عليه كما أنزل بعد الرسول صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم و أخرج إلى الصحابة المنافقين فلم يقبلوا منه، و هم قصدوا لجمعه في زمن عمر و عثمان كما سيأتي تفصيله في كتاب القرآن
‘Nobody claimed … i.e. other than the Imams, peace be upon him, and what is meant by Qur’an’ means in its entirety, with all its words and letters. And what is meant by “as it was revealed” means the order of verses, the grammatical marks and stops, the limits of verses and chapters. This (narration) refutes those folks who claim that the Qur’an is what is now found within the widespread Masahif (copies) or what the seven reciters and their likes have recited. Our companions differed in this, Al-Saduq ibn Babuwayh and a group held the opinion that the Qur’an was not changed from how it was revealed nor is anything missing. Whereas, Al-Kulayni, Shaykh Al-Mufid and a group, may Allah sanctify their souls, believed that the entire Qur’an is with the Imams, peace be upon them, and what we have with us in our mushaf (copy) today is only a part of it. The chief of believers (i.e. ‘Ali) collected it as it was revealed after the Messenger of Allah. peace be upon him, and he brought it out to the hypocrite Sahabah (companions) who refused it. They sought to collect it in ‘Omar and ‘Othman’s reigns as you will see in detail in Kitab Al-Quran.’ [Baqir Majlisi in his Mir’aat Al-‘Uqool, vol-3/30-31]
Lessons to be learnt
- Al-Majlisi based on sahih Shia narrations (in Al-Kafi) refutes those who claim that the present day Qur’an is free from corruption!
- The Imam Al-Bukhari of Shiism, Al-Kulayni, author of Al-Kafi, believed in the distortion of the Qur’an (like Majlisi himself). These are the top hadithists Shias take their religion from!
- The ‘hypocrite Sahabah’ rejected the one and only uncorrupted Qur’an that was compiled by one man only (‘Ali).
Who is Al-Majlisi?
Muhammad Baqir ibn Muhammad Taqi ibn Maqsud ‘Ali Al-Majlisi , also known as Al-Majlisi II (the second).
Birth and Lineage
He was born in Isfahan in (b. 1037/1628-9 d. 1110/1699) and claims to be a descendant of the famous Sunni Persian scholars Abu Nu’aym Al-Isfahani Al-Shafi’i. Al-Majlisi was born in the rule of Safavids and the last year of the rule of Shah ‘Abbas I. He was the son of Muhammad Taqi Al-Majlisi, known as Al-Majlisi I.
His most famous disciple
Nematollah Al-Jazairi (believed in Tahrif)
Al-Majlisi devoted himself to the eradication of Sunnism in Iran (he never really succeeded considering the vast amount of Sunnis that are still living in Iran). Al-Majlisi was appointed as a court/palace scholar of the Safavid state (that was founded by Persianised Turkic-Azeris who championed Shiism and Persian sentiments in order to oppose their Turkic Ottoman Sunni rivals and effectively create their own empire on the skulls of the Persian Sunni population), he himself repeatedly embellished the reputation of the Safavid Empire (whose kings were known as notorious alcoholics, blatant fornicator and allies of the crusaders) by citing Shiite traditions which allegedly confirmed the Safavids’ genuine Imamism, and predicted their political feats and missionary zeal in spreading Shiism (just like many Shia clergic do with regards to Khomeini and his revolution and state).
Al-Majlisi is author of a number of important Shia collections and works such as:
- Bihar Al-Anwar in 110 volumes which is considered the great encyclopedia of Shia hadiths.
- Mir’at Al-‘Uqool as a commentary on Al-Kulayni’s Al-Kafi in 26 volumes.
- Maladh Al-Akhyar fi fahm Tahdhib Al-Akhbar as the commentary on Al-Tusi’s al-Tahdhib in 16 volumes.
- Zad Al-Ma’ad on practices and supplications of every month in Persian (where he propagates Zoroastrian-Persian beliefs such as ‘Eid Nowrooz and its virtues!)
He is regarded as one of the highest ranking and most influential Shia scholars of all time, there is no Shia scholar, no matter how moderate who can dismiss Al-Majlisi as an authority in Shiism. In fact, In 1098/1686-87, during the rule of Shah Sulayman Safavi, Al-Majlisi reached the position of ‘Shaykh al-Islam’ when he was 61 years old. After the death of Shah Sulayman Safavi, when Sultan Husayn sat on the throne, Al-Majlisi was retained in the position of Shaykh Al-Islam. During Safavids, this position received religious taxes, supervised the implementation of religious rulings and judiciary system, managed schools, mosques and shrines, appointed the leaders of congregational prayers and managed religious issues in the country.
Mulla Baqir Al-Majlisi is the very person about whom Khomeini said in one of his most famous books:
Kashf Al-Asrar by ‘Ayatollah’ Ruhollah Khomeini
“Continue reading the Persian books written by the late Mulla Baqir Majlisi that were written for the Persian speaking people, so that you do not fall into mischief and foolishness” [Kashaful Asrar, p. 121 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini]