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Shia are muslims or not?

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want to ask that shia people say that kalma is not written in Qura'an so they can add? is marriage allow with a shia person?

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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Anyone who believes in Allah Subhanah,  believes in His Revealed Books,  believes in His appointed Messengers,  believes in the Angels,  believes in the Hereafter and believes in the Divine Decrees of Allah Subhanah;  and declares the testification of faith by saying that there is no god except Allah Alone,  and Mohamed (saws) is His Messenger,  is a ‘muslim’. And being a muslim, all the rights that are due to muslim will be accorded to him.   He can marry amongst the muslims, he will inherit his muslim parents, and his children will inherit from him,  he can visit the Sacred Mosque in Makkah, he will be given a muslim funeral or ‘janaaza’,  etc.  All the rights that are due to a brother muslim will be accorded to him.

If a person who has declared himself to be a ‘muslim’ has some weakness in his faith or practice, Allah has not given the right to the other believers to ex-communicate him and declare him a non-muslim!    Allah Subhanah Alone will decide on the Day of Judgement who lived his life as a True Muslim, and who did not.  It does not behove a believer, who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, to himself start choosing who are the true muslims and who are not!


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2526  Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

The Prophet (saws) said:  “Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, "There is no god but Allah" and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits,  and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action.”


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2527  Narrated byAbu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said:  “Striving in the path of Allah (jihad) is incumbent on you along with every ruler,  whether he is pious or impious;  the prayer is obligatory on you behind every believer,  pious or impious, even if he commits grave sins;  the (funeral) prayer is incumbent upon every Muslim, pious and impious, even if he commits major sins.” 


Allah Subhanah,  on the Day of Judgment will decide who amongst mankind truly followed His Guidance and obeyed His Messenger (saws).    He will Judge with Justice and only on that Day one will find out who is a true muslim,  and who is not.    Allah Subhanah will not Judge man according to whether he called himself a Shia,  or a Sunni,  or a Hanafi,  or a Malaki,  or a Ismaili,  or a Bohra,  etc.  


Anyone who declares the testification of faith that there is no god except Allah,  and Mohamed (saws) is His Messenger (saws) will be deemed a believer in the sight of Shariah and Islamic Law;  and all the rights that are due to a muslim will be accorded to him.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

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