The Deen of Islam is a Deen of purity and respect. Every injunction mentioned in the Noble Qur’aan and Mubaarak Hadith is pristine and pure from every taint of filth, evil and immorality. Similarly, the Deen of Islam advocates the highest levels of truth and honesty, whether in speech or action. The Qur’aan and Hadith emphasize the importance of being honest and truthful at all times and in all matters, and severely condemn being dishonest and deceitful. Hence we can well imagine the severity of dishonesty in matters relating to Deen and the injunctions of Allah Ta‘ala.
As far as the Shia are concerned, their entire deen is based on deceit and lies and thrives on dishonesty and concealing the truth. They believe that concealing the truth from people is an act of ibaadah and piety and is a prerequisite of belief. This belief of theirs is known as ‘Taqiyyah’ (holy hypocrisy).
The following narration appears in Usool-ul-Kaafi:
إن تسعة أعشار الدين في التقية ولا دين لمن لا تقية له
Nine tenths of deen are in Taqiyyah (holy hypocrisy), and there is no deen for the person who does not practice Taqiyyah (holy hypocrisy). (Usool-ul-Kaafi 2/217)
In fact, they fabricate a Hadith and wrongly attribute to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) that he said the following:
تارك التقية كتارك الصلاة
A person who abandons Taqiyyah is like a person who abandons salaah. (Jaami-ul-Akhbaar pg. 110)
Through the false belief of Taqiyyah, they have attributed lies to Allah Ta‘ala, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the Ahl-e-Bayt and have tried to distort Deen. Therefore, we find many Shias claim that Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and the Ahl-e-Bayt only pledged allegiance to Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), performed salaah behind them and supported them in fighting against the kuffar on account of Taqiyyah (he practiced holy hypocrisy with them). (Kitaab-us-Shaafi pg. 400) However, this claim regarding Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is clearly false, as there are abundant narrations which highlight the bond of love which existed between him and Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), to the extent that he even married his daughter to Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).
The following are the verses of the Qur’aan Majeed and Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) which refute and disprove their false belief:
Allah Ta‘ala commands Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in the Qur’aan Majeed to convey the entire Deen to the ummah without concealing anything. Allah Ta‘ala says, “O Rasul (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Convey (to the ummah) that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not (convey), then you have not conveyed His message.” (Surah Maa’idah: 67)
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned in his Mubaarak Hadith, “The one who is asked regarding any ilm (important matter) of deen, yet he conceals it, Allah Ta‘ala will bridle him with a bridle of fire in the Hereafter.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #3658)
Apart from the above, Allah Ta‘ala curses the Jews in the Qur’aan for concealing the verses of Allah Ta‘ala and hiding the truth from the people. Allah Ta‘ala says, “Those who conceal the clear verses and the guidance that we have revealed, even after we have explained them (the verses) in the book (the Taurah) for the people, upon them shall be the curse of Allah Ta‘ala, and the curse of all those who curse (all the angels and all the people).” (Surah Baqarah: 159)
May Allah Ta‘ala preserve the Deen of Islam and the pristine Sunnah of Rasululah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), and safeguard the Muslim ummah from the distortions and deviations of the Shia.