6- Wasn't the belief of the determinists declaring that man mustobey hisruler, no matter whether he (i.e.
the ruler) was just oroppressor? Wasn'tthe opinion that "all the companions are just"derived from the falsetraditions which Mu`awiyah and theUmayyads had generated?7- Is it correct to return to the old texts of a person who diedcenturiesago, to derive new issues?8- Why do the Sunnis return to persons who died 13 centuries agowhilethey can consult contemporary scholars (faqihs) and eminent`ulamawho have obtained high ranks not less than those who havepasted?Why isn't there any scholar (mujtahid) among the Sunnis who cansavethem from disputes and answer their religious questions ofthe day, whilethe Shi`ites have many scholars in every time andplace?Is the present knowledge and science the same as the knowledgeandscience of past times? Are the needs of our communitiestoday the sameas those which were existing 1,300 years ago?9- Why don't the Sunnis follow the fatwa of the shaykhMahmoudShaltoot, the dean al-Azhar who considered Shi`ism asan authorizedsect, as he says it depends on the intellectual andfiqh bases? Isn't thata clear religious prejudice? Is not Shi`ism theright sect which is basedon that which the Holy Prophet (s.w.) hadrecommended? Wasn't thefamous tradition (i.e.
, "I am leaving withyou two weighty things(Thaqalayn); if you adhered to them, youwon't be misguided at all.
Theyare the Book of Allah and myfamily") sufficient to follow the Shi`a sect?Have you any otherevidences to prove the correctness of the famousfour sects?Surely the answer will be "NO"! If you study the Shi`a bookswithoutpartisanship or prejudice, you will certainly not find any kindofcontradictions and you will notice that they are not forging liesagainstanyone.
However, we may find some Sunnis when theywant toinvestigate other sects and their beliefs, they depend onlyon their ownscholars' (shaykhs') speeches and opinions withoutpaying any attentionto the ideas of the `ulama of the other sects.
Isit correct to follow suchmethodology to investigate another sects'teachings?Question No.
9What is the Sunnis' attitude in regard to the revolution of ImamHusayn(a.s.)?Every body recognize the high rank of Imam Husayn (a.s.).
Hisgrandfather is the Holy Prophet (s.w.).
The Holy Prophet (s.w.)wasalways describing Imam Husayn (a.s.), that he is thecounter-balance ofthe Holy Quran.
And in other tradition he (s.w.)declared that Husayn ibnAli (a.s.) shall always remain an Imamwhether he rises (rebelled againstthe oppressors) or not.