Raafidhah | Shia

Name of group: Raafidhah
Adherent to group: Raafidhee, plural – Rawaafidh

They are more commonly known as the Shee’ah who have exceeded in their love and honour for the Aal al-Bayt (the family of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)).

They are called the Raafidhah because they rejected the leadership of Zayd ibn ‘Alee ibn al-Husayn, and also when they asked him about Abu Bakar and ‘Umar and he praised them. So they said: “They are the ministers of my grandfather”, then they departed and as a result rejected (the statement and leadership of Zayd ibn ‘Alee).

Further reading
ash-Shee’ah was-Sunnah – Ihsaan Elahe Zaheer;
al-Khutoot al-‘Areedhah – Muhibbudeen al-Khateeb, foreward by Ihsaan Elahe Zaheer.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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