بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Q: Some preachers and students of knowledge say, while conversing, that the Shiite and the Rafidah are our brothers. Is it permissible to say this?
Sheikh Salih Al Fawzan: I free myself from them in front of Allah, and I free myself from this statement in front of Allah. They are not our brothers, I swear by Allah they are not our brothers. On the contrary they are the brothers of the devil, due to them reviling Ayesha, the mother of the believers; the wife of the Prophet -sallahu alayhi wa sallam- whom Allah chose for His prophet; The truthful woman daughter of the truthful man (Abu Bakr).
They declare Abu Bakr and Umar to be disbelievers and they curse them. They declare the majority of the companions to be disbelievers, except the family of Allah’s Messenger like Ali ibn Abi Taalib, even though (in reality) they are Ali’s enemies. Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, is free from them, as he is our imam and is not theirs. He is the imam of Ahlus Sunnah and not the imam of the filthy Rafidah.
Therefore we free ourselves, with Allah, from them. They are not our brothers, and whoever says this must repent to Allah and seek His forgiveness. As Allah has made it binding upon us to be free of the people of deviation, and to align ourselves with the people of faith.
Q: What is the ruling pertaining to the phrase: The Shiite are our brothers?
Sheikh Ubayd Al Jaabiri: The Rafidah are not our brothers. The Rafidah are the brothers of Iblees. For this reason the imams declared them to be disbelievers and did not count them among the saved sect. In fact, they did not count them among the varying Islamic sects, as the Islamic sects are 73, 72 of which are astray. The Rafidah and the Jahmiyyah are outside (the realms of being among) these Islamic sects.
Thus the phrase “the Shiite are our brothers” this -may Allah bless you- is a political statement and not an Islamic legislative statement. The Rafidah, as I have previously stated, are not the brothers of Ahlus Sunnah, ever.
Translated by Abu Abdil Waahid Najeeb Al Anjelesi