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Who are the Ismailis ?

Shaykh …Abd al-Rahmaan ibn al-Barraak answered:

The Ismailis are an extreme Raafidi group who make an outward display of loyalty to Ameer al-Mu‘mineen …Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) whilst concealing disbelief in Allaah, His angels, His Books and His Messengers.

Hence some of the scholars said concerning the Faatimis, who were same as the Ismailis, that they make an outward display of being Raafidis, but they conceal in their hearts pure kufr. They are also called Baatinis because they claim that the texts and laws have hidden (baatin) meanings other than those which are known to the Muslims.

For example, they say that the five prayers refer to the knowledge of their secrets, the fast of Ramadaan is the concealment of their secrets, and Hajj is travelling to meet their shaykhs. But the baatini school of thought – which includes the Ismailis – is based on secrecy. Their real beliefs are secrets which are known only to their leaders, and these leaders are deluding the ordinary people, enslaving and exploiting them, demanding from them sums of money to be paid at certain times, expecting absolute obedience from them and scaring them by telling them that if they go against them they will be stricken with calamities.

They command them to be different from the Sunnis with regard to fasting, ending the fast and Hajj, although they may show some tolerance and act friendly in order to deceive them... [End Quote from
Shaykh …Abd al-Rahmaan ibn al-Barraak (from Islamqa)]


Ibn al-Jawzi said:
’What they say is a denial of the Creator and of Prophethood and of the acts of worship, and denial of the resurrection. But they do not manifest this openly at the beginning. Rather they claim that Allaah is true and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, and that the religion is true. But they say that these concepts have a hidden meaning which differs from the apparent meaning. Iblees has deceived them and has made their way attractive to them.“

Shaykh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) said in his discussion of the extreme views of the Raafidis and of the Nusayris and Ismailis concerning …Ali, that all of these kuffaar are worse kaafirs than the Jews and Christians. If one of them does not make an open display of that, then he is one of the munaafiqeen (hypocrites) who will be in the lowest level of Hell, and those who do make an open display of that are the worst of the kaafirs in kufr.

[See Mawqif Ahl al-Sunnah wa‘l-Jamaa‘ah min Ahl al-Ahwaa …wa‘l-Bida‘ by Dr. Ibraaheem al-Raheeli, 1/377-380 and Al-Taqreeb bayna Ahl al-Sunnah wa‘l-Shee‘ah, by. Dr. al-Qaffaari, 1/152 ] - Ref Islamqa