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Muhammad Al-Kashi (d. 340H) Early Shi'ite Authority on Abdullah Bin Saba' Al-Yahudi and the Origins of the Rafidi Shia Sect
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There occurs in the entry for Abdullah bin Saba':

... from Abi Ja'far (alayhis salaam) that Abdullah bin Saba' used to claimm prophethood and used to claim that Amir al-Mu'mineen (alayhis salaam) is Allah, Exalted is He from that. This reached Amir al-Mu'mineen (alayhis salaam) who summoned him and asked him (about it) so he (Ibn Saba') affirmed it and said, "Yes, you are Him, and it had been entered into my soul that you are Allaah and that I am a prophet." So Amir al-Mu'mineen (alayhis salaam) said to him, "Woe to you, the devils have mocked you, so recant from this, may your mother be bereaved of you, and repent." But he refused, so he was imprisoned and asked to repent over three days. He never repented and was burned with fire. And he (Abi Ja'far, the narrator) said, "Shaytan had beguiled him, he used to come to him (Ibn Saba') and would put that (idea) into his soul."

... from Hisham bin Salim who said I heard Abu Abd Allah (alayis salaam) say, whilst he was narrating to his companions about the issue of Abdullah bin Saba' and his claim of rububiyyah (lordship) for Amir al-Mu'mineen Ali bin Abi Talib, so he said that when he claimed that Amir al-Mu'mineen (alayhis salaam) sought his repentance, but he refused and so he was burned with fire.

... from Ibaan bin Uthman that he heard Abu Abd Allah (alayis salaam) saying, "May Allaah curse Abdullaah bin Saba', he claimed rububiyyah for Amir al-Mu'mineen Ali bin Abi Talib (alayhis salaam) and Amir al-Mu'imeen (alayhis salaam) was an obedient slave of Allaah. Woe be to the one who lied against us, for a people say about us what we do not say about ourselves, and we free ourselves from them in front of Allaah, we free ourselves from them in front of Allaah."

... from Hamza al-Mithaalee who said that Ali bin al-Husayn (salawaatallaah alayhimaa) said, "May the curse of Allaah be upon the one who rejected Alee. I mentioned Abdullah bin Saba' and all of the hairs of my body stood, for he claimed a mighty affair, may Allaah curse him. Alee (alayhis salaam), by Allaah, was a righteous slave of Allaah, a brother to the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), he did not attain honor, nobility from Allaah except by obedience to Allaah and His Messenger and the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa aalihi) did not attain honor, nobility from Allaah except by obeying Him."

...Abee Najran said that Abu Abd Allah (alayis salaam) said, "The Ahl al-Bayt are truthful, and we are not devoid of (the presence of) liars who lie against us, and who try to invalidate our truthfulness by lying against us to the people. The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alayhi wa aalihi) the most truthful of people in expression and the most truthful of all of creation. And Musaylamah al-Kadhdhaab used to lie upon him. And Amir al-Mu'mineen (Ali) (alayhis salaam) was the most truthful [expression unclear] of Allaah after the Messenger of Allaah, and the one who used to lie against him and worked for the rejection of his truthfulness (amongst the people) and who would fabricate lies upon him was Abdullah bin Saba'.

... and some of the people of knowledge have said that Abdullah bin Saba' was a Jew who then became Muslim and showed loyalty to Alee (alayhis salaam) and whilst he was a Jew he used to say the same of Joshua bin Nun after Moses (alayhis salaam) [as he said about Alee], and in his Islam, he (Ibn Saba') would say the same of Alee (alayhis salaam) after the death of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), with what is similar to that (what he used to say as a Jew). He was also the first to witness with the saying of the obligation of the leadership (imaamah) of Alee (alayhis salaam), and he openly announced his disavowal of his enemies and declared them disbelievers. It is from here that whoever opposed the Shia said, "The foundation of al-Rafd is taken from the Jews."

The Two Pages From 'al-Rijaal' of al-Kashi Regarding Abdullah bin Saba'

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