Examples of tahrif from the book “Hayatul Qulub” by Majlisi

Majlisi, Muhammad Baqir in his “Hayatul qulub” (p 154-155) wrote:

Here end the words of Tabarsi (r.a.). Ali bin Ibrahim (a.s.) has mentioned that Imam Moosa Kazim (a.s.) said that this verse was revealed as follows: ―and the descendants of Ibrahim (Aale Ibrahim) and the descendants of Imran (Aale Imran) and the descendants of Muhammad (Aale Muhammad) above the nations.

The Aale Muhammad has been removed from the Quran. Shaykh Tusi (r.a.) has, in Majalis, reliably quoted Ibrahim Abdus Samad that he said: I have heard Imam Sadiq (a.s.) reciting this verse in this way: “Surely Allah chose Adam and Nuh and the descendants of Ibrahim (Aale Ibrahim) and the descendants of Imran (Aale Imran) above the nations.” But Aale Muhammad (a.s.) has been removed from Quran. The Hazrat said: This verse has been revealed like this only.

And he said (p 441 – 442):

Shaykh Tabarsi in Ihtijaj, in the footnotes of the debate between the Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Muawiyah and their companions, has narrated that Imam Hasan (a.s.) said to Marwan Ibne Hakam: Allah has cursed you, your father, your dear ones and your progeny and that curse caused you to commit polytheism, sins and  transgression. As Allah says:  - and the cursed tree in the Quran‘. O Marwan you and your Progeny are the cursed tree, whom Quran has cursed and we are the people of the Quran and we know the apparent and hidden meanings of the Quran. We are from that tree praised by Allah in these words: ‗Whose root is firm and who branches are in heaven‘ It means the knowledge of the Quran would be expounded to the people of the world and our enemies are from the cursed tree: They desire to put out the light of Allah with their mouths, and Allah will not consent save to perfect His light, though the unbelievers are averse. If the hypocrites had understood the meaning of this verse, that I have mentioned, they would surely have removed it from the Quran as they have removed many verses which were clearly in our praise and in denouncement of our enemies.

And he said ( p 483):

There is a tradition from Jabir Ibne Abdullah Ansari that he says: I heard theHoly Prophet (s.a.w.s.) that on the day of Judgement three things would complain (i) Holy Quran (ii) the Mosque and (iii) My Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). The Quran would say: O Allah, changes have been made in me and I have been torn apart.

And he said (p 109 – 110):

Saffar has, in Basairud Darajat and Ayyashi in Tafsir narrated the tradition of two weighty things with a number of chains from the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). It is narrated in Basair from Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) that the Almighty Allah has made three things sacred in the world: Quran, my Progeny and Holy Ka‘ba. But people made alterations in the Quran and changed it. Similarly, people ruined Ka‘ba and likewise killed my Progeny. All these three were trusts of Allah and people sabotaged all of them.

That compete book of kufr is here.


  1. Zeeshan Haider

    Allama Majlesi (RA) compiled Hayat Al-Qulub in three volumes, in the first volume he wrote exclusively on the life and works of great Prophets (AS) like Adam, Nuh, Musa, Isa, etc. (Peace be upon them all), in the second volume a detailed account of Hadhrath Muhammad (saaw) is written then the last volume i.e. the third one is exclusively talks about Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) and true succession of Imam Ali (AS) to caliphate. In this book nothing is mentioned about 100% authenticity of traditions quoted in it, Allama Majlesi collected traditions and put them in place where it was needed. In Fiqa-e-Jaffaeriyyah, it is a belief that if any kind of traditions comes & talks about Tahreef of Qur’an, it must be rejected, because it contradict Qur’an. So how could you blame him for having Imaan on Tahreef of Qur’an, Sahih Bukhari do contain famous traditions on Tahreef of Qur’an, so do I blame Imam Bukhari for that, simply no, I would blame the book only, because in it many traditions contradict Qur’an, but Sunnis consider it unnecessarily 100% authentic, why, was Imam Bukhari a Prophet, no, he was a man like us except that he was a scholar, but he can err, isn’t it ?

    Now the question is, which volume are you talking about, Hayat Al-Qulub is available online (2 volumes only). It would be better if you could provide me correct reference or I assume that you are misguiding innocent Sunni brothers.

  2. First quote you can see in English Translation 3-d volume, p 104. Second one at page 297. 3-d at page 325.
    And last one at page 73 of the same volume. Translated into English by Athar Husayn Rizvi.

  3. Zeeshan

    One can easily see that all the above quoted texts are from Hayatul Qulub but are not the wordings of Allama Majlesi (AR), he is clearly quoting other authors of other books like Basairud-Darajaat, Tafsir of Ayyashi, Shaykh Tabarsi, etc. except single tradition i.e. second last tradition from Jabir Ibn Abdullah Al-Ansari (RA), but no chain of narration is mentioned for this tradition, so it is unacceptable to us. How can someone believe that these were his own belief. His actual belief on Qur’an is as follows, He says :

    “And it is obligatory to believe that this very Qur’an is the word of Allah and is complete in all aspect and those who reject its wordings are from Kuffar”.

    Itiqadaat al Imamiya, taba o Nashr Maktabah Sibtain, page 35(On belief in Qur’an).

    • There are many of what he said clearly besides it in Hayat ul Quloob and in his other books, which clearly shows he believed in this filth.


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