After the martyrdom of al-’Imam al-Husayn (A) the objective of the AhlulBayt (A), as we see it, was two-fold. Firstly, their goal was to protect Islam against corruption, forgery and mis-interpretation. This was done in several ways. The foremost of them was to establish the authentic Sunnah in the face of other claims which were influenced, to a lesser or greater degree, by the inclinations of existing regimes and the heresies of those in control of them during the Umayyad and the ‘Abbasid eras. Since the corruption on the Qur’anic text was out of question, the most dangerous phenomenon that confronted Islam from within was the narration of forged and corrupted traditions ascribed to the Prophet (S).
This paper was presented by the author, a well-known Lebanese scholar, at the
first international seminar held on al-’Imam al-Rida (A) at Mashhad from August
10 to 14, 1984.