The following is an observation about ShiaPen’s article entitled: Episode Recorded by Shaykh Majlisi Regarding Prophet’s advice to Ali (as) Fatima (as) just after their Marriage, which can be found here.
In this article, ShiaPen responds to an article by Sipah-e-Sahaba in which the Prophet’s (salalahu alaihi wa salam) manners are questioned. The narration goes as follows:
عن أبي عبدالله عليه السلام قال : لا غيرة في الحلال بعد قول رسول الله صلى الله عليه واله : لا تحدثا شيئا حتى أرجع إليكما ، فلما أتاهما أدخل رجليه بينهما في الفراش .
Abu Abdullah said: One should not feel hesitant in mentioning Halal (matters), in light of the statement of Allah’s Messenger (s): ‘Don’t do anything until I return and when he (s) returned he (s) placed his foot between them (Ali & Fatima) in the bed’.
We begin by saying:
The translation should be changed to “both legs” instead of “foot”.
More importantly, the ShiaPen team lied about the status of the narrator, Ibn Abi Umair.
We shall point out that one of the narrators of the chain of the Bihar al-Anwar tradition is Ibn Abi Umair whose level authenticity is very low…
This is a clear lie.
Al-Kashshi who is a top classical Shia scholar of Rijal says in his book of Rijal (p. 394):
أجمع أصحابنا على تصحيح ما يصح عن هؤلاء وتصديقهم وأقروا لهم بالفقه والعلم
“There is a consensus among our companions to authenticate all that is authentically attributed to them, and to believe them, and to accept their Fiqh and knowledge.”
From those named, Al-Kashshi included “Ibn Abi Umair”.
We add, Al-Tusi says in Al-Fihrist (p. 172):
كان من أوثق الناس عند الخاصة والعامة
“He was one of the most reliable people among both the Khaasah (Shias) and the `Aamah (Sunnis).”
al-`Allamah al-Majlisi also accepts his narrations from al-Kafi and authenticates them, we look at two samples from al-Kafi 1/33 #8:
عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ وَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ سَيْفِ بْنِ عَمِيرَةَ عَنْ أَبِي حَمْزَةَ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ( عليه السلام ) قَالَ
[`Ali bin Ibrahim, from his father, from Ibn abi `Umair AND Muhammad bin Yahya, from Ahmad bin Muhammad, from Ibn abi `Umair, from Sayf ibn `Umair, from abi Hamzah, from abi Ja`far (as) that he said…]
al-Majlisi says while commenting on the chains in Mir’aat al-`Uqoul 1/108: “SAHIH”.
The twelvershia.net team is not aware of any statement in condemnation of Ibn Abi Umair, and there is a clear consensus regarding his reliability. Ironically, ShiaPen continually uses the narrations of Ibn Abi Umair when it sees fit. See our responses to “Did Maula Ali Offer Prayers Under the Imamate of Abu Bakr?” and “Is Eating Flesh of Domestic Donkey Allowed or Prohibited?” for proof of the inconsistency practiced by ShiaPen.
Even though readers should always read and learn religion objectively and treat all claims with doubt until proven correct, we would like to urge readers to be especially careful with ShiaPen articles, especially when the material is un-referenced.