By as-Sayyid Murtadã al-‘Askarī (Translated by M. J. Muqaddas)
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In his book Tãrīkhol Omam wal Mulook (The History of Nations and Kings), Tabari has quoted the story of the Sabaians exclusively from Saif Bin ‘Omar Tamīmī. L. e. ) the events concerning Abũzar took place. Mo‘ãwia sent Abũzar from (Damascus) Shaam to Medina. Many things are told of that event, but I do not like to record them. Sari has written to me about the stories told by those who find excuses for Mo‘ãwia, regarding the incidents concerning Abũzar. Shoaib has told Sari that Saif said, "When Bin Sawda reached (Damascus) Shaam he met Abũzar and reported to him the things which Mo‘ãwia was doing.
After Saif, the historians accepted his books as the gospel truth. Tabari was the first historian who relied upon Saif. Other historians, Ibn Athīr and Ibn `Asãker, among them, followed Tabari blindly. ' The book ‘Abdullãh Bin Saba΄ proves that the above statement is true and its knowledgeable author's task, is to show the truth as it was, without gilding the lily. Not a single learned man can deny, or doubt, anything which Sayed Mortaza al-`Askari has written because the book is based on logical proofs and no one can deny logic and axioms.
He wrote two books:1. al-Fatooh Wal Reddah. 2. al-Jamal Wa Maseeri ‘Ãyeshah Wa Ali. He served two purposes in his two books:1. Inventing stories without foundation. 2. Recording events in such a way that truth appeared to be false, and false appeared to be truth. He invented Companions (Sahãbī) for the Prophet such as So‘eer, Hazhãz, Ott, Homaiza, etc. He recorded his stories in such a way that they appeared to have been told by the people who met these Sahãbīes. 10 11 Among his fictional heroes is ‘Abdullãh Bin Saba΄, who was supposed to have related tales about Shi‘ah; all stories against Shi‘ahs, recorded by all historians originate from Saif.