There are those who claim that Tabarra must be avoided and advance one pretext or another as justification.

Such an attitude towards tabarra is at odds with the categorical verses of the Holy Quran and traditions. Referring to the two weighty things (Saqalain) makes it abundantly clear that tabarra is not just a part of religion but abandoning tabarra has serious consequences.

Sample this Quranic verse:

‘Say: Indeed, there came to you apostles before me with clear arguments and

with that which you demand; why then did you kill them if you are truthful?’ (Surah Ale Imran (3): 183)

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) informed – And the ones from later generations said – We did not kill them (Prophets) nor did we witness their killing.

They were told to distance themselves (baraat) from the actual killers.

But they refused. (So the Quran considers them a party in the murder of Prophets)

  • Tafseer al-Ayyashi v 1 p 209 under Surah Ale Imran (3): 183
  • Wasail al-Shia v 16 p 141, v 16 p 268