Assalam o alaykum,
Originally Posted by Zubair
According to Mujaddid Alf-i-Sani (may Allah have mercy on him) we would have to make tawil of those few scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah who might have not declared Shi'as as kafir. He is not willing to accept any difference in this matter. He writes in Radd-i-Rifd,
"So, the condemnation of the Shi’as with kufr is established according to authentic traditions and it is in line with the way of the Salaf.
As for the statements of some scholar of Ahl al-Sunnah which are quoted about not declaring the Shi’as as kafir, if we suppose them to be accurate and [that] they seemingly do not regard the Shi’as as kafir, then they [their statements] will be given any suitable explanation (tawil) and interpretation so that they are not in contradiction with the hadiths mentioned before and the madhhab of major Muslim scholars.”
One such tawil will be to say that they didn't study Shi'aism and are not experts in this field. Those who were imams in this field, like Imam Shah 'Abd al-Aziz Dahlawi and Imam Kashmiri (may Allah have mercy on them), have given this exact reason. Imam Kashmiri said,
وأكفرهم الشاه عبد العزيز رحمه الله تعالى، وقال: إن من لم يكفرهم لم يدر عقائدهم. ثم فصل في المسألة وبه أفتى، والله أعلم
"Shah ‘Abd al-Aziz declared Twelvers as kafir and said, 'Those who don't declare them kafir are not aware of their beliefs’, and my fatwa is [also] that they are kafir.”
Also it seems like Shaykh Farraz Rabbani is not even willing to accept any 'difference' in this matter and insists that Shi'as have always been considered Muslim.
For more see http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/show...wafid-Twelvers