بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيم
Distinguishing truth from falsehood does not depend on counting their followers. Nowadays, Muslims form one-fifth of the whole population of the world; most people who live in the Far East worship idols and bulls; some others even do not believe in the metaphysical world.
China, a country with over one billion people, is the center of communism and most Indians, apparently as many as one billion, worship bulls and idols. However, being in the majority is no sign of being right.The Holy Qur'an often blames the majority of the people and praises some of the minority:
- Thou wilt not find most of them thankful. (8:18) - Its only protectors are the God-fearing; but most of them know not. (8:38) -Few of my bondsmen are thankful."  (34:36)
So, a realistic person should not worry if the followers of the religion he believes in constitute a minority, nor should he take pride if they form the majority; he should, rather, ponder logically.
During the Battle of Jamal, a man asked Imam 'Ali (a.s), "How is it possible to call your enemies, who are relatively greater in number, the followers of falsehood" the Imam answered, "The truth and falsehood are not dependent on the number of followers. Recognize the truth, and you will know its followers; recognize the falsehood, and you will know who its followers are." It is thus necessary that a Muslim solve the issue scientifically and logically taking the Qur'anic instructions as a light to guide his reason:
"And pursue not what thou hast no knowledge of." (17:36)
It is true that Shiites constitute only one fourth of the Muslims in the world. However, it can be seen that throughout history, there are far more scientists and writers among this seemingly minor group of Muslims. Even the founders of Islamic sciences are in many cases Shiites, too. Among them mention may be made of:
- Abu'l-Aswad al-Du'ali, the founder of Arabic syntax - Al-Khalil Ibn Ahmad, the founder of the science of prosody - Mu'adh ibn Muslim Ibn Abi-Sarah of Kufah, the founder of the science of conjugation - Abu-'Abdullah Muhammad Ibn 'Imran Katib of Khorasan (also called Marzbani), a forerunner of the science of rhetoric
- More names can be found in such books as: al-Dhariah Ila Tasanif al-Shiah, A'yan al-Shiah, and Tarikh al-Shiah.
 The full verse reads as follows: But what have they now, that God should not chastise them, when they are barring from the Holy Mosque, not being its protectorsa Its only protectors are the God-fearing.
 For further details, see A'yan al-Shiah, Vol. 1, p. 194.
 See Ta'sis al-Shiah, by Sayyid Hasan al-Sadr.
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