Is reading of "Ali-un-Waliullah" in tashahhud of namaz correct or not?
According to all Shia jurists, Third Shahadat in the tashahhud of namaz is not correct. This is because namaz is a tauqeefi ibadat, the contents and conditions of which are dependent on the permission of the Prophet (SAWAW) or Imam (AS), and nothing more.
When we have been asked to upkeep (submit stand) upon "shahadaath" (more than two testimonies), why do we stop with just two testimonies in tashahhud, whereas in many traditions recorded by Allama Taqi Majlisi, Allama Baqer Majlisi, Allama Sheikh Sudooq, and in many Commentaries of Quran such as Tafseer-e-Ayashi, and many other books we see that Imams (AS) used to submit "shahadaath". Please clarify whether to submit more than two testimonies or to stop with two in tashahhud.
This question is a result of the speeches made by irresponsible, ill-mannered and ignorant speakers, who base their speeches on their personal interpretations. Factually, the ayat
وَالَّذِينَ هُم بِشَهَادَاتِهِمْ قَائِمُونَ
"And those who stand firm in their testimonies;" (Al-Ma’aarij 70:33)has no relation with namaz or tashahhud of namaz. In this ayat, Allah is praising mu'mineen in the sense that if they are witness (shaahid) to an incident, they stand by their testimonies (shahadaat) and no worldly greed or fear can make them withdraw from their testimonies. Bearing witness is wajib (obligation) in shariah, and concealing it is a greater sin (gunaah-e-kabeera).
It is not proved from any book that Imams of Ahl-e-Bait (AS) recited the Third Testimony (Shahadat-e-Salisa) in namaz, be it "Tafsir-e-Ayashi" or books of Shaikh Suduq (RA) or other learned ulema; all these references are bogus. Only two shahadat’s are wajib in tashahhud of namaz, i.e. shahadat's of Tawhid and Risalah, and nothing more; all the Fourteen Infallibles (AS) are included in Durood Sharif.