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The Personality of Imam Ali (A.S.), a Perfect Example

One look at the life of Amir ul-Mu’minīn ‘Ali (a.s.) will make the best of us hang our heads in shame. We would appear to be the most despicable and wretched creatures, when judged in the light of his excellence.The Holy Prophet (S) says: “A stroke of ‘Ali (a.s.) on the day of Khandaq (battle of Ahzāb) is superior to the total worship of men and jinns.” (Bihār al-Anwār)‘Ali (a.s.), inspite of his exalted ...

Appointment of Imam Ali (A.S.): Explicit or Implicit?

1. IntroductionWe have gathered [1] here tonight in memory of the person who has given us our identity as "Shi'a Muslims". We take pride in calling ourselves "Shi'as of 'Ali" - the Partisans or Followers of 'Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.).Tonight I am going to talk on the caliphate of Imam 'Ali bin Abi Talib because of questions asked by many people about the recent controversy on "the explicit appointment" of the Imam to the position of caliphate ...

Imam Ali (A.S.) and Hadrat Fatima (A.S.) in Hadith

"Fatima is a human huri, whenever I long for paradise I kiss her."? [1]or:"My daughter Fatima is a human huri." [2]or:"Fatima is the true splendor." [3]or with Anas Ibn Malik's Mother saying:"Fatima was like a moon on its full night, or the sun covered with no clouds. She was white with a touch of rose color on her face, her hair was black and she had the beautiful features of the Messenger of Allah (S)” [4]or Aisha's saying:"I have not ...

Imam Ali (A.S.) and the Caliphate

The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) passed away with his head on the lap of Imam Ali (A.S.). He departed to his Lord, the Most High, while still worried about the future of the Mission and nation.In the last hour of his life he asked for an inkpot and a sheet of paper to write on to the nation about that which would protect them from going astray after him. He continuously used to stress the necessity of adherence to his holy family.No sooner had ...

No Scope for Doubt in Divine Knowledge

As we have described in the story of Ibrahim (a.s.) and four birds, he caught and cut into pieces a crow, a cock, and dove and a peacock. Then he mixed their crushed meat so that it could not be separated from one another. Then, as per a narration, made seventeen heaps of it and put them at seventeen places on different hills. Then he took the head of dove in his hand called it out. In response, all the particles of its meat flew from every ...

Muharram the Month of Mourning

Muharram is commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Muharram is the first month of Islamic calendar.During this month, while on a journey, Hazrat Imam Hussain, his family members and a number of his followers were surrounded by the forces of Yazid, the Muslim ruler of the time. During the siege, they were deprived of food and water and many of them were put to death. The incident ...

Difference between Islamic Laws and Liberal Laws

by : Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah YazdiThe difference between Islamic laws and man-made laws —especially laws of the liberal societies that consider right for the people in lieu of the services they render in the society— can be examined through the following perspectives:1. Liberal societies, do not consider any rights of individuals who, due to physical disabilities or social deprivations, cannot contribute to society. Islam, ...

Do the Shi‘ah think that Jibra’il (Archangel Gabriel) has committed treachery?

Reply : Before proving the groundlessness of this loathsome accusation made against the Shi‘ah by some ignorant or spiteful people, it is appropriate to trace its origin.The origin of this accusationThe noble verses of the Qur’an and some relevant hadiths show that Jews were of the opinion that Jibra’il (‘a) has committed treachery while conveying the message {risalah} claiming that God had ordered him to entrust the ...

The Historians Pay Homage to Imam Zayn al-Abidin(AS)

As for the historians, despite their different thoughts and inclinations, they unanimously agreed that the Ima`m was a great man who possessed many abilities and talents which raised him to the height of honor to which his great fathers reached.The following are some of their words concerning him:1. Ibn 'Asa`kirAl-Ha`fiz Abu` al-Qa`sim, 'Ali b. al-Hasan al-Sha`fi'i, known as bin 'Asa`kir, said in the biography of Ima`m Zayn al-'Abidin, peace be ...

The Caravan to Hajj

A caravan of Muslims was headed towards Mecca. As it arrived in Medina, it rested a few days, and continued on towards Mecca.On their way from Medina to Mecca, a man joined the group. This man noticed one of them who had the appearance of a guided person. He was eagerly busy in service of the passengers. The man recognized him. With much surprise, he asked the pilgrims if they knew this man who was at their service."No, we don't know him. He ...

Remission

One of the companions of Imam Sajjad (A.S) has narrated that a relative of Imam (A.S) insulted and misnamed him in presence of some of the companions. Imam sajjad (A.S), however, did not answer him. After a while, Imam (A.S) told his companions, “You heard the insult of this man. Now I want to go and answer him. Come with me if you want.” The companions accompanied Imam Sajjad (A.S) to the insulter man’s house and heard Imam ...

The Qur'an & 'Ilmu 'l-Ghayb

Adopted from the Book : "Shi'ism; Imamate and Wilayat" by : "Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi"According to the Qur'an, the only independent source of 'ilmu 'l-ghayb is Allah."And with Him are the keys of ghayb, no one knows it except Him ..." (6:59)"Say, Those who are in the heavens and the earth do not know the ghayb except Allah."(27:65)"And to Allah belings the ghayb of the heavens and the earth."(7:49; 18:26)The import of these verses is that the ...

The Meaning of Ahlul Bayt

Adopted from the Book : "Shi'ism; Imamate and Wilayat" by : "Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi""Ahlul Bayt" literally means people of the house and it refers to the family or children of a person. In Islamic terminology, it refers to the family of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).What is the basis of the importance given to the Ahlul Bayt of the Prophet? Is there anything about it in the Qur'an and the saying of the Prophet ? Or is this and old Arab tribal ...

Arbaeen of Imam Husayn, Ziarat al-Arbaeen with Simple Explanation

What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Karbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with the Arabic text of Ziyarat Arba‘een with full English translation and a brief exposition on certain passages of this powerful and moving visitation. Insha-Allah, a more comprehensive understanding of this ziyarat will be presented in ...

Day of Arbaeen; 6,000 Iraqi groups ready to host visitors

More than 6,000 Shia groups have announced that they are ready to welcome pilgrims on the traditional walking ceremony of Day of Arba’een in Iraq.Every year, forty days after Day of Ashura which marks martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his companions in the planes of Karbala some 1400 years ago, millions of Muslims gather in the holy city of Najaf and walk all the way to Karbala in memory of Imam Hussein.According to Shafaqna news website the ...

Karbala Revitalized the True Islamic Spirit

Imam Husain (a.s.): “Indeed, I did not revolt (against the tyrannical regime of Bani-Omayya) joyfully, arrogantly, to be an oppressor or a corrupted one, rather, I revolted persuading the reformation of the Islamic Ummah of my grandfather, the Prophet”.Unlike a hasty approach to the event of Karbala which may reflect the idea that the revolution of Imam Husain was unfulfilled and it was an unsuccessful struggle, when we carefully ...

The Truth About Imam Husain’s Revolution

Different phenomena vary as to their realities. Similarly, every uprising or revolt is unique as to the truth/s underlying its eruption [and eventual success or otherwise].In order to understand a particular matter, or a state of affairs, you should know the deeper reasons underling its existing form and the characteristics that gave it that specific appearance. You should also be conscious of the material causes of that matter, or issue, i.e. ...

Al-Husayn ibn 'Ali Sayyidu'sh-Shuhada

In the House of the Holy Prophet , which presented the best image of both the worlds - the heaven and the earth- a child who benefited humanity as if he was a Divine Impression reflecting the earth, was born on one of the nights of the month of Sha'ban. His father was Imam 'Ali, the best model of kindness towards his friends and the bravest against the enemies of Islam, and his mother was Hadrat Fatimah, the only daughter and child of the Holy ...

Abbas (A.S.), Who Conquered Euphrates

This magnificent fearless Muslim champion Abul Fadhle Al-Abbas(as), who is the half brother of Imam Hussain (as), from his father's side Imam Ali Ibin Abe Taleb (as).He was given the sole responsibility of guarding the camp of Imam Hussain (as). He would patrol the perimeter of the encampment upon his high horse carrying in one hand the banner of the Imam's (as) colours and in the other hand a javelin and with his sword in its sheath around his ...

Scholars' Rebuttals on the Wahabbis' Corporalism

AL-HAFIZ IBN HAJARIbn Hajar's Fetihul Bari Fi Sharhi Sahihil Bukhari, part 3 page 23:Adopters of trend of God's having a locality cited the Prophet's saying, "Our Lord descends to the lowest heavens," as their evidence. Majority of scholars denied so, since it leads to the Lord's demarcation. Allah be exalted against so. Various opinions were cited in respect of meaning of the Lord's descending. Anthropomorphists rested upon its extrinsic ...