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Saturday 27th of May 2017
Kalam and Beliefs

Orientalists and the Event of Ghadir Khumm - Part 1

I. IntroductionThe 18th of Dhil-Hijjah 1410 AH is to be celebrated in the Shi'i world as the 1,400th anniversary of the declaration of Ghadir Khum in which the Prophet said the following about Imam Ali: 'Whomsoever's master (mawla) I am, this Ali is also his master.' This event is of such a significance to the Shi'as that no serious scholar of Islam can ignore it. The purpose of this paper is to study how the event of Ghadir Khum was handled by ...

Orientalists and the Event of Ghadir Khumm - Part 2

III. The Event of Ghadir Khum: From Oblivion to Recognition The event of Ghadir Khum is a very good example to trace the Sunni bias which found its way into the mental state of the orientalists. Those who are well-versed with the polemic writings of Sunnis know that whenever the Shi'as present a hadith or a historical evidence in support of their view, a Sunni polemicist would respond in the following manner:Firstly, he will outright deny ...

Orientalists and the Event of Ghadir Khumm - Part 3

IV. Shaban & His New InterpretationAmong the latest work by the western scholarship on the history of Islam is M A Shaban's Islamic History AD 600-750, subtitled 'A New Interpretation,' in which the author claims not only to use newly discovered material but also to reexamine and reinterpret material which has been known to us for many decades. Shaban, a lecturer of Arabic at SOAS of the University of London, is not prepared to even consider ...

Faith in God: a Natural Instinct

According to Islam, every child is born with the innate ability to know and believe in his Creator; this cognition has been placed by God into his nature (fitra). The Qur'ān describes the human soul in a very beautiful way. After swearing by the most majestic signs of God's creation, it says: "... and by the soul and He who perfected it! Then He inspired to it (the ability to understand) what is good for it and what is evil for it. ...

What about the Sunni Fiqh?

The Sunni fiqh is also in agreement with the views mentioned above on the punishment for apostasy. Soon after the Prophet's death, the Sunni caliphate started a widespread campaign of fighting some tribes in the interior of the Arabian Peninsula. The justification used by the caliphate was that the tribes had turned away from Islam; they had become murtad.Even historians describe it as "waq`atu 'r-ridda -- the event of apostasy". Although we do ...

Apostasy and an example from history

In this connection, I would like to narrate one incident that happened during the conquest of Mecca. When the Prophet Muhammad (known as "mercy for the universe" in the Qur'ān) marched into the city of Mecca in the 8th year of hijra, he declared a general amnesty for all his enemies. However, the same Prophet named seven or eleven persons "who should be killed even if they are found holding on to the cover of the Ka`bah!"21 Those who like to ...

The superiority of some lands over others in hadiths

From the viewpoint of both Sunni and Shi‘ah traditions, it can be inferred that certain parts of the earth, and likewise the people dwelling therein, are endowed with qualities of either wickedness or prosperity and salvation:1. On his own chain of transmission, Bukhari recounts that ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar said, “When the Holy Prophet (S) was passing through the land of Thamud, he said, ‘Do not enter lands whose ...

The virtues of clay from Karbala

1. Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrates from ‘Amir Shatibi, “I once accompanied ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib on a journey. He was traveling to Siffin. When he reached the valley of Naynawa, he shouted out, ‘O Aba ‘Abd Allah! Bear patiently near the River Euphrates.’ ‘Amir Shatibi says, ‘I asked him: why?’ ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) answered, ‘One day I went to visit the Holy Prophet and found him crying. ...

Evidence that the Imams knew of their martyrdoms

The topic of Imam al-Husayn’s (as) knowledge about his own martyrdom is something that is not hidden to any researcher of history and can be proven in a variety of ways:1. In general, all Shi‘ahs believe that Imam al-Husayn (as) and all the other Imams had and have prior knowledge of events and knowledge about what would and will happen in the future. They acquire this knowledge from the Holy Prophet’s (S) teachings and divine ...

Measures taken by the Imams regarding the means of their martyrdoms

In a previous discussion, although we considered the topic of Imam al-Husayn’s (as) divine knowledge about his martyrdom, it is possible that this question has not been fully answered as regards the other Imams.The question which remains is, “Why did the Imams take measures which they knew would finally lead to their own deaths? For example, if they knew that the food they were taking contained deadly poison which was meant to kill ...

How to Gain the Love of Allah

It has been narrated from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri that he said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say the following to a person whom he was advising: 'Actively seek that which is in the presence of Allah so that Allah will love you; keep away from that which is in the hands of the people so that the people will have love for you. The one who is an ascetic in the transient world is at ease and his heart and body are at ease, ...

Meaning of life" and the Hereafter

Those, whose meaning of life is confined to these worldly objectives, are satisfied with achieving those objectives. Just like a kid who becomes unutterably happy with small chocolates.Explaining the situation of such people, the Holy Qur’an states: “And they rejoice in the worldly life, while the worldly life is not, compared to the Hereafter, except [brief] enjoyment.”‌There are also people who grasp “the true ...

Death is near

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning...to the end.He noted that first came her date of birth and spoke the following ate with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. (1934 -1998). For that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth... And now only those who loved her Know what that little line is worth.For ...

A Heart that Loves Allah

Imam Ali (S) said:الْقَلْبُ الْمُحِبُّ لِلَّهِ يُحِبُّ كَثِيراً النَّصَبَ لِلَّهِ وَ الْقَلْبُ اللَّاهِي عَنِ اللَّهِ يُحِبُّ الرَّاحَةَ فَلَا تَظُنَّ يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ أَنَّكَ تُدْرِكُ رِفْعَةَ الْبِرِّ بِغَيْرِ مَشَقَّةٍ فَإِنَّ الْحَقَّ ثَقِيلٌ ...

"Ensure your wealth by paying Zakat”

mam Ja’far Sadiq, peace be on him, says: “Zakat has been prescribed for the purpose that the rich people should be tested and the poor should be helped. If people had paid Zakat for their wealth there would have been no indigent Muslim. On the other hand by means of this right fixed for the poor by Allah the poor would have become free from need. Hence, if poor and hungry persons are found, it is on account of the sin committed by ...

What is the correct explanation of ‘burhan al-siddiqin’ (proof of the veracious)?

I have written in my message to you what I have heard and read about ‘burhan al-siddiqin’ or what is said in philosophers’ parlance ‘proof of the veracious’. If you find any problems with the details, please inform me. We understand by way of the things around us that the thing which is real is its finite and limited existence. That is to say, when we look at things, we come to know that it is the limited and finite ...

Spiritual Snippets: God as One’s Ear, Eye, Tongue, and Hand

It’s always a concern that many of us have: How can we reach a spiritual state where we are no longer bothered by worldly concerns and pestered by sensual thoughts?  Obviously, the path to such a lofty end cannot be simple.  It’s a tortuous path with many pitfalls and demons lurking in the shadows ready to ambush the wayfarer when he is off-guard.Yet, a very effective means that can dramatically increase one’s ...

Knowledge of Allah (S.W.T)

It is mentioned in reliable traditions that Imam Jaafar as-Sadiq (A.S) said, Dawood (David) arrived for hajj, attended Arafat, saw the huge gathering of people there and went on top of a hill and engaged him in supplication in solitude. When he concluded the hajj rituals, Archangel Gabriel came to him and asked, “Why had you gone to the hill? Your Lord asks did you think that your voice would not reach Him due to the noise of the ...

Jesus Christ

A Child Whose Birth Was Miraculous And Who Made A Revolution In His Youth Against OppressionMaryam was passing her solitary life in a room of Baitul Maqdas engaged in God-worship. Thirteen years of her life passed away in this way. Now youth was approaching her speedily and her devotion to worship accompanied with her radiant face and noble form made her a daughter that was a model of morality for the entire world. At the beginning of the ...

Is Jesus Really God?

Without a doubt, you have often heard the claim that Jesus is God, the second person in the "Holy Trinity." However, the very Bible which is used as a basis for knowledge about Jesus and as the basis for doctrine within Christianity clearly belies this claim. We urge you to consult your own Bible and verify that the following conclusions are not drawn out of context:1. God is All Knowing...but Jesus was not.When speaking of the Day of Judgement, ...