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    علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن ابن أبي عمير ، عن هشام بن سالم ، عن أبي عبد الله عليه‌السلام قال كان أمير المؤمنين صلوات الله عليه يقول ابن آدم إن كنت تريد من الدنيا ما يكفيك فإن أيسر ما فيها يكفيك وإن كنت إنما تريد ما لا يكفيك فإن كل ما فيها لا يكفيك. “Amir al-Mu’minin (Ali ibn abu Talib), would say, ‘O sons of Adam, if you want from the world that much that is sufficient for you, the little that is there will suffice you. However, if you are not satisfied with basic necessities but want more than the basic needs, then the whole thing that is there will not be sufficient for you.’” حسن كالصحيح
  3. Imam Hassan Mojtaba (PBUH) Imam Hassan Ibn Ali (Arabic: الحسن بن علي بن أبي طالب‎) born March 4, 625 CE (Ramadan 15th, 3 AH) – martyred March 9, 670 CE (Safar 7th, 50 AH) is an important figure in Islam. He is the son of Imam Ali (PBUH) and Lady Fatimah (PBUH). After his father’s martyrdom, he briefly succeeded him as Imam, the Caliph and leader of Muslims (before the Prophet’s martyrdom, Gad had determined 12 Successor of the prophet as Imam and leader) . Imam Hassan (PBUH) is 2nd Imam of Shia Muslims. Imam Hassan is also highly respected by the Sunni as the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Birth in Medina Imam Hassan (PBUH) was born in 625 A.D (15 Ramazan 3 A.H). According to Shia and Sunni sources, the Prophet (PBUH), upon the birth of his first grandson, was ordered by the archangel Gabriel to name him Hassan – a name not used in the pre-Islamic period. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also honored his grandson by reciting the Adhan & Iqāmah (the Islamic call to worship God, it contains testimony) in his ears, shaving his head, and sacrificing a ram for the sake of his birth. He grew up in a unique family, his mother was the best woman in the world and his father was the greatest man after the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), so he was taught best morals. As a growing youth, Imam Hassan (PBUH) saw his father on the battlefield defending Islam as well as preaching to a vast congregation of believers on the occasion of hajj and as a missionary of Islam to Yemen before retreating to a passive role in the matters of the state during the period of the first three caliphs after the demise of his grandfather, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). There are also Hadith that state that Hassan (PBUH) and Hussain (PBUH) are the Masters of the youth in paradise and Hassan (PBUH) and his brother Hussain (PBUH) are Imams “whether they sit or stand”. Imam Hassan (PBUH) is one of five persons included in the Hadith of the Cloak. He is said to have been the first of the Prophet’s family to enter Yemeni Kisa after Prophet Muhammad and to have walked hand in hand with the Prophet as a child to testify to the truth of Islam at Mubahila. Imam Hassan (PBUH) was one of the guards defending Othman Ibn Affan (third caliph) when the attackers were going to kill Othman. He also was injured. When the third caliph was murdered by protesters in his palace, finally people understood no one couldn’t be better than Imam Ali (PBUH) to lead them, thus, Imam Ali was elected to lead the Muslims. Hassan (PBUH) assisted his father: When Abu Musa al-Ash’ari, the governor of Kufa, did not cooperate with Imam Ali (PBUH)’s delegation in order to stand against those who waged the Battle of Jamal, Imam Ali (PBUH) sent Ammar Ibn Yasir and Hassan (PBUH) with a letter to Kufa. Imam Hasan (PBUH) delivered a sermon in the Mosque of Kufa and managed to convince about 10,000 people to join and stand against the army of Nakithin (oath- breakers). Then participated actively in the battles of Basra, Siffin and Nahrawan alongside his father, demonstrating skill both as a soldier and a leader. Imamate Upon the martyrdom of Imam Ali (PBUH) in Kufa a new caliph had to be elected. According to Imam Ali’s appointment before his martyrdom the Imamate transfered to Imam Hassan (PBUH). So Kufi Muslims gave their allegiance to Imam Hassan (PBUH) without dispute. however, Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, who had a long-running dispute with Imam Ali (PBUH), and always have been against the truth and verity not only didn’t give allegiance to Imam Hassan (PBUH), but summoned the commanders of his forces in Syria, Palestine, and Transjordan to join him in preparation for battle against Imam Hassan. There was no choice, thus the Imam gathered his army to defend. Near the battlefield, Muawiyah sent some men through the army of Muslims and they rumored Imam Hassan (PBUH) wants to give up the battle. Although, Imam Hassan (PBUH) wanted the army to follow his orders even if they did not agree with them, but some of the troops rebelled and attacked him through persuading by Muawiyah’s men. Imam Hassan (PBUH) was wounded but loyal soldiers surrounded him and managed to kill the mutineers. On the other hand, since Muawiyah was so miscreant, offered large sums of money and promises of vast properties and governorship of provinces to commanders of Imam Hassan’s army. Those commanders, who hadn’t deep faith, fooled by properties and not only they left the Imam but also they took their army and just some companions of Imam stayed beside him. In this situation, fight was not the right choice. Imam Hassan (PBUH) knew his army is not enough to fight against Muawiyah , in addition, engagement of Muslims in a battle against each other would mean a loss of many: Muawiyah also had his concerns about being forced into a battle thus, he sent two men from the Quraysh tribe to negotiate a settlement. It is mentioned in Sahih Al Bokhari, Volume 3, Book 49 (Peacemaking), Number 867: Narrated by Al-Hassan Al-Basri Muawiya sent two Quraysh men from the tribe of ‘Abd-i-Shams called ‘Abdu Rahman bin Sumura and Abdullah bin ‘Amir Bin Kuraiz to Imam Hassan “Go to this man (i.e. Imam Hassan (PBUH) ) and negotiate peace with him and talk and appeal to him.” So, they went to Imam Hassan and talked and appealed to him to accept peace. Imam Hassan (PBUH) said, “We, the offspring of ‘Abdul Muttalib, have got wealth and people have indulged in killing and corruption (and money only will appease them).” They said to Imam Hassan, “Muawiya offers you so and so, and appeals to you and entreats you to accept peace.” Imam Hassan (PBUH) said to them, “But who will be responsible for what you have said?” They said, “We will be responsible for it.” So, what-ever Imam Hassan asked they said, “We will be responsible for it for you.” So, Imam Hassan (PBUH) concluded a peace treaty with Muawiya but under some conditions. Shia scholars quote Hadith from later Shia Imams to the effect that Imam Hassan lacked the support to fight and win, so he ceded power to Muawiya. Muawiyah did not comply with the terms of the treaty, saying to the people of Kufa, “do you think I have taken power to teach you? No, I have taken power and if any one of you tries to disagree with me he shall pay the costly price of the loss of his head.” He carried out his ambition of keeping the power in his family by nominating his son Yazid as caliph after him. Some conditions of agreement Imam Hasaan asked Muawiah to follow Quran and the tradition of the prophet. However, when Muawiyah returned to Kufa said to the people: إني واللّه ما قاتلتكم لتصلّوا ولا لتصوموا ولا لتحجّوا ولا لتزكوا إنّكم لتفعلون ذلك. وإنّما قاتلتكم لأتأمّر عليكم، وقد أعطاني اللّه ذلك وأنتم كارهون “I didn’t sign agreement to make you pray, pay Zakat, go Hajj, no, but just to rule and patronize you.” كل شرط شرطته فتحت قدمى “Now, All conditions (between him and Imam Hassan) is under my feet (have no value anymore)” Imam Hassan (PBUH) said Muawiyah is not permitted to state Caliph after himself and Caliphate belongs to Imam Hassan. However after awhile Muawiyah stated Yazid as next Caliph by forcing, treating and killing people. Imam Hassan (PBUH) said Muawiyah ought not to insult or dishonor Imam Ali (pbuh). But Muawiyah in his first travel to Medina ordered to insult Imam Ali (pbuh) after each prayer and made it a tradition among Muslims. Imam Hassan (PBUH) wants Muawiyah to respect to the Shia (Muslim followers of Imams) rights and leave them in peace and safety. but Muawiyah did against this terms. As it was expected, Muawiyah ordered to kill Shia Muslims wherever they were found, even if two people testify someone is Shia, that person should be killed. Also he ordered to kill every baby or child who was named Ali. Imam Hassan (PBUH) returned to Medina. He lacked his moral support and had a hard time during his stay there after the peace treaty, with taunts and abuse from some of Muawiyah’s followers and the anger of his supporters for having relinquished the caliphate. He donated all his belongings completely twice in his lifetime. Also, he divided his property between himself and the poor people equally three times. He was famous in modesty, generosity, munificence, science and knowledge, bravery and many positive moral points. Martyrdom Imam Hassan (PBUH) martyred in Medina in 670 A.D (7 Safar 50 A.H). He is buried at the famous Jannat Al-Baqee cemetery across from the Masjid al-Nabi (Mosque of the Prophet). According to historians, Muawiyah wished to pass the caliphate to his own son Yazid, and saw Imam Hassan as an obstacle. According to the Shia and Sunni sources he secretly contacted Imam Hassan’s wife, Ja’da bint al-Ash’ath Ibn Qays, and incited her to poison her husband. Ja’da did as Muawiyah suggest, giving her husband poison mixed with honey when he came back home for Iftar(Muslims Iftar to finish fast). Ja’da was promised gold and marriage to caliph Yazid. Seduced by the promise of wealth and power, she poisoned her husband, and then hastened to the court of Muawiyah in Damascus to receive her reward. Muawiyah reneged on his promises. It is said that Ja’da lost his mind because of killing an Imam and also being rejected by Muawiyah. Also Sadi Khazraji has quoted that Tabari has narrated: وفي تاريخ الطبري أن الحسن بن علي رضي الله عنهما مات مسموما في أيام معاوية وكان عند معاوية كما قيل دهاء فدس إلى جعدة بنت الأشعث بن قيس وكانت زوجة الحسن رضي الله عنه شربة وقال لها إن قتلت الحسن زوجتك بيزيد. فلما توفي الحسن بعثت إلى معاوية تطلب قوله فقال لها في الجواب أنا أضن بيزيد. “It is written in Tarikh Al-Tabari that Hassan ibn Ali (PBUH) was poisoned in Muawieh era. Muawieh who was clever sent syrup to Ja’da bint al-Ash’ath, Imam Hassan’s wife, secretly and told her if you kill Hassan (PBUH), I will take you to marry with Yazid. When Hassan (PBUH) passed away, she sent someone to Moawieh to fulfill his promise, Moawieh respond her: I’m jealous about Yazid( I don’t give him to everyone), I don’t take a bride who has killed her husband” (Al-Sadi Al-Khazraji, Oyoon Al-Anba fi Tabaghat Al-Atba, volume1, page 174) However, unfortunately, this narration does not exist in new prints of the book Tarikh Al-Tabari and it is omitted from it by some depositaries. Imam Hassan (PBUH) had asked for his body to be taken to the prophet’s grave, so that he could pay his last respect. This caused armed opposition. As the funeral proceeded towards the grave of Prophet Muhammad some Umayyad mounted on horses obstructed it. Aisha bint Abu Bakr (one of the Prophet’s wives) appeared, riding a mule and shouting that the grave of Muhammad (PBUH) was in her house and she would not allow the grandson of Khadijah (the first wife of the Prophet and mother of Lady Fatimah) to be buried beside the Prophet. Then a shower of arrows fell on the coffin. Marwan was the governor of Medina at the time and objected on the grounds that Othman (third caliph) had not been allowed to be buried. There is a detailed account of the events in Ibn Katheer’s book Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah: “It is narrated that Jabir bin ‘Abdullah saw Hassan Ibn Ali (PBUH) on the day of his martyrdom. Conflict almost broke out between Hassan Ibn Ali (PBUH) and Marwan Ibn Hakam after Imam Hassan (PBUH) instructed his brother to bury him with the Messenger of Allah, but if some battle or mishap were to occur because of it then he should be buried in Janat Al-Baqi. Marwan objected to allowing Imam Hassan (PBUH) to be buried with the Messenger. In fact Marwan never ceased to be the enemy of the Banu Hashim tribe until his death. As Jabar recalls:”That day I spoke to Hussain bin Ali (PBUH), I said: O Abu Abdullah! Fear Allah for your brother did not like to see conflict. Therefore bury him in al-Baqi , so he did” “Marwan Al-Ḥakam, who had been deposed the year before, swore that he would not allow Imam Hassan to be buried next to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) with Abu Bakr and Omar as long as Othman was buried in al-Baqi … Muawiyah eventually rewarded Marwan for his stand by reappointing him governor of Medina “ After Imam Hassan’s martyrdom his Iraqi followers wrote to Imam Hussain (PBUH) pledging allegiance and proposing to remove Muawiya. because they were informed about Imams by the prophet’s narrations. The shrine containing Imam Hassan’s tomb was destroyed in 1925 during the conquest of Medina by Al-Saud tribes (Wahhabi). This was part of a general destruction of memorials in cemeteries for beliefs. In the eyes of Wahhabis, historical sites and shrines encourage “shirk” (the sin of idolatry or polytheism) and should be destroyed but it’s against Islam’s view. it’s provable that keeping these memorials and pilgrimage isn’t Shirk. Imam Hassan Mojtaba (PBUH) in Baqi cemetery. Wahhabi government of Saudi Arabia, don’t let the pilgrims to get close to the graves. They even don’t let Shia people make a Shrine there.
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    This saying from Imam Mahdi AJ was posted at ShiaChat in the past: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235028912-imam-mahdi-as-quotes/
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    (٥ (٥ - محمد بن يعقوب عن علي بن محمد بن بندار عن إبراهيم بن إسحاق عن محمد بن سليمان الديلمي عن أبي يحيى الأسلمي عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: قال رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله): من اتى مكة حاجا ولم يزرني في المدينة جفوته يوم القيامة، ومن اتاني زائرا وجبت له شفاعتي ومن وجبت له شفاعتي وجبت له الجنة. 5-Muhammad bin Ya'qoub from Ali bin Muhammad bin Bandar from Ibrahim bin Ishaq from Muhammad bin Sulayman ad-Dilami from Abi Yahya al Aslami from Abi Abdillah (as): "Rasulullah (saw) said whoever goes to Mecca and does Hajj, but does not visit me in Medina, he will be estranged on the Day of Judgement, and he who visits me my intercession is obligatory for him, and whoever my intercession is obligatory for, Jannah is obligatory for him as well. -Tahdhib al Ahkam, Sheikh at-Tusi, Volume 6, Page 4, Hadith 5
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    Damn..... I heard that hadith is from a book Kamaluddin...... my memory is failing me but I'll look Inshallah brother
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    As far as newly occurring circumstances are concerned, you should refer to the narrators of our hadith, for they are my proof over you and I (asws) am Allah (azwj)’s Proof. [Letter of Imam-e-Zamana (ajfj) to his representative, quoted by al-Tabarsi, in his book Al-Ihtijaj al-Tabarsi, Vol. 2, pg. 469] Recognize the status of our (asws) Shia in accordance with how many good narrations they relate from us (asws), for we do not consider the ‘Faqih’ from them to be a ‘Faqih’ unless they are narrators of hadith (Muhaddith). It was said to him (asws), “Is a believer a narrator of hadith? He (asws) said: “He is an understanding one (mufhim: meaning the one who has fahm, which means understanding, the who uses his innate God-given ability to think, reflect and perceive the reality of things); and the understanding one is a narrator of hadith (al Mufhim al Muhaddith)”. [Imam Jafar al Sadiq (as), Wasail ul Shia, H. 33453]
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    I think you can find this hadith in "Taudith of Ayotullah Seestani" or any other Marja.
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    @Qa'im @Dhulfikar @Mansur Bakhtiari @Hassan- @Sindbad05 @Heavenly_Silk @E.L King I am trying to find a hadith which Ammar Nakshwani quoted in his lecture "History and Evolution of Taqleed". He said that Imam e Zamana (a.s) said during my occultaion if you have any problem go to people who quote us. Something like that. Do you guys know anything about this?
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    ‫هللا‬ ‫رسول‬ ‫قال‬ :‫قال‬ ‫السالم‬ ‫عليه‬ ‫عبدهللا‬ ‫يب‬ ‫أ‬ ‫عن‬ ،‫القداح‬ ‫عن‬ ،‫عيىس‬ ‫بن‬ ‫حامد‬ ‫عن‬ ،‫بيه‬ ‫أ‬ ‫عن‬ ،‫براهمي‬ ‫ا‬ ‫بن‬ ‫عيل‬ :‫الاكيف‬ ]١/١ ٨ [ ‫به‬ ‫رضا‬ ‫العمل‬ ‫لطالب‬ ‫جنحَتا‬ ‫أ‬ ‫لتضع‬ ‫املالئكة‬ ‫ن‬ ‫وا‬ ‫اجلنة‬ ‫ىل‬ ‫ا‬ ‫طريقا‬ ‫به‬ ‫هللا‬ ‫سكل‬ ‫علام‬ ‫فيه‬ ‫يطلب‬ ‫طريقا‬ ‫سكل‬ ‫من‬ : ‫َل‬ ‫وأ‬ ‫عليه‬ ‫هللا‬ ‫صَل‬ ‫سائر‬ ‫عَل‬ ‫القمر‬ ‫كفضل‬ ‫العابد‬ ‫عَل‬ ‫العامل‬ ‫وفضل‬ ،‫البحر‬ ‫يف‬ ‫احلوت‬ ‫حىت‬ ‫الارض‬ ‫يف‬ ‫ومن‬ ‫السامء‬ ‫يف‬ ‫من‬ ‫العمل‬ ‫لطالب‬ ‫تغفر‬ ‫يس‬ ‫نه‬ ‫وا‬ ‫وافر‬ ‫حبظ‬ ‫خذ‬ ‫أ‬ ‫منه‬ ‫خذ‬ ‫أ‬ ‫مفن‬ ‫العمل‬ ‫ورثوا‬ ‫ولكن‬ ‫درهام‬ ‫وال‬ ‫دينارا‬ ‫يورثوا‬ ‫مل‬ ‫الانبياء‬ ‫ن‬ ‫ا‬ ‫الانبياء‬ ‫ورثة‬ ‫العلامء‬ ‫ن‬ ‫وا‬ ،‫البدر‬ ‫ليةل‬ ‫النجوم‬ [1/18] al-Kafi: Ali b. Ibrahim – his father – Hammad b. Isa – al-Qaddah – Abi Abdillah ‫عليه‬ ‫السالم‬ who said : «The messenger of Allah ‫َل‬ ‫أ‬ ‫و‬ ‫عليه‬ ‫هللا‬ ‫صَل‬ said: Whoever treads a path seeking knowledge Allah makes him tread a path to paradise. The angels lay down their wings for the seeker of knowledge being pleased with him. They do seek forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge whatsoever is in heaven and whatsoever is on earth even the fish in the sea. The merit of the scholar over the worshipper is like the excellence of the moon over the rest of the stars on a full-moon night. The scholars are the inheritors of the prophets, the prophets do not leave behind silver or gold coins rather they leave behind knowledge so whomsoever partakes of it then he has obtained an abundant share« al-Kafi: 1/34; See also al-Amali of al-Saduq: 116 No. 9 where it is narrated with the following chain: al-Husayn b. Ibrahim – Ali b. Ibrahim – Ibrahim b. Hashim – Abdallah b. Maymun al-Qaddah
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    Bihar al Anwar 44 page 279 قالَ الصّادِقُ(علیه السلام): مَنْ دَمِعَتْ عَیْنُهُ فِینا دَمْعَهً لِدَمِ سُفِکَ لَنا أَوْ حَقٍّ لَنا نُقِصْناهُ أَوْ عِرْض انْتُهِکَ لَنا أَوْ لاَِحَد مِنْ شِیعَتِنا بَوَّأَهُ اللهُ تَعالى بِها فِی الْجَنَّهِ حُقُباً Al Sadiq (as): Whoever cries upon us or cries tears of blood for us, or the violation of our rights, or how they made a display of it, or one of our shia, Allah will have mercy upon him, in Jannah.
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    The Holy Prophet (S) said: Surely, there exists in the hearts of the Mu'mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Husayn (A.S.), a heat that never subsides. Mustadrak al‑Wasail vol 10 pg. 318. The Holy Prophet (S) said: O' Fatimah! Every eye shall be weeping on the Day of Judgment except the eye which has shed tears over the tragedy of Husayn (A.S.) for surely, that eye shall be laughing and shall be given the glad tidings of the bounties and comforts of Paradise. Bihar al‑Anwar, vol. 44 pg. 193. Imam Ridha’ (A.S.) said: With the advent of the month of Muharram, my father Imam Kadhim (A.S.) would never be seen laughing; gloom and sadness would overcome him for (the first) ten days of the month; and when the tenth day of the month would dawn, it would be a day of tragedy, grief and weeping for him. Amaali Saduq, pg. 111 Imam 'Ali Ibn al‑Husayn (A.S.) used to say: Every Mu'min, whose eyes shed tears upon the killing of Husayn Ibn 'Ali (A.S.) and his companions, such that the tears roll down his cheeks, Allah shall accommodate him in the elevated rooms of Paradise. Yanaabe'al‑Mawaddah, pg. 419.
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    Mashallah what a great topic
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    *The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “The look of a child towards his parents out of love for them is an act of worship.” Biharul Anwar, Volume 74, Page 80 *Imam ar-Ridha (peace be upon him) relates that the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) has said: “Be good and kind to your parents so that your recompense is paradise, and if you have been disowned by them, your abode shall be the fire (of Hell).” Al-Kafi, Volume 2, page
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    In Al-Kafi: عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ خَالِدٍ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ يَقْطِينٍ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِي الْجَارُودِ عَنْ ابي جعفر (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) قَالَ إِنَّمَا يُدَاقُّ الله الْعِبَادَ فِي الْحِسَابِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ عَلَى قَدْرِ مَا آتَاهُمْ مِنَ الْعُقُولِ فِي الدُّنْيَا. A number of our people has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khalid from al-Hassan ibn Ali ibn Yaqtin from Muhammad ibn Sinan ibn abu al-Jarud from abu Ja‘far (a.s) who has said the following: “Allah, on the Day of Judgment, will hold everyone accountable according to the degree of the intelligence that He had given them in their worldly life.”
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    The Holy Prophet (Saww) said: "Train your children in three things: the love of your Prophet, the love of his progeny, i.e. Ahlul Bayt, and recitation of the Qur'an." Al-Jami'-ul-Saghir, vol. 1, p. 14 Imam as-Sadiq (a.s) said: "He who is not able to do any good unto us (Ahlul Bayt) then be may do good to our pious adherents; and he who is not able to visit us, he may visit our righteous followers by which the reward of visiting us (pilgrimage) will be recorded for him." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 74, p. 354 Imam al-Baqir (a.s) said: "The best means by which servants can obtain nearness to Allah, Mighty and Glorious, is the obedience to Allah, the obedience to His Messenger, and the obedience to those charged with (spiritual) authority." Then, he (a.s) added: "The love of us (Ahlul Bayt) is Faith and the hatred of us is infidelity." Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 187 Imam as-Sadiq (a.s) said: "Verily, there are various degrees of serving Allah, but affection (and cordial inclination) for us, Ahlul Bayt, is the highest one." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 27, p. 91
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    Imam as-Sadiq [a] said, "The person who most resembled the meekness and the way of Messenger of Allah (s) was Imam `Ali [a]. He would eat bread and oil, but he would feed the people bread and meat. `Ali [a] would draw water and collect firewood, and Lady Fatima [a] would mill, knead, bake bread, and sew. She was the person with the most beautiful face; her cheeks were like two roses. May the blessings of Allah be upon her, her father, her husband, and her pure children." عدة من أصحابنا، عن سهل بن زياد، عن أحمد بن محمد بن أبي نصر، عن حماد بن عثمان، عن زيد بن الحسن قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله (عليه السلام) يقول: كان علي (عليه السلام) أشبه الناس طعمة وسيرة برسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) وكان يأكل الخبز والزيت ويطعم الناس الخبز واللحم، قال: وكان علي (عليه السلام) يستقي ويحتطب وكانت فاطمة (عليها السلام) تطحن و تعجن وتخبز وترقع وكانت من أحسن الناس وجها كأن وجنتيها وردتان (2) صلى الله عليها وعلى أبيها وبعلها وولدها الطاهرين. (al-Kafi, Volume 8, page 165)
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    That is a wise choice and why not!! Prophets are wise among the creation. With intelligence, Adam a.s secured religion and modesty. It is intelligence which is the basis of deen and tool of separating evil from the good.
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    حدثنا عمران بن موسى عن ابراهيم بن مهزيار عن اخيه عن على عن محمد بن سنان عن اسمعيل بن جابر وآرام عن محمد بن مضارب عن ابي عبد االله عليه السلام قال ان االله جعلنا من عليين وجعل ارواح شيعتنا مما جعلنا منه ومن ثم تحن ارواحهم الينا وخلق ابدانهم من دون ذلك وخلق عدونا من سجين وخلق ارواح شيعتهم مما خلقهم منه وخلق ابدانهم من دون ذلك ومن ثم تهوى ارواحهم إليهم. It has been narrated to us Umran Bin Musa, from Ibrahim bin Mahziyar, from his brother Ali, from Muhammad Bin Sinan, from Ismail Bin Jabir and Karaam, from Muhammad Bin Mazaarib who said: Abu Abdullahasws said: ‘Surely Allah(azwj) Made us from Illiyeen and Made the souls of our Shiites from that which we were Made from, and from then on their souls yearned for us, and Created their bodies from other than that; and Created our enemies from Sijjeen, and Created their Shiites from what they had been Created from, and Created their bodies from other than that, and from then on their souls yearned for them.’ ( From Basairad Darajaat by ABU JA’FAR MUHAMMAD BIN AL-HASSAN BIN AL-FAROOKH AL-SAFFAAR - Companion of Imam Hassan Al-Askari (as), Chapter 10, hadith 2).
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    Arabic Text: مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ وَهْبٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ مَا أَكَلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص مُتَّكِئاً مُنْذُ بَعَثَهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ إِلَى أَنْ قَبَضَهُ تَوَاضُعاً لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ مَا رَأَى رُكْبَتَيْهِ أَمَامَ جَلِيسِهِ فِي مَجْلِسٍ قَطُّ وَ لَا صَافَحَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص رَجُلًا قَطُّ فَنَزَعَ يَدَهُ مِنْ يَدِهِ حَتَّى يَكُونَ الرَّجُلُ هُوَ الَّذِي يَنْزِعُ يَدَهُ وَ لَا كَافَأَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص بِسَيِّئَةٍ قَطُّ قَالَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى لَهُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ السَّيِّئَةَ (المؤمنون: 96) فَفَعَلَ وَ مَا مَنَعَ سَائِلًا قَطُّ إِنْ كَانَ عِنْدَهُ أَعْطَى وَ إِلَّا قَالَ يَأْتِي اللَّهُ بِهِ وَ لَا أَعْطَى عَلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ شَيْئاً قَطُّ إِلَّا أَجَازَهُ اللَّهُ إِنْ كَانَ لَيُعْطِي الْجَنَّةَ فَيُجِيزُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ لَهُ ذَلِكَ قَالَ وَ كَانَ أَخُوهُ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَ الَّذِي ذَهَبَ بِنَفْسِهِ مَا أَكَلَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا حَرَاماً قَطُّ حَتَّى خَرَجَ مِنْهَا وَ اللَّهِ إِنْ كَانَ لَيَعْرِضُ لَهُ الْأَمْرَانِ كِلَاهُمَا لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ طَاعَةٌ فَيَأْخُذُ بِأَشَدِّهِمَا عَلَى بَدَنِهِ وَ اللَّهِ لَقَدْ أَعْتَقَ أَلْفَ مَمْلُوكٍ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ دَبِرَتْ فِيهِمْ يَدَاهُ وَ اللَّهِ مَا أَطَاقَ عَمَلَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص مِنْ بَعْدِهِ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُهُ وَ اللَّهِ مَا نَزَلَتْ بِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ ص نَازِلَةٌ قَطُّ إِلَّا قَدَّمَهُ فِيهَا ثِقَةً مِنْهُ بِهِ وَ إِنْ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص لَيَبْعَثُهُ بِرَايَتِهِ فَيُقَاتِلُ جَبْرَئِيلُ عَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَ مِيكَائِيلُ عَنْ يَسَارِهِ ثُمَّ مَا يَرْجِعُ حَتَّى يَفْتَحَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ لَهُ English Translation: Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmed ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn Al-Hakam from Mo'aweya ibn Wahb from Abu Abd Allah (peace be upon him) who has said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) never, since the day his open mission began until his death, ate while he was lying or on his side, due to his modesty. His knees were never seen by anyone sitting in front of him. When he shook hand with any man he met, he didn't remove his hands unless the other man showed that he wanted to. He has never punished anyone, who insulted him as Allah told him: Repel evil with that which is better (Al Mo'minoon:96) and he did so. He never rejected anyone who asked him; if he had something that could be given, he would give it, otherwise [if he didn’t have what he was asked for] he would say: Allah will give it to you. And any promises he gave to anyone for things from Allah, Allah the Almighty had given him permission to do so. If he had promised Paradise to anyone, it would be due to Allah the Almighty’s permission to do so. And I swear by Allah that his brother [Ali ibn Abi Talib] also never ate anything forbidden until he died. I swear by Allah that when he was choosing between two things that were permitted by Allah, he used to choose the one harder to his body. I swear by Allah that he liberated one thousand slaves for Allah, and to do so he worked with his own hands to the point of exhaustion. I swear by Allah that no one could afford to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) except him. I swear by Allah that almost every hard time that was passed over to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), he assigned them to him because he trusted him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to send him as the commander of his army with the flag of the army, and Gibre’el [Gabriel] on the right of him and Meka'el [Mikael] on the left of him would fight [side-by-side with him against the enemies], and he did not come back until they achieved victory. Al-Kafi, Volume 8, Page 164, Tradition #175
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    Ali Bin Ibrahim, from Muhammad Bin Isa, from Yunus, from Yazeed Bin Khalifa who said, ‘I heard Abu Abdullah a.s.w.s saying: ‘When the praying one stands for the Salāt, the Mercy Descends upon him from the horizons of the sky to the horizons of the earth, and the Angels surround him, and an Angel Calls out: ‘Had this praying one known what is in the Salāt, he would not turn around (finish)’. Al Kafi Volume 3 - The Book of Salāt Chapter 1 H4
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    One of the first from our premier collection of traditions, al-Kafi: عَلِيُّ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ سَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ عُثْمَانَ عَنْ مُفَضَّلِ بْنِ صَالِحٍ عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ طَرِيفٍ عَنِ الاصْبَغِ بْنِ نُبَاتَةَ عَنْ علي (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) قَالَ هَبَطَ جَبْرَئِيلُ عَلَى آدَمَ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) فَقَالَ يَا آدَمُ إِنِّي أُمِرْتُ أَنْ أُخَيِّرَكَ وَاحِدَةً مِنْ ثَلاثٍ فَاخْتَرْهَا وَدَعِ اثْنَتَيْنِ فَقَالَ لَهُ آدَمُ يَا جَبْرَئِيلُ وَمَا الثَّلاثُ فَقَالَ الْعَقْلُ وَالْحَيَاءُ وَالدِّينُ فَقَالَ آدَمُ إِنِّي قَدِ اخْتَرْتُ الْعَقْلَ فَقَالَ جَبْرَئِيلُ لِلْحَيَاءِ وَالدِّينِ انْصَرِفَا وَدَعَاهُ فَقَالا يَا جَبْرَئِيلُ إِنَّا أُمِرْنَا أَنْ نَكُونَ مَعَ الْعَقْلِ حَيْثُ كَانَ قَالَ فَشَأْنَكُمَا وَعَرَجَ. Ali ibn Muhammad has narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad, from 'Amr ibn ‘Uthman, from Mufaddal ibn Salih from Sa‘d ibn Tarif from Asbagh ibn Nabatah, from Ali (a.s) who has said the following: "Once Jebrael came to Adam (a.s) and said, ‘I am ordered to offer you three choices. You may choose one and leave the other two. Adam then asked, “What are those three things?” Jebrael replied, ‘They are intelligence, modesty, and religion.’ Adam then said, “I chose intelligence.” Jebrael then asked modesty and religion to return and leave intelligence with Adam. They said to Jebrael, ‘O Jebrael, we are commanded to be with Intelligence wherever it may exist.' "
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    Imam al-Ridha (as) said: "Certainly, Allah is the Only Initiator and the first Ever-Being. He has always been One without anything to accompany Him. He is the Peerless, and there is no second with Him. He is neither definite nor indefinite. He is nether decisive nor allegorical. He is neither mentioned nor forgotten. No name can describe Him. Time cannot measure His Beginning. And time cannot measure His End. He has not been standing upon anything else, nor will He be standing upon anything. There is nothing which supports Him. There is nothing on which He leans. He had all these attributes before creating anything, when there was nothing but Him. Whatever you attribute to Him will be originated attributes which are the only means for understand Him, which anyone possessing understanding can comprehend. Know that innovation, will, and intent are different words that express the same meaning. His foremost innovation, intent and will, were the letters which He established as the origin of everything, the evidence for all perceived things, and the separator for all vague things. Everything was separated by these letters: things such as the names for right and wrong, action and object, meaning and meaningless. All affairs were run based on them. He did not establish any limited meaning for them other than what they were themselves when He originated the letters. He did not establish for them any existence other than themselves since they were originated via innovation. Light is Allah's first action. He is the Light of the heavens and the earth. It was through that action that the letters became object. They are the letters upon which speech is based. Expressions are all from Allah, the Mighty and High, who taught them to His Creatures. There are thirty-three letters. Twenty-eight of them are the letters on which the Arabic language is based. Twenty-two of the twenty-eight letters show the letters of the Assyrian and Hebrew languages. Five of them were separated, and are in the rest of the languages of non-Arabs in the regions. These are the five letters which were separated from twenty-eight letters. Therefore, there are thirty-three letters. It is not permissible to mention more about them than what we have mentioned regarding these five letters which were separated. He then established the letters after counting them and numbering them as His own action, like the Word of the Mighty and High: 'Be,' and it is. Here 'be' refers to His Creation, and 'what is created' refers to the creature. Thus, the first creation by Allah, the Mighty and High, is innovation which has neither weight nor any movement. It is neither heard nor does it have color or touch. And the second thing that was created are the letters which have neither weight nor color. They are neither heard nor described. They are not visible. The third creature includes all the various kinds of things which are perceptible, touchable, tasteable, and visible. Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, existed before innovation as there has been nothing before the Mighty and High, and nothing with him. Innovation was created before the letters were created, and the letters do not indicate anything other than themselves." Majlis al-Rida Ma'a Ahlil al-Adyan wa Ashab al-Maqalat fi al-Tawhid 'Indda al-Ma'mun, saduq kitab al-Tawheed
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    Prophet ( PBUHHP ) said: "Shall I tell you a thing which will keep you away from finding faults in other people that is watch out for your weak point and you will never have time for anything to talk about".
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    Al-Kafi is a masterpiece of intellect, compiled a pious slave of Allah and today used by many scholars, SubhanAllah. رسولُ اللَّهِ صلى اللَّه عليه وآله : إنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الحَيِيَّ الحَليمَ العَفيفَ المُتَعفِّفَ The Prophet (SAWA) said, 'Indeed Allah loves the bashful, clement, chaste and virtuous servant.' al - Kafi, v. 2. p. 112. no. 8
  26. Let us compile a list of some of our favourite hadiths. Ideally, let's include both Arabic and English. Here is one from Nahj al-Balagha: قال أمير المؤمنين: عجبْتُ لاْبن آدم، اوّله نطفة، و آخره جيفة، و هو قائم بينهما وعاء للغائط، ثم يتكبر Imam `Ali [a] said, "I am astonished by mankind. His beginning is sperm, his end is a corpse, and in between the two he is not but a vessel of excrement. Despite that, he is prideful."