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  1. iDevonian

    My Conversion Story

    Simply by typing up a paragraph or two on a website could never really do my story real justice. I could talk about it for hours. However, I figure there is no harm in at least making a statement. Also, I would like to say that, I view myself as a shia muslim, however, my views, of course with my different background, aren't identical to many more conservative shia. I still hold some values from my past, that I believe, even while I had learned them as a non muslim, I still think are valuable lessons for life. Allah provides knowledge to everyone I believe, in some forms. So, my conversion is not a complete disregard from my past, rather it is almost like a combination of old and new values. A reconciliation. Oh also, I posted this here in the interfaith section because, I believe this is probably the most significant section of this website, in regards to this topic. This part of the website, I believe is where you can find some very valuable and interesting ideas that can truly build and support your faith. Being able to participate in interfaith discussion without mentally collapsing I think is quite valuable when testing Iman. I recall macisaac making a statement about how challenging determining truth can be, when you really start looking deeply into ideas religion most certainly can be a very gray area, and without a certain mindset, lifestyle, or truly significant event in life, religion can be cancelled out of the lives of many, I believe quite easily. So, i have posted here in respect of those who test their ideas. If the topic gets moved to the convert section, that is fine, I just wanted it to originate here out of respect for those who have come and gone (and some who still remain), who participated in this interfaith discussion part of the forum. So anyway, my story. Ill try to keep it brief. So my story really started out in i suppose after highschool. In highschool and in my life prior to that, i never really thought about religion. I never really thought about anything aside from videogames and playing outside. Even school i really never took too seriously. After highschool I eventually, one way or another became a science major, majoring in geology. Studying to become a scientist was always interesting, because it was almost inevitable that I would find, what I referred to as "looney fundamentalists", or "christians" who would basically state that scientists were making stuff up, or that we didnt know what we were talking about etc etc. I took these things as a personal attack. In my perspective, often they were wrong too, not just their opinion, but their knowledge of science, as non scientists was always pretty simple minded too. Anyway... With this, inevitable conflict appearing in my life, I went ahead and started trying to figure out who these weird christians were, and why were the calling scientists (and their students) liars? I didnt know anything about christianity at the time. I knew that they didnt know anything about science based on their commentary, so what was leading them to say these things? I am sure most muslims already know what I am talking about, so ill fast forward a bit. Eventually I found myself reading about different religions. I had come to find that there were many types of christians, some very rational while others not so much. I went on to learn about the basics of hinduism, buddhism and christianity. Simultaneously I went on to become one of those notorious non believers who considered his own ideas true, and everyone elses to be utterly false (some ideas i still do feel that way about haha :P). Of course, Islam appeared in my life at this time as well. Eventually, over the course of, I suppose 5 years or so, I of course became more refined in the sciences, as well as with teachings of each religion. I took refuge in the buddha for a period of time. I went to church and christian organizations for a period of time, read various stories within the gospels n such. I read the bhagavad gita, and a number of passages from various vedas. Each of these religions contained some ideas that I was fond of, but each of them also contained things that I was not fond of. I felt and still feel as though, they are incomplete. Dont get me wrong though, they are fine religions, each of them, and I fully respect people who hold them, and I respect the various views that people hold within them as well. However, I personally have reasons for not considering myself an adherent of them. So eventually, I ruled out various ideas and religions, but one religion stuck around. Islam, in my eyes 5 years ago, was still on a similar level of absurdity as the other religions. 3-4 or so years ago though, I had a change of heart. I went from being aggressive against religion, to feeling as though, it didn't matter, and i would just live and let live. Then I eventually became a believer after about, maybe 2 or 3 years of reading about various religions. Of the religions, Islam has a very open ended "qualification" for being a muslim. Essentially believing in Allah, as well as Muhammad as the final prophet pbuh. So I took the shahada, but didnt really make much of it. Over the next 1-2 years of reading about Islam, little by little I slowly changed things about the way I live. Certain Ideas in Islam appeared to be reasonable to follow. Not all though, some ideas still sounded a bit absurd to me, so I kind of kept my distance and kept faith at a very liberal open minded form (which I still do to this day). So, over this period of time, learning about Islam, I took haram practices out of my life. Things that I would rather not talk about here. Islam and its teachings essentially showed me how to live a more comfortable and stable life. Life without Islam was a lot of fun, but sometimes it was dangerous and, just not too smart. I found that I could have fun and live life, in a more pious manner. Initially I found that Islam and its teachings were comforting. In hard times of distress (not that my life has ever been too stressful), Islam was something that i could use for comfort. Allah rather, is that, ever present concept that you can turn to and think about, whenever you may feel the need. Eventually I found myself turning to Allah, even when life was not stressful, just out of praise. Without really recognizing when or how, I found myself praying for no reason but out of praise. Though I still would not have truly worked to refine my practices until, less than a year ago. I came to learn about muslims on a more personal level, meeting muslims from various mosques who have all shown me true beauty in Islam. Words cannot describe the respect I have for some of the muslims I have met, and the care and respect they have shown me is, a beautiful thing. The talks we have shared about Allah and why certain practices are maintained in Islam. Talks about faith on a grand level that, typically arent shared amongst people with my background. Talks about many things, have really made a difference in my life. The care and trust I have built for some muslims, is care and trust, that I wasnt even so sure I would ever have for any individual let alone a muslim that I had originally portrayed as a complete fool(s) 5 years prior. I hope Allah truly takes care of those individuals. I Also came to find very liberal minded, yet well educated minds amongst mosques that, really have assisted me in learning and bridging science and religion, rather than letting them sit with their age old battle. One of the interesting things about this experience is living in a non muslim lifestyle and figuring out how to transform your life. It really isnt easy. I am sure some reverts may know what I mean. It truly is not easy at all, altering your life. It has been a very interesting time, mashaAllah, I have made it to a stage where, I am comfortable with practices and am no longer struggling to alter my life. Like many others, Islam, over time has changed my life. I believe life is more stable, and more comfortable with Islam. So thats basically how it happened. I didnt one day just wake up and say "oh ill be a muslim!", it kind of grew over time, over years. There were and still are people that have played significant roles in this as well. People who have pointed me in certain directions, or have inspired me in various ways. People I have learned from, people I have been able to bounce ideas off of, people I live my life with, have all played significant roles and I truly appreciate everyones support. Of course, It is all for Allah. We all stand with a common interest. We find that, we have different races, people from all around the world, sharing this common interest, which is truly an amazing thing. Ive found that, muslims here are open and welcoming to people of all faiths, and various sects. While I cannot speak for muslims fighting elsewhere in the world, I see here, where I am from, muslims being the caring, loving, respectful and peaceful people that Islam ought to have as representatives in all parts of the world. So I have joined them, and hopefully more stone walls that people have built up, and misconceptions and racism and bigotry, and ignorance (including my own), can be torn down. I hope that, Islam one day finds its proper place in this world, and I hope that we all ultimately find the same truth. While, in reality we live in a very imperfect world, we can still do our best to make a difference, and hopefully make the world a better place, while simultaneously paying our dues to Allah and finding truth. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, that is the condensed version of my story, and I am sure I am leaving out about 99% of things I could say. Normally I post, then proof read my post 4 or 5 times and make continual edits to them. So in my edits ill try not to double the post in length. This post being a tad bit longer (but certainly not my longest) post than my others, I may skim through, so I apologize for any poor grammar. Thanks all for viewing. Feeamanillah. Oh this isnt too bad, thats pretty short looking at it in hindsight.
    16 points
  2. (salam) This is a public service message to the community at large in regards to an individual who is purporting to be a scholar of the howza. I am aware of the sensitive nature of these types of subjects, and I am only doing this as a duty for the believers to not become misguided by such individuals. This particular individual has been warned by others about his behavior but thus far has not heeded these words. His own statements and behavior actually expose him on their own, and when reading the things that he writes one can see clearly already that he is not a person who carries the akhlaq and wisdom of Ahlulbayt (as). However what is important here is he is damaging the institution and the Maraja in the eyes of the people. This individual is going by the name of "Brother Tawheedi". He has set up for him self a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BrotherTawhidi As well as a twitter page: https://twitter.com/BrotherTawhidi He is also in the process of starting his own website, which (alhamdulillah) at this point is not functional: http://www.tawhidi.com/ He has been speaking at various venues internationally.
    14 points
  3. (salam) When I originally compiled hadiths for my project on the Qa'im, I noticed the trend that just over 20% of these hadiths were coming from Waqifis, Fat`his, Zaydis, and Sunnis. Mahdism is not strictly an Imami concept - these other groups helped define who the Mahdi is and what the role of an Imam is. So naturally I went through the possibility of other Imams fulfilling these prophecies, and the possibility of certain signs because pedaled by non-Imamis. macisaac's idea of there being seven Imams is not strictly a revival of the "Waqifa". The Waqifa is an ancient and deceased sect with no existing congregation, works*, or treatise of its beliefs (besides what we find in firaq books). What's also worth mentioning is that the Waqifa were not a monolith. Some Waqifis believed in al-Kadhim's (as) perpetual livelihood, some believed in his death and resurrection, some believed his ascension to heaven while others believed he was on earth, some believed in his successors (ar-Rida (as) onwards) while others opposed them. All these Waqifis, however, have one thing in common - either they went to the Imamiyya, or their children did after them. So calling this new belief "Sevener Musawi Waqifism" is a bit misleading. Yes, both movements accept the same 7 Imams and the same Qa'im, but the any kind of neo-Waqfiyya would be a founding of a new religion rather than the revival of an old one. Lost books would need to be replaced, new methodologies would need to be invented, and a clear treatise of beliefs and practices would need to be created. Some of this is akin to bid`a and the founding of a new religion altogether. *The only existing Waqifi work I've seen is this Fee Nusrat al-Waqifa, preserved by Tusi in his Ghayba for polemic purposes. He attached a refutation to it and an explanation of the traditions. Otherwise, aqeeda and fiqh and tafsir would need to be extracted from other sects. The problem with this, though, is that if al-Kulayni and as-Saduq were "in on" the conspiracy of twelverism, then why would their works be valid? It's a theological question of divine justice - would Allah preserve the whole religion solely through disbelieving fabricators with ill intentions? Would He allow the independent Waqifi movement and works disappear completely? Would He allow 0 people be on the truth for 900+ years (minimum)? Our belief in the Qur'an is certain and unshakable, and the Book of Allah already has a problem with these ideas. I'll just address a few points for now. One of the proofs for al-Kadhim's (as) Qa'imiyya was the idea that there would be 7 Imams. This idea exists in a few narrations. To me, the idea seems very revisionist. The topic of "how many Imams did the Shi`a expect?" is a large and confusing one, especially if you believe the number could be influenced by bada'. Nonetheless, I can say with reasonable certainty that the concept of seven Imams is a Waqifi revision. Why? Because only the Waqifa believed it. The Kaysaniyya, one of the earliest offshoots supported by prominent Shi`is like Abu Tufayl (ra) and Mukhtar ath-Thaqafi, accepted 4 Imams in total. The Zaydis only accepted a partial Imamah and therefore no set number was established. During al-Baqir's (as) time, people asked if he was the Qa'im. During as-Sadiq's (as) time, people asked him the same question. A crucial moment to study is the death of as-Sadiq (as), where the succession of the Imam was unclear. The Nawusiyya believed as-Sadiq was the Qa'im; totaling 6 Imams. The Fat`hiyya (again, not a monolith) did not accept their 7th Imam as the Qa'im. The only other sect with 7 Imams was the Mubarakiyya, but Isma`il b. Ja`far was the one in ghayba and not al-Kadhim (as). The Mubarakiyya did not last very long either, and they ended up joining the Isma`ilis during the lifetime of Muhammad b. Isma`il. The problem here is that most of the Waqifi indications of al-Kadhim being the Qa'im allegedly came from al-Baqir (as) and as-Sadiq (as). But if the vast majority of the Shi`a, including these vocal Imams' prominent companions, did not recognize al-Kadhim right away, then it questions the validity of these indicators. It cannot be said that the idea of 7 Imams with Musa being the Mahdi was the common narrative when as-Sadiq was alive. There's been a lot of talk about denying ar-Rida's Imamah; saying that his religion was different from that of his forefathers, and that the proof for his appointment is weak. You can say this about all of the preceding Imams to be honest. Let's look at the nass for al-Kadhim: http://archive.*******.org/hadiths/beliefs-and-ethics/indication-to-and-designation-of-abul-hasan-musa Only four mu`tabar hadiths exist in this chapter (if we want to play the rijal game), only one of them is strictly sahih. Not a single one of these nass hadiths directly mentions the name of Musa al-Kadhim. The sahih narration is the vaguest one, while the others simply have Ja`far pointing at his son without verbalizing. It should be explained that Ja`far did this because he was in taqiyya, and could not make a public announcement about his son's appointment. After all, despite this, his son was imprisoned twice and killed. Anyway, notice how as-Sadiq will be really clear about his son's succession and Qa'imiyya in the Waqifi narrations, but in the Imami narrations, he is very discrete. What historically happened after as-Sadiq better fits with the latter, because indeed, al-Kadhim's nass was a secret, which is why even people like Zurara would not catch on right away (if at all). What about as-Sadiq's nass? Perhaps just as iffy - check this out: http://archive.*******.org/hadiths/beliefs-and-ethics/indication-to-and-designation-of-abu-abdillah-jafar-b-muhammad-as-sadiq One of the hadiths comes from as-Sadiq himself, so you can throw that out, the second hadith is only hasan ala thahir and it appears that al-Baqir does not mention the name of as-Sadiq. The third hadith says as-Sadiq is a Qa'im and `Anbasa (a Nawusi) probably interpreted it to mean that as-Sadiq was claiming to be the Qa'im (as per the words of al-Baqir and Jabir al-Ju`fi). If we keep going, we can go all the way back to `Ali and ask if mawla really means divinely-appointed Imam. That's where this conversation / line of thinking leads. Nass is not just through hadith, it is through qara'in al-kharijiyya and what the qudama' agreed upon. The 7 Imams narrations were written in books after the fact. The 12 Imams narrations were written in books long before the occultation of the 12th. The idea of 12 Imams is sahih and mutawatir, contrary to the verbal diaherrea of Farid and his nasibi armchair jihadists. The narrations supporting 12 Imams is preserved in Imami, Sunni, Zaydi, Isma`ili, and yes even Waqifi books before it happened. I agree that not all the Imamis acted upon this number, and that may be for a few reasons. The first being, by the time of al-Hadi, there were several number hadiths being circulated - 7, 12, 13 including Ali, namely. Because of this confusion, the people probably did not act upon the numbers. The second being, the Qa'im's rise was expected to be immanent, so whenever an Imam died, small groups would aspire to their Qa'imiyya - mix with the dire political conditions and it becomes more understandable. Yes, when the 12th Imam went into minor ghayba, many new sects popped up, but these "sects" often consisted of only a handful of individuals who would later join back with the Ithna `Ashariyya. By the time al-Kafi was finished during the minor ghayba, it was confirmed that the current Imam would be the last (and not a son or group of descendents), that the total number of Imams was 12, that the current Imam would enter a major occultation, and that the name of the current Imam was what it was. Of course, all of these beliefs were preserved in the usool books long before the death of al-`Askari. The same cannot really be said about the Waqifiyya. So when we were able to confirm that there were 12 Imams, all of these hadiths were further documented and compiled, because it was now confirmed belief and not a "wait and see" belief. This is getting long, so I'll continue another time inshaAllah.
    13 points
  4. Now that ive got everyones attention: look at the liddle bear cub wiv its mama! Heres where to sponser a polar bear: http://www.wwf.org.uk/adoption/polarbearadopt/
    10 points
  5. You are a sunni. The problem with sunnis is that they are willing to overlook the unacceptable crimes of some people, i.e. the so called sahabah. The sunnis don't stop with these 'sahabah', they do the same with their ulama and political leaders That is why I said that we have become like sunnis. The correct path is to have high standards for our leaders. The worst among the sunnis are wahabis. Their leaders have the worst akhlaq. Brother Tawhidi would make a good wahabi sheikh. BTW this is not an attack on sunni people themselves since most humans are like that, and there are some good sunni people. It is a criticism of a mindset that refuses to admit the severe sins of it's leaders.
    9 points
  6. Assalumulaykum Alhumdulilah we have so many female role models in Islam yet I for one don't reflect upon their lives as much as I should. So if anyone has learnt of or knows of anything from the lives of holy ladies that is relevant to us and we can apply to our lives in the 21st century, please share it with the rest of us. Anyone is welcome to contribute. As I said we have a lot of ladies we can learn from, Lady Khadija, Lady Fatema, Lady Amina , Lady Maryam, Lady Asiya, Lady Fatema bint Asad, Umme Salma, Umme Farwa, Sakina binte Hussain, Umme Kulthum, Umme Layla, Ummul Baneen, Lady Sherbano, Lady Masooma (Qum) and a lot of the other mothers/wives/sisters of the Imams so let’s get them coming. To start us off, I just want to tell you a little about how much strength Lady Zaynab’s story gives me. Words cannot describe the feeling I get when I hear of the hardships she faced and that despite this adversity, she kept the remaining members of her family together, gave such a powerful and eloquent speech that it was compared to that of Imam Ali (a.s) and shook the court of cursed men. She even protected her ailing nephew- the Imam of the time against those who wanted to harm him. When almost every male member of her family had been murdered brutally she was not even allowed to mourn in peace, no instead she was taken prisoner to the same city that her father had once governed and kept in harsh conditions. Despite undergoing such hardships, her faith in the Almighty never wavered which is something I think we can apply to ourselves as even when our lives spiral out of control, we should remember the patience and forbearance of this great woman. This reaffirms for me that women in the Jafari school of thought do have a role in propagating the religion as if it wasn’t for her, Imam Hussain’s sacrifice and message would have been suppressed by the tyrants of the time. Coupled with the fact that there were female martyrs in Karbala such as Umm Wahab reminds me that as Muslim, Shia women we are responsible for upholding our religion (even if fighting is not compulsory on us) and being proud ambassadors of Islam. In addition, we have the added responsibility as mothers to propagate the truth and raise the next generation so that when the time comes, they may be of assistance to Imam Mahdi (a.s) may Allah hasten his reappearance.
    8 points
  7. InfiniteAscension

    Ilm Al Ridha

    (bismillah) (salam) After reading brother Islamic Salvation's thread which can be found here http://www.shiachat....-nass-al-ridha/, I decided to create a thread dedicated to the outstanding narrations from Imam Al Ridha (as). The most clear evidence for someone's greatness is often his own words and the knowledge of a man can be the greatest indicator towards his status and nobility. It is sufficient to read certain passages of Najhul Balagha to understand the position of Imam Ali (as). The aim of this thread is to display the incredible knowledge possessed by the Imam (as) which bears witness to lofty position. Secondly, it is to revive the oft neglected teachings shared by our later Imams (as). I ask those who wish to share the narrations to try and post the Arabic as well as the English if possible and to post the source of the narration. Secondly, the narrations must be ones that are accepted by the Ulamaa' - this does not necessarily mean the sanad has to be sahih. I have picked out a long narration, but it is of much magnificence and splendour. It is present in Volume One of Usool al-Kafi, Kitab Al-Hujjah - Bab nadar jami' min fadhl al-imam wa sifatih - the narration beginning on page 198. I got the translation from an online translation of al-kafi. It is not the most accurate, but the narration is very long and I did not have time to make many changes apart from some very minor ones including spelling errors. As for the narration itself, it is marfu' as Allameh Majlisi states in Miraat Ul Uqool Volume 2 Page 376, but he mentions that Sheikh Al Saduq narrated it in a lot of his books with another sanad that has an unknown element, and that this narration was narrated in al-ihtijaj and ghaybat al nu'mani and other places. Also as far as I am aware, this narration is also accepted by the scholars and there is no issue with it. To the narration: أبومحمد القاسم بن العلاء - رحمه الله - رفعه، عن عبدالعزيز بن مسلم قال: كنا مع الرضا (عليه السلام) بمرو فاجتمعنا في الجامع يوم الجمعة في بدء مقدمنا فأداروا أمر الامامة وذكروا كثرة أختلاف الناس فيها، فدخلت على سيدي (عليه السلام) فأعلمته خوض الناس فيه، فتبسم (عليه السلام) ثم قال: يا عبدالعزيز جهل القوم وخدعوا عن آرائهم، إن الله عزوجل لم يقبض نبيه (صلى الله عليه وآله) حتى اكمل له الدين وأنزل عليه القرآن فيه تبيان كل شئ، بين فيه الحلال والحرام، والحدود والاحكام، وجميع ما يحتاج إليه الناس كملا، فقال عزوجل: " ما فرطنا في الكتاب من شئ " وأنزل في حجة الوداع وهي آخر عمره (صلى الله عليه وآله): " اليوم أكملت لكم دينكم وأتممت عليكم نعمتى ورضيت لكم الاسلام دينا " وأمر الامامة من تمام الدين، ولم يمض (صلى الله عليه وآله) حتى بين لامته معالم دينهم وأوضح لهم سبيلهم وتركهم على قصد سبيل الحق، وأقام لهم عليا (عليه السلام) علما وإمام وما ترك [لهم] شيئا يحتاج إليه الامة إلا بينه، فمن زعم أن الله عزوجل لم يكمل دينه فقد رد كتاب الله، ومن رد كتاب الله فهو كافر به. هل يعرفون قدر الامامة ومحلها من الامة فيجوز فيها اختيارهم، إن الامامة أجل قدرا وأعظم شأنا وأعلا مكانا وأمنع جانبا وأبعد غورا من أن يبلغها الناس بعقولهم، أو ينالوها بآرائهم، أو يقيموا إماما باختيارهم، إن الامامة خص الله عزوجل بها إبراهيم الخليل (عليه السلام) بعد النبوة والخلة مرتبة ثالثة، وفضيلة شرفه بها وأشاد بها ذكره ، فقال: " إني جاعلك للناس إماما " فقال الخليل (عليه السلام) سرورا بها: " ومن ذريتى " قال الله تبارك وتعالى: " لا ينال عهدي الظالمين ". فأبطلت هذه الآية إمامة كل ظالم إلى يوم القيامة وصارت في الصفوة ثم أكرمه الله تعالى بأن جعلها في ذريته أهل الصفوة والطهارة فقال: " ووهبنا له إسحاق و يعقوب نافلة وكلا جعلنا صالحين * وجعلناهم أئمة يهدون بأمرنا وأوحينا إليهم فعل الخيرات وإقام الصلاة وإيتاء الزكاة وكانوا لنا عابدين ". فلم تزل في ذريته يرثها بعض عن بعض قرنا فقرنا حتى ورثها الله تعالى النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله)، فقال جل وتعالى: " إن أولى الناس بإبراهيم للذين اتبعوه وهذا النبي والذين آمنوا والله ولي المؤمنين " فكانت له خاصة فقلدها (صلى الله عليه وآله) عليا (عليه السلام) بأمر الله تعالى على رسم ما فرض الله، فصارت في ذريته الاصفياء الذين آتاهم الله العلم والايمان، بقوله تعالى: " قال الذين اوتوا العلم والايمان لقد لبثتم في كتاب الله إلى يوم البعث " فهي في ولد علي (عليه السلام) خاصة إلى يوم القيامة، إذ لا نبي بعد محمد (صلى الله عليه وآله) فمن أين يختار هؤلاء الجهال. إن الامامة هي منزلة الانبياء، وإرث الاوصياء، إن الامامة خلافة الله وخلافة الرسول (صلى الله عليه وآله) ومقام أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) وميراث الحسن والحسين (عليهما السلام)إن الامامة زمام الدين، ونظام المسلمين، وصلاح الدنيا وعز المؤمنين، إن الامامة أس الاسلام النامي، وفرعه السامي، بالامام تمام الصلاة والزكاة والصيام والحج والجهاد، وتوفير الفئ والصدقات، وإمضاء الحدود والاحكام، ومنع الثغور والاطراف. الامام يحل حلال الله، ويحرم حرام الله، ويقيم حدود الله، ويذب عن دين الله، ويدعو إلى سبيل ربه بالحكمة، والموعظة الحسنة، والحجة البالغة، الامام كالشمس الطالعة المجللة بنورها للعالم وهي في الافق بحيث لا تنالها الايدي والابصار. الامام البدر المنير، والسراج الزاهر، والنور الساطع، والنجم الهادي في غياهب الدجى وأجواز البلدان والقفار، ولجج البحار، الامام الماء العذب على الظماء والدال على الهدى، والمنجي من الردى، الامام النار على اليفاع ، الحار لمن اصطلى به والدليل في المهالك، من فارقه فهالك، الامام السحاب الماطر، والغيث الهاطل و والشمس المضيئة، والسماء الظليلة، والارض البسيطة، والعين الغزيرة، والغدير والروضة. الامام الانيس الرفيق، والوالد الشفيق، والاخ الشقيق، والام البرة بالولد الصغير، ومفزع العباد في الداهية النآد الامام أمين الله في خلقه، وحجته على عباده وخليفته في بلاده، والداعي إلى الله، والذاب عن حرم الله. الامام المطهر من الذنوب والمبرا عن العيوب، المخصوص بالعلم، المرسوم بالحلم، نظام الدين، وعز المسلمين وغيظ المنافقين، وبوار الكافرين. الامام واحد دهره، لا يدانيه أحد، ولا يعادله عالم، ولا يوجد منه بدل ولا له مثل ولا نظير، مخصوص بالفضل كله من غير طلب منه له ولا اكتساب، بل اختصاص من المفضل الوهاب. فمن ذا الذي يبلغ معرفة الامام، أو يمكنه اختياره، هيهات هيهات، ضلت العقول، وتاهت الحلوم، وحارت الالباب، وخسئت العيون وتصاغرت العظماء، وتحيرت الحكماء، وتقاصرت الحلماء، وحصرت الخطباء، وجهلت الالباء، وكلت الشعراء، وعجزت الادباء، وعييت البلغاء، عن وصف شأن من شأنه، أو فضيلة من فضائله، وأقرت بالعجز والتقصير، وكيف يوصف بكله، أو ينعت بكنهه، أو يفهم شئ من أمره، أو يوجد من يقوم مقامه ويغني غناه، لا كيف وأنى؟ وهو بحيث النجم من يد المتناولين، ووصف الواصفين، فأين الاختيار من هذا؟ وأين العقول عن هذا؟ وأين يوجد مثل هذا؟! أتظنون أن ذلك يوجد في غير آل الرسول محمد (صلى الله عليه وآله) كذبتهم والله أنفسهم، ومنتهم الاباطيل فارتقوا مرتقا صعبا دحضا، تزل عنه إلى الحضيض أقدامهم، راموا إقامة الامام بعقول حائرة بائرة ناقصة، وآراء مضلة، فلم يزدادوا منه إلا بعدا، [قاتلهم الله أنى يؤفكون] ولقد راموا صعبا، وقالوا إفكا، وضلوا ضلالا بعيدا، ووقعوا في الحيرة، إذ تركوا الامام عن بصيرة، وزين لهم الشيطان أعمالهم فصدهم عن السبيل وكانوا مستبصرين. رغبوا عن اختيار الله واختيار رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) وأهل بيته إلى اختيارهم والقرآن يناديهم: " وربك يخلق ما يشاء ويختار ما كان لهم الخيرة سبحان الله وتعالى عما يشركون " وقال عزوجل: " وما كان لمؤمن ولا مؤمنة إذا قضى الله ورسوله أمرا أن يكون لهم الخيرة من أمرهم " الآية وقال: " ما لكم كيف تحكمون * أم لكم كتاب فيه تدرسون * إن لكم فيه لما تخيرون * أم لكم أيمان علينا بالغة إلى يوم القيامة إن لكم لما تحكمون * سلهم أيهم بذلك زعيم * أم لهم شركاء فليأتوا بشركائهم إن كانوا صادقين "وقال عزوجل: " أفلا يتدبرون القرآن أم على قلوب أقفالها " أم " طبع الله على قلوبهم فهم لا يفقهون " أم " قالوا سمعنا وهم لا يسمعون * إن شر الدواب عنه الله الصم البكم الذين لا يعقلون * ولو علم الله فيهم خيرا لاسمعهم ولو أسمعهم لتولوا وهم معرضون " أم " قالوا سمعنا وعصينا " بل هو فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء والله ذو الفضل العظيم، فكيف لهم باختيار الامام؟! والامام عالم لا يجهل، وراع لا ينكل ، معدن القدس والطهارة، والنسك والزهاد، والعلم والعبادة، مخصوص بدعوة الرسول (صلى الله عليه وآله)ونسل المطهرة البتول، لا مغمز فيه في نسب، ولا يدانيه ذو حسب، في البيت من قريش والذروة من هاشم، والعترة من الرسول (صلى الله عليه وآله) والرضا من الله عزوجل، شرف الاشراف، والفرع من عبد مناف، نامي العلم، كامل الحلم، مضطلع بالامامة، عالم بالسياسة، مفروض الطاعة، قائم بأمر الله عزوجل، ناصح لعباد الله، حافظ لدين الله. إن الانبياء والائمة صلوات الله عليهم يوفقهم الله ويؤتيهم من مخزون علمه و حكمه ما لا يؤتيه غيرهم، فيكون علمهم فوق علم أهل الزمان في قوله تعالى: " أفمن يهدي إلى الحق أحق أن يتبع أمن لا يهدي إلا أن يهدى فمالكم كيف تحكمون " وقوله تبارك وتعالى: " ومن يؤت الحكمة فقد أوتي خيرا كثيرا " وقوله في طالوت: " إن الله اصطفاه عليكم وزاده بسطة في العلم والجسم والله يؤتي ملكه من يشاء والله واسع عليم " وقال لنبيه (صلى الله عليه وآله): " أنزل عليك الكتاب والحكمة وعلمك ما لم تكن تعلم وكان فضل الله عليك عظيما " وقال في الائمة من أهل بيت نبيه وعترته وذريته صلوات الله عليهم: " أم يحسدون الناس على ما آتاهم الله من فضله فقد آتينا آل إبراهيم الكتاب والحكمة وآتيناهم ملكا عظيما * فمنهم من آمن به ومنهم من صد عنه وكفى بجهنم سعيرا ". وإن العبد إذا اختاره الله عزوجل لامور عباده، شرح صدره لذلك، وأودع قلبه ينابيع الحكمة، وألهمه العلم إلهاما، فلم يعي بعده بجواب، ولا يحير يه عن الصواب، فهو معصوم مؤيد، موفق مسدد، قد أمن من الخطايا والزلل والعثار، يخصه الله بذلك ليكون حجته على عباده، وساعده على خلقه، وذلك فضل الله يؤتيه من يشاء والله ذو الفضل العظيم. فهل يقدرون على مثل هذا فيختارونه أو يكون مختارهم بهذه الصفة فيقدمونه، تعدوا - وبيت الله - الحق ونبذوا كتاب الله وراء ظهورهم كأنهم لا يعلمون، وفي كتاب الله الهدى والشفاء، فنبذوه واتبعوا أهواء هم، فذمهم الله ومقتهم وأتعسهم فقال جل وتعالى: " ومن أضل ممن اتبع هواه بغير هدى من الله إن الله لا يهدي القوم الظالمين " وقال: " فتعسا لهم وأضل أعمالهم " وقال: " كبر مقتا عند الله وعند الذين آمنوا كذلك يطبع الله على كل قلب متكبر جبار " وصلى الله على النبي محمد وآله وسلم تسليما كثيرا. The Unique Ahadith that sums up the Virtue and Qualifications of the Imam (a.s.) H 523, Ch. 15, h 1 Abu Muhammad al-Qasim ibn al-'Ala', may Allah grant him blessings, in a marfu‘ manner (rafa'ahu), has narrated from ‘Ad al-'Aziz ibn Muslim the following. "We had been with al-Rida (a.s.) at Marw. During an assembly in the central mosque on Friday, we attended the gathering. It was when we had just arrived (in Marw). People spoke and discussed about the issue of Imamat (Leadership with Divine Authority). All the differing opinions among people in this matter came up. I then went to see my leader (a.s.) and informed him of the people’s controversies over the issue (leadership). The Imam (a.s.) smiled and then said the following. "O 'Abd al-'Aziz, people are ignorant and their opinions have mislead and deceived them. Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, did not cause His Holy Prophet to leave this world before completing for him the religion. Allah sent him the Holy Quran in which all things are clearly explained. Allah has explained in the Holy Quran what is lawful and what is unlawful. He has explained totally the limits and the rules for all issues that people may face in the affairs of life. Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has said, "We have left nothing without a mention of it in the Book. . . ." (6:38) During the last visit of the Holy Prophet to Makka for pilgrimage towards the end of his life the following verse of the Holy Qauran was sent to him. "On this day I have perfected your religion, completed My favors to you, and have chosen Islam as your religion. . . ." (5:3) The issue of Imamat (leadership) is part of the completion of religion. The Holy Prophet (s.a.) did not leave this world before explaining to his followers the principles of their religion and show them the path clearly, and he left them on a point of a path that faced the direction of the truth. He raised Ali (a.s.) among them as a flag and Imam (a leader). He did not leave anything that his followers needed without full explanation. Those who think that Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has not completed His religion, they rejected the book of Allah and those who reject the book of Allah they have become expressed unbelievers in it. "Do they realize the value and the status of the Imamat (leadership) of the ’Umma (the nation) to justify their selection? Imamat (leadership) in fact, is far sublime in values, greatest in position, highest in status, the most exclusive issue in all aspects, the most profound and deep for the intellect of the people to reach and grasp it in their opinions, or to appoint an Imam through their selection. Imamat (leadership) is that particular distinction which Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has distinguished Ibrahim, the very close friend (al-Khalil), after Prophethood. This close friendship is the third stage (in the progression of spiritual degrees). It is a virtue with which, He honored him and established his fame. He then said, "Behold! I have made you an Imam for the people". Abraham, the close friend, then out of delight pleaded "Please let it be in my offspring also." Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, said, "My covenant does not go to the unjust ones." (2:124) Thus, this verse has declared the leadership (Imamat) of all the unjust ones as unlawful till the Day of Judgment and it has established it for those clean and free of evil and injustice. Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, bestowed him more honors in establishing Imamat (leadership) in purified and clean persons of his offspring. "We granted him Isaac and Jacob as a gift and helped both of them to become righteous people (21:72). We appointed them as leaders to guide the people through Our command and sent them revelation to strive for good deeds, worship their Lord, and pay religious tax. Both of them were Our worshipping servants." (21:73) "So the Imamat (leadership) remained in his offspring inheriting it from each other, generation after generation, until Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, made Prophet Muhammad (s.a.) to inherit it. And He, Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, said, "The nearest people to Abraham, among mankind, are those who followed him, and this Prophet (Muhammad) and the true believers. God is the Guardian of the true believers." (3:68) So the Imamat belonged to him particularly, and he (s.a.), then, entrusted Imam Ali ((a.s.) with it by the command of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, as He had made it obligatory. It then came to be in his (Ali's) purified and clean of sins offspring, to whom Allah has given knowledge and faith, as in the words of He Who is Most High. "Those who have received knowledge and have faith will say, "By the decree of God, you have remained for the exact period which was mentioned in the Book of God about the Day of Resurrection. This is the Day of Resurrection, but you did not know." (30:56) Imamat (leadership) will remain in the sons of Imam Ali (a.s.) exclusively, till the Day of Judgement and there will no prophet after Muhammad (s.a.). Wherefrom then have these ignorant people received the right to select Imams? "Imamat (leadership) is, certainly, the position of the prophets, and the inheritance of the successors. Imamat (leadership) indeed, is the representation (khilafa) of Allah and the deputy of the Messenger (s.a.), and the office of Amir al-mu'minin (a.s.) and the inheritance of Imam al-Hasan and al-Husayn (a.s.) "Imamat (leadership) is, in fact, the reins of the religion, the social system of the Muslims. It is best for the world, and honor for the believers. Imamat (Islamic leadership) is Islam's maturing root, and its towering branch. Through the Imam (a.s.) prayers are complete, Zakat, (charity) is paid, fasting, is maintained, Hajj is performed and Jihad, proper defense is exercised, the wealth of the nation (fay') and charity (sadaqat) are increased, the laws are enforced and the frontiers are protected and defended. "The Imam declares as lawful what Allah has done so and prohibits what Allah has prohibited. He enforces the criminal laws of Allah, defends the religion of Allah and he provides guidance with wisdom, good advice and with the topmost strong evidence. "The Imam is like the risen sun that beautifies the world with its light and is in the horizon above the harm of hands and eyes. The Imam is as the bright moon, the shining lamp, the brilliant light, and the guiding star in the depth of darkness, in the middle of the towns, in the wilderness and the high seas. The Imam is as crystal-clear water to thirst, an indicator of true guidance and the protector against destruction. The Imam is as fire of a lighthouse that provides warmth and guidance for those who seek heat protection against fatalities. Whoever would depart him would perish. "The Imam (in terms of blessings) is as the rain-bearing cloud, the drenching rainfall, the shining sun, the shadow providing sky, the open fields, the gushing forth spring, as a pond and a garden. The Imam is as a comforting friend, a very kind father, a real brother, a tender-hearted mother of a small child, a refuge for people in disastrous conditions. The Imam is Allah's trustee over His creatures, His authority over His servants, His representative in His lands, the preacher of His cause and the defender of His sanctuary. "The Imam is clean of sins, free of faults, possesses special knowledge and is distinguished in forbearance. The Imam maintains law and order in religion. He is the might of the Muslims to enrages the hypocrites, and futile to unbelievers. The Imam is the peerless person of his time, no-one can reach even near his rank in virtue and no scholar is comparable to him. No one is an alternative for him, nor is there anyone similar to him or just like him. His is exclusive in all virtues of which none is acquired or is sought after; in fact, his virtues are all from bestowed up on him by the source of all virtue, the Generous One. Who is he that can know all about the Imam, or can select him? To affirm the ability of selection is very far from the truth. Intellects have become confused, understanding has lost the meaning, awareness is frustrated, eyes have become dull and tired, the great ones have become humble, the sagacious ones have become bewildered and people of forbearance have lost patience. The orators have become speechless; the intelligent ones have become ignorant and the poets have become exhausted. The man-of-letter have become helpless, people of eloquence have turned wordless to speak of any of the aspects of his status or a virtue of his virtues and instead have confessed their helplessness in the matter. How can one speak of him in full, or describe him in the real sense or understand anything of his affairs or find an alternative for him sufficient for what he sufficed. There is no such thing and nowhere such is found. He is like a star away from the reach of those who try to reach, or those who try to describe. Where does the idea of selecting him would then stand in such case? How can then reasons and intellects reach him and where can one find a person like the Imam? "Would they think that such a person can be found outside the family of the Holy Prophet (s.a.)? Their souls, I swear by Allah, have told them a lie. Falsehood has induced in them evil hopes. Be on your guard against A number of our people has narrated from uphill and crushing battle in which they would slip back to their first foothold. They intend to raise the Imam by their confused, fruitless and faulty intellects and their misleading opinions. It would do to nothing god except taking them away from the truth. (May Allah be their adversary. Where are they headed.) (Holy Quran 9:30) They have aimed at a difficult task and have spoken something meaningless. They have strayed far away from the truth and have faced huge confusions. They have knowingly ignored the Imam (a.s.). It is Satan who, has made their deeds to seem attractive to them and has blocked them from reaching the path (of guidance) when they know it fully. They have turned from the choice that Allah and His Messenger and his family of to accept their own choice. The Holy Quran calls up on them, "Your Lord creates and chooses (to grant mercy) to whomever He wants. (In matters of guidance) they (unbelievers) do not have the choice to choose whatever they want. God is too exalted to be considered equal to anything else." (28:68) It also says, "The believing men and women must not feel free to do something in their affairs other than that which has been already decided for them by God and His Messenger. One who disobeys God and His Messenger is in plain error. (33:36) It further says, "What is the matter with you? How could you judge this to be so? (68:36). Do you have a book from which you study (68:37) that tells you to do whatever you want? (68:38). Do you have a covenant with Us which allows you to do whatever you want until the Day of Judgment? (68:39). (Muhammad), ask which of them can guarantee that on the Day of Judgment (68:40). They will receive the same thing that the Muslims will? Do they have any witness to such an agreement? Let them bring out such witness, if they are truthful."(68:41). Again the Holy Quran says, "Is it that they do not think about the Quran or are their hearts sealed?" (47:24) Or as it says, ". . . their hearts were sealed and they were left with no understanding." (9:87) or like, "Do not be like those who said that they have heard (the Messenger's commands) but do not pay any attention to them (8:21). The most wicked beasts in the sight of God are the deaf and the dumb who have no understanding (8:22). Had they possessed any virtue, God would certainly have made them hear. Even if God were to make them hear, they would still turn away from (the words of God)." (8:23) or like, "you said that you had listened but you disobeyed.. . ." (2:93) It is the grace from Allah and He gives to whoever He wills. Allah who possesses great generosity. How would they have the right to choose the Imam (a.s.)? The Imam (a.s.) is a scholar that is not ignorant of any thing, a shepherd who does not become, the mine of holiness purity, of worship and restraint from sins and Knowledge and worship. He (enjoys) the blessings of the exclusive prayers of the Messenger of Allah and of being of the progeny of the Holy Lady, alBatul. There is not question about their genealogical purity. He is of the house of Quraysh and the top most in clan of Hashim and of the family of the Messenger of Allah, enjoying the happiness of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, is the honor of all nobility. He is of the offspring of ‘Abd al-Manaf. He possesses (a body of) increasing knowledge. He is perfect in forbearance, the only one to qualify for the position of Imamat (leadership). He has full knowledge of the politics, whose obedience is obligatory by the command of Allah. He is appointed for Imamat by the command of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High to give good advice to the servants of Allah and to protect the religion of Allah. Allah grants success and support to the prophets and the Imams (a.s.) through His treasured knowledge and command in a way that is granted to no one else. Thus, their knowledge is above the knowledge of the people of their times as mentioned in the following words of Allah. "Is the one who guides to the Truth a proper guide or one who himself cannot find guidance unless he is guided (by others)? What is wrong with you that you judge (so unjustly)?" (10:35) and in, "Whoever is given wisdom, certainly, has received much good. . . ."(2:269). Or as about Talut in the following words, "God has chosen him as your ruler and has given him physical power and knowledge. God grants His authority to anyone whom He wants. God is Provident and All-knowing. (2:247) or as He has said about His Prophet (a.s.), "God has revealed the Book to you, has given you wisdom, and has taught you what you did not know. Certainly God's favor to you has been great." (4:113) He also said about the Imams from the family of the Holy Prophet (s.a.) "Are they jealous of the favors that God has done to some people? We have given to the family of Abraham the Book, Wisdom, and a great Kingdom (4:54). Some have believed, others have disbelieved and tried to prevent people from believing. For these people, only the intense fire of hell is a sufficient punishment." (4:55) When Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, chooses a person for the affairs of His servants, He opens his heart for the task, places in it the fountains of wisdom and inspires him with knowledge. He then never becomes tired of answering questions and never becomes confused to miss the right answer. He is infallible, Divinely supported, successful and guarded. He is immune from sins and shortcomings and faults. Allah has granted him this exclusively so that he would serve as the Divine authority over His servant, as a witness over them and this is grace of Allah that He grant to whoever He wills and Allah’s grace is the greatest. Can one among the people have such things so they would choose him as the Imam or can their selected person have such distinctions to be preferred over the others? They, swearing to the house of Allah, have transgressed against the truth and have thrown the book of Allah behind their backs as if they do not know. In the book of Allah there is guidance and cure but they have ignored it and have followed their own desires. For this reason Allah has criticised, expressed anger and condemned them in His words as follows. "Who strays more than one who follows his desires without guidance from God? God does not guide the unjust people." (28:50). "The fate of the unbelievers will be to stumble and their deeds will have no virtuous results;" (47:8) "This act greatly angers God and the believers. Thus does God seal the hearts of every arrogant oppressor." (40:35). May Allah grant blessings up on Prophet Muhammad and his family and may He grant them peace, a great deal of peace."
    7 points
  8. 3laweyaZainabiya

    Gheebah

    (salam)! Gheeba Is Bad - Don't Do it - read this. http://www.al-islam....les/gheebah.pdf *Edited by Al-Mufeed
    7 points
  9. (bismillah) (salam) Brother Tawhidi is a disgrace to humanity and those who respect him are fools. I am sorry if some people are offended by my words but we need to stop allowing such vile people to take up these positions. This is not an isolated problem. It doesn't take a genius to work out which of them are genuine or not, but unfortunately our community has difficulty discerning the goodness of a person. I personally know of one hawzawi individual who wore the turban and sat on pulpits but did not even pray or fast!! At one point he became the spokesperson for one of the largest Shia organisations in the world. It's a shame that we have become like sunnis. May Allah reward you for opening this thread. I could say more but ..."O' Ibn `Abbas it was like the foam of a Camel which gushed out but subsided".
    7 points
  10. Al-Mufeed

    Gheebah

    I edited this thread from all personal attacks - and edited the original post - no one should participate in gheebah and slandering others. Every one (and please note I am not selecting any particular person or group - I am speaking to every one) Please use proper respect and Akhlaq when discussing with others on this forum.
    7 points
  11. iDevonian

    My Conversion Story

    Yes, its an indescribable feeling of peace. To really feel as though, there is something more. Thanks Gypsy Would u guys be so kind as to 5 star my topic? Ive always wanted a bunch of 5 stars
    6 points
  12. iDevonian

    My Conversion Story

    Secular christian family. My parents though not muslims have always supported me no matter what faith ive took interest in. Theyre pretty open minded.
    6 points
  13. 5 points
  14. The last post on Tawhidi's page: "Every pornstar is more honorable than Aisha, because pornstars did not kill our Prophet, but Aisha did." Now, I am all for tabarra but isn't that taking it too extreme? With such statements, it's clear what kind of a 'scholar' Tawhidi really is: one who is either far too stupid to know the meaning of his words or is deliberately trying to sow discord and hatred among Muslims.
    5 points
  15. Ruq

    Disowning Children

    ws, ???
    5 points
  16. Excellent thread Sayyeda :D we should be reminded of the great women of Ahlulbayt (as) they should always be an inspiration to us all. Lady Zainab's speech in Yazid (la, dog etc) court always gives me such a sense of personal pride.
    5 points
  17. Err, what..? From Tabrisi's Majma` al-Bayan: { حتى إذا بلغ مغرب الشمس } أي موضع غروبها أنه انتهى إلى آخر العمارة من جانب المغرب وبلغ قوماً لم يكن وراءهم أحد إلى موضع غروب الشمس ولم يرد بذلك أنه بلغ إلى موضع الغروب لأنه لا يصل إليه أحد { وجدها تغرب } معناه وجدها كأنها تغرب { في عين حمئة } وإن كانت تغرب في ورائها عن الجبائي وأبي مسلم والبلخي, لأن الشمس لا تزايل الفلك ولا تدخل عين الماء ولأنه قال وجد عندها قوماً, ولكن لما بلغ ذو القرنين ذلك الموضع تراءى له كأن الشمس تغرب في عين كما أن من كان في البحر رآها كأنها تغرب في الماء ومن كان في البرّ يراها كأنها تغرب في الأرض الملساء From Tusi's Tafsir at-Tibyan: وقال ابو علي الجبائي، والبلخي: المعنى وجدها كانها تغرب في عين حمئة، وإن كانت تغيب وراءها. قال البلخي لان الشمس اكبر من الارض بكثير So two, pre-modern, classical and authoritative Shi`i tafsirs stating the meaning of the verse is not to be literally understood to mean it's "literally" setting in a pool of murky water. As to the Earth being flat, you might want to go tell Shaykh Mufid that: أقول إن الأرض على هيئة الكرة Sure, he thought it was stationary as did many others (but not everyone) in those times, but clearly he thought it was shaped like a ball as you can see above. So if our religion was so clearly teaching a flat Earth, why would an ancient scholar like Mufid say the above, who obviously wouldn't know or care what 21st century century science has to say on the matter to force him into apologetic revisionist mode?
    5 points
  18. Yeah, I took a break from SC for a little while and during that time, I accidentally wandered on to a Sunni forum when I was looking something up, and while I was browsing... I can't even describe the feeling I got there, it was just so awful. But suddenly I realized how wonderful ShiaChat is. And that night while in bed, I cried thinking about how grateful I am to be born and raised a Shia (and to understand why it makes sense). :cry: :cry: Even when I hate this place, I love this place. :wub:
    5 points
  19. (salam) Great read iDevonian, thank you for sharing this wonderful story. I wish you all the success on the remainder of your journey towards Allah [swt].
    5 points
  20. Qa'im

    Ilm Al Ridha

    علي بن إبراهيم، عن ياسر الخادم والريان بن الصلت جميعا قال: لما انقضى أمر المخلوع واستوى الامر للمأمون كتب إلى الرضا عليه السلام يستقدمه إلى خراسان، فاعتل عليه أبو الحسن عليه السلام بعلل، فلم يزل المأمون يكاتبه في ذلك حتى علم أنه لا محيص له و أنه لا يكف عنه، فخرج عليه السلام ولابي جعفر عليه السلام سبع سنين، فكتب إليه المأمون: لا تأخذ على طريق الجبل وقم، وخذ على طريق البصرة والاهواز وفارس، حتى وافى مرو، فعرض عليه المأمون أن يتقلد الامر والخلافة، فأبى أبو الحسن عليه السلام، قال: فولاية العهد؟ فقال: على شروط أسألكها، قال المأمون له: سل ما شئت، فكتب الرضا عليه السلام: أني داخل في ولاية العهد؟ على أن لا آمر ولا أنهى ولا افتي ولا أقضي ولا أولي ولا أعزل ولا اغير شيئا مما هو قائم وتعفيني من ذلك كله، فأجابه المأمون إلى ذلك كله، قال: فحدثني ياسر قال: فلما حضر العيد بعث المأمون إلى الرضا عليه السلام يسأله أن يركب ويحضر العيد ويصلي ويخطب، فبعث إليه الرضا عليه السلام قد علمت ما كان بيني وبينك من الشروط في دخول هذا الامر، فبعث إليه المأمون إنما اريد بذلك أن تطمئن قلوب الناس ويعرفوا فضلك، فلم يزل عليه السلام يراده الكلام في ذلك فألح عليه، فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين إن أعفيتني من ذلك فهو أحب إلي وإن لم تعفني خرجت كما خرج رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وأمير المؤمنين عليه السلام، فقال المأمون: اخرج كيف شئت وأمر المأمون القواد والناس أن يبكروا إلى باب أبي الحسن. قال: فحدثني ياسر الخادم أنه قعد الناس لابي الحسن عليه السلام في الطرقات و السطوح، الرجال والنساء والصبيان، واجتمع القواد والجند على باب أبي الحسن عليه السلام فلما طلعت الشمس قام عليه السلام فاغتسل وتعمم بعمامة بيضاء من قطن، ألقى طرفا منها على صدره وطرفا بين كتفيه وتشمر، ثم قال لجميع مواليه: افعلوا مثل ما فعلت ثم أخذ بيده عكازا ثم خرج ونحن بين يديه وهو حاف قد شمر سراويله إلى نصف الساق وعليه ثياب مشمرة، فلما مشى ومشينا بين يديه رفع رأسه إلى السماء وكبر أربع تكبيرات، فخيل إلينا أن السماء والحيطان تجاوبه، والقواد والناس على الباب قد تهيؤوا ولبسوا السلاح وتزينوا بأحسن الزينة، فلما طلعنا عليهم بهذه الصورة وطلع الرضا عليه السلام وقف على الباب وقفة، ثم قال: " الله أكبر، الله أكبر، الله أكبر [ الله أكبر ] على ما هدانا، الله أكبر على ما رزقنا من بهيمة الانعام والحمد لله على ما أبلانا " نرفع بها أصواتنا - قال ياسر: فتزعزعت مرو بالبكاء والضجيج والصياح لما نظروا إلى أبي الحسن عليه السلام وسقط القواد عن دوابهم ورموا بخفافهم لما رأوا أبا الحسن عليه السلام حافيا وكان يمشي ويقف في كل عشر خطوات ويكبر ثلاث مرات قال ياسر: فتخيل إلينا أن السماء والارض والجبال تجاوبه، وصارت مرو ضجة واحدة من البكاء وبلغ المأمون ذلك فقال له الفضل بن سهل ذو الرياستين: يا أمير المؤمنين إن بلغ الرضا المصلى على هذا السبيل افتتن به الناس والرأي أن تسأله أن يرجع فبعث إليه المأمون فسأله الرجوع فدعا أبو الحسن عليه السلام بخفه فلبسه وركب ورجع. `Ali b. Ibrahim from Yasir al-Khadim and ar-Rayyan b. Salt together. He said: When the affair of the deposed Caliph had ended and al-Ma’mun ascended to the affair, he wrote to ar-Rida عليه السلام, asking him to come to Khurasan. So Abu’l Hasan replied with concerns; but al-Ma’mun would not cease to write to him regarding that until he (i.e. ar-Rida) knew that it would be unavoidable and he (al-Ma’mun) would not let him be. So he عليه السلام went when Abu Ja`far [the Second] عليه السلام was seven years old. al-Ma’mun wrote to him, “Do not travel along the mountain pass or Qum; rather, travel along the path of Basra, al-Ahwaz, and Persia”. [He travelled] until he reached Marw. al-Ma’mun offered him succession in the command and the Caliphate, but Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام declined. He [then] said: What about the authority of the covenant (i.e. the position of crown prince)? So he said: Only upon conditions that I will ask of you. al-Ma’mun said to him: Ask what you wish. So ar-Rida عليه السلام wrote, “If I were to become the crown prince, I will not give any orders, nor prohibitions, nor decree a fatwa, nor judge, nor appoint, nor dismiss, nor change a thing from what has been established – and you pardon me from all of that”. So al-Ma’mun complied with him in all of that. He said: Yasir narrated to me: When it was Eid, al-Ma’mun sent [a letter] to ar-Rida عليه السلام and asked him to ride [there] and attend Eid, lead prayers and give a sermon. So ar-Rida عليه السلام sent him [a reply and said], “You know the conditions [that were made] between me and you upon my entrance of this affair”. al-Ma’mun then sent [a letter] to him [saying], “I want that [only] to give comfort to the hearts of the people, and so that they may know your merit”. He continued insisting until he عليه السلام said, “O commander of the faithful, if you excuse me from that it would be preferred to me, but if you do not excuse me from that, I will go (i.e. perform it) just as the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله and Amir al-Mu’mineen عليه السلام did”. al-Ma’mun said, “Go as you please”. al-Ma’mun ordered the servants and guides to lead a procession to the door of Abu’l Hasan whilst saying Allahu Akbar. Yasir al-Kadhim narrated to me that the people sat [waiting] for Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام in the streets and roofs – men, women, and children. The guides and the soldiers met at the door of Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام. When the sun rose, he عليه السلام awoke, performed ghusl, and wrapped himself in a white turban made of cotton. He let one end of it hang over his chest and the other end between his shoulders on his back, and tied his belt. He then said to all of his supporters: Do as I have done. He then took his staff with his hand. Then, he went – and we were in front of him – barefoot, and his gown was raised halfway between his feet and knees, and upon him were [other] uplifted clothes. When he walked – and we walked in front of him – he raised his head to the sky and said “Allahu Akbar” four times. To us, it was as if the sky and the walls responded to him. The guides and the people at the door were ready, armed, and embellished in the best ornamentation. When we came out to them in such a fashion with ar-Rida عليه السلام, he stood a standing at the door; then said: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, [Allahu Akbar], He guided us; Allahu Akbar, He granted us the cattle. Praise be to Allah, He granted us blessings. We raised our voices by it. Yasir said: All of Marw shook with weeping, cries, and shouts when they looked at Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام. The guides descended from their beasts and threw away their sandals when they saw Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام barefoot. He would walk and stop at every ten steps, then give three three takbirat. Yasir said: To us, it was as if the sky, the earth, and the mountains responded to him. Marw had become on [unified] clamour from the crying. al-Ma’umun was informed of that, so al-Fadl b. Sahl – who had two official reports – said to him: O commander of the faithful, if ar-Rida reaches the place of prayer upon this condition, the people will schism regarding him. In my opinion, you should ask him to return. So al-Ma’mun sent [someone] to ask him to return. Abu’l Hasan عليه السلام requested footwear; so he wore it and rode back. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 1293) (sahih) (صحيح)
    5 points
  21. Thank you for sharing a part of your conversion story with us. I know there is so much that you must have experienced that you haven't told us about but everytime I hear a story about someone finding Islam, it reminds me of surah 93 in the Quran as one of the verses states 'And we found you umaware and we guided you' And by the way, your grammar was fine :)
    5 points
  22. Walakumsalaam Your thread caught my eye as this is actually something I discussed with SC sisters myself. I for one am up for healthy discussion in most topic areas including political and religious discussion. In fact, I tend to enjoy a good religious discussion a lot more than one on fashion and definitely more than marriage! As you asked the sisters not to get intimidated, I feel you already have an idea of the answer. Sisters on this site, may choose not to reply as they know they will be subject to comments from male members with backward mindsets. These comments tend to be purposefully sexist or imply subjugation and I think after a while, sisters get tired of having to engage in such a discussion. It's a shame and I too hope more female members of SC become more active in religious and political thought-provoking and stimulating threads.
    5 points
  23. Just looking at his comments on his own twitter account one can see what type of individual he is - he is far from Ahlulbayt and from the various Maraja, in both his lack of akhlaq and lack of knowledge Brother Tawhidi ‏@BrotherTawhidi12 Mar Reporting and removing me from twitter shall not tighten neither Omar's anus nor Aishas vagina. Brother Tawhidi ‏@BrotherTawhidi17 Mar Allah Almighty wanted to -and did not need to- create Imam Ali (a.s), since Imam Ali (a.s) could have created himself.
    4 points
  24. When he put a picture of a camel wearing latex books, captions `A'ishah followed by some stuff I shouldn't repeat, I realized it was time to delete him from my friends list. God help the fool who listens to him..
    4 points
  25. Yeah, I wonder if anyone here is still the same after their ShiaChat experience... :mellow:
    4 points
  26. (salam) To be honest, yes it made me waste lots of my study time . I go on shiachat instead of doing homework .. But whenever I am on national post, the gazette , huttington news.. I fight to preserve the beautiful message of Islam by commenting .. or even in real life, I see people becoming atheist or anti-theist and blaming religions for their own problems.. I try as much to defend Islam, and when I think of the large shia community that I have met on Shiachat, it gives me a warmth in my heart.. like a reassurance that there are still some good muslims out there in the wolrd..especially converts.
    4 points
  27. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركته Thank you for telling us about this, just to give the link to the book and the page number where these traditions can be read. For those who cannot read/understand Arabic, or are novices in it, the translation of those Ahadeeth by Sayyed Athaar Hussain S.H. Rizvi is available such as the first one: http://www.duas.org/pdfs/Kamal-Al-Deen1.pdf Scroll to page 49 For Arabic speakers/People who know or can understand Arabic the Same Ahadeeth can be found in page 37 of the Arabic version http://rafed.net/booklib/view.php?type=c_fbook&b_id=262&page=36 To quote the first one that I quoted above too: (apart from just this one, there are 3 more). والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركته
    4 points
  28. ShiaChat makes me lose faith in humanity.
    4 points
  29. Marbles

    Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    I ate barbecued boneless chicken tikka with mint sauce. It complies with my healthy eating regime.
    4 points
  30. (salam) Went to the house of Mulla Sadra in the village of Kahak yesterday. Rest of the images here: Trip to Villages Surrounding Qom [Kahak, Kirmejegan & Veshnaveh] Wassalam
    4 points
  31. Ali-Reza

    Google Glass

    I want one :) http://www.google.com/glass/start/how-it-feels/
    3 points
  32. Shocking!!! Never seen so much kufr and shirk from one individual...
    3 points
  33. Imam a.s. is not validating his position with this letter. He is invalidating the behavior of moawiyah. It's not the same thing. You need to understand that. Read the other letters and sermons. I don't think that a Muslim would use the 'new testament' to validate Islam, rather it's to prove 'Christianity' wrong. The easiest being the millions of contractions in regards to Monotheism alone. And to do this, you don't have to believe a single verse.
    3 points
  34. Reading is the most meaningful experience in itself. That's where wisdom and knowledge is found; not in chatter with people on the streets.
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  35. 3 points
  36. Wouldn't disowning your child constitute as a major sin of breaking relations?
    3 points
  37. Indeed, we have such amazing female role models to rely on for guidance that even in the 21 century we can take lessons from them and try to implement what they have taught us. Allah swt has elevated the status of these women so high that every woman, even non Muslims can look up to them as their role model. I think the great personalities you have mentioned can teach us something that can not only benefit the women but the men as well. For example, Lady Kadija’s (s) continuous support for her husband Prophet Muhammad (saww) and how her soothing words comforted him and gave him warmth. Great personalities such as Umme Wahab and Lady Dulham who’s words had great effects on their husbands when it came time to give allegiance to Imam Hussain (as). Of course, no one could acquire a position equal to that of lady Zaynab (s). The atrocities she went through can not be imagined, and that is why I believe after Lady Fatima Zehra (s) she remains one the biggest role models for women In terms of gaining knowledge and observing patience. The sights Lady Zainab (s) witnessed are enough to traumatize someone in this century. Physical pain aside, she endured mental and emotional pain as well yet remained steadfast in the path of faith. I think anyone can take lessons from her (s) when our lives spiral out of control like you said, and our pain can NEVER be greater than hers (s) no matter what century we are in.
    3 points
  38. Crescent

    Gheebah

    (salam) We all sin and make mistakes, so instead of just attacking each other, we should forgive each other. ^_^ Please, all of you, just stop it. May Allah (swt) bless you all. (wasalam)
    3 points
  39. most sisters i know know dont wake up one day and say "HEY! im a perfect muslimah now! Im gonna wear prefect hijab tomorrow and never sin again!" lol Most sisters i know start with just the hijab and then as time progresses, they start wearing looser and looser clothing, cover their neck or any other part that shouldnt be showing (ie bangs), not wear make up, and cover their feet. It takes a lot of girls awhile before they wear proper hijab, which isnt surprising, it should happen in steps :P I know a few girls who started wearing hijab hijab with very tight clothes but over time they started wearing full hijab better and better and even became niqabis who wear dresses/skirts or abyas (not sure how you spell it) all the time. Also, their knowledge and deen increased over time too.
    3 points
  40. nope, not proper hijab at all. If the clothes are so tight, it defeats it main purpose. its not just hair we have to cover. It's our body shape. Wasalam
    3 points
  41. As the dear members mentioned before me, you have characters such as Shirazi, Mulla Sadra, Tabatabaei, Shaheed Motahari. But if you want someone who is still living i recommend Ayatollah Mizbah Yazdi. They say that those that didn't get to see and learn from Shaheed Motahari should go see Mizbah Yazdi. Here is the link to his introduction book on Philosophy: http://goaloflife.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/philosophicalinstructions.pdf Be warned, your brain will go kaput after reading the first couple of pages.
    3 points
  42. Those might be stereotypes, but like all stereotypes, there is a big element of truth in them. Women really have other matters to attend to and won't usually compete with a man's checklist of 'things to discuss aka fight over' The fact that they have all left this site speaks for itself. Btw one of them I knew was wary of "harsh", "judgmental" and "closed-minded" male behavior on SC all the time. Her words not mine.
    3 points
  43. exactly man .. you're a redditor. you know exactly what I'm talking about and the anti-theist propaganda going on the media. It hurts me so much to see people against Islam .. and the worse is that they call me ''brainwashed'' whenever I give logical arguments (alhamdulilah , my brain IS washed from all the dirt that the satanic thoughts has tried to implement to society )
    3 points
  44. iDevonian

    My Conversion Story

    Sorry, im not actually from NY, thats just a decoy. Its, well i cant speak for all muslims. Appearing to be a white guy, I imagine it makes things easier for me, however, it is changing commonly held activities that is challenging, at least for me. Otherwise id imagine its similarly tough to be a good muslim for everyone, aside from those unique challenges that we each have. If you surround yourself with good people, it makes it easier.
    3 points
  45. I'll let you know when I figure out. Who are you?
    3 points
  46. Ethics

    King David

    no, we believe prophets are err free sinless. Thus he did not commit adultery, it would be illogical to Allah's religion. Yes David is a prophet in Islam.
    3 points
  47. So basically shiachat resembles the real world :P
    3 points
  48. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركته What a foolish statement you've just said, most people here just go on al-Islam.org, and then those who are literate in Arabic have access to more things. Rizvi has studied 10 years in Hawzaa, starting at age 15, and has done Muqaddamah and Dars al-Kharij. He is litereate in the 3 major languages of Shi`ism (Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu), as well as in English. He has authored over 15 books, and God knows how many articles, and he is a Hujjat al-Islaam. He runs laps around people from this site, you're trying to denote his scholarship? May God forgive you for your foolishness. You've been reported for this. والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركته
    3 points
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