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  1. 47 points
    Salaam alaykum, I am very proud to present the culmination of nearly ten years of research on the Twelfth Imam, al-Hujja b. a-Hasan, al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, the Patron of Time, peace be upon him. This is by far the most comprehensive English work on the subject. It is a compilation of the most ancient and most reliable hadiths on the Mahdi from Twelver Shīʿī sources. Learn about the birth of the Twelfth Imam, his occultation, his ambassadors, his inevitable return, Islamic eschatology, and much more. Paperback now available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790653827 E-book available: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Qaim-Appearance-Established-Narrations-ebook/dp/B07L2K8GW2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543840819&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+rise+of+fthe+qa'im Big big thanks and duas for those who helped me in this project. Namely, @Abu Nur @Ibn al-Hussain @Cake @Abu Tufayl @Hannibal May you be rewarded for your assistance. ---------------------------- "... an essential compendium concerning the concept of the Mahdi in the English language ... A highly welcomed effort, it is useful for researchers as well as those wanting to understand the idea of the Mahdi within the context of the classical literature on the subject." -- Sayyid Hussain Makke "... a fresh and insightful approach to the translation of traditions concerning the twelfth Imam and the rising of the Qa’im ... it is my hope that this work will be of benefit to all seekers of knowledge who wish to become further acquainted with the Twelfth Imam (ajt) and his coming." -- Shaykh Vinay Khetia "A long awaited and much-needed work for the English-speaking world. In an age where skepticism regarding religious beliefs is prevalent, the author has collected many of the reliable traditions on the subject of the Mahdi (a) and has made them readily accessible." -- Sayyid Ali Imran "The most comprehensive hadith compilation about the twelth Imam present in the English language." -- Dr. Taymaz Tabrizi "Trained in both secular academia and in the sciences of the seminary Bilal Muhammad combines the very best of both worlds especially when it comes to his methodological rigour in selecting the narrations of this work." -- Dr. Francisco Luis
  2. 26 points
    As Salam Aleykum Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and confirm his belief in Islam. Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers.
  3. 24 points
    I work in a package central. We sort all kinds of packages and parcels and ship them away. I was happy that I found a halal job.... I thought. After some months I saw that we received wine parcels. Meaning that we had to sort this wine in cages. This is obviously haram. My mood went down yet I was afraid to tell my boss about it. What would he think? Maybe that I was too extreme. You can't imagine how afraid I was. So, instead of saying it to my boss I used various ways to avoid the wine. When it came, I'd go to the toilet or I would tell a person to help me and I would leave (two persons sort these wine parcels and I was constantly one of them). I hated it. I really feared Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى that I may commit sins. Today I saw the wine again. I had successfully avoided it for a long time but I knew today would be the day I couldn't escape. I tried really hard to avoid being there but nope this was my place. I had one last option: Tell my boss. I have more than one boss and today a second one saw me and said "You have an alcohol problem" (he said it jokingly). I knew he knew. I couldn't bear it. I said to my boss that I had an issue with alcohol. His reaction? Wow, I was shocked. He said it was very good that I said it. He would not let me work with this wine anymore. I was so happy. Alhamdulillah. Face your fears brothers and sisters. God is with you.
  4. 24 points
    Salam alaykum all, To help the Shia community more readily access our own books' information, I made a website with the four major Shia Hadith books. The site allows you to browse, search and share Shia Hadith. Please check it out and let me know any feedback. http://www.fourshiabooks.com
  5. 22 points
    As the Orientalist and civil servant Sir William Muir (1819–1905) served in India for the British government, it was not long before he realized the significance of Prophet Muhammad's (p) sunnah for the day-to-day practice of Islam for the Muslims. Much of the sunnah is derived from the ḥadīth literature which constitutes one of the most significant bodies of work within the vast sea of Islamic disciplines. The majority of Muslims since the rise of Islam have relied heavily on aḥadīth to acquire religious knowledge pertaining to different aspects of their lives, be it theology, jurisprudence or ethics. As such, 8 online sessions are being offered via Skype to introduce students to the development of ḥadīth sciences within a Shī’ī Imāmī context. By the end of the sessions, a student would ideally be acquainted with the basic discussions and sub-discussions that take place within Shī’ī Imāmī ḥadīth discourse. Please note, these lessons will be introductory in nature and if one already has a decent grasp of the subject it is advised they do not signup. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers. Fees: The course is being offered for $10 USD and payments can be made through Paypal http://paypal.me/AliImranSC/10USD - if you are in Canada and want to pay through Interac, please private message me and I will share my e-mail address with you and we can agree on the details of a security question & answer. Deadline to sign up is July 14th, 2018. When making the payment, please mention your name and ShiaChat username or e-mail address so that the private link to the Skype conversation can be sent to you. Timing: The 60-minute sessions will take place on Sundays, via Skype. My personal suggestion for time is 12 PM EDT (Toronto), which is 5 PM EST (London). They will be recorded so those who paid but missed a session for whatever reason, can access it later. Course Outline Session 1: July 15, 2018 Definition, Significance & Branches Brief History of Development & Compilation Role of the Shī'a in Ḥadīth Development Session 2: July 22, 2018 Major Books of Ḥadīth Akhbārī & Uṣūlī Views on Ḥadīth Books Session 3: July 29, 2018 'Ilm al-Rijāl Session 4: August 5, 2018 'Ilm al-Dirāyah Session 5: August 12, 2018 Fiqh al-Ḥadīth Session 6: August 19, 2018 Fiqh al-Ḥadīth - Case Studies Session 7: August 26, 2018 Muslim "Reformists" and Ḥadīth Session 8: September 2, 2018 Orientalists and Ḥadīth Studies About Me: I am one of the senior members of ShiaChat and much of the ShiaChat moderator and administrative team knows me and can surely vouch for my trustworthiness (). I received my BCom in 2010, from York University, Toronto and then went on to work as an internet marketer. I began my seminary studies in Qom in November 2012 and completed my undergraduate degree there in January 2018. I intend on beginning my post-graduate degree in Qom after the summer and am also concurrently finishing off an MA in Islamic Studies from the Islamic College of England. I regularly blog on http://www.iqraonline.net Wasalam
  6. 22 points
    Asaalaalaikum, Im glad to say that im now a SHIA! Alhamdulillah! Why did I take this decision? Because I've been reading and contemplating and reflecting about Islam and my beliefs. One thing I have especially been thinking about is Islamic history. I look at the lives of the sahaba and I realize there are many virtues in their lives, however the sahaba in general are clearly not healthy examples to follow and I believe that the Ahlulbayt is the clearest and PUREST path to the true sunnah of Rasoolullah (saw)! This is because although the sahaba such as Umar ibn al Khattab and Abu Bakr did many good things and made genuine efforts towards Islam, it is clear that they are not the best examples for me to follow. For example, Abu Bakr was the first person to do Takfir as he declared war on those not willing to pay zakat, Its clear that the sahaba have categories: I believe that many sahaba had flaws in their character but were still overall good people as they strived for Islam with everything they had. However there are some sahabas that are just very bad in character. For example Khalid Ibn al Walid was the commander of the muslim army for many years and many sunnies glorify him because of his military accomplishments, but clearly he had no morals. He killed many innocent people and even killed a muslim man and raped his wife. DISGUSTING! I cant follow someone like that! I think that If someone takes Khalid Ibn AL Walid as a role model they will end up joining ISIS, Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Another example of a despicable sahaba is Muawiya which I'm sure I don't need to talk about. ON THE FLIP SIDE..... The Ahlulbayt are cleary of a higher status,and the division of the ummah from the start is very clear. Now I'm a follower of Ali (as), Hassan (as), Hussain(as), Zain UL abadeen (as) and Zayd ibn Ali (as)!!!! By following these individuals I truly believe that I will be a follower of MUHAMMAD RASOOLULALH (saw). However one may ask the question, why do I need to be shia to love the ahlulbayt?? My answer is that yes, sunnies do also love the ahlulbayt, but the problem of sunnism is that they dont condemn sahabas who committed oppression! I will never be a supporter of ANY tyrant and oppressor! the following hadith payed a big part in me becoming Shia: "The Messenger of God sent Khalid b. al-Walid to the people of the Yemen inviting them to Islam, and I was among those who went with him. He persisted in the matter for six months, but they did not respond, so the Messenger of God sent 'Ali b. Abi Talib and ordered him that Khalid and those who were with him should return, but if any of them would like to follow him he should allow them. Al-Bara' said, "I was one who followed 'Ali, and as we reached the borders of the Yemen the people got the news. They gathered around him and 'Ali led us in the morning prayer. When he had finished [the prayer], he lined us up in one row. Then he moved before us, praised and extolled God, then read to them the letter of the Messenger of God. All of Hamdan embraced Islam in one day, and he wrote to the Messenger of God about it. When the Prophet read 'Ali's letter he fell down, prostrating himself to God. Then he sat up and said, 'Peace be upon Hamdan, Peace be upon Hamdan' [After the conversion of Hamdan] )he people of the Yemen followed in succession with their acceptance of Islam" - narrated by Tabari. alhamdulillah! Its time to take a stand, to take my own path! The iranan author Ali Shariati says: "My father chose my name, my ancestors chose my last name, thats enough. I myself choose my way!". I was born a hanafi sunni but now im a Shia. Furthermore, the Quran says: "(53:38) No soul shall bear the burden on another" (Wa La tazitru waaziratu wizra ukhra).
  7. 21 points
    Ashvazdanghe

    forgive me for Ziarat

    Salam I will go to Ziarat of Karbala & other holy site about a week from this Thursday please forgive me
  8. 21 points
    If anyone needs a dua or prayer to be said for specific cause - plz let me know either in this thread or inbox me. I will be late making duas today at night and for tomorrow evening as well. I wish to help out because I know if more people assist in dua then inshAllah it will be powerful.
  9. 21 points
    Islandsandmirrors

    I’m married!

    I got married last night to my best friend!! I’m SO happy! I can’t believe I’m officially a married woman now!!!
  10. 20 points
    Reza

    An Administrator Announcement

    My Fellow ShiaChatters: It has come to my attention that our beloved ShiaChat is under attack. In an unprecedented, never before seen manner in the 20 years of this site, people have decided to disagree on stuff, say mean things to one another, be petty, immature, and self-righteous, and make low quality useless posts. To address this calamity befallen us, ShiaChat administration has developed the below emergency plan for you all: 1. Don't use public discussion topics as an outlet for your private proxy battles. It's not fair to the topic, to other posters, and yourself. 2. If you have an issue with a member, privately contact that member by PM. Additionally, you can add a staff member to the PM as a mediator. Or just ignore. 3. People are free to enter, leave, and participate in a discussion topic in any matter they see fit, as long as it's within the rules. Does anybody bother to read them? 4. Report or respond, but not both. Reporting a post indicates that you want a mod to edit or remove that post. Responding means you're ok with the post being publically viewable, as you're validating it's existence with a response. If you report a post but respond to it anyway, then more respond to it, what do you expect mods to do? Hide lots of posts, then having to deal with the crybabies afterward? 5. If you give an opinion (especially a minority opinion) expect to get challenged from many sides. There are two extremes, those who post useless chickenscratch sentences and others who go on long copy/paste sprees. Just write one good, solid paragraph and cite a few sources. If youre not up for the challenge, then proceed with caution. 6. Stop playing the victim. Even if you somebody says something mean about you, victimhood is your own creation, not theirs. 7. Bots and trolls exist, but it's not the responsibility of vigilantes. Admins and mods look at posting trends, IP addresses, etc to make these determinations. The only bots I see are the mods working tirelessly in a robotic fashion to keep this place running. 8. People need to stop referring to others like they are destroying the religion. 9. If you want a discussion where everyone agrees with you, then start a club or have a PM chat. 10. Stop talking about abstract concepts like love, respect, faith, patience, etc. Prove it with action. Like for example, if mods tell you to stop something, you actually stop. And actually following the rules. 11. ShiaChat mods and admins give no special preference to members, no matter how long they've been a member, or how popular they are. 12. Do NOT describe or argue mod actions in public. Do it by PM. 13. There are certain sensitivities of a Shia majority forum you should follow. 14. Opinions are one thing, but slander is another, and if you worry you're crossing the line, you probably are. 15. Think about the experience of others on the site. And lastly: 16. Let's thank everyone on the site for their participation, good posts, and friendly advice. Also to all the mods for their hard work, despite what they deal with. AND....if behavior doesn't change, I will personally drop the hammer myself. I'm merciful but no pacifist.
  11. 20 points
    TheBalkanicShiite

    Why i Reverted

    Salam Alaykoum ! i am orignally from Romania , having also polish background . I reverted back in the holy Month of Muharram of 2015 in the Iranian Mosque of Montreal Elhamdulilah . I was Christian before taking my Shahada but i studied Every religion before making my choice . I onky knew about Ahlus Sunnah at first but when i started learning the early history i couldn't remain sunni(no disrespect intended to Sunnis ) . i feel blessed to have converted because i feel that some Born Shias do not appreciate fully the beauty and Wisdom of Ahlul-Bayt (As) . My parents being from the balkans associated My Islam to the Turks and their invasion and oppression of Romania. But i explained to them that The Iranians Shias were allied with us against Turks at that time . They did not take it too well but elhamdulilah The persona of Imam Ali (As) kept me strong as i recalled all that he had to go through and all those years of loneliness he endured , truly it breaks the heart so this kept me strong Elhamdulilah
  12. 19 points
    Salam ive been struggling with the last month in keeping my religion i am at the point where I am thinking my life would be that much easier if I just left Islam and be the person everyone wants me to be i have no family that are muslim so it’s hard to maintain a family life as a single mum please make dua that Allah won’t allow me to leave religion
  13. 18 points
    Salam alaikum brothers and sisters... it’s been so long since I’ve logged on here and scrolled through the forums. It saddens me because I remember when I reverted I spent so much time on here connecting with other Muslims, learning and sharing - I was filled with inspiration and excitement and LOVE for Allah. I could not help but cry almost daily because I was so grateful to be guided to Islam, I felt whole and new - the world transformed and tears welled up in my eyes just seeing the sky, the earth, the plants, all the things Allah has created and knowing He had the power to create such a perfect world. However things have gone very very downhill... I am an alcoholic and got sober after reverting. I didn’t crave or consume a drop of alcohol for over a year. I relapsed and one thing led to another and I suddenly found myself in the midst of an even stronger and scarier addiction. Methamphetamine. The relapse with alcohol and my current active addiction to meth has DESTROYED my relationship with Allah. I have turned my back on all my duties and responsibilities as a Muslim, I have committed further sins as a result of being under the influence of meth constantly. I have turned away from Allah and instead have tried to seek comfort from meth/my addiction/other sins. I am DEEPLY ashamed and recently have been trying to remember Allah, trying to ask Him for guidance and for forgiveness and the strength to fight my addiction. I have taken full responsibility for my addiction I think. I do not blame anyone for it, I made the choice to try it the first time and seek it out the second time. I was naive and unaware of how powerful it was and I unfortunately met a dealer who pulled all the tricks (that I was ignorant to) to get me HOOKED on this drug very very quickly. However I know he wouldn’t have even had that chance had I not sought the drug out, had I been stronger in my faith and obeyed Allah’s commandments I wouldn’t be in the situation I am now, this addiction wouldn’t have had a chance to begin. I am getting help, going to go into detox and then look into rehab programs. Will Allah forgive me...? What can I do to rebuild my relationship with Allah and use the strength and love and faith Islam teaches/Allah provides, to aid me in my recovery? I am ashamed yes for committing haram acts. But I also do not want to hide my sins especially addiction because I think it’s important to talk about it and encourage all Muslims struggling with addiction to seek help and turn back to Allah immediately... advice would be appreciated. Any inspirational stories of recovery relating to Islam would also be very very helpful. Can I do this? Will I be able to find Allah again and follow His guidance? I’m scared. I am scared to stop using and scared to keep using. Oh Allah please forgive me and help me find my way back to the straight path! Please make dua for me & for all addicts and ALWAYS trust Allah’s judgement and commandments brothers & sisters because He is never wrong. He knew that using addictive substances can lead to addiction and that’s why he made even using them once or a little bit HARAM. Trust our Creator. He knows how weak human mind/human nature can be. Don’t make my mistakes. Strengthen your bond with Allah so that your Imam is STRONG and not susceptible to such evils...
  14. 18 points
    AmirAlmuminin Lover

    I got the job

    Salaam Alaykum This morning I got good news. I got the job in a big company. I've been jobless for two months and half, and I've been spending all this time programming, learning, and applying for the jobs in the library. I'm so happy. Inshaallah it goes well
  15. 18 points
    Sayyida_L

    missing someone

    Salaams All, I am a 25 year old girl, and I lost my dad on the 9th of June 2017. My Dad's death happened at home, His head on my lap, His hand in mine. His final moments with me. It has been so long, I have tried various amaal, various suras, but I still can not take the scene out of my head, nor can I accept the fact, that my dad is no more. I can not sleep, cannot eat. and I cry most of the time. Can anyone advice me what to do? How to stop from hurting?
  16. 17 points
    Salaam alaykum, We are very proud to present the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies (BLIIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 and is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded with the goal of promoting scholarship on Islam and Islamic cultures both historical and contemporary. The institute’s academic research on Islam includes a broad range of academic disciplines from theology to law, and from anthropology to political science. The institute encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Islam. Within the Islamic tradition, the institute promotes research on those areas which have had relatively little attention devoted to them in Western academia to date. These include the intellectual and literary expressions of Islam in general. As a new kind of online academic institution, the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies is aimed at a high-visibility context and its digital platform makes the institute cost-effective for high-value content compared to traditional academic departments. Our website has been launched. You can access our academic research and essays for free here: http://www.bliis.org/ For general inquiries, please email admin@bliis.org or message our Facebook page. "Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."
  17. 17 points
    Asslamoalaikum Please suggest a name for my new born baby boy. He born on 01 Muharram (12-09-2018)
  18. 17 points
    Salam everyone, The wahabbis have launched a new website for 'discussion and analysis' (apparently) of Nahjul Balagha but in reality to cast doubts about the book in the minds of people and possibly bring changes in it so do not consult this site for study of Nahjul Balagha nor download the book from the link. http://nahjul-balagha.net http://nahjul-balagha.net/english-pdf/ I would especially like the reverts and our young Shia brothers and sisters to be aware of this. Please spread the word if you can. Thank you.
  19. 16 points
    notme

    Does marriage get inevitably boring?

    Does friendship inevitably get boring? Build a marriage based on friendship and you'll even enjoy being bored together.
  20. 16 points
    Salam, There is a limit to how much I can cringe when my little sister wears mini-skirts, no hijab etc. I love my sister, but I just don't want her to dress like that, especially when I go out with her in public. I try to correct her in a calm way, but she makes that eww face, saying "honestly why does me showing skin bother you?". If I correct her, she always replies in a mocking tone. You might say to me, that it's none of your business, but my parents don't seem to care anymore. My mum at times does show her concern, but my dad just accepts her wearing it. When I spoke out in front of my parents, they told me to mind my own business. I know I'm not her dad, but she has a very bad influence, it's like no one is there to guide her. It has gotten to the point that she doesn't even feel like going to majlis of Imam Hussein (as). I can't stand how careless my parents have become. I might not have the skills to bring her to the straight path, but who does? I wish she could have some pious Shia friends!
  21. 16 points
    Abu Hadi

    lRl vs. USA

    1) Iran is the only country in the world that is consistently standing up to the Zionist Regime. 2) Iran is the only country that is lead by Wilayat Al Faqih Each one of these requires further explanation. First, since the 1967 war, no Arab government has stood up in any real or consistent way to the Zionist Government. This is while Palestinians, their fellow Arabs, are being wiped from the face of the earth in slow motion, before their eyes. Also, Islam's third Holiest site, Masjid Al Aqsa, is being occupied by Zionists. For Arabs, and also for Muslims, this is equivalent to being punched in the face every morning and every evening. Being reminded that although we are many, and the Zionists are few, we are doing nothing while they are doing the above. This is deep river of anger and rage which is there for whoever wishes to tap into it. Iran has successfully tapped into it, and this is big threat to the US/Zionist plans for the region of the Middle East and beyond. Second, the system of Wilayat Al Faqih is a system that is outside the control of the US and Zionists, which is why they hate it. If they could manipulated / bribe the marjaa' as they bribe and manipulate other politicians, the US and Iran would be best friends as they were under the pre IRI government. They are obsessed with power and control, so they automatically hate anything they can't control. Because of the current world economic system, which is run 100% by banks and mega corporations, these banks and corporations, most of which are headed by Zionists, have the ability to pump up or bring down any national economy in the world. Since these countries are run by politicians, who are most afraid of losing their power, these politicians known that to face down the Zionists and these corporations means their economy will go down and because of that they people will turn against them and they will lose their political power. So although they may disagree with the way these things are run, they will never openly confront the 'powers that be' because of this fact. The only country in the world that is actually confronting these policies is Iran, which makes them a threat to the current order of things, with big banks and corporations at the top and everyone else under their feet. The Wilayat Al Faqih is the head of the groups that are confronting this system, openly, and groups are uniting and organizing under this leadership. So although I do not agree with everything the is done by IRI (I have stated plainly, many times the areas where I disagree) I believe that overall, the world is a better place because of the existence of the IRI, may Allah(s.w.a) protect them and strengthen them and strengthen and project our Wilayat Al Faqih and our marjaa' and all the mumineen and muminat. I get up every morning and pray that I will live to see the day that there is a flag, other than the Zionist flag, being raised over Masjid Al Aqsa, InShahAllah.
  22. 16 points
    In modern liberal societies, it's not enough to tolerate homosexuality, rather we have to celebrate it. We have to see it as a good and positive thing, on par with heterosexuality. Here are 2 philosophical arguments against this. The first is that homosexuality is a kind of disability, and the second is that homosexuality requires an internal disharmony. Disability 1. A disability is a physical or mental condition that prevents or restricts normal human activities. 2. Homosexuality prevents or restricts the normal human activity of natural sexual reproduction 3. So, homosexuality is a disability. Disabilities are not good things in themselves that should be celebrated. While we should value and even celebrate the achievements of disabled people, we shouldn't celebrate their disabilities, e.g. we shouldn't celebrate not having an arm, or being wheelchair bound, or being blind, or regard being blind as on par with having sight. Rather we should be looking for ways to cure blindness, to restore mobility, etc. Disharmony If your biological organs are directed at the opposite sex, but your attraction is for the same sex, then your organs and attraction are not in harmony. Your biology and your psychology are not united - they are in a state of disharmony with respect to each other. On the other hand, if your psychology and your biology are both directed at the same sex, then they are in harmony. All things considered it is better to be in a state of harmony than disharmony. Homosexuality is a state of disharmony. People who want us to celebrate homosexuality want us to celebrate a state that is necessarily disharmonious. But such a state isn't worthy of celebration. We should instead be trying to restore the harmony within the individual, not celebrating it. None of this implies that we should hate homosexuals, or that they are evil, and I certainly do not accept either. The point is simply that the state of homosexuality is not the ideal state, and is not something to be viewed positively.
  23. 15 points
    Recently a booklet of around 50 pages was published, researched and written by Muḥammad Tehrānī (researcher and teacher at the Hawzah) in which he goes over numerous accounts related to Āshūrā that are popularly retold from the pulpits or are part of our eulogies. In this work he mentions just over 90 such reports. Majority of them are not found in earlier reliable historical or maqātil literature at all. As a matter of fact, a lot of them are found in works considered seriously weak and problematic. Two famous works which many scholars have called out as problematic and which include a lot of fabrications and lies are Rawḍah al-Shuhadā of Kashifī (written 850 years after the battle of Karbala) and Tadhkirah al-Shuhadā of Mullā Ḥabībullah Sharīf Kashānī (written 1280 years after the battle of Karbala). Some of the accounts we hear today only first appear in one of these two works. The actual booklet mentions these popular, yet unreliable accounts, and gives further details regarding them, including its sources if there are any and what is problematic about them. It is also interesting to note how late some of these accounts appear only for the first time and how quickly they became popular. Of course, not all of these accounts are retold by everyone and neither are they told in gatherings organized by all ethnicities. In fact, some of these are only popular in Iranian gatherings and unheard of in gatherings held by other ethnicities. What follows below is simply a brief table of contents of what is further explained in the booklet. It can be seen that a very high percentage of stories often heard from the pulpits and in poetry can only be traced back to weak and problematic sources and often times are mere fabrications and imaginations of individuals. Continue Reading: http://www.iqraonline.net/popular-unreliable-accounts-related-to-ashura/
  24. 15 points
    Qa'im

    The Cosmology of Salat

    In the beginning, Allahu Akbar - God's Essence is too great to be described (الله أكبر من أن يوصف) ( الله الواحد الاحد الذي ليس كمثله شيء ، لا يقاس بشيء ، ّ و لا يلمس بالاخماس ، و لا يدرك بالحواس). Then, the Fatiha: The Light of Muhammad (s), the Ahl al-Bayt (as), the righteous, and the angelic realm is created, supplicating His holy praises and praying to Him. They all bow in subservience to Him. Then, the first Sujud: We are created from earth after nonexistence. (أللهم إنك منها خلقتنى يعني من الارض ّ) Then, we sit: We rise to live, and our life is marred by mistakes, shortcomings, and sins. We repent and beg God for His forgiveness. (و رفع رأسك و منها أخرجتنا) Then, the second Sujud: We die and return back to the earth for a prescribed time. (السجدة الثانية وإليها تعيدنا) Then, we sit: We praise Allah for bringing us to life after having died. We take our shahada, because it is the foremost matter that we will be questioned about. (و رفع رأسك من ّ الثانية و منها تخرجنا تارة اخرى) Then we bless Muhammad and his Family, and greet the Messenger, for it is their intercession that we will seek on that Day. Then, we greet the righteous servants of Allah, who will be raised with him. Then, tasleem: the greeting of Paradise (tahiyat al-jannah). Salat is the ascension of the believer.
  25. 15 points
    Qa'im

    Divorcing infertile husband

    This type of thinking is toxic. You're justifying throwing him away because you assume he would do the same. Have you asked him what he would do if the shoe were on the other foot? Your family seems to be pretty hell-bent on getting you two divorced. This is surprising, considering the possibility that things can go terribly wrong. What if you can't remarry? What if you don't love your second husband the way you love your current husband? What if he too is infertile? What if you get a child with a birth defect, or in the example in Surat al-Kahf, an evil child? There may be a wisdom to his situation, and perhaps adoption can save a person's life, while divorce can very well destroy yours.
  26. 15 points
    Qa'im

    #30 Knowledge or Money?

    In Surat Yusuf, Yusuf (as) has what most people covet: physical beauty, the love of the people, and the nobility off prophethood. However, that only led to the jealousy of his brothers, the depression of his father, his enslavement, the harassment of Zulaykha and the women, and his imprisonment. The story is a continual downward spiral, despite Yusuf having everything that we are after. But what brought him out of prison was knowledge, and that knowledge made him a minister over his people. There's no question that knowledge is the key to the dunya and the akhira. Also, there are millions of millionaires in the world, but how many Sayyid al-Khoeis? How many Sayyid al-Khomeinis?
  27. 15 points
    Intellectual Resistance

    Thoughts 2018

    Alhamdullilah, may Allah accept all of our good deeds, forgive all of our bad deeds, and allow us to reflect on the year and think about how we could better improve in the coming year. May he allow us to respect all of our scholars, from Sayed Sistani (ha) to Sayed Ali Khamanei and the rest of our ulema, with clean intentions, no speculations, and unite the Shia, and thwart the efforts of anyone from any community who seeks to spread rumours. I would like to dedicate my first post on the new thoughts thread to share a thought i have: why not take up Arabic in 2018? Imagine opening the covers of the glorious Quran and being able to understand and feel the real sweetness of what you are reciting? Imagine being able to locate any hadith from the Prophet or the imams online and understand it directly from the very words they used to speak more or less? Imagine being able to watch far higher quality lectures from scholars in Arabic that we English speaking people do not get. Imagine being able to read the words of classical scholars on a verse of the Quran, or their commentary on a hadith that simply isn't accessible in the English language? Imagine being able to feel the beauty of Arabic poetry, being able to follow news in the Middle East, and so much more. Don't be put off by Arabic or feel it is too difficult because you hear a lot about the complex grammar, and sometimes the feel it is just abstract words on a page. If you follow this method, you will be able to get some incredible progress in the Arabic language in 2018. No other language save Arabic has as much online resources, as much attention given to it, and as many people volunteering to promote the cause of learning it. The internet is awash with some of the most precious and valuable resources. it is important to understand, Arabic is based on mainly a Trilateral route system, and so getting to grips with how verbs can change and be modified from that route (Sarf-Morphology) and how words change depend on where they are in the sentence (Sarf and Grammar) are important especially for a highly inflective and very sophisticated but learnable language like Arabic. Want to feel inspired? Watch this beautiful lecture by Hamza Yusuf on the Arabic language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RKV_s52f0o So how do i learn it?: There are many courses out there, but the one i completed and i feel is best for English speaking people are the Medina Series. Not only are all the books for this course free and online, you have people who have produced far more summarised and to the point tutorials and lectures which save an incredible amount of time. The Medina books come in three volumes, and you can download them for free on the official website here: http://www.lqtoronto.com/madinaarabic.html The best lectures i have ever seen teaching these have got to be the summarised, yet comprehensive ones on this youtube channel; Medina Book1: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHHCQMGIzlJtaKFzl7dzvuPdlAktclJUledin Medina Book2: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe-aPVZYx1lH4CSVh_WkZEUrfsUF-japn Medina Book3: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl7FSzR4VMXnK9lAZNs3KaX_fLhTHuU4D Furthermore, there is a website with even shorter videos that can be used as a revision guide or to help introduce concepts in a clearer way that should be use to supplement the above: Year 1 summarised Arabic grammar: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBv6B6E0IuHgw7symFQKGdqaWgS5yYP31 Year 2 summarised Arabic grammar: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBv6B6E0IuHhF7Z0CZiq222KUj0aUnDMv All Medina series resources, handouts, grammar books: http://www.lqtoronto.com/downloads.html Medina Arabic conversational drills: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLS4jnMwZk3wopoTkXo689FwbpiDYJ0W4BBuilding vocabulary It is essential the language is more to you than abstract words on a page, and that you do not only learn grammar , but you greatly build your vocabulary too. I would use this first, and I also highly recommend to anyone with an Android Phone, or with a Laptop or device, to download the free Anki Software here: https://apps.ankiweb.net/ Once you have done so, download a deck of vocabulary by searching for 'Arabic words MSA' as well as 'Medina book 1 vocabulary' and 'Medina book 2 vocabulary' and 'Medina book 3' vocabulary. Anki uses spaced repetition, which is highly effective in learning vocabulary and you are shown a certain number of new words per day, as well as repeats of words you've been through. If you do this over a long period of time it can help you accumulate more vocabulary. Just as a warning, before embarking on this book try to get to at least half way through book 3, because you may not understand why a certain word has five forms in the table, if you do not understand how Arabic can use the same three letter root in order to change the meaning of the word. Here are some of the best resources to do that: The following PDF contains 83% of Quranic words by use. If you learn this small document you know 83% of the words used in the Quran by use: https://ia600406.us.archive.org/18/items/80Percent/80_percent.pdf Feel the language is real In order to make the language feel real, rather than just abstract words on a text you have no connection to, i highly recommend watching subtitled, quality Arabic cartoons. The following are some of the very best: 1. Tales of Women in the Quran: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG7hgjybLl7pVItspz0nvtJTN2xkpUn1E 2. Tales of humans in the Quran: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG7hgjybLl7oGrRjriW4H6R-LaJwmDFnV 3 Tales of animals in the Quran: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG7hgjybLl7rzH2ClknLpzbPHR5yLWC32 4. Muslim scientists: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG7hgjybLl7rjuFulohTxs0zq7RYl0AJN Dictionaries: I don't recommend using one until you finish the Medina series, however, once you understand roots of words, different verb forms, and are good with morphology, the following dictionaries are great, and all free online and the most recommended: 1. al-Mawrid: http://kalamullah.com/Books/alMawrid.pdf 2. Hans Wehr searchable dictionary: https://giftsofknowledge.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/hans-wehr-searchable-pdf.pdf Dictionaries like this can be confusing for English speakers, and so this is a great video as to how to use the Hans Wehr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcQw_yMkm3I Useful resources to supplement the above: 1. Fundamentals of classical Arabic: http://kalamullah.com/arabic.html 2. Learning the Arabic of the Quran: http://kalamullah.com/arabic-language-of-the-quran.html 3. Word-for-word Quran translation (one of the best!): Volume 1: Volume 2: Volume 3 4. Essentials of Arabic verbs: http://kalamullah.com/Books/Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar 2nd Ed.pdf 5. 101 rules of Arabic grammar: https://www.scribd.com/document/362303444/101-Rules-of-Arabic-Grammar-pdf 6. Umar series [Biography of the Prophet and the early conquests , and while we Shias differ on details, a lot of it is neutral and in classical Arabic subtitled into English]: https://archive.org/details/MBC-Omar-Series 7. Modern standard Arabic picture book: http://www.shiplife.com.br/downloads/arabic.pdf 8. Basic Arabic vocabulary picture book: https://www.scribd.com/document/241062227/Arabic-Vocab-for-Basic Further advanced books: Once you have completed the Medina Series, the same author of those books has written some excellent further books to strengthen ones Arabic: 1. Selections from the glorious Quran: http://www.lqtoronto.com/sfgq.html 2. Surat al-Hujurat: http://www.lqtoronto.com/hujurat.html 3. Nur al Nur: http://www.lqtoronto.com/nurunalanur.html 4. From Esfahan to Medina: drvaniya.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/From-Esfahan-to-Madinah-With-Lexical-and-Grammatical-Notes.pdf 5. Salawayh story book 1: https://www.scribd.com/document/61410066/Sahlawayhi1 6. Salawayh story book 2: https://www.scribd.com/document/61203309/Sahlawayhi-2 7. Salawayh story book 3: https://www.scribd.com/document/61203325/Sahlawayhi3 Make a Dua for me and all those currently on this journey. Remember, if you remain consistent at something, and continue to do it, even if you take a little bit of time from your day, it will eventually pay off. Seek the help of Allah, be sincere in your intention, and be patient. In languages there is a something called the 'inflection' point, which is where after many months of learning, or even close to a year, everything starts to come together and learning starts to become fare more rapid and the language starts to click, and i found this is the case for Arabic. Sticking to it will be off, and you will inshAllah if you follow the right method and are consistent, get to that point.
  28. 15 points
    [Update #1] I recited my shahada today and have officially become a shi’a Muslim. I have searched for a religion for a long time and alhamdulillah, he has led me to the path of the Ahlulbayt. I am now being educated more about Shia Islam and the community will assist me in learning salat.
  29. 15 points
    Qa'im

    Halloween is for the Dead

    Halloween was a Celtic and Gaelic festival which would mark the end of the summer harvest and the beginning of the winter. The "darker" half of the year has begun, the frigid season of death. The pagan Celts believed that the dead spirits visited them on this day, and so they gave them an offering of food as an appeasement, so that they may not incur their curse during this season. In the past few centuries, people began dressing up as these dead spirits to pay homage to them. And so when you see a slutty Halloween outfit on your timeline, know that this is just a senseless and ignorant person - a "dead" person; dead in spirit, dead in their heart, paying homage to the darkness within themselves, toiling after the fleeting frills of this world, in need of spiritual resuscitation. Whether they know it or not, they are imitating demon spirits whom they love and fear. "Surely, they had taken the devils as masters instead of Allah while they thought that they were guided." (7:30) We have no reverence and no fear of the dead. We seek protection in Allah and no one else. "But no one believes this anymore, all that's left are these symbols". Yes, and symbols are powerful, and thus we must not internalize symbols that have their lineage in hell. So while people imitate the dead - both the physically dead (zombies, ghouls, skeletons, grim reapers), and the spiritually dead (materialists) - remember that Allah brings life. A person may be heedless today, but when Allah gives the gift of guidance, he will awake to his responsibilities, and be resurrected in faith.
  30. 14 points
    Well. You can start with being "polite" and being "respectful" by not referring to it as the "Shia religion". You are insinuating it is distinct from Islam, especially by claiming you "became" a Muslim aged 15, as if being Twelvers are not.
  31. 14 points
    Kirmani

    Important read for all shias

    Assalaam Alaikum all, with all due respect for my sunni brothers and sisters, this post is mainly directed for the shia members of this forum. This is a very long rant that I have been wanting to do for a while and want to make it clear from the beginning, this post is NOT meant to be a show off and I DO NOT WANT your sympathies, admiration or praises in anyway, but rather I need to say this so that hopefully it can bring out happiness from anyone who is feeling depressed, motivation out of people who don't have the energy anymore, and most of all an increased thankfulness to the All Mighty. The reason is because I have observed a lot of people in the shia community (especially here in the West) that are really taking their faith and shia identity for granted and do not realize the blessing that they have been granted. I was a sunni who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. So yes even though my family was regular moderate hanafi sunnis, I was raised with a full salafi-style education until I moved to Canada. I was pretty much wahabi-style sunni and all my life-long friends were sunni, every single member of my family was sunni, and only till the age of 23-24 is when I converted to shia-ism AlhumduLilah after a lot of research. Things were ok in the beginning as I mostly kept my faith to myself, got married (and was even able to convince her to eventually to become shia lol) but after a number of years obviously enough people noticed the way I prayed and other practices etc and I had to reveal my faith whole circle. Now obviously this lead to a lot of heat with people, my dad didnt give me much resistance, but my mom till this day has had a problem. I do have a cordial relationship with them now, but every once in a while I have to endure her snidey remarks about shias do this and that bida and how wrong they are etc which really gets under your skin but what can you do, I just keep quiet and endure it. With regards to friends, I actually lost a couple of friends who I considered my best friends (heck our parents knew each other before we were born, they were practically like my brothers) who don't speak to me at all now despite my several attempts to reach out to them (even apologizing if i did anything wrong to them), one of them even threatened to kill me if I became shia (during my research days), let me tell you it really is a mind-buster when someone you have known and had a very close friendship with your whole life for 25 years to just out and say that seriously. Luckily he was all talk and no bite lol. But now as my children are getting older I have noticed a huge change in all my other friend’s attitude as well, in our weekly and monthly friends’ get together they exclude us a lot now, as I get the feeling they don’t want our “practices” or kids’ practices influencing their kids (when ironically a lot of them are moderate-liberal, it’s only shia practices that disturb them as opposed to all other faiths lol). This isolation from them is very depressing and sad since we have all known each other for ages. And the few times we do get together honest to God I never bring anything up but they will always bring up “How shias are misguided, and they do this wrong and that wrong etc” and if I even dare to say something back they act all butt hurt and accuse me of arguing unnecessarily lol. So whenever in the rare circumstances we do meet up I tend to stay quiet. NOW I KNOW what some of you may think here: “You’re better off without them”, “who needs friends like that anyways”, “You have now much better and real friends in the shia community” etc etc, and all of that is absolutely correct 100%!!! But the reality is that even though with the tons and tons of new beautiful people that have entered my life and are much more beneficial for me to be around with, I will never have that life long bond or closeness with them as I did with my old friends. That trust, childhood and teenage memories, old times reminiscence is just not there with them and will never be like it was with all my old friends which brings about a great deal of sadness. The more important thing to take notice of here is even though I became shia about 10-11 years ago, it took a long time to become use to the small small ibadah here and there which was only recently as it was never a common practice throughout my life. These are things such as reciting Dua Imam e Zaman A.S, Dua Kumail, Dua Tawassul, Ziyarat Ashura, attending majlises, sharing in tabarruq/niyaz, going on Ziyarat Trips, doing Umrah and Hajj the right way, praying and fasting the right way etc etc. These ARE ALL THINGS that I missed out on and only started practicing a few years ago whereas all those blessed individuals who are born into Shia families are blessed with practicing from the day they are born. I’ll never forget how after my first ziyarat trip when I came back with my ziyarat group I saw at the airport how all of the group members were welcomed back from their parents, families and friends with hugs, kisses and sayings of “Ziyarat Mubarak” and how my mom came to pick me up with just a look of annoyance and a belief of me just having wasted my time in Iraq/Iran/Syria etc. To conclude, again repeating the first line of my post that this post is NOT meant to be a show off and I DO NOT WANT your sympathies, admiration or praises in anyway, I am now a grown man who is over these things and AlhumduLilah have an extremely happy life and family with tons of beautiful people in it and the knowledge and faith system based upon the Ahle Bayt A.S (something that is far better to have than this whole universe in my hand). This post is for the fact that whenever any of you are feeling down, depressed, frustrated, unhappy about something, or just generally those people who take their faith for granted and ignore a lot of important things in it, PLEASE REALIZE HOW BLESSED YOU ARE. How blessed you are to have been born with the shia faith, -how blessed you are to be born in a shia family, with each of whom you can talk to regarding the Ahle Bayt A.S and religion versus those who cant -how blessed you are and how many blessings you have gotten due to reciting Dua Tawassul, Ziyarat Ashura, Dua Kumail etc. etc. from a young age -how blessed you are when you do ziyarat or other religious practices the right way and get commended and congratulated by your families -how you have grown up with lifelong friends who are of the same faith and how you still have and maintain those relationships And many many more things like this, please never take your faith and life for granted. The MAJORITY of muslims are devoid of all these blessings. And it’s very hard for them to come to the path, I’VE EXPERIENCED IT! Do you think it’s easy for a person to become shia when they have been sunni or any other religion all their life? Do you know how much they have to give up, how many things and relationships they have to sacrifice to change? What kind of alienation and isolation they have to face? It’s very very hard, you all should do sajdah and thank Allah SWT everyday (those of you who were born in the faith), consider it a huge blessing and be thankful for it every second of your life.
  32. 14 points
    Sumerian

    May Allah accept

    May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى accept the deeds of the brothers and sisters who mourned and lamented for the sake of Aba Abdillah (as), and accept the deeds of the mu'mins who were not able to. May Allah curse the killers of Husayn (as) and those who oppressed him and his family. We commemorate Imam al-Mahdi (as) on this sad and painful event of Ashura. We ask Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى to hasten his appearance in order to bring imaan and justice to the world and to avenge his grandfathers (as). We also promise Fatima (as) that we will never forget her son, year in and year out we will always be there for him when mourning season begins.
  33. 14 points
    Islandsandmirrors

    I’m engaged!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I can’t believe it! I was NOT expecting a proposal today! Now I wish I had done my nails a few days in advance. Lol. Pics coming soon!!!!!!! I don’t know what else to say other than I’m SOOOO excited to be marrying my best friend!!! I think I’m still in shock!!!
  34. 14 points
    ShiaMan14

    Appeasing Sunnis

    Salaam, Anyone else notice a trend that there are some shias who are too worried about what Sunnis think of us? These are shias who hate on other shias because they perceive their actions to be something the Sunnis disapprove off. When the issue of bayat (allegiance) came up, Imam Hussain (as) did not say "well 99% of Muslims have given bayat so I should as well. What will they think of me otherwise?". He said, "One like me can never give bayat to one like Yazid." He really didn't care what anyone else did or say. If you are comfortable and confident about being a Shia, it doesn't matter what Sunnis think of us. Stand tall and hold your head up high - you are a shia.
  35. 13 points
    A resounding and empathetic no. One needs to look at how Imam Zain al-Abidin (عليه السلام) and how he wept for his father and family after Karbala. In my personal experiences, I've had many heartbreaks and the pain never goes away, but like an incurable disease, I'm managing it with hobbies, positive thoughts, family, Islam and good friends. I'll never get over being looked or treated differently for being disabled. I will never forget family I never said bye to, being betrayed numerous times or watching family wither and die from cancer. Time does not heal, it simply manages the pain and puts it in a tidy, little box. To quote Maya Angelou: "But still, like dust, I'll rise."
  36. 13 points
    2Timeless

    A tribute to Hashd Al Shaabi

    Salam, I don't know if there has been a thread for Hashd Al Shaabi on here before. I haven't seen one, so I've made this thread to pay tribute to the brave men who volunteered their lives for their home country and their women and children. May they all rest in peace and enjoy paradise for eternity. The martyrs teach us many lessons, the most important being selflessness and true dignity and self respect. They deserve utmost respect, after having heard of the harrowing stories family and friends have experienced in Iraq. May Allah bless them all, and protect their families and grant them the highest ranks in Jannah.
  37. 13 points
    I am not sure how to feel... I remember coming on to this website first in 2011/2012 under a different account and I would always rant about my poisonous father who hurt my mother and his own children so terribly. I lived through so much fear, anxiety, and post trauma all up until his death. And when he finally died in sp 2018 I made sure that huge cement slab was placed on top of his grave. That is how much hatred he racked up in me. I though his death would finally bring relief to our family. But shortly after his death my mother became so ill because she neglected herself. I don’t know what weird, and twisted attachement she had to my father who treated her like dirt. But her health deteriorated dramatically. She became stubborn, she wouldn’t eat well, she did not take precautions out in bad weather or take necessary vitamins. She got a lung infection and my brother and I nursed her back to health. But then she couldn’t sleep well due to age and stress. She is honestly not that old. But her stubbornness from past lead to so many things. It feel like everyday she has a new symptom and she refuses doctor visits and gets agitated and defense . Her ways are stressing my brother and I out . It kills me seeing her like this. I’m beginning to take huge amounts of overtime at work this holiday season because it’s just so stressful to come at home. When I do overtime I make sure that someone will be with her at all times. Otherwise I even changed my work schedule to be more with her. I bought her so many meds that I researched are safe and she doesn’t want to try them. She is stuck on her own ways. I really fell into a deep depression and became careless about my own life. I dunno what to do anymore. I even think I’m becoming numb to her sickness because the worry and pain took so much toll on me and she continue to be stubborn. One of my biggest fears in life was the inevitable of one day going to lose her and now I’m feeling numb to this fear. I don’t understand. I feel like my parents were selfish. They never let my brother and I plan our own lives. I want my mom to be there for my wedding but I doubt she will live to make it. It’s like they didn’t give a crap about our lives. It’s like my father only cared about himself . And my mother dragged us through years of misery by her never divorcing him. My brother had to the mortgage looming over his head directly after high school since my father had poor money skills. Wallah I don’t understand. It’s like we never get a break. For the longest time I had to watch my father continuously abuse my mother and now that he’s dead she is still suffering even worse than before. I feel like all the past stresses she endured with him have taken a physical toll on her. So even after his death he’s still managed to haunt us. I feel like my father was always a narcissistic abuser and my mother the spineless victim case . She would take out her anger from him especially on me. There are many ways their marriage impacted my brother and I life very negatively. I’m doing everything I can to help my mother . In summer we took her to doctored and hospitals and now says her wishes are to die at home Naturally . So basically she hired me and my brother as google doctors and even then still chooses whatever to do from her mind. You literally don’t know how unbelievable This stress is. I needed to vent . Wallah I’m doing my best I don’t know what else to . Literally I only have Allah and Ahl Bayt as my source of strength and comfort now.
  38. 13 points
    Ruqaya101

    hardship!!

    The vulnerable prophet ayuub- there was no living place on him that did not have sores The prophet Jakob lost his sight due to tears and crying The prophet yusuf was thrown into a well The prophet zekeriyaa was stabbed with a saw in a tree when he was inside it Our prophet mohamad s.a.w.s- despite the fact that he went through many many many times worse than all of this, he managed to get through every trial. a problem is just a problem, and if we take sadness as mere sadness, then of course and without any doubt, we will fall into depression. However, if we take a problem, sadness and a desperate situation as a test, then what will happen? Think about prophet Yusuf in the well, or prophet Yunus in the abdomen of a fish : who pulled them out??! without a doubt, with every hardship, there is ease. Does Allah almighty not tell us directly? بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ Have We not expanded for you your breast? And We removed from you your burden, Which weighed down your back? And We exalted for you your reputation? Then, surely with hardship comes ease: Surely, with hardship comes ease, So when you have finished, still strive hard And to your Lord turn (all) your attention. Do not leave the valley of hopefulness, there is always hope! Do not succumb to the darkness, cause there are always sunrays @RepentantServant, @Gaius I. Caesar, @zionismdestroyer, @Khadim uz Zahra, @ali_fatheroforphans, @Sirius_Bright, @laithAlIRAQI, @Ibn Al-Ja'abi, @Asghar Ali Karbalai, @Ralvi, @Sumerian, @2Timeless
  39. 13 points
    The hadith of the prophet saw states that there will be 73 sects in his ummah and only one will be in paradise. Every sect believes in it and try to make a claim that they are that one sect. A. Sunni Hadith: Another Hadith is there in Hadith book Tirmdhi Hadith no 171 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: There will befall my Ummah exactly (all those) evils which befell the people of Isra'il, so much so that if there was one amongst them who openly committed fornication with his mother there will be among my Ummah one who will do that, and if the people of Isra'il were fragmented into seventy-two sects my Ummah will be fragmented into seventy-three sects. All of them will be in Hell Fire except one sect. They (the Companions) said: Allah's Messenger, which is that? Whereupon he said: It is one to which I and my companions belong. (Tirmidhi Hadith No. 171) B- Shia Hadith: مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنِ ابْنِ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ جَمِيلِ بْنِ صَالِحٍ عَنْ أَبِي خَالِدٍ الْكَابُلِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ «ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا رَجُلًا فِيهِ شُرَكاءُ مُتَشاكِسُونَ وَ رَجُلًا سَلَماً لِرَجُلٍ هَلْ يَسْتَوِيانِ مَثَلًا» (الزمر -: 29 -) قَالَ أَمَّا الَّذِي فِيهِ شُرَكَاءُ مُتَشَاكِسُونَ فَلِأَنَّ الْأَوَّلَ يَجْمَعُ الْمُتَفَرِّقُونَ وَلَايَتَهُ وَ هُمْ فِي ذَلِكَ يَلْعَنُ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضاً وَ يَبْرَأُ بَعْضُهُمْ مِنْ بَعْضٍ فَأَمَّا رَجُلٌ سَلَمُ رَجُلٍ فَإِنَّهُ الْأَوَّلُ حَقّاً وَ شِيعَتُهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ إِنَّ الْيَهُودَ تَفَرَّقُوا مِنْ بَعْدِ مُوسَى ع عَلَى إِحْدَى وَ سَبْعِينَ فِرْقَةً مِنْهَا فِرْقَةٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ سَبْعُونَ فِرْقَةً فِي النَّارِ وَ تَفَرَّقَتِ النَّصَارَى بَعْدَ عِيسَى ع عَلَى اثْنَتَيْنِ وَ سَبْعِينَ فِرْقَةً فِرْقَةٌ مِنْهَا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ إِحْدَى وَ سَبْعُونَ فِي النَّارِ وَ تَفَرَّقَتْ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةُ بَعْدَ نَبِيِّهَا ص عَلَى ثَلَاثٍ وَ سَبْعِينَ فِرْقَةً اثْنَتَانِ وَ سَبْعُونَ فِرْقَةً فِي النَّارِ وَ فِرْقَةٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ مِنَ الثَّلَاثِ وَ سَبْعِينَ فِرْقَةً ثَلَاثَ عَشْرَةَ فِرْقَةً تَنْتَحِلُ وَلَايَتَنَا وَ مَوَدَّتَنَا اثْنَتَا عَشْرَةَ فِرْقَةً مِنْهَا فِي النَّارِ وَ فِرْقَةٌ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ سِتُّونَ فِرْقَةً مِنْ سَائِرِ النَّاسِ فِي النَّارِ From Aboo Khaalid Al-Kaabulee (Kankar) from Abee Ja`far (عليه السلام): He said: (asked about the words) «God tells a parable in which there is a company of quarrelsome people and only one of them is well disciplined. Can they be considered as equal? » (39:39). He (عليه السلام) said: «The quarrelsome ones» are because the first ones gather the different ones in his leadership and they did la`nah (curse) and did bara’a (disassociate) from each other. «The well disciplined man» is the first in the matters of his right as well as his Shee`ahs (followers). Then He (عليه السلام) said: “The Jews after Moosa (عليه السلام) separated into 71 sects of which one is in Jannah (i.e. Heaven) and the (remaining) 70 sects are in the fire (i.e. Hell). And the Christians after `Eesa (عليه السلام) separated into 72 sects of which one sect is in Jannah and the (remaining) 71 (sects) are in the fire. And this Ummah after the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) separated into 73 sects and 72 sects are in the fire and one sect is in Jannah and from the 73 sects, 13 of the sects plagiarize/impersonate friendship and wilayah of us (the Imaams), and 12 sects from it are in the fire, and one sect is in Jannah, and the (remaining) 60 sects from the rest of the people are in the fire” Source: 1. Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 8, pg. 224, hadeeth # 283 Grading: 1. Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is Hasan (Good) à Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 26, pg. 153 2. Al-Haadee Al-Najafee said this hadeeth has a Mu`tabar (Valid/Esteemed) Isnaad à Mawsoo`ah aHaadeeth, vol. 8, pg. 399 As per shia hadith the followers of the 12 imams from the Ahl albayt, the prophet sawww, having their wilaya will be in paradise. C- The sunni hadith about the companions if verified against the verses of Quran we get this evidence that Quran addresses the companions of the prophet in different manner and categorizes them in three groups: 1. The First group addressed by Quran as believers, and they are righteous. Quran praises them. 2. The Second Group addressed by Quran as believers and they are not sincere in their actions. Quran warns them. 3. The Third Group addressed by Quran who are hypocrites (Munafiqeen) among sahaba they may turn away from religion. Quran taunts them. The detail can be seen at the given link: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235015369-does-the-quran-disrespect-the-sahaba/ I like to quote here the hadith of two weighty things as per view of by shia and sunni: 1- Shia View: Two weighty things: book of Allah swt ie quran and the Ahl albayt of the prophet. 2- Sunni view: Two weighty things: book of Allah swt ie quran and the sunnah (sayings and actions) of the prophet. The first hadith has also been narrated in Sahiheen books including Sahih Muslim. The comparison of both the hadith provides the evidence that the true sunna comes through Ahl albaayt alone. D- Similarly it can be derived from the comparison of both versions of hadith mentioned for 1 out of 73 sects that the rightful companions who are followers of Ahl albayt can be considered among one saved group. But have we should try to verify this assumption based on hadith further in the light of Quran. The Quran does mention that there is everything existing in Quran so we need to think on it in a logical manner: Also the criterion of hadith is considered as Quran. The hadith does mention about 73 sects. There is only one Sura in the Quran that has 73 verses alone. The name of the Sura is Alahzab. Ahzab means the groups (or it may be taken as sects). There is need to further study to get if we can get truth by this Sura. E- As the quran mentions in many verses to follow the prophet saaw, so I try to get the word Rasool ie prophet saw from this Sura. This word has been repeated 14 times in 12 verses. These are mentioned below: ٣٣_١٢ وَإِذْ يَقُولُ ٱلْمُنَٰفِقُونَ وَٱلَّذِينَ فِى قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌۭ مَّا وَعَدَنَا ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥٓ إِلَّا غُرُورًۭا ٣٣_٢١ لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌۭ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلْيَوْمَ ٱلْءَاخِرَ وَذَكَرَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرًۭا ٣٣_٢٢ وَلَمَّا رَءَا ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ٱلْأَحْزَابَ قَالُوا۟ هَٰذَا مَا وَعَدَنَا ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥ وَصَدَقَ ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥ ۚ وَمَا زَادَهُمْ إِلَّآ إِيمَٰنًۭا وَتَسْلِيمًۭا ٣٣_٢٩ وَإِن كُنتُنَّ تُرِدْنَ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ وَٱلدَّارَ ٱلْءَاخِرَةَ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ أَعَدَّ لِلْمُحْسِنَٰتِ مِنكُنَّ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًۭا ٣٣_٣١ ۞ وَمَن يَقْنُتْ مِنكُنَّ لِلَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِۦ وَتَعْمَلْ صَٰلِحًۭا نُّؤْتِهَآ أَجْرَهَا مَرَّتَيْنِ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لَهَا رِزْقًۭا كَرِيمًۭا ٣٣_٣٣ وَقَرْنَ فِى بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ ٱلْجَٰهِلِيَّةِ ٱلْأُولَىٰ ۖ وَأَقِمْنَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتِينَ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَأَطِعْنَ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥٓ ۚ إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ ٱلرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ ٱلْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًۭا ٣٣_٣٦ وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍۢ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥٓ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ ٱلْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ ۗ وَمَن يَعْصِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَٰلًۭا مُّبِينًۭا ٣٣_٤٠ مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَآ أَحَدٍۢ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ ۗ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَىْءٍ عَلِيمًۭا ٣٣_٥٣ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَدْخُلُوا۟ بُيُوتَ ٱلنَّبِىِّ إِلَّآ أَن يُؤْذَنَ لَكُمْ إِلَىٰ طَعَامٍ غَيْرَ نَٰظِرِينَ إِنَىٰهُ وَلَٰكِنْ إِذَا دُعِيتُمْ فَٱدْخُلُوا۟ فَإِذَا طَعِمْتُمْ فَٱنتَشِرُوا۟ وَلَا مُسْتَـْٔنِسِينَ لِحَدِيثٍ ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكُمْ كَانَ يُؤْذِى ٱلنَّبِىَّ فَيَسْتَحْىِۦ مِنكُمْ ۖ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يَسْتَحْىِۦ مِنَ ٱلْحَقِّ ۚ وَإِذَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُنَّ مَتَٰعًۭا فَسْـَٔلُوهُنَّ مِن وَرَآءِ حِجَابٍۢ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ أَطْهَرُ لِقُلُوبِكُمْ وَقُلُوبِهِنَّ ۚ وَمَا كَانَ لَكُمْ أَن تُؤْذُوا۟ رَسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَلَآ أَن تَنكِحُوٓا۟ أَزْوَٰجَهُۥ مِنۢ بَعْدِهِۦٓ أَبَدًا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكُمْ كَانَ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ عَظِيمًا ٣٣_٥٧ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يُؤْذُونَ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ لَعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلْءَاخِرَةِ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ عَذَابًۭا مُّهِينًۭا ٣٣_٦٦ يَوْمَ تُقَلَّبُ وُجُوهُهُمْ فِى ٱلنَّارِ يَقُولُونَ يَٰلَيْتَنَآ أَطَعْنَا ٱللَّهَ وَأَطَعْنَا ٱلرَّسُولَا۠ ٣٣_٧١ يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَٰلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا The word Rasool mentioned in Sura Ahzab, 14 times in 12 verses. F- The Arabic word used for the prophet saww is “Nabi” ٱلنَّبِىُّ that is also used for our prophet saw. It has been mentioned in the following verses of Sura Alahzab. ٣٣_١ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ ٱتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ وَلَا تُطِعِ ٱلْكَٰفِرِينَ وَٱلْمُنَٰفِقِينَ ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًۭا ٣٣_٦ ٱلنَّبِىُّ أَوْلَىٰ بِٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ مِنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ ۖ وَأَزْوَٰجُهُۥٓ أُمَّهَٰتُهُمْ ۗ وَأُو۟لُوا۟ ٱلْأَرْحَامِ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلَىٰ بِبَعْضٍۢ فِى كِتَٰبِ ٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُهَٰجِرِينَ إِلَّآ أَن تَفْعَلُوٓا۟ إِلَىٰٓ أَوْلِيَآئِكُم مَّعْرُوفًۭا ۚ كَانَ ذَٰلِكَ فِى ٱلْكِتَٰبِ مَسْطُورًۭا ٣٣_١٣ وَإِذْ قَالَت طَّآئِفَةٌۭ مِّنْهُمْ يَٰٓأَهْلَ يَثْرِبَ لَا مُقَامَ لَكُمْ فَٱرْجِعُوا۟ ۚ وَيَسْتَـْٔذِنُ فَرِيقٌۭ مِّنْهُمُ ٱلنَّبِىَّ يَقُولُونَ إِنَّ بُيُوتَنَا عَوْرَةٌۭ وَمَا هِىَ بِعَوْرَةٍ ۖ إِن يُرِيدُونَ إِلَّا فِرَارًۭا ٣٣_٢٨ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَٰجِكَ إِن كُنتُنَّ تُرِدْنَ ٱلْحَيَوٰةَ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَزِينَتَهَا فَتَعَالَيْنَ أُمَتِّعْكُنَّ وَأُسَرِّحْكُنَّ سَرَاحًۭا جَمِيلًۭا ٣٣_٣٠ يَٰنِسَآءَ ٱلنَّبِىِّ مَن يَأْتِ مِنكُنَّ بِفَٰحِشَةٍۢ مُّبَيِّنَةٍۢ يُضَٰعَفْ لَهَا ٱلْعَذَابُ ضِعْفَيْنِ ۚ وَكَانَ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى ٱللَّهِ يَسِيرًۭا ٣٣_٣٢ يَٰنِسَآءَ ٱلنَّبِىِّ لَسْتُنَّ كَأَحَدٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلنِّسَآءِ ۚ إِنِ ٱتَّقَيْتُنَّ فَلَا تَخْضَعْنَ بِٱلْقَوْلِ فَيَطْمَعَ ٱلَّذِى فِى قَلْبِهِۦ مَرَضٌۭ وَقُلْنَ قَوْلًۭا مَّعْرُوفًۭا ٣٣_٣٨ مَّا كَانَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ مِنْ حَرَجٍۢ فِيمَا فَرَضَ ٱللَّهُ لَهُۥ ۖ سُنَّةَ ٱللَّهِ فِى ٱلَّذِينَ خَلَوْا۟ مِن قَبْلُ ۚ وَكَانَ أَمْرُ ٱللَّهِ قَدَرًۭا مَّقْدُورًا ٣٣_٤٥ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ إِنَّآ أَرْسَلْنَٰكَ شَٰهِدًۭا وَمُبَشِّرًۭا وَنَذِيرًۭا ٣٣_٥٠ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ إِنَّآ أَحْلَلْنَا لَكَ أَزْوَٰجَكَ ٱلَّٰتِىٓ ءَاتَيْتَ أُجُورَهُنَّ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ يَمِينُكَ مِمَّآ أَفَآءَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمِّكَ وَبَنَاتِ عَمَّٰتِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَالِكَ وَبَنَاتِ خَٰلَٰتِكَ ٱلَّٰتِى هَاجَرْنَ مَعَكَ وَٱمْرَأَةًۭ مُّؤْمِنَةً إِن وَهَبَتْ نَفْسَهَا لِلنَّبِىِّ إِنْ أَرَادَ ٱلنَّبِىُّ أَن يَسْتَنكِحَهَا خَالِصَةًۭ لَّكَ مِن دُونِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۗ قَدْ عَلِمْنَا مَا فَرَضْنَا عَلَيْهِمْ فِىٓ أَزْوَٰجِهِمْ وَمَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَٰنُهُمْ لِكَيْلَا يَكُونَ عَلَيْكَ حَرَجٌۭ ۗ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ غَفُورًۭا رَّحِيمًۭا ٣٣_٥٣ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَدْخُلُوا۟ بُيُوتَ ٱلنَّبِىِّ إِلَّآ أَن يُؤْذَنَ لَكُمْ إِلَىٰ طَعَامٍ غَيْرَ نَٰظِرِينَ إِنَىٰهُ وَلَٰكِنْ إِذَا دُعِيتُمْ فَٱدْخُلُوا۟ فَإِذَا طَعِمْتُمْ فَٱنتَشِرُوا۟ وَلَا مُسْتَـْٔنِسِينَ لِحَدِيثٍ ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكُمْ كَانَ يُؤْذِى ٱلنَّبِىَّ فَيَسْتَحْىِۦ مِنكُمْ ۖ وَٱللَّهُ لَا يَسْتَحْىِۦ مِنَ ٱلْحَقِّ ۚ وَإِذَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُنَّ مَتَٰعًۭا فَسْـَٔلُوهُنَّ مِن وَرَآءِ حِجَابٍۢ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ أَطْهَرُ لِقُلُوبِكُمْ وَقُلُوبِهِنَّ ۚ وَمَا كَانَ لَكُمْ أَن تُؤْذُوا۟ رَسُولَ ٱللَّهِ وَلَآ أَن تَنكِحُوٓا۟ أَزْوَٰجَهُۥ مِنۢ بَعْدِهِۦٓ أَبَدًا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكُمْ كَانَ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ عَظِيمًا ٣٣_٥٦ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ وَمَلَٰٓئِكَتَهُۥ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى ٱلنَّبِىِّ ۚ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ صَلُّوا۟ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا۟ تَسْلِيمًا ٣٣_٥٩ يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَٰجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَٰبِيبِهِنَّ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ أَدْنَىٰٓ أَن يُعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ ٱللَّهُ غَفُورًۭا رَّحِيمًۭا The word Nabi has also been repeated 14 times again in 12 verses. This shows the importance mentioned by quran associated with the prophet the number 14 and number 12. G- Importance of thinking on the verses of Quran: أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ الْقُرْآنَ ۚ وَلَوْ كَانَ مِنْ عِندِ غَيْرِ اللَّهِ لَوَجَدُوا فِيهِ اخْتِلَافًا كَثِيرًا 1. Then do they not reflect upon the Qur'an? If it had been from [any] other than Allah , they would have found within it much contradiction. (4:82) كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوا آيَاتِهِ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ 2. [This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded. (38:29) ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ اللَّهَ نَزَّلَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ ۗ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِي الْكِتَابِ لَفِي شِقَاقٍ بَعِيدٍ 3. That is [deserved by them] because Allah has sent down the Book in truth. And indeed, those who differ over the Book are in extreme dissension.(2:176) H- From the hadith of the prophet saaw there will be 12 imams /successors after him from his progeny ie Ahl albayt the names of those include: The first one is Imam Ali and last ie 12th one Imam Al Mahdi. Many hadith from shia and sunni sources provide this evidence. Now there is only one verse out of 73 verses where the Ah albaayt including the prophet saw has been addressed. That’s know as the verse of purification (33:33). This is the similarity that has been exhibited by the words of the prophet saw in his hadith ie 1 out of 73 sects. The hadith of thaqlayn clearly mentions about following the two weighty things ie book of Allah swt and Quran and they are not separated. The verse of purification addresses those purified Ahl albayt in this verse. I- We need to verify it further that the number 12 and 14 is related to these imams in this sura. I like to quote from the sources the names of 14 individuals including the prophet saaw mentioned by hadith given below: حدثنا احمد بن محمد بن عبید اللہ الحافظ (ر) قال: حدثنی علی بن سنان الموصلی قال : حدثنا احمد بن (محمد الخلیلی الاملی قال حدثنا) محمد بن صالح قال: حدثنی سلیمان بن اھمد قال: حدثنی زیاد بن مسلم (قال حدثنی) عبدالرحمان بن یزید بن جابر قال: حدثنی سلام عن ابی سلمی راعی رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ قال: سمعت رسول اللہ صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ یقول : لیلۃ اسری بی (الی السما ٔ قال لی الجلیل جل جلالہ) (آمن الرسول بما انزل الیہ من ربہ ۔ قلت . و المومنون کل آمن باللہ و ملأکۃ و کتبہ و رسولہ قال: صدقت یا محمد من خلفت فی امتک قلت : خیر ھا۔ قال: علی بن ابیٔ طالب علیہ السلام؟ قلت : نعم یا رب۔ قال: یا محمد انی اطلعت الی الارض (اطلا عۃ) فاخترتک منھا فشققتلک اسمأ من اسمایٔ فلا اذکر فی موضع الا ذکرت معی، فانا المحمود و انت محمد ثم اطلعت الثا نیۃ فاخترت منھا علیا، فشققت لہ اسمأ من اسما یٔ فانا (العلی) الاعلی و ھو علی ۔ یامحمدانی خلقتک و (خلقت) علیا و فاطمۃ و الحسن و الحسین و الامٔۃ من ولدہ من سنخ نوری ، و عرضت و لا یتکم علی اہل السماوات و اہل الارضین فمن قبلھا کان عندی من المومنین ، و من جحد ھا کان عندی من الکا فرین۔ یا محمد ان عبدا من عبیدی عبدنی حتی ینقطع و یصیر کالشن البالی ثم اتانی جا حدا لو لایتکم ما غفرت لہ یقر بو لایتکم ۔ یا محمد ا تحب ان تراھم؟ قلت : نعم یا رب ۔ فقال لی : التفت عن یمین العرش ۔ فالتفت فاذا انأ بعلی و فاطمۃ و الحسن و الحسین و علی بن الحسین و محمد بن علی و جعفر بن محمد و موسی بن جعفر و علی بن موسی و محمد بن علی و علی بن محمد و الحسن بن علی و المھدی فی ضحضاح من نور ، قیام یصلون و ھو فی و سطھم یعنی المھدی ۔ یضی کانہ کوکب دری۔ فقال : یا محمد ھو لأ الحجج و ھو الثا ٔر من عترتک ، فو عزتی و جلالی انہ النا صر لاو لیا یٔ ، و المنتقم من اعدایٔ و لھم الحجۃ الواجبۃ و بھم یمسک اللہ السماوات ان تقع علی الارض الا باذنہ ۔ Ahmed b Muhammad b Ubaidillah Al-Hafiz narrated from Ali b Sinan Al-Mousili from Ahmad b Muhammad Al-Khalili Al-Amoli, from Muhammad b Saleh, from Sulaymaan b Ahmad, from Ziyad b Muslim, from Abdul Rahman b Yazid b Jabir, from Salaam from Abi Salama, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saww) say: On the night of Meraaj, Allah asked me, “Did the messenger believe in what was revealed to him from his Lord?” I said “Yes”, And the believers believed in Allah, His angels, His books and His messengers.” Allah said “You are right”. Then Allah asked, “ Who did you choose as a successor?” I said, “The best of my nation”.Allah asked “ Do you mean Ali bin Abi Talib”? I replied, “ Yes, O Allah”. Then Allah said: O Muhammad! I looked at all of My creation and I chose you from among all of them. Then I derived a name for you from My name. Therefore, it is not permitted that anyone mention Me without you with Me. My name is Mahmoud and your name is Muhammad. Then I looked again (at all of My creation) and I chose Ali, and I derived a name for him from My name. So My name is Ali, the extremely high, and his name is Ali. O Muhammad I created you, Ali, Fatima, Hassan, Hussain and the rest of Imams from Hussain’s sons from My own light. Then I asked all of my creations in the skies and the earths to accept your Wilayat. I consider those who accept it as believers, and I consider those who refuse it as Kafirs. O Muhammad! If a slave from among My slaves worships me until he is torn and nothing is left from him, but he refuses to accept your Wilayat, Ali’s Wilayat, and the Wilayat of the Imams from his sons, I will not accept him or forgive him until he accepts your Wilayat, Ali’s Wilayat and the Wilayat of the Imams from his sons. Then Allah asked me, “O Muhammad, would you like to see them?” I replied. “Yes, O Allah”. Allah said, “Look to the right of the Throne.” Then I looked and I saw Ali, Fatima, Hassan, Hussain, Ali bin Hussain’ Mohammad bin Ali, Jaafar bin Muhammad, Musa bin Jaafar, Ali bin Musa, Muhammad bin Ali, Ali bin Muhammad, Hassan bin Ali, and the Mahdi. They were surrounded by light and they were standing and praying to Allah. Mahdi was in the center and he was shining like a brilliant star. Then Allah said: O Muhammad, they are My decisive proofs, and Mahdi will take revenge on My behalf. I swear by My Magnificence, he supports My friends and takes Revenge on My enemies. Following them and accepting their Wilayat is WAJIB (obligatory) on everyone. With My permission they prevent the skies from Falling on the earth. Reference: 100 Virtues of Imam Ali AS and his sons by Ibne Shazan - Bihar ul Anwar, V27 p199 h27 and others. J- Thus 14 names as mentioned in the hadith can be written as : 1. The prophet Muhammad saaw 2. Fatima SA 3. Imam Ali AS 4. Imam Hassan AS 5. Imam Hussain AS 6. Imam Ali bin Hussain AS 7. Imam Muhammad bin Ali bin Hussain AS 8. Imam ja’far bin Muhammad AS 9. Imam Musa bin ja’far AS 10. Imam Ali bin Musa AS 11. Imam Muhammad bin Ali AS 12. Imam Ali bin Muhammad AS 13. Imam Hassan bin Muhammad AS 14. Imam Muhammad (Mahdi) bin Hassan AS K- The verses of purification that mentions the Ahl albayt can be written in Arabic text below: إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ ٱللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ ٱلرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ ٱلْبَيْتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُمْ تَطْهِيرًۭا {٣٣} Indeed Allah desires to repel all impurity from you, O People of the Household, and purify you with a thorough purification. (Last part 33:33) The aerobic text provides the evidence that the text has been structured using exactly 14 Alphabets that have dots. These are mentioned below for clarity as quoted In the above verse in red colour: ن ی ی ی ز ب ن ج ب ی ت ی ت ی The total alphabets in this verse including the 14 with dots are counted as 47. So the Ahl al bayt are connected to the number 47 as given below: ا ن م ا ی ر ی د ا ل ل ہ ل ی ز ہ ب ع ن ک م ا ل ر ج س ا ہ ل ا ل ب ی ت و ی ط ہ ر ک م ت ط ہ ی ر ا. L- If we carry on and look the Sura number 47 placed in the Quran every one with receptive mind is surprised to know that the name of this Sura is Muhammad . This is the name of the prophet saw thus confirming that the verse of purification has a central place to exhibit the 14 infallibles including the prophet chosen by Allah swt. No one else has this respect and virtues. M- The Quran mentions in its many verses for the believers to Obey Allah swt and the Prophet saaw. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّـهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَلَا تُبْطِلُوا أَعْمَالَكُمْ ﴿٣٣﴾ Does this has any numerical connection? We need to verify it before we go any further: The Quran has one Sura for explaining the specific concept of Tauheed / oneness of Allah swt. This is named as Sura Tauheed / Al Ikhlas, it is placed at number 112. It has 4 verses. The Arabic text of these 4 verses is quoted below: قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ {١} ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ {٢} لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ {٣} وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُۥ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌۢ {٤} The separate alphabets of these verses are given below: ق ل ہ و ا ل ل ہ ا ح د۔ ا ل ل ہ ا ل ص م د۔ ل م ی ل د و ل م ی و ل د ۔ و ل م ی ک ن ل ہ ک ف و ا ا ح د۔ And another astonishing truth comes here that he sum of the alphabets in these verses is exactly 47. The above provides the numerical evidence of the verses that obeying Allah swt means to obey the prophet saw and these concepts of obeying are linked with the numeral 47. The above discussion provides the evidence that obeying is linked with numeral 47: - Obeying Allah swt linked with numeral 47 - Obeying the prophet Muhammad saw likned with numeral 47 - Similarly Obeying Ahl Albayt is linked with numeral 47 (verse of purification is the evidence) N- Is there any verse that provides the Obeying three in numbers? يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَطِيعُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا۟ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُو۟لِى ٱلْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ فَإِن تَنَٰزَعْتُمْ فِى شَىْءٍۢ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَٱلرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْءَاخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌۭ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا {٥٩} 004:059 O you who have faith! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those vested with authority among you. And if you dispute concerning anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you have faith in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more favourable in outcome. First part of the verse is taken for research and is mentioned below: يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓا۟ أَطِيعُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا۟ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُو۟لِى ٱلْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ The first part of the verse mentions three types who are to be obeyed: Allah swt, the Prophet Muhammad SAWW and Ulil Amr. This part of verse has 14 dots in it. This is the proof coming from the hadith of the prophet Muhamamd saaw to follow Quran and Ahl albayt. The above verse mentions the three obeying and the discussion has provided the evidences that these linked to numeral 47 alone. O- Further verses of Quran: Sura Al-Qamar, verse 17. And We have indeed made the Qur'an easy to understand and remember: then is there any that will receive admonition? It is stated in the Quran that: i) Sura Sad, verse 29. “This is the Blessed Book that we have revealed to you, (O Muhammad), that people with understanding may reflect over its verses and those with understanding derive a lesson” Conclusion: That’s is the true interpretation of the hadith of 1 saved group / sect out of 73 sects in the light of the verses of Quran and their analysis as conducted above. The result we can mention the saved sect follows the Ahl albayt including 14 infallibles alone. wasalam
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    Abu Hadi

    1,000,000 Salawat

    Alllahuma Sale Ala Muhammad Wa Ale Muhammad. (This is Salawat, for those who don't know) If we get 1000 members to do Salawat 1000 times each, that's 1,000,000 Deadline is Sept 12, 1st of Muharrram. Who will help ? If you will do 1000 Salawat before Sept 12, just like this post. When it gets 1000 likes, now we have 1,000,000 We tried this before. I think we can do it this time. Also, at the end of the 1000 Salawat, recide Dua Faraj. Allahuma waliyika Hujjat Ibn Al Hassan... If you don't know it, I can post. http://www.qul.org.au/library/duas-supplications/408-dua-faraj-the-supplication-for-the-return-of-imam-mahdi-as
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    Salams This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning a perspective of Shia Islam regarding hadith literature. To the members who are interested but may not be able to afford... please PM me. Shiachat Team has decided to invest $100 for 10 eligible students. Criteria for eligibility is your credibility as a Shiachat member, the quality of your posts on the forum, sincerity in learning, critical thinking without being counter-productive, and/or demonstration of your commitment to complete the entire course etc. @Ibn al-Hussain to me (and to many other team members) is like a little brother who has remained loyal and committed to the success of our forum and who is now in a qualified position to share his perspective with others and help students of Islam produce knowledge through critical thinking. I pray that he succeeds in his current mission and that his students/listeners/critics become a reason for SC Team to take pride (not in the sense of arrogance but in the sense of confidence with humility).
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    It's no mystery that Nakshawani enjoys a luxury lifestyle, but these are disjointed out-of-context clips. Most if not all of us have done worse, and we ask Allah to forgive us and all mu'mineen. Just keep in mind that this is a preacher, not a scholar; and even if he were a scholar, we should not raise any fallible person above our heads. One section of our community reveres people on minbars, while another section of our community look for every reason to attack them. They are people. Take the khayr and leave the rest.
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    Arrogant Muslims who think others are going to hell. Gosh I'm sick of these deluded people.
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    Salam, I do think that a lot of women out there can be oblivious when it comes to the behaviour of men. I think women need to be educated to understand the psychology of men and how their brain functions. The things I am going to say may also relate to women, but in my opinion, this is something which refers to men a bit more. I may even sound harsh at times, but trust me, I am trying to be honest. Also, I'm not saying this is always the case as there's always exceptions. Firstly, being excessively charming, sweet, nice to men, be it in real life or over the text, puts you in a vulnerable position. I do not deny the fact that you may have pure intentions, but sometimes being overly nice allows men to develop certain feeling towards you, even if it may be extremely subtle. It’s an entirely different story if you are interested in a specific guy and want to show a bit of your care and affection towards them, obviously within boundaries. However, being excessively nice to every John, Bob and Harry, is not the best way to carry yourself. It’s okay to be blunt at times. Let men out there know that you’re not easy. Secondly, there is a social experiment conducted which you can find on Youtube – ‘Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends’. Even according to psychology, it is not possible for those who are non-mahram to each other to be ‘friends’. Women can sometimes be oblivious when it comes to this reality. Be careful when a brother is playing around with you. You have no idea how the brain of a man works. There may be exceptions due to age barrier etc. but the majority of guys out there will develop some feelings towards you and an emotional attachment. I wouldn't call this lust, but it could be an excessive admiration, love or even attraction. Even if your friendship is dead-ended, and a guy knows there is no potential for halal growth, he may be carelessly taking short-term temporary pleasure by talking to you the way he would speak with his mates. It's just a heads up for every sister out there. What are your thoughts?
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    Salaam I’m an 18 year old Shi’a Syeda and am looking to get married soon as Islam has encouraged the virtues of marriage and the Ahlul Bayt have emphasised the blessings of marriage especially that at a young age. But I’m a disabled person in a wheelchair and I often wonder if anyone would want to marry a girl like me. Whether I would add anything of value to my husband’s life. Whether Islam has said anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated JazakAllah
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    Hassan-

    Lectures of Sayed Sabah Shubbar

    I have started my own little project of translating the lectures of Sayed Sabah Shubbar, not a translation of his entire lectures because that would take too long but only parts of his lectures that I find interesting. His lectures contain a sea of knowledge, he talks about almost everything that's related to fiqh matters and dissects every issue in great detail for the laymen to understand. His rulings are all based on what the maraji' say, especially from a Sayed Sistani and Sayed Khoei point of view. Since there are many Shi'as that don't understand Arabic, I decided to translate parts of his lectures that I have listened to. I started 2 days ago so my channel only contains 4 videos, but as I keep translating more videos I will keep updating this thread. The Types of Kafirs If the husband is harming the wife Are Ahlul Kitab najis? What is iddah rajiyyah? Justice between the wives How to purify kitchen items from a dog's saliva? What happens if a man accuses his wife of adultery? What happens when you divorce the same women 9 times? Is forced marriage a valid marriage? The wife can steal from her husband if he doesn't provide for her When the wife is disobedient
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    Hadeel

    Assalamu Alaykum

    I've been a guest in this site for some quite time and never really thought of sharing my art but that's going to change. I'm very glad to share some with the Shiachat community: Unveil your soul @ireallywannaknow
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    Salam Alaykom. Thank you for allowing me to make duas for you all. I made dua for anyone who liked something, posted, sent me a private message, and even those who did not request. It felt amazing and really peaceful to have had this dua session. InshAllah it was successful night for everyone. I may start doing this every night, at it felt sooo good. Feel free to add anymore requests to this thread. It is always open if you need another dua and like I said every evening I will keep you all in my duas. InshAllah Allah hastens the return of Imam Zaman for all of us.
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    W.D. Fard Muhammad may have had a mysterious disappearance, but he is not the 12th Imam. He never claimed to be the Imam, and his teachings are contrary to that of the Ahl al-Bayt. Master Fard taught that God was black, the devil was white, that the Resurrection was just the mental resurrection of black people (and not a physical resurrection), that the Judgment would occur in this world, that the dead would not come back to life, etc. Overall, he had a naturalist theology, and was likely influenced by Ahmadi missionaries in the U.S at that time. He may not have even come from the Muslim world. Remember that Fard didn't just appear, he was living in Detroit and Chicago for 4 years, and was even arrested, held, exiled, etc. The Supreme Wisdom consists of his teachings, you find very little Islam in these lessons: http://supremewisdom.webs.com/
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    Assalaam mulaikum everyone: I think this is from the book A phase of the Shia Mystics Prescription of Ayatollah Tabrizi for Ayatollah Isfahani (Kompani) "The beneficial way in knowing the self is to endeavour in reducing your animality by the following desciplines: 1) Reducing your meals in that you don't have more than 2 meals a day and not to have more than 2 or 3 times meat in a weak 2) Reducing your sleeping hours in that you don't sleep more than 6 hours 3) Endeavour in safeguarding your tongue and abstaining from heedless people. These 3 will be very helpful in reducing the animality of man. As for accelerating and reinforcing your spirituality: 1) Permanent grief of heart (not facial) in fear of not reaching your destination 2) Thikr (rememberance of Allah) and Fikr (to think and ponder) as these 2 are the wings of flying to the heaven of knowledge. As for the Thikr, the thikr of Yunisiyah in the morning and at night is very much experienced and brings about many blessings. The minimum times of reciting it is 400x. As for the Fikr for a beginner, the best is to ponder upon death.
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