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  1. Salam plz recite Fatiha for my mom. Allah returned her soul to Him today in afternoon.
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  2. Salam, as some of you may already know from my last post, my father passed away after a tough fight with Covid. Today is the burial and we want to get as many prayers and extra good deeds and amaal to reach him. It would mean a lot if you could pray for him or do any good deeds and send the rewards to him. thank you for your prayers
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  3. Salam, my dad was taken to the hospital after being bed ridden for days with a high temperature, he has COVID and because of his old age and health history he is struggling a lot especially with breathing I just want to ask you all to pray for his recovery and give me advice on what to do in this time thank you
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  4. This past Friday my Grandmother passed away at the age of 98 peacefully in her sleep. I would like to request the Momineen here to recite a Surah Fateha for her please. I was fortunate enough to be able to have a Grandparent in my life almost to the age of 50 and was thankful that my children were able to spend time with the Great-Grandmother. In all my years, I never knew her to miss a single wajib prayer or fast, nor did she ever miss an Aamal or the opportunity to not help the needy while impressing upon all of her family the importance of Azadari. Sadly, she is no longer with us. Would the readers here please recite a Surah Fateha for Syedunnisa Begum Bint Syed Muhammad Kazim Musavi. It will be greatly appreciated by all of the members of our family. Also, if you could recite 2 rakat of Namaz e Wahshat for her (even though she was buried in India last Friday). Jazakallah Khair in advance !!!
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  5. Salam Brothers and Sisters Hope everyone is doing well and safe. It took me a lot of courage to talk about this particular sensitive topic and open up about myself. It hasn't been quite easy for me since tow months, I have been through a lot of pressure and the traumatic event which just took place a month ago changed my life. I don't know how could I have survived without seeking any professional help. All I needed was a listening ear and that was my therapist...may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless him. Without mentioning the exact time ... last month I was sexually assaulted by my uni colleague and I was so embarrassed and so ashamed. I never thought that he could do such a thing I always admired him because him being religious and cultural. After I returned to my hostel room from Uni, I stood in the shower for hours. I could not make myself feel clean again. People who might think I'm exaggerating...no I'm not and that's a quiet normal reaction. But what really shocked me was that I suddenly had flashbacks what happened to me in my childhood. Back then I was four, it was on a wedding event I was playing with kids in ground...it was an outdoor function...a lot of people... I had to go to the toilet, so without informing my mother I just went inside the house and then I saw a random man standing there... I wasn't scared because as I child I was told that when you are at home you are safe and bad people don't come at home...you can call this stupidity or my innocence. I just made my move towards him... because he was standing right next to the toilet door... there was just silence, him and me. Sudden power cut...he took advantage of that moment, grabbed me and while he did that I got a deep cut on my hand through my churiya/ bangles which I was wearing and I don't want to go further in details now... because just that thought itself makes me feel disgusted. No he didn't rape me he was about to but the light came back and there was a noise upstairs so he just pushed me away and ran towards the main door. I never saw him again thank god. I thought I was punished by being rude and stubborn and the man was a Jin ... because my Nani used to tell me stories, that if you don't behave nice, you will get punished by jin lol... I thought whatever happened was a nightmare so not in reality ....over the years I never thought about this ...but I always had that somewhere in the corner of my mind. It was completely vanished from my brain, until the "recent" harassment took place. I had flashbacks while he (the uni guy) was holding my wrist tightly he was saying to me something in a harsh tone but I was not listening to him because my mind was giving me some other hints... The whole time I was starring at my scare on my hand, I started realising that back then I was physically assaulted and abused "no dream ... It was reality"...and at that moment my heart broke in million pieces. I spent the first few days crying and then I became really angry. I was enraged that he would do this to me. I trusted him! How stupid of me, I literally wanted to slap myself for that. You may feel that what has happened to you is your fault and that you did something to cause the assault. You didn’t, believe me, that's the biggest mistake you can ever do is blame yourself. You did not make or want this to happen. OKAY! Anyone who has been a victim of that kind of event... please don't even think that...you are not the guilty one. It may take time and energy to heal after you have been sexually assaulted, it's a journey that you will be on for the rest of your life. Don’t expect yourself to feel better right away, it will take time. Be patient, don't be harsh with yourself and give yourself the time you need to figure out how this event has affected you emotionally and physically. You will be facing sleeping difficulties, nightmares, flashbacks, traumatic stress, anxiety disorders and many more shocks. The most difficult part was to feel safe again. I still feel sometimes dirty and ugly and don't want anyone to touch me... I'm not really comfortable with my body, I don't look in the mirror... it's just feels like impure now. But I'm sure with the time I'll heal... some questions are still open. I don't know if I will be able to trust anyone in the future or I'll find the safety I'm looking for and the self-confidence that I have lost...if I will be able to establish that again? I don't have the answers but there is still hope... I know that I can't change what happened ... the damage is done...and I can't give up. I'm sharing this with you guys is that maybe there are people who have been victim of such an abuse...and I'm aware of that I'm not the only one... please don't hesitate to ask for help and I mean it. Keeping those feelings to yourself will just cause more pain and you don't deserve this. No means no and nobody deserve this ...at that moment...you were at the wrong time at the wrong place! Please keep me in your prayers Wasalam
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  6. Salam everyone, I will begin with quoting two narrations Confession by a Man of Having Committed Adultery It has been reported by Sheikh Sudooq (AR) that a man once came to Hazrat Ali (A) and confessed that he had committed adultery and requested him to purify him of his sin, but Hazrat Ali (A) turned his face to another direction. The man stood up again and said: “Ya Ali. ! I have committed adultery.” Hazrat Ali (A) again turned his face from his side to another direction and engaged himself in talking with some other people present there. But the man once again addressed Hazrat Ali (A) in the same way, confessed again before him of having committed adultery and requested Hazrat Ali (A) earnestly to purify him of his sin. Hazrat Ali (A) asked him :“Why are you saying this” ? “For purification of my sin”, said the man. At first Hazrat Ali (A) said without addressing any man in particular: “Why people dont' hide their own sins as Allah hides them ...from the eyes of other people ? The second time when the man requested him again to purify him of his sin, Hazrat Ali (A) remarked : “What else is there which is better than penitence ? When the man stressed the point for the third time, Hazrat Ali (A) told him that if he repeated his words of confession once again he would have to punish him as had been ordered by Allah; But when the man, despite the warning by Hazrat Ali (A), repeated the words of confession once again, he asked him as to whether he was physically sound and if his mind was working all right. When the man replied in the affirmative, Hazrat Ali (A) said to him.“All right, let me make an enquiry about the soundness of your brain at my own as you have told me now. Therefore, you better wait a bit and come to me after some time when I have completed my enquiry.” After Amir-ul-Momineen Hazrat Ali (A) had made his private enquiry about the soundness of the man's brain and it proved to be in proper form the man appeared before him again and insisted on the punishment for his above mentioned crime and for his purification thereby. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There is this case of a woman who came to Ali, peace be upon him, and said, "Oh Commander of the Faithful, I am married and in the absence of my husband, I have committed adultery and am now pregnant. I wish to be purified from my sin." Hazrat Ali said, "One confession is not sufficient. It should be repeated four times." Then he said, "The punishment for the adultery of a married woman is being stoned to death. If you are dealt this punishment, what happens to the baby in your womb? The baby has done no wrong and must not be stoned. Go away until your baby is born." After a few months, the woman came again. This time with a baby in her arms and asked to be purified since the baby was horn. This was her second confession. Again Ail, peace be upon him, said, "We might stone you but this baby is not guilty. It needs milk and a mother to nurse it. So, go away now since the baby needs you." The woman returned home uneasily and after two years reappeared before the Imam, and said, "Purify me now as the baby has been weaned and is growing up." Ali, peace be upon him, said, "Go away. This child still needs a mother." The mother wept and said, "Oh God, I have confessed three times but the Imam has sent me away three times and refused to stone me. I cannot bear being polluted with sin." As it happened, a hypocrite called Amr bin Hariz saw the woman and asked what the matter was. She explained what had happened and the man said, "I will settle this. Give me the child and let me be his guardian." She was not aware that Ali wanted her not to make the fourth confession. They went back to Ali, peace be upon him, and the woman asked to be purified since the man had agreed to look after the child and insisted on receiving the punishment. Ali, peace be upon him, felt very uncomfortable that the matter reached a point where no alternative was left for him but to order her to be punished. Source : Al-Manaqib What I wanted to remind everyone, particularly the young people here who have grown up in an age of oversharing on social media is that If Allah has covered your sin, don't create confessions or witnesses for it. If you indulge in a sin in private (zina, drinking, watching porn, masturbation etc) it's between you and Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Allah is Raheem, He wants to forgive humans if they truly repent. He can erase it from the book of records like it never happened. However, if you post about it on social media or talk about it with people now you have created witnesses for you sin. a. If Imam e Zamana(عليه السلام) comes tomorrow and starts administering sharia punishments, where does that leave us? b. On the day of Judgement, I might not want you to undergo punishment for your sin but my sight and my hearing(my eyes and ears) may testify against you against my will. I am stressing more on social media because with a few clicks one can reach out to hundreds and thousands of people, though discussing it with people in real life carries the same effects with lesser magnitude. I see muslims posting so mindlessly on social media, the songs they are listening to, non hijabish outfits, indecent swear words, public displays of affection. While some these might have been witnessed by many people and do not come under the the acts I discussed earlier, still posting about those creates desensitization about these acts and encourages others to cross the line. Don't undermine your contribution by telling yourself, 'millions of others are doing it, so what difference would my post make.' Those millions are not going to be in your grave answering for your deeds. You alone will have to carry the burden when it's time for accountability. So what if you have committed a sinful act or are involved in an addiction and would like to ask for help. First and foremost, repent. Truly repent as soon as possible. “(When) The servant (intends to do) a good action, and if he does not do it, Allaah writes for him one good (deed) for his good niyyah. And if he does the action, Allaah writes for him ten (good deeds). And he intends to do an evil (deed), and if does not do the (evil) action (Allaah) doesn’t write for him anything. And if he does the (evil) action (Allaah) delays (in recording) seven hours” Source: Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 2, pg. 429 – 430, hadeeth # 4 Imam Jafar al-Sadiq ((عليه السلام)) stated: You should hold your hopes up high with regards to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) mercy, so much so that you should never despair of his mercy after having sinned, and you should be conscious of Him to the extent that you should not become hopeless of Him forgiving your sins. Tuhfat al-Uqul, p.31 Secondly, there are plenty of resources and reading material available online to help you. Read up those. Please make some effort to do a google search and you will find so much good advice. Our scholars have invested their whole lives to spread of message of Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام) to the general people. (It has gotten so frustrating for me to see such questions on SC, 'whats the distance for qasr', 'What things can I do a sajdah on?' These are simple jurisprudential questions Bro/sis. Please take a few days to read the tawzeeh that your marja spent many years of his life compiling for you!) Thirdly, If you feel the need to talk to someone, do so anonymously and better to do it in third person. For example, instead of saying,' I have committed adultery' say 'if someone has committed adultery what should one do next' May Allah guide us all and our families on the path of Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام).
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  7. Please pray for my cousin, she and her husband are injured.
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  8. Assalam u Alaikum There is a controversy surrounding this film. A senior member of Shiachat has shared his thought provoking views on his blog. I found his views to be balanced and well articulated. I encourage others to review the article and share their stance in a respectful manner. Please avoid posting content promoting the movie. This thread intends to raise the bar of intellectual honesty and truth seeking. As such, we expect that members will offer relevant comments with merit. ++++++ By Sayyid Ali @Ibn al-Hussain I’m sure by now many have seen the recent trailer for the film on Lady Fatima (s). Since the trailer's release, a number of people have messaged me personally asking “what I think”. To most of them I simply responded, there is not much to say at this point, it’s too late. The film will be released, and we can only brace for impact. Certain friends from Pakistan are already very concerned at the possible outlash they may face once non-Shi’a – extremists or not - in Pakistan learn about the film and how it depicts the caliphs. My views and approach to these discussions can – generally - very easily be gauged from the type of content I write and publish on Iqra Online. Four-to-five years ago, around the same time that the idea for this film was only just being publicized, I had written an article on the figure of Sulaym b. Qays so a very limited aspect of the discussions around him and the book could be accessible in English and in the hopes that it would generate some conversation regarding the book – which is one of the most important sources for many of the details that will depicted in the upcoming film. Although, I would update the article now with some more findings, as well as generally edit the paper as the writing style has changed a lot in the last few years, I'll share what I had written for those who haven’t seen it: https://www.iqraonline.net/sulaym-bin-qays-the-thin-line.../ The paper is very limited as far as it only concerns the discussion regarding Sulaym himself – whether he even existed or not - and does not deal with the rest of the issues regarding the book’s transmission, interpolations in the text, and as well as general textual criticism that can be done on its bizarre reports. Nevertheless, the problems with this book are well known and affirmed by too many researchers. If it is not the character of Sulaym himself, then there is a plethora of other issues that you still have to address. Ultimately, you have to answer whether such a source can be used as a means to develop a reliable historical narrative or not. — But I think what is more pertinent to address are not the filmmakers and producers. Their views and sectarian agendas have widely been known for years; in fact, they openly acknowledge this. I do not believe they do this all based on whims, rather there definitely exists material in our corpus that they rely on. Those who think otherwise are poorly read and should go and maybe spend some time getting familiar with what is contained in our books, instead of always assuming it is just the books of others that contain problematic material. It was not a coincidence that during the time of Ayatullah Borujerdi when work on proximity with the Ahl al-Sunnah of Egypt was being done, that the Ayatullah had pushed for a ban on a few volumes of Bihar al-Anwar regarding the first three caliphs, because a lot of content exists there. Hence, for a number of years now, whether it be through the writings I’ve published, or through conversations I’ve had, I’ve tried to push for some sort of integrity and consistent standards in how we make use of sources and develop narratives, which we then use to push people to behave in a certain way or alter their understanding regarding religion, tashayyu‘, identity and so on. The issue I have with these groups is not that they are necessarily using material that does not exist, but in fact, the methodology (or the lack of it) they are employing by which they make use of these reports. In this vein, I believe the more important discussion needs to be held with the rest of the community, and where they stand in terms of being coherent and consistent with their beliefs or understanding of history, particularly the history of the Prophet (p) and the Ahl al-Bayt (a). Perhaps, moving forward and when coming up with responses to the very definite lash back we will encounter from the non-Shi’a communities, it may be wise to think about the following points so as to not be caught for being hypocritical and exhibiting double-standards: 1. Those who will be against the film for reasons such as 'it attacks the sensitivities of the Ahl al-Sunnah', or that 'it harms unity', do they not commemorate Fatimiyyah, not once, but twice a year (some places even three occasions)? Often these speeches are uploaded onto YouTube, in various languages. These videos have eulogies at the end which include references to the attack and as well as indirect or direct references to those who attacked the house. Maybe, think about this phenomenon that has been readily accessible by the Ahl al-Sunnah for years, and these videos have been used by anti-Shia polemicists for a long time. If one is ignorant of how aggressively anti-Shia polemicists in the last few years have been thriving on ammo that we have been providing them, then that is even more embarrassing. 2. There are some in the community who often say, "the era of dissimulation is over" (ironically similar to what the producers of this film have been saying for years), but yet will cite the need for dissimulation here for pragmatic reasons (i.e. unity). At the end of the day, they should let us know whether the era of dissimulation is over or not? Need serious consistency on this. If dissimulation is still to be done in some areas, then do not preach such dramatic clichés that "the era" is over when you will conveniently hide behind it elsewhere. 3. While the film will appear to anachronistically pin modern-day terrorism onto an early event in Islamic history, a very naïve approach to understanding historical events, but how much of this rhetoric and these approaches already exist and are spread from our pulpits all year long? All sorts of anachronistic interpretations are being done by different speakers pushing different agendas (perhaps sometimes unintentionally – who knows at this point). Maybe we need to be consistent in calling all these fallacies out. Just because other interpretations are not provocative towards other sects and do not put our lives literally in danger, does not mean they do not do other types of damage to the collective understanding of the community by altering their perceptions of what happened, and then these perceptions are played on to push certain agendas and make people behave a certain way. These could be interpretations that are done to push feminist agendas by portraying Fatima (s) or Zaynab (s) in certain ways, or political agendas by portraying the - exceptional - role of Imam Husayn (a) in a certain way, pushing the “end of times” and “the reappearance is near” rhetoric by using weak sources accompanied with fallacious applications of these reports on events and contemporary personalities, or any other agendas or ideologies that are superimposed onto historical events and personalities to construct a narrative. These narratives are used to hype up people in the communities, make them behave a certain way, when in reality the sources for these ideas are either very problematic or the narratives suffer from an unexhaustive look at as many dimensions as possible to arrive at the best possible understanding. Some of these narratives have been fed to the communities for so many decades that it is suffocating to even think about how to go about correcting them. On top of that, what we hear at times is to not brush these false interpretations and the movements originating in these incorrect explanations because they are good and have supposed benefits for us as a community. This is while on the other hand it is preached that Islam is all about the “method”, it is about “how” you get to your conclusions, and not “what” conclusion you arrive at! Please make up your mind, or at the very least do not attribute these movements and false conclusions to Islam and tashayyu'. I pray we can one day be identified – from the inside and as well as by outsiders - as a community that lives up to some of the more fundamental teachings of the Prophet (p) and of the inheritors of his (a) knowledge, the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt. When will we make our communities be known as communities that study and engage with the sirah of the final Prophet (p) and know how to apply it in today's times? When will we begin engaging and teaching our communities about Quranic exegesis beyond some rudimentary explanations here and there? How is it possible for a community that claims to follow the Prophet (p) and the Ahl al-Bayt (a) to be so detached from the Quran and have no affinity with it besides being able to just read it? When will we begin exploring and teaching the plethora of narrations regarding Allah, His Attributes and other theological teachings in order to help develop a stronger monotheistic worldview, which is so imperative in today’s day and age? When are we going to start prioritizing the recitation and study of the reliable supplications by the Imams (a), instead of only going to them when engaging in a marathon on Laylatul Qadr? There is too much to explore, but our priorities seem to be in making sure Wikipedia lists us for the largest annual gathering. When an entry on Wikipedia seems to be the greatest concern for some in the community, that is a sign of serious intellectual poverty. 4. While there is no doubt that the vast majority of Shi'a scholars have accepted the event of the attack and burning of the door as well as the subsequent martyrdom of Lady Fatima (s) due to it, and I do not think the popularity of this position will be jeopardized any time soon, I believe communities need to be educated that there does exist an alternative narrative which is - historically speaking - justified. Denying certain details is not grounds for excommunication like we saw in the case of Sayyid Fadlullah - perhaps the worst case of negative propaganda witnessed against a Shi'a scholar, by scholars themselves, in recent times. Coincidentally, I am reminded of similar propaganda campaign that was done against Sayyid Muhsin al-Amin in the 1930s, who was also a victim of a similar onslaught from scholars in Najaf when he wrote a treatise against the practice of self-flagellation when he was calling the practice out for giving a bad impression of our religion. In any case, you can’t preach that historians will arrive at different conclusions because historical study is often subjective and different scholars have different approaches, but then at the same time excommunicate a scholar for then using their right to investigate the sources for an event and arriving at a different conclusion! 5. As alluded to earlier, much of the details for the event come from a single book, the Kitab of Sulaym. Some partial details exist here and there in some other works, often also questionable (for example Dala'il al-Imamah). If any other sect used a similar book like Sulaym’s to establish some historical event, let alone its detail, I believe we would have turned them into a laughing stock. But instead, we have been bringing people up with the notion that the details of the attack are so well established, "all over Sunni books" (even though the Sunni books don't contain any such details, and if any specific detail is indeed found, it is generally a dubious book for them), "they have tawatur (widely transmitted)" and so on, not acknowledging that in fact, the sources for the details are extremely scarce and limited. Please note my repeated mention of the word “details of the event”. No Muslim historian denies the existence of an altercation because Imam Ali (a) had refused to give allegiance after the demise of the Prophet (p). The discussion is on whether the details regarding the burning of the door, being whipped, or slapped, or having a miscarriage etc. can be reliably verified or not - details that will emotionally charge up any Shi'a if proven to be true. Given that the narrative pins the murder of Lady Fatima (s) on an individual or a group of individuals, a good litmus test may be to see whether the evidence we have at hand would be enough to find someone guilty or not even within a Shi’i court. If you were the one who was being charged for murder, and the accuser was using these sources as evidence, please consider what you would hope the judge’s verdict would be. Please consider the ethical implications of accusing someone of murder with such dubious evidence, even if they were usurpers of the caliphate that rightfully belonged to Ali (a). Inconsistent propagation of beliefs and ideas is a tragedy we've been facing for a while now. Unfortunately speaking out and offering alternative narratives and explanations is very difficult in our communities as you will often be shred apart by those whose livelihood is tied to these events and as well as the laity who does not know any better and cannot be blamed. I do pray that this film will actually become the catalyst for not what it intended, rather for us in the community to engage in a more nuanced discussion regarding these matters instead of beating around the bush.
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  9. I’ve suffered abuse from my brother long enough. It’s so crazy how my family always tears each other down and humiliates them. My brother inherited abusiveness from my father. I can’t take it anymore. Today I have to sacrifice my religion and make a decision to marry someone out of my sect as refuge. It shatters my heart but this guy has promised to help me out and even give me a position in his firm. Plz pray for me y’all. It’s a sad day today. Sad I have to seek the help of strangers let alone a non Shia. I feel like I failed Imam Hussein (عليه السلام) but I’m so sick of living in an abusive and crazy household.
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  10. Salaam alaykum, For the Thaqalayn Library project, I have spent the last few months translating the Amali of Shaykh al-Saduq. On the occasion of Amir al-Mu'minin's birth anniversary, I would like to share some of the sayings attributed to him in this book. Many of these sayings have not been translated into English before. Please keep me in your du`a'! - حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن الهيثم بن أبي مسروق النهدي، عن الحسين بن علوان، عن عمرو بن ثابت، عن أبيه، عن سعد بن طريف، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) ذات يوم على منبر الكوفة: أنا سيد الوصيين، ووصي سيد النبيين، أنا إمام المسلمين، وقائد المتقين، ومولى (3) المؤمنين، وزوج سيدة نساء العالمين، أنا المتختم باليمين، والمعفر للجبين، أنا الذي هاجرت الهجرتين، وبايعت البيعتين، أنا صاحب بدر وحنين، أنا الضارب بالسيفين، والحامل على فرسين، أنا وارث علم الاولين، وحجة الله على العالمين بعد الانبياء، ومحمد بن عبد الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) خاتم النبيين، أهل موالاتي مرحومون، وأهل عداوتي ملعونون، ولقد كان حبيبي رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) كثيرا ما يقول لي: يا علي، حبك تقوى وإيمان، وبغضك كفر ونفاق، وأنا بيت الحكمة، وأنت مفتاحه، وكذب من زعم أنه يحبني ويبغضك (4). Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said one day on the pulpit of Kufa: I am the Master of Deputies and the Deputy of the Master of Prophets. I am the Imam of the Muslims, the Leader of the Pious, the Master of the Believers, and the husband of the Mistress of the Women of the Worlds. I am the one who wears a ring on the right hand; [the one] whose forehead is dusty. I am the one who made the two exoduses (to Medina and to Kufa), and I am the one who gave the two pledges of allegiance (`Aqaba and Ridwan). I am the patron of Badr and Hunayn. I am the one who strikes with two swords, riding on two horses (horse-after-horse). I am the inheritor of the knowledge of the former peoples and the Proof of Allah over humanity after the prophets and Muhammad b. `Abdullah (s), the Seal of Prophets. My allies will receive mercy, and my enemies are damned. My Beloved, the Messenger of Allah (s), would frequently say to me: “O `Ali! Loving you is God-wariness and faith, and hating you is disbelief and hypocrisy. I am the House of Wisdom and you are its key. Whoever claims to love me while hating you is a liar.” 2 - حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري، قال: حدثنا يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، عن سليمان بن خالد، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام): أن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام)، قال: جمع الخير كله في ثلاث خصال: النظر، والسكوت، والكلام، فكل نظر ليس فيه اعتبار فهو سهو، وكل سكوت ليس فيه فكرة فهو غفلة، وكل كلام ليس فيه ذكر فهو لغو، فطوبى لمن كان نظره عبرا، وسكوته فكرا، وكلامه ذكرا، وبكى على خطيئته، وأمن الناس شره (1). Amir al-Mu'minin (عليه السلام) said: All goodness is in three actions: sight, silence, and speech. Every sight that is devoid of consideration is negligence. Every silence that is devoid of thought is heedlessness. Every speech that is devoid of the remembrance [of Allah] is prattle. Blessed is he in whose sight is consideration, and in whose silence is thought, and in whose words is remembrance – who cries over his mistakes and from whose evil the people are safe. 4 - حدثنا علي بن أحمد الدقاق (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا محمد بن هارون الصوفي، عن عبيد الله بن موسى الروياني، عن عبد العظيم بن عبد الحسني، عن سليمان بن جعفر الجعفري، قال: سمعت موسى بن جعفر (عليهما السلام) يقول: حدثني أبي، عن أبيه، عن سيد العابدين علي بن الحسين، عن سيد الشهداء الحسين بن علي ابن أبي طالب (عليهم السلام)، قال: مر أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) برجل يتكلم بفضول الكلام، فوقف عليه، ثم قال: إنك تملي على حافظيك كتابا إلى ربك، فتكلم بما يعنيك ودع ما لا يعنيك (4). Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) passed by a man who was speaking superfluously. So, he stopped by him, and then said: Surely, you are dictating a letter to your Lord through your two guardian [angels]. So, speak about what concerns you, and leave that which does not concern you. حدثنا جعفر بن علي بن الحسن بن علي بن عبد الله بن المغيرة الكوفي، قال: حدثنا جدي الحسن بن علي، عن جده عبد الله بن المغيرة، عن إسماعيل بن مسلم، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): كانت الفقهاء والحكماء إذا كاتب بعضهم بعضا، كتبوا بثلاث ليس معهن رابعة، من كانت الآخرة همه كفاه الله همه من الدنيا، ومن أصلح سريرته أصلح الله علانيته، ومن أصلح فيما بينه وبين الله عزوجل أصلح الله له فيما بينه وبين الناس (1). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: When the scholars and the wisemen of the past wrote to one another, they wrote only about three things, without a fourth: (1) Whoever is worried about the Hereafter, Allah will take care of his worries in this world. (2) Whoever rectifies his inner self, Allah will rectify his outer self. (3) Whoever rectifies that which is between him and Allah, Allah will rectify that which is between him and the people. 9 - حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري، وسعد بن عبد الله، عن عمران بن موسى، عن الحسن بن علي بن النعمان، عن محمد بن فضيل، عن غزوان الضبي، قال: أخبرني عبد الرحمن بن إسحاق، عن النعمان بن سعد، عن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام)، قال: أنا حجة الله، وأنا خليفة الله، وأنا صراط الله، وأنا باب الله، وأنا خازن علم الله، وأنا المؤتمن على سر الله، وأنا إمام البرية بعد خير الخليقة محمد نبي الرحمة (صلى الله عليه وآله) (1). From Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام). He said: I am the Proof of Allah, the Caliph of Allah, the Path of Allah, the Gate of Allah, the Treasury of Allah’s Knowledge, the Keeper of Allah’s Secret, and the Imam of the World after the Greatest of Creation, Muhammad, the Prophet of Mercy (s). 10 - حدثنا علي بن أحمد بن عبد الله بن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، قال: حدثنا أبي، عن جده أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، قال: حدثني سليمان بن مقبل المديني، قال: حدثني موسى بن جعفر، عن أبيه جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه محمد بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي، عن أبيه أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، قال: دخلت على رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) وهو في مسجد قبا وعنده نفر من أصحابه، فلما بصر بي تهلل وجهه وتبسم حتى نظرت إلى بياض أسنانه تبرق، ثم قال: إلي يا علي، إلي يا علي، فما زال يدنيني حتى ألصق فخذي بفخذه، ثم أقبل على أصحابه، فقال: معاشر أصحابي، أقبلت إليكم الرحمة بإقبال علي أخي إليكم. معاشر أصحابي، إن عليا مني وأنا من علي، روحه من روحي، وطينته من طينتي، وهو أخي ووصيي، وخليفتي على أمتي في حياتي وبعد موتي، من أطاعه أطاعني، ومن وافقه وافقني، ومن خالفه خالفني ( Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام).He said: I visited the Messenger of Allah (s) in the Quba Mosque, and with him was a group of his companions. When he saw me, his face became jubilant, and he smiled until I saw his white, shining teeth. Then, he said: To me, O `Ali; to me, O `Ali. Then, he began to hold me closely, until my thigh touched his thigh. Then, he faced his companions and said: O my companions! I have presented mercy to you by presenting `Ali as my brother to you. O my companions! Surely, `Ali is from me, and I am from `Ali. His spirit is from my spirit, and his clay is from my clay. He is my brother, my deputy, and my vicegerent over my Nation in my lifetime and after my death. Whoever obeys him has obeyed me, whoever supports him has supported me, and whoever opposes him has opposed me. 7 - حدثنا الحسين بن إبراهيم المؤدب، قال: حدثنا محمد بن أبي عبد الله الكوفي، عن سهل بن زياد، عن جعفر بن محمد بن بشار، عن عبيد الله بن عبد الله الدهقان، عن درست بن أبي منصور الواسطي، عن عبد الحميد بن أبي العلاء، عن ثابت بن دينار، عن سعد بن طريف الخفاف، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): أنا خليفة رسول الله ووزيره ووارثه، أنا أخو رسول الله ووصيه وحبيبه، أنا صفي رسول الله وصاحبه، أنا ابن عم رسول الله وزوج ابنته وأبو ولده، أنا سيد الوصيين ووصي سيد النبيين، أنا الحجة العظمى والآية الكبرى والمثل الاعلى وباب النبي المصطفى، أنا العروة الوثقى، وكلمة التقوى، وأمين الله تعالى ذكره على أهل الدنيا (5). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: I am the vicegerent of the Messenger of Allah, his vizier, and his inheritor. I am the brother of the Messenger of Allah, his deputy, and his beloved. I am the elite one of the Messenger of Allah and his companion. I am the cousin of the Messenger of Allah, the husband of his daughter, and the father of his descendants. I am the Master of the Deputies and the Deputy of the Master of Prophets. I am the decisive argument, the great sign, the highest ideal, and the gate of the Chosen Prophet. I am the Firm Handle, the pious word, the faithful of Allah, and His reminder for the people of this world. 2 - حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا علي بن موسى الكمنداني (3)، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن علي بن الحسين، عن محمد بن عبيد، عن عبيد بن هارون، قال: حدثنا أبو يزيد، عن حصين، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): عليكم في شهر رمضان بكثرة الاستغفار والدعاء، فأما الدعاء فيدفع عنكم به البلاء، وأما الاستغفار فتمحى به ذنوبكم (1). He said: Amir al-Mu'minin (عليه السلام) said: In the month of Ramadan, betake to much repentance and supplication. As for supplication, it will repel calamity from you; and as for repentance, it will remove sins from you. 10 - حدثنا محمد بن إبراهيم بن إسحاق (رحمه الله)، قال: أخبرني أحمد ابن محمد الهمداني، قال: أخبرنا المنذر بن محمد، قال: حدثنا إسماعيل بن عبد الله الكوفي، عن أبيه، عن عبد الله بن الفضل الهاشمي، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن جده (عليهم السلام)، قال: خطب أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) الناس يوم الفطر، فقال: أيها الناس، إن يومكم هذا يوم يثاب فيه المحسنون، ويخسر فيه المسيئون، وهو أشبه يوم بيوم قيامتكم، فاذكروا بخروجكم من منازلكم إلى مصلاكم خروجكم من الاجداث إلى ربكم، واذكروا بوقوفكم في مصلاكم وقوفكم بين يدي ربكم، واذكروا برجوعكم إلى منازلكم رجوعكم إلى منازلكم في الجنة أو النار، واعلموا - عباد الله - أن أدنى ما للصائمين والصائمات أن يناديهم ملك في آخر يوم من شهر رمضان: ابشروا عباد الله، فقد غفر لكم ما سلف من ذنوبكم، فانظروا كيف تكونون فيما تستأنفون (3). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) gave a sermon to the people on the Day of Fitr, saying: O people! This day of yours is the day when the righteous are rewarded and when the wrongdoers lose. It is the day most like the day of your deaths. So, remember how your exit from your houses to your places of prayer is like your exit from your bodies to your Lord. Remember how your standing in your places of prayer is like your standing before your Lord. Remember how your return to your houses is like your return to your houses in Paradise or the Fire. Know, O worshipers of Allah, that an angel calls to the fasting men and women on the last day of the month of Ramadan, saying: “Be glad, worshipers of Allah, for your past sins have been forgiven. So, look to how you resume.” 1 - حدثنا الشيخ الجليل أبو جعفر محمد بن علي بن الحسين بن موسى ابن بابويه القمي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا علي ابن الحسين السعد آبادي، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، عن أبيه، عن يونس بن عبد الرحمن، عن المغيرة بن توبة، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن جده (عليهم السلام)، قال: لما أشرف أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) على المقابر، قال: يا أهل التربة، ويا أهل القربة، أما الدور فقد سكنت، وأما الازواج فقد نكحت، وأما الاموال فقد قسمت، فهذا خبر ما عندنا، فما خبر ما عندكم؟ ثم التفت إلى أصحابه فقال: لو أذن لهم في الكلام لاخبروكم أن خير الزاد التقوى (1). He said: When Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) inspected the graveyards, he said: O people of the dust! O people of estrangement! As for your houses, they have been reinhabited. As for your wives, they have been remarried. As for your wealth, it has been distributed. This is the news from our side, what about the news from your side? Then, he turned to his companions and said: If they were permitted to speak, they would have informed you that the best provision is God-wariness. 5 - حدثنا محمد بن علي، عن عمه محمد بن أبي القاسم، عن هارون بن مسلم، عن مسعدة بن صدقة، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام): أن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) خطب بالبصرة، فقال بعد ما حمد الله عزوجل وأثنى عليه، وصلى على النبي وآله: المدة وإن طالت قصيرة، والماضي للمقيم عبرة، والميت للحي عظة، وليس لامس إن مضى عودة، ولا المرء من غد على ثقه، الاول للاوسط رائد، والاوسط للآخر قائد، وكل لكل مفارق، وكل بكل لاحق، والموت لكل غالب، واليوم الهائل لكل آزف، وهو اليوم الذي لا ينفع فيه مال ولا بنون إلا من أتى الله بقلب سليم. ثم قال (عليه السلام): معاشر شيعتي، اصبروا على عمل لا غنى بكم عن ثوابه، واصبروا عن عمل لا صبر لكم على عقابه، إنا وجدنا الصبر على طاعة الله أهون من الصبر على عذاب الله عزوجل، اعلموا أنكم في أجل محدود وأمل ممدود ونفس معدود، ولا بد للاجل أن يتناهى، وللامل أن يطوى، وللنفس أن يحصى، ثم دمعت عيناه وقرأ: (وإن عليكم لحافظين * كراما كاتبين * يعلمون ما تفعلون) (1). Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) delivered a sermon in Basra. After praising and commending Allah and blessing the Prophet and his Family, he said: A duration – even if it is prolonged – is short. The past is a lesson for those present. The dead are an exhortation for the living. When yesterday passes, it does not return, and a person from tomorrow is not upon stability – the first is a guide for the middle, and the middle is the leader of the last. Everyone will part from everyone, and everyone will follow everyone. Death will overcome everyone, and the colossal day is coming to everyone. It is the day in which neither wealth nor sons will benefit anyone – only those who meet Allah with a peaceable heart [will be delivered]. Then, he (عليه السلام) said: O my Shi`a! Be patient upon the deeds whose rewards you will not become needless of, and patiently refrain from the deeds whose punishment you will have no patience for. Surely, we have found that being patient upon the obedience of Allah is easier than being patience upon the punishment of Allah. Know that your time is finite, your hope is amplified, and your breaths are numbered. Your time cannot but end, your hope cannot but be extinguished, and your breaths cannot but be exhausted. Then, his eyes filled up with tears, and he recited: “While you are certainly observed by vigilant, honourable angels recording everything – they know whatever you do.” (82:10-12) 8 - حدثنا محمد بن (4) القاسم الاسترابادي (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن الحسن الحسيني، عن الحسن بن علي، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن علي، عن أبيه الرضا، عن أبيه موسى بن جعفر، عن أبيه جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه محمد بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): كم من غافل ينسج ثوبا ليلبسه، وإنما هو كفنه، ويبني بيتا (1) ليسكنه، وإنما هو موضع قبره (2). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: How many heedless people weave a robe to wear, when it is actually his shroud; and build a house to live in, when it is actually the place of his grave. 9 - وقيل لامير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): ما الاستعداد للموت؟ قال: أداء الفرائض، واجتناب المحارم، والاشتمال على المكارم، ثم لا يبالي أوقع على الموت أم وقع الموت عليه، والله ما يبالي ابن أبي طالب أوقع على الموت، أم وقع الموت عليه (3 It was said to Amir al-Mu’minin (as): What does one do to prepare for death? He said: Performing the obligations, avoiding the forbidden, and being generous – then, it will not matter if he approaches death or if death approaches him. By Allah, it does not matter to Ibn Abi Talib whether he approaches death or if death approaches him. 10 - وقال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) في بعض خطبه: أيها الناس، إن الدنيا دار فناء، والآخرة دار بقاء، فخذوا من ممركم لمقركم، ولا تهتكوا أستاركم عند من لا تخفي عليه أسراركم، وأخرجوا من الدنيا قلوبكم من قبل أن تخرج منها أبدانكم، ففي الدنيا حييتم (4)، وللآخرة خلقتم، إنما الدنيا كالسم يأكله من لا يعرفه، إن العبد إذا مات قالت الملائكة: ما قدم؟ وقال الناس: ما أخر؟ فقدموا فضلا يكن لكم، ولا تؤخروا كلا يكن عليكم، فإن المحروم من حرم خير ماله، والمغبوط من ثقل بالصدقات والخيرات موازينه، وأحسن في الجنة بها مهاده، وطيب على الصراط بها مسلكه (5). Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said in one of his sermons: O people! Surely, this world is the Abode of Annihilation, and the Hereafter is the Abode of Permanence, so take from your sojourn what will aid you in your lodging. There is no need to disclose your hidden matters to Him from whom you cannot hide your secrets, so take your hearts out of this world before your body is taken out of it. You were enlivened for this world, but you were created for the Hereafter. Surely, this world is like poison: it is eaten by one who knows not what it is. When a servant dies, the angels say: “What has he brought?”, while the people say: “what has he left behind?” Send virtues before you so that they may be for you, and do not leave anything that may be against you. Surely, the deprived is one who is deprived of the goodness of his wealth, who will be envious of one whose scales become heavy with charity and good actions, through which his residence in Paradise is beautified and his trek on the Path is sweetened. 5 - قال مالك بن أنس: وسمعت الصادق (عليه السلام) يقول: قيل لامير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): لم لا ت‍شتري فرسا عتيقا (1)؟ قال: لا حاجة لي فيه، فأنا لا أفر ممن كر علي، ولا أكر على من فر مني (2). Malik b. Anas said: And I heard al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) say: It was said to Amir al-Mu’minin (as): Why do you not purchase a highborn horse? He said: I have no need for it, for I do not flee from one who attacks me, nor do I attack one who flees from me. 7 - حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه، عن الريان بن الصلت، عن الرضا علي بن موسى، عن أبيه موسى بن جعفر، عن أبيه جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه محمد بن علي، عن أبيه علي بن الحسين، عن أبيه الحسين بن علي (عليهم السلام)، قال: رأى أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) رجلا من شيعته بعد عهد طويل، وقد أثر السن فيه، وكان يتجلد في مشيته، فقال (عليه السلام): كبر سنك يا رجل. قال: في طاعتك يا أمير المؤمنين. فقال (عليه السلام): إنك لتتجلد؟ قال: على أعدائك يا أمير المؤمنين. فقال (عليه السلام): أجد فيك بقية: قال: هي لك يا أمير المؤمنين (3). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) saw a man from his Shi`a after a long time [away from him], and the signs of aging were visible on him. He had a limp in his walk. So, he (عليه السلام) said: O man! You have aged. He said: In obedience to you, O Amir al-Mu’minin. So, he (عليه السلام) said: You are limping. He said: Due to your enemies, O Amir al-Mu’minin. So, he (عليه السلام) said: I see some strength in you. He said: It is for you, O Amir al-Mu’minin. 14 - حدثنا محمد بن علي ماجيلويه (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه إبراهيم بن هاشم، قال: حدثني أبو الصلت عبد السلام بن صالح، قال: حدثني محمد بن يوسف الفريابي، عن سفيان، عن الاوزاعي، عن يحيى بن أبي كثير، عن حبيب بن الجهم، قال: لما رحل بنا علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) إلى بلاد صفين، نزل بقرية يقال لها صندوداء، ثم أمرنا فعربنا عنها، ثم عرس (1) بنا في أرض بلقع (2)، فقام إليه مالك بن الحارث الاشتر، فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين، أتنزل الناس على غير ماء! فقال: يا مالك، إن الله عز وجل سيسقينا في هذا المكان ماء أعذب من الشهد، وألين من الزبد الزلال، وأبرد من الثلج، وأصفى من الياقوت، فتعجبنا ولا عجب من قول أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام). ثم أقبل يجر رداءه، وبيده سيفه، حتى وقف على أرض بلقع، فقال: يا مالك، احتفر أنت وأصحابك. فقال مالك: احتفرنا فإذا نحن بصخرة سوداء عظيمة، فيها حلقة تبرق كاللجين (3)، فقال لنا: روموها، فرمناها بأجمعنا ونحن مائة رجل، فلم نستطع أن نزيلها عن موضعها، فدنا أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) رافعا يده إلى السماء يدعو، وهو يقول: طاب طاب مريا عالم طيبوا ثابوثه شمثيا (4) كوبا حاحانو ثاتو ديثابر حوثا، آمين آمين رب العالمين، رب موسى وهارون، ثم اجتذبها فرماها عن العين أربعين ذراعا. قال مالك بن الحارث الاشتر: فظهر لنا ماء أعذب من الشهد، وأبرد من الثلج، وأصفى من الياقوت، فشربنا وسقينا، ثم رد الصخرة وأمرنا أن نحثو عليها التراب، ثم ارتحل، فما سرنا إلا غير بعيد، قال: من منكم يعرف موضع العين؟ فقلنا: كلنا، يا أمير المؤمنين. فرجعنا فطلبنا العين فخفي مكانها علينا أشد خفاء، فظننا أن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) قد رهقه العطش، فأومأنا بأطرافنا، فإذا نحن بصومعة (1) راهب فدنونا منها، فإذا نحن براهب قد سقط حاجباه على عينيه من الكبر، فقلنا: يا راهب، عندك ماء نسقي منه صاحبنا. قال: عندي ماء قد استعذبته منذ يومين. فأنزل إلينا ماء مرا خشنا (2)، فقلنا: هذا قد استعذبته منذ يومين! فكيف لو شربت من الماء الذي سقانا منه صاحبنا؟ وحدثناه بالامر، فقال: صاحبكم هذا نبي؟ قلنا: لا، ولكنه وصي نبي. فنزل إلينا بعد وحشته منا، وقال: انطلقوا بي إلى صاحبكم. فانطلقنا به، فلما بصر به أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام)، قال: شمعون؟ قال الراهب: نعم شمعون، هذا اسم سمتني به أمي، ما أطلع عليه أحد إلا الله تبارك وتعالى، ثم أنت، فكيف عرفته، فأتم حتى أتمه لك؟ قال: وما تشاء يا شمعون؟ قال: هذا العين واسمه. قال: هذا عين راحوما وهو من الجنة، شرب منه ثلاثمائة وثلاثة عشر وصيا وأنا آخر الوصيين شربت منه. قال الراهب: هكذا وجدت في جميع كتب الانجيل، وأنا أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله، وأن محمدا رسول الله، وأنك وصي محمد (صلى الله عليه وآله). ثم رحل أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) والراهب يقدمه حتى نزل صفين، ونزل معه بعابدين (3) والتقى الصفان، فكان أول من أصابته الشهادة الراهب، فنزل أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) وعيناه تهملان وهو يقول: المرء مع من أحب، الراهب معنا يوم القيامة، ورفيقي في الجنة (4). He said: When `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) went with us to the land of Siffin, he disembarked in a village called Sanduda’. Then, he ordered us to come to it. Then, he disembarked with us at night in a barren land. So, Malik b. al-Harith al-Ashtar went to him and said: O Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام)! Why would you cause the people to disembark in a place that does not have water?! So, he said: O Malik! Surely, Allah will feed us water that is purer than honey, softer than butter, colder than snow, and clearer than ruby. So, we became astonished; and there is nothing more astonishing than the words of Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام). Then, he began to drag his cloak, with his sword in his hand, until he stood on the barren land. He said: O Malik – you and your companions, dig. So, Malik said: We dug until we found a great black rock with a ring that shone like silver. So, he said to us: Throw it. So, we tried to throw it – and we had one hundred men gathered – but we could not move it from its place. So, Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) came forward with his hands raised to the sky, supplicating and saying: … amen, amen O Lord of the Worlds, Lord of Musa and Harun. Then, he took it and hurled it forty armlengths away from a river. Malik b. al-Harith al-Ashtar said: Then, water that was purer than honey, softer than butter, colder than snow, and clearer than ruby appeared to us. We drank from it and fed from it. Then, he returned the rock, and ordered us to throw dust atop it. Then, we continued when, not far away, he said: Which of you know the location of the river? So, we said: All of us, O Amir al-Mu’minin. So, we returned, and we looked for the river, but it had been extremely hidden from us. So, we thought that Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) was overburdened with thirst, so we went out and found the hermitage of a monk. We approached it until we found a monk whose eyebrows covered his eyes from old age. So, we said: O monk! Do you have water that we could feed our master with? He said: I have water that I purified two days ago. So, he brought us water that was bitter and rough. We said: Is this what you purified two days ago?! How would you be if you had drunk from the water that our master had given us? So, we told him about the matter, and he said: Is this master of yours a prophet? We said: No, but he is the deputy of a prophet. So, he came down to us after his absence and said: Take me to your master. So, we took him, and when Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) saw him, he said: Sham`un? The monk said: Yes, Sham`un, this is the name that my mother gave me. No one knows this except Allah, and now you, so how did you find out? He said: What do you want, Sham`un? He said: This river and its name. He said: This river is Rahuma, and it is from Paradise. Three hundred and thirteen deputies have drunk from it, and I am the last deputy to drink from it. So, the monk said: This is what I found in all the books of the Gospel, and I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and that you are the deputy of Muhammad (s). Then, the monk went with Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) until he reached Siffin. The monk was among the first to be martyred. So, Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) went down with his eyes saddened, saying: A person will be with whom he loves. The monk will be with us on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be my friend in Paradise. 9 - حدثنا الحسين بن أحمد بن إدريس (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا أبي، عن محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب، قال: حدثنا المغيرة بن محمد، قال: حدثنا بكر بن خنيس، عن أبي عبد الله الشامي، عن نوف البكالي، قال: أتيت أمير المؤمنين (صلوات الله عليه) وهو في رحبة مسجد الكوفة، فقلت: السلام عليك يا أمير المؤمنين ورحمة الله وبركاته. فقال: وعليك السلام يا نوف ورحمة الله وبركاته. فقلت له: يا أمير المؤمنين، عظني. فقال: يا نوف، أحسن يحسن إليك. فقلت: زدني يا أمير المؤمنين. فقال: يا نوف، ارحم ترحم. فقلت: زدني يا أمير المؤمنين. قال: يا نوف، قل خيرا تذكر بخير. فقلت: زدني يا أمير المؤمنين. قال: اجتنب الغيبة، فانها إدام كلاب النار. ثم قال: يا نوف، كذب من زعم أنه ولد من حلال وهو يأكل لحوم الناس بالغيبة، وكذب من زعم أنه ولد من حلال وهو يبغضني ويبغض الائمة من ولدي، وكذب من زعم أنه ولد من حلال وهو يحب الزنا، وكذب من زعب أنه يعرف الله عز وجل وهو مجترئ على معاصي الله كل يوم وليلة. يا نوف، اقبل وصيتي، لا تكونن نقيبا ولا عريفا ولا عشارا ولا بريدا. يا نوف، صل رحمك يزيد الله في عمرك، وحسن خلقك يخفف الله حسابك. يا نوف، إن سرك أن تكون معي يوم القيامة فلا تكن للظالمين معينا. يا نوف، من أحبنا كان معنا يوم القيامة، ولو أن رجلا أحب حجرا لحشرة الله معه. يا نوف، إياك أن تتزين للناس وتبارز الله بالمعاصي، فيفضحك الله يوم تلقاه. يا نوف: احفظ عني ما أقول لك، تنل به خير الدنيا والآخرة (1 He said: I went to Amir al-Mu’minin (s) while he was in the courtyard of the Mosque of Kufa. I said: Peace be with you, Amir al-Mu’minin, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings. He said: And also with you, Nawfal, and the mercy of Allah and His blessings. So, I said to him: O Amir al-Mu’minin! Exhort me. So, he said: O Nawfal! Do good, and good will come to you. So, I said: Give me more, Amir al-Mu’minin. So, he said: O Nawfal! Be merciful, and you will receive mercy. So, I said: Give me more, Amir al-Mu’minin. He said: O Nawfal! Say good things, and you will be remembered in goodness. So, I said: Give me more, Amir al-Mu’minin. He said: Avoid backbiting, for it is the treat of the dogs of the Fire. Then, he said: O Nawfal! One who alleges that he had a pure birth whilst eating the flesh of the people by backbiting has lied. One who alleges that he had a pure birth whilst hating me and hating the Imams from my descendants has lied. One who alleges that he had a pure birth whilst loving adultery has lied. One who alleges that he recognizes Allah whilst continually disobeying Allah every day and every night has lied. O Nawfal! Take my advice: do not be a captain, a corporal, a tax collector, or a postman. O Nawfal! Connect with your blood-relatives, and Allah will lengthen your life, beautify your form; and Allah will ease your Judgment. O Nawfal! Your joy would be to be with me on the Day of Resurrection, so do not be a helper of the oppressors. O Nawfal! Whoever loves us will be with us on the Day of Resurrection. Even if a man loved a stone, Allah would resurrect him with it. O Nawfal! Beware of adorning yourself for the people whilst battling Allah with your disobedience, for Allah would expose you on the Day you meet Him. O Nawfal! Maintain what I say to you, and you will achieve the best of this world and the Hereafter. 7 - حدثنا الحسين بن أحمد بن إدريس (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا أبي، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن أبيه، عن عبد الله بن القاسم، عن أبيه، عن أبي بصير، عن أبي عبد الله، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): إن لاهل الدين علامات يعرفون بها: صدق الحديث، وأداء الامانة، والوفاء بالعهد، وصلة الرحم، ورحمة الضعفاء، وقلة المؤاتاة للنساء، وبذل المعروف، وحسن الخلق، وسعة الخلق، واتباع العلم وما يقرب إلى الله عز وجل (طوبى لهم وحسن مئاب) (2) وطوبى شجرة في الجنة، أصلها في دار النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله)، وليس من مؤمن إلا وفي داره غصن منها، لا تخطر على قلبه شهوة شئ إلا أتاه به ذلك الغصن، ولو أن راكبا مجدا سار في ظلها مائة عام ما خرج منها، ولو طار من أسفلها غراب ما بلغ أعلاها حتى يسقط هرما، ألا ففي هذا فارغبوا، إن المؤمن نفسه منه في شغل والناس منه في راحة، وإذا جن عليه الليل افترش وجهه وسجد لله عز وجل بمكارم بدنه، يناجي الذي خلقه في فكاك رقبته، ألا هكذا فكونوا (3). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: The people of religion have signs by which they are recognized: truthful speech, fulfilling trusts, being loyal to agreements, maintaining blood-ties, being merciful to the weak, giving little flattery to women, extending moral virtues, beautiful character, much forbearance, seeking knowledge in whatever brings him closer to Allah – “for them is Tuba and a goodly return” (13:29). Tuba is a tree in Paradise. Its root is in the house of the Prophet (s), and there is no believer except that he is in his house. Anything their hearts desire will branch out of it. If a glorious rider were to traverse through its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to exit it. If a crow were to fly from its lowest point, it would not be able to reach its highest point without falling out of old age. So, desire this. Surely, the believer is busy at heart, whilst the people are at peace because of him. When night comes to him, he lays his face in prostration to Allah with the nobility of his body; whispering to the one who created him, asking Him to free his neck [from Hell]. So, be like this. 3 - حدثنا صالح بن عيسى بن أحمد بن محمد العجلي، قال: حدثنا أبو بكر محمد بن علي بن علي، قال: حدثنا أبو نصر الشعراني في مسجد حميد، قال: حدثنا سلمة بن الوضاح (5)، عن أبيه، عن أبي إسرائيل، عن أبي إسحاق الهمداني، عن عاصم بن ضمرة، عن الحارث الاعور، قال: بينا أنا أسير مع أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) في الحيرة، إذا نحن بديراني (6) يضرب الناقوس، قال: فقال علي ابن أبي طالب (عليه السلام): يا حارث، أتدري ما يقول هذا الناقوس، قلت: الله ورسوله وابن عم رسوله أعلم. قال: إنه يضرب مثل الدنيا وخرابها، ويقول: لا إله إلا الله حقا حقا صدقا صدقا، إن الدنيا قد غرتنا وشغلتنا، واستهوتنا واستغوتنا، يا بن الدنيا مهلا مهلا، يا بن الدنيا دقا دقا، يا بن الدنيا جمعا جمعا، تفنى الدنيا قرنا قرنا، ما من يوم يمضي عنا إلا أوهى (7) منا ركنا، قد ضيعنا دارا تبقى، واستوطنا دارا تفنى، لسنا ندري ما فرطنا فيها إلا لو قد متنا. قال الحارث: يا أمير المؤمنين، النصارى يعلمون ذلك؟ قال: لو علموا ذلك لما اتخذوا المسيح إلها من دون الله. قال: فذهبت إلى الديراني، فقلت له: بحق المسيح عليك، لما ضربت بالناقوس على الجهة التي تضربها. قال: فأخذ يضرب وأنا أقول حرفا حرفا حتى بلغ إلى موضع: إلا لو قد متنا. فقال: بحق نبيكم. من أخبركم بهذا؟ قلت: هذا الرجل الذي كان معي أمس. فقال: وهل بينه وبين النبي من قرابة؟ قلت: هو ابن عمه. قال: بحق نبيكم أسمع هذا من نبيكم؟ قال: قلت: نعم. فأسلم، ثم قال لي: والله إني وجدت في التوراة أنه يكون في آخر الانبياء نبي، وهو يفسر ما يقول الناقوس (1). He said: I was with Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) in Hira when we came across a monk striking the bell of his monastery. So, `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) said: O Harith! Do you know what this bell is saying? I said: Allah, His Messenger, and the cousin of His Messenger know best. He said: He strikes like this world and its ruin, and it says: “There is no god but Allah, truly, truly, verily, verily. Surely, this world has deceived us and busied us. We have become capricious and astray. O son of this world – easy, easy! O son of this world – reduce, reduce! O son of this world – gather, gather! This world will be annihilated, century after century. Not a day passes except that it weakens our pillars. We have lost the abode that remains, and we have taken residence in the abode that perishes. We will not know what we have left until we die.” Al-Harith said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! Do the Christians know this? He said: Had they known this, they would not have taken the Messiah as a god besides Allah. He said: So, I went to the monk and I said to him: By the right that the Messiah has upon you – strike the bell from the side that you have struck it. He said: So, he began striking it, and I said [the earlier saying] letter by letter until I reached “until we die.” So, he said: By the right of your Prophet – who informed you of this? I said: The man who was with me yesterday. So, he said: Does he have a relation to the Prophet? I said: He is his cousin. He said: By the right of your Prophet – did he hear this from your Prophet? He said: I said: Yes. So, he converted to Islam, then said to me: By Allah! I saw in the Torah that there will be a final prophet who will interpret what the bell says. 8 - حدثنا محمد بن علي بن الفضل الكوفي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن جعفر المعروف بابن التبان، قال: حدثنا إبراهيم بن خالد المقرئ الكسائي، قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن داهر الرازي، عن أبيه، عن سعد بن طريف، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، قال: بينا نحن ذات يوم حول أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) في مسجد الكوفة، إذ قال: يا أهل الكوفة، لقد حباكم الله عز وجل بما لم يحب به أحدا، ففضل مصلاكم، وهو بيت آدم، وبيت نوح، وبيت إدريس، ومصلى إبراهيم الخليل، ومصلى أخي الخضر (عليه السلام)، ومصلاي، وإن مسجدكم هذا أحد الاربعة مساجد التي اختارها الله عز وجل لاهلها، وكأني به يوم القيامة في ثوبين أبيضين شبيه بالمحرم، يشفع لاهله ولمن صلى فيه، فلا ترد شفاعته، ولا تذهب الايام حتى ينصب الحجر الاسود فيه، وليأتين عليه زمان يكون مصلى المهدي من ولدي، ومصلى كل مؤمن، ولا يبقى على الارض مؤمن إلا كان به أو حن قلبه إليه، فلا تهجروه، وتقربوا إلى الله عز وجل بالصلاة فيه، وارغبوا إليه في قضاء حوائجكم، فلو يعلم الناس ما فيه من البركة لاتوه من أقطار الارض ولو حبوا على الثلج (1). He said: One day, we were gathered around Amir al-Mu’minin in the Mosque of Kufa when he said: O people of Kufa! Allah has loved you in a way that He has not loved anyone else, so He uplifted your place of prayer, which is the house of Adam, the house of Nuh, the house of Idris, the place of prayer for Ibrahim the Friend and my brother al-Khidr (عليه السلام), and my place of prayer. This mosque of yours is one of the four mosques that Allah has chosen for its people. It is as if I am in it on the Day of Resurrection, wearing two white garments, giving intercession to its people and to whomever prayed in it. Its intercession is not rejected. The days will not pass until the Black Stone will be brought to it. There will come a time where it will be the place of prayer of the Mahdi from my progeny, and the place of prayer of every believer, and there will not be a believer on Earth except that he has been in it or craved it in his heart. So, do not forsake it, and come closer to Allah by praying in it. Desire to come to it to fulfill your needs. If the people were to know its blessing, they would come to it from every region of the Earth, even if they had to crawl on ice. 9 - حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن يحيى العطار (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا أبي، عن سهل بن زياد، عن محمد بن عيسى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن أبي نصر، عن جميل ابن دراج، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد (عليه السلام)، قال: كان أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) يقول: أصل الانسان لبه وعقله ودينه (2) ومروءته حيث يجعل نفسه، والايام دول، والناس إلى آدم شرع سواء (3). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) would say: The basis of mankind – his heart, his intellect, his religion, and his chivalry – is whatever he makes of himself. The days change, but the people are as Adam. 8 - حدثنا جعفر بن محمد بن مسرور (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا الحسين بن محمد بن عامر، عن عمه عبد الله بن عامر، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن أبان بن عثمان، عن سعد بن طريف، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، قال: كان أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) يقول في سجوده: أناجيك يا سيدي كما يناجي العبد الذليل مولاه، وأطلب إليك طلب من يعلم أنك تعطي ولا ينقص مما عندك شئ، واستغفرك استغفار من يعلم أنه لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت، وأتوكل عليك توكل من يعلم أنك على كل شئ قدير (3). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) would say in his prostration: I whisper to You, My Master, just as a servile slave whispers to his master. I request from You whilst knowing that You give without decreasing what is with You. I repent to You whilst knowing that none forgive sins except You. I rely on You whilst knowing that You have power over all things. 12 - حدثنا أبو العباس محمد بن إبراهيم الطالقاني (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا أبو بكر محمد بن القاسم الانباري، قال: حدثنا أبي، قال: حدثنا أبو بكر محمد بن أبي يعقوب الدينوري، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن أبي المقدام العجلي، قال: يروى أن رجلا جاء إلى علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين، إن لي إليك حاجة. فقال: اكتبها في الارض، فإني أرى الضر فيك بينا. فكتب في الارض: أنا فقير محتاج. فقال علي (عليه السلام): يا قنبر اكسه حلتين. فأنشأ الرجل يقول: كسوتني حلة تبلى محاسنها * * فسوف أكسوك من حسن الثنا حللا إن نلت حسن ثنائي نلت مكرمة * * ولست تبقي بما قد نلته بدلا إن الثناء ليحيي ذكر صاحبه * * كالغيث يحيي نداه السهل والجبلا لا تزهد الدهر في عرف (1) بدأت به * * فكل عبد سيجزى بالذي فعلا فقال علي (عليه السلام): أعطوه مائة دينار، فقيل له: يا أمير المؤمنين، لقد أغنيته. فقال: إني سمعت رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يقول: أنزلوا الناس منازلهم. ثم قال علي (عليه السلام): إني لاعجب من أقوام يشترون المماليك بأموالهم، ولا يشترون الاحرار بمعروفهم! (2). He said: It is reported that a man came to `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) and said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! I need something from you. So, he said: Write it in the ground, for I see a malady in you. So, he wrote in the ground: “I am a needy, poor person.” So, `Ali (عليه السلام) said: O Qanbar! Clothe him in two garments. So, the man recited: You have clothed me in a garment whose beauty will fade, So, I will clothe you in beautiful praise, Once you are gowned in my garment of beautiful praise, you are gowned in honour, I will not remain in that which you have gowned me in, But praise will enliven the memory of its owner, Just as rain enlivens the plains, but the mountain remains For the rest of time in the place where it began, Every worshiper will reap what he sows. So, `Ali (عليه السلام) said: Give him one hundred gold coins. So, it was said to him: O Amir al-Mu’minin! You have made him rich. So, he said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (s) say: Put people in their proper station. Then, `Ali (عليه السلام) said: I am astonished at a people who buy slaves with their wealth, but do not buy freemen with their good deeds! - حدثنا أبي (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، قال: حدثنا إبراهيم بن هاشم، عن إسماعيل بن مرار، عن يونس بن عبد الرحمن، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن أبي حمزة الثمالي، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، أنه قال: كان أمير المؤمنين علي ابن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) إذا اتي بالمال أدخله بيت مال المسلمين، ثم جمع المستحقين، ثم ضرب يده في المال فنثره يمنة ويسرة، وهو يقول: يا صفراء، يا بيضاء، لا تغريني، غري غيري: هذا جناي وخياره فيه * * إذ كل جان يده إلى فيه (3) ثم لا يخرج حتى يفرق ما في بيت مال المسلمين ويؤتي كل ذي حق حقه، ثم يأمر أن يكنس ويرش، ثم يصلي فيه ركعتين، ثم يطلق الدنيا ثلاثا، يقول بعد التسليم: يا دنيا لا تتعرضي لي ولا تتشوقي ولا تغريني، فقد طلقتك ثلاثا لا رجعة لي عليك (1). He said: Whenever Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) was given money, he put it in the treasury of the Muslims (bayt al-mal al-muslimin). Then, he would gather those who were wronged, and he would take the money with his hand and distribute it left and right while saying: O gold, O silver! Do not deceive me – deceive someone else. I give this to others and forbid my hand from it. He would not leave until he distributed what was in the treasury of the Muslims and gave everyone their due right. Then, he would call for it to be swept and washed. Then, he would pray two units in it. Then, he would divorce this world three times; saying after the taslim: O world! Do not present yourself to me, do not make me long for you, and do not deceive me, for I have divorced you three times, and there is no coming back to you. 1 1 - حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن يحيى العطار (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا أبي، عن محمد بن أحمد بن يحيى بن عمران الاشعري، قال: حدثني أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، عن أبيه، عن يونس بن عبد الرحمن، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام)، عن الحسن (1) بن علي (عليهما السلام) أنه قال: سئل أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، ما ثبات الايمان؟ فقال: الورع. فقيل له: ما زواله؟ قال: الطمع (2). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) was asked: What keeps faith steadfast? So, he said: Piety. So, it was said to him: What causes it to decline? He said: Greed. 14 - حدثنا علي بن عيسى (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا علي بن محمد ماجيلويه، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن أبيه، عن الحسين بن علوان الكلبي، عن عمرو بن ثابت، عن زيد بن علي، عن أبيه، عن جده (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام): إن في الجنة لشجرة يخرج من أعلاها الحلل، ومن أسفلها خيل بلق (4)، مسرجة ملجمة، ذوات أجنحة، لا تروث ولا تبول، فيركبها أولياء الله، فتطير بهم في الجنة حيث شاءوا، فيقول الذين أسفل منهم: يا ربنا، ما بلغ بعبادك هذه الكرامة؟ فيقول الله جل جلاله: إنهم كانوا يقومون الليل ولا ينامون، ويصومون النهار ولا يأكلون، ويجاهدون العدو ولا يجبنون، ويتصدقون ولا يبخلون (1). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) said: In Paradise there is a tree with gems that come out of the top and black-and-white winged horses that come out of the bottom. The horses do not defecate, nor do they urinate. The friends of Allah will ride them, and by them, they will fly wherever they want in Paradise. Those lower than them will say: “O our Lord! How did Your servants attain this nobility?” So, Allah will say: “They would pray in the night and not sleep, and they would fast in the day and not eat, and they would fight the enemies without cowardice, and they would give in charity without stinginess.” 7 - حدثنا علي بن الحسين بن شاذويه المؤدب (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا محمد بن عبد الله بن جعفر، قال: حدثني أبي، قال: حدثني هارون بن مسلم، عن مسعدة بن صدقة، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام) قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): ما جمع شئ إلى شئ أفضل من حلم إلى علم (2). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said: No thing has been added to something that is more virtuous than forbearance added to knowledge. 10 - حدثنا صالح بن عيسى بن أحمد بن محمد العجلي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن محمد بن علي، قال: حدثنا محمد بن الفرج الروياني، قال: حدثنا عبد الله ابن محمد العجلي، قال: حدثني عبد العظيم بن عبد الله الحسني، عن أبيه، عن أبان مولى زيد بن علي، عن عاصم بن بهدلة، قال: قال لي شريح القاضي: اشتريت دارا بثمانين دينارا، وكتبت كتاب، وأشهدت عدولا، فبلغ ذلك أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، فبعث إلي مولاه قنبرا فأتيته، فلما أن دخلت عليه قال: يا شريح، اشتريت دارا، وكتبت كتابا، وأشهدت عدولا، ووزنت مالا؟ قال: قلت: نعم. قال: يا شريح، اتق الله، فإنه سيأتيك من لا ينظر في كتابك ولا يسأل عن بينتك حتى يخرجك من دارك شاخصا، ويسلمك إلى قبرك خالصا، فانظر أن لا تكون اشتريت هذه الدار من غير مالكها، ووزنت مالا من غير حله، فإذن أنت قد خسرت الدارين جميعا الدنيا والآخرة. ثم قال (عليه السلام): يا شريح، فلو كنت عند ما اشتريت هذه الدار أتيتني، فكتبت لك كتاب على هذه النسخة، إذن لم تشترها بدرهمين. قال: قلت: وما كنت تكتب، يا أمير المؤمنين؟ قال: كنت أكتب لك هذا الكتاب: بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم هذا ما اشترى عبد ذليل من ميت أزعج بالرحيل، اشترى منه دارا في دار الغرور، من جانب الفانين إلى عسكر الهالكين، وتجمع هذه الدار حدودا أربعة: فالحد الاول منها ينتهي إلى دواعي الآفات، والحد الثاني منها ينتهي إلى دواعي العاهات، والحد الثالث منها ينتهي إلى دواعي المصيبات، والحد الرابع منها ينتهي إلى الهوى المردي والشيطان المغوي، وفيه يشرع باب هذه الدار، اشترى هذا المفتون بالامل من هذا المزعج بالاجل جميع هذه الدار، بالخروج من عز القنوع والدخول في ذل الطلب، فما أدرك هذا المشتري فيما اشترى منه من درك، فعلى مبلي أجسام الملوك، وسالب نفوس الجبابرة مثل كسرى وقيصر وتبع وحمير، ومن جمع المال إلى المال فأكثر، وبنى فشيد، ونجد (1) فزخرف، وأدخر بزعمه للولد، إشخاصهم جميعا إلى موقف العرض لفصل القضاء، وخسر هنا لك المبطلون، شهد على ذلك العقل إذا خرج من أسر الهوى ونظر بعين الزوال لاهل الدنيا، وسمع منادي الزهد ينادي في عرصاتها: ما أبين الحق لذي عينين! إن الرحيل أحد اليومين، تزودوا من صالح الاعمال، وقربوا الآمال بالآجال، فقد دنت الرحلة والزوال (2) He said: Shurayh the Judge said to me: I bought a [luxurious] house with eighty gold coins. I wrote a letter and had two just witnesses testify to it. So, Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) was told about that, so he sent his client Qanbar to me, and I gave it to him. When he (عليه السلام) visited me, he said: O Shurayh! You bought a house, you wrote a letter, you had two just witnesses testify to it, and you measured the money? He said: I said: Yes. He said: O Shurayh! Fear Allah, for one [angel] will come to you who will not look at your letter, nor ask for your evidence; and he will take you out of your house and deposit you wholly into your grave. So, make sure that you have not bought this house from other than its rightful owner, and that you have not measured unlawful money, or else you will have lost both abodes together: this world and the Hereafter. Then, he (عليه السلام) said: O Shurayh! If you had come to me when you had bought this house, I would have written a letter on this sheet, and you would not have even bought it for two silver coins. He said: I said: What would you have written, Amir al-Mu’minin? He said: I would have written this letter to you: “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. This is what was purchased by a lowly slave from a mortal that is ready to depart. He bought a house in the Abode of Vanity, from the side of mortals to the garrison of the perished ones. This house has four barriers: (1) its first barrier is destruction, (2) its second barrier is impairment, (3) its third barrier is calamity, (4) and its fourth barrier is caprice that leads to Satan the deceiver. Then, there is the door that is the opening of the house. This deceived person purchases this with wishful thinking from one who is pursued by death. He withdraws from the splendour of being content with modest needs. The buyer does not understand what he has bought at all. He is afflicted with what afflicted the bodies of kings and he is cursed with what cursed the oppressors; like Khosrow, Caesar, Tubba`, Himyar, and all who amass wealth upon wealth and go on increasing it, building high houses and decorating them, collecting treasures and preserving them. According to their own thinking, they claimed these things for children to take them to the place of accounting and judgement and the position of reward and punishment. When the verdict will be passed, “those who stood on falsehood would then be at a total loss.” (40:78) This document is witnessed by the intellect when it is free from the shackles of desires, and safe from the attachments to this world, and hearing of the voice of asceticism as it calls: “How clear is the truth for one with eyes!” Surely, one’s journey is of two days, so increase in your righteous deeds and unite your hopeful expectations with the reality of imminent death, for the journey is dwindling and diminishing.” 4 - حدثنا أبي (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسين السعد آبادي، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، عن أبيه، عن أحمد بن النضر الخزاز، عن عمرو بن شمر، عن جابر بن يزيد الجعفي، عن أبي حمزة الثمالي، عن حبيب بن عمرو، قال: دخلت على أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام) في مرضه الذي قبض فيه، فحل عن جراحته، فقلت: يا أمير المؤمنين، ما جرحك هذا بشئ، وما بك من بأس. فقال لي: يا حبيب، أنا والله مفارقكم الساعة. قال: فبكيت عند ذلك، وبكت أم كلثوم، وكانت قاعدة عنده، فقال لها: ما يبكيك يا بنية؟ فقالت: ذكرت يا أبه أنك تفارقنا الساعة فبكيت. فقال لها: يا بنية لا تبكين، فوالله لو ترين ما يرى أبوك ما بكيت. قال حبيب: فقلت له: وما الذي ترى يا أمير المؤمنين؟ فقال: يا حبيب، أرى ملائكة السماوات والنبيين بعضهم في أثر بعض وقوفا إلى أن يتلقوني، وهذا أخي محمد رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) جالس عندي، يقول: أقدم، فإن أمامك خير لك مما أنت فيه. قال: فما خرجت من عنده حتى توفي (عليه السلام)، فلما كان من الغد، وأصبح الحسن (عليه السلام)، قام خطيبا على المنبر، فحمد الله وأثنى عليه، ثم قال: أيها الناس، في هذه الليلة نزل القرآن، وفي هذه الليلة رفع عيسى بن مريم (عليه السلام)، وفي هذه الليلة قتل يوشع بن نون، وفي هذه الليلة مات أبي أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام). والله لا يسبق أبي أحد كان قبله من الاوصياء إلى الجنة، ولا من يكون بعده، وإن كان رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) ليبعثه في السرية فيقاتل جبرئيل عن يمينه، وميكائيل عن يساره، وما ترك صفراء ولا بيضاء، إلا سبعمائة درهم فضلت من عطائه، كان يجمعها ليشتري بها خادما لاهله (1). He said: I visited Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) during the ailment in which he passed away. He settled from his injury, so I said to him: O Amir al-Mu’minin! How is your injury, and how much pain are you in? So, he said to me: O Habib! I, by Allah, will depart from you in this moment. He said: So, I wept at that, and Umm Kulthum wept; and she was attending to him. So, he said to her: What makes you weep, my daughter? So, she said: You mentioned, father, that you will be departing from us at this moment, so I wept. So, he said to her: O my daughter! Do not weep, for by Allah, if you see what your father sees, you would not weep. Habib said: So, I said to him: What do you see, O Amir al-Mu’minin? So, he said: O Habib! I see the angels of heaven and the prophets, each following the other, standing to meet me. This is my brother, Muhammad the Messenger of Allah (s) sitting with me, saying: “Come forth, for what is before you is better than what you are in.” He said: So, I did not leave him until he (عليه السلام) passed away. The next morning, al-Hasan (عليه السلام) got up to give a sermon on the pulpit. He praised Allah and commended Him, then said: O people! On this night, the Quran was revealed, and on this night, `Isa b. Maryam (عليه السلام) was raised up, and on this night, Yusha` b. Nun was killed, and on this night, my father, Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali b. Abi Talib (عليه السلام) died. By Allah! None of the deputies before him will reach Paradise before him, nor will any after him. Surely, when the Messenger of Allah (s) would send him out to the battlefield, Gabriel would fight by his right side and Michael would fight by his left side. He neither left behind a gold coin nor a silver coin, except for seven hundred silver coins that were left over from what was given to him which he was gathering to purchase a servant for his family. 9 - حدثنا محمد بن محمد بن عصام الكليني (رحمه الله)، قال: حدثنا محمد بن يعقوب، قال: حدثنا محمد بن علي بن معز (4)، قال: حدثنا محمد بن علي ابن عاتكة (5)، عن الحسين بن النضر الفهري، عن عمرو الاوزاعي، عن عمرو بن شمر، عن جابر بن يزيد الجعفي، عن أبي جعفر محمد بن علي الباقر، عن أبيه، عن جده (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) في خطبة خطبها بعد موت النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) بتسعة (1) أيام، وذلك حين فرغ من جمع القرآن، فقال: الحمد لله الذي أعجز الاوهام أن تنال إلا وجوده، وحجب العقول عن أن تتخيل ذاته، في امتناعها من الشبه والشكل، بل هو الذي لم يتفاوت في ذاته، ولم يتبعض بتجزئة العدد في كماله، فارق الاشياء لا على اختلاف الاماكن، وتمكن منها لا على الممازجة، وعلمها لا بأداة لا يكون العلم إلا بها، وليس بينه وبين معلومه علم غيره. إن قيل: كان، فعلى تأويل أزلية الوجود، وإن قيل: لم يزل، فعلى تأويل نفي العدم، فسبحانه وتعالى عن قول من عبد سواه واتخذ إلها غيره علوا كبيرا. نحمده بالحمد الذي ارتضاه لخلقه، وأوجب قبوله على نفسه، وأشهد أن لا إله إلا الله، وحده لا شريك له، وأشهد أن محمدا عبده ورسوله، شهادتان ترفعان وتضاعفان العمل، خف ميزان ترفعان منه، وثقل ميزان تواضعان فيه، وبهما الفوز بالجنة، والنجاة من النار، والجواز على الصراط، وبالشهادتين تدخلون الجنة، وبالصلاة تنالون الرحمة، فأكثروا من الصلاة على نبيكم وآله: (إن الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي يا أيها الذين ءامنوا صلوا عليه وسلموا تسليما) (2). أيها الناس: إنه لا شرف أعلى من الاسلام، ولا كرم أعز من التقوى، ولا معقل أحرز من الورع، ولا شفيع أنجح من التوبة، ولا كنز أنفع من العلم، ولا عز أرفع من الحلم، ولا حسب أبلغ من الادب، ولا نسب أوضع من الغضب، ولا جمال أزين من العقل، ولا سوءة أسوأ من الكذب، ولا حافظ أحفظ من الصمت، ولا لباس أجمل من العافية، ولا غائب أقرب من الموت. أيها الناس، إنه من مشى على وجه الارض فإنه يصير إلى بطنها، والليل والنهار مسرعان في هدم الاعمار، ولكل ذي رمق قوت، ولكل حبة آكل، وأنت قوت الموت، وإن من عرف الايام لم يغفل عن الاستعداد، لن ينجو من الموت غني بماله، لا فقير لاقلاله. أيها الناس، من خاف ربه كف ظلمه، ومن لم يرغ في كلامه أظهر هجره، ومن لم يعرف الخير من الشر فهو بمنزلة البهيمة، ما أصغر المصيبة مع عظم الفاقة غدا! هيهات هيهات، وما تناكرتم إلا لما فيكم من المعاصي والذنوب، فما أقرب الراحة من التعب، والبؤس من النعيم! وما شر بشر بعده الجنة، وما خير بخير بعده النار، وكل نعيم دون الجنة محقور، وكل بلاء دون النار عافية (1). He said: Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) said in a sermon that he delivered nine days after the death of the Prophet (s), which was when he finished compiling the Quran: Praise be to Allah whose presence cannot be conceived by the imagination. He veiled the intellects from imagining His essence by preventing them from attributing likeness and form to Him. Surely, He is the one whose essence does not vary, nor can His perfection be divided into parts. He is separate from the things, but not due to being in a different place; and He is among them, but without being interwoven with them. He knows them without an instrument, and there is no medium between Him and what He knows besides Himself. When it is said: “He was”, then it is to be interpreted in accordance with the eternity of His presence. When it is said: “He has not stopped”, then it is to be interpreted in accordance with the negation of His non-existence. May He be glorified far above the saying of one who worships one alongside Him or other than Him. We praise Him with the praise that pleases Him from His creatures, and He obligated its acceptance upon Himself. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, one without partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger – two testimonies that elevate and double the good deeds, lighten the scales and remove [sins] from them, and make the scales weightier [with good deeds] and balanced. Through these two, one achieves triumph in Paradise, deliverance from the Fire, and a permit on the Path. Through the two testimonies, one enters Paradise. Through prayer, one receives mercy; so, increase in your blessing over your Prophet and his Family. “Surely, Allah and His angels bless the Prophet. O you who believe! Bless him and pray him peace.” (33:56) O people! There is no honour greater than Islam, nor is there a nobility more glorious than God-consciousness, nor is there a stronghold more secure than piety, nor is there an intercessor more successful than repentance, nor is there a treasure more beneficial than knowledge, nor is there a glory that is more exalted than forbearance, nor is there an accountability more proficient than etiquette, nor is there a relation more downcast than anger, nor is there a beauty more ornate than intellect, nor is there an evil more evil than lying, nor is there a protection more protective than silence, nor is there a clothing more beautiful than wellness, nor is there a hidden thing nearer than death. O people! Whoever walks upon the face of the Earth will eventually reach its stomach (every journey comes to an end). Night and day are racing to the destruction of the ages. For all who thirst, there is nourishment, and for every grain, there is one who eats it. You are the nourishment of death. One who recognizes the days will not be heedless of readiness. A rich person will not be delivered from death due to his wealth, nor will a poor person be delivered from death due to his poverty. O people! Whoever fears his Lord will lighten his transgression. Whoever is not watchful of his language, his obscenity becomes manifest. Whoever does not recognize goodness from evil is at the level of an animal. How small is a sin compared to how much it will cost you tomorrow! Far, far beyond! Your denial is not but from defiance and sin. How close is comfort to exhaustion, and misery to bliss! Calamity is not calamity if it is followed by Paradise, and welfare is not welfare if it is followed by the Fire. Every blissful thing other than Paradise is vile, and every calamity other than the Fire is wellness. 1 - حدثنا الشيخ الجليل أبو جعفر محمد بن علي بن الحسين بن موسى ابن بابويه القمي (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا محمد بن بكران النقاش بالكوفة، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد الهمداني، قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسن بن علي بن فضال، عن أبيه، عن أبي الحسن علي بن موسى الرضا (عليه السلام)، قال: إن أول ما خلق الله عز وجل ليعرف به خلقه الكتابة حروف المعجم، وإن الرجل إذا ضرب على رأسه بعصا، فزعم أنه لا يفصح ببعض الكلام، فالحكم فيه أن تعرض عليه حروف المعجم، ثم يعطى الدية بقدر ما لم يفصح منها. ولقد حدثني أبي، عن أبيه، عن جده، عن أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام)، في ألف ب ت ث، أنه قال: الالف آلاء الله، والباء بهجة الله، والتاء تمام الامر بقائم آل محمد (صلى الله عليه وآله)، والثاء ثواب المؤمنين على أعمالهم الصالحة، ج ح خ فالجيم جمال الله وجلال الله، والحاء حلم الله عن المذنبين، والخاء خمول ذكر أهل المعاصي عند الله عز وجل، د ذ فالدال دين الله، والذال من ذي الجلال والاكرام، ر ز فالراء من الرؤوف الرحيم، والزاي زلازل القيامة، س ش فالسين سناء الله، والشين شاء الله ما شاء وأراد ما أراد، وما تشاؤون إلا أن يشاء الله. ص ض فالصاد من صادق الوعد في حمل الناس على الصراط وحبس الظالمين عند المرصاد والضاد ضل من خالف محمدا وآل محمد، ط ظ فالطاء طوبى للمؤمنين وحسن مآب، والظاء ظن المؤمنين بالله خيرا وظن الكافرين به سوءا، ع غ فالعين من العالم، والغين من الغني، ف ق فالفاء فوج من أفواج النار، والقاف قرآن على الله جمعه وقرآنه، ك ل فالكاف من الكافي، واللام لغو الكافرين في افترائهم على الله الكذب، م ن فالميم ملك الله يوم لا ملك غيره، ويقول الله عز وجل: (لمن الملك اليوم) ثم ينطق أرواح أنبيائه ورسله وحججه فيقولون: (لله الواحد القهار) فيقول الله، جل جلاله: (اليوم تجزى كل نفس بما كسبت لا ظلم اليوم إن الله سريع الحساب) (1)، والنون نوال الله للمؤمنين ونكاله بالكافرين، وه فالواو ويل لمن عصى الله، والهاء هان على الله من عصاه، لا ي لام ألف لا إله إلا الله، وهي كلمة الاخلاص، ما من عبد قالها مخلصا إلا وجبت له الجنة، ي يد الله فوق خلقه باسطة بالرزق سبحانه وتعالى عما يشركون. ثم قال (عليه السلام): إن الله تبارك وتعالى أنزل هذا القرآن بهذه الحروف التي يتداولها جميع العرب، ثم قال: (لئن اجتمعت الانس والجن على أن يأتوا بمثل هذا القرءان لا يأتون بمثله ولو كان بعضهم لبعض ظهيرا) (2). He said: Surely, the first thing that Allah created to teach His creation writing was the alphabet. If a man is struck on the head with a staff, and it is thought that he cannot pronounce some words, then the ruling is that he is presented with the letters of the alphabet, and the culprit pays a fine for everything that he cannot pronounce. My father narrated to me from his father from his grandfather from Amir al-Mu’minin (عليه السلام) regarding alif ba’ ta’ tha’ (the alphabet). He said: “A” is the signs (alaa’) of Allah. “B” is the delight (bahja) of Allah. “T” is the perfection (tamam) of the Order through the Qa’im of the Family of Muhammad (s). “Th” is the good deeds (thawab) of the believers for their righteous actions. “J” is the beauty (jamal) of Allah and the majesty (jalal) of Allah. The “Ḥ” is the forbearance (hilm) of Allah over the sinners. The “Kh” is the absence (khumul) of the people of sin in the remembrance of Allah. The “D” is the religion (din) of Allah. The “Dh” is the One of Majesty and Nobility (Dhul Jalali wal Ikram). The “R” is from the Kind, the Merciful (al-Ra’uf al-Rahim). The “Z” is the earthquakes (zalazil) of the Resurrection. The “S” is the splendour (sana’) of Allah. The “Sh” is that Allah wills (sha’) what He wishes and decrees what He decrees. You do not will unless Allah wills. The “Ṣ” is the truthful promise (sadiq al-wa`d) that the people will be carried over the Path (sirat) and the transgressors will be trapped at the lookout (mirsad). The “Ḍ” is: whoever turns away from Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad has gone astray (dal). The “Ṭ” is Tuba is for the believers “and a goodly reward” (13:29). The “Ṭh” is the good impression (thun) that believers have of Allah and the poor impression that the disbelievers have of Him. The “ʿA” is knowledge (`ilm). The “Gh” is the Needless (al-ghani). The “F” is a crowd (fawj) from the crowds of the Fire. The “Q” is that the responsibility of the collection and the recitation of the Quran is on Allah. “K” is the Sufficient (al-Kafi). “L” is the disbelievers’ slander (laghw) of Allah. The “M” is the mastery (mulk) of Allah on a Day where there is no mastery except His. Allah says, “To whom is the mastery [of all things] today?” (40:16) Then, the spirits of His prophets, His messengers, and His Proofs will say: “For Allah, the One, the Triumphant.” (40:16) So, Allah will say: “This Day, every soul will be recompensed for what it earned. No injustice today! Surely, Allah is swift in account.” (40:17) The “N” is what the Allah will give (nawal) the believers and His torment (nakal) of the disbelievers. The “W” is woe (wayl) to one who disobeys Allah. The “H” the humiliation (han) that Allah will cause those who disobey Him. The “L” is one thousand la ilaha illallah, which is the saying of sincerity – there is no worshiper who says it sincerely except that Paradise becomes obligatory for him. The “Y” is the hand (yad) of Allah, which is above His creation, distributing sustenance – may He be glorified of those who associate partners with Him. Then, he (عليه السلام) said: Surely, Allah revealed this Quran with these letters that all the Arabs use. Then, he said: “If mankind and the Jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Quran, they would not produce the like of it, even if they supported one another.” (17:88) 1 - حدثنا الشيخ الجليل أبو جعفر محمد بن علي بن الحسين بن موسى ابن بابويه القمي (رضي الله عنه)، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن الحسن القطان وعلي بن أحمد بن موسى الدقاق ومحمد بن أحمد السناني (رضي الله عنهم)، قالوا: حدثنا أبو العباس أحمد ابن يحيى بن زكريا القطان، قال: حدثنا محمد بن العباس، قال: حدثني محمد بن أبي السري، قال: حدثنا أحمد بن عبد الله بن يونس، عن سعد بن طريف الكناني، عن الاصبغ بن نباتة، قال: لما جلس علي (عليه السلام) في الخلافة وبايعه الناس، خرج إلى المسجد متعمما بعمامة رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)، لابسا بردة رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) منتعلا نعل رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)، متقلدا سيف رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) فصعد المنبر، فجلس عليه متمكنا، ثم شبك بين أصابعه، فوضعها أسفل بطنه، ثم قال: يا معشر الناس، سلوني قبل أن تفقدوني، هذا سفط العلم، هذا لعاب رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)، هذا ما زقني رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) زقا زقا، سلوني فإن عندي علم الاولين والآخرين، أما والله لوثنيت لي وسادة، فجلست عليها، لافتيت أهل التوراة بتوراتهم حتى تنطق التوراة فتقول: صدق علي ما كذب، لقد أفتاكم بما أنزل الله في، وأفتيت أهل الانجيل بإنجيلهم حتى ينطق الانجيل فيقول: صدق علي ما كذب، لقد أفتاكم بما أنزل الله في، وأفتيت أهل القرآن بقرآنهم حتى ينطق القرآن فيقول: صدق علي ما كذب، لقد أفتاكم بما أنزل الله في، وأنتم تتلون القرآن ليلا ونهارا، فهل فيكم أحد يعلم ما نزل فيه؟ ولولا آية في كتاب الله عزوجل لاخبرتكم بما كان وبما يكون، وبما هو كائن إلى يوم القيامة، وهي هذه الآية: (يمحوا الله ما يشاء ويثبت وعنده أم الكتاب) (1). ثم قال: (عليه السلام): سلوني قبل أن تفقدوني، فو الذي فلق الحبة وبرأ النسمة، لو سألتموني عن أية آية، في ليل أنزلت، أو في نهار أنزلت، مكيها ومدنيها، سفريها وحضريها، ناسخها ومنسوخها، ومحكمها ومتشابهها، وتأويلها وتنزيلها، إلا أخبرتكم. فقال إليه رجل يقال له ذعلب، وكان ذرب اللسان، بليغا في الخطب، شجاع القلب، فقال: لقد ارتقى ابن أبي طالب مرقاة صعبة، لاخجلنه اليوم لكم في مسألتي إياه. فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين، هل رأيت ربك؟ فقال: ويلك يا ذعلب لم أكن بالذي أعبد ربا لم أره. قال: فكيف رأيته؟ صفه لنا. قال: ويلك! لم تره العيون بمشاهدة الابصار، ولكن رأته القلوب بحقائق الايمان، ويلك يا ذعلب، إن ربي لا يوصف بالعبد ولا بالحركة ولا بالسكون، ولا بقيام - قيام انتصاب - ولا بجيئة ولا بذهاب، لطيف اللطافة لا يوصف باللطف، عظيم العظمة لا يوصف بالعظم، كبير الكبرياء لا يوصف بالكبر، جليل الجلالة لا يوصف بالغلظ، رؤوف الرحمة لا يوصف بالرقة، مؤمن لا بعبادة، مدرك لا بمجسة (2)، قائل لا بلفظ، هو في الاشياء على غير ممازجة، خارج منها على غير مباينة، فوق كل شئ ولا يقال شئ فوقه، أمام كل شئ ولا يقال له أمام، داخل في الاشياء لا كشئ في شئ داخل، وخارج منها لا كشئ من شئ خارج. فخر ذعلب مغشيا عليه، ثم قال: تا لله ما سمعت بمثل هذا الجواب، والله لا عدت إلى مثلها. ثم قال (عليه السلام): سلوني قبل أن تفقدوني. فقام إليه الاشعث بن قيس، فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين، كيف تؤخذ من المجوس الجزية ولم ينزل عليهم كتاب، ولم يبعث إليهم نبي؟ فقال: بلى يا أشعث، قد أنزل الله عليهم كتابا، وبعث إليهم نبيا، وكان لهم ملك سكر ذات ليلة، فدعا بابنته إلى فراشه فارتكبها، فلما أصبح تسامع به قومه، فاجتمعوا إلى بابه، فقالوا: أيها الملك، دنست علينا ديننا فأهلكته، فاخرج نطهرك ونقم عليك الحد. فقال لهم: اجتمعوا واسمعوا كلامي، فإن يكن لي مخرج مما ارتكبت وإلا فشأنكم. فاجتمعوا، فقال لهم: هل علمتم أن الله عز وجل لم يخلق خلقا أكرم عليه من أبينا آدم وأمنا حواء؟ قالوا: صدقت أيها الملك. قال: أفليس قد زوج بنيه من بناته، وبناته من بينه؟ قالوا: صدقت، هذا هو الدين، فتعاقدوا على ذلك، فمحا الله ما في صدورهم من العلم، ورفع عنهم الكتاب، فهم الكفرة، يدخلون النار بلا حساب، والمنافقون أشد حالا منهم. فقال الاشعث: والله ما سمعت بمثل هذا الجواب، والله لا عدت إلى مثلها أبدا. ثم قال (عليه السلام): سلوني قبل أن تفقدوني. فقام إليه رجل من أقصى المسجد، متوكئا على عكازة، فلم يزل يتخطى الناس حتى دنا منه فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين، دلني على عمل إذا أنا عملته نجاني الله من النار. فقال له: اسمع يا هذا، ثم افهم، ثم استيقن، قامت الدنيا بثلاثة: بعالم ناطق مستعمل لعلمه، وبغني لا يبخل بماله على أهل دين الله عزوجل، وبفقير صابر، فإذا كتم العالم علمه، وبخل الغني، ولم يصبر الفقير، فعندها الويل والثبور، وعندها يعرف العارفون بالله أن الدار قد رجعت إلى بدئها، أي إلى الكفر بعد الايمان. أيها السائل، فلا تغترن بكثرة المساجد، وجماعة أقوام أجسادهم مجتمعة وقلوبهم شتى. أيها الناس، إنما الناس ثلاثة: زاهد، وراغب، وصابر، فأما الزاهد فلا يفرح بشئ من الدنيا أتاه، ولا يحزن على شئ منها فاته، وأما الصابر فيتمناها بقلبه، فإن أدرك منها شيئا صرف عنها نفسه لما يعلم من سوء عاقبتها، وأما الراغب فلا يبالي من حل أصابها أم من حرام. قال: يا أمير المؤمنين، فما علامة المؤمن في ذلك الزمان؟ قال: ينظر إلى ما أوجب الله عليه من حق فيتولاه، وينظر إلى ما خالفه فيتبرأ منه وإن كان حبيبا قريبا. قال: صدقت والله يا أمير المؤمنين، ثم غاب الرجل فلم نره، وطلبه الناس فلم يجدوه، فتبسم علي (عليه السلام) على المنبر ثم قال: ما لكم، هذا أخي الخضر (عليه السلام). ثم قال (عليه السلام): سلوني قبل أن تفقدوني. فلم يقم إليه أحد، فحمد الله وأثنى عليه، وصلى على نبيه (صلى الله عليه وآله)، ثم قال للحسن (عليه السلام): يا حسن، قم فاصعد المنبر، فتكلم بكلام لا تجهلك قريش من بعدي، فيقولون: إن الحسن لا يحسن شيئا. قال الحسن (عليه السلام): يا أبه، كيف أصعد وأتكلم وأنت في الناس تسمع وترى؟ قال: بأبي وأمي أواري نفسي عنك، وأسمع وأرى ولا تراني. فصعد الحسن (عليه السلام) المنبر، فحمد الله بمحامد بليغة شريفة، وصلى على النبي وآله صلاة موجزة، ثم قال: أيها الناس، سمعت جدي رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يقول: أنا مدينة العلم وعلي بابها، وهل تدخل المدينة إلا من بابها، ثم نزل، فوثب إليه علي (عليه السلام) فتحمله، وضمه إلى صدره. ثم قال للحسين (عليه السلام): يا بني، قم فاصعد فتكلم بكلام لا تجهلك قريش من بعدي، فيقولون: إن الحسين بن علي لا يبصر شيئا، وليكن كلامك تبعا لكلام أخيك، فصعد الحسين (عليه السلام)، فحمد الله وأثنى عليه، وصلى على نبيه وآله صلاة موجزة، ثم قال: معاشر الناس، سمعت رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) وهو يقول: إن عليا مدينة هدى، فمن دخلها نجا، ومن تخلف عنها هلك. فوثب علي (عليه السلام) فضمه إلى صدره وقبله، ثم قال: معاشر الناس، اشهدوا أنهما فرخا رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) ووديعته التي استودعنيها، وأنا استودعكموها. معاشر الناس، ورسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) سائلكم عنهما (1). Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. `Ali b. al-Husayn b. Musa b. Babuwayh al-Qummi (رضي الله عنه) narrated to us. He said: Ahmad b. al-Hasan al-Qattan and `Ali b. Ahmad b. Musa al-Daqqaq and Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Sinani (رضي الله عنه) narrated to us. They said: Abu’l `Abbas Ahmad b. Yahya b. Zakariyya al-Qattan narrated to us. He said: Muhammad b. al-`Abbas narrated to us. He said: Muhammad b. Abi al-Sirri narrated to me. He said: Ahmad b. `Abdullah b. Yunus narrated to us from Sa`d b. Turayf al-Kinani from al-Asbagh b. Nubata. He said: When `Ali (عليه السلام) assumed the Caliphate and the people pledged their allegiance to him, he went out to the Mosque turbaned in the turban of the Messenger of Allah (s), cloaked in the cloak of the Messenger of Allah (s), wearing the sandals of the Messenger of Allah (s), and equipped with the sword of the Messenger of Allah (s). So, he climbed the pulpit and sat upon it masterfully. Then, he folded his hands and placed them under his stomach. Then, he said: O people! Ask me before you lose me. This is the vessel of knowledge. This is the saliva of the Messenger of Allah (s). This is the sustenance that the Messenger of Allah (s) has sustained me with. Ask me, for I have the knowledge of the former and latter peoples. By Allah, if a cushion were folded for me, I could give judgments to the people of the Torah with their Torah until the Torah is made to say: “`Ali has spoken the truth and he has not lied. He has given you judgments by that which Allah has revealed”; and I could give judgments to the people of the Gospel with their Gospel until the Gospel is made to say: “`Ali has spoken the truth and he has not lied. He has given you judgments by that which Allah has revealed”; and I could give judgments to the people of the Quran with their Quran until the Quran is made to say: “`Ali has spoken the truth and he has not lied. He has given you judgments by that which Allah has revealed.” You recite the Quran night and day, so, is there one of you who knows what was revealed in it? If it were not for one verse in the Book of Allah, I could have informed you of what was, what will be, and what is, until the Day of Resurrection; and it is this verse, “Allah erases what He wishes and confirms, and with Him is the Mother of the Book.” (13:39) Then, he (عليه السلام) said: Ask me before you lose me, for by Him who split the seed and gave life, if you were to ask me about any verse – whether it were revealed in the night or revealed in the day, in Mecca or in Medina, while travelling or while present; whether it is abrogating or abrogated, decisive or allegorical; or about its interpretation or its exegesis – I would have informed you of it. So, a man named Dha`lab, who had a sharp tongue, who was eloquent in speech, and who had a bold heart, said: Ibn Abi Talib has risen to a difficult station, so I will embarrass him today in my questions posed to him. So, he said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! Have you seen your Lord? So, he said: Woe to you, Dha`lab, I am not one who would worship a Lord that I haven not seen. He said: So, how did you see Him? Describe Him to us. He said: Woe to you! Eyes do not see Him by way of sight, but rather, hearts see Him by the realities of faith. Woe to you, Dha`lab, surely, my Lord is not described with proximity, nor with movement, nor with stillness, nor with standing – standing physically – nor with coming, nor with going. He is the Most Subtle of the subtle, but He is not described with subtlety. He is the Most Great of the great, but He is not described with greatness. He is the Most Grand of the grand, but He is not described with grandness. He is the Most Majestic of the majestic, but He is not described with difficulty. He is kind in mercy, but He is not described with gentleness; the Protector, but not [gained] through worship. He perceives, but not through touching. He speaks, but not through pronouncement. He is in the things, but not interwoven, and He is outside of them, but not contrasting. He is above everything, and nothing is to be said to be above Him. He is in front of everything, but He is not to be said to be in front. He is inside the things, but not like a thing inside another thing. He is outside the things, but not like a thing outside another thing. So, Dha`lab fell unconscious. Then, [he awoke] and said: By Allah, I have never heard an answer like this. By Allah, I will not repeat [a question] like it. Then, he (عليه السلام) said: Ask me before you lose me. So, al-Ash`ath b. Qays went to him and said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! Why is the jizya taken from the Zoroastrians when no Book was revealed to them and no prophet was sent to them? So, he said: O Ash`ath! Allah revealed a Book to them and sent a prophet to them. They had a king who was drunk one night. He called his daughter to his bed and had intercourse with her. When he awoke, his people had heard what had happened and had gathered at his door. So, they said: “O king! You have dirtied our religion and you have destroyed it. Get out, so that we may purify you by establishing the penalty on you.” So, he said to them: “Gather and listen to my words. If there is no way out for me, then do as you wish.” So, they gathered. So, he said to them: “Do you know that Allah did not create a creation more noble than our father Adam and our mother Hawwa’?” They said: “You have spoken the truth, king.” He said: “Did he not marry his sons to his daughters, and his daughters to his sons?” They said: “You have spoken the truth. This is the religion.” So, they contracted [marriages] based on that. So, Allah erased knowledge from their hearts and raised the Book from them, so they became disbelievers who enter the Fire without judgment – and the hypocrites are in a more severe condition than them. So, al-Ash`ath said: By Allah, I have never heard an answer like this. By Allah, I will not repeat [a question] like it. Then, he (عليه السلام) said: Ask me before you lose me. So, a man from the furthest end of the Mosque came to him, leaning on a staff. He did not stop surpassing the people until he came close to him and said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! Lead me to a practice which, if I did it, Allah would deliver me from the Fire. So, he said to him: Listen, so-and-so, then understand, then ascertain. The world is upheld by three: a speaking scholar whose knowledge is acted upon, a wealthy person who is not stingy in his wealth with the people of the religion of Allah, and patient poor person. If the scholar hides his knowledge, and the wealthy becomes stingy, and the poor person is not patient, then at that will be woe and devastation. At that, those that know Allah will know that the abode will revert to its incipience – meaning, to disbelief after faith. O asker! Do not be deceived by the number of mosques, nor by the gatherings of people who are united in their bodies but disunited in their hearts. O people! Surely, there are only three types of people: the ascetic, the hedonist, and the patient. As for the ascetic, he is not gladdened by anything of the world that comes to him, nor is he saddened by anything of the world that misses him. As for the patient, he wishes for it (the world) in his heart, but when he comes by anything of it, he avoids it because he knows its evil consequences. As for the hedonist, he does not mind taking it lawfully or unlawfully. He said: O Amir al-Mu’minin! What is the sign of the believer in that time? He said: He looks to what Allah has obliged him and he fulfills it, and he looks to what is contrary to it and dissociates from it, even if it is beloved and near to him. He said: You have spoken the truth, by Allah, O Amir al-Mu’minin. Then, the man disappeared, and we did not see him. The people went out looking for him, but they did not see him. So, `Ali (عليه السلام) smiled on the pulpit and said: What are you doing? This is my brother al-Khidr (عليه السلام). Then, he (عليه السلام) said: Ask me before you lose me. So, no one went to him. So, he praised Allah and commended Him, blessed His Prophet (s), then said to al-Hasan (as): O Hasan! Stand, climb the pulpit, and speak, so that Quraysh are not ignorant of you after me, lest they say: “Al-Hasan has not beautified (yuhsin) anything.” Al-Hasan (عليه السلام) said: O father! How can I climb [the pulpit] and speak when you are among the people listening and watching? He said: May my mother and my father be your sacrifice! I will hide myself from you, so you will neither hear nor see me. So, al-Hasan (عليه السلام) climbed the pulpit, praised Allah in an eloquent and honourable way, blessed the Prophet and his Family briefly, then said: O people! I heard my grandfather the Messenger of Allah (s) say: “I am the City of Knowledge and `Ali is its Gate. A city can only be entered by its gate.” Then, he descended; and `Ali (عليه السلام) leapt toward him, embraced him, and held him to his chest. Then, he said to al-Husayn (as): O my son! Stand, climb the pulpit, and speak, so that the Quraysh are not ignorant of you after me, lest they say: “Al-Husayn b. `Ali has no insight in anything”, and so that your words may follow your brother’s. So, al-Husayn climbed, praised Allah and commended Him, blessed His Prophet and his Family briefly, then said: O people! I heard the Messenger of Allah (s) say: “Surely, `Ali is the City of Guidance. Whoever enters it is saved, and whoever turns away from it is destroyed.” So, `Ali (عليه السلام) leapt toward him, embraced him, and held him to his chest. Then, he said: O people! Bear witness that these two are the younglings of the Messenger of Allah (s) whom he entrusted to me, and I am entrusting them to you. O people! The Messenger of Allah (s) will question you regarding them. 4 - حدثنا محمد بن علي ما جيلويه (رحمه الله)، عن عمه محمد بن أبي القاسم، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن يحيى الخزاز، عن غياث بن إبراهيم، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد، عن أبيه، عن آبائه (عليهم السلام)، قال: قال أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام): لانسبن الاسلام نسبة لم ينسبه أحد قبلي ولا ينسبه أحد بعدي، الاسلام هو التسليم، والتسليم هو التصديق، والتصديق هو اليقين، واليقين هو والاداء هو العمل، إن المؤمن أخذ دينه عن ربه ولم يأخذه عن رأيه. أيها الناس، دينكم دينكم، تمسكوا به، لا يزيلكم أحد عنه، لان السيئة فيه خير من الحسنة في غيره، لان السيئة فيه تغفر، والحسنة في غيره لا تقبل (3). He said: Amir al-Mu'minin (عليه السلام) said: I will describe Islam in a way that no one before me nor after me has described it: Islam is submission, and submission is sincerity, and sincerity is certainty, and certainty is performance, and performance is [good] action. The believer takes his religion from his Lord and not his opinion. O people! Your religion, your religion! Hold onto it, and do not allow anyone to hinder you or remove you from it. A sin in Islam is better than a good deed in other religions, for a sin in Islam can be forgiven, while a good deed in another religion is not accepted.
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  11. MexicanVato

    Palestine NEW

    This is quite ignorant. Randomly launching missiles is not how the world works. Imagine the repercussions throughout the entire middle east if Iran started attacking Israel, not to mention the aid Israel would receive. The whole region would be on fire and many more dead muslims would be laying burnt up on the ground. I am glad whack jobs are not in charge in Iran. You cant just push a button. You have to play chess not checkers.
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  12. Salam everyone, I have read and participated in two threads today both related to temporary marriage(Mutah) and going through those threads brought clarity to an issue that had been subconsciously bothering me for some time now. Islam, as we all know and agree is more than a religion. It's a way of life. Fiqh forms just one part of our religion.Fiqh mainly comprises basic and necessary laws. The obligatory ones are concerned with the minimally necessary conditions of human perfection and there are others discussing makruh, mustahib acts. But there is a second set of rules -Akhlaq, which governs both the world and the soul and provides us with all the rules we need to reach the highest levels of perfection. For the former there are risalas from marjas but for the latter we need to refer to Thaqalayn (Quran and Ahlulbayt) and while most of us have our marja's tawzeehs on mental speed dials, bookmarked and on WhatsApp hotlines I feel we are badly failing at the latter. Pick up any SC thread and this is how most discussions go - allowed by marja,not permissible, Haram, halal, wajib, that's it. My point is we have closed our minds limited ourselves to tawzeehs mainly out of laziness and apathy. Our principle parameter is now Tawzeeh not Quran and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) Fiqhi rulings are important no doubt but it's Akhlaq(ethics)that forms the essence of Islam. - Salat wasn't even made obligatory until the twelfth year of Prophethood. Not trying to trivialise Salat or other acts of worship but just saying that there was some things other than Salat that our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was preaching for a decade - Kindness,mercy,forgiveness, honesty, generosity, decency. - No where in a risalah you will find: if a man dies leaving behind young children it's obligatory on the Uncles and grandfather to take care of the orphans. So a person who limits himself to marjas rulings - permissible/halal/haram/not obligatory could just say ,'It's not obligatory, I have a choice whether I want to look after those kids or not.'But if we study the Quran looking after orphans has been emphasized so many times. If we look at Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) Imam Ali(عليه السلام) was the 'father of orphans'. Muhammad bin Abu Bakr wasn't his son, going by fiqhi rules one has no obligation towards his step children but going by the ethical set of rules he(عليه السلام) brought him up like his own son. - Salat ul Layl - not obligatory in fiqh but necessary if one wants to soar to spiritual heights. Quran tells Muslims to spend a part of their night standing in night prayers (chap 73) - One of the two threads I referred to earlier, pregnancy after mutah. According to fiqhi rules(Sistani) it's not obligatory on the man to support the wife financially during pregnancy but what does Akhlaq set of rules say? - The other thread, mutah with a prostitute. According to fiqhi rules it's permissible to have mutah with a different prostitute every night but would a man following Islamic ethics and having some dignity and self respect allow himself to be in such a situation? - Fiqh tells you the obligatory financial duties are just Zakat and Khums. Akhlaq is Imam Sajjad(عليه السلام) carrying sacks of food on his back to distribute to the poor. - Fiqh says nothing about helping single mothers. Akhlaq is Imam Ali(عليه السلام) kneading bread and cooking food for the widow and children of the man martyred in Siffeen. And there are countless other examples. What brother @Muhammed Ali said is something for all of us to ponder upon So let's strive to incorporate rules of kindness into our religious practices as true followers of a Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) who was mercy to mankind and our Imams(عليه السلام) who were embodiments of generosity, dignity, and grace even with their enemies. Let's not become Muslims who reduce Islam to a set of jurisprudential laws.
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  13. One of the strange things I find in Sunnism is since they try to sanctify all the sahaba, they end up making excuses for them by saying they were only exercising their ijtihad. It is said that both Aisha and Muawiya were just making ijtihad and even tho they were wrong, they will still be rewarded for their ijtihad. This to be me is a strange concept. Just imagine an example where I am in Saudi and decide to lead a rebellion. I would be casted away as a khariji, yet Muawiya and Aisha can make a blunder in their ijtihad, cause thousands to die and they are still rewarded?
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  14. Thank you for being my safe place to vent and cry over the years. I might not have been the best user but you all allowed me to vent my feelings. From the troubles of my father, to his passing, from the sickness of my mother, and eventually her passing. Allah Yerhama. Im grateful for the wonderful brothers and sister who went great length to do duas for my mom and to comfort me. I thank the sisters and brothers who would visit the holy shrines and even during their pilgrimage to Karbala would make dua for my mom. You are amazing human beings and inshallah Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) secures us with strength, patience, and acceptance of whatever He wills. Inshallah He only takes us away when He is happy with us. id like to forever thank RasulAllah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and his family peace be upon them for asking Allah to extend my mom’s life which He did until the pain was too much for her and it was only by His Mercy He took her soul back to Him. i want to forever thank my Rab for His wisdom. He knows how attached I am to mama and the way He planned her death was to make my Nafas accept that her going back to Him was the best option cuz of how severe her pain was that even morphine wasn’t helping anymore. I want to thank my Lord for bringing my mom back to me alive after she was five days in the hospital by herself. Because of the covid they wouldn’t allow us to visit her. During that time I would pray that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) return my mom back to me alive and good health like how he returned Yusuf (عليه السلام) to Yaqub (عليه السلام). She came back home to live two more weeks with us and she got her wish to die at her home. She died with her children around her. Helping her say the shahadah, putting on duas and recitations of the Quran, and listening to the 99 names of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Ya Allah how my mom loved listening to the 99 names of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Those names helped her more than the morphine did. Allah yerhameek ya imy. I miss you more than you can imagine and I shed the heaviest of tears as I write this. You were innocent with a pure heart. And you kept Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on your mind till your death and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) approved of you because he kept your hearing and sight even after your speech left you. I want to also thank Sayed Ammar Nakshwani for making letctures in English and every lecture I could apply it to my life. May Allah bless you eternally for helping me learn my religion easier. You are a wonderful man May Allah bless you. His latest Ramadan lecture were about death and SubhanAllah how comforting was to hear them. May Allah grant all of us heaven. I love you all my brothers and sisters. Plz recite Fatiha for the prophet Muhammad and his family (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hf and for my mother Aisal bint Fatima. And for all of the Muslims of the world. Salam alaykom my family wr wb.
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  15. "Sunnism" ultimately isn't one sect either. It is composite of several schools of `aqida (Athari, Ash`ari and Maturidi being the main ones), several schools of fiqh (Hanafi, Shafi`i, Maliki, Hanbali), Sufi turuq, and other trends. Twelver Shiism is comparable in size to any of the major Sunni groups. Perhaps it is relative, but I don't know if a "minor sect" by definition could compose of the majority of people in 4 countries and a significant minority in many others. Shiism is larger than many major world religions. It is also far more politically consequential than most sects. There is no way you can put it in the same league as the minor sects discussed in this forum.
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  16. To many to remember! Here is one. Years ago it happened that I was broke with two little kids. During those days once I needed money desperately for something. I had to make some payments and buy a few things but I had literally no money. My mother would have been happy to lend me some but my pride prevented me from asking her. (I have always been of the opinion that if you want something instead of asking a human being use the time and emotions to ask Allah instead) So that night I asked Allah for money in Salat ul Layl and something happened during the Namaz. I remember suddenly getting up from the prayer mat between Sha'f and Witr, going to my closet, opening it, rummaging in a drawer for an old wallet that I had not seen in years and almost forgotten about it and when I opened it there was a thick wad of fresh new banknotes in it! To this day I have no idea how the money got there. (The closet is normally locked and my Mum is not the type who will go through my things or secretly leave me money, lol)
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  17. Sumerian

    The "woke" Muslim

    In my generation of Muslims, especially those who are active on social media, attend universities and college and pay attention politically, there is a "woke" wave, wherein Muslims will champion cultural and economic leftist ideals. That's okay, anyone can believe what they want. My main issue is when Islam is used as a "progressive" tool, and Muslims are lumped in with the other "oppressed classes and minorities". You would see some hijabis march in feminist marches that advocate "women's liberation", attending the march on the basis of their Muslim identity. This is just example among many. Like I said, I don't care what anyone believes, but do not act like Islam agrees or advocates the viewpoints you advocate for. You are free to believe what you want, but be honest about what your religion believes. Do you guys see this as a problem?
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  18. I read the final twenty five or so surah within about 45 minutes. I have never even read the Bible cover-to-cover before as I am currently stuck on Ezekiel and then have the entirety of the New Testament to read (most of which I have read before). Personally now that I have finished a complete read through of the Quran, I have can say for certain that it is far less of a violent book than the Old Testament of the Bible. Matter of fact, there was barely any violence in it and the little bit that there was, when read in context of the time when it was being revealed to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), it comes off far differently than what I was told about it in American high school. Upon having finished my first read through of the Quran, I can say that it is structured in a way that is superior to the Bible as it frequently reiterates theological points that it wants to make in each Surah and this makes these points easier to remember and not burdensome. This structure, like a series of concentric rings, definitely leads me to believe that the Quran is most certainly of divine origin and that no human being would have been able to just "make it up as the go along". It has a way that it flows that the Bible simply doesn't have. It was nowhere near as challenging for me to read as I thought that it was going to be, and as someone who came out of the Christian tradition and is at least familiar with the Bible, I can say for certain that I enjoyed the Quran much more. There's something about it that is simply indescribable in a good way and I challenge anyone who has never read it and thinks that they understand Islam, to give it a read through and judge it for themselves. I have restarted it and am going to be reading the exegesis in the footnotes of the translation that I have so that I can understand it and apply it to my life better. My goal is to eventually be able to read through it in an entire month and to be familiar enough, at least with the English translation, to tackle reading it in the original Arabic.
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  19. Salaam brothers and sisters, My prayers for all of you. Ramadan Kareem/Mubarak to everyone. My aunt is suffering from COVID-19 from a good time now and she also got admitted to the hospital a week ago. Her condition is not good. Up until today, the reports were all showing a decline in her health. But just today that decline stopped. Doctors are now hopeful that her situation will improve. Need your prayers for her life. Jazakallah Khayr. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless you all.
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  20. Salam brothers/Sisters, My best friend's father is suffering from cancer. And he is right now in the OT and will undergo a surgery in sometime. I have a kind request to all of you to please please pray for him for this moment. He is genuinely dear to me and is a very helpful and great person. Your prayers might help him. “amma yujeeb-ul muz-tarra iza da’ao wa yakshey fuuss soo’ أَمَّن يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ “Is not He, Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls Him, and Who removes the evil”
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  21. Funny how there is a stigma against polygamy and cousin marriages, but men marrying men is considered normal and acceptable. I cannot wait for Imam Mahdi.
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  22. Abu Nur

    Need du'a

    Salaam Aleikum, Right now my family and I have a hard times ahead and I need your duas. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless you all.
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  23. Plz do dua. I believe this is the last stages of her life. I have the worst headache. I wish Imam Hussein (عليه السلام) was here. He’d know what to do
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  24. Sahih International: And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying. Surah 6 Verse 116
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  25. In my opinion, no one inherits religion and everyone finds it eventually. Even born muslims. We aren’t born knowing everything and I’m sure every one of us had a switching point in his life where he got more religious or was convinced that this path is the truth.
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  26. If the West is going to force their LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ agenda down our throats we deserve to at least have a space where we can voice our concerns
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  27. For us Shia, that just means the time for the Zahoor is very near. This has already been predicted.
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  28. I'm a new convert (or I should say revert) to Shia Islam. I discovered this forum and I thought this would be the best place to post about how I ended up becoming a Shia Muslim. So I would like to start with some context about everything about me before I became Shia. I'm a Muslim who became religious only a couple of years ago, and I was always intrigued about my religion, but I would sometimes start to doubt Islam because years ago I would hear loads of allegations and scandals against Islam. Sometimes I would feel that I would lose Imaan and that the people attacking Islam could be right. I was at one point on the verge of becoming an apostate until I decided to research more about my religion. So I decided to Read the Translation of the Quran to know what Islam really is about. And believe me, reading the translation was one of the best decisions of my life. The doubts I had about Islam began to clear away and I had full faith in Islam (Alhamdulillah this is the same for me today, I still love Islam). However, one question was left for me and that was, what sect should I follow? When I was younger I had heard about Sunnis, Shias, Salafis etc but I never bothered to learn about them much until only quite recently. Ages ago I had heard rumours (extreme and silly ones) ranging from Shias believe the Quran has 40 parts as opposed to 30 and Shias eat the blood of donkeys in Biryani (I still laugh at this rumour btw it's very stupid for me to believe). I blindly accepted some of these rumours and I would develop a prejudice against Shias until I went to a University with my school for a debate event. There I met the first Shia in my life, and I discussed these rumours with him, and he immediately refuted them and told me what Shias actually believe. Later on I would meet many Shias through my life and I would learn a lot more about Shias and what they believed in. Fast forward to approximately a year ago, I started looking into Sunni Hadith and Hadith collections such as Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim etc. Some of the Ahadith I had seen were outright outrageous and unbelievable. The Ahadith in question were the ones used by Islamophobes to discredit Islam and Muslims. I decided to leave the Traditional Sunni strand of Islam and look for other options and other explanations. I looked into Al Kafi however, and I saw some of the best Ahadith in my life. They were all about intelligence, justice, etiquettes and how to be a better Muslim. This is when I developed an interest in Shia Islam. I would ask my Shia friends questions and they would answer with a lot of evidence and enthusiasm. When I started to read Shia books I was amazed that the Shias proved their points with strong evidence from the Quran and Ahadith, along with reasoning + common sense. I also started to distance myself from the Sunni understandings. One thing that really made me stay away from Sunni beliefs was during Ashura. I asked a Sunni friend who was very religious and knowledgeable about Islam, regarding Ashura. His response was "What's that?". This left me shocked and speechless. I then stumbled upon various Shia websites and YouTube channels such as Al-Islam.org, Shiapen.com, Shia defence, Islamic Pulse and AhlulBayt TV. I still watch/read them today, and these are very good channels. A friend of mine then asked me if I had become a Shia (because I had asked so many questions regarding Shias) and I replied no. He then responded to me saying that the first thing his parents ever taught him was his religion, and that his beliefs as a Shia were very important to him. He asked me to look more into the topic, I agreed and I did look into Shia Islam more. Eventually, I had developed such a fondness of Shia Islam, that I decided in my heart, being a Shia was the perfect option for me. I recently reverted to Shia Islam (Last Saturday) by fully believing in the Wilayah of Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) and believing in the 12 Imams. I said with full faith in my heart that Ali ((عليه السلام)) is indeed the Wali of ALLAH (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and I started to pray the Shia way, do wudu the Shia way and learn the basics. Some of the Major reasons as to why I became a Shia are as follows: Sunni Books literally state that Muhammad (SAWW) appointed Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)), to be his successor in Ghadir Khumm and in many other places. There are several references in the Quran referring to Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)), the Ahlul Bayt etc in verses such as the Verse of Purification, Verse of Mubahila and many others. Many companions made several blunders and attacked Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) The Ahlul Bayt ((عليه السلام)) went through so much suffering, yet their message still remains, and they never gave in to their enemies and those who hated them. Shia Islam has so much Intellectual arguments and solid reasoning I find it illogical to believe that Muhammad (SAWW) did not appoint a successor but Abu Bakr appointed Umar and Umar appointed a 6 man committee. This makes no sense to me at all. If Muhammad SAWW could appoint people to take care of Madina while he was gone, how could he not appoint a successor for the state he created? Ever since I have become Shia, life has become so much better for me. I love to learn more about Shia Islam and I am happy by taking this decision. Now, I live in an environment where Shias are hated and picked on, and there are many rumours against them. Currently I have concealed my beliefs as a Shia to some people, only a few people know that I am a Shia. There will be hardships for me, but In Sha ALLAH I will be able to face them and overcome them. Jazak ALLAH khair for reading my (long) post about my conversion to Shia Islam. I really appreciate it. Barak ALLAH feekum.
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  29. Asalam Alaikum Wa RahmatAllahi Wa Barakatu everyone, I am new to these forums as I just joined ShiaChat very recently. (I apologize if this is in the wrong topic) I started becoming a practicing Muslim a year ago, and I'm also from a Shia Muslim family. I hope to meet and make good company here as well as learn more about Shia Islam. A pleasure to meet you brothers and sisters.
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  30. Salaam I hope everyone is doing fine. I have been going through a lot from a past month now...from failures to heart broken and then quitting Uni...this all has been a quite burden and stressing for me....but the one thing that I have noticed is that my faith in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has increased immensely...for which I'm really thankful... But I'm still in the process to realise it doesn't matter what I want... the only thing what actually should matter is what Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wants for me....and that's the best thing...he knows what's the best for me..no doubt Still deep inside of me there are some regrets, anxiety, a sea full of tears and I think it is important to go through a point in your life where everything seems out of control. Once you get to that point, it’s hard to know where to start. The bad news is that it will be hard, for sure...but the good thing is that you will get through it. Why I'm saying this is that I know...many of us are going through some hardships and many are not motivated to carry on ...many of us will be saying..."Why this always happens to me??? Why I'm the only one ?? Why god..." Stop blaming Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) ...start asking yourself... where did you go wrong...how can you improve...stop being stubborn... just learn to move on! It's okay to not be okay...and that's normale...please don't be harsh on yourself...it will take time for the situation to get stable. And I'm sure I'm not the only one ... there are many people who feel the same...and please be open to discuss such matters.... I know some of them hides their pain and keep it to themselves (that's what I used to be)... believe me this finishes you innerly... at least talk to someone who you believe can help you out with your problems and don't forget that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is always with you:) Wasalam
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  31. As salaamu alaikum brother Firstly I pray that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) helps you through this challenging time. Secondly I thank you for sharing your experience and for your important message about recognizing and appreciating the blessing of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in the form of good health. Lastly I do disagree with you about one point. Your prayers, your fasts and abstaining from haram are not wasted. We will one day all pass away and have to answer for our deeds. Your worship and your rejection of haram will be your salvation, if Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wills.
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  32. You'll be ok. Duas for your guidance and patience. Islam is perfect, Muslims are not. Don't give up.
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  33. Abu Hadi

    Islam and the West

    Salam, I am giving a series of lectures in my family group about this topic. I thought I would post my notes and thoughts here so that maybe other brothers and sisters could get the benefit / offer feedback. This is a series of lectures. I am posting the first one. Ch.1 The Frame In any discussion of any topic, it is important to understand that a discussion is always framed. It exists within a certain structure. It is limited to one or a set of topics. It is also bounded by premises, which are agreed upon by those who enter into the discussion. In one way, these limits are logical. We cannot discuss everything at one time, nor can we discuss all possible angles and outcomes of a topic. We, as human beings, are limited in terms of our intellect, our time, and our capacity to express ideas. So frames are important and essential, because of our limits as human beings. But the frame of something is not the reality of it. The frame is only a tool that we use in order to get to the reality of something, given our limits. When we find that our frame of something is not fitting with the reality of the thing, we can edit our frame, expand it, contract it, relabel it, or throw it out completely and create a new frame. For example if you are building a house, the goal is to build the house. If you have a hammer you are using to build the house, the hammer is just a tool, it is not the goal. So if the hammer’s handle becomes bent, or the head becomes chipped, you either repair the hammer or throw it out and get a new one. You don’t stop building the house. You continue with a new hammer. When it comes to framing, a good deal of this is set by the language we are using to try and understand something. For example, when we speak of Islam, we say it is a religion. The word religion in English, carries with it a premise that we are discussing God, or what we believe to be God. It also carries with it certain sensory data we hold in our brain that we associate with the word. This word has both a denotative (dictionary) meaning and a connotative (associative) meaning. We think of religion, and certain ideas pop into our head. If a person is Catholic, maybe a priest at the alter, our first communion, a cross, an images of Jesus from a painting of Michael Angelo.That connotative meaning is specific to us. The word religion also has a shared, cultural connotative meaning. All these images, sounds, etc would revolve around and reinforce the cultural connotative meaning of the word. You can find out what the cultural connotations are by telling someone ‘Let’s talk about religion’. Then start a conversation about charging someone interest on a loan. You will quickly find out that in English, or in the West, that is outside the frame of religion and the person will quickly challenge you or become confused, or ignore you. The other response might be for them to ask you why you chose to group that topic with the topic of religion, i.e. a person who is seeking to understand your perspective, but that response is unlikely. In the Arabic language, Islam is a ‘deen’, and the word religion does not exist in the Arabic language. ‘Deen’ roughly translates to ‘the way someone conducts themselves in their life, including their actions, their thoughts, and their beliefs’’. So this definition, or this frame is much larger in Arabic, and the Islamic world in general outside of the Arabic speaking world understands Islam as a deen and not a religion. So in the frame of the muslim world, it is very normal and natural to talk about charging interest on a loan in the frame of ‘deen’ and there have been many Islamic discussions on this topic. So my main interest on this topic is ‘How did we get this cultural frame around religion in general and Islam specifically ? ‘. Did it happen merely by a series of random events which took place in Western Countries that shaped our idea of religion and Islam, or were there forces at work behind the scenes which shaped, and continue to shape our ideas about these topics and created these frames. Is the frame that is set around these ideas in Western Society in accord with the reality of these topics, and if it is not in accordance with the reality of these topics, how to we adjust our frame or throw it out completely and create a new one. Finally, why is it important to understand these topics, i.e .what benefits would we gain from engaging in the effort to try to understand them. The frame around the idea of religion and the idea of Islam was created for us by forces within our culture. Just like the surface of the earth, i.e. what we see with our eyes, was shaped by forces within the earth that we can’t see with our eyes. The height and location of mountains, the depth of oceans and lakes, the placement of countries and continents. These forces have certain strengths, and certain times which they act upon the surface. The greatest force which shaped both our understanding of religion in general and Islam in particular, in the Western World, was the institution of the Catholic Church. It is important to understand the history of the institution as well as the forces which rose up in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries to challenge this institution and the final victory of these forces over the Catholic Church. InshahAllah, in the next section, I will be discussing this topic. Salam.
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  34. Oh my....! Where to begin here ? Ok. Here Which mathahib is that ? Where in the Sharia does it say that ? You might feel that way but that is not what Islam teaches. Islam teaches you to have loyalty to your country, as in the people of your country so long as that loyalty does not contradict Hukm Sharia or cause you to do things which are against Islam / Oppresive and tyrannical toward others. America supported and funded both Saddam and Qaddafi for decades. America allowed them to remain in power for many years and oppress their own people and others by funding them and protecting them with the US Military. How is this humiliating them ? They would have continued to do that if not for the fact that they both disobeyed their master, the US, in different ways. Saddam was in the process of switching Iraqi oil transactions from being settled in Dollars to being settled in Euros, thus undermining the Petro Dollars system, which is what keeps the US in power by forcing all these transactions to occur in dollars and by this making the dollar the world reserve currency. This is what keeps the US as the US. Ghadafi wanted to nationalize Libyan oil production and sales, kicking out the US oil companies who were cheating him, again undermining the Petro Dollar system. Maduro of Venezuela has done this, and this is why the US is trying to get him out as we speak(he's not in the ME, btw). This is real politik. It has nothing to do with what you are talking about, IMHO. BTW, the US supports and continues to support other Tyrannical rulers in the Middle East and Give them full support. Top of these is Netanyahu, who is their main water boy, at this point. Also MBS, Erdogan, etc, etc, Assad in Syria is another story. I will go into this later when I have time. The most arrogant and tyrannical power in the world is America (see my post 'Inside the Great Satan'). I am American, btw, my family has been here for 9 generations, at least. I don't say this lightly and I am not refering to the American People, in General, but to the US Government, which has little to do with the American people. So if God(s.w.a) is using the US to get rid of Arrogant and Tyranical Powers, they should first get rid of themselves, and this would solve at least 1/2 of all the problems and issues we have in the world today. I have to go to work, I will post more later, InShahAllah.
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  35. May God protect our moomin brothers and sisters!
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  36. Idk what to do anymore. I just committed zina in the most ugliest of ways, by paying someone. All these years of me doing my best to stay away from girls, porn, masturbation etc has all been washed down the drain. I write this with tears in my eyes. I am sobbing. Idk what to do anymore. Is it because I have expelled myself from his mercy, or the fact that I severed ties of any hope of joining the army of the Mahdi. How can I even think of getting married anymore. I can't go into a relationship whilst pretending to still be a Virgin. And once I come clean with her, she will leave me on the spot with every right that she has.... Idk what to do anymore. I feel dirty. I am literally slapping my cheeks right now..... I shouldn't be here at all. Look at what I just performed, how dare I even associate myself with u people. I am not a shia or lover of ahlul bayt rather a hypocrite worthy of hell. If it was possible I would wish to receive kaffarah punishment to amend this but that is not possible. Please help me. Please do........ I am lost
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  37. Unfortunately, there is not much direct evidence for this. A former work colleague of mine, let's call him Mr. Jones, was a former CIA operative who worked in the office that gathers foreign intelligence from the Middle East. In that office, it is an 'Open Secret' within that office that one of the main missions of US / British intelligence overseas is to gather information on Imam Mehdi to try and locate him(a.f.s). This has been going on for a long time now, he said probably since the 1960s. It kicked into high gear after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, because the CIA believes that Imam Mehdi is actively advising certain well known figures (Imam Khomeni, etc) and that he has , they believe, advanced sorts of technologies, which they don't know how they work, to gather information that noone should know about and is giving it to these people. When he told me about this, he didn't know I was muslim, and Shia (because by the way I look or my name you wouldn't be able to tell ). Anything related to this is considered Top Secret, meaning the information can never leave the office, even if someone files a FOI request. He said that if anyone speaks out about this(withing the agency), they will be terminated, and if they go public they will be publicly discredited in the press and humiliated. It came up in a casual conversation and noone else was there except me and him. I didn't ask him to tell me about this. As soon as they found out I was muslim (My boss saw me making Salat), I was fired. In addition, I knew a brother who was in Iraq, in the US Army who later became muslim and Shia. He also confirmed to me that they were given order to gather any intelligence they could on Imam Mehdi, specifically, and they would interrogate people, on a regular basis, whom they thought had some knowledge of his whereabouts, or other information about the technologies that he uses. Again, within the CIA this is an open secret which is not to be discussed in public, but people discuss it sometimes, with bad consequences. So they are fully aware of the existence of Al Qaim, Al Hujjat, and his rank and are actively looking for him. I am sure of that. The sources I heard this from didn't know each other, and they all told me basically the same thing. I don't believe in conspiracies, in general, but this is one of those that I have enough evidence personally, to believe it is true. I don't care if other people believe me or not. Even saying this much, here, I am putting myself at risk, but I don't care. I think brothers and sisters should know this.
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  38. Salaam sister, Want to take my mum on Haj inshallah. Please do pray. And I will pray that you successfully complete your degree inshallah. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless you and elevate you in terms of knowledge.
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  39. Salaam, Hey eveyone, I made a map where I show the holiest cities in Islam, and indicating what´s so holy about them. So if you ever plan on doing a Ziyarah, here´s the map: Let's explain every site (I got all the information from Wikipedia): Mecca: Our Holy Prophet (s) was born there. It contains Masjid al-Haram, which is by far the most important mosque in Islam, as it contains the Ka'aba (the famous black cube built by Adam, then Ibrahim and Ismail, aka the House of Allah, that Muslims prostrate to as direction means 5 times a day). Fun fact: Imam Ali (عليه السلام) was born in the Ka'aba. Also we find the cave of Hira, where the Prophet (s) used to go meditate for years and where he received his first revelations. We can also find Jannatul Mualla, one of the most important cemeteries of Islam, as it contains the graves of Abd Manaf ibn Qusai - great, great-grandfather of Muhammad, Hashim ibn 'Abd Manaf - great-grandfather of Muhammad, Abdul Muttalib - grandfather of Muhammad, Abu Talib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib - uncle of Muhammad and father of the first Shia Imam, Ali; Khadija bint Khuwaylid - first wife of Muhammad and mother of Fatimah, Qasim ibn Muhammad - son of Muhammad who died in his infancy, and possible grave of Aminah bint Wahb - mother of Muhammad. Medinah: Our Holy Prophet (s) passed away here. It contains Masjid al-Nabawi, his (s) house and resting place. Outside of the mosque, we find Jannatul Baqi, where we find the graves of Hasan ibn Ali (first grandson of Muhammad), Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-'Abidin, Muhammad al-Baqir, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Isma'il ibn Jafar, Fatimah bint Asad - the mother of Ali, Umm ul-Banin - the mother of Al-Abbas ibn Ali, Bibi Shahrbānū - the mother of Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-'Abidin, Halimah bint Abi Dhuayb- wet nurse of Muhammad. It is also thought that the real grave of Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, lies here as well. Outside of Medinah but not far, we find mount Uhud, where the famous battle of Uhud took place and where the Prophet's uncle Hamza is buried. In Medinah, we also find Masjid Quba, the 1st ever official mosque built by Muslims, and Masjid al-Qiblatain, the mosque where the qibla was changed from Jerusalem to Mecca. Al-Quds: aka Jerusalem, it contains Masjid al-Aqsa, the 1st qibla. The Holy Prophet (s) travelled here thanks to buraq, and from the Dome of the Rock, or Qubbatul Sakhra, he ascended to Heaven. A single prayer performed at this mosque is the same as having performed 500 prayers elsewhere. Mu'tah: the famous battle of Mu'tah took place here. We can find the graves of Ja'far Tayyar and Zayd in Haritha, one of the best and most beloved family members and companions of the Holy Prophet (s). Al-Khalil: a place in Palestine that contains the shrine of Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام), one of the most important and beloved prophets to Allah. It is also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs. Sinai: it's the famous mount in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt where Prophet Musa (عليه السلام) went for 40 days. Al-Nabi Yusha': It's a small village in Palestine that contains the tomb of Prophet Joshua (عليه السلام). Damascus: We find the Umayyad Mosque, entombing the head of John the Baptist, as well as having sites relating to the Battle of Karbala. We also find the shrine of Sayyida Zaynab, the shrine of Sayyida Ruqayya, the Nabi Habeel Mosque (containing the grave of Habbel/Abel, son of Adam and eve), as well as the cemetery of Bab al-Sagheer, where we find the graves of Umm Kulthum bint Ali, daughter of Ali and Fatimah, granddaughter of Muhammad, Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi, the muezzin of Muhammad, Hamīdah, daughter of Muslim ibn Aqeel, Maymūnah, daughter of Hasan ibn Ali, Sakinah (Fatima al-Kubra) bint Husayn, daughter of Hussein ibn Ali (not to be confused with Ruqayya who was the youngest), Asma bint Umays, wife of Ja'far ibn Abī Tālib, Abdullah ibn Zaynul Abidin, son of Ali ibn al-Hussain. Aleppo: There's the Great Mosque of Aleppo - entombs the remains of Zakariyya (عليه السلام), father of Nabi Yahya (عليه السلام). Najaf: I will consider Kufa the same as Najaf. We can find the Imam Ali Mosque, containing the graves of Imam Ali (عليه السلام), as well as prophets Adam and Nuh. We also find the Great Mosque of Kufa- contains the tombs of Muslim ibn Aqeel, Khadijah bint Ali, Hani ibn Urwa, and Al-Mukhtar. The mosque also contains many important sites relating to the prophets and Ali, including the place where he was fatally struck on the head while in Sujud. There's also Masjid al-Sahlah, very important since (according to wikipedia) this mosque is where the twelfth Imam, Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi, will reside upon his return; this mosque served as a home for the Prophets and figures in Islam: Ibrahim (Abraham), Idris (Enoch), and Khidr; every Prophet is said to have established prayers within this mosque; establishing two Rakats of Islamic Prayer in this mosque can grant a person safety and protection for an entire year; the trumpet announcing the Day of Judgement will be blown from this mosque; seventy thousand people will be resurrected here according to narrations, and enter Heaven without questioning. Ali ibn Abi Talib has also stated that, "No anguished person goes to this mosque, prays in it, and supplicates to God, without God relieving him of his grief and granting him his request." Also in Najaf we find Wadi e Salaam, which is the biggest cemetery in the world, containing the tombs of prophets Hud (عليه السلام) and Saleh (عليه السلام). Karbala: Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), his family and companions were massacred here. It isn't surprising then that we can find the Shrines of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) and his brother Abbas bin Ali. In the same Maqam of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) we also find the resting places of Ali al-Akbar ibn Husayn, son of Husayn, Ali al-Asghar ibn Husayn, son of Husayn, Habib ibn Muzahir, all the martyrs of Karbala, and ʾIbrāhīm, son of Musa al-Kazim. Baghdad: specifically in the Kadhimiyya neighborhood, we find the Kadhimiyya mosque, containing the graves of Imams Musa al-Kadhim (عليه السلام) and Muhammad al-Jawad (عليه السلام). We also find the graves of the great scholars al-Mufid and at-Tusi. Samarra: The Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, Iraq contains the tombs of Imams Ali al-Hadi (عليه السلام) and Hasan al-Askari (عليه السلام). Also buried within this mosque: Hakimah Khātūn - sister of Ali al-Hadi and Narjis - mother of Muhammad al-Mahdi (twelfth Shia Imam). The cellar from which the twelfth or "Hidden" Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, disappeared from view is also found within this mosque. Susa: A village in Iran where we can find the shrine of prophet Danyal. Qom: The most famous place associated with the 12th Imam, it contains the shrine of Fatimah Masumeh, sister of Imam Ali al-Ridha (عليه السلام). We can also find the Jamkaran Mosque, where Sheikh Hassan ibn Muthlih Jamkarani is reported to have met Muhammad al-Mahdi along with the prophet Al-Khidr. Jamkarani was instructed that the land they were on was "noble" and that the owner — Hasan bin Muslim — was to cease cultivating it and finance the building of a mosque on it from the earnings he had accumulated from farming the land. Mashad: Contains the shrine of Imam Ali al-Ridha (عليه السلام). There are obviously so many holy places where familiy members and companions of the Ahlulbayt are buried, but that I haven't mentioned. Don't be afraid to correct me if there's some wrong or missing information here ! I hope this helped you !
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  40. This may be his family's rule, but there is no Shia prohibition against marrying a woman who does not wear hijab, just as there is no prohibition against marrying a man who shaves his beard. Your husband needs to take responsibility for his choices and marry you properly so you and he can raise your child together. If he evades his responsibility he might get away with it in this life but he will surely be punished severely in the hereafter.
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  41. Coincidentally, I was discussing similar problems with someone else yesterday. Here is the advice I gave her and I would repeat it for you too. This is a general rule to follow for life. Never become obsessed with any thing worldly, be it a person or a career or lifestyle. It will take you away from the true path and lead you towards harm sooner or later. I can't tell you how many times I have seen people going through serious emotional turmoil because they had to get into medical school, marry x person, obtain citizenship of that first world county. I can write pages upon pages recounting the stories of people I personally know who screwed up their lives because they had to have that one thing or person, no matter what the cost. It's natural for humans to have desires for things and for certain people too. The best course is to make efforts for it and do dua but not attach to the desire so much that it preys on your mind. Whatever Allah has destined for you will reach you whether it's a person, or money or a the house you have been dreaming to buy*. If it isn't meant for you in Allah's plans than no amount of effort will take you to it. The only thing we should be obssessed with, if anything, is to seek closeness to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and submit with contentment to whatever He chooses for us, with the firm belief that this was for the best. Getting close to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) won't eliminate problems from our lives because some people think becoming religious = all your hajaats fulfilled and difficulties vanished. No, this won't happen but what happens is that a person gets the strength to endure difficulties with Sabr. This is what is true success. * There was this this really smart sweater dress I liked but it was pricey so I decided to wait for the sales. Well, on the sale they marked it down by a small percentage and even then it was sold out on the website. I debated whether to go check it in the store but it appeared a popular item and still seemed too much money so I just told myself it's not worth the trouble of driving there and it's meant for me it will reach me somehow or Allah will make me stop fancying it. :P That was two weeks back. Yesterday on the website it was marked down to half price, available in only my size and just one piece left. Guess who is eagerly waiting for the delivery guy.
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  42. @313_Waiter Remember the quote,"Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.''? This would be my advice to you. Their problem isn't with Quran recitation, it with Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). There were Muslims who made fun of Hazrat Bilal(as)'s pronunciation. You think Ayatullahs will be spared? Most likely the Quran hasn't gone beyond these people's throats or they would have understood Surah Hujaraat. Just say Salwat for Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and his holy progeny(عليه السلام) and lanat on the enemies of Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) and move on.
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  43. Wa Alikum Assalam wa rahmah Inna lil Allah wa inna elahi raj3oun I'm very sorry for your loss. God have mercy on her and forgive her. God give you patience dear sister, habibti Rahamtul Allah 3leeha M3 Salamah, FE AMIN ALLAH
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  44. Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, peace with him, has said, “He, the most Exalted One, is Hearing and Seeing. He hears without a faculty, sees without a tool. Rather, He hears by Himself, sees by Himself Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, peace with him, has said, “He is Hearing, Seeing; He hears through what He sees, sees through what He hears.
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  45. Salam, I want to officially say goodbye to everyone on Shiachat. I spent a lot of time here a while back and am grateful to all the mods and site admins who are selflessly helping this site. I feel it's time for me to move forward. I am making this post cos I wanna take the opportunity to say goodbye and express my gratitude. Also I don't wanna disappearand make it seem as if I passed away. Inshallah you all gain all the success in this life. Can one of the admins/mods disable my account? Khudafez everyone, stay safe.
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  46. Mahdavist

    A question for men

    Ideally I think both young men and women should be prepared to share these tasks. I don't think young men these days expect their wife to do it all alone (and they shouldn't) but every young person, male or female, should learn how to do these basic chores.
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  47. Salam brother, I’m a Palestinian and Egyptian born “Sunni”. I say “Sunni” because to be honest I was just born into it and inherited my faith. My mum reverted to Shiasm like 4 years ago so my mother would always tell me about Shia Islam. When I was 17 I became friends with a girl who happened to be Shia. After talking and my previous exposure/ research I told her that I wanted to become Shia. We eventually cut ties and this is when my faith was really tested. Was I in it for the culture, friends etc or actual deen? My reversion wasn’t an easy process and far from linear. I kept going back and forth because I didn’t have a good base of knowledge and was scared of change. After actually reading, speaking to shiekhs etc I realised the depth of the truth that my brain could not deny despite social/family pressures. So here I am, 18 years old and a “Shia” alhamdulilah. I can say that I’m learning my religion instead of inheriting it. Although I was introduced to Shiasm before and claimed to be one, only now can I say that I have the yaqeen I was yearning for. On a side note, I call myself in this post a Shia to keep things simple but really I am just a a Muslim who follows and accepts what is truth and that is what our beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) told us to do follow: “Behold! I am leaving for you two precious things. First of them is the book of Allah... The other one is my Ahlul-Bayt.”- [Sahih Muslim] so I don’t really like to label myself because I feel like such words such as Shia have different connotations in today’s society and to be honest, I don’t agree with everything some “Shias” do such as self flagellation, drawing depictions of how Imam Hussain looked etc. I just hope that I can follow haq and hold tightly on Allah’s (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) rope and not create divisions. al-Islam.org is a great resource btw. Insha’Allah whatever decision you make is based on facts and evidence, Ma salam.
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  48. Oftentimes opportunities present themselves and it is up to us whether to take advantage of these opportunities or simply let them drift away into the unknown and leave ourselves pondering over what could have been. An interesting thought arose in my mind a couple weeks ago and I sort of left it in the back of my head convinced that it will eventually fade away with my other curious thoughts and imaginative/Wishful thinking, however, with time this thought seems to have resurfaced and is not enticing, rather quite convincing. There is a ShiaChat member who I admire greatly, due to the beautiful way in which they express their thoughts and ideas, as well as the respectful manner in which they conduct their behavior. Now that being said, I believe that this individual is very much worth considering as a possibility and with the grace of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) anything is possible, however, the initial step is necessary and I find that the character and personality traits of this Member to be very admirable and indeed distinguishable. I was wondering if the ShiaChat family support me in pursuing the preliminary steps required to open dialogue that could possibly lead to marriage - as I stated this person carries excellent qualities and I at least want to pursue this if there even is a slither of opportunity. My dear brothers and sisters, how do you think I should go on about this?
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  49. I was raised Catholic and was Protestant Christian as an adult, and that built the foundation for moral and ethical behavior so I was ready when I learned about Islam. To be honest, my faith didn't significantly change; I just found the correct name to call it.
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  50. Sis Laayla, hope you and your family are safe.
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