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In the Name of God بسم الله

Gary Carl Johnson

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  1. When was the most difficult time for Shia? The most difficult period for Shi'ism was the twenty-year rule of Mu'awiyah, during which the Shi'ites had no protection and most of them were considered as marked characters, under suspicion and hunted down by the state. Two of the leaders of Shi'ism who lived at this time, Imams Hasan and Husayn, did not possess any means whatsoever to change the negative and oppressive circumstances in which they lived. Husayn, the third Imam of Shi'ism, had no possibility of freeing the Shi'ites from persecution in the ten years he was Imam during
  2. What happened for the caliphate after the death of Imam Ali? After the death of Ali, his son, Hasan ibn Ali, who is recognized by the Shi'ah as their second Imam, became caliph.This designation occurred in accordance with Ali's last will and testament and also by the allegiance of the community to Hasan. But Mu'awiyah did not remain quiet before this event. He marched with his army toward Iraq, which was then the capital of the caliphate , and began to wage war against Hasan. Through different intrigues and the payment of great sums of money, Mu'awiyah was able gradually t
  3. What is The Meaning of Labbayk Ya Husayn? Labbayk Ya Husayn means, 1) We are ready to sacrifice our lives, our children, our wealth and everything for upholding the cause of Imam Husayn (a) 2) We pledge to Imam Husayn (a) that this trip will be beginning of a new life for us. We will quit all our past mistakes and sins. 3) We will never accept humiliation and we prefer death with dignity over life in disgrace 4) We will support the oppressed people of the world and raise our voices against oppressors of today
  4. What is philosophy of The Arbaeen Walk? Every year in Arbaeen millions of people walk towards the Karbala. They do this to show their love for Imam Husayn (a), his family and companions and to pay allegiance to them. This walk symbolizes that we are ready to walk on path of Husayn (a) in our lives, in our lands. Because every land is Karbala. Every moment in my life there is a battle between truth and falsehood. With each step I take in this walk towards Karbala on Arbaeen I desire to defeat falsehood that exists within and outside me. I walk to reform myself and the societ
  5. What does term "synthesis" mean? syntheses [sin-thuh-seez] 1. the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis, ) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements. 2. a complex whole formed by combining. 3. Chemistry. the forming or building of a more complex substance or compound from elements or simpler compounds. 4. Philosophy. the third stage of argument in Hegelian dialectic, which reconciles the mutually contradictory first two propositions, thesis an
  6. Which benefit did we derive from the Caliphate of Ali? During the four years and nine months of his caliphate, Ali was not able to eliminate the disturbed conditions which were prevailing throughout the Islamic world, but he was successful in three fundamental ways: 1. As a result of his just and upright manner of living he revealed once again the beauty and attractiveness of the way of life of the Holy Prophet, especially to the younger generation. In contrast to the imperial grandeur of Mu'awiyah, he lived in simplicity and poverty like the poorest of people. He never
  7. What was Ali Amir Al-mu'minin's method of rule? The caliphate of Ali began toward the end of the year 35/656 and lasted about four years and nine months. During his period as caliph Ali followed the ways of the Holy Prophet and brought conditions back to their original state. He forced the resignation of all the incompetent political elements who had a hand in directing affairs[43] and began in reality a major transformation of a "revolutionary" nature which caused him innumerable difficulties. On his first day as caliph, in an address to the people, Ali said, "O P
  8. The Political Method of the Selection of the Caliph by Vote and Its Disagreement with the Shi'ite View, what is your opinion? Shi'ism believes that the Divine Law of Islam (Shari'ah),whose substance is found in the Book of God and in the tradition (Sunnah) of the Holy Prophet, will remain valid to the Day of Judgment and can never, nor will ever, be altered. A government which is really Islamic cannot under any pretext refuse completely to carry out the Shari'ah's injunctions The only duty of an Islamic government is to make decisions by consultation within the limits set by the S
  9. Who was born in the Kaaba? Nuru'd-din Bin Sabbagh Maliki (or the similar ones mentioned here) stating that Ali(a.s.) was born inside the Ka'ba and this was unique to him alone. (Alfosul Almhmh, pp. 12, 13; Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 35, p. 8) "No one before Ali was born in the Ka'ba. This was a distinction given to Ali in order to enhance his honor, rank, and dignity." Or one may mention the last dialogues between Sa'sa'a bin Sohan and Imam Ali (A.S.) before Imam's death in which Imam Ali (a.s.) introduces himself superior to Jesus (as) with the sign of his birth inside Kaaba:
  10. Why did Imam Husein take his family with him to Karbala? The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission. The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors that participated in the battle, but their main role was in delivering a message. All of the actions of Imam Husain (a.s.) were done for a reason and calculated, and even though he was aware of the dangers of travelling, he still took his family members with him to Kufa, saying:
  11. What is philosophy of mourning? There is no doubt that the tragedy of Kerbala, when ascribed to the killers, is a criminal and terrible act. However when ascribed to Husain (A) himself, it represents a conscious confrontation and a courageous resistance for a sacred cause. The whole nation had failed to stand up to Yazid. They had succumbed to his will, and deviation and regression towards the pre-Islamic ways were increasing. Passiveness by Husain (A) in this situation would have meant the end of Islam as we know it. Thus Husain (A) took upon himself the responsibility of the whole na
  12. What is shia? GROWTH OF SHI'ISM Shi'ism began with a reference made for the first time to the partisans of Ali (shi'ah-i ' Ali), the first leader of the Household of the Prophet, during the lifetime of the Prophet himself. The course of the first manifestation and the later growth of Islam during the twenty-three years of prophecy brought about many conditions which necessitated the appearance of a group such as the Shi'ites among the companions of the Prophet. The Holy Prophet during the first days of his prophecy, when according to the text of the Quran he was commanded to inv
  13. What is Cause of the separation of the Shiite Minority from the Sunni Majority? The friends and followers of Ali believed that after the death of the Prophet the caliphate and religious authority (marja'iyat-i 'ilmi) belonged to Ali. This belief came from their consideration of Ali's position and station in relation to the Prophet, his relation to the chosen among the companions, as well as his relation to Muslims in general. It was only the events that occurred during the few days of the Prophet's final illness that indicated that there was opposition to their view. C
  14. Why did Imam Husein take his family with him to Karbala? The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission. The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors that participated in the battle, but their main role was in delivering a message. All of the actions of Imam Husain (a.s.) were done for a reason and calculated, and even though he was aware of the dangers of travelling, he still took his family members with him to Kufa, saying:
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