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Mohamad Abdel-Hamid

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  1. Apparently many people here won't drink from the rivers of wine in Jannah.
  2. Wa alakum as-salaam, The video is not in Arabic, it's in Urdu I believe. However, it seems to talk about the permissibility of saying "Ashadu anna 'Aliyyan waliyyullah" in the tashahud. In minute 1:05 it does say in Arabic: Question: A woman used to say for years in her prayers during the tashahud: "Ahshadu an la ilaha ilallah, wa ashadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah, wa 'Aliyyan waliyyullah", so what's the ruling regarding her prayers ? Answer: If [she used to say this] out of inculpable ignorance, she doesn't need to repeat them; but if it was out of culpable ignorance, she has to repeat the prayers based on obligatory precaution. So it seems it's not allowed to say it, according to Sayyid al-Sistani. By the way, inculpable ignorance is when someone has a valid excuse for not knowing. Someone please correct me if I translated that part wrong.
  3. Wa alaikum as-salaam, I was just trying to show that you can't rush to a misunderstanding when one of the Shias give for example an attribute to Imam Mahdi (atf) and apparently sounds like shirk since only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has that attribute. And I didn't misunderstand the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Again, I was using the same logic that you can't immediatly think of shirk when we say that a member of the Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them) "claims" divinity. Yes, the hadith from Bukhari is well explained (that is, for al-Mahi and al-Hashir, since in the Arabic text it doesn't say that by al-'Aqib he means that he's the last prophet, it only says so in the English text). I'm just saying that don't think that when a person for example says that he is the First and the Last, he's claiming to be on the same level of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If that person explains what he means by First and Last, then it's ok. But even if he doesn't explain what he means, it's still ok because you don't know what he means by that, you don't know what his intention was, so you can't conclude that it's shirk or kufr. I believe the brother explained to you very well what he was trying to say, and with all honesty you're simply trying to exagerate because it doesn't go along with your views. Maybe as you said the same situation in the hadith of Biharul Anwar* happened here, where the brother may have said something that wasn't clear-cut on the onset (for you), hence resulting in you having a similar kind of reaction. Thank you. I'm sorry to disappoint. Thanks again . I hope these surprises are meant in the good sense. Take care too.
  4. You know, some people really should understand some concepts regarding the Imams and avoid having a false impression that the attributes they have equate to shirk, kufr, bid'ah, etc... This reminds me of a person that cherry picked this hadith from Biharul Anwar: http://shiaonlinelibrary.com/الكتب/1473_بحار-الأنوار-العلامة-المجلسي-ج-٤٢/الصفحة_191 روي أن أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام كان قاعدا في المسجد وعنده جماعة من أصحابه، فقالوا له: حدثنا يا أمير المؤمنين، فقال لهم: ويحكم إن كلامي صعب مستصعب لا يعقله إلا العالمون، قالوا: لا بد من أن تحدثنا، قال: قوموا بنا فدخل الدار فقال: أنا الذي علوت فقهرت، أنا الذي أحيي وأميت، أنا الأول والآخر والظاهر والباطن It was narrated that the Commander of the Faithful, peace be upon him, was sitting in the mosque with a group of his companions, and they said to him: Tell us something, O Commander of the Faithful. He said: I am the one who rose and subsided, I am the one who gives life and causes death, I am the First and the Last, the Apparent and the Hidden. How can he say this ? This is KUFR ! Subhanallah, you only have to continue reading the hadith: فغضبوا وقالوا: كفر! وقاموا، فقال علي عليه السلام للباب: يا باب استمسك عليهم، فاستمسك عليهم الباب، فقال: ألم أقل لكم: إن كلامي صعب مستصعب لا يعقله إلا العالمون؟ تعالوا أفسر لكم، أما قولي: أنا الذي علوت فقهرت فأنا الذي علوتكم بهذا السيف فقهرتكم حتى آمنتم بالله ورسوله، وأما قولي: أنا أحيي وأميت فأنا أحيي السنة وأميت البدعة، وأما قولي: أنا الأول فأنا أول من آمن بالله وأسلم وأما قولي: أنا الآخر فأنا آخر من سجى على النبي صلى الله عليه وآله ثوبه ودفنه، وأما قولي: أنا الظاهر والباطن فأنا عندي علم الظاهر والباطن، قالوا: فرجت عنا فرج الله عنك. They got angry and said: KUFR! And they stood up, and Ali, peace be upon him, said to the door: O door, hold on to them, so the door held on to them, and he said: Did I not tell you: My words are difficult and difficult, and only the knowledgeable can comprehend them? Come, I will explain to you, as for my saying: I am the one who rose and subsided, [that means that] I am the one who raised you with this sword, and I defeated you until you believed in God and His Messenger. And as for my saying: I revive and kill, I revive the Sunnah and kill innovation, and as for my saying: I am the first, I am the first to believe in God and embrace Islam, and as for my saying: I am the last, I am the last one who shrouded the Prophet, may God bless him and his family, with his clothing and burial. As for my saying: I am the apparent and the hidden, then I have the knowledge of the outward and inward. They said: You explained it to us, God bless you. I can also cherry pick some Sunni hadiths that apparently promote shirk and kufr, why don't you take a look: https://sunnah.com/bukhari:3532 قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ لِي خَمْسَةُ أَسْمَاءٍ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ، وَأَحْمَدُ، وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِي الْكُفْرَ، وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمِي، وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ ‏"‏‏.‏ Here the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) says that he has 5 names: Muhammad, Ahmad, al-Mahi, al-Hashir and al-'Aqib. So he is al-Mahi, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can truly erase sins and disbelief ? So he is al-Hashir, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can raise and gather the dead ? So he is al-'Aqib, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the last and the one who'll remain forever ? But of course I'm not going to say any of that, because I know that this hadith has been explained, the same way the hadith from Biharul Anwar has been explained, and that these attributes are not of the same level of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). I wish you could also do the same.
  5. I think these are the same: In Arabic it's Ya hujjat Allahi shakwanah ilaik, adrikna adrikna labaika labaik.
  6. I've also heard that in fact he was a good guy and was willing to help the Ahlulbayt, that's why the Umayyids and their allies quickly got rid of him, resulting in his reign being extremely short (2-4 months). But I don't know if this is acurrate.
  7. A couple ? I thought only Umar bin Abdul-'Azeez was a "good ruler" (by good, I mean the least bad, since history apparently shows us that he wasn't an opressor). Even then, he still didn't give the caliphate to it's rightful owners (the Imams), that's why if I remember correctly (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) there's a hadith that says something like: "the inhabitants of the earth praise him (Umar), while the inhabitants of the heavens curse him".
  8. This reminds me of a story my mom told me about one of her distant male cousins that also had 2 wives, and that they used to hate each other and grab each other's hair and scream.
  9. Who was Adam (عليه السلام) gonna guide, a bunch of animals and plants ? The dinosaurs existed before Adam (عليه السلام), but did they need guidance ? Of course not ! When did the children of Adam appear on Earth ? When Adam (عليه السلام) was sent to Earth of course, so he could guide them ! It's impossible for a guide to exist if there is no "we" that needs guidance. A person can't be a teacher if there are no students. You did think about that, right ?
  10. This problem actually falls on you since it's in your book, not ours. We couldn't care less what Sahih Muslim has to say, the brother only quoted it because he wants to prove that in Sunni works (meaning from the Sunni perspective) that the Sahabas, specially Ali and the Shaykhayn didn't get along AT ALL, and the hadith from Muslim proves it. Can you imagine a person calling someone else "liar, sinful, treacherous and dishonest" and still believing that they loved each other ? "But 'Abbas also said Ali was a liar, sinful, treacherous and dishonest" ! As I said, so what ? 1) It's in your books, so why should I care or even attempt to answer back ? 2) It still doesn't change the fact that the Shaykhayn were still liar, sinful, treacherous and dishonest, according to Ali. Will you ignore or deny this ? Why don't you also take a look at this hadith, from Musannaf 'Abd al-Razzaaq as-San'aani, page 104, hadith 10532: It's practically the same hadith, where we see that here 'Abbas doesn't insult Ali, but later Ali still insults the Shaykhayn, calling them Dhaalim and Faajir, ظالم and فاجر, meaning someone that is unjust and that speaks with very bad manners. Now you can't use the excuse that 'Abbas insulted Ali, and Ali still insulted the Shaykhayn, so do you have anything to say regarding this hadith too ? Regarding these traits that Ali (عليه السلام) has mentionned, also take a look at this hadith: https://sunnah.com/bukhari:34 So according to this hadith, the one who is 1- a traitor (خائن, Khaa'in), 2- a liar (كاذب, Kaadhib), 3- treacherous (غادر, Ghaadir), 4- speaks with insulting manners (فاجر, Faajir) is a PURE HYPOCRITE. All these traits are the exact same words that Ali (عليه السلام) used against the Shaykhayn. Coincidence ? So according to your books, the Shaykhayn are pure hypocrites (even having only 1 of these traits makes them a "simple" hypocrite, according to the hadith). Now remind me, what does the Qur'an say regarding the hypocrites ? وَعَدَ اللّٰہُ الۡمُنٰفِقِیۡنَ وَالۡمُنٰفِقٰتِ وَالۡکُفَّارَ نَارَ جَہَنَّمَ خٰلِدِیۡنَ فِیۡہَا ۚ ہِیَ حَسۡبُہُمۡ ۚ وَلَعَنَہُمُ اللّٰہُ ۖ وَلَہُمۡ عَذَابٌ مُّقِیۡمٌ "Allah promises the hypocrites, men and women, and the disbelievers the fire of Hell, wherein they shall abide. It will suffice them. And Allah has cursed them. And they shall have a lasting punishment" (Surah at-Tawba 9:68) Form your own conclusions. And remember, I'm not the one who's saying this, I simply mentionned everything that is in your books. And indeed Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows best.
  11. But according to brother @Ali bin Hussein, he is. Or is there difference of opinion even between Zaidis ? Source: Since the discussion of Zaidism has begun, I have learned so much, but there's one thing that I still don't have the answer to: Who are the Imams (of Zaidism) after al-Hussain (عليه السلام) until let's say 200 years later (and it's better if a trusted source or list of all of them could be provided until today). You already mentionned the characteristics and qualifications that a Zaidi Imam must posess, but who were these Imams historically ? We all already agree to the first 3 (Ali, Hassan and Hussain عليهم السلام), but who was the next one ? You mentionned if I remember correctly that it was Hassan al-Muthanna. Brother Ali bin Hussein says he was, but now you're also saying that al-Sajjad (عليه السلام) wasn't an Imam, but from al-Baqir to al-'Askari (عليهم السلام) they were all Imams. Obviously as Zaidis you also consider Zaid (رضي الله عنه) to be an Imam, and between these 9 Twelver Imams there are probably other personnalities who you consider to have been Imams. And then after al-'Askari (عليه السلام), I'm also pretty sure that Zaidi Imamate continued with personnalities other than al-Mahdi (atf). What I'm simply asking is if you could please enumerate who were (let's say the first 20) Zaidi Imams after al-Hussain (عليه السلام) ? We all know the 12 Imams, as well as the Isma'ili Imams, but the Zaidi ones are still a mystery to me. Thank you.
  12. I was reading an announcement and it seems that one of the great marjas of Najaf passed away today, September 3rd 2021. May Allah bless our scholars, ameen.
  13. I found some information regarding the Alevis of Turkey if someone is interested: Be sure to also read the comments.
  14. 2. She was still the wife of the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), she was expected at least to have good morals and not make him sad. Besides, can you imagine being jealous of a woman who died (Khadija, peace be upon her) ? 5. Of course, blame Imam Ali (عليه السلام), who the Qur'an declared to be pure. It's as if I've never read the hadith from the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) say: "Ali is with the truth and the truth is with Ali." Even if Imam Ali (عليه السلام) simply "spoke something bad about her", does that still give her the excuse to raise an army against him and be responsible for the death of 20,000 Sahabas ? And please don't tell me this was a "mistake" or a matter of "ijtihad". 6. So she can bury her father, as well as Umar, but when it comes to the prophet's beloved grandson, she won't allow it ? And Imam Hassan* (عليه السلام) is not just any "sahabi", he's part of the Ahlul bayt. Why don't you take a look at this hadith: https://sunnah.com/bukhari:4035. If she didn't allow Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) to be buried next to his grandfather, couldn't she at least allow it for the sake of her father, who supposedly loved the Ahlulbayt more than other companions ??? 7. It has been reported that other wives like Sawda bint Zam'a (رضي الله عنها) stayed inside her home until she died. I see you didn't make any commentary on the remaining points, so it seems then you have no problem with them.
  15. The points have been answered beautifully by @Guest Based (and other users too!). Watch this entire playlist in YouTube and see if it's "authentic" enough: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8IhTxV0G4rgSCyhql0R6BiRShcytuJeY And I really mean it when I say that you should watch ALL the videos carefully (specially the last one, where he even responds to the channel you've posted) and then form your own conclusions. Has Sistani visited him ? Has Khamenei visited him ? Have the other thousands of real top scholars visited him ? You should have treated it like nothing. I can literally say the same thing about the Saudi royals and how they're corrupting Islam, but for every Sunni "scholar" that supports them, there are hundreds that don't. We're suposed to use Taqiyya when we have to protect our lives, our honor or property. If you have a problem with the concept of Taqiyya itself, then know that it has been allowed in the Qur'an with many verses, including: "He who disbelieves in Allah after his belief in Him (is the liar) except he who is compelled while his heart remains steadfast with the faith (has nothing to worry). But he who opens his breast for infidelity, on these is the wrath of Allah, and for them is a great torment." (16:106) If you have a problem with Shi'as hiding their beliefs from Sunnis, this comes sadly from centuries of Shi'as living under oppressive regimes, resulting in them in using Taqiyya, otherwise they would have faced severe consequences. It's more than obvious if X dominates and opresses Y for such a long time, Y will obviously hide their beliefs from X, this has happened many times in history for any religion. Of course, today it's not as severe as before, so our beliefs are more open. However, I still find it funny that there's either 2 ways people view Shias: either he's lying/using Taqiyya, either he reveals his true beliefs that are viewed as "offensive, sectarian, disrespectful". Like lol what do you expect us to say if either way people won't end up happy. But that's what happens when you're the minority. Have I hopefully answered your issues ?
  16. Thank you so much, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) also increase yours and every believer's health. On a side note, I sent his office the same question in Arabic, and here's the response: It's still the same answer, he's saying that I'm only allowed to take it if it's absolutely necessary and if there are no other options.
  17. The YouTube channel "Sunnah Discourse" is built upon criticising, trying to disprove, mocking and insulting Shi'ism and Shia Muslims and scholars. Literally every single video is "Shia bad", "Shia wrong", "Shia ex-convert", "Shia mushriks", "Shia belief destroyed", etc... Not to mention their disrespectful thumbnails. I mean imagine the purpose in your life being to wake up in the morning and simply showing the world how much you hate Shi'ism, not to mention their videos are just lies, lies and more lies everywhere. Compare that to the channel "Dhul Fiqar al-Mahgribi" (it's an Arabic channel), where he responds to those lying Salafis, bringing and showing in every single video proof and evidence from their own books, all the while speaking respectfully. Of course he shows no respite to whoever insults and blatantly lies about Shi'ism, and on top of that he's such a funny man. If only one video made you have doubts about Shi'ism, a single minute of Dhul Fiqar al-Maghribi will put you back on track and remove all of your doubts. Other than that, @ShiaMan14 explained shortly some of the points presented by the video.
  18. As for points 1) & 3): 1) We already saw and agreed that the verse "today I have perfected for you your religion" is a reference for Imam Ali (عليه السلام) being announced as the successor/caliph/imam after the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), and it's clear that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose Imam Ali (عليه السلام) since he's ordering the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) to announce him as his successor. Besides, this is logical with the sunnah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) since everywhere we see in the Qur'an, it's Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) that appoints someone to rule over people. He even says that he will appoint a caliph on the earth for the 1st human, nabi Adam (عليه السلام). We can see that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose for example Talut as a king for the Israelites. It's more than obvious that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose the Prophets to guide people. We agree that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) himself appointed Ibrahim (عليه السلام) as an Imam, as well as promising HIMSELF to Ibrahim (عليه السلام) to appoint imams from his just offspring. We also saw that the Qur'an clearly says that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose the 12 naqibs of Bani Isra'eel. We agreed that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose Imam Ali (عليه السلام) to be the leader. Then how come that the later imams, a direct appointment is not necessary when literally from the beginning of humanity there was a direct appointment for every leader ? Ali bin Abi Taleb was an imam chosen by God, but another imam 100 years later is not chosen by God ? Are we talking about the same position of "imamah" here or not ??? 3) I quoted the verse: "Verily you are a warner and for every nation there is a guide" (Qur'an 13:7). We can see that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is saying that every nation has a guide. If there isn't currently an imam, then who is the "guide" that we have today in our nations ? And this is where I see that in your books (Zaidi), it says that an Imam should always be present, so allow to present the works: This is in Musnad Zaid, page 235: Imam Zaid bin Ali ( may Allah be pleased with him ) narrated that Imam Ali bin Abi-Talib ( may Allah be pleased with him ) said " Whoever dies and did not know who is the Imam then he died like Jahelia if the Imam was just and pious" Also in A commentary on Al-Hadi's “THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE RELIGION”, page 352, it says: all Shi’ite groups narrate the hadīth: ((The People of my House are like the stars to my community. Whenever a star falls, another rises)). And this is in Sahifa Sajjadiya, page 142-143 (which is in Zaidi Portal, by the way): O Allah, surely Thou hast confirmed Thy religion in all times with an Imam whom Thou hast set up as a guidepost to Thy servants and a lighthouse in Thy lands, after his cord has been joined to Thy cord! Thou hast appointed him the means to Thy good pleasure, made obeying him obligatory, cautioned against disobeying him, and commanded following his commands, abandoning his prohibitions, and that no forward-goer go ahead of him or back-keeper keep back from him! So he is the preservation of the shelterseekers, the cave of the faithful, the handhold of the adherents, and the radiance of the worlds! Are these proofs good enough ?
  19. No problem. Regarding the Sunni narrations of the 12 leaders: 1. I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, "There will be twelve Muslim rulers (who will rule all the Islamic world)." He then said a sentence which I did not hear. My father said, "All of them (those rulers) will be from Quraish." source:https://sunnah.com/bukhari:7222 2. I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: The affairs of the people will continue to be conducted (well) as long as they are governed by twelve men. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said words which were obscure to me. I asked my father: What did the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say? He said: All of the (twelve men) will be from the Quraish. https://sunnah.com/muslim:1821b 3. I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: Islam will continue to be triumphant until there have been twelve Caliphs. Then the Prophet (ﷺ) said something which I could not understand. I asked my father: What did he say? He said: He has said that all of them (twelve Caliphs) will be from the Quraish. https://sunnah.com/muslim:1821d 4. This order will continue to be dominant until there have been twelve Caliphs. The narrator says: Then he said something which I could not understand, and I said to my father: What did he say? My father told me that he said that all of them (Caliphs) would be from the Quraish. https://sunnah.com/muslim:1821e 5. I went with my father to the Messenger of Allah (may peeace be upon him) and I heard him say: This religion would continue to remain powerful and dominant until there have been twelve Caliphs. Then he added something which I couldn't catch on account of the noise of the people. I asked my father: What did he say? My father said: He has said that all of them will be from the Quraish. https://sunnah.com/muslim:1821f 6. 'There will be twelve Amir after me."' He said: "Then he said something that I did not understand. So I asked the one who was next to me, who said that he(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) had said: 'All of them are from Quraish."' https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi:2223 Some of their scholars even try to guess who these 12 are: 7. 'Abd Allah b. 'Umar is quoted as saying that the Twelve Imams are Abu Bakr b. Abi Quhafa, 'Umar b. al-Khattab, 'Uthman b. 'Affan, Mu'awiya b. Abi Sufyan, Yazid b. Mu'awiya, al-Saffah, al-Mansur al-'Abbasi, Jabir, Amin, Salam, Mahdi, and Amir al-'Asab. Suyūṭī, Tārīkh al-khulafāʾ, p. 210. 8. Al-Suyuti holds that the Twelve Imams are: Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman, 'Ali (a), al-Hasan (a), Mu'awiya, 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, and 'Umar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz. He then speculated that two other caliphs probably are al-Muhtadi al-'Abbasi and al-Zahir, both of whom were Abbasid Caliphs, since they were, according to al-Suyuti, righteous people. He then adds that the two other caliphs remain that we should wait for: one of them is al-Mahdi who is one of the Prophet's (s) Ahl al-Bayt (a), and the other he does not mention. Suyūṭī, Tārīkh al-khulafāʾ, p. 10-12. 9. Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani agrees with Qadi 'Ayad that the twelve caliphs are: Abu Bakr, 'Umar, 'Uthman, 'Ali (a), Mu'awiya, Yazid, 'Abd al-Malik b. Marwan, Walid b. 'Abd al-Malik, Sulayman b. 'Abd al-Malik, Yazid b. 'Abd al-Malik, Hisham b. 'Abd al-Malik, and Walid b. Yazid b. 'Abd al-Malik. Ibn Ḥajar, Fatḥ al-bārī, vol. 13, p. 214. 10. Al-Qunduzi al-Hanafi cited the hadith and then said that a close look into hadiths according to which the caliphs after the Prophet (s) are twelve reveals that by those twelve caliphs he meant the Twelve Imams from his own Ahl a-Bayt (a). He holds that the hadith does not refer to the Rashidun Caliphs since their number is smaller than twelve. It does not refer to Umayyad or Abbasid kings either, since their number is greater than twelve. Moreover, some of them were vicious and unjust people, and were not committed to Islamic rulings, except 'Umar b. 'Abd al-'Aziz. What is more, Banu Umayya were not from Banu Hashim, but the Prophet (s), according to 'Abd al-Malik's narration from Jabir, said that they are all from Banu Hashim. So the hadith can only refer to the Twelve Imams from the Prophet's (s) Ahl al-Bayt (a), since they were the most knowledgeable as well as the most pious people of their time, and were superior to others with respect to their acts and genealogy. Most important of all, they had inherited their knowledge from their ancestor, the Prophet Muhammad (s). Al-Qunduzi also appeals to hadiths, such as Hadith al-Thiqlayn, to support his view. Qundūzī, Yanābīʿ al-mawadda, vol. 2, p. 535. 11. This Ummat will not end and the Day of Judgment will not come, till the coming of 12 Khalifas, they will be guided, on the Deen of Truth. Abdul Juldh, Fathul Bari Volume 13 page 79 12. Allamah Badradaen Aini in Ummdthul Qari Sharah Sahih Bukhari narrates: ‘This Ummah will not end until the passing of the twelve, they will all be true guides from the Ahlulbayt.’ Ummdthul Qari Volume 2 page 282 and Volume 9 page 8 13. The Prophet of Allah said that I am the Chief of Prophets, Ali is the Chief of Wasi, after me there will be 12 Wasi, 1st of them is Ali (عليه السلام), last of them is Mahdi. Faslul khitab page 423, Ya Nabi al Muwaddat page 105 (Beirut) I couldn't really a link for the last 7 points, but I do hope the sources given are accurrate. And here are other Sunni narrations that also agree with 12er view of Imamate: 14. The Caliphate will remain among the Quraish even if only two persons are left (on the earth). https://sunnah.com/muslim:1820 15. Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "This matter (caliphate) will remain with the Quraish even if only two of them were still existing." https://sunnah.com/bukhari:7140 So these 2 hadiths prove that an Imam is must always be present. 16. This VERY interesting Sunni hadith even says that all of the imams will be killed (imam here can't be a Sunni caliph, since many of them died a natural death and many of them weren't fought): "By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! The Hour will not be established until you fight your A'immah, and you strike each other with your swords, and your world will be inherited by the evilest among you." https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi:2170 17. Here it says that obeying the Imam is like obeying Prophet, which is like obeying Allah, further proving that obeying the Imam is obligatory, hence resulting in his infallibility: “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, And whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah. Whoever obeys the ruler, obeys me, and whoever disobeys the ruler, disobeys me.” https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah:2859 If you read the text in Arabic, it says Imam for ruler and not ameer.
  20. Yes, it is true that only the 12er tafsir plainly indicates that the months represent the holy imams. Of course, this for me is enough, and you won't agree with the tafsir. But keep in mind that comparing the months to the imams CAN be possible, meaning that it's not something that is ridiculous and impossible, since in the Qur'an we can also see the family of nabi Ya'qub (عليه السلام) as being compared 11 stars, the sun and the moon. So even if you disagree, you can still see that it's a plausible and possible explanation, even if for you it's wrong. I forgot to mention this previously, but there are also Sunni books that have a similar narrations regarding to the 12 tribes, for example the hadith from أحمد بن حنبل، مسند، ج 6، ص 321. Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, vol 6, page 321, where he says that the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said that there will be 12 leaders, "the same number as the naqibs of bani Isra'eel". In fact, I already mentionned that there are numerous Sunni hadiths, including in Bukhari and Muslim, where they say that there will be 12 leaders/caliphs/rulers after the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Of course, as I said earlier, I normally would never use non-12er sources, but for the sake of proving that this concept of "12 imams" is not only to the Ithna 'Ashariyya, but also in Sunni works. Therefore I'm not relying only to my books, thus avoiding circular reasoning. Of course I'm accepting the tafsir I presented because of the 3 conditions I mentionned. And no, it isn't me that gave these conditions, rather they are clearly found in the Qur'an, and I already mentionned the verses. Since these 3 conditions are in the Qur'an, then it's logical I will (and must) accept them and in conclusion I'll turn to 12er tafsir since only the 12ers accept these conditions. I still don't get it, do you deny these 3 conditions, despite them being mentionned in the Qur'an ? Because I spent some time in Zaidi portal to read some of your works, and interestingly I found that these conditions are also present...
  21. Yes indeed birds are truly magnificient and one of the most beautiful creatures (in my opinion) that currently exist. In fact, just outside of my house, I have seen many kinds of birds too, they are: the house sparrow, ruddy ground dove, white tipped doves, pigeons, tanagers, saltators, small crows, kiskadees, hawks, monk parakeets, amazon greens, macaws often fly by, hummingbirds, red-crested cardinal, rufous horneros, parrotlets, barred antshrikes, however I have yet to see owls. Fun fact: I used to own birds (budgies and zebra finches), that's why I love birds.
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