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  1. Imam Ali, an ordinary man in sunni hadith? 3671حدثنا محمد بن كثير أخبرنا سفيان حدثنا جامع بن أبي راشد حدثنا أبو يعلى عن محمد بن الحنفية قال قلت لأبي أي الناس خير بعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال أبو بكر قلت ثم من قال ثم عمر وخشيت أن يقول عثمان قلت ثم أنت قال ما أنا إلا رجل من المسلمين (Bukhari) Narrated Muhammad bin Al-Hanafiya: I asked my father ('Ali bin Abi Talib), "Who are the best people after Allah's Apostle ?" He said, "Abu Bakr." I asked, "Who then?" He said, "Then 'Umar. " I was afraid he would say "Uthman, so I said, "Then you? He said, "I am only an ordinary person. Reference Volume 5, Book 57, Number 20: (Sahih Bukhari) This statement given in hadith for Imam Ali an ordinary person, needs verification in the light of Quran and hadith: A- Verses of Quran: 1. 1- Verse of Purification: 1.1 Safiyyah the daughter of Shaybah narrates that Ayeshah (رضي الله عنها) said, “The Holy Prophet (SAW) came out one morning wearing a cloak which had camel saddles woven on to it with black wool. Then Hasan bin Ali (RA) came and the Holy Prophet (SAW) took him under the cloak, then Husain (RA) came and entered beneath it with the Holy Prophet (SAW). Then Fatimah (سلام اللہ علیھا) came and the Holy Prophet (SAW) took her under the cloak. Next Ali (كرم الله وجهه) came and the Holy Prophet (SAW) also included him beneath it. Then the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) recited the verse, ‘Allah only desires to keep away (all kinds of) impurity from you, O ‘people of the house!’ (the Prophet’s family) and to totally purify you,’ (al-Ahzab 33:33).” References ►Muslim, as-Sahih (4:1883#2424) ►Ibn Abi Shaybah, al-Musannaf (6:370#36102) ►Ahmad bin Hambal, Fadail-us-sahabah (2:672#1149) ►Ibn Rahawayh, al-Musnad (3:678#1271) ►Hakim, al-Mustadrak (3:159#4705) ►Bayhaqi, as-Sunan-ul-kubra (2:149) ►Tabari, Jami-ul-bayan fi tafsir al-Quran (22:6,7) ►Baghawi, Maalim-ut-tanzil (3:529) ►Ibn Kathir, Tafsir-ul-Quran al-azim (3:485) ►Suyuti, ad-Durr-ul-manthur fit-tafsir-bil-mathur (6:605) 1.2 Umar bin Abi Salamah (RA) who was brought up by the Prophet (SAW) narrates that when the verse, “Allah only desires to keep away (all kinds of) impurity from you, O ‘people of the house!’ (the Prophet’s family) and to totally purify you,” (al-Ahzab 33:33), was revealed to the Holy Prophet (SAW) at the home of Umm Salamah (رضي الله عنها), he (SAW) called Fatimah (سلام اللہ علیھا), Hasan (RA) and Husain (RA)and covered them with a cloak. Ali(كرم الله وجهه) was behind him (SAW), the Holy Prophet (SAW) also covered him under the same cloak and then said, “Oh Allah! These are my ahl-ul-bait (‘people of the house’) so keep impurity away from them and totally purify them.” References ►Tirmidhi, al-Jami-us-sahih (5:351,663#3205,3787) ►Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (6:292) ►Ahmad bin Hambal, Fadail-us-sahabah (2:587#994) ►Bayhaqi related it with slightly different words in as-sunan-ul-kubra (2:150). ►Hakim, al-Mustadrak (2:451#3558) ►Hakim, al-Mustadrak (3:158#4705) ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-kabir (3:54#2662) ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-kabir (9:25#8295) ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-awsat (4:134#3799) ►Baihaqi, al-Itiqad (p.327) 1.3 عن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه في قوله: (إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذْهِبَ عَنكُمُ الرِّجْسَ أَهْلَ الْبَيْتِ) قال: نزلت في خمسة: في رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم و علي و فاطمة و الحسن و الحسين رضى الله عنهم Abu Saeed Khudri (RA) has said about the verse, “Allah only desires to keep away (all kinds of) impurity from you, O ‘people of the house’!…”, that it was revealed in honour of the following five personalities: the Messenger of Allah (SAW), Ali (كرم الله وجهه), Fatimah (سلام اللہ علیھا), Hasan (RA) and Husain (RA). References ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-awsat (3:380#3456) ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-us-saghir (1:231#375) ►Ibn Hayyan, Tabaqat-ul-muhadditheen bi Asbhan (3# 384) ►Khateeb Baghdadi, Tareekh Baghdad (10:278) ►Tabari, Jami-ul-bayan fi tafsir al-Quran (22:6) 1.4 Imam Suyuti narrates: Narrated by Imam Tirimdhi and he declared it “SAHIH”.. Imam Ibn Jarir, Ibn Mundhir and Imam Hakim who also declared it “SAHIH” plus Imam Ibn Murduya and Baihaqi in his Sunnan narrate from the route of Umm Salama (ra) who said: This ayah was revealed in my house when in the house were present Fatima, Ali, Hassan and Hussain (Ridhwan Allaho Ajmain). The Prophet (Peace be upon him) covered them in his own cloak and then said: (O Allah) these are my Ahlul Bayt, remove all abomination from them and make them pure and spotless [Tafsir Dur ul Munthur, Volume No. 5, Page No. 563] 1.5 Ans bin Malik (RA) narrates that when the Holy Prophet (SAW) used to come out for Fajr (dawn) prayer, as he passed the door of Fatimah (سلام اللہ علیھا), he used to say, “O ‘people of the house’, perform your prayer”and then he used to recite the following verse from the Holy Quran: “Allah only desires to keep away (all kinds of) impurity from you, O ‘people of the house’! (the Prophet’s family) and to totally purify you,” References ►Tirmidhi, al-Jami-us-sahih (5:352#3206) ►Ahmad bin Hambal, al-Musnad (3:259,285) ►Ahmad bin Hambal, Fadail-us-sahabah (2:761#1340, 1341) ►Ibn Abi Shaybah, al-Musnnaf (6:388#32272) ►Shaybani, al-Aahad wal-mathani (5:360#2953) ►Abd bin Humaid, al-Musnad (p.367#1223) ►Hakim, al-Mustadrak (3:172#4748) ►Tabarani, al-Mujam-ul-kabir (3:56#2671) ►Bukhari related it from Abul Hamra in al-Kuna (p.25# 205). In the tradition this routine of the Prophet (A) was carried out for a period of nine months. ►Abd bin Humayd has related the same tradition from Bukhari in al-Musnad (p.173# 475). [al-Ahzab 33:33] (he did this) for six months. Thus it is confirmed that Imam Ali is included in Ahl albayat AS k he is kept pure by Allah swt, he is not an ordinary man. 2. Verse of Guardianship / Wilaya: Most of the hadīth-scholars have described the tradition given below in the mode of revelation of the verse: إنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللهُ وَرَسُوْلُه وَالَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوا الَّذِيْنَ يُقِيْمُوْنَ الصَّلاةَ وَيُؤْتُوْنَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُوْنَ [Quran, al-Mā’idah 5:55] (Surely your Wali is Allāh and His Messenger and (along with them) are the believers who establish prayers, pay zakāh and bow down (in humility before Allāh (SWT)) عن عمار بن ياسر رضي الله عنه، يقول: وقف على علي بن أبي طالب رضي الله عنه سائل وهو راكع في تطوع، فنزع خاتمه فأعطاه السائل، فأتى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم، فأعلمه ذالك، فنزلت على النبي صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم هذه الآية: {إنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللهُ وَرَسُوْله وَالَّذِيْنَ آمَنُوا الَّذِيْنَ يُقِيْمُوْنَ الصَّلاةَ وَيُؤْتُوْنَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُوْنَ} فقرأها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم، ثم قال: من كنت مولاه فعلي مولاه، اللهم! وال من والاه، وعاد من عاداه “It is narrated by ‘Ammār bin Yāsir (RA) that a beggar came up to ‘Alī (RA) and stood beside him. He was kneeling in prayer. He (the beggar) pulled out his ring and he gave the ring to the beggar. Then ‘Alī (RA) called on the Prophet (SAW) and told him the news.At this occasion, this verse was revealed to him: (Surely your Wali/friend is Allāh and His Messenger and (along with them) are the believers who establish prayers, pay zakāh and bow down (in humility before Allāh (SWT)). Allāh’s Messenger (SAW) read out the verse and said: One who has me as his master has ‘Alī as his master. O Allāh! Be his friend who befriends him (‘Alī) and be his enemy who is his enemy.” References: ►Tabarānī related it in al-Mu‘jam-ul-awsat (7:129, 130 # 6228), al-Mu‘jam-ul-kabīr (4:174 # 4053; 5:195, 203, 204 # 5068, 5069, 5092, 5097), and in al-Mu‘jam-us-saghīr (1:65) ►Ahmad bin Hambal narrated it in al-Musnad (1:119; 4:372) ►Hākim, al-Mustadrak (3:119, 371 # 4576, 5594) In the light of the above verse, it is confirmed that Imam Ali is Master of Believers and he is not an ordinary man. 3. Verse of Mubahila: فَمَنْ حَآجَّكَ فِيهِ مِنۢ بَعْدِ مَا جَآءَكَ مِنَ ٱلْعِلْمِ فَقُلْ تَعَالَوْا۟ نَدْعُ أَبْنَآءَنَا وَأَبْنَآءَكُمْ وَنِسَآءَنَا وَنِسَآءَكُمْ وَأَنفُسَنَا وَأَنفُسَكُمْ ثُمَّ نَبْتَهِلْ فَنَجْعَل لَّعْنَتَ ٱللَّهِ عَلَى ٱلْكَٰذِبِينَ {٦١} then let us pray earnestly, and call down Allah’s curse upon the liars.’‘Come! Let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, our souls and your souls,003:061 Should anyone argue with you concerning him, after the knowledge that has come to you, say, 3.1 al-Suyuti who was a great Sunni scholar, wrote: In the above verse (3:61), according to what Jabir Ibn Abdillah al-Ansari (the great companion of the Prophet) said, the word "sons”refers to al-Hasan and al-Husayn, the word "women”refers to Fatimah, and the word "our selves”refer to the Prophet and ‘Ali. Thus ‘Ali is referred as "the self”of the Prophet (Nafs of the Prophet). Reference: al-Durr al-Manthoor by al-Hafidh Jalaluddin al-Suyuti, v2, p38 3.2 Muslim and al-Tirmidhi both confirm the above incident, and recorded the following tradition in their authentic collections of traditions: Narrated Sa’d Ibn Abi Waqqas: ...And when the verse 3:61 was revealed, the Prophet called ‘Ali, Fatimah, al-Hasan, and al-Husayn. Then the Prophet said: "O Lord! These are my family members (Ahli)." Sunni references: • Sahih Muslim, Chapter of virtues of companions, section of virtues of ‘Ali, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, Arabic version, v4, p1871, the end of tradition #32. • Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v5, p654 • al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, v3, p150, who said this tradition is authentic based on the criteria set by two Shaikhs, al-Bukhari and Muslim. • Dhakha’ir al-Uqba, by Muhibbuddin al-Tabari, p25 Hadith for Virtues of Imam Ali: 1. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) gave the Flag to Ali bin Abi Talib (RA) whom Allah and his Apostle love Narrated Salama: Ali happened to stay behind the Prophet and (did not join him) during the battle of Khaibar for he was having eye trouble. Then he said, "How could I remain behind Allah's Apostle?" So 'Ali set out following the Prophet , When it was the eve of the day in the morning of which Allah helped (the Muslims) to conquer it, Allah's Apostle said, "I will give the flag (to a man), or tomorrow a man whom Allah and His Apostle love will take the flag," or said, "A man who loves Allah and His Apostle; and Allah will grant victory under his leadership." Suddenly came 'Ali whom we did not expect. The people said, "This is 'Ali." Allah's Apostle gave him the flag and Allah granted victory under his leadership. Reference Volume 5, Book 57, Number 52: (Sahih Bukhari) 2. The Analogy between Aaron and Moses (Peace be upon them both) Reference: Book 001, Number 0141: (Sahih Muslim) No one but a believer would love me, and none but a hypocrite would nurse grudge against me. Zirr reported: 'Ali observed: By Him Who split up the seed and created something living, the Apostle (may peace and blessings be upon him) gave me a promise that 3. Believers love Hadrat Ali whereas hypocrites nurse grudge against him Reference: Book 031, Number 5916: (Sahih Muslim) what Aaron was unto Moses? Sa'd reported Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying to 'Ali: Aren't you satisfied with being unto me 4. For whosoever is Prophet (pbuh & hf) a Mawla, then Ali is his Mawla too. 4.1 Sayyidna Abu Sarihah (Radhi Allah) or Zayd ibn Arqam (Shu’bah is uncertain about it) said that Prophet (salallaho alaihi wasalam) said: He for whom I am Mawla, Ali is Mawla Reference [Sunnan al Tirimdhi Hadith No. 3733] – Imam Abu Isa Tirimdhi (rah) said: This Hadith is "HASAN SAHIH" 4.2 Sayyidna Hubshi ibn Junadah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger said: Ali is from me and I am from Ali Reference [Sunnan Ibn Majah Hadith No. 119] – Imam Tirimdhi also narrated it and declared it Hassan Sahih. 4.3 عن البراء بن عازب رضي الله عنه، قال: أقبلنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم في حجته التي حج، فنزل في بعض الطريق، فأمر الصلاة جامعة، فأخذ بيد علي رضي الله عنه، فقال: ألست أولى بالمؤمنين من أنفسهم؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: ألست أولى بكل مؤمن من نفسه؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: فهذا ولي من أنا مولاه، اللهم! وال من والاه، اللهم! عاد من عاداه “Barā’ bin ‘Āzib (RA) narrates: We performed hajj with Allāh’s Messenger (SAW). On the way he stayed at a place and commanded us (to establish) the prayer in congregation. After this, he held ‘Alī’s hand, and said: Am I not nearer than the lives of the believers? They replied: Why not! He said: Am I not nearer than the life of every believer? They replied: Why not! He said: One who has me as his master has this (‘Alī) as his guardian. O Allāh! Befriend the one who befriends him and be the enemy of one who is his enemy.” References: ► Ibn Mājah narrated this sound hadīth (tradition) in preface (al-muqaddimah) to his Sunan (1:88 # 116) ►Ibn Kathīr, al-Bidāyah wan-nihāyah (4:168) ►Ibn ‘Asākir, Tārīkh Dimashq al-kabīr (45:167, 168) ►Ibn ‘Abī ‘Āsim briefly mentioned in as-Sunnah (p.603 # 1362). 4.5 عن البراء بن عازب رضي الله عنه، قال: كنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم في سفر، فنزلنا بغدير خم، فنودي فينا: الصلاة جامعة، وكسح لرسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم تحت شجرتين، فصلى الظهر وأخذ بيد علي رضي الله عنه، فقال: ألستم تعلمون أنى أولى بالمؤمنين من أنفسهم؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: ألستم تعلمون أنى أولى بكل مؤمن من نفسه؟ قالوا: بلى. قال: فأخذ بيد علي رضي الله عنه، فقال: من كنت مولاه فعلي مولاه، اللهم! وال من والاه، وعاد من عاداه. قال: فلقيه عمر رضي الله عنه بعد ذلك، فقال له: هنيئا يا ابن أبي طالب! أصبحت وأمسيت مولى كل مؤمن ومؤمنة “It is narrated by Barā’ bin ‘Āzib (RA): We were on a journey with Allāh’s Messenger (SAW). (On the way) we stayed at Ghadīr Khum. There it was announced that the prayer was about to be offered. The space under two trees was cleaned for Allāh’s Messenger (SAW). Then he offered the zuhr (noon) prayer, and, holding ‘Alī’s hand, he said: Don’t you know that I am even nearer than the lives of the believers? They said: Why not! He said: Don’t you know that I am even nearer than the life of every believer? They said: Why not! The narrator says that he said while holding ‘Alī’s hand: One who has me as his master has ‘Alī as his master. O Allāh! Befriend the one who befriends him (‘Alī) and be the enemy of one who is his enemy. The narrator says that after this ‘Umar (bin al-Khattāb (RA)) met ‘Alī (RA) and said to him: O Ibn Abī Tālib! Congratulations, you have become the master of every male and female believer, morning and evening (for ever).” References ►Ahmad bin Hambal related it from Barā’ bin ‘Āzib through two different chains of transmission in al-Musnad (4:281) ►Ibn Abī Shaybah, al-Musannaf (12:78 # 12167) ►Ibn Kathīr in al-Bidāyah wan-nihāyah (4:169; 5:464) ►Ibn ‘Asākir, Tārīkh Dimashq al-kabīr (5:167, 168) ► Ibn Athīr, Asad-ul-ghābah (4:103) ► Dhahabī has said in Siyar a‘lām-in-nubalā’ (2:623, 624) Conclusion: In the light of above, it is confirmed that such hadith mentioning .imam Ali as ordinary person , are fabricated by Ummayad and their followers just to degrade the image and status of Imam Ali AS and Ahl al bayat AS
  2. We Shia, have two sources of guidance that our fiqh is based upon:- #1- The Quran - They Quran supersedes EVERYONE and EVERYTHING regardless of whomever it is, simply because its Word of Allah himself and no one can supersede Allah's word. #2- AhleBayt - Prophet Muhammad being the highest authority in hierarchy of AhleBayt by far, for being chosen the last and final Messenger, and then the Imams of his house hold. If any of the imams has been attributed to have said something that contradicts the Quran and/or Prophet Muhammad, that hadith is to be rejected and considered false since Imams will not go against the laws of the Quran or Nabi. Similarly If Nabi is attributed to have said something that contradicts Quran, in that case that hadith is to be considered false and rejected, since - its our belief is that - Nabi would never go against the Quran. Only Quran can not be abrogated by anyone or anything. The case of Umm Ayesha according to Quran and AhleBayt: #1 - The Quran: Allah knew about all the events are to take place in future, he knew Imam Ali and Umm Ayesha are going to go to war with each other in which Imam Ali is going to be on Haq, He knew that Umm Ayesha is going to declare war on Imam Ali due to Caliphs Othman's killing and everything else, he knew what the future is going to bring because he is the creator of that future,and still he commands us "The Prophet is closer to the Believers than their own selves, and his wives are their mothers." (Quran 33:6) - hence Umm Ayesha. #2- AhleBayt : Imam Ali in Nahjul Balagha Sermon #155 clearly mentions "As regards a certain woman, she is in the grip of womanly views, and malice is boiling in her bosom like the furnace of the blacksmith. If she were called upon to deal with others as she is dealing with me she would not have done it. (As for me), even hereafter she will be allowed her original respect, while the reckoning (of her misdeeds) is an obligation on Allah". Source: Nahjul Balagha - Sermon #155 (About the malice by Ayesha and warning the People of Basra about what to occur) In Conclusion: Our Imam, Imam Ali is clearly commanding us that Umm Ayesha is full of hated towards him and mentions that if it was someone else besides Imam Ali himself, she would not act the way she did but then he commands us that she should be given the ORIGINAL RESPECT - which implies treat her like there was not war or hatred among us. Further more he leaves her case to God for his to take care of it. Based on these two, In conclude, we have to show respect towards Umm Ayesha and am interested in your comments on it? Any comments?
  3. Salam Aleykom! I am new to this forum so I hope I've chosen the right forum for this question. My friend's brother who is Sunni and I were talking where he told me that he had a "Shiabook" where there was a hadith stating that Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that Imam Ali (a.s) is like Surat Qul Hu Allahu Ahad in the Qur’an, therefore he said that the hadith is stating that Imam Ali (a.s.) is like Allah swt (Stagfurallah). However when I searched for the hadith, I found that one of the sources was "Muslim", one of Sunni's most authentic hadith collections. Anyone who knows if this really is included in Muslim because I can't find anything, also are the other sources that's stated from Sunni books and are they "Sahih" (i.e is this hadith considered sahih by sunnis)? “The position of Ali (A.S) amongst the people is like Surat Qul Hu Allahu Ahad in the Qur’an.” Muslim, 1/48; Al-Tirmidhi, 2/299; Al-Nisa’i, 27; Musnad Ahmad, 6/299; Ibn Al-Maghazeli, 191. Also is this hadith classed as Sahih by Shias? And what does this hadith really mean? /Mohamed
  4. Bismillah Alrahman Alrahim Assalamu Alikom Brothers and Sisters in Islam, I have a question regarding a dream I recently had. Just before I go to details of the dream, I just wanted to make it clear that I don't usually have dreams about prophets and certainly not Imams of the Ahlulbait, although it would be an honour to meet such characters in my dreams. So just before I went to bed, I decided to do something I usual haven't done before to get closer to Allah (S.W.T.). I kept my head in sajdah, and kept reciting Shukran (Thanks) and 'afwan (you are welcome OR Thank you) to Allah alone for at least a couple of minutes, until I started perspiration on the Turbah. I also placed my cheek each time on the Turbad and repeated the same words. I felt lighter Alhamdoillah, and thereafter went to sleep after watching an islamic lecture. Naturally I wouldn't remember all of the dream, but the following is what is clear to me. I found myself in a masjid (in Najaf I assume as it will become clear further on, although I have never been there), and there were a couple of people in front of me making duaa in front of this beautiful room sheltered by thick glass. I tried to look at it, and there I see Imam Ali (A.S.) making sajda without any movements with his cheek (can't remember left or right cheek) exactly in the same position as I did, before I went to sleep. And I even remember the sajda I made before I went to sleep in the dream whilst looking at him. I was able to see his hands and face. He had a dark complexion, almost very brown. It surprised me for some reason. Furthermore he was wearing the kind of clothing people would wear in those times before going to battle, with the armour and protective gear etc. The next part is what I really didn't understand. Due to his sajda position, he didn't seem to move at all, which made it difficult for me to make out whether he was alive. This room Imam Ali (A.S.) was in had his stuff, a simple chair, things carved of wood and probably a bed as well. I took a few steps away to try to comprehend where this was, and I realised this was Najaf, and the masjid was the Imam Ali Masjid. So in essence his grave in the masjid, appeared to me as a room where he made sajda, and a few items were present with him. Please Brothers and Sisters, I am wondering what this means, and I would really appreciate it, if someone could explain, why I saw Imam Ali (A.S.) in the first place, in the same position I made the sajda with my cheek on the Turbah, I saw him do the exact same sajda? Am I just reading too much into it, or does it actually signify something? After all I did what I did before going to bed, because I wanted to become closer to Allah (S.W.T.).
  5. Asslamu alaykum, How broad or specific is the sentence "When one loves a thing it blinds him and sickens his heart."? Does it mean the haram only? A person? Something material? Everything? Or only some things? "When one loves a thing it blinds him and sickens his heart. Then he sees but with a diseased eye, hears but with unhearing ears. Desires have cut asunder his wit, and the world has made his heart dead, while his mind is all longing for it. Consequently, he is a slave of it and of everyone who has any share in it. Wherever it turns, he turns towards it and wherever it proceeds, he proceeds towards it. He is not desisted by any desister from Allah, nor takes admonition from any preacher. He sees those who have been caught in neglect whence there is neither rescission nor reversion. " - Imam Ali(As) [Nahjul Balagha Sermon 108] Website: http://www.nahjulbalagha.org/Nahjul-Balagha-Sermons/nahjul-balagha-sermon-108.html JazakAllah.
  6. Salam aleikum, I have a question if someone could assist regarding the speech of Imam Sajjad in sham at the court of Yazid. When he says "I am the son of the Lion of Hijaz" it is my understanding based on the flow of the speech that he is referring to Imam Ali. Can someone confirm this? I can't find any other instances of Hazrat Ali being called the Lion of Hijaz. Thanks for your help. TLH
  7. (salam) Full video and transcript of The Biography of Rahmatul lil Alameen, a Mercy to the Worlds, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) by Syed Ammar Nakshwani http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/803/79 Full video and English Transcript of Syed Ammar on how history has been unfair to Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/795/79#.VBtaP5RdW84 A short clip and its transcript on Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) on cleanilness by Sayyed Ammar Nakshawani from the lecture of the Biography of Imam Ridha (as). http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/796/79#.VBtdU5RdW84 Biography of Imam Ali ar-Ridha (as) by Syed Ammar Nakshwani full video and part of its transcript. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/802/79#.VBtdhZRdW84
  8. Sallam, As we know the Hadith of the prophet (as) when Imam Hussain (as) was born they asked Imam Ali (as), what will he name him, he said it's up to the prophet (as), and when the prophet was asked, he said it was up to Allah. And I've heard multiply scholars/lecturers say that Allah gives the names of the Imams and Prophet. But in this hadith by Mufadhil Ibna Umar narrates that when Imam Jafar Al-sadiq's wife Hamida was giving birth, he went to her...and when he came back to his companions he said "Allah has gifted me with a son that resembles Nabi Musa, so I shall name him Musa." As far as I understand the Imam (as) named his son, I don't understand what the deal is here. Anyone have a reasonable answer?
  9. Why Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Pakistan (MWM) (Urdu: مجلس وحدت مسلمین‎) is cooperating with TuQ and letting TuQ use Shias for his ulterior purposes? TuQ has insulted Imam Ali (AS) by making statement that Imam Ali (AS) government and governments of first three caliphs were equivalent. Plus, TuQ has numerous times equated himself as Imam Hussain (AS) and his agitation as against Yazid. That is an insult to Ahlul Bayt (AS) and the sacrifice given by Imam Hussain (AS). Aren't these leaders of MWM followers of Imam Ali (AS), then why they are ignoring sayings of Imam (AS) and specifically the following one by letting themselves and common Shias of Pakistan be used by TuQ for his ulterior purposes. "Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: During civil disturbance be like an adolescent camel who has neither a back strong enough for riding nor udders for milking." 1. قَال(عليه السلام): كُنْ فِي الْفِتْنَةِ كَابْنِ اللَّبُونِ ، لاَ ظَهْرٌ فَيُرْكَبَ، وَلاَ ضَرْعٌ فَيُحْلَبَ.
  10. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/Worshiping-and-Praising-Allah-by-all-of-/719/58#.VSzQzdzF9Vg
  11. Quotes of Imam Mahdi (atfs) Salam dear brothers and sisters, here are some quotes of Imam Mahdi a.s that i share :) enjoy..!! :yaali: “I am the Mahdi. I am the Qaem of the time” (Bihar V.52 p.2) “I am the one who will fill it (the earth with justice as it would be full of tyranny”. (Bihar, V.52, P.2) . “I am the reminder of Allah in His earth”. (Bihar, V.52, p 24) “I am the avenger from His enemies”. (Bihar, v.52, p.24) “I am the seal of successors”. (Bihar, V.52, p.30) “And through me shall Allah, the Mighty and Glorious, drive away the calamities from my progeny and my Shia’s”. (Bihar, V,52, P.30) “Surely, I am indeed the (cause of) security for the inhabitant of the earth”. (Bihar, V 53 p181) . “When Allah permits us to speak, truth will prevail and falsehood will vanish”. (Bihar, V.53, p 196) . “And as for those who fix the time (of re-appearance) they are Iiars”. (Bihar, V,53 p.181) . “Invoke more for the hastening of the re-appearance, for surely this is your safety”. (Bihar) . “There were none of my fore fathers except that the allegiance of the oppressive rulers of their times was in their necks”. (i.e. the previous Imams were forced to pay allegiance). “As for deriving benefit from me in my occultation is like deriving benefit from the sun when it hides behind the clouds”. (Bihar, V.53, p 181) . “And surely on my re-appearance, whenever I reappear, there will be no allegiance in my neck of any of the oppressive tyrants”. (Bihar. V,53, p 181) “If any incident occurs (now) then refer for it to the narrators of our traditions. For surely, they are my proof on you and I am the proof of Allah upon them”. (Bihar, V. 53, p 181) . “For surely our knowledge encompasses information about you and none of your news is concealed from us”. (Bihar, V. 53, p 175) “Surely, we do not neglect your conditions nor are we forgetful of your remembrance”. (Bihar, V. 53, p 175) . “Then each one of you should do those deeds which bring you closer to our love”. (Bihar, V. 53, p 176) . “And you must refrain from (all such acts) which make you nearer to our displeasure and our anger”. (Bihar 53/176) . “Then nothing keeps us away from them except that they attach to us what we dislike”. (Bihar. 53/177) . “As for your wealth, we shall not accept it except that it should be purified (halaal). Then whoever wants, he can associate (with us) and whoever wants, he can sever”. (Bihar, V 53 p 180) . “Whoever eats from our wealth (i.e. Khums) even an iota then he is taking fire in his abdomen and soon shall he be castled in it”. (Bihar V.53, p 183) . “Allah’s, the Mighty and the Glorious, Destinies are not overpowered, and His intentions are not rejected, and His Grace is not left behind”. (Bihar 53/191) . “Seeking knowledge through any other means than us Ahle’Bait, tantamount to denial (in our mastership)”. (Kitab Deen-o-Fitrat: Vol – 1) “. “Surely Allah the Almighty, did not create the creatures in vain and did not provide them freedom without reason”. (Bihar V 53/194) . “(Allah) sent Mohammad (s.a.w.s) as a mercy unto the worlds and completed his bounties. Through him”. (Bihar ,53/194) . “And He sealed through him (Mohammad S.A) His prophets and sent him to the whole of mankind”. (Bihar 53/194) . “Surely, the earth can never be void of a divine proof, whether, he is seen or hidden”. (Bihar 53/91) . “Allah, Mighty and Glorious be He, has denied the truth any thing except perfection and falsehood except destruction”. (Bihar, 53/193) . “Certainly there is no (physical) relationship between Allah, Mighty and Glorious be He and any body else”. (Bihar 53/180) “Nothing is better than namaz to make shaitan bite the dust, then perform namaz and make Shaitan bite the dust”. (Bihar 53/182) . “The thanks giving prostration is amongst the most necessary and obligatory Sunnah”. (Bihar 53 – 161) . “I seek refuge in Allah from blindness after vision”. (Bihar 53/191) . “And from staying off after guidance”. (53/191). “And from the destructive acts and demolishing instigations”. (Bihar 53/191) “If you seek guidance you will be guided and if you search, you will find (the path)”. (Kamaluddin Vol 2. P 502) . “Then do not ask questions which do not hold any meaning for you”. (Bihar,V53 p181) . “And do not put yourself into (unnecessary) trouble in gaining knowledge in which you have sufficed yourself”. (Bihar 53/181) . “Surely the truth is with us and in us and non can say like this except us. And if any one says then he is a liar a deceiver. None claims thus other than us except a strayed and lost one. “Our hearts are the vessels of Allah’s intentions”. Then whenever He is pleased, We are pleased”. (Bihar V. 52/ p 51) . “If our Shias (May Allah give them opportunity of obedience) would be firm on their promises wholeheartedly, our meeting would not be delayed”. “Then everyone of you shall act in a manner which makes him nearer to our love and refrain from those acts which makes him proximate to our dislike and our anger. For surely, our affair (re-appearance) will be sudden and unexpected when neither repentance shall benefit him nor shall remorse from sins save him from our chastisement”. “Nothing shall keep us away from the (Shias) except their news to us of those things which we dislike and do not expect from them. And Allah is the Helper
  12. Salam, I heard that at a time of severe illness of a sahabi (s.a.), Imam Ali (s.a.) visited him. He (Imam s.a) told him that he (Imam s.a.) will be there, three times, for every believer, 1. at time of death, 2. in grave and 3. in barzakh, so no need to worry about it, or afraid of it. (Please note that it doesn't mean that not to worry about their deeds, just mean that not to worry/afraid of change of environment and also to have biggest wish come true of meeting with Ameer ul Momineen s.a., and best to have him (s.a) as companion.) Can anyone please tell me the source of above story and its authentication, I will be grateful to you. Thank you.
  13. Dua Ahad In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad, O Allah the Lord of the Great Light, the Lord of the Elevated Throne, the Lord of the swollen ocean, the Revealer of the Torah, the Gospel, and the Psalms, the Lord of shade and heat, the Revealer of the Great Qur'¡n, and the Lord of the Archangels, the Prophets, and the Messengers: O Allah, I beseech You in Your Noble Name, in the Light of Your Luminous Face and Your Eternal Kingdom. O Ever-living! O Self-Subsistent! I beseech You in the name of Your Name with which the heavens and the earth have lit up and in Your Name with which the past and the coming generations have become upright! O He Who has been always alive before the existence of all living things! O He Who shall be alive after the extinction of all living things! O He Who has been always alive even when there was nothing else alive! O He Who revives the dead ones and causes the living ones to die! O Ever-living! There is no god save You. O Allah, convey to our master Imam al-Mahd¢, the guide who is to undertake Your orders, may Allah’s blessings be upon him and upon his immaculate fathers, on behalf of all of the believing men and women in the east and west of the earth and in plains, mountains, lands, and seas, and on behalf of my parents (convey to him) blessings that are as weighty as Allah’s Throne, as much as the ink of His Words, and as many as that which is counted by His knowledge and encompassed by His Book. O Allah, I update to him in the beginning of this day and throughout the days of lifetime a pledge, a covenant, and allegiance to which I commit myself and from which I neither convert nor change. O Allah, (please do) make me of his supporters, sponsors, defenders, and those who hurry in carrying out his instructions, those who comply with his orders, those who uphold him, those who precede others to implementing his will, and those who will be martyred before him. O Allah, if death that You have made inevitably and certainly incumbent upon Your servants stands between me and him, then (please do) take me out of my grave using my shroud as dress, unsheathing my sword, holding my lance in my hand, and responding to the call of the Caller who shall announce (his advent) in urban areas and deserts. O Allah, (please do) show me his magnificent mien and his praiseworthy forehead, delight my eyes by letting me have a look at him. And (please) expedite his relief, make his reappearance easy, clear a spacious space for him, guide me to follow his course, give success to his issues, and confirm his strength. O Allah, construct Your lands through him and refresh Your servants through him, For You have said, and true are Your words: “Corruption has appeared in the land and the sea on account of what the hands of men have wrought.” So, O Allah, (please) show us Your vicegerent, the son of Your Prophet, and the namesake of Your Messenger, peace be upon him and his Household, so that he shall tear up any wrong item that he will face and shall confirm and approve of the truth. O Allah, (please) make him the shelter to whom Your wronged servants shall resort, the supporter of those who cannot find any supporter save You, the reviver of the laws of Your Book that have been suspended, and the constructor of all signs of Your religion and instructions of Your Messenger, peace be upon him and his Household, that he will see. O Allah, (please) include him with those whom You protect from the domination of the aggressors. O Allah, (please) delight Your Prophet Mu¦ammad, peace be upon him and his Household, as well as all those who followed him in his promulgation by making (us) see him, and (please) have mercy upon our humiliation after him. O Allah, (please) relieve this community from the (current) grief through presenting him and expedite his advent for us: “Surely, they think it to be far off, and We see it nigh.” [do all that] In the name of Your mercy; O most merciful of all those who show mercy. You may then slap your right thigh with your hand three times and, at each time, say the following words: (We pray for Your) earliest advent, earliest advent, O Patron of the Age.
  14. Sallam, What did Rasool Allah mean when he told Imam Ali "You're unto me what Aron was unto Moses" Why did he specifically use Aron and Moses? I guess I don't know the history behind it. Thanks, Sallam Alikum.
  15. Teachings of Imam Ali: Abstemiousness February 7, 2015By Shoeb Bhinderwalain Ahlul Bayt,Guidance,Imam Ali, Self-ImprovementLeave a commentEdit The teachings of the Ahlul Bayt provide us with the correct perspective from which to look at this world. Imam Ali (divine guide and successor of Prophet Muhammad) on numerous occasions explains the realities of this world. He provides us with the required insight, clears our concepts and gives us the correct viewpoint and angle from which to look at this world. The attention and energy we devote to a task is directly proportional to the importance we attach to it. Yes this world is an important place and deserves our attention but from a very different perspective. This world is nothing but a working ground for the hereafter and we have been honored by being granted an opportunity to prove ourselves, to struggle and become victorious in the path towards our Creator. Our relationship to this world is like the relationship of the farmer with the farm. The land is just a means to reap the harvest and not a goal in and of itself. O people! Look at the world in the same way that a Zaahid looks at it. Turn away from it. — Imam Ali, Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 103 A good example is that of a true sportsman who feels honored by being selected to participate in a competition. He appreciates the opportunity granted to him to prove his abilities. His attention and sole focus is nothing but to excel and prove his sportsmanship. During the competition he will live very much like a Zaahid - he would be detached materially from the splendors and attractions of the location. He will keep away from feasting and merrymaking. He will exercise self-discipline and orient his lifestyle with the single goal of excelling in the competition. He would be cautious and wary of the dangers that could impair or harm his performance. He would be knowledgeable and learned in the ways and techniques of his sport. And when victorious, the sense of achievement and the accompanying feeling of satisfaction would suffice as his reward and compensation. Continued => http://losthumanity.org/2015/02/07/teachings-of-imam-ali-abstemiousness-2/ -- Lost Humanity Blog (http://losthumanity.org)
  16. Asalamalikum War'hamtual, I have recently started going in to depth and educating myself through The Holy Quran, and books about Islam until I find the right Hawza to attend. So sometimes when I can't find answers I will turn to this generous site. My question I have been researching for a while now, and no luck; is about Ghadeer Khum. I know that there is a lot of narrations from both Shia and Sunni that this took place. I have no doubt that Prophet Muhammed (SWT) appointed Imam Ali (AS) as his successor but what I am confused about is: 1. Some Ulama and Ahadith say that the Ayah "Oh Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your lord, and if you do not you have not conveyed his message, and Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed Allah does not guide the disbelieving people." (Chp.5:V 67) was sent down before the event of Ghadeer and was meant to say that Imam Ali is the ​Khalif after our Prophet. My question is what is the proof that this ayah was really sent down for this reason? 2. Just a weird thought I've had, if Sunni narrators mentioned Imam Ali and the event of Ghadeer Khum, why are they Sunni?
  17. Khamsa Majlis ( Hussaini Masjid , Aligarh ) By Anjuman-e-Asghari Zakir : Maulana Taqi Agha Topics : Meyaar e Insani aur Aqliyat e Insani 6th December 2014 : 7th December 2014 : 8th December 2014 : 9th December 2014 : 10th December 2014 :
  18. (salam) I was wondering if there are any rewards for wearing a turban to Jummah in the context of Shi'ism. In Sunni books, there is a hadith that states that if a man wears a white turban to Jummah, two angels will seek forgiveness for him from the time of his entering the masjid till Maghrib. Is there a similar belief for us? If so, then why don't more people practice it? Or does it only refer to the ulema? Salam.
  19. Imam Husain Says: "Some people worship God coveting his rewards. This is worship of merchants. Some people worship God, fearing His punishments. This is worship of slaves. Some people worship God, thanking His blessings. This is worship of the free superior persons". Some people worships God, because they fear of God's punishments. It is the worship of merchants, but it doesn’t mean that this kind of worshiping is meaningless. Actually worshiping like everything has different and prefect levels. The worship of merchants isn’t the prefect one. They are seeking interest like merchants. The second group that Imam Husain mentioned to them is those who worship God as slaves obey their boss. Slaves obey their boss because they fear of punishments and sanctions. So some people they obey God and worship Him because of hell and His Tribulation. But the most prefect and completed kind is worshiping God for His grace. As Imam Husain (s.a) worshiped him in this way at the night of Ashura. As Imam Ali (s.a) mentioned to these levels of worship of God. He says "There are people who worship Allah to gain His Favors, this is the worship of traders; while there are some who worship Him to keep themselves free from His Wrath, this is the worship of slaves; a few who obey Him out of their sense of gratitude and obligations, this is the worship of free and noble men".
  20. Salam. The Holy Qur'aan constitutes on two fundamental components; it's Tanzeel (Revelation) and Taweel (Exegesis). The Tanzil of the Holy Qur'aan is the revelation of it's verses and it's Taweel is the exegesis of those verses. Both components are combined together to complete the Holy Qur'aan and each one is dependent on the other. Moreover, one cannot be separated from the other in a sense that, one cannot conduct the Taweel (Exegesis) of the Qur'aan if there was no Tanzeel (Revelation) of it, because if we were to assume there was no Tanzeel, then there could not be any Taweel performed since there would be no verses to conduct the Taweel of to begin with. Like wise for the other way around, that is; if the Tanzeel of the Qur'aan occurred but there was no Taweel conducted on it, then the Holy Qur'aan would be an ambiguous codex scripture which cannot be understood to benefit mankind. With that being said, up to this point, we can affirm that the Holy Qur'aan does not consist of solely the Tanzeel, but rather it has both the Tanzeel along with Taweel working hand in hand to complete. Read here: http://www.revisitingthesalaf.org/2014/11/imam-alee-as-fight-for-taweel-exegesis_5.html
  21. This Question was asked by Agha Syed Jawad Naqvi in a Question Answer session. Question: What type of women was Hazrat Ayesha? On one side she was against Imam Ali and on the other the Mother of Momineen. Are we allowed to love or Hate her? Answer: Please note. The character of big personalities, The Sahabas (Companions), has been different in history from early Islamic days. The issue has been quite overstated and understated. On one side the ahl-e-sunnat hold the view that this, to be precise a couple days earlier I was listening to a clip of a scholar from the ahl-e-sunnat. He actually made the claim in regards to the Sahaba being infallible, free from error, free from sins. This is absolutely against the teachings of the Quran, history, and even against the view of the ideology of the ahl-e-sunnat itself. The Sahaba are not infallible according to their ideology. This is a very ifrati view. On one side we should keep in mind, evidently there have been different characters of the sahaba that history has noted. Both the shia and the ahl-e-sunnat brothers accept these facts. But now, after these differing characters, what do we need to do? What is our right? And how far can we pursue this right? Its clear, that during the battle of Jamal. The wife of the Holy Prophet commanded and led the army to war against Imam Ali. When the war ended, and they had been defeated and accepted defeat. Hazrat Ali got some of his men to accompany her on her camel from Basra to Medina with the utmost respect and dignity. And also got her brother to accompany her so at no point would she be disrespected. Yeah she made a mistake, and it was apparent. And we can’t be more grieved than Imam Ali was, because even when she went to war, it was with Imam Ali (A.S). So now you don’t say you are a bigger Shia than even Ali (A.S), and care more for him than even he did for himself. No one is more caring of Ali than himself. But with respect, Hazrat had her escorted to Medina. Disagreements aside, even gave a sermon and condemned her actions. BUT never did he disrespect her. Why? Because of the Prophet (S.A.W). Because of that Relation.Because of the Prophet (S.A.W). This doesn’t mean that her actions were acceptable! No, her actions were not acceptable in any way. But there are some things,.. like us, we making/make SHABIHS and Alams (Standards), and buy cloth from the stores, and even the sticks from the stores. We buy ordinary items from the stores, but when you associate them and connect them with Imam Hussain (A.S), and make it a SHABIH (replication) of Karbala. Now would you be able to disrespect it? Audience: No we can’t. Someone can say, I bought the cloth myself. Yeah you bought the cloth yourself, but when you gave it association and connection (NISBAT). Now you can’t disrespect it, although it is a normal piece of cloth. In the same way, this wife of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). Her actions, from all angles, were insupportable and can’t be justified. What she particularly did against Imam Ali (A.S). And no one in this day and age, justifies her actions or accepts them. Even amongst the Ahl-e-sunnat, many scholars have written as well as said her actions were erred. But since she had a connection with the Prophet (S.A.W), because of this, to go to such an extent that it is a disrespect to the dignity of the Prophet, is not permitted. It is not permitted; there should never be disrespect towards the dignity of the Prophet. She was a wife nonetheless a wife of the Prophet (S.A.W), so in that respect she should not be disrespected. Her actions stand at fault, don’t go towards that. Neither are they justified in the Quran, and nor will any knowledgeable scholar justify them. Video Link with English Subtitles :
  22. Salam, I had to revise history in regard to who was the first who made the islamic coin. Sunni scholars claim that it was Abdul Malik bin Marwan. There is a narration that mentioned that the caliph summoned the imam al baqir from Madinah to ask him about it so imam baqir told him to change the roman coins to islamic coins. Shia scholars say that Imam Ali was the first who made the islamic coin and that imam sajjad, not al baqir, who was summoned by abdul malik and he told abdul malik to revert the coins to the way imam ali made them. Shia scholars also say that Mo'awyiah was the one who changed the islamic coins by imam ali to the coins of persia. what do you think? https://www.islam4u.com/ar/maghalat/ضربُ-النقود-في-الإسلام
  23. Salaamu 'Alaykum, During my stay in Najaf al-Ashraf I was given the honor to reside with many 'Ulema and tulaba of the Hawza. One day a wakeel of Hafiz Bashir al-Najafi (HA) and Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi (HA) came to visit me (even though I don't deserve any visitation) and they started discussing with me in regards to Islamic history. For the 'Ulema, it is a source of interest to hear the point of view of American Shi'a Muslims. Moving on we discussed the Battle of Jamal and Ayesha's wrongdoings, when I out of habit said something inappropriate about az-Zubayr. I somewhat cursed him, due to my ignorance. Almost immediately the wakeel rebuked me with an IMMENSELY ANGRY tone that az-Zubayr, although originally on the wrong side, asked Amir al-Mo'mineen for forgiveness and left the battlefield. He, az-Zubayr, was ashamed of his wrong doing thus he attempted to return home to Madina. During his trip back an assassin from the camp of Ayesha deceived him and killed him whilst he was in prayer, thus az-Zubayr died a martyr. When Ameer al-Mo'mineen (A) received the news of this he wept significantly and made much Du'a for his forgiveness. After hearing this narrative from the wakeel I have been troubled by this very much so and I would like to know why do we, Shi'a, not give az-Zubayr similar treatment to Hur ibn Yazid? A general of an army in the midst of an eminent war realizes his mistake, and asks for forgiveness from the Ahlul-Bayt (S), and later is killed on this basis should be honored, but he is not. I look at myself as one who has been blessed with much study in history but even with all what I studied I never had a good impression of az-Zubayr. How can this be? And when I take the name of az-Zubayr in front of our Shi'a brothers, even learned ones, they tend to ridicule him. Why is this so? -Agha Shabbir Abbas
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