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  1. (bismillah) In The Name of Allah (SWT) , The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. (salam) I hope you are all in the best of health and, more importantly, the best of Imaan (faith). :D So, this question lingering in my head for sometime now. Before I actually delve into the question, I want to give a brief introduction into Ismah (infallibility) and the positions of humans, animals and angels. According to the Islamic tradition, humans are superior to any other creation of Allah (SWT) . This is because while angels don't commit any sins, they don't have desires and, therefore, their obedience - even though it is "perfect" and unconditional - is meaningless as the lack of desires means that they have no "test" to go through. This, also, means their sinless is not perfect as there is no incentive to sin and, therefore, they don't need to do anything to avoid sin; "it is natural"! Animals, on the other hand, are "all desire" and no intellect meaning that they don't have the higher nature which would enable them to do good deeds. Humans are, according to the Islamic tradition, found in the middle of these two extreme and possess the characteristics of both these creations of Allah (SWT) . This means that they have desires - called the "ego" by some and, in Islam, an-nafs ul ammarah - which compel them to do, what are considered to be, animalistic acts which may, often, lead to sins. Additionally, humans also possess the intellect which is the part of that encourages to do good and curbs our desires, stopping us from contravening the boundaries set by God. Coming to the concept of Ismah of Prophets (peace be upon them all) and Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all), according to the Shias, all Prophets and Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) are infallible and sinless. The Shias believe that Prophets (peace be upon them all), except Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) could make mistakes or choose the lesser good from two goods - a concept known as tark e aula - but they cannot sin. Subsequently, the Shias refer to Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) , His Daugther Lady Fatima (peace be upon her) and the Twelve Imams (peace be upon them all) as the masoomeen as their level of Ismah is even higher than Prophets (peace be upon them all) because they do not even do tark e aula. We also believe that Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) - Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), His Daughter (peace be upon her) and the Twelve Imams (peace be upon them all) - were Masoom (immaculate, sinless and error free) from the day they were born. After this introduction, my question is regarding how did the Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) get their Ismah. By this what I mean is if they were already Masoom from birth, then is this not a "gifted" Ismah with no work of their own? If this is the case, then they are just like angels and, therefore, cannot be higher than them but, according to our belief, they are higher than any creation of Allah (SWT) . One of the bases of Ismah that have been mentioned by the traditions is that due to their immense knowledge, they were Masoom. In one of the Hadith, an example of a coal is given whereby the Imam (as) asks his companion whether he would eat coal if he knew what its effects are and the companion relied in the negative. So, the Imam (as) explained that just like a person would not eat coal because it is harmful to them, the Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) would also not do sins because of their knowledge and, therefore, their recognition of what the side effects of sin are. (I was just narrating by my memory so I may have made mistakes but I tried to give the theme) So, the question arises: did they have enough knowledge to be Masoom right from birth. The answer, from what I know, is yes. Then, the question again rises that when they had already got the knowledge from God right from birth, then they did not have to work hard to achieve the status themselves and, consequently, were just like angels with an "imperfect" Ismah. I have the same query regarding the Ismah of Prophets (peace be upon them all). Just as a side note, I do believe in the Ismah of Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) and Prophets (peace be upon them all) so I am, in no way, trying to say that they are not Masoom but, rather, this is just a question that came into my mind. May Allah (SWT) bless us all, our families and loved ones, guide us all to The Straight Path with His Perfect Guidance and may He, The Forgiver of Sins and The Oft-Forgiving, forgive all our sins for, verily, there is neither any refuge nor any respite for the sinners except in Allah (SWT) .
  2. A sunni brother asked me, "why do shias pray through Imam Mahdi or one of the imams in the time of help or when we need something?" So if anyone can answer this it would be greatly appreciated Hamza
  3. Salam All, Im starting this thread as I have been trying very hard to raise fund for our new building project in Woking UK. We are a fairly small community but still we have dug deep and with Allah's help we have been making good progress. As you can see from www.aliraza.eu I have been trying hard to raise funds as we need about £100k maybe more to complete phase 1 and 2. The response from mormineen outside of Woking has NOT been good. Any advise on how to change this? Any other good ideas to raise funds are welcome. Allah Hafiz Sajid Ali Raza Sajid
  4. Jese hum sabko un mazaalim ka maloom hai jo khufa-e-rashideen k waqt me bibi fatima mola Ali or unk chahny waly ghar walo per kiye gay..Hum janty bhi hain or manty bhi hain,tabarra(laanat) bhi karty hain unko.yahi waja hai k hamare gharo me 3 khalifao k naam kabhi nahi rakhy jaty. Magarhum ye bhi manty hain k Mola Ali or baqi Imamo ne jo bhi kia jo fesly kary jo kuch bhi dunia me kia wo sab Allah ki taraf se tha kyunk wo log Allah k chuny hue log hain Muhammad k noor k tukry hain. matlab hum unk har fasly ko samajh sakte hain uski waja talaash kar sakte hain debate bhi kar sakte hain par ye nahi keh sakte k un me se kisi ne koi galat fesla kia ya unk kisi fesly ya kaam p shak nahi kar sakty. humko to unki seerat p amal karna hai. Itni tamheed bandhny k baad mjhy ek sawal puchna hai aap sab se jisk pas sahi jawb ho plz batae ya apni ray dy. Jin logo p zulm hua matlab Hazrat Ali,Imam hasan,Imam husain, unho ne apne beto k naam un khalifao k naam p kyu rakhy ya yeh keh sakty hain k wohi name kyu rakhy????? In hastio k pas tamaam jahaano ka ILM tha to koi or naam kyu nahi, matlab un naamo ko rakhny ka koi to maqsad hoga, bina maqsad k wo log kuch nahi karty thy, wo kya maqsad tha ??????
  5. Asalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah dear brothers & sisters, Bismillah Ta'ala As we are exactly one month away from Shahr Muharram, and as the curtains of grief begin to descend once again, it is timely and appropriate to present to you the recent publication of the book titled "The World Finally Speaks At KARBALA TRIBUNALS" which is now available in both Arabic and English translation in worldwide bookstores including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. BOOK TRAILER: Press Release: http://www.pr.com/press-release/358033 In brief, the author Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba, presents the heartbreaking historical facts of the tragedy of Husain ibn Ali (as) in a Court Room setting and proposes the idea of establishing an international court tribunal to try his killers and the perpetrators of the massacre of Karbala. He presents a mock trial where the evidences in the form of historical documents, statements, and authentic facts are presented to allow for a fair verdict, with the hope that this idea can become a reality one day, Inshallah! Although centuries have passed and the defendants are no longer alive, the human conscience strives to attain justice for the innocent victims of this inhumane tragedy which has no like or similarity in the history of the universe. Wouldn't you agree?! To purchase this book in English or Arabic: English translation:(ISBN 978-1-4507-6516-9) http://www.outskirtspress.com/karbalatribunals Arabic text:(ISBN 978-1-4507-6515-2) http://www.amazon.com/Finally-Speaks-KARBALA-TRIBUNALS-ARABIC/dp/1450765157/ref=cm_cmu_up_thanks_hdr Please kindly distribute this message far and wide to your friends, list serves, local centers, and contact lists (including non-Muslims). Your help and participation in promoting this book is appreciated and will be rewarded Inshallah! Thank you, Jerrmein
  6. I have been amazed by watching the #OccupuyWallStreet movement in NYC. In two weeks, these people have started what seems to be a movement, to voice their grievances. I think we can all learn from this, being arm chair warriors, stalking this forum, to see if we can get some new info on our coming Imam. Maybe when we do what #OccupuyWallStreet does, get active and vocal, in this country and around the world, we'll be closer to the time that we are all hoping comes in our lifetime. Brother Razavi out.
  7. How could there be 14 infallibles if there were only 5 covered by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the Kisaa including himself? Sunni/Shia Valid references only please. Thanks.
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