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  1. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته - May peace be upon you as well as Allah's mercy and his blessings اللّهم صلّ على محمّد وآل محمّد - O Allah please pray upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad بسم الله الرّحمن الرّحبم - Thanks to the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful أسعد الله أيامكم بذكرى مولد خير خلق الله محمد صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم - May Allah grant you happy days for the souvenir of the birth of Best of Allah's Creations, Muhammad may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him and his family Member Invoker said in the following post: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235027603-milad-bidah-ahmad-deedat-vs-anti-milads/page-2#entry2765444 Then you don't believe what Allah Almighty stated as a fact in the quran... And the consequences of this action (believing in the Wilaya of Allah Almighty, Muhammad the Messenger -pbuh&hf-, and Imam Ali -pbuh-) is: As you are not from those who believe in the wilayat of Imam Ali -pbuh-, then you are not from the triumphant (in this world and the after life)... And if you are not from the triumphant, you will be from the defeated... Where would the defeated end in the afterlife, heaven or hell? وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته - And upon you be peace as well as Allah's mercy and his blessings
  2. AoA, What is the meaning of As-Aluka?. For example As-Aluka Dua ? With Wishes,
  3. Salam. The Concept Of Twelve Imams (a.s) From The Earliest Shia Sources In this part of the article we will cover: The Compilation Of Hadeeth LiteratureSaheeh according to early Shia scholars:Why the methodology of early scholars is preferable?Collection of Hadeeth in books:Presentation of books to Imams (a.s):The Book Of Sulaym ibn Qays Al-HilaliAttestation of Al-Nu'mani for the Book of Sulaym:Who was Al-Nu'mani?Sulaym - A Companion Of Imam Alee (a.s)Sulaym's Book Passed On From Aban's Hands To Umar ibn UzainaNarrators of the Book of Sulaym:As'haab Ijmaa' among the narrators of the Book of Sulaym:Attesting Aban ibn Abi AyyashChains Of The Manuscripts Of The Book Of SulaymChains Of The Manuscript Of Allamah Al-Majlisi IIAttestation Of Scholars For The Book of SulaymThe Book of Sulaym Is The Alphabet Of The Shi'aObjections Against The BookObjections Of Ibn Al-GhazairiIs Ibn Al-Ghazairi's Book Of Rijal Reliable?Scholarly Discussions On ibn Al-Ghazairi's ObjectionsMiracles Performed By Other Than The Prophets' (a.s)The Imams Are Twelve And Not ThirteenSome Additional Points About The Two Above Mentioned Objections:Authenticity Of The Book Musnad Ahmad ibn HanbalThe fame of a book obviates the need for a chain for it:Narrations On The Twelve Imams (a.s) From Sulaym Through Early Shi'a ScholarsAttestation of Ahlulbayt (a.s) for the Book of Sulaym:Summary On The Authenticity Of The Book of SulaymHadeeth Of The Twelve Imams (a.s) And Imam Al-Mahdi ÚÌøá Çááøå ÝÑÌå ÇáÔÑíÝ Is The Last Of Them Read here: http://www.revisitingthesalaf.org/2014/12/imam-al-mahdi-ajf-part-iii.html
  4. Following are sayings by a number of international figures of different cultures, affiliations and regions in praise of Al-Hussein, which reveal how these figures were influenced by the dedicated character of Al-Hussein (a.s.) in serving the Message of Islam until he was martyred. Archeologist William Lovetts said: “Al-Hussein Bin Ali represented the most influential martyrdom in the history of humanity, and he elevated his tragedy to the sublime level of outstanding heroism.” Maurice de Capri said: “In the Hussaini elegy, it is said that Al-Hussein sacrificed himself to safeguard the honor of the people and preserve the sanctity of Islam, and he did not succumb to the tyranny and whims of Yazid. Let us take Al-Hussein as our role model so as to get rid of colonialism, preferring honorable death over disgraceful living.” Edward G. Brown, a professor of Arabic and oriental studies at the University of Cambridge said: “…a reminder of that blood-stained field of Karbala, where the grandson of the Apostle of God fell, at length, tortured by thirst, and surrounded by the bodies of his murdered kinsmen, has been at anytime since then, sufficient to evoke, even in the most lukewarm and the heedless, the deepest emotion, the most frantic grief, and an exaltation of spirit before which pain, danger, and death shrink to unconsidered trifles.” The famous English novelist, Charles Dickens, said: “If Al-Hussein (a.s.) had fought to quench his worldly desires…then I do not understand why his sister, wife, and children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he sacrificed purely for Islam.” A Syrian Christian thinker, Antoine Bara, said: “Had Al-Hussein been one of us, we would have spread his cause throughout the world and called people for Christianity in the name of Al-Hussein.” English historian, Edward Gibbon, said: “In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Al-Hussein will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.” Egyptian writer, Abdul-Rahman Al-Sharqawi, said: “Al-Hussein martyred for the sake of religion and freedom. Therefore, not only the Shiites, but also all the free people of the world should honor the name of Al-Hussein (a.s.).” Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, said: “I have looked into the biography of Imam Al-Hussein, the great martyr of Islam, and I have scrutinized the tragedy of Karbala and reached the conclusion that if India wishes to achieve victory, it has to model after Al-Hussein.” Scottish historian and philosopher, Thomas Carlyle, said: “The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala is that Al-Hussein and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain, despite his minority, marvels me!” Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, said: “I learnt from Hussain how to attain victory while being oppressed.” Adolf Hitler, said: “Stand firmly while fighting just as Al-Hussein Bin Ali, Muhammad’s grandson, and his companions stood firmly in Karbala in Iraq. Although they were a minority in the face of thousands, they attained eternal glory.” English researcher, John Usher, said: “The tragedy of Al-Hussain signifies the most sublime meanings of martyrdom for the sake of social justice.” Thamlas Tandon, former president of the Indian National Conference, said: “These great sacrifices represented by the martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein have raised the level of human thought. Such memory ought to be forever cherished and always remembered.” The revered Islamic scholar, Muhammad Jawad Moghniyyeh, said: “The blood spilled in Karbala was not a price paid for the freedom of one individual, people or generation; but rather, it was a price paid for the sake of the religion and the entire humanity, a price paid for the sake of the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger; thus, it was worthy of the veneration and glorification of the Quran and Islam British Orientalist, Sir Percy Sykes, said: “Verily, the courage and heroism that this small group demonstrated drove whoever heard about it to praise and eulogize it involuntarily. This noble courageous group annexed to itself such a great and immortal reputation that will last forever.” Jordanian lawyer, Ahmad Hussein Yaaqoub, said: “I cried over Al-Hussein (a.s.), and this bleeding wound of mine led to me convert to Shiism.” The Moroccan Sayyed, Idriss Al-Hussein, said: “Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) has actually led me to Shiism, and I surely hope that he does this again to release me into the wider spaces of the world of Shiism. Dr. Boulos Al-Helo said: “The Hussaini cause is not restricted to the Shiites only; but rather, it is general and comprehensive; thus, we find that the connection of the Hussaini revolution with the principle of fighting oppression brought it too close to man (whatever his religion or creed was, for as long as there is an oppressor and an oppressed, there will be Yazid and Al-Hussein as two essential symbols representing both sides respectively). His Eminence, Sheikh Hassan As-Saffar, said: “Al-Hussein is not limited to a certain sect; but rather, he is an Imam to all Muslims and one of the disciples of the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet of the entire nation. He [Al-Hussein] was martyred for the sake of the religion of Allah and in defense of the rights of Allah’s servants. American Orientalist, Gustav Gronnebam, said: “The tragedy of Karbala is of a universal significance. The sad image of the dead Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.), the noble and courageous man, had had an influence in the Muslims’ conscience that no other Muslim character matched.” American anthropologist, Carlton Coon, said: “The tragedy of the killing of Al-Hussein Bin Ali could form the basis of thousand of tragedies.” German Orientalist, Marbien, said: “Al-Hussein has given the world a lesson in sacrifice by sacrificing his most loved ones and by proving the righteousness of his cause, as well as the oppression and injustice he had to put up with. He made Islam and the Muslims enter into the books of history.” Hungarian Orientalist, Ignaz Goldziher, said: “A bloody conflict broke out between Al-Hussein Bin Ali and the Umayyad usurpers. The battlefield of Karbala has provided Islam with a big number of martyrs who are emotionally mourned until this day.” British writer, Freya Stark, said: “The Shiites throughout the Islamic world revive the memory of Al-Hussein and his killing and mourn him the first ten days of the month of Muharram… There he pitched his camp while his enemies surrounded him and held the water: the details are as living to-day as then, 1257 years ago; nor can anyone with much profit visit these Holy Cities unless he knows something of the story, for its tragedy is built into their very foundation. It is one of the few stories I can never read without weeping.” British researcher, A.S. Stevens, said: “At a place near the city of Karbala, the heretics of Yazid Bin Mu’awiyah and his army besieged Al-Hussein Bin Ali, withheld the water and killed him. It is the most tragic tragedy in Islam. Al-Hussein came to Iraq through the desert accompanied by some of his relatives of Ahl El-Beit (a.s.), in addition to few of his companions and supporters. The enemies of Al-Hussein were massive in number, and they prevented him and his supporters from reaching the water stream. Al-Hussein and his companions were martyred in Karbala. Since then, Karbala became the token of this painful memory, its soil became sacred and people from all over the world visit the city to mourn.” http://english.bayynat.org.lb/Ashoura/Ashoura_PraiseHussein.htm
  5. 75,000 + Pearl's Sayings / Speeches / Sermons of 14 Infallibles / Masomeen a.s and Ahlal Bait a.s Please visit , share with others http://www.14sayings.com
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  7. Sallam brothers. How much did the Imam eat, I heard that he ate just 2 mouthfuls and sat back. Did he train his body to live in little or did he face hunger like we do if we eat little? What if one of us tries this? would we face health concerns if we eat too little, I mean for people like me who get fat very easily from eating very little. Should we do as he did? what benefits are there? And how was it that when he ate little, he was still stronger than all other men but if we eat little, we feel weak. I want to start eating little, but I get very weak and lazy when I don't eat. the reason why I wanna start are 2, 1. weight loss 2. good for the world, the less we eat, the more food there is to share globally.
  8. Sallam dear brothers and sister As we all begin another year of learning, some of us can find it hard to keep going, to remain motivated. I myself have noticed that sayings of the prophets and Imams are a huge motivation, but I forget them and their effect wears off. So I want this thread to be a place full of sayings about education and knowledge which will inspire all students to study hard and maintain a high morale, every time they lose motivation they can just re-read this thread and be motivated again. So brothers and sisters please post some hadith on here or just sayings which will encourage people to seek knowledge. Thank you very much.
  9. Salam. Necessity For Allah's [swt] Proof Upon Earth The opponents of the followers of the Ahlulbayt (a.s) protest that the Shi'a consider the Imam necessary in order to present and explain the injunctions and importance of religion and to guide the people, thus occultation of the Imam (a.s) is the negation of this very purpose, for an Imam in occultation who cannot be reached by mankind cannot be in any way beneficial or effective. It must be said that such people have not really understood the meaning of the Imam. The role of the Imam is not only the explanation of the religious sciences and external guidance of the people. But the Imam also bears the function of "Walayah" and the internal guidance of the human. Read here: http://www.revisitingthesalaf.org/2014/10/imam-al-mahdi-ajf-part-ii.html
  10. Salam Fellows: I am practicing lucid dreaming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream). If I meet any of our Imam, intentionally, during lucid dreaming, would it be real meeting or just a make up of mind. Has anyone ever experience it ? Thank you.
  11. (salam) I have seen a video about the hadiths from the Imams of Ahlulbait talking about a time where there will be hunger in the whole world and many conflicts between Arabs and Muslims, and it will be followed by a some sort of great war which may refer to a Word war. Are the hadiths reliable or do they hold a deeper meaning?
  12. Prophet Mohammad (pbuhahf) predictions in Sahih Sunni hadiths in multimedia. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/ilm/article/777/58#.U-AdTONdVA0
  13. Asalamalakum and Ya Ali Madad. Last night during sehri I got into a very heated debate with one of my friends. His argument: "As much as I would like to see the Imam reappear, he won't, at least not in our lifetime" Given the hypothetical idea that we live max 60 years he said that the world would have to be in terrible condition leaving 13 functioning countries (?? no source) and that the "dunya" is moving too slow to expect the reappearance of the imam. I of course was outraged completely disagreeing with everything he was saying simply because I was under the impression that he had a false sense of confidence. I told him the best thing we can do is wait (intezaar) is the best ibaddat but slowly I began to realize that certain points he was making were correct I need to restore his confidence as a friend and as a Shia without contradicting any hadith regarding belief in the reappearance or regarding conditions that need to met. He also said that we think the world is chaotic enough for the Imam to come, but if it was he (atfj) would have been here already. If everything in Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran is not proof enough, if the fact that the word "Islam" is being associated with the word "terrorist" is not enough, if being a shia gets you killed is sufficient then the Imam would have been here. At the time I couldn't verify any of his information so I gave smaller practical example which I believe did not suffice. I told him Imam Hussain would have never fought karbala without the 72. Right now the Imam needs 313, that's all he is waiting on, but if he is waiting for 313 how long do we have to wait. What more can I tell him that is backed up by sources.
  14. (salam) There is a question that is looming over my head for quite some time. :wacko: Now, with regards to verifying a hadith's authenticity, what is the process in which I, as a layman, can know the grading of the hadith (i.e. sahih, da'eef, etc.). Apart from consulting a scholar, is checking the reliability of transmitters and, perhaps, pondering on the "mitn" (content) of the hadith, the only way to verifying what a hadith's grading is? I suspect there is a book where hadith numbers from certain books are listed side by side with the grading of the respective hadith, although I could be in error. Could anyone pave the way for me. Thanks. (wasalam)
  15. "I leave behind for you to Caliphs (two successors), the book of Allah and my progeny. The book of Allah is a rope stretched between the heavens and then earth and my progeny is Ahlul Bayt. The two will not separate from each other until they reach me at the pool of paradise." Note that this isn't the same as the famous hadith where the Prophet (pbuh) refers to them as the thaqalayn, this is a different occasion. On this one he refers to them as the two Caliphs (khalifatain). Let us look at the opinions of the main Sunni hadith scholars: Albani- chain is sahih (authentic) Al Arna'oot- chain is hasan (trustworthy) Tabarani- chain is hasan (trustworthy) Suyuti- chain is sahih (authentic) Found in: Musnad Ahmed ibn Hanbal, Fada'il al Sahaba by Ahmed ibn Hanbal, Manba' al Fawa'id, al Kabir by al Tabarani, Majma' al Saghir by al Suyuti, Aqdain for fadha'il al sharafayn and more... My dear brothers from Ahlul Sunnah, could the Prophet (pbuh) get any clearer?
  16. Salam un Aliekum Readers, I am glad to start a thread on a discourse regarding Namaz. We all try to prostrate infront of our God in Namaz but the question is: What to think while praying Namaz?Some say to focus on wordings of the Namaz but my answer to them is quite natural. If I try to focus on wordings in every namaz then it will make namaz boring i.e same wordings in every Namaz.. but Namaz is a mairaaj of momin and has to be something that is to be making a person nearer to God. Can anyone share some quotes regarding thinking while Namaz or Does anyone know that what Ayatollahs and Marajai thinks while praying Namaz. Please share it in detail so that it could bring us nearer to God.
  17. Salaam Alaykum I have have quite a while been thinking of Imam Mahdi (a.s) appearance,first how will we recognise the real Imam,what about Dajjal,who is he? is he leaving, is he in ghabah?
  18. (bismillah) This is just some of my thoughts on this matter. Feel free to add on. It is a trial and command from Allah for the imam to be in occultation. HE is present just not physically present. IF you can believe in a jinn (being) whom you can never see or prove, that is called satan who has been alive on this earth since before the creation of man, to MISGUIDE us, how can you not believe in a representative chosen by Allah to guide us while not being physically present? Not only that, but why has satan decided to stay till the end of time? Why not finish his job after Muhammad A.S? Because he challenged Allah to led man astray as long as Allah has His representatives on this earth. Therefore it is proof in itself that Allah will always have a representative on this earth. Our imam went into the second occultation. He elected representatives before he went into hiding. Not only that, but history is proof of itself on his existence. How can you expect God to be just when He has allowed for satan to exist till end of man to misguide us all, while not having a representative guiding us to out-do satan? This situation reminds me of a few of the prophet's people. When Musa A.S went into minor occulation and came back to find his people as disbelievers: [shakir 7:148] And Musa's people made of their ornaments a calf after him, a (mere) body, which gave a mooing sound. What! could they not see that it did not speak to them nor guide them m the way? They took it (for worship) and they were unjust. [shakir 7:149] And when they repented and saw that they had gone astray, they said: If our Lord show not mercy to us and forgive us we shall certainly be of the losers. [shakir 7:150] And when Musa returned to his people, wrathful (and) in violent grief, he said: Evil is it that you have done after me; did you turn away from the bidding of your Lord? And he threw down the tablets and seized his brother by the head, dragging him towards him. He said: Son of my mother! surely the people reckoned me weak and had well-nigh slain me, therefore make not the enemies to rejoice over me and count me not among the unjust people. Or when Isa A.S left his people (NOTE: All muslims believe that he is still alive ie: Occultation): [shakir 4:157] And their saying: Surely we have killed the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, the messenger of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Isa) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. [shakir 4:158] Nay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise. Or when Prophet Yunus A.S left his people and came back: [21:87]And (remember) Yúnus, when he went away in anger; and he thought that We would never have power over him (naqdira). Then he called in the darkness [of night, sea, and fish]: There is no god but You, glory be to Thee; surely I am one of those who make haste”. As we can see, from among the greatest prophets ever to have walked this earth went into occultations by the will of Allah. It is truly a test from Allah. We can see, many of the prophets ummah failed and went astray while there were a few to have had faith and believed in Allah and his representative. Can we say that they were not prophets solely on the reason that they went away from their people for some time? What about khidr a.s as well? It is honestly absurd to say the prophets significance was cut off when they went away. No muslim can challenge that. These beings were hujja regardless of their physical presence and that is part of their purpose. The same goes with our Imam Mahdi A.S (wasalam)
  19. SALLAM ALAYKOOM I have a question: Who killed Imam Hussain (as)?
  20. Did the the last prophet of Allah have intercourse to make a child, some say no as they claim he was nur and the purest of the pure also many said he did not have to relieve him self . Also does this go for the imams and other prophets. Someone please give me some explanations, is this true or false
  21. Salam, I heard that Imam Sadiq wrote many books about chemistry and science. (Well it was either him or some of his students) Does anyone have any links to the books or the names of the books?
  22. "...and whoever takes the Satan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer a manifest loss.." (Surah Nisa: Verse 119 ) Interpretation(Tafsir): When one calls the Satan, that is, obeys his commands, Allah counts it as taking the Satan for a guardian, as He says: "And whoever takes the Satan for a guardian rather than Allah he indeed shall suffer a manifest loss." It should be noted that Allah has not said: Whosoever the Satan is his guardian; because the previous verses have clearly shown that the guardian is Allah alone and no one else has any guardianship on anything even if someone takes him as his guardian. (Al-Mizan) If we observe our society in this era of the ghaibah of our Imam(a.s) we can simply understand that majority of Muslims have accepted Satan as their guardian, and our hearts have turned black. It will be misleading to say that the our society is very good and only some men and women have been misled, the ground realities are totally different. When a person with strong belief goes out of his house, it becomes extremely difficult for him to save his eemaan from immodestly dressed women, along with ones wearing seductive hijaabs, luring music and many other fatal temptations. And this is the reason why the Masoom(as) said that a time will come when Saving Eemaan will be more difficult than holding fire in hand.
  23. Just came across this one on youtube. I was under the impression that even from a salafi lanati perspective sufyani (la) was a condemned disgrace, as per the famous sunniHadith where the Holy Prophet (sawas) mentions him as an antithesis to the Qaim (as). What are your thoughts? http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xgmk8N1CpvY
  24. Salam, Here are a couple of reasons I could think. Please add your comments: Reason 1: (Because its a sign of a momin) According to Imam Hasan bin Ali Al Askari (as) The signs of a true believer are five:- 1) Recite 51 Rak—a’t Salaat during the 24 hours of the day (17 Rak—a’ts obligatory, + 34 Rak—a’ts in Naafilah Salaats).2) Recite or Perform Ziyarat of Imam Husayn on the day of Arbaeen3) To wear a ring in the right hand.4) To put the forehead on the earth (preferably on the earth of Karbala) in prostration.5) To pronounce “Bismillahir-Rah’maanir-Rah’eem” in clear and loud voice while praying the salats. Reason 2: (the importance of 40 days in Islam) According to Hadith, once a momin does something for 40 continuous days, that action becomes his(her) habit. The memory of Imam Hussain (as) for 40 days, and so much importance that Aimah (as) put on the day of Arbaeen, the 40th day of Shahadat is so this memory of Imam Hussain (of being Upright, of Amr bil Maroof, of Nahi anil Munkir) becomes our habit for the rest of 10 months of the year. Reason 3: (Distinction for Shia) Ashura of Imam Hussain is commemorated by many, including many Sunnis, some Christians, some Hindus, and even some Jewish people. Just like the Sifaaat of Allah of Rahman and Raheem, one for being merciful for all, other for being merciful for only momineen; Aimah (as) gave us Shia the gift of this distinction that while the rest of the world also commemorates the Ashura, the real followers of Imam Hussain are distinguished with the commemoration of the day of Arba'een as well.
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