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  1. This article points out to some history of the good relationship Muslims had with Jews until Palestine was usurped. http://www.dawn.com/news/1150340/jews-under-muslim-rule
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    This is a nice, informative and well referenced blog about azadari practices in India and adjoining countries http://vsgoi.blogspot.in/ Tazia, the most important icon of Muharram ceremonies, is also an example of a unique craft with deep roots in the historical and cultural milieu of India. Prepared as a replica of Imam Hussain’s shrine at Karbala, thousands of tazias in various shapes and sizes are taken out as an integral part of Muharram processions. History behind The word "tazia" is a derivative of an Arabic word "taziat" meaning 'condolence.' According to Hollister 'the custom of carrying these models of Hussain's tomb is said to date from the time of Timur (d. 808 A.H./1405 A.D.), who brought such a miniature tomb back from Karbala, later called the tazia.' Scholars agree on the origin of the tazia rituals in India, but differ on whether Timur had the zarih (the miniature model) built on order, or had it brought from Karbala. The practice and rituals of commemorating the tragedy of Karbala spread with the expansion of Islam in India. As the people adopted Islam and started to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam and his companions at Karbala, they established their own traditions of azadari (performances of all the Muharram rituals in general in which taziadari is one of the most significant aspects ) according to their diverse cultures. Read more on http://vsgoi.blogspot.in/
  3. Not sure if this has been posted already. It's in Arabic. It seems tatbir was founded by Christians, then the Sufis took hold of it and mixed it up with Shia cultural practices. Then the anti-'irafni Shia pretty much made it wajib, and the pro-'irfani Shia pretty much made it haram. Also practiced by Thai Budhists during their Vegetarian Festival. (Watch 0:37 seconds). and as most of us know, exported to the Philippines (probably by the Spanish)
  4. A question that the general Muslims often pose to the Shias – Why do Shias celebrate Ghadeer? What is so significant about the event that merits such pomp and splendor? 18th Zilhajj is the great day which the Shias consider as Eid-e-Ghadeer and celebrate by creating an atmosphere of extreme elation. Some people begin their preparations well in advance for this joyous occasion. The effort and hard work of innumerable researchers and scholars are devoted to this event. FOR MORE ARTICLES VISIT SERATONLINE.COM An Objection An objection is often raised as to why so much physical and mental effort is lavished on this event. If similar effort and hard work is instead invested in ironing out flaws related to education and society, it will be more beneficial for Muslims. After all, which social problem has been solved by the annual celebration of Ghadeer? What good has it done to the community by persistently confirming the successorship and absolute mastership of Ameerul Momineen Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.)? Is it not better that we find a remedy to the various problems plaguing Muslims and let bygones be bygones? This is not a new objection. The enemies of the Shia Isna Ashariah have made an issue out of this for several generations. Not surprisingly, the enemies have raised the objection keeping in mind the Shiite ideology. In this regard, they have learnt the tricks from the enemies of Islam because when the enemies of Islam and the Majestic Quran raise objections against Islam, they use similar tactics. For example, they say that why do we spend so much effort and wealth on religious customs such as prayers, fasting, recitation of Quran, etc. instead of spending it on economic growth and advancement of the community. Honestly speaking, by visiting the House of Allah every year and by persistently establishing the veracity of Quran and Islam, which of the ever-increasing problems and tribulations of the community has been resolved? Two points need to be understood well to review this objection: 1.      No act should be looked at only from its materialistic perspective. It means that if a thing is useful, then itâs being useful is not just materialistic. 2.      An event or incident cannot be rendered insignificant due to its being historic. As far as the first point is concerned, it should be known that knowledge and understanding are very critical for human growth. Even today, well-known universities teach the philosophies of Aristotle and Plato notwithstanding the advancements in science and technology. We see intellectuals achieving success by deriving benefit from the views of these individuals. All parents invite their children towards truth and consider lying detestable and command their children to stay away from it. Is such an upbringing not useful for human beings? Is its benefit materialistic? A copy of the Holy Quran is available with every Muslim family as a mark of it being divine and Muslims recite it regularly whereas all Muslims are well aware that recitation alone is not sufficient and it must be accompanied by pondering and contemplation. But it is a fact that the mere recitation of the Holy Quran guides us, brings us closer to Allah and solves our problems related to the world and the Hereafter. Similarly, there is one more fact, which is related to the past and its extraordinary importance has been proven even in times to come. This is âMaadâ i.e. the Day of Resurrection and Accounting along with details are realities discussed in the Holy Quran. It carries so much importance that it draws our attention immediately. All of us endeavour to perform actions so that we are saved from the fire of Hell. Recitation of the verses concerning Maad and the traditions of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) leave a profound impact on our activities, making us more focused. No Muslim can deny this despite the fact that the belief in Maad has no materialistic benefit and has not solved any long-standing problem afflicting the Muslim community. The same applies for Islamic beliefs in Tauheed and Prophethood. It is evident from these examples that the importance of an Islamic belief cannot be benchmarked against its materialistic impact on Islamic society. Similarly, an event cannot be termed insignificant merely because it is historic. There is much to learn from the early history of Islam. The manner of revelation of Quranic verses, cause of descent of certain verses, ethics of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) are all rooted in history. By ignoring history, we stand to forfeit the wonderful benefits of all these events. After all, Hajj is nothing but a series of rituals to commemorate historical events related to Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) and his family hundreds of years before the advent of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). Can any Muslim deny the importance of Hajj and Ziyaarat? Millions are invested both by the pilgrims visiting the shrines in Makkah and Madinah and the caretakers of these shrines. Governments in many countries, including India, subsidize the Hajj. All this money and effort is invested only to commemorate an historic event that preceded Islam by hundreds of years. Which problem of the Muslim society has been resolved by Hajj? Wouldnât it be more advisable to invest this time, effort and money in areas that have a tangible impact on Muslim society? The answer to such baseless objections is that we should stop benchmarking the importance of an event by its impact on tangibles and materialistic gains. It has been noted several times in the Noble Quran and the Sunnah that Islam focuses on the afterlife and all our actions must be performed for the Hereafter regardless of whether we see any tangible benefits in the world. The Celebration of Ghadeer Whatever Shias accomplish or narrate pertaining to Ghadeer is based on this very philosophy. The Shias consider Ghadeer to be significant and regard it as esteemed and blessed because although Ghadeer is rooted in history, it has given Islam the critical belief of Imamate and Mastership, which is among the pillars of religion. Did the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) not introduce Ameerul Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (a.s.) at Ghadeer-e-Khummm as the Imam and the Master after him and did he not say â” âAli b. Abi Talib is my brother, successor and the Imam after me⦠he enjoys mastership over your selves after Allah and His Messenger.â (Khutbah al-Ghadeer, 71; Al-Ehtejaaj, vol. 1, pg. 66; Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 37, pg. 201) Undoubtedly, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) made this declaration on the day of Ghadeer. Ghadeer-e-Khumm is an event, the celebration of which instills the Mastership and love of Ameerul Momineen Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.) in the hearts and minds of people. Just as the Prophethood of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) is definite and conclusive, similarly, the incident of Ghadeer is also certain and irrefutable, the origin and source of which can be found in the books of history. Does this reality and the special arrangement by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) not merit a special mention and an extraordinary commemoration? On divine command, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) appointed Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.) as his successor and made his obedience obligatory upon every Arab, non-Arab, young, old, white and black. On the day of Ghadeer, Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) enforced the order and command of Ali (a.s.). He considered his enemies accursed and regarded his lovers as successful and having achieved salvation. Ameerul Momineen Ali (a.s.) is a successor of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) even in the exegesis of the Holy Quran and is also a bearer of the Prophetâs knowledge. He is the leader of guidance and Allahâs wrath and curse is upon his enemy. These were some of the attributes of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) which Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had described to the people at length in the Sermon of Ghadeer. Therefore, isnât striving to achieve the recognition and knowledge about Ali (a.s.) and bringing people closer to his recognition equivalent to firmly establishing the foundation of belief in Islam and Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.)? Once he is recognized and it is known that Ameerul Momineen Ali (a.s.) is the Imam and Master from the side of Allah, then shouldnât the day when the last Prophet (s.a.w.a.) introduced him and completed his mission of guidance be celebrated with utmost pomp and splendour? The Sermon of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.) regarding the celebration of Ghadeer There are many traditions that have been narrated by the infallible Ahle Bait (a.s.) regarding the celebration of Ghadeer. Kindly pay attention to the excerpt from the Ghadeer Sermon of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.): â⦠May Allah have mercy on you! After the sermon, all of you should go to your respective houses and make arrangements for facilities and luxuries for your families, do good to your brothers and thank Allah for whatever good He has done to you. Offer gifts to each other out of the bounties of Allah just as Allah, the Almighty, has bestowed favors upon you and consider the reward of the goodness of this day to be on par with the past and future Eids. Doing good on this day, augurs well for an increase in wealth and affluence and a long life. On this day, manifesting love and compassion for each other will be the cause of Allahâs Grace and Kindness. On this day, spending on your family and brothers and greeting each other with delight is highly recommended.â (Misbaah al-Mutahajjid by Sayyed Ibn Taawoos (r.a.), p. 757) The aforementioned sermon also amply disproves the argument of those who believe that there are no material benefits of celebrating Eid-e-Ghadeer. What can be a greater material benefit than long life with wealth and affluence along with the acquisition of divine pleasure? Accordingly, it is evident that celebrating Ghadeer is neither a foolish act nor can it be considered to be futile and fruitless. If, God forbid, we consider it to be futile and fruitless then, it will be tantamount to rendering as fruitless and futile Allahâs choice and Holy Prophetâs (s.a.w.a.) admonition to the Muslims. Indeed, we celebrate Ghadeer under the light of the traditions of Ahle Bait (a.s.). This celebration, even if apparently devoid of any materialistic aspect, is certainly a means to attaining proximity to Allah, His Messenger (s.a.w.a.) and the Ahle Bait (a.s.).
  5. salam to all of you i am just wondering as we say israel is occupying,doing brutal actions and likewise america invade to different countries and rob their all resources it is must not happen.but i want to know why muslim invaded to spain and subcontinent and different parts of the world.was that right,and did any shia muslim supported that kind of conquests? if yes why did they supported.because it is absolutely unacceptable to go and fight with those who have nothing to do with you.and are not harming you.Does anyone can suggest any good book on that topic.
  6. Assalamu'alaikum Wr. Wb. Brothers & Sisters, I recently getting attached to Dr. Ammar Nakshawani classes over youtube. One of the youtube video posted was about Abdul Muttalib. In this video (posted below) in minute 17:15 he laid down an interesting fact about the last wasi of Nabi Isa (as): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uURiEhlBTE I found an old post in shiachat (here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/234944245-who-was-the-hojjat-between-hazrat-isa-a-s-and-hazrat-mohammad-s/), our kind brother already had discussion about this and one of them found that Hazrat Salman al Farisi was the last wasi of Nabi Isa (as). While Dr. Nakshawani mentioned that the last wasi of Nabi Isa (as) was Abdul Muttalib. It's perfectly logic if both lines (lines of Nabi Ismail (as) and Nabi Ishaq (as)) joined in the end, where both Rasulullah (SAW) and Amirul Mu'minin born inside there, as we all know that Rasulullah (SAW) is the last prophet of the prophethood. Now my question; could you kind brothers & sisters help me, are there any verses in Qur'an, Ahlul-Bayt tradition, Narration, etc. that can support my logic? And please brothers & sisters, if my logic is wrong, please do say so. Insha Allah, whatever your answer will help me. I really appreciate if you can give me reference in english, especially accessible over the internet. Wa'alaikumsalam Wr. Wb..
  7. 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
  8. Ibn Qutaibah in his book "Al-Imamah va Siyasah" described: "One of the army man entered a womean's house who has recently delivered a baby.Her new born baby was sucking milk in the lap of her mother.The man told that lady:Have you got money?She said:I swear God,the Syrian army did not left a single coin for me.The army man said:Bring some thing for me else I will kill you and your infant. The woman cried:woe upon you,this is the child of prophet's companion(sahabi).I also gave oath of allegiance to Prophet(S.A.W.) at "Shajara Allegiance".And pointing her infant told:My child I swear God ,if I have something ,I will surely sacrifice upon you". Suddenly that accursed man snatched the infant's leg who was sucking milk and pulled him away from mother's lap and hit him to the wall.So that the infant's brain got scattered before her mother's eyes and spread all over floor. The narrator said:As the accursed army man was stepping out of that house his face blackened at once.This incident become an idiom among the people of Madinah. The depth of the Harrah taragedy was so much that for along period when a man wanted to marry his daughter he was unable to give the guarantee of his daughters maidenhood. Then the Yazidi army took allegiance from the people of Madinah,to be the slaves of Yazid.It was upon his will to leave them or made them slaves. The people of Madinah though their property plundered,blood shed and their women raped and molested,all of them gave allegaince "Bayyat" to Yazid except the fourth holy Imam of the Shi'ites Imam Zainul Abedin(A.S.). The criminal Muslim Ibn Aqbah send slaughtered heads of the people of Madinah to Yazid at Damascus(Syria).As the heads were presented before Yazid he said:"I wish my forefathers who were killed in the battle of Badr would be alive and see how I took revenge with the Prophet of Islam and Muslims".
  9. 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
  10. Salam, Imam Jawad (as) said “After the tragedy of Karbala, there was no tragedy upon us as great as that of Fakh” Imam Alkadhim (as) said “Although you will be martyred in your expedition, strive tirelessly in your fighting and attacks, these are a filthy and corrupt people who have worn the clothes of faith on the apparent level, but have not believed nor posses any faith in their hearts. I pray that God rewards you greatly for your efforts” This is a long but worth reading pages about the history of Ahlulbayt struggle against tyranny. 1. "Fakh": Star in the Sky of History: In the Sky of Islamic history, places, events and personalities shone. From the heart of the ummah and its arteries too much pure blood flowed and irrigated the sapling of faith. With glittering titles and shining letters, this blood wrote the epics of glory and jihad. The land of Fakh is one of those never-forgotten places. So is the leader of the uprising, al-Hussein bin Ali bin al-Hassan bin al-Hassan bin Ali bin Abi-Talib, and his devoted followers. Fakh was perpetuated the same way Badr, Karbala' and their likes were immortalized. The great tragedy of Fakh is actually a repetition of Karbala', and an echo of the great martyr Imam Hussein (a.s.). If you read the prosecution of Zainab to the people of Kufa, and listen to her complaint and lamentation, you will have no doubts that Karbala' was repeated at Fakh. The disaster that had befallen Ahlul-Bait (a.s.) at Karbala' was recounted on the pure dust of Fakh. Zainab, the daughter of Imam Ali bin Abi-Talib (a.s.), and her holiness Fatimah (a.s.), had only just addressed the people of Kufah--after she had witnessed the tragedy and surveyed the battlefield examining the bodies of her slaughtered family--with these words, "Woe to you! Do you know how you tore the liver of the Apostle of Allah? Whom of his women folk you exposed? What blood of his you shed? What honour of his you defamed?" History repeated itself. Years after the tragedy of Karbala', Zainab, the daughter of Abdullah bin al-Hassan bin al-Hassan bin Ali bin Abi-Talib, the mother of al-Hussein bin Ali, the leader of the uprising of Fakh, lived the same tragedy, and suffered the same anguish. This woman mourned her father, brother, husband, her cousins and their sons who were put to the sword by Abu-Ja'far al-Mansoor, and wore only callous hairy garments, as a sign of her deep grief over their death. This devout woman used to lament them, crying until she fainted. She wouldn't revile Abu-Ja'far al-Mansoor, lest she should find consolation in something displeasing. She would say, "O You who created the skies and the earth, O You Who knows the unseen and the visible, Who judges between His servants, judge between us and our people fairly, and You are the best among those who judge."[56] "Zainab used to prance about with al-Hussein, who was still a little boy, and al-Hassan, his brother, chanting: "You know, O the son of Zainab and Hind, how many men you have in the desert ready for battle. How many truthful, honourable maternal uncles you have, how many great grandfathers you have."[57] Time had come for her son, al-Hussein, the revolutionary Alawite to follow in the footsteps of Imam Hussein (a.s.), hoist the banner of jihad and martyrdom, shed his pure blood, and leave the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) to grieve over him, as he had done over the martyrs of Karbala'. Both tragedies, Fakh and Karbala', moved the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) and the members of his family to tears. He talked about them in advance and cried bitterly for the tribulations his family would face. Shaikh Abul-Hassan Ali bin Muhammad al-Mawardi al-Shafi'i, in his book,A'lam al-Nubuwwah (Signs of Prophethood), p. 83, the edition published in Egypt, says: "Of his forewarnings is that which was reported by Urwah, on the authority of A'ishah (a wife of the Prophet). Urwah said, 'Hussein bin Ali (a.s.) went to see the Messenger of Allah of the time when he was receiving revelations from his Lord. Hussein mounted the back of the Prophet (s.a.w.) who was prostrate. Hussein played there. 'O Muhammad,' called Gabrial, 'your ummah would certainly suffer from dissension after your death. This son of yours would certainly be killed after you.' Gabrial stretched out his hand and brought a handful of white dust, and said, 'On this land your son will be slaughtered. It is called al- Taff'" After Gabrial had gone, the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) came out to meet his followers, including Abu-Bakr, Umar, Ali, Hudaifah, Ammar and Abu-Thar. The Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) was crying. 'What makes you cry, O Messenger of Allah?' asked his followers, to which question he replied,'Gabrial has just told me that my son, Hussein, will be killed after my death in the land of al- Taff He has brought to me this dust and said that it was taken from the spot where he would be murdered "[58] In addition to the tragedy of Karbala', the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) had told his companions about the battle of Fakh. Abu-Ja'far Muhammad al-Baqir bin Ali (a.s.) is reported to have said through a chain of transmitters, that, "the Prophet (s.a.w.) once passed by Fakh. He dismounted and offered two ruk'ah prayer. In the second ruk'ah his eyes welled with tears. When people saw the Prophet (s.a.w.) crying they cried When they left that place he asked them, mat made you cry.?' 'When we sawyou crying, we also cried, O Apostle of Allah, , said the people. 'At the end of the first ruk'ah, Gabrial descended,' replied the Prophet (s.a.w.), 'and said: 'O Muhammad, a man from your descendents will be murdered in this place. The divine reward for every one who would be martyred with him shall be twofold."[59] Imam Ja'far bin Muhammad al-Sadiq (a.s.) stopped, on one of his journeys from Madinah to Makkah, at Fakh. There he offered a prayer. "May I be your ransom," asked al-Nadhr bin Arwash, the owner of the camels rented for the journey, "I have seen you do something. Is it one of the rites of hajj?" "No," said the Imam (a.s.), "but a man from my household will be killed right here, fighting along side a bunch of men whose souls will fly ahead of their bodies towards Paradise."[60] Zayd bin Ali bin al-Hussein is reported to have said that the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) had performed prayer at Fakh and said, "Right here, a man from my own family will be killed along with a group of devout men. Their shrouds and perfume (which is ritually applied to the dead) shall be brought to them from Paradise. Their souls will outrun their bodies to Paradise."[61] If the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.) and Ahlul-Bait (a.s.), who didn't witness the massacre, were greatly shocked at the horrendous news, Imam Musa bin Ja'far al-Kadhim (a.s.), the Imam of Muslims and the chief of Ahlul-Bait (a.s.) of the time, must have been moved beyond description by the tragedy as it unfolded in front of him. That tragedy had a heavy impact on his life and mission. That is because the day of Fakh was a terribly saddening memory in the history of Ahlul-Bait (a.s.). Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (a.s.), the grandson of Imam al-Kadhim (a.s.), was quoted as saying, "After al- Taff we witnessed no massacre more horrible than that of Fakh. "[62] Musa al-Hadi, the Abbassid caliph, on whose order the massacre was perpetrated, blamed the uprising on Imam Musa al-Kadhim (a.s.) and the survivors from the house of Abu-Talib. Imam Kadhim (a.s.) endured all the atrocities against him and his followers with his great heart, endless patience and iron will. That is the great leader. Muslim leaders have to be greater than tribulations, firmer than the hardships placed in their path, and braver than their adversaries, so that they can go on with their tasks. The Imams of Ahlul-Bait (a.s.) were all possessed of such qualities. How truthful are the words of the Apostle of Allah (s.a.w.), "We are members of a household to whom no one could ever be compared" Continue reading here: http://home.swipnet.se/islam/imams/7th_imam/4conditions.htm
  11. Islamic Iran makes a movie about the great companion of the Prophet (s.a.a), Musab ibn Umair (r.a.) راه بهشت /Raah-e Behesht/ (The Path to Paradise) (2011)
  12. SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The year 260 AH was the start of the occultation of Imam Mahdi (AJ) and a new chapter of relation between Imam (as) and Shia Muslims. At the time of minor occultation 4 special deputies were designated to facilitate contacts between Shia Muslims of the world and Imam Mahdi (AJ). The third of these deputies known as Hossain ibn Rouh Nobakhti was chosen by Imam (as) himself. About the year 305 AH in the month of Jamadul Oula and after the passing away of the second deputy, Mohammad bin Othman, Hossain ibn Rouh Nobakhti started his deputyship which lasted for 21 years and after passing away he was buried in Baghdad. On Sunday 6th of Shawwal of the year 305 Imam Mahdi (AJ) wrote a letter to Hossain ibn Rouh and a part of it is outlined below. “We know him, may God make him known and help him with divine blessings. I received his letter and I am aware of his trustworthiness and am sure of his steadfastness in his belief. Verily he has such a lofty position with us and knowing that will make him very happy. May Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì add to his blessings, truly the Almighty is the only owner of all the blessings and is dominant over all affairs, truly the Almighty is worthy of all worship and thanksgiving, the one who has no partner, greetings and Salawat to the Prophet (pbuh) and his family [1].” [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol.51, Page 356. www.shafaqna.com/english Mohammad bin Ali bin Hosein bin Babvieh Qomi, renowned as "Sheikh Sadough" was born in 917 in a pious, scientist family from Qom. (Some had also reported 918 or 919 for his birth year.) His father Ali bin Babvieh first married his cousin, but she was unable of getting pregnant. Thus in a letter he asked Hosein bin Rouh, Imam Mahdi's representative, to contact Imam and plead for a pray so may God bless him pious, righteous children. After a time he received a letter from Imam: "You won't have any child from your wife, but it's soon that you'll bye a bondmaid from Daylam. Marry her and she will deliver two pious sons for you." http://english.tebyan.net/newindex.aspx?pid=27056 My name is Jafar bin Mohamad. I am known as bin Qulowiah. I was born in Qom in the minor occultation. I grew up and learnt Islamic sciences until I became a famous Islamic scientist. I learnt the narration science and listened to its scientists, therefore I became a famous narrator. I wrote many books which the most famous one is (Kamel al-Ziarat) about the wellness of visiting the prophet (p.b) and Ahlulbayt (p.b). When I was young, exactly in the age of the third deputy al-Hosain bin Rouh al-Nobakty, a dangerous trouble happened that in the year 317 A.H, the Qaramedah attacked Mecca in the pilgrimage season and killed the pilgrims. And they cut out the black stone from its place and brought it to their position in al-Ehsa. http://www.m-mahdi.net/english/children/stories/005/index.htm
  13. (salam) EXPLOITATION OF PUBLIC TREASURY BY USMAN BIN AFFAN It has been written in the book of Tarikh Tabari –quoted by Abdullah ibn Amir– that: “I broke my fast in the holy month of Ramadan. He brought foods that were more soft and delicious than Umar’s foods. Grilled young goats were provided in Uthman’s table every night.[1] It has been quoted in the book of Ansab al- Ashraf –quoted by Salim Abu Amir– that: “Uthman put on a cloak that was worth one hundred Dinars”.[2] It has also been written in Tabaqat al- Kubra –quoted by Muhammad ibn Rabi’ah ibn Harith– that: “I saw Uthman wearing a flamboyant furry cloak which it was worth two hundred Dirhams, and he said: “this is my wife’s, Na’ilah , I dressed her in it and now I am wearing it to make her happy”.[3] It has been quoted in the book of Al- Sawa’iq al- Muhariqah that: “Abu Musa brought some jewels made of gold and silver to Uthman, and he shared all of them among his wives and daughters. He spent most of Muslim public treasury on his farms and houses”.[4] It also has been written in Akhbar al- Muwafaqiyat –quoted by Zuhri– that: “when people brought the jewelry of Kasra [belonged to the king of Iran] to Umar, he said: “because it is so expensive, we put it in Muslim public treasury, maybe Allah enriches Muslims in the future, and one of them can buy that. Umar was killed, and that jewelry was in that state, and when Uthman became caliph, he took it and made it jewel of his daughters”.[5] It has been stated in the book of Duwal al- Islam that: “Uthman has acquired many properties and had one thousand slaves”.[6] It is mentioned in Muruj al- Zahab that: “Uthman built his house in Medina, stabilized it with stone and lime, and put some doors made of Saj[7] and sylvan cedar, and he took properties, springs and gardens in Medina”. Abdullah ibn Utbah says that: “in the day that Uthman was killed, one hundred and fifty thousand Dinars and one million Dirhams were in his treasurer’s hand, and his lands in Wadi al- Qura, Hunayn and etc were worth one hundred Dinars, he left many horses and camels”.[8] It also has been quoted from Ubaydullah ibn Abdullah ibn Utbah in the book of Tabaqat al- Kubra that: “in the day that Uthman was killed, thirty million and five hundred thousand Dirhams and one hundred and fifty thousand Dinars were in his treasurer’s hand. He left one thousand camels in Rabazah[9], and lands that he left in Baradis and Khaybar[10] and Wadi al- Qura[11] were worth two hundred thousand Dinars”.[12] [13] References [1] - Tarikh Tabari, vol. 4, p. 401. [2] - Ansab al- Ashraf, vol. 6, p.102; Al- Tabaqat al- Kubra, vol. 3, p. 58 æ Ýíå "ÈÑÏÇ íãÇäíÇ Ëãä ãäÉ ÏÑåã" “and in that Yamani cloak is worth one Dirham”. [3] - Al- Tabaqat al- Kubra, vol. 3, p. 58; Ansab al- Ashraf, vol. 6, p. 102 æ Ýíå "ãäÉ ÏíäÇÑ" ÈÏá "ãäÊí ÏÑåã" “and in that Dinar is instead of Dirham”. [4] - Al- Sawa’iq al- Muhariqah, p. 113; Al- Sirah al- Halbiyah, vol. 2, p. 78 æ Ýíå "Șáíå" ÈÏá "ÈÍáíå" “and in that balance is instead of ornament. [5] - Al- Akhbar al- Muwafaqiyat, p. 612, tradition no. 396; Sharh Nahj al- Balaghah, vol. 9, p. 16. [6] - Duwal al- Islam, p. 16. [7] - Saj is kind of sylvan tree that is high, big and having a hard and resistant wood, and it is used mostly to make ship (Al- Durus, vol. 2, p. 1154). [8] - Muruj al- Zahab, vol. 2, p. 341. [9] - It is one of the villages of Medina near to Zat Irq in the way of Hijaz which the distance between it and Medina is three nights (Mu’jam al- Baldan, vol. 3, p. 24). [10] - The area at a distance of 200 kilometers from Medina to Damascus (Mu’jam al- Baldan, vol. 2, p. 409). [11] - It is a prairie between Medina and Damascus from dependencies of Medina, and many villages are placed in that (Mu’jam al- Baldan, vol. 5, p. 345). [12] - Al- Tabaqat al- Kubra, vol. 3, p. 76; Tarikh al- Islam lil- Zahabi, vol. 3, p. 461, äÍæå æ áíÓ Ýíå ãä "˜Çä ÊÕÏÞ" Çáí "ÇáÞÑí"; Al- Bidayah wa al- Nahayah, vol. 7, p. 192 æ Ýíå "ÈÆÑ ÇÑíÓ" ÈÏá "ÈÈÑÇÏíÓ". [13] - Muhammad Muhammadi Ray Shahri, The Encyclopedia of Amir al- Muminin, vol. 3, p. 99 – 103.
  14. http://www.khanwadeabutalib.com/public/NoorunAlaNoor/1#.U4-OpHJdVA0
  15. (BISMILLAH) (salam) Here's a really, really very interesting TED talk bu James Flynn about historical development in cognitive ability over the past two centuries and how we are far more "intelligent" than our ancestors a hundred years ago: http://www.ted.com/talks/james_flynn_why_our_iq_levels_are_higher_than_our_grandparents Absolutely phenomenal! He does, however, make one or two uniformed remarks about Islam - possibly because of his ignorance on the subject - but, still, that's not the main subject of his talk and the rest is quite informative.
  16. (salam) Some people say that Hazrat Sakina a.s was much elder than being of 4 years at the time of Shahadat of Imam Hussain (a.s) and there was no 4 years daughter of Imam Hussain (a.s) in Karbala to whom many incidents are attributed even according to Shia history books. But we have heard much about it like she being slapped before Imam Hussain (a.s) by Shimar (laeen) or she stopping Imam (a.s) from going to battle field, her cloths being burnt after the Khayam were burnt, she was slapped by Shimar (laeen) during the voyage from Karbala to Syria, and she died inside the prison. If there was no such child then why these stories? I want answer from any learned brother because i admit i have no deep knowledge.
  17. Asslamoalaikum, I have a query to Sunni fellows here as i have seen they have flooded the forum with their threads and posts to prove Shia Islam wrong. So i thought this is good time to ask them some serious question so that they may get a Shia converted to Sunni faith. Here i go.. 1. Who was Abdullah Bin Saba? What was his real name? When did he convert to Islam? 2. How many companions did he have? Can you name his companions who were able to decieve good number of Muslims? 3. How many reports, hadiths or any other documentation we find in Sunni and Shia history? How many hadiths he reported? 4. Was Abdullah Bin Saba so intellegent that he managed to deceive good number of muslims even companions and even their elders like Muawvia, Aysha, Talha and Zubair that they fell easy prey for him and entered into battle with Imam Ali a.s? 5. Does it not prove that Abdullah bin Saba was quite intellegent while companions especially Aysha, Muawvia, Talha, Zubair and many others who rebelled against Ali a.s were quite stupid, blind and foolish that they were easily decieved by Abdullah Bin Saba? 6. Is it not the hadith of prophet that "A Faithful can not be decived twice from the same hole"? Did prophet (pbuh) not say that "A beleiver never lacks wisdom"? 7. Does the answer of preceding questions not prove that basically Abdullah Bin Saba is just a scapegoat invented to cover the crimes of Sunni elders? The fact is that Aysha, Muawvia and co were slaves of their desires and hard enemy of Imam Ali a.s therefore they reblled against fourth Sunni calph and first Shia Imam just for their carnal desires? Wasalam
  18. Israel and Palestine, an animated introduction. Jewish Voice for Peace Easy to understand, historically accurate http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ mini- primer about why Israelis and Palestinians are fighting, why the US-backed peace process has been an impediment to peace, and what you can do to make a difference. This conflict is essentially about land and human rights, not religion and culture. Endorsed by Palestinian, Israeli and American scholars and peace activists.
  19. Like: www.facebook.com/monitormideast Sons of Jabal Amel (English Subtitles) One of the most authoritative and powerful documentaries regarding the genesis of Hezbollah. Created by Revayat-e Fath, one of the most prestigious production houses in Iran, Sons of Jabal Amel gives an alternative, exclusive look into the development of Lebanese Shiites in a homogeneous Lebanese state. Told from a resistance-axis point of view, the documentary offers new insights into the cultural, ecological and ideological mechanics of the Lebanese Shi'i community and their sustained adherence and loyalty to the movement. Exclusive footage and/or interviews with: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Chamran, Hassan Nasrallah, Abbas al-Musawi and Imam Musa Sadr. Excerpt: The historical region of Jabal Amel and its significant array of scholars, poets, intellectuals and resistance leaders is situated in southern Lebanon. This area is also most affected by Israeli assaults seeking to annex these areas. Because of the historical vulnerability and importance of Jabal Amel, the people of this rugged mountainous area are born into resistance, live in resistance and die in resistance. Sons of Jabal Amel begins with the introduction of Abu Dharr al-Ghiffari, a loyal companion of the Prophet Muhammed and his son and law, Ali. Abu Dharr was exiled to this region and converted the local community to Islam and more specifically, Shi'ism. In Islamic literature, he is deemed one of the first Shi'is signifying resistance to the ruling status quo. What Abu Dharr had left the people of Jabal Amel, was an eager apetite for honor, dignity and vigor--free from the oppression and rule of external entities. Sons of Jabal Amel thus depicts the evolution and development of resistance in this region, ending with Hezbollah as the most recent and successful story to date. Release date: October 4, 2008
  20. Dr. Hewer explains both Shia and Sunni side in a non judgmental way. Very interesting. He has a website which contains articles that go with these videos: http://chrishewer.org/?page_id=312 Check pdf file for episodes 11 + 12 Part 1: http://ahlulbayt.tv/ondemand/episode/c617v6lz/What_Happened_After_Muhammad_Part_1_Ep11/ Part 2: http://ahlulbayt.tv/ondemand/episode/l382q3ob/What_Happened_After_Muhammad_Part_2_Ep12/ This is part of a larger lecture series which is ongoing : http://ahlulbayt.tv/ondemand/show/understandingislam/
  21. Assalamu alaikum. I have been looking for some e book on history of Lebanon in English which I can download for free. Besides, there are some books, e.g. 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Ora Cummings and Moshe Tlamim (May 12, 2009), Hizbullah's Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto by Joseph Alagha (Apr 15, 2011), Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah: Learning from Lebanon and Lebanon and Getting It Right in Gaza... by Benjamin S. Lambeth (Apr 28, 2011), From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman (Dec 11, 2012), Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon (Nation Books) by Robert Fisk (Oct 24, 2002), Lebanon: A History, 600-2011 (Studies in Middle Eastern History) by William Harris (Jul 11, 2012), Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel by Nicholas Blanford (Oct 25, 2011), Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Nicholas Noe, Ellen Khouri and Nicholas Blanford (Aug 17, 2007), Hezbollah by Hala Jaber (Apr 15, 1997), A History of Modern Lebanon by Fawwaz Traboulsi (Jan 20, 2007). Is there any way, may get some web link or torrent so that I can download them and study. I would also appreciate download link for similar kind of books. Would anyone please help me? Thanks in advance. May Allah help us all.
  22. Assalamu Alaykum, These are 29 episodes in which Shikh Mohamad Kanaan talks about the Imaams companions. His Arabic is almost flawless, great lectures. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL630291BBC5A2B5CC
  23. Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh. In 183 AH, Imam Musa died due to the poison, his funeral was carried on in disgraceful way at the beginning then the uncle of Haroun Alrashid intervened. From 183 to 200 AH were 17 years full of turbulence and uprisings, many of these were by Shia or Alawis. Imam Ridha was summoned to Khurasan in 200 and declared as the second man in the empire. I am going to go through this history quickly : 187 AH :The uprising of Shia of Yemen lead by Alhaytham b Abdulmajid Alhamadani 191 AH : The uprising of Khawarij in Basrah: lead by Tharwan b Sayf, he killed the Abbasid governor over Basrah back then. 192 AH : The uprising of Khurameyah in Azerbaijan, they believed in the Imamh of Abu Muslim Alkhurasani and his return? and that he did not die, they were Persian political religious movement. 194 AH : The uprising in Homs: (Christians?) They were not happy with the Abbasids, they rose up against the Amin (brother of Ma'moun and son of Haroun Alrashid) 195 AH : The rising of Sufyani in Damascus, his name was Ali b Abdullah b Khalid b Yazid b Mo'aweyah, he called himself Khalifah 198 AH : The uprising in Egypt, lead by AlHasan Alharsh, he called for Alridha from Aal Mohamad. 199 AH : The uprising in Aleppo, lead by Nasr b Shabth. He rose up in protest against the Abbasid because they favoured Ajam over Arab. 199 AH: The uprising in Kufah, lead by Ibn Taba Taba, Muhamad b Ibrahim b Ismail b Ibrahim b Alhasan b Alhasan b Ali b Abi Talib. He called for Alridha from Aal Mohamad. Abu Al Saraya lead the uprising after the sudden death of ibn tabataba. 200 AH : The uprising in Yemen, lead by Ibrahim b Musa b Ja'far(as). He rose up after he heard the news of the Talibyyin uprising in Iraq (abu assaraya and ibn tabataba). He went out from Makkah to Yemen. 200 AH: The uprising in Makkah, lead by Muhamad b Ja'far Al'alawi. Aljaloudi defeated him, he forced him to stand on Minbar and announce his bay'ah to Al-Ma'moun. Alsoudoq narrated that the Jaloudi did not only fought those Bani Hashim who rose up with Muhamad b Ja'far but he went to those who followed the command of imam Ridha and stayed indoors, he beaheded the men and wanted to take the gold of their women, Imam Ridha gathered all the women in one house and asked Jaloudi to not enter the house , rather, Imam Ridha would bring the gold himself to Jaloudi and that what happened. 200 AH : The Uprising in Basrah, lead by Zayd Alnar, Zayd b Musa b Ja'far. Brother of imam Ridha ( A year after the mass killing of Bani Talib In Madinah, Al-Ma'moun summoned Imam Ridha to Khurasan) 201 AH : The uprising in Baghdad, lead by Ibrahim b Almahdi. Bghdadis were angry at the Ma'moun because he appointed Ali b Musa Alridha and ordering the people to wear green like the Talibyyin. Among them was Aljaloudi AlJaloudi was brought to AL-Ma'moun after he won over the uprising in Baghdad, Imam Ridha asked Al-Ma'moun not to kill Aljaloudi despite what he did in Madinah, when Aljaloudi saw that Imam Ridha is telling Al-Ma'moun something about him, he asked Al-Ma'moun not to accept anything from Imam Ridha, Ma'moun said "as you wish" and he was beheaded.
  24. Assalamu-Alaykum wa Rahmatul-Allah wa Brakatuh I am wondering if any of you came across a biography for Almufadhal b.Amr. I am aware of the rijal books grading of the man, I am looking for more details about his life. shukran.
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