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The Rise of the Qaim - paperback and ebook

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Salam - Thank you. Ordered my copy. Waiting for it to arrive.

As far as above notes on the cost of the books, nobody reads books that come for free. Knowledge needs to be "earned" and one way of earning it is, rather than going miles on foot and spending months with a teacher like old days, order a book from the comfort of your home with the money you have earned with hard work. No difference. Quit complaining! 

Thank you for writing a wonderful book. May you be with HIM.

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Salam

Masha'Allah brother.

I will order insha'Allah.

I dont know why people are suprised that book have price?

Many go at concerts,cinemas,sport events and pay a lot of money,and,when it came to Ahlu-l-Bayt(s) all is expensive.

I talk for myself too.If i could find ticket for tonight Juventus game,there is no price that would i consider as expensive.

So,why not pay for book about Imam Mahdi(a.j.t.f)?

Wa Salam

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On 12/3/2018 at 6:21 PM, Asghar Ali Karbalai said:

السَّلآمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ الله وبَرَكآتُه 

Respect brother @Qa'im

Hope you are fine إِنْ شَاء َ اللَّه 

Don't take it personal but I do not understand when knowledge gets sold/shared for money. 

Looking at the life of Mohammad(saww) o Aal(asws) e Mohammad(asws) I never see them doing so or any of their Believers(as) of those times.

I don't mean to offend you in anyway personally this post is in general as well.

Brother, it costs money to compile, publish  and ship a book. Besides is it haram that I want to spend my money on Islamic knowledge?

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سلام brother @Qa'im

Today, I received a papercopy of your book. Thank you! 

Two quick notes:

1. The text at the bottom of the cover page is a bit blurry. 

2. Do you think it's necessary to have "AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM" at the top the cover page? Most people who get a papercopy, or even the Kindle Version, do so from Amazon. So they know it's available there. :)

Thanks again for your fantastic work! 

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1 minute ago, SoRoUsH said:

2. Do you think it's necessary to have "AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM" at the top the cover page? Most people who get a papercopy, or even the Kindle Version, do so from Amazon. So they know it's available there. :)

Good point. I have it there in case someone sees you reading it, and want to get a copy of their own. It's also a way to prevent re-sellers from jacking up the prices and selling it elsewhere, etc.

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1 hour ago, Qa'im said:

Good point. I have it there in case someone sees you reading it, and want to get a copy of their own. It's also a way to prevent re-sellers from jacking up the prices and selling it elsewhere, etc.

I think most people know that if they want to get a book, they can do so at Amazon. 

Also, I think to prevent re-sellers, books put the price on the back coverpage and have an ISBN number. I'm not sure though. 

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37 minutes ago, SoRoUsH said:

Also, I think to prevent re-sellers, books put the price on the back coverpage and have an ISBN number. I'm not sure though. 

Resellers will still shamelessly hike up the price of a book, sometimes double or triple (or even more) it's real value when it comes to niche subjects. I usually buy a book on Prime if I'm buying it new for this reason. I've seen this even with books the price of which is written on the back (or books where the publishers catalogue will list out how much they're selling it for).

I think Robert Hoyland's Seeing Islam as Others Saw It was going for over a thousand dollars on Amazon, its real value is something like 130 dollars. They can and will hike up the price no matter what you do, whether writing the price on the cover, having the publisher put the price on their catalogue, or putting a sticker on of its price. I think Br. Qa'im took a reasonable precaution here.

Edited by Ibn Al-Ja'abi

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2 hours ago, Qa'im said:

The book is on sale for the rest of December. 50% off, so it is $17.50 until January 1st 2019.

This is marvelous news. Thank you, Brother. Some people can now afford to buy two books and share one with someone else. 

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On 12/3/2018 at 6:21 PM, Asghar Ali Karbalai said:

السَّلآمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ الله وبَرَكآتُه 

Respect brother @Qa'im

Hope you are fine إِنْ شَاء َ اللَّه 

Don't take it personal but I do not understand when knowledge gets sold/shared for money. 

Looking at the life of Mohammad(saww) o Aal(asws) e Mohammad(asws) I never see them doing so or any of their Believers(as) of those times.

I don't mean to offend you in anyway personally this post is in general as well.

No offense, but this is exactly the attitude that is preventing knowledgeable and skilled brothers and sisters from developing products and works that serve the Shia community. So someone who is a lawyer, doctor, accountant should get paid for work that they do but someone who is doing work that is explaining and educating brothers and sisters about Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) should not get paid ? Please think before you post such comments. Please and thank you. 

Writing books takes alot of time, effort, and energy. This work will be compensated in the next life (IA) but it also needs to be compensated in this world, otherwise you will have very, very, very few who have the luxury of having enough extra time, effort, and energy where they don't need any compensation for this. This is the situation now and the reason why there are very few of these works available in the English Language that are well written and thoroughly researched. 

I am going to order a paperback copy, IA. I like reading religious books on the printed page. 

Edited by Abu Hadi

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Another problem is that we don't want most of the literature on the Hidden Imam in English to be from secular academics. There are few works that offer a traditional perspective, like Jassim Hussain's book, but otherwise, most English-speaking intellectuals are forced to go to the works of Modarressi, Arjomand, Kohlberg, Sachedina, and others, who are very critical. (On a side note, this is why supporting initiatives like BLIIS is so important. It is an academic journal by Shi'as for Shi'as.)

My book is primarily a hadith work that offers little commentary (on purpose), but my intention is that it becomes a foundational text on the topic. Once we understand what is sahih and mutawatir about our Imam, we will be in a better position to judge other reports on him and on the End Times. We'll know which beliefs are sacrosanct, and which beliefs are more marginal, and which beliefs are dubious.

Alhamdulillah I have made most of my work publicly available and free (Ahl al-Bayt Daily, Imamiyya, and other initiatives), but some things need to be in print form, advertised, distributed, and (yes) profited from. I doubt I'll make a profit on this book, but this is just the way the market works these days. The Imams would teach at their house and in the mosques, and the students would bring them gifts and give them money, to a point where people questioned the wealth of Imam as-Sadiq. Most writers and even preachers still need a full-time job, and even if they make some money off of their books and lectures, it is, most of the time, not enough to live off of.

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11 hours ago, Abu Hadi said:

No offense, but this is exactly the attitude that is preventing knowledgeable and skilled brothers and sisters from developing products and works that serve the Shia community. So someone who is a lawyer, doctor, accountant should get paid for work that they do but someone who is doing work that is explaining and educating brothers and sisters about Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) should not get paid ? Please think before you post such comments. Please and thank you. 

Writing books takes alot of time, effort, and energy. This work will be compensated in the next life (IA) but it also needs to be compensated in this world, otherwise you will have very, very, very few who have the luxury of having enough extra time, effort, and energy where they don't need any compensation for this. This is the situation now and the reason why there are very few of these works available in the English Language that are well written and thoroughly researched. 

I am going to order a paperback copy, IA. I like reading religious books on the printed page. 

So you are saying that such work should be sold for money so that it encourages more people to write books and share information in exchange of money? 

Doctor lawyer are all worldly things, ilm is heavenly, why mix worldy things with a heavenly thing?

This work gets compensated in next life that is absolutely true so let us keep it that way.

Did Prophet(saww) ask for money or goods in return for his tableegh for his sharing of ilm or did Ahlul Bayt(asws) do so? Kindly refer to the ayah in Quran in which Allah tells Prophet(saww) to say that he do not ask anything for his tableegh except for the love of his aqrubah, that is the real ajar in return of Tableegh and ilm.

Should not we follow the samething?

Why sell knowledge for money?

Imam Ali(asws) says sharing knowledge increases knowledge

Show me one quote by Ahlul Bayt(asws) or an ayah stating what you are saying that for sharing knowledge of Islam, we should get compensated in this world too and that too with money?

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@Abu Hadi

I really hope that for once truly you think about what all I have said. With a neutral and open mindset.

As for @Qa'im brother he openly said that he is hardly getting anything for it.

People will become more hungry this way for money and with your concept they will just whatever and publish in the name of Islam which is already happening.

I am even against the 'hadiya' for Quran. For once, let us do something that does not involve our worldy desire i.e. money. Let us not be so materialistic and seek the ajar from Allah instead of craving for money or goods

I know one man cannot do this, help is definitely required.

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9 hours ago, Qa'im said:

Another problem is that we don't want most of the literature on the Hidden Imam in English to be from secular academics. There are few works that offer a traditional perspective, like Jassim Hussain's book, but otherwise, most English-speaking intellectuals are forced to go to the works of Modarressi, Arjomand, Kohlberg, Sachedina, and others, who are very critical. (On a side note, this is why supporting initiatives like BLIIS is so important. It is an academic journal by Shi'as for Shi'as.)

My book is primarily a hadith work that offers little commentary (on purpose), but my intention is that it becomes a foundational text on the topic. Once we understand what is sahih and mutawatir about our Imam, we will be in a better position to judge other reports on him and on the End Times. We'll know which beliefs are sacrosanct, and which beliefs are more marginal, and which beliefs are dubious.

Alhamdulillah I have made most of my work publicly available and free (Ahl al-Bayt Daily, Imamiyya, and other initiatives), but some things need to be in print form, advertised, distributed, and (yes) profited from. I doubt I'll make a profit on this book, but this is just the way the market works these days. The Imams would teach at their house and in the mosques, and the students would bring them gifts and give them money, to a point where people questioned the wealth of Imam as-Sadiq. Most writers and even preachers still need a full-time job, and even if they make some money off of their books and lectures, it is, most of the time, not enough to live off of.

Salam bro are you saying the works of Modarressi, Arjomand, Kohlberg, Sachedina have a bias against imami shias or have an ideological axe to grind ?

I completely agree with price even if it was worth $ 200 it's a small issue compared to the importance of this topic to imami shias as the knowledge here is probably worth going to 1000+ majalis 

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9 hours ago, Asghar Ali Karbalai said:

So you are saying that such work should be sold for money so that it encourages more people to write books and share information in exchange of money? 

Doctor lawyer are all worldly things, ilm is heavenly, why mix worldy things with a heavenly thing?

This work gets compensated in next life that is absolutely true so let us keep it that way.

Did Prophet(saww) ask for money or goods in return for his tableegh for his sharing of ilm or did Ahlul Bayt(asws) do so? Kindly refer to the ayah in Quran in which Allah tells Prophet(saww) to say that he do not ask anything for his tableegh except for the love of his aqrubah, that is the real ajar in return of Tableegh and ilm.

Should not we follow the samething?

Why sell knowledge for money?

Imam Ali(asws) says sharing knowledge increases knowledge

Show me one quote by Ahlul Bayt(asws) or an ayah stating what you are saying that for sharing knowledge of Islam, we should get compensated in this world too and that too with money?

I agree with the principle but You are forgetting imams had

1 stipend from govt 

2 share in spoils of war 1/5 

3 estates around Arabia 

4 khums from community

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