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Wednesday 24th of January 2018
Kalam and Beliefs

Our Belief in Pilgrimage (ziyarah) to the Holy Shrines

Our Belief in Pilgrimage (ziyarah) to the Holy Shrines
One of the practices which distinguish the Shi'a from all other Islamic sects is the attention paid to pilgrimage to the Holy Shrines, such as those of the Prophet (A S) and the Imams (A S) and the building of magnificent domes and buildings over their tombs by good will and faith.All of these things are done through the recommendations of the Imams. for they were continually persuading and encouraging their followers to make pilgrimages so as ...

The Doctrine Concerning du'a'

The Doctrine Concerning du'a'
The Prophet said:Du'a' is a weapon for the believer, a pillar of din, ad a light of the heaven and the earth.and here is the truth. It became one of the peculiarities of the Shi'a by which they are distinguished. They have written many books mentioning its importance, and the correct way of performing these supplications, and from these ad'iyah (pl. of du'a) which have been transmitted form the Household, hundreds of books, large and small, have ...

Doctrine of the Attributes of the Prophet

Doctrine of the Attributes of the Prophet
Just as we believe in a prophet's infallibility, so also we believe that he must be endowed with the most perfect attributes -bravery (ash-shaja'ah), diplomacy (as-siyasah), sagacity (at-tadbir), patience (as-sabr), intelligence (al-fitnah), and quick-wittedness (adh-dhaka'), so that there is no-one who excels him in such qualities. Otherwise, it is not fit that he should lead people and administer the affairs of the whole world. He must be of ...

Doctrine of the Lawgiver of Islam

Doctrine of the Lawgiver of Islam
We believe that the message of Islam is contained in the person of Muhammad ibn Abdillah (A S) and that he is the last prophet, the Seal of the Prophets, the Chief among messengers, and the best of them, just as he is at the apex of all humanity, and none can compare with him in excellence and grace, generosity and intellect, and no-one can approach him his virtuousness. Verily he has a lofty moral behaviour, and no-one will be like him up to ...

Belief in the Qur'an

Belief in the Qur'an
We believe that the Qur'an was Divinely inspired, and revealed by Allah on the tongue of His honorable Prophet, making clear everything, an everlasting miracle. Man is unable to write anything like it because of its eloquence, clarity, truth and knowledge, and no alteration can be made to it. The Qur'an we have now is exactly what was sent to the Prophet, and anyone who claims otherwise is either an evil-doer, a mere sophist or else a person in ...

Doctrine of the Attributes of the Imam and knowledge of the Imam

Doctrine of the Attributes of the Imam and knowledge of the Imam
Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"We believe that the Imam, like the prophet, must be the best among mankind, and that he must excell in all human qualities, such as bravery, generosity, chasteness, truthfulness, justice, prudence, reason, wisdom and morality. The reason for this is the same as that which we gave for the prophet's superiority. He derives his education, the Divine ...

Doctrine of Obedience to the Imams

Doctrine of Obedience to the Imams
Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"We believe that the Imams have authority, and that Allah has ordered people to obey them. They are witnesses for mankind, doors opening the way of Allah, guides to Him, guarding of His knowledge, interpreters of His revelation, pillars of His Unity, and custodians of His Wisdom. They are the cause of peace among the inhabitants of the earth, just as the ...

Our Belief in the Imams

Our Belief in the Imams
Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"We do not exaggerate about the Imams as some sects have done;A monstrous word it is, issuing from mouths. (18:5)but we believe that they are human beings like ourselves, i.e that if they do good they are rewarded and if they commit sin they are punished. Indeed, they are honoured servants and Allah has given them great dignity and authority, for they have ...

The possibility of canceling the signs of the reappearance

The possibility of canceling the signs of the reappearance
The foretold future events before the reappearance of Imam al-Mahdi (PBUH) were the information that Allah willed their occurrence and were in effect at the time that the Imams (PBUT) spoke about them.In other words, with their vision of the knowledge of what will happen in future, the Imams (PBUT) foretold some of the signs that Allah had willed and intended at that time. However, Allah has not promised the occurrence of the planned signs,and ...

The Badaa and its significance

The Badaa and its significance
There are many pieces of evidence in the Quran and the traditions expressing that Allah may change what He has already willed and He may initiate a new will. However, as we discussed earlier, there is an exception for His Sunan and His promises that He has chosen not to change at all.The will of Allah is the creation of Allah. Thus, this change only occurs in the created information and does not imply any change in His Eternal Knowledge (i.e., ...

The sudden nature of the advent of al-Qa'im (pbuh)

The sudden nature of the advent of al-Qa'im (pbuh)
The Shia and the Sunni traditionists have narrated many traditions, which state that the advent of Imam al-Mahdi (PBUH) will be rectified by Allah within just one night. In other words, the time of the Imam's reappearance is very unpredictable and depends on Allah's sudden choice of action, and his advent will take place miraculously.The Sunnis have narrated from Muhammad Ibn Hanafiyya (RA) and Imam Ali (PBUH) that the Holy Prophet (PBUH&HF) ...

How can we become a person expecting al-Qa'im (PBUH) ?

How can we become a person expecting al-Qa'im (PBUH) ?
By the presented discussions in the previous part, it is now clear that of the major reasons for the occultation have been insincerity in our claims and our refusal to submit to the sayings of Ahl al-Bait (PBUT). Allah, the most merciful, has assigned for us a leader who is ready to relieve us, but we have turned away from his commands and the commands of his ancestors.This has caused the wrath of Allah in the form of occultation. Our only ...

Learning and acting upon the words of the Imam (pbuh)

Learning and acting upon the words of the Imam (pbuh)
Those living in expectation should learn and submit to the instructions of Ahl al-Bait (PBUT) and act upon their commands, which are available to us in the form of Hadith. This can only be achieved if we study the traditions of Ahl al- Bait (PBUT) on a regular basis and submit to their words. Abu Hamza al- Thumali narrated:Imam al-Sajjad (PBUH) said, "Surely, the religion of Allah shall not be intercepted by the deficient intellects, false ...

Educating others about the religion

Educating others about the religion
As persons living in constant expectation, we should also teach what we know from Ahl al-Bait (PBUT) to other qualified individuals, narrate their traditions to people who are willing to hear us, and transfer what has been conveyed to us from their knowledge:Imam al-Ridha (PBUH) said, "May Allah bless he who revives our matter/kingdom." He was asked, "How is your matter revived?" The Imam (PBUH) replied, "To learn our knowledge and to teach them ...

The significance and the purpose of specifying the signs

The significance and the purpose of specifying the signs
Specifying the signs before the time of reappearance has its own advantages and benefits both before and after the occurrence of the signs. As we mentioned, some of the foretold events are related to the hardship of people before the reappearance of the Imam (PBUH) and warn people about the situations that they may face if disappearance is prolonged.These prophecies urge the believers to turn to Allah and supplicate to Him with the hope that He ...

True recognition of the Imam (pbuh)

True recognition of the Imam (pbuh)
As the first step, we should strive to have a true recognition (Ma'rifat) of the Imam al-Mahdi (PBUH) with all his exclusive rights. This is one of the most important conditions for those expecting him, and is their prime duty. True recognition of the Imam (PBUH) is not just to know his name and his lineage.At the most primary level, recognition means acknowledgement of his rights and authorities, while at an advanced level it is acknowledgement ...

Seeing Allah

Seeing Allah
The First Spurious Argument:Some people spuriously criticize the Shia for saying that it is impossible to see Allah whether in this world or in the Afterlife, and they quote some prophetic traditions saying that Allah can be seen in the Afterlife.THE ANSWERAllah says:Vision comprehends Him not, and He comprehends all vision; and He is the Knower of Subtleties, the Aware. (6:103)He, the Almighty, also says-addressing the Prophet Moses (a):You ...

Visiting the Shrines of the Prophets, Imams and Saints

Visiting the Shrines of the Prophets, Imams and Saints
The Third Spurious Argument:VISITING THE SHRVINES OF THE PROPHETS, IMAMS AND SAINTSSome people accuse the Shias of believing that it is permissible to visit the shrines of the Prophets, Imams and saints, building them, to seek blessings through them, to pray and make supplications around them whereas it is prohibited to consider tombs as mosques or to build mosques upon tombs.THE ANSWERThere is no prohibition on visiting tombs in any of the ...

Proving the Legitimace of Visiting the Prophet's Shrine

Proving the Legitimace of Visiting the Prophet's Shrine
There are four evidences showing the legitimacy and the merits of visiting the tomb of the Prophet (s), as it is recorded in the book titled Kashf ul-Irtiyab p. 362-372:The First Evidence:The first evidence is found in the Holy Qur'an. Allah says,"And had they, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Apostle had (also) asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-Returning (to ...

Jesus' (pbuh) Return in the Hadith

Jesus' (pbuh) Return in the Hadith
The signs of the End Times as described in the hadiths of Prophet Mohammed (may God bless him and grant him peace) are very similar to those described in the Bible. Our Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) also related in detail the circumstances and condition of the world in this time, and revealed that Jesus (pbuh) would be sent back to Earth during that period. Some of these signs are given below:When anarchy prevails throughout ...