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History of Islam

The Dispute between Aishah and Ibn Umar

The Dispute between Aishah and Ibn Umar
Abu Jarih is reported to have said: I heard ‘Atà’ informing and said: ‘Urwah ibn al-Zubayr told me, saying: I and Ibn ‘Umar were leaning onto ‘A’ishah’s room, hearing the sound of brushing her teeth with the toothbrush. He says: I said: O ‘Abd al-Rahmàn, did the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him and his Household) perform the ‘umrah in Rajab? He replied: ...

Marifat (recognition)

Marifat (recognition)
From our writing you can ascertain the importance of the value of love, but one can only love that which he recognizes. This recognition is called marifat.Description of Marifat (recognition)The description of marifat is to recognize one with those attributes which are only associated to him and not with any other. W e will make you understand by this example. Suppose two people are standing. Both are wearing black dress. One is wearing white c ...

Hadith Unwan al-Basri (حدیث عنوان البصری)

Hadith Unwan al-Basri (حدیث عنوان البصری)
حدیث عنوان البصریIn the Name of AllahInstruction of Imam Sadiq (as) for the wayfarers towards AllahSource Bihar Al-Anwar, vol.1 p.226Al-Sheikhul Baha’i (may the mercy of Allah be upon him) has narrated in his Kashkul    روى الشيخ البهائي (رحمه الله) في كشكولهAl-Sheikh Shamsul Din Muhammad ibn Makki said ‘I have transcribed from the writings of Sheikh Ahmad al-Farahani, (may ...

The Avoidance of Oppression

The Avoidance of Oppression
 In the opinion of the Imams, one of the worst sins among men is enmity and iniquity between themselves. Just as it is said in the Qur'an;Deem not that Allah is heedless of what the iniquitous do; He is only deferring them to a day when eyes shall stare. (14;42)Likewise, 'Ali, Amir al-Mu'minin (A.S) had a strong aversion to iniquity, and he told the truth when he said:I swear by Allah that if all the continents of the earth and all that is ...

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 ...

The Environments of the Event of Fadak

The Environments of the Event of Fadak
That was the veracious Fatima, the daughter of the prophet, the delight of his eye,the example of infallibility, the radiant halo and the remainder of the prophet among the muslims, on her way to the mosque .She lost the father, who was the best at all in the history of mankind , the most sympathetic, the most compassionate and most blessed.This was a calamity that could make the one efflicted with, taste the betterness of dying and find dying ...

The Location of Fadak

The Location of Fadak
Fadak was a village in Hijaz. Between fadak and Medina there was a distance of two days.It was a jewish land in the begining of its history.1 It was inhabited by some Jews untill the seventh year of hijra when Allah cast terror into their hearts and they made peace with the prophet by giving him a half of Fadak.Also it was mentioned that they gave him the entire Fadak.2____________1- Mu'jamul Buldan by Yaqout al-Hamawi,vol.4 p.238-239.2- Refer ...

Fadak in its First Stages

Fadak in its First Stages
The islamic history of Fadak started from that when it became a property of the prophet (S) because it was not possessed by war.1 Then the prophet donated it to Fatima.2 It remained in Fatima's possession untill her father died.3 Then the first caliph (Abu Bakr) snatched it from her according to the author of as-Sawa'iqul Muhriqa and became as part of the general finance and source of the state income.When Omar became the caliph, he gave fadak ...

Fadak during the Rules of Imam Ali (as)

Fadak during the Rules of Imam Ali (as)
Some of those,who defended Abu Bakr concerning the matter of Fadak,mentioned that Imam Ali did not recorver Fadak and he left it for the Muslims following the same way of Abu Bakr, so if Imam Ali knew that Fatima's allegation (of Fadak) was true, he would not do that!I do not want to wide-open,in this answer, the door of taqiyya1 and to try to find an excuse for Imam Ali's doing,but I never believe that Imam Ali had followed the way of Abu ...

Fadak during the Abbasid Reign

Fadak during the Abbasid Reign
Abul Abbas as-Saffah,the first Abbasid caliph,gave Fadak back to Abdullh bin al-Hassan bin al-Hussayn bin Ali bin Abu Talib.Then Abu Ja'far al-Mansour seized it during his reign from al-Hassan's family.Al-Mahd bin al-Mansour gave it back again to the Fatimites, whereas Musa bin al-Mahdi seized it again from them.1It remained in the Abbasid 'hands until al-Ma'moon came to the caliphate in 210 AH and gave it back to the Fatimites.He wrote tohis ...

Inheriting from the Prophets

Inheriting from the Prophets
The Sixth Spurious Argument:INHERITING FROM THE PROPHETSThe Shias are suspected of believing that the prophets bequeath what they possess to their inheritors like the rest of Muslims and they believe that the tradition which was narrated by Abu Bakr, when he said, "We, the prophets, do not bequeath. What we have left is to be considered as charity" is untrue.THE ANSWERThe Shias believe that the Prophets may bequeath what they possess to their ...

Further Evidence of the Significance of the Tradition of al-Ghadir

Further Evidence of the Significance of the Tradition of al-Ghadir
The First Evidence:The Prophet Muhammad (s) asked the people before appointing Imam Ali as guardian by saying, "Am I not worthier of your selves than you are?" Then he said: "Of whomsoever I had been guardian, Ali here is to be his guardian."The Prophet, in getting them to confess that he (s) is worthier of themselves than they are, before he said, 'Of whomsoever I had been guardian, Ali here is to be his guardian,' clarifies one of two things: ...

Scope of the role of the state

Scope of the role of the state
To understand the scope of the role the Islamic leadership should play in the economy and how much regulation or control should it exercise, we look to Imam Ali (a)'s statement addressing his governor, as the head of state: "You must never forget that just as you are their ruler, your Imam and Vali e Amr is your superior and God is Supreme Lord of your Imam and Vali e Amr. God has trusted you with the administration of their affairs in order ...

Recognizing Jesus (pbuh)

Recognizing Jesus (pbuh)
People are curious about how Jesus (pbuh) will be recognized on his second coming and what features will reveal his true identity. As a person of superior knowledge, intellect, body, and virtue, he will have an expression of Prophethood on his face. His strong fear and respect of God and deep faith will enlighten his face. This enlightenment on his face will be so revealing that people who encounter him will know that they are dealing with a ...

Awaiting Jesus (pbuh)

Awaiting Jesus (pbuh)
For us Muslims, Jesus' (pbuh) second coming is of utmost importance. Born as a miracle of God, he invited the Israelites to the righteous path, performed many miracles in their presence, and is the Messiah and God's word (Qur'an, 4:171). When he returns, the differences between Christians and Muslims, who actually share the same values and have the same belief in God, will be resolved. According to the Qur'an, Christians are the closest to ...

Theoretical Gnosis

Theoretical Gnosis
We now come to the theoretical aspect of gnosis. The theoretical gnosis deals with the nature of the universe and discusses man, God and the world. As such this part of gnosis has a close resemblance to theosophy, for both of them interpret the nature of the universe. Just as philosophy has its own problems and principles, similarly mysticism also has its own problems and principles. The difference between the two is that philosophy bases its ...

Misconceptions about Nahj al Balaghah

Misconceptions about Nahj al Balaghah
No scholar of Sunni or Shi'a profession has questioned the genuineness and authenticity of Nahj al-balagha for more than two centuries. The first person to raise doubts about its attribution to Amir al-Mu'minin was Ibn Khallikan (d. 681/1282), who, without referring to any author or source,made the following remarks about the authorship of Nahj al-balaghah: People have different opinions about the compiler of Nahj al- balaghah, a collection of ...

Why Ashura most certainly belongs to all Muslims?

Why Ashura most certainly belongs to all Muslims?
Why Ashura most certainly belongs to all Muslims?Imam Reza (A.S.) NetworkFor these events are of the utmost importance for all Muslims today. Culminating in the murder and beheading of the grandson of the Holy Prophet (S) and his companions, these tragic events remain even more tragically misunderstood and unappreciated by many Muslims.Some Muslims tend to imagine that these events only ‘belong’ to them. Others often fail to see the ...

The Objectives of Hajj

The Objectives of Hajj
The Objectives of HajjIn Quran it says:"And pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men for the sake of Allah, (upon) every one who is able to undertake the journey to it." (Qur'an, 3:97)Hajj to get Closer to Allah (S.W.T)Hajj is an act of worship which the Almighty God has made an obligation for all those who have the capability of performing it. In the course of a lifetime, hajj is necessary for those who are capable of performing it. Since ...

The Significance of Ghadir

The Significance of Ghadir
The Significance of GhadirBy: Seyyed Ali ShahbazThis day I have perfected for you, your religion, and have completed My favor on you and chosen for Islam as the religion (Holy Qur’an 5: 3)What was that day on which God revealed this verse to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)? It was the 18th of Zilhijja in the year 10 AH on the plain of Ghadir-Khum when the Almighty’s last Messenger to mankind while returning from his farewell Hajj pilgrimage, ...