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The story of the six month old baby

The story of the six month old baby
Ashura came to the land of Karbala.One-by-one, Hussain (A.S)'s friends and companions were martyred.Aun & Muhammed, Qasim, Abbas and Ali Akbar went to the battlefield and were martyred.By noon time Hussain (A.S) was left alone.The time had come for Hussain (A.S) to go to the battlefield. Hussain (A.S) said good bye to everyone.Hussain (A.S), with his sword Zulfiqar on his waist, mounted Zuljanah, his horse.Hussain (A.S) rode his horse to a small ...

John, The freed slave

John, The freed slave
John was sent as a gift from Abuzar Ghifari, to the household of Hazrat Ali (A.S) and Bibi Fatima (S.A). In the company of Hazrat Ali (A.S) he learnt the commentary (tafseer) of the Quran and traditions of the Holy Prophet. He also knew the Holy Qur’an by heart. When Hazrat Ali (A.S) was martyred, John stayed with Imam Hassan (A.S) and after Imam Hassan's death he stayed on with Imam Hussein (A.S).John was blessed to be with the three Imams. ...

Zuhair’s tryst with Imam Hussain (A.S)

Zuhair’s tryst with Imam Hussain (A.S)
This meeting which proved to be the turning point in Zuhair’s life has been covered by Shaykh Abbas Qummi in ‘Nafasul Mahmoom’ page 180 as also by Tabari in his ‘Tarikh’ vol.  3 page 224.Abu Mikhnaf narrates from Sades b. Faraarah that an `Usmaani’ recounted to him thus:‘In one of our journeys with Zuhair b. Qain al-Bajali, we happened to coincide with Hussain b. Ali (A.S). Now, nothing was more repugnant for us than to assemble ...

Abdullah son of Al-Hassan (A.S)

Abdullah son of Al-Hassan (A.S)
The enemies of Allah waited for a short while then returned to Hussein (A.S) whom they surrounded as he sat on the ground unable to stand. Abdullah son of Imam Hassan (A.S), grandson of the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P), who was then eleven years old, looked and saw how his uncle was being surrounded by those people, so he came running towards him. Zaynab wanted to restrain him but he managed to evade her and to reach his uncle.Bahr ibn Kaab lowered his ...

Dua: Guidance from the Qur’an, the Hadith, and the Imams (A.S.)

Dua: Guidance from the Qur’an, the Hadith, and the Imams (A.S.)
Dua is an important part of our faith and belief. It is a higher form of worship that Allah loves. It is a means of keeping in touch with the Creator, and draws the supplicant closer to the Almighty. It causes increase in bounties and helps remove pain and suffering. There are many ways that people make Dua. This article presents information from the Qur’an, the Hadiths of the prophet, and from the teachings and Duas of the infallible Imams. ...

A Critique of Saqifa

A Critique of Saqifa
Muhammad ibn Ishaq, the biographer of the Prophet of Islam, writes in his Seera (Life of the Messenger of God): Umar said: “And lo, they (the Ansar) were trying to cut us off from our origin and wrest authority from us. When he (an Ansari) had finished (his speech), I wanted to speak, for I had prepared a speech in my mind which pleased me much. I wanted to produce it before Abu Bakr and I was trying to soften a certain asperity of his; but ...

Research Methods in Islamic Sciences

Research Methods in Islamic Sciences
Man’s curiosity is the origin of all human knowledge. Knowledge refers to bodies of facts and hypotheses that enables one to understand phenomena and to solve problems. Islam actively immensely encourages Muslims to seek knowledge. The Almighty Allah in almost every page of the holy Quran praises knowledge and invites people to seek and learn the truth. Seeking knowledge in Islam is an obligation upon every Muslim. Therefore, a mature Muslim ...

Ghadeer: The Day of Salvation of Mankind

Ghadeer: The Day of Salvation of Mankind
“O’ Messenger! Proclaim what has been revealed from your Lord, if you do not do it, then you have not discharged your mission, and Allah will protect you from the (evil of) people.” Holy Qur’an 5:67On 18th Zil-Hijja in 10 AH, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), while returning to Medina from his farewell Hajj pilgrimage and shortly after parting ways at Juhfa with pilgrims that had come from different directions of the Arabian Peninsula, was ...

Industrial Progress of the Muslims

Industrial Progress of the Muslims
The achievements of Muslims in the industrial field had not been less spectacular than those in the political and intellectual spheres. The Muslims during the Caliphate of Abbasids and Omayyads in Spain had developed their industries to such a high degree of perfection that their finished products were viewed with wonder at the imperial-courts of Europe. The watch presented by Harun-ar-Rashid to Charlemagne, emperor of France was regarded as an ...

The Duties of Muslims towards Others

The Duties of Muslims towards Others
These duties can be described as follows:The Duty of Muslims towards His ParentsParents are the means of the creation of a child and the imparters of his initial education and training; therefore, the holy religion of Islam has placed a great deal of emphasis on children's obeying to them and on their respect to an extent that the Almighty Allah has commanded the people to be kind and generous to their parents right after mentioning Tawhid (the ...

Factors Stabilizing Cultures throughout History

Factors Stabilizing Cultures throughout History
Some cultures or cultural elements certainly seem more stable than others. Various theories have been proposed accounting for their stability, and it is quite useful to study them. First, we should keep in mind that some cultures have not at all remained firm due to their elements being general human virtual facts -in fact, they should be regarded as man's virtual elements “as they are.”Studying these cultures may make their scholars and ...

Contemporary Problems of Christian Theology in Islamic Thought

Contemporary Problems of Christian Theology in Islamic Thought
Theology begins with the question of God. This is true for all the major theistic theological traditions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Typically, the theologian assumes that his readers believe in the faith he intends to systematize, defend, and elaborate. He assumes that they know who God is, and believe in Him. His task is to rationalize this faith, first by demonstrating God's existence.In modern Christian theology, however, one finds much ...

The Historical Occasion of the Triumphant Victory of Islam over Christianity

The Historical Occasion of the Triumphant Victory of Islam over Christianity
24th Zilhajj 10th Hijrah is celebrated as the Eid al-Mubahila. On this historical occasion, Islam emerged triumphantly against Christianity. The historical event of Mubahila also reveals the exalted status of the Ahlul Bayt [Family of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)].This milestone event in Islamic history since then has assumed the status of Eid in the history of Islam.In the early days of Islam, Najran was a large centre of people in Yemen who had ...

Islam, the Last Manifestation of Revelation

Islam, the Last Manifestation of Revelation
From the first, Islam has said that it is the last message, and Muslims have accepted this fact with wisdom and with love, and have realized that Islam is the last manifestation of revelation, prophet hood and the culmination o I the former pure religions.Also, all Muslims, on the basis of ayahs in the Qur'an and hadith, believe that the Prophet of Is lam (S.A.) is the last Messenger of Allah who was the recipient of human leadership.The great ...

Destiny and Beyond It

Destiny and Beyond It
Husain ibn 'Ali ibn Sadiq al BahraniA Believer’s Conviction is Incomplete without Certain Merits Be informed that you are expected to emulate the Sunnah of your Lord, the most Exalted, the most Great, then the Sunnah of your Prophet (‘s), then the Sunnah of your Imam. Imam al-Rida (‘a) is quoted on p. 241, Vol. 2 of Al-Kafi as having said, ‘A believer does not reach the degree of conviction (iman) until he has acquired three merits: He ...

Hazrat Ali Asghar: The Youngest Child of Imam Husain (A.S.)

Hazrat Ali Asghar: The Youngest Child of Imam Husain (A.S.)
Hazrat Ali Asghar was the youngest child of Imam Husain. He was born only a few weeks before Imam left Madinah. His mother's name was Rubaab daughter of Imra'u'l Qais who was the chief of the tribe of Kinda.Rubaab had two children, Sakina and Ali Asghar. She and her two children accompanied Imam to Karbala. The fact that Imam took with him a newly born baby further demonstrates that his intention was never to engage in any armed rebellion.At ...

Did Janab Abu Talib die a believer?

Did Janab Abu Talib die a believer?
By: Sayyid Rida' Husayni NasabReply: From the viewpoint of the Shi‘ah, Abu Talib, the son of ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the eminent father of the Commander of the Faithful ‘Ali (‘a) and the uncle of the Holy Prophet (S), is among the people who believed in the apostleship {risalah} of the Messenger of Allah (S), and among his helpers and confidants in time of tribulations and adversities during the early period of Islam.The family ...

Etiquette and Codes of Prayer

Etiquette and Codes of Prayer
In accordance with the faculty of reason and on the basis of Islamic traditions, prayer too has its etiquette and codes; some of them will be described here, but firstly it would be appropriate to describe the realities of prayer as follows: What is Prayer, and What it Ought to Be?The literary meanings of phrase prayer means requesting in a humble manner. A little pondering about this definition would reveal: Because the reality of prayer is ...

Meaning of Ismat

Meaning of Ismat
By: Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi‘Ismat’ literally means 'Protection ' In Shia terminology it means ‘A special Grace (Lutf) of Allah to a person which enables the said person to abstain from sins by his own free will.' Such a person is called 'Maasum.’This Lutf (grace) does not make the Maasum person incapable of committing sin. He refrains from sins and mistakes by his own power and will.Here is an example which will ...

The Tragedy of Kerbala - Part II - Imam Hussain's Martyrdom

The Tragedy of Kerbala - Part II - Imam Hussain's Martyrdom
Part IAl Husayn, the blessings of God be on him, set out from Mecca to Iraq on the day of Muslim's (attempted) rising in Kufa, that is the day of Tarwiya, after staying in Mecca for the rest of Shaban, the month of Ramadhan, Shawwal and Dhu al Qada and eight days of Dhu- al-Hijja in the year 60 A.H. (680). During his stay in Mecca, peace be on him, a number of Hijazis and Basrans had gathered around him, joining themselves to his household and ...