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What happened on the day of Ghadir Khumm?

What happened on the day of Ghadir Khumm?
O Messenger, Proclaim what has been sent down to you from your Lord; and if you don't do it, you have not delivered His Message (at all); and Allah will protect you from the people (Qur'an: Chapter 5, Verse 67) Did the Prophet (P.B.U.H) Appoint a Successor? The Shi'ah believe that the proclamation mentioned by the Qur'anic verse was fulfilled by the Prophet (P.B.U.H) when he appointed Imam 'Ali bin Abi Talib (A.S) as his successor on the day ...

Infallibility of the Holy Imams (A.S.)

Infallibility of the Holy Imams (A.S.)
Some people criticize the Shia for believing that the Imams of the honorable Prophet's family were infallible. THE ANSWER The Shia believe that the Imam, who has been appointed by Allah, must be infallible. Allah says: Surely, I will make you an Imam of men. Ibrahim said, 'and of my offspring?' My covenant does not include the unjust, said He. (2:124) And whoever goes beyond the limits of Allah, he indeed does injustice to his own soul. ...

Hadrat Salman and the Prophets

Hadrat Salman and the Prophets
There are astounding parallels between the life of Salman and the lives of three great prophets, viz., Abraham, Joseph son of Jacob, and Muhammed Mustafa the son of Abdullah, may Allah bless them all. Abraham defied his father who was an idolater; Salman defied his father who was a fire-worshipper; and Muhammed Mustafa defied the Quraysh of Makkah who were polytheists. The reason for this defiance by all three of them was the same, viz., their ...

Prophet Musa (A.S.) and Al-Khidr (AS) and the Holy Imam (A.S.)

Prophet Musa (A.S.) and Al-Khidr (AS) and the Holy Imam (A.S.)
Saif Tammar narrates that Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) said, “If I was with Prophet Musa and Al-Khidr (as), they would have accepted that I was better informed than they were. I would have brought to their knowledge certain things they were unaware of. They had knowledge of only the things past, and we know everything of past, present and future! This knowledge has come down to us from our Prophet as an inheritance.” Then the Imam said, ...

The Divine, Prophet and Imams' Rights in Islam

The Divine, Prophet and Imams' Rights in Islam
Rights vary from one to another according to values of favors. A friend has his own familiar rights that are a degree lower than these of the affectionate brother who joins the tie of relation to the tie of kindness. The right of the brother, in a like fashion, comes after that of parents, because of their superior favors to sons. Through such standard, we can realize the grand value of the divine rights that excel any other rights, because God ...

The Fundamentals of Shia'ism

The Fundamentals of Shia'ism
Before we deal with the roots and the articles of faith in detail, we may divide our study of the Shi'a religion according to five principles: 1. Knowledge of God. 2. Identification of His Prophet. 3. How to worship. 4. Doing good actions and refraining from bad ones. 5. Belief in ma'ad (the Day of Judgement), and punishment and reward. There are two parts to religion -theoretical and practical- or, more precisely, belief or faith in God and the ...

Historical Evidences of Hadrat Abu Talib's Firm Faith in Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)

Historical Evidences of Hadrat Abu Talib's Firm Faith in Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)
In that great highbred house and under the care of that merciful father, from whose high instructions and great school Abu Talib had graduated. He entered from the wide gate of life armed with the high principles of the great house and the glorious past of his fathers. Since heredity had important effect in forming the personality of man, as the psychologists said, so Abu Talib had made infinite use of this heredity. Abu Talib was a clear image ...

Hadrat Khadija (S.A.): Umm al-Momineen

Hadrat Khadija (S.A.): Umm al-Momineen
"By God, the Almighty did not grant me a better wife than her. She believed in me when the people used to mock at me and she acknowledged me when the people denied me. She shared her wealth and property with me and she bore me children which I was not destined to have through other women." (Sahih Bukhari) These are not the emotional words of any ordinary husband lamenting the loss of a wife. These are, in fact the words of the Last Divine ...

Who is Umm-ul-Baneen?

Who is Umm-ul-Baneen?
Umm-ul-Baneen is the glorious mother of al-’Abbas. Her name was Fatima, daughter of Hizam. Historians have referred to her name among names of eleven mothers each of whom were known for their glory, honor, and good reputation.1 Her father too was one of the most celebrated personalities of the Arabs, and was the chief of his people. Historians have also mentioned many names of this great lady’s ancestors that were well known for their ...

The Short Life History of Hazrat Abbas (A.S)

The Short Life History of Hazrat Abbas (A.S)
It was the fourth of Sha’ban in the year 26 AH. In the holy city of Medina, a man came running to the Prophet’s Mosque. He stood for a moment at the door looking among the worshippers for some particular person. He was excited and when he spotted the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (PBUH), he rushed towards him breathlessly, shouting I have good news for you.The man was none other than Qanbar the faithful servant of ...

The Uprising of Mukhtar

The Uprising of Mukhtar
Al-Mukhtar b. Yousif al-Thaqafi was among the Arab and Muslim brilliant figures in history. He was the Arab hero who could overcome the events and lead the greatest social revolt. He adopted political and social justice, and accomplished equal opportunities among the people, regardless of their nations and religions. We will briefly speak about his qualities and the achievements of his revolt. His Qualities As for the prominent qualities of ...

The Slave Zayd Ibin Harithah

The Slave Zayd Ibin Harithah
On the day of his marriage, The Holy Prophet Mohammad Al-Mustafa(pbuh&hf) had set free Barakah, the faithful slave he had inherited from his father; and on the same day the Lady Khadeejah(as) made him a gift of one of her own slaves, a youth of fifteen named Zayd. As to Barakah, they married her to a man of Yathrib to whom she bore a son, after whom she came to be known as Umm Ayman, the mother of Ayman. As to Zayd, he and some other youths had ...

Who was Ibn Saba?

Who was Ibn Saba?
The mercenary writers whose goal is to split the Muslims allege that a Yemenite Jew from Sana', Abdullah Ibn Saba (also called Ibn al-Sawda), adopted Islam during the reign of the third Caliph 'Uthman. They allege that Ibn Saba, through some doctrines that he spread among Muslims, was a big factor in causing the revolt against 'Uthman. The following are some of the doctrines attributed to Ibn Saba. (1). This alleged Jew invented the idea that ...

Who is Mukhtar Thaqafi?

Who is Mukhtar Thaqafi?
In his youth, spent in Medina after the death of his father. Mukhtar was known to be an Alid sympathiser. Yet, according to Tabari (2nd vol.,p.520) there is a story which depicts him as anti-Shiite, based on the advice he gave to his uncle, Sa'd bin Masud at the time when Hasan, the son of Ali bin Abu Talib, was carried wounded to the White Castle in Madain. The advice was that Hasan be handed over to Muawiya to win the latter's favour. His ...

How much do you know Allame Hilli?

How much do you know Allame Hilli?
History bears evidence that after Halaku Khan, the Mongol sovereigns embraced Islam and settled down in Iran and ruled there. The question is how the wild Mongol tribes had a sudden change of mind and accepted Islam—the Faith of Peace? It was Khawaja Naseer ud Deen Toosi who motivated them to convert to Islam. The great grandson of Halaku Khan, Sultan Khazan Khan, had inherited the territory of Iran in the year 702 H. It so happened that one ...

Harun al-Rashid

Harun al-Rashid
Imam al-Rida, peace be on him, was a contemporary of three 'Abbasid kings: Al-Rashïd, al-Amïn, and al-Ma'mun. In the time of al-Rashïd, the Imam's soul was full of deep sadness and bitter sorrow, for Harun al-Rashïd took severe measures against the 'Alawides in general and against his (the Ima`m's) father, Ima`m al-Kazim, peace be on him. He is the most famous 'Abba`sid king; his name is widespread; his reputation is widely known in the east ...

The Defeat of the Tawwabin

The Defeat of the Tawwabin
Before Sulaymen b. Surad left, Yazid b. al‑Harith b. Yazid b. Ru'aym, one of the Kufan tribal leaders reported the Shi'a activities of both Sulayman b. Surad and al‑Mukhtar to the governor'Abd Allah b. Yazid. He pointed out that al‑Mukhtar did not want to revolt yet, but that Sulayman b. Surad would revolt very soon. He suggested firm action against him. 'Abd Allah b. Yazid preached in the mosque against revolt and said that he would not ...

Ashura, the 10th of Muharram

Ashura, the 10th of Muharram
In the Name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful The Religion of Islam was presented to the world and human society Forthrightly; no problem, or issue, which was necessary for of society in order to prosper, was left unsolved by the time the Prophet passed away. All issues were made clear to people whether outspokenly, or contained within the folds of decrees that were enunciated. One of the issues of significance which the Prophet ...

The Baqi Tragedy (In Holy Madina)

The Baqi Tragedy (In Holy Madina)
As we approach the 86th anniversary of the tragic occasion of the demolition of the holy graves of Baqi in Medina (which took place on the 8th of Shawwal in the year 1345 AH), we are greatly saddened at the injustice. That holy piece of land is the burial place of great personalities without whom the history of Islam is incomplete. It is the burial place of four of our great infallible Imams: Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba, Imam Ali Zainul Abideen, Imam ...

Prophet Hazrat Lut (A.S.)

Prophet Hazrat Lut (A.S.)
Translated by Fatima Zabeth Beenesh from the Farsi book "Tarikh i-Anbiya az Adam ta Khatam" by Husain Imadzadeh 3422 years after Habuth (descent of Adam a.s from Heaven) The story of Lut a.s(Lot) was mentioned in the following chapters of Quran 1- Surat Al-'An`a-m (The Cattle) - سورة الأنعام,2- Surat Al-'A`ra-f (The Heights) -سورة الأعراف, 3- Surat Hu-d (Hud) - سورة هود,4- Surat Al-H^ijr (The Rocky Tract) - سورة ...