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Al-Ghadir and its Relevance to Islamic Unity - Part 4

Al-Ghadir and its Relevance to Islamic Unity - Part 4
Other Comments on "al-Ghadir"    Many unbiased non-Shi"a Muslims interpret the "al-Ghadir" in the same way that has already been mentioned. Muhammad Abdul-Ghani Hasan al-Mesri, in his foreword on "al-Ghadir", which has been published in the preface to volume I, second edition, states:    "I call on the Almighty to make your limpid brook (in Arabic,"Ghadir" means brook) the cause of peace and cordiality between the ...

Irresponsible Attitudes of the Companions

Irresponsible Attitudes of the Companions
Irresponsible Attitudes of the Companions Here the following question arises. Given the fact that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, proclaimed 'Ali to be his legatee (wasiyy) and successor (khalifah), emphatically designation him as the leader of the Muslims both at Ghadir Khumm and on other appropriate occasions, how did it happen that after the death of the Most Noble Messenger his Companions (sahabah) ignored God's ...

Rabi al-Awwal 8, the Day of Grief

Rabi al-Awwal 8, the Day of Grief
“Peace upon you, O the Representative of Allah, and the Son of Allah’s Representatives; and the Father of His Representative… Peace upon you, O he who speaks with the Book of Allah…”The above is a passage from the ziyarah or standard form of salutation to an Infallible Member of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWA) Household, at the news of whose martyrdom today in 260 AH (874 CE), according to contemporary accounts, ...

Arrival at Yathrib

Arrival at Yathrib
Arrival at Yathrib Upon the arrival of `Al¢ at Qub¡, the Holy Prophet headed for Yathrib with a group of Ban£’l-Najj¡r (his maternal uncles). On their way, he performed the first Friday Prayer at the resort of Ban£-S¡lim ibn `Awf. Upon their arrival at Yathrib, they were passionately welcomed by people. The heads and chiefs of the tribes took the rein of the Holy Prophet's palfrey and begged him to stay with them. He answered, “Let ...

The Arabian Peninsula;

The Arabian Peninsula;
Chapter OneThe Arabian Peninsula;its Geographical, Social and Cultural Status The Arabian Peninsula, located in the south-west of Asia, is the world's largest Peninsula. Extended from the north-west towards southeast, it resembles an irregular trapezoid[1] with an area of three million and two hundred thousand square kilometers[2]. The present Saudi Arabia covers nearly four-fifths of this Peninsula;[3] the rest, in accordance with the present ...

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 ...

"HISTORY OF THE SHRINE OF IMAM MUSA AL-KADHIM & IMAM MUHAMMAD AL-JAWAD "PEACE BE UPON THEM

  Anyone approaching Baghdad from the north or the west will be impressed by the sight of the four golden minarets at Kadhemayn, the Shrine of the Two Imams, Imam Musa al-Kadhim and Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad, peace be upon them. They are respectively the Seventh and the Ninth of the Twelve Imams, at whose tombs we are accustomed to seek healing and to invoke their intercession for the forgiveness of our sins and the fulfillment of our ...

Some Useful Sayings of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (S.A)

Some Useful Sayings of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (S.A)
1- Allah made the obedience of Muslims to us (Ahlul Bayt) as discipline for the Ummah, and our leadership as safety from differences.2- Praise and Eulogy is for Allah for the blessing and bounties which He has bestowed. And thanks to HIM upon what He revaluated (to His servants) And Praise is for HIM upon the common boons and blessings which He bestowed upon His servants without their request And upon the comprehensive and complete blessings ...

The Ark - The Story of Our Prophet Noah

The Ark - The Story of Our Prophet Noah
When we climb certain mountains and hills, we will find seashells on their tops and at the bottom. Thus, we understand that water covered these places at one time.People and mountain climbers see shells on heights in many parts of the world, such as Iraq, Iran, India, Egypt, Syria, China, America, etc.The archeologists found wooden tablets on the top of Ararat Mountain. The tablets date back to 25OO before the birth of our prophet Jesus Christ ...

The Great Martyrs of Karbala

The Great Martyrs of Karbala
Hujjat al-Islam Syed Zaki BaqueriWhat is raining? Blood.Who? The eyes.How? Day and night.Why? From grief.Grief for whom? Grief for the king of Karbala .-QaaniThis poem, in its marvelous style of question and answer, conveys much of the dramatic events and the feelings a pious Muslim experiences when thinking of the martyrdom of the Prophet's beloved grandson at the hands of the Umayyad troops."For this is the day the Lord God hosts a day of ...

KEEPING ONE'S DIGNITY

KEEPING ONE'S DIGNITY
KEEPING ONE'S DIGNITYMufazzal lbn Quais was a good and pious man. He was very poor. He had borrowed some money from friends. He could not repay them. Therefore he always remained worried. He wanted to find a way that he could be free from debts. Once he went to the great Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq. In the presence of the Imam he complained about his creditors and began telling a list of his problems. In the end he said he was poor. He did not ...

The Quraysh breach of truce

The Quraysh breach of truce
The Quraysh breach of truce After two years, the °udaybiyah Truce was broken by Quraysh. According to the fourth paragraph, any tribe was free to join either the Muslims or Quraysh. At that time, Khuz¡`ah made a treaty with Muslims and Ban£-Bakr allied with Quraysh.[1] In the eighth year of Hegira, Ban£-Bakr attacked Ban£-Khuz¡`ah at nighttime. In this confrontation Quraysh allied with Ban£-Bakr, killing a group of the soldiers of ...

Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah

Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah
Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah Imam al-Husayn chose Muslim ibn 'Aqil, son of his uncle and the husband of his sister Ruqayyah, to take back the reply to the letters of the people of Kufah.Muslim ibn 'Aqil together with his companions set off for Kufah and arrived there on the 5th Shawwal, 60 A.H. Muslim ibn 'Aqil stayed at the house of Mukhtar ibn Abi 'Ubaydah Thaqafi, better known as the house of Salim ibn ...

Hazrat Adam (A.S.)

Hazrat Adam (A.S.)
When the God, the Munificent (extremely liberal in giving, very generous) wished and created the earthly face and body of Adam a.s. and kindled the spirit in it and commanded the angels to prostrate before him in his respect. Iblis a specie of the Jin who by his extreme adoration to God was honoured the status, to worship God in the row of the archangels, He refused to prostrate the Adam a.s. He was the first who went against the wish of ...

In view of the fact that Prophet Jesus (AS) is alive, why does the Qur\'an use the term "mutawaffik" which means "I will cause you to die"?

In view of the fact that Prophet Jesus (AS) is alive, why does the Qur\'an use the term "mutawaffik" which means "I will cause you to die"?
he verse 54 of Surah Aal-e Imran says: "Behold! Allah said: "O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me..." According to this verse, Prophet Jesus is dead? If God takes His servant\'s soul, doesn\'t it mean that he is dead? You are saying that Jesus ...

The Prophet's Major proceedings in Medina

The Prophet's Major proceedings in Medina
The Construction of a Mosque Having settled in Yathrib,[1] the Holy Prophet deemed necessary to construct a mosque in order to provide Muslims with a center for religious education and a place for their congregation at Friday Prayers. For this reason, he purchased the ground on which the camel had sat on his first arrival and which belonged to the two orphans, from their guardian and constructed a mosque with the assistance of Muslims.[2] This ...

Khak E Shifa

Khak E Shifa
Khak E Shifa (The Earth of Karbala) There are several ahadith (traditions) in Tufatuz Za-ir, Safinatun Najat and Mafatihun Najat that the earth of Karbala (from the precinct of the resting place of Imam Husayn), known as khak shifa, cures every ailment save the deadly disease (by which death has been decreed). lmam Jafar bin Muhammad as Sadiq said: At the time of eating khak shifa [for picking and holding it see (ii) below] for curing a disease ...

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 ...

Battle of al-Ahzab (Tribes/ Khandaq/Ditch/ Moat/ Trench)

Battle of al-Ahzab (Tribes/ Khandaq/Ditch/ Moat/ Trench)
The Qureshite community had one important dream: The destruction of Mohammed and his religion. Pagan tribes outside Mecca were sharing with them the same dream. Like the Meccans, these tribes considered Mohammed a serious menace to their religion. This belief brought these tribes and the Muslims into military confrontations in which the Muslims had the upper hand. These tribes, therefore, were like the Meccan community full of resentment and ...

Shi'ah and Sunni Modernists

Shi'ah and Sunni Modernists
Shi'ah and Sunni Modernists Muhammad Hakimpur Modernism among the Shi'ah and Sunni thinkers and writers does no have a long history and its beginning goes back to the period of Sayyid Jamaluddin (1254 - 1314 H). This movement initially concerned itself with issues like the need for reviewing religious thought and providing an empiricist interpretation of the Qur'an and religious ideas, but gradually, its domain increased and the ...