Events Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:08:16 +0000 en-gb Martyrdom of Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA)

Today is the 13 of the month of Jamadi al-Awwal, the on which, according to some narrations, the noblest lady of all times, left the mortal world in the prime of her youth. She was martyred, while defending the dignity of women in Islam, their right to own and inherit, and their right to protest against social injustice. As a matter of fact, she attained martyrdom in defence of her husband, whose divinely-decreed right of political leadership had been usurped by a clique of incompetent persons who had hijacked the caliphate and were misleading the Muslim Ummah. She was none other than Fatema az-Zahra (peace upon her), the Immaculate Daughter of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger to mankind, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). Please stay with us for a special feature in this regard.


Born in Mecca to the Impeccable Lady, Hazrat Khadija (peace upon her), within a year after her father’s Me’raj or Ascension to the highest point in the heaven and back to Planet Earth within a matter of few moments and his eating of the blessed apple of paradise during the celestial journey, she was named Fatema, which means her devout followers are immune from the fire of hell. While still a child of less than 8 years, she lost her mother to the cold hands of death as well as her mother’s vast material wealth that was spent for the feeding, clothing, sheltering, and protection of the neo Muslim community that was under persecution of the pagan Arabs. Nonetheless, despite her tender years, she so diligently took care of her persecuted father to the extent that she became known as Omm-e Abiha or Mother of her Own Father. Soon upon migration from Mecca to Medina, her hand was sought by many a wealthy and politically influential neo Muslim Arab, but her father turned down all proposals, saying the commandment should come from God for the marriage of the Prophet’s Daughter. It did when her father’s young and virtuous cousin, the First and Foremost Muslim, Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), became the suitor and received the affirmative reply as the Archangel Gabriel informed the Prophet that the nuptials of these two blessed souls were sealed in heaven by God Almighty Himself. The fruits of this union were two infallible sons and two immaculate daughters who would rise to the defence of Islam whenever the creed of God came under threat from the hypocrites – the former Arab pagans who now masqueraded as Muslims to seize the political power of the Islamic realm. No wonder, the Prophet used to rise to his feet whenever his daughter entered his presence, and seat her in his place, saying he smelled the fragrance of heaven. To confirm her pristine purity and that of her immediately family, God Almighty revealed ayah 33 of Surah Ahzaab when the Prophet once entered her house and assembled under his blessed cloak her sons, Hasan and Husain, her husband, Ali, and herself, while Gabriel descended with the divine words:

“Indeed Allah desires to keep away all uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt and preserve you thoroughly purified.”

Despite her lofty merits, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) used to personally do all household chores. After marriage and a very simple dowry given by her father consisting of basic amenities, the couple shared the blessings of a blissful life. The husband was responsible for all outside work while the wife took care of household affairs. They made an excellent husband and wife pair. As the supreme symbol of feminine virtues, she displayed the highest ethical traits in marital life in view of the hadith: A woman’s jihad [striving in the way of Allah] is to behave excellently with her husband.”  

She also enjoyed very cordial relations with her mother-in-law Fatema bint Asad, the lady who had brought up her father the Prophet as her own son and to whose care the Prophet had entrusted her on her mother’s death. Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her) never allowed her mother-in-law to trouble herself with household chores and left to her the social relations for keeping the necessary contact with family members and friends. In 7 AH when the Prophet provided her with the virtuous Abyssinian maid, Fizza, she divided the work equally, by giving rest to her maid a whole day after a day’s work and discharging the duties that day herself. These are the qualities that make Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her), the Pride of the Virgin Mary, and the model par-excellence for all virtuous women to mould their life upon. Since it is God Almighty Who sends Prophets and appoints Imams and keeps them immune from faults and shortcomings in order to be perfect guides for the human race, it would have been against the fundamental principle of “Adl” or Divine Justice to leave womankind in the dark and to the whims of men, without designating the most virtuous role model for ladies to mould their life upon. It thus becomes clear that the Greatest Lady of all time, the Prophet’s infallible daughter Hazrat Fatema az-Zahra (peace upon her), was the divinely-decreed guide for women of all time by her perfect demonstration of the greatness of Islam and the practical meaning of piety, virtue and feminine rights

The Mohaddessa, as she is also known because of the fact that angels used to speak with her, Hazrat Fatema (peace upon her), barely 75 days after the passing away of the Prophet, was martyred following miscarriage as a result of being pinned between the wall and the door of her house that was flung open in her face, without any respect for her status, by an unruly group of her father’s companions intending to force her husband to swear allegiance to their political rule. The Most Truthful Lady who was unsullied from all worldly impurities, died in defence of the right of the One and Only Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), after delivering a memorable sermon in flawless Arabic on the Fundamentals of Islam, and on the governance of the Islamic society on the basis of the holy Qur’an and the precedents of the Prophet. She warned the self-style caliph and his companions of divine punishment for their unjustified actions. She told them:

"Now hang firmly to this cheap dromedary of caliphate of yours and release it not. But beware; the hump of this camel is injured while there are blisters and holes in its feet. It carries the scars of ignominy and the sign of the wrath of Allah. Eternal shame is attached to it."

In this way, the Prophet’s daughter entrusted to God her complaint against their injustice. She was laid to rest, as per her will, in the dead of night at a secret spot. This sacred place is believed to be either in her own house or in the Jannat al-Baqie’ Cemetery. A third account says her site of eternal repose is between the tomb of the Prophet and his pulpit in what is now Masjid an-Nabi. Alas her tormentors had even disregarded the Prophet’s famous saying: “Fatema is part of me; whoever displeases her has displeased me and whoever displeases me has [in fact] displeased Allah the Glorious).”


Events Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:12:13 +0000
Sage by connation

Congratulations to you all on a very auspicious day that is celebrated in the Islamic Republic of Iran as “Nurse Day” in honour of a very great lady who nursed back to life the tree of Islam. Today the 5th of the Islamic month of Jamadi al-Awwal is the day when this noble lady graced the world in the house of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). She was none other than a special feature on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Prophet’s granddaughter, the Heroine of Karbala, Hazrat Zainab (SA). Here is a special feature on glimpses of the life and time of the daughter of Imam Ali and Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA).


 “Knowledge guards you while you have to guard wealth. Wealth decreases by spending while knowledge increases by spending.”

What you heard were the immortal words of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS), the divinely-designated vicegerent of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). This excellent piece of advice which beautifully outlines the indispensable nature of knowledge as more worthy than wealth, is mentioned in the famous book Nahj al-Balagha. It was given to Kumail ibn Ziyad, the recipient of the famous supplication “Du’a Kumayl” by the person whom the Prophet of Islam had hailed as “Gateway of the City of Knowledge.”

The Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt are knowledge personified. They are repositories of God-given knowledge. The Noblest Lady of all times, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) was the embodiment of celestial knowledge, and so were the Infallible Imams of her progeny. Today, the 5th of Jamadi al-Awwal affords us the opportunity to dwell on another Immaculate Personage of this Blessed Household who was personification of a higher realm of knowledge that is not acquired through books or taught by teachers. It is the birth anniversary of a lady, who was hailed as the Unschooled Scholar.

In Karbala during and history’s most heartrending tragedy her role as the Saviour of Islam came to the fore. She carried the mission of her martyred brother to the enemy’s camp, in order to make Islam triumphant.

Although, Hazrat Zainab (SA), was not among the 14 ma’soumeen or Infallibles, in the strict sense of the word, the granddaughter of the Prophet had reached such a higher status of cognition of God that she was immune from any ignorance and fallibility, as is borne out by her dynamic characteristics.

In terms of all excellent merits including possessing knowledge with certitude, she was considered next only to her Impeccable Mother, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA). It is actually one’s own ignorance to raise such an issue in view of the fact that no less a personality than her nephew Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS) says about her: “You are by the grace of God, a scholar unschooled by anyone and a sage by connation.”   

The 4th Imam, in praise of her eloquent sermons in Kufa and Damascus when the noble prisoners were brought before the Omayyad rulers, said the realities and finer points of God-given intelligence and knowledge that his aunt demonstrated is not easy to grasp by even the most erudite scholars.

Born in 6 AH in Medina, she was named by the Prophet as “Zainab” on “Adornment of her Father” on God’s command conveyed through Archangel Gabriel. On her birth, her grandfather foretold his daughter and son-in-law about the great sufferings the newborn would endure in order to nurse back to life the sapling of Islam. Her flawless genealogy is crystal clear to all. Her parents need no introduction. If the Prophet of Islam was her maternal grandfather, her paternal grandfather was that protector of infant Islam, the Prophet’s beloved uncle and guardian, Hazrat Abu Taleb (AS).

If her maternal grandmother was Hazrat Khadija, the Omm al-Momineen or Mother of all true Believers who as the richest lady of Arabia had spent all her fabulous wealth for Islam, her paternal grandmother was Fatema bint Asad, the lady who had brought up the orphaned Prophet as her own son.     

The merits of Hazrat Zainab (peace upon her), who gave her two youthful sons Aun and Mohammad as sacrifices for the cause of Islam at Karbala, do not end here, in view of the fact that her brothers are the Leaders of the Youths of Paradise, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them). She was married to her first cousin Abdullah, who was brought up by the Prophet following the death of his father, Ja’far at-Tayyaar – the first migrant in Islam whose famous expounding of monotheism and the merits of Prophet Jesus (AS) and the Virgin Mary (SA) in the court of King Negus (Najashi) of Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) when the polytheists of Mecca pursued him there, is recorded in golden letters.

Here we intend to mention some of the epithets of this Immaculate Lady for the defence of whose golden-domed shrine in Damascus from the attacks of the Takfiri terrorists, the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt have assembled in the Syrian capital.

Siddiqat-as-Sughra, or the “Truthful Lady the Younger”, was earned  by in view of the fact that her mother’s famous epithet is Siddiqat-al-Kubra, whichmeans the Most Truthful Lady ever.

Aeelat-al-Bani Hashem or The Wise Lady of the Hashemite Clan, as narrators including the celebrated exegete Abdullah Ibn Abbas have referred to her while quoting a hadith on her authority.

Omm al-Masa’eb or theMother of Grief, was the title she earned because of her role in Karbala and its equally tragic aftermath. Among the other titles mentioned for her books of history and hospitality, are Muwasseqa or The Authoritative Lady, Fazelat-al-Kamela or The Perfectly Virtuous Lady, and Abeda-e Aal-e Ali or The Pious Lady of the Alawid Family.

No wonder, in view of these matchless merits of his sister, it was the habit of Imam Husain (AS) to stand to his feet whenever Hazrat Zainab (SA) entered his presence.


Events Sun, 14 Feb 2016 15:59:36 +0000
Tributes to our innocent Lady of Qom

Salaam everybody and heartfelt condolences to you all on a sad occasion. Today is the tragic day when a venerable lady of the blessed household of the Prophet of Islam passed away in the Iranian city of Qom, plunging the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt in sadness. Here is a special feature on the Hazrat Fatema Ma’soumah (peace upon her), the daughter of Imam Musa Kazem (AS), the 7th Infallible Heir of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).


In Surah Noor of the holy Qur’an is Ayah 36, which says:

 “In houses Allah has allowed to be exalted and wherein His Name is celebrated, He is glorified therein, morning and evening.”

According to Tha’labi, the famous Sunni Muslim exegete of the holy Qur’an who flourished several centuries ago, when this ayah was revealed to the Prophet and he elaborated to his companions on the houses referred here by Almighty Allah, a companion called Abu Bakr asked: whether these exalted houses include the house of your daughter, Hazrat Fatema Zahra and her husband Imam Ali (peace upon them)? The Prophet replied: “Yes, rather (it is) the Greater One of these houses.”    

The mercy of God is All-Encompassing. It is widespread and covers many venerable spots around the world. It is fully manifest in the principal mosques of Islam – such as in Mecca, Medina, Kufa, Bayt al-Moqaddas etc. The unending showers of divine mercy are evident in the houses where the prophets of God were born as well as around their graves, where the Name of God is constantly recited and glorified day and night – irrespective of whether these places of pilgrimage have been bulldozed by the Salafi heretics or it is beyond their power to desecrate them.   

Qutadah, a prominent Hadith narrator held in high esteem by our Sunni brethren, says that once during a visit to the Prophet’s 6th Infallible Heir, Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS), he said: I have sat with great scholars but never did my heart feel the effect of a glorious awe on it, as I do feel in your presence. The Imam smiled and said: “Do you know where you sit? You sit in the House about which God has said: “In houses Allah has allowed to be exalted and wherein His Name is celebrated, He is glorified therein, morning and evening.”

This is another firm testimony of the grace of God covering the houses and the shrines of the Ahl al-Bayt for the benefit of humanity – even though the sacred tombs of four of the 12 Infallible Successors of the Prophet lie in a dilapidated state today as testimony to the unpardonable blasphemous sin of the Wahhabis.      Imam Sadeq (AS), who revived the genuine Sunnah and Seerah of his ancestor the Prophet has further elaborated on the sanctity of the sites where torrents of Divine mercy continue to pour, when he expressed the famous statement:

“Indeed, God has a sanctuary and that is Mecca (the Holy Ka’ba); the Messenger of God (Prophet Muhammad – SAWA) has a sanctuary and that is Medina; the Commander of the Faithful (Imam Ali – AS) has a sanctuary and that is Kufa (in Iraq)’ and we (the Ahl al-Bayt) have a sanctuary and that is Qom (in Iran).” 

Today, on the 10th of Rabi al-Akher, Qom is draped in black. Processions of black clad mourners beating their chests in grief could be seen in the city centre, where all shops and the marketplace are closed. The chants of “Ya Ma’souma, Ya Fatema” rent the air. Thousands of believers have converged on a shrine topped by a gold-plated dome and flanked by two majestic minarets. It is the mausoleum of a venerable descendent of the Prophet of Islam. To put it more properly, it is one of those houses exalted by God Almighty, where His Name is constantly recited and He is glorified day and night. The people are commemorating the martyrdom of the revered daughter of Imam Musa al-Kazem (SA), whose tomb has made Qom the second most holy spot in Iran after that of her brother Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad, Khorasan. In fact, this noble lady had left her hometown Medina and was on her way to see her brother in distant Merv (presently in Turkmenistan), when her caravan was attacked near the city of Savah by brigands of the usurper Abbasid regime, making her to head for nearby Qom, where the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt came out in great numbers to welcome her. The people knew she was no ordinary person but the most knowledgeable lady of her times, regarding whom her father had said “Fidaha Abuha” which means “may her father be sacrificed for her”, on seeing the correct answers she had given as a girl of less than ten years to a set of complicated jurisprudential queries presented by a group of visitors from Iran.

Fatema Ma’soumah was known as a prominent narrator of Hadith. On her authority, scholars penned down such important events as the Hadith al-Manzila that is a comparison of Imam Ali (AS) to Aaron the brother of Prophet Moses. She is also one of the prominent interpreters of Ayah al-Muwadda of the holy Qur’an that obligates love and affection for the Ahl al-Bayt as a token of a Muslim’s gratitude towards the Prophet. Yet another famous event recorded on her authority on the prime position of Imam Ali (AS), is the memorable proclamation of the Imam as his vicegerent by the Prophet at Ghadir-Khom on the express commandment of God in 10 AH while returning from the his Farewell Hajj pilgrimage. Alas, this repository of knowledge was not destined to stay long in Qom after suffering the consequences of the attack on her caravan that led to the martyrdom of two of her brothers near Saveh. A mere 17 days after her arrival in this Iranian city on the edge of the desert, the 28-year old young lady, who had remained unmarried since no man of her age was worthy of her hand, left for the ethereal heavens in the year 201 AH – true to the prophecy of her grandfather Imam Sadeq (AS), who had said decades before birth:

"There will pass away in Qom a lady of my descendants known as Fatema bint Musa, by whose intercession believers will enter the heaven.”

Qom, which today has been transformed into the leading centre for diffusion of Islamic sciences all over the world, is indeed honoured to be the stairway to the heavens, thanks to the mercy of God in exalting this city by virtue of this noble descendent of the Prophet. Let us join the pilgrims at her shrine to salute her in the proper manner with the words:

 "O Fatema! Intercede for me for (the reward of) paradise, for indeed you have with Allah a lofty status)"


Events Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:42:02 +0000
Blessed birthday of the Prophet of peace

Salaam and heartiest congratulations to you all on a very auspicious day, which in fact could be called a glorious Eid of Islam, since it was on the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal when the Messenger with the universal mission, foretold by all prophets of the past in different eras and different areas of the world, was born in Mecca exactly 1490 lunar years ago. Please stay with us for a special feature on the birth anniversary of Seal of Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).


 “O People of the Book! Certainly Our Prophet has come to you, clarifying for you much of what you used to hide of the Book, and excusing many [an offense of yours]. Certainly there has come to you a light from Allah, and a Manifest Book.”

What you heard was ayah 15 of Surah al-Ma’edah of the holy Qur’an that gives tidings of the Last and Greatest Messenger of God with the universal mission of Islam, regarding whom God says in ayah 107 of Surah al-Anbiya:

“We did not send you, but as Mercy unto the [entire] creation”

The skeptics, both among the followers of other creeds and those who claim to be Muslims, might raise eyebrows or might object to our use of the word “Eid of Islam” for the Prophet’s auspicious birthday, because their hearts have yet to be enlightened by the Celestial Light of which the Prophet of Islam was created. They try to belittle the significance of this blessed day because their minds have no idea of the greatness of the Prophet of Islam, his monotheist descent from Adam, and the fact that he is the very first created being. The Prophet himself says in a famous hadith: “The first thing God created was my Light.”

Those still in doubt are advised to refer to the authentic books of hadith and history, which testify that on his birth, a dazzling light appeared on the horizon of Mecca, and the idols installed by the pagan Arabs in Abraham’s monotheistic edifice, the Holy Ka’ba, fell head long. This is something logical and among the divine portents accompanying the birth of the chosen onesof God who do not come unannounced as ordinary mortals. All those following any of the Abrahamic creeds, will vouch that the birth of Prophet Abraham (AS) was something awaited and expected, whether by the virtuous Mesopotamians, who looked for salvation or whether by the vicious like Nimrod, who out of fear tried in vain to prevent his birth. The same are the circumstances leading to the birth of Prophet Moses (AS), whose mission was foretold, both by the Israelites looking forward to deliverance, and by the soothsayers of the terrified tyrant Pharaoh, who launched a massacre of the newborns in a bid to avert the inevitable.

No Islamic scholar will deny these facts, and neither the divine signs that accompanied the birth of Prophet Jesus (AS).Regarding the birth of the Virgin-born Messiah, the Gospels of the Christians say that a bright star appeared on the horizon, and was followed by a group of wise men from the east (that is, Persia or modern day Iran), who followed it to Palestine to pay homage to the brilliant baby – the same infant in the cradle, who according to the holy Qur’an stupefied the doubting Israelites by saying in clear words, as mentioned by God in Ayah 30 of Surah 19:

“Indeed I am the servant of Allah! He has given me the Book and made me a prophet.”

Anyone denying these miraculous words of the Son of Mary, is undoubtedly a disbeliever, and outside the pale of Islam, as all denominations of Islam unanimously opine. So how come, some of these same denominations think that the Seal of all Divine Messengers, the Excellent Exemplar to mankind, the Most Perfect Ever Person created by God, and the only Prophet invited to the highest point in the ethereal heavens,was born in obscurity, without any heavenly signs accompanying his birth? How could the celebration of his birthday as an Islamic Eid be considered “haraam” and “bad’a” or harmful innovation?

On closer scrutiny we see that these are nothing but the plots of the enemies of Islam, and in fact the residue of the polytheist Arabs who although they became Muslims reluctantly later in life, had spared no efforts to extinguish the light of the Prophet of Islam and to murder him. Fie on such faithless persons. This is ample proof of their lack of true faith. It means they know little about the Prophet and nothing about the dynamism of Islam, because whatever they claim to know about religion is not from the authentic sources. Instead of trying to disrupt the atmosphere of peace and harmony between the Sunni and Shi’a Muslims regarding the annual birth anniversary celebrations of the Prophet, they should rather learn about his pure and pristine Sunnah and Seerah, that is behaviour or practice. It means that the Islam they claim to follow is akin to Christianity, which is the creed of Paul the Hellenized Jews, and not the purely monotheistic message of Jesus the Prophet of God. Violence, terrorism, abuse of women, massacre of children, destruction of the cultural heritage of mankind, and burning of libraries, is not part of the legacy of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). He came to guide all mankind towards prosperity and healthy way of life and salvation in afterlife. He was sent by God to build bridges of harmony among nations and not to destroy it, as the Takfiris and the so-called Jihadis are doing, with the support of certain reactionary Arab regimes that are in cohorts with the archenemies of Islam, that is, the US and the illegal Zionist entity.

Thus, in order to ensure that the message of the Last and Greatest of His Messengers will be everlasting, God commanded the spotlessly pure Prophet to bequeath Islam and his immortal legacy to the Ahl al-Bayt, or his unsullied progeny. Perhaps that is the reason God decreed that the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal, the day of the Prophet of Islam’s birth, should also be the day of the birthday of his 6th Infallible Successor, exactly 136 lunar years later. No wonder, Imam Ja’far as-Sadeq (AS), so thoroughly revived the Shari’ah of his ancestor in those days of the false Omayyad and Abbasid caliphs that till this day the genuine Fiqh or jurisprudence of the Prophet is known as “Fiqh al-Ja’faria”.

Thus, Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) remains the finest example of a perfect man in every sense of the term. He was a paragon of virtue and is the Best Exemplar for the human race. The Almighty distinguished him from all and sundry by instilling in his sublime personality such fine qualities as modesty, truthfulness, kindness, patience, loyalty, honesty, courage, bravery, generosity, magnanimity, wisdom and the like. By studying his lofty character and the amazingly simple life he led with his household, companions, wives and others, we are apt to learn valuable lessons from his conduct and accordingly mould our own lifestyle.

Our society could never be an Islamic one unless we sincerely tread the footsteps of Allah's final Messenger to mankind, heed his sayings, observe his glorious actions and attitudes, and most important of all follow them, as the faithful among his companions did.In short, Allah the most Glorious enjoins upon us to take the Prophet's behaviour as an example, because he guides us to virtue and righteousness, as mentioned in ayah 21 of Surah Ahzaab:

“Certainly you have in the Messenger of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day and remembers Allah much.”

The Prophet of Islam was punctual, active and energetic, and led an orderly life in the strict sense of the word. His day was divided into four periods:

1. A time for worship.2. A time for his household, during which he behaved like any ordinary family-man giving the finest example of social behaviour.3. A time for rest and contemplation.4. A time for public affairs such as receiving Muslims, looking into their needs and requirements, answering their questions, teaching them the tenets of Islam and expounding to them the glorious ayahs of the Holy Qur'an.

Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was the supreme example of a family man. He was a loving husband, an affectionate father and a doting grandfather. As long as the faithful Khadija was alive, he never took another wife for 25 years of marital bliss. Even later on in life, when he had married several women, he used to cherish the loving memory of the faithful Khadija.His marriages were not for pleasure, but were a humanitarian means to further the cause of Islam, as is evident from the women he married.In the case of Sawda, Umm Salama and Zainab bint Khuzaima, it was to take care of poor and helpless widows well in their middle-ages, while the marriage to Juwairiyah was to grant her freedom from captivity.Still others such as those to Umm Habiba, Safiya, Ayeisha, Hafsa and Maimoona were meant for uniting some prominent Arab tribes, who were often at loggerheads with each other, and also to safeguard the internal political status of the new-found Islamic State. In short, the philosophy behind his marriages was entirely revolutionary and ushered in positive changes in ignorant Arabia.

The Prophet was an affectionate father and his only surviving child, daughter Fatemah (peace upon her), was dearer to him than life. His famous Hadith: “Fatemah is a part of me, and whoever annoys her (in fact) annoys me,” stands as a firm testimony to this fact. History is a witness that he used to stand up to greet his daughter. Many prominent and wealthy Arabs had approached him for Fatimah's hand, but he politely refused them, and according to divine commandment married her to his faithful cousin, Imam Ali (AS).Hence Hazrath Fatemah and Imam Ali (peace upon them) were the parents of his two grandsons Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them); through whom the continuity of the Prophet's noble progeny has been ensured. They were the apple of his eyes and he affectionately doted on them. They used to play with him and accompany him to the mosque. Once when the two grandsons were seated on his shoulders, a companion remarked: “What an excellent mount.” to which the Prophet retorted: “What excellent riders too.”

Thus, the Prophet’s behaviour with his illustrious Ahlul Bayt (household) is a lesson for us. It was not blind love of a doting father or grandfather as some may misinterpret but was something divinely ordained as is clear from several verses of the Holy Qur'an. Therefore, it is obligatory for all Muslims to love and respect his chosen family, and adhere to their radiant path, which is the only way to save the Ummah from pitfalls.

Here are some of his sayings’

“Blessed be my people for their early rising up.”

“Too much sleep does away with both religion and the world.”

“O People, you have certain (special) characteristics, so get to (emphasise) them and you have an end, so get to (be prepared for) it..., a servant of Allah should take (make provisions) for himself from his self: from his world (life) for his hereafter, during his youth before his old age, and in life before death. By the One in whose hand is Muhammad's soul, after death there will be no blaming and after this world there is nothing except Paradise or Hell.”

Here we present you a tribute in verse to the Prophet by Iran’s English language poet, Dr. Hassan Najafi”

In a long deep slumber was the universe

Vice clouded virtue, blessing overshadowed curse.

Ignorance blanketed the world casting darkness,

Arabian Peninsula too wasn’t exempted of this darkness.

Such an environment demanded a change

North orsouth, east to west, to be its range,

Arabia, Persia, Rome, Indiaand China were all dens of slaves,

Where the rich exploited the poor and went to dishonourable graves,

Rough, poor,envious, rancorous, ungovernable

The sons of desert burnt in its fire inextinguishable.

View them from the window of history how they appear

A strange land, even gods are bartered here.

War in each breast, rancour on each brow

How unlike are the Sons of deserts, Lo!

Desert in oasis wept, blowing sands confest

In that despair no hope flourished in any breast.

The civilized nations were also nothing but decoy

The hearts kept asking:Where is the real joy?

Only in Muhammad the answer was found

Ahmad of the Heavenly Scriptures to plough the flinty ground,

His birth made idols fall headlong,

Extinguished the Fire of the Zoroastrians, kindled so long,

The world of nature celebrated this joyous Eid,

Spring gushed in Iraq’s Samawah, the land to feed,

Crack appeared in the arch of the palace of the king of kings,

Anushirvan bewildered, soothsayers at a loss to predict things,

When Islam in a deluge burst with majestic sway

Their arrogance, their fire, their idols, their trinity rolled away.

To all you became dear, congenial to each heart

A native charm, to wonder at the Divine Art,

Vain transitory splendours could not all

Hold the tottering mansion of idols from fall.

With many a dexterous effortless stroke

The idols, trinity, and fire, into thousand fragments you broke.

You when in streets rolling clouds above you spread

Eternal sunshine settled on your head.

So hard a labour you underwent with its strains

Your holier Name with God’s alone remains.

Among prophets none other than you journeyed beyond the skies

God invited you to see the unseen by your own eyes.

Nearer than two arches you stood by the Celestial Throne

Even angels not allowed here, and would definitely drown.

A beauteous union appears at length

Of Muhammad’s candour, and Ali’s strength,

He your vicegerent by Divine Command

In Ghadeer you proclaimed God’s Demand

Your glowing thought still warms the human mind

Eyes behold you as Chief of Prophets so kind

See how we feel when in fancy emerges his form,

The Mercy unto the creation is Muhammad’s charm.


Events Tue, 29 Dec 2015 12:54:41 +0000
The Prophet’s blessed marriage to Hazrat Khadija’s-blessed-marriage-to-hazrat-khadija’s-blessed-marriage-to-hazrat-khadija

In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate – Salaam friends and heartiest congratulations to you all on a very auspicious day. Today is the 10th of Rabi al-Awwal on which a blessed wedding took place. It was a marriage made in heaven. The groom was the noblest man of his time, and the bride was an equally pure and chaste lady, although their social status vastly differed – the husband being a poor person, while the wife was the richest lady of the land.


Neither he wedded her for her wealth, nor did she marry him because of lack of suitors, or for improving his pecuniary status. What attracted them to each other was virtue, honesty, integrity of character, and above all shared monotheist faith in the One and Only Creator in an Arabia submerged in polytheism and sins. Stay with us for a special feature on the anniversary of the nuptials of Hazrat Khadija the daughter of Khuwailed and Mohammad ibn Abdullah (AS), who was yet to proclaim his universal mission of Islam.

 “Marriage is part of my Sunnah and whoever disregards it is not from us.”

This is one of the most famous sayings of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). As the Final Messenger of God to all mankind, he led the most excellently exemplary life and promulgated the most universally comprehensive Shari’a. He practiced whatever he preached, and whatever he preached became an integral part of his Sunnah and Seerah that is, Practice and Behaviour. Celibacy is unnatural and not part of human nature.

Thus at the age of 25, in the prime of manhood, even though he was not yet commanded by God to formally proclaim his mission, he had to marry, in order to fulfill the basic human needs of leading a stable life and building a morally sound family. As the best of creation, and as the most perfect offspring of Adam and Eve – his light had descended, generation after generation, through spotlessly clean wombs and pristinely pure backs – he had to marry the most virtuously chaste lady of his times, so as to start the pristinely pure progeny of all times, whose unsullied cleanliness God would eventually vouch in the holy Qur’an in ayah 33 of Surah Ahzaab:

“Allah desires to keep away uncleanness from you Ahl al-Bayt and preserve you thoroughly purified.”   

Our sincere salutations to Khadijat-al-Kubra (SA), the monotheist daughter of Khuwailed ibn Asad of a sub clan of the  Quraysh that like the Bani Hashem had safeguarded the Hafanite traditions of Prophet Abraham the Iconoclast in those dark days of ignorance of the pagan Arabs. It was on this day, the 10th of Rabi al-Awwal that the Maleekat al-Arab or Richest Lady of Arabia, who had remained a virgin by spurning all suitors as unworthy, entered into the blessed union of marriage with the future Prophet. Acclaimed as the Tahera or the Chaste for remaining virtuously single so far, the Nikah or nuptials of the lady destined to be the Omm al-Momineen or the One and Only Mother of all True Believers, was solemnized by that primordial Muslim, the Prophet’s beloved uncle and guardian, Abu Taleb, who along with his wife, Fatema bint Asad, had brought up his orphaned nephew as his own son.

The two were the ideal made-for-each-other pair, and 15 years after marriage, when God formally entrusted the message of Islam to her husband, the loyal monotheist wife immediately testified to his mission as the Prophet. The two had several children including sons Qassem and Abdullah, but none survived infanthood, except daughter, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA). The Prophet never took another spouse during the over 25 years of marital bliss with the First Lady of Islam, who spent all her proverbial wealth to feed, clothe, and shelter the persecuted neo Muslim community, to the extent that when she passed away, there was hardly anything left for her only surviving child, daughter Fatemat az-Zahra (SA) – the Noblest Lady of all times.

Her unrivalled status is crystal clear for all Muslims, who very well know that whenever Islam was in danger, it was the progeny of Khadija that rose to the occasion by giving it the kiss of life through their lifeblood – with Karbala and the martyrdom of her grandson, Imam Husain (AS), being the supreme example. It is also needless to say that the Redeemer of mankind, the Awaited Imam Mahdi (AS), who will fill the world with justice, is the direct offspring of the Immaculate Khadija (SA). Years after her death, when the middle-aged widowed Prophet had taken several wives out of social necessity in order to break the taboos of the days of ignorance, one of his spouses objected to his constant remembrance of Khadija (SA). The Prophet was upset and replied:

"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."

These words of the Prophet clearly specify that none of these ladies, whatever their degree of faith or lack of it in some of them, were never considered by the Seal of Prophets to be on a par with the beloved Khadija, whose memory he used to cherish till the end of his life – as part of his undeniable Sunnah and Seerah.

To be brief, the wedding this day of Hazrat Khadija (SA) and the future Prophet (SAWA) was celebrated on a grand scale. The Walima meals given by the beaming uncle, Abu Taleb, who had arranged the marriage, lasted for three successive days, while the reciprocal meals provided by the bride for the poor, the needy, the travelers, and all Meccans, continued for almost three months. No wonder, when five years after this blessed marriage, Abu Taleb’s youngest child, son Ali (AS), was born, the Prophet and his wife, who had lost their sons in infancy, took him under their care to nurture, raise and eventually marry him to the Infallible Fatema (SA), so as to ensure eternity for the blessed progeny of the Mercy unto the creation.

Could there be a better precedent set by the Prophet than his marriage to Khadija (SA); his respect for her during the quarter century of marital bliss; his cherishing of her memory till the end of his life as one of the Four Noblest Ladies of all time; his profound affection for her daughter Fatema, son-in-law Ali and grandsons Hasan and Husain (peace upon them); and his emphasis on her Immaculate Progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt, as the evergreen tree of divine guidance for the whole ummah, including his Sahaba or companions?


Events Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:10:27 +0000
Start of Imam Mahdi’s divine mission’s-divine-mission’s-divine-mission

It is the 9th of the lunar month of Rabi al-Awwal, which marks the start of the Imamate of the 12th and Last Infallible Successor of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). The Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger had said that his divinely-chosen successors will number 12 and the last of them will reappear as Qa’em al-Mahdi to fill the earth with justice and equity. Yesterday we commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet’s 11th Infallible Heir, Imam Hasan Askari (AS), and today we present to you interesting facts regarding his 5-year orphan, who by the command of God Almighty went through a Minor Occultation lasting several decades, followed by the current Major Occultation, at the end of which he will emerge to end oppression on Earth.


“Moses said to his people, ‘Turn to Allah for help and be patient. The earth indeed belongs to Allah, and He gives its inheritance to whomever He wishes of His servants, and the end will be in favour of the Godwary.”

What you heard was ayah 128 of Surah A’raaf of the Holy Qur’an, on the tidings of the coming of the Saviour of mankind in the end times. The concept of the Redeemer is present in all religions, but it is only Islam that clearly points to Imam Mahdi (AS) as the Promised One. This is more specific and without the least ambiguity in the School of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt, which is known as Tashayyo, and its followers as Shi’a, for attaching importance, as per the commands of God and Prophet, on the peerless personality of Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) and his Eleven Infallible Descendants, the last of whom is Imam Mahdi (AS). The Imam of the Age, who is in the state of occultation, has said in a famous statement mentioned in the Book Bihar al-Anwaar: "We are not negligent of your affairs and are not forgetful of your remembrance. Had it been so, then terrible calamities would have struck you and your enemies would have destroyed you. Fear Allah, strengthen your hands, so that may relieve you of the tribulations that have affricated you."

Dr.A.R. Qavidel, Clinical Psychologist of Tehran’s Jawan Counselling Center, commenting on this statement, says: “Such love, kindness, affection, and fondness are not found even in partners. After seeing so much kindness and compassion whose heart will not be moved for action? Whose eyes will not shed tears at the separation from such an Imam, while his love is glowing in his heart? When we see such magnanimity we yearn to place our forehead at his feet. But the burdens of sins benumb our agility and the clutches of bad conscience retard our steps.

The main reasons for being deprived of his esteemed presence, is explained thus by the Imam himself: "If our Shi’ites (true followers – may Allah give them the grace of obedience) had fulfilled the covenants, then surely there would have been no delay in our meeting and they would have received the blessing of our visitation."

The majority of world religions, irrespective of their being divine or man-made, believe in the advent of a Saviour. The spiritual leaders of different religions have discussed and debated this subject. The Saviour is described as deliverer of mankind, who will appear at the ultimate stage with justice and equity after it has been filed with tyranny and oppression. He will eradicate deviation, ignorance and atheism and disseminate moral and spiritual guidance and monotheism.The Prophet of Islam had said: "whoever dies without recognizing the Imam of his time, dies the death of ignorance."

This hadith clearly indicates that cognition of the Infallible Imam of the age is compulsory for each and every one. The Prophet had said: "there will be twelve caliphs' successors after me. Verily the proofs of Allah on the creatures are twelve of them, the first will be my brother and the last of them will be my son." He was asked "which of your brothers and which son? He replied: “My brother Ali, son of Abi-Taleb; my son Mahdi, the one who will fill the world with justice and equity when it is fraught with injustice and oppression.”

This hadith of the Prophet has been widely quoted, even by our Sunni brethren, such as in the book Faraaed us-Simtain, Vol.2, Page 226. The Prophet had also said: "Even if a single day remains from the eve of dooms Day, Allah the Almighty will prolong that day till be raises a man from my progeny."
After clarifying that cognition of the Imam of the Age is a must and there will be Twelve Successors after the Prophet, now it is better to know him as is found in Islamic Narrations. According to many authentic documents available in Islamic sources, the following identification has been found for Imam Mahdi (AS).
Name: Mohammad
Agnomen: Abu’l-Qasem
Title: Mahdi
Birth: Friday, fifteenth of sha'ban 255AH
Father's name: Imam Hasan Askari (AS)
Mothers' name: Narjis
Commencement of Minor Occultation and Imamate: 260AH, 9th Rabi al-Awwal.
Commencement of Major Occultation and Imamate: 329AH
Similarly with Prophet Noah (AS): Longevity
Similarly with Prophet Moses (AS): Concealed birth
Similarly with Prophet Job (AS): Patience
Similarly with Prophet Jesus (AS): Brilliance
Place of reappearance: the Holy Ka’ba in Mecca
Time of reappearance: No one knows except Allah.

Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) had said: "Glad tidings are to you about Mahdi (AS)" Then he added:"The inhabitants of the heavens and the inhabitants of the earth are happy with him. He shall distribute the wealth equally, free Mohammad nation from need or want and comfort them with his righteousness."

The Mahdi (AS) shall be harsh with rulers, generous with people in distributing wealth, and gentle with the helpless in easing their pain. The Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibnAbiTaleb (AS) says about the Mahdi's characteristics: "At the time when they (people) shall alter the guidance to follow the desires, the Mahdi (AS) shall alter the desires to follow the guidance.At the time when they interpret the Qur’an to follow their own prudence, the Mahdi (AS) shall materialize (their) prudence to follow the Qur’an. The Mahdi (AS) shall demonstrate to you justice. The Mahdi (AS) shall enliven the commandments of the Qur’an and the Sunnah which were until then for the dead and lifeless. The Mahdi (AS) shall fill the earth with equity and justice after it has been filled with cruelty and oppression."

Furthermore, the Prophet while mentioning the injustice and seditiousness of despotic rulers, said: "if there remains not more than one day for the earth, Allah will prolong the day until a person from my progeny comes and rule .the great events shall take place through his hands and Islam shall manifest itself…"
Thus, in view of these facts, not just the Shi’a Muslims but all people, throughout the world, expect him to establish peace and justice for human kind.

Dr Qavidel points out: Awaiting the Imam’s Reappearance or “Intezar”, is the result of two conditions. Firstly, one is not satisfied with the present situation; and secondly, expects the improvement of the circumstances. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled, then it is not awaiting and the person concerned is not a “muntazer” or the one who waits – in Islamic terminology, the one who waits is equal to the expectant. The awaiting of Imam Mahdi (AS) also holds the same distinct characteristics. Even here, “awaiting” purports that an awaited person is not satisfied with the present circumstances and is hoping for a bright and better future. Today the believers are witness to the assault of the enemies which they are inflicting on Islam with full might and munitions – such as the Takfiris that masquerade as Muslims and Jihadis, but are in fact the creation of Zionism, US imperialism, and neo Jahiliyya Arabism, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia. Belief and deeds are not judged as per the criterion set by the Holy Qur’an and Hadith. Instead they are examined through the clannish prejudice and norms set by forefathers. In such circumstances, a truly awaiting person should not sit idle. Rather the holy Qur’an, in Surah Hood, ayahs 121 and 122: has instructed us in these words: ''And say to those who do not have faith, ‘Act according to your ability; we too are acting.And wait! We too are waiting.’

Dr Qavidel, continuing his comments, says: These words of God Almighty could be called an open challenge for the enemies that let them make their best efforts. In the light of this challenge, can anyone say that waiting implies sitting idle and remaining oblivious? Or awaiting means to remain always alert and defeat enemies on every front. Of course, it necessitates that a believer should never exult on his strength, in view of this narration from the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt: "The one who desires to be among the companion of the Qaem, then he must wait, adopt piety and behave courteously. If he dies in such a condition before the advent of Qaem, then his reward will be similar to the one who attains theQaem’s Era, should always rely on Allah.”

It is thus clear that reliance on Allah gives victory to weaklings over their stronger adversaries.According to Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS), the Prophet’s Sixth Infallible Heir: ''Hence strive vigorously, await his arrival, congratulations to you all for your relentless awaiting."

Dr. Qavidel notes that he is truly awaiting, who always seeks to please the Imam o the Age. His every effort is directed at achieving the invaluable pleasure of the Imam and it is but evident the pleasure of the Imam is in abiding by the tenets of Islam and not in its sacrilege.Of the many responsibilities which a truly awaiting person has to reserve for himself, is to build his character. Character-building implies following the tenets of Islam, developing good traits and purifying his self in such a way that every aspect of his personality should reflect the teachings of the progeny of the Holy Prophet. Often the friends and the helpers of Imam Mahdi (AS) are described with such superlatives: “Those who will believe in the hidden Imam, they are the most pious one and their faith is of the highest degree. They will establish prayers and spend generously in the way of God. They believe firmly in the Holy Qur’an and other divine scriptures and they are certain of the Day Resurrection.

''They are obedient, sincere, honorable, good doers, patient, devout, helpers of the oppressed, cordial and pure hearted.''

''Their hearts are of steel; if they cast a glance at an iron mountain, it will crumble and reduce to bits.''

"They will worship at night"

''In the period of occultation, they will hold religious convictions and will not allow the devil to meddle with their faith.''

Dr Qavidel of Javan Clinic,, who extracted these hadith from various sources, says this is meant to clarify that in the period of major occultation, one of our pivotal responsibilities is to absorb the teaching of the Prophet’s progeny in our character and personality so that we may not wander hither and thither while our beloved Imam Mahdi (AS) is far from our eyes.It is a proven fact that as much as a man holds Imam Mahdi (AS) dear, that much he will be attracted towards good deeds and benevolence. And he will cleanse his self from bad habits and vices. Numerous such incidents can be found in the books, particularly for the youth who felt the love of Imam Mahdi (AS) in their hearts which changed their entire lives. Undoubtedly love is such an elixir by which every impossible is made possible.

Events Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:35:55 +0000
Martyrdom of the Eleventh Imam

Today is the 8th of the lunar month of Rabi al-Awwal, the day when a fresh blow was struck by the enemies of humanity at the noble household of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). The victim this time was Imam Hasan Askari (AS), and the tragedy took place in the Iraqi city of Samarra.


 “Worship is not abundant fasting and praying, but worship is abundant pondering; it is the continuous remembrance of Allah.”

The aphorism you listened to is worth contemplating upon. This was not spoken by an ordinary but was divinely inspired. The one who expressed it was none other than the 11th Infallible Heir of the Prophet of Islam. As the Penultimate Imam in the unbroken chain of 12 divinely-decreed successors of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger to mankind, Imam Hasan Askari (AS), whose martyrdom we commemorate today, taught the believers how to be steadfast in the face of calamities. During his short 6-year period of imamate, he so splendidly expounded the meanings of God’s Revealed Word, the holy Qur’an, as well as the Prophet’s pristine Sunnah and Seerah, or practice and behaviour that the cowardly Abbasid caliph schemed to martyr him through poisoning at the young age of 28 years. The fear of the Abbasid regime was obvious. The self-styled caliphs were terrified about the approaching figure of “Twelve Imams” of the Ahl al-Bayt in view of the Prophet’s famous hadith of the Prophet that his successors will number “Twelve” and the Last One will rise as Qa’em al-Mahdi to end tyranny on earth by establishing the global government of peace, prosperity and justice.

But why were the Heirs of the Prophet deprived of their right of political leadership of the Ummah, and how did these self-styled caliphs rose to power and tarnished the image of Islam?

Answers to these questions could be found by studying, evaluating and pondering upon the events that occurred in Medina immediately after the passing away of the Prophet. While the Prophet’s Household, especially his divinely-decreed vicegerent the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Taleb (AS), were busy in the last rites, some power-hungry Arabs who had infiltrated the circle of the companions of the Messenger of Mercy, grabbed the caliphate after a fistfight amongst themselves. They then stormed the blessed threshold of the Prophet’s Immaculate Daughter, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) and flung the burning door of her house upon her, demanding that Imam Ali (AS), the person whom the Prophet had proclaimed as his successor on the command of God Almighty at Ghadeer-Khom, while returning from his Farewell Pilgrimage, should give oath of allegiance to their illegal rule. These are the very days in which these tragic incidents took place and resulted in the martyrdom of the first member of the Prophet’s Household, his stillborn grandson, Mohsin. While commemorating the tragedies of these days let us visualize the erratic course of the caliphate that after the brief four-and-a-half year rule of justice of Imam Ali (AS) during which hypocrites of all shades raised their ugly heads, was seized through deceit from the Prophet’s elder grandson, Imam Hasan (PuH) by Mu’awiya ibn Abu Sufyan, the rebellious governor of Syria. In 61 AH, the heartrending tragedy of Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS) took place. The Godless Omayyads were replaced in 132 AH by the equally ungodly Abbasids, on the ruse of giving back the political rule of the Islamic state to the Prophet’s progeny.

The Abbasids resorted to the cowardly practice of poison to martyr the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt, starting with the Prophet’s 6th Infallible Heir, Imam Ja’far Sadeq (AS), and today is that tragic day when the 11th Righteous Successor of the Prophet, Imam Hasan Askari (AS) fell victim to Mu’tamed, the self-styled caliph of the usurper Abbasid regime, at the young age of 28 years in the year 260 AH.    The plan was to prevent the birth of the 12th Imam, but it went awry, since unknown to the conspirators, the Awaited Saviour of mankind had been born five years earlier in 255 AH and was being raised in secrecy in order to materialize God’s promise. Imam Askari (AS) knew what havoc would be played with the shari’a by imposters and charlatans during the absence of the Imam of the age from the society. For this reason, during the long period of occultation of his son and successor, he made it obligatory for the followers of the Ahl al-Bayt to “follow the qualified jurist, who refrains from committing wrong, emphasizes his faith, opposes carnal desires, and obeys Allah's command.

At the same time, in between the brief periods that he was free from bouts of imprisonment or the house arrests, he spared no efforts to groom budding scholars and scientists, according to the pure and pristine teachings of the Prophet. There is an exegesis of several surahs of the holy Qur’an that is attributed to him and which is actually the classes he held for familiarization of the Book of Allah for two youngsters who had come to him from a distant land.

It was on the 11th Imam’s suggestion – implied through a student – that the philosopher Ya’qoub ibn Ishaaq al-Kindi realized the blasphemy he was about to commit by expressing doubts on parts of the holy Qur’an that his supposedly rationalistic intellect had failed to comprehend. Kindi burnt whatever he had written in this regard, and felt indebted to Imam Hasan Askari (AS) for saving him from a sure fall into the abyss of the eternal inferno, since the God-given wisdom and knowledge of an Infallible Imam is far superior to what a philosopher or scientist acquires through trial and error. There are many lessons to be learnt from the life of the 11th Imam and the glowing incidents of his time, stand as polestar of guidance for posterity.

Here are some of the sayings of the 11th Imam regarding his son and successor, Imam Mahdi (God hasten his reappearance). He informed his loyal followers that the Qa’em al- Mahdi (AS) will be his son and that the house of the Imam and the Prophet is protected from falsehood and error. When someone asked him regarding the hadith that was related from his forefathers, saying: “The earth will never be void of the hujjat (or God's Proof), and anyone who dies without acknowledging the Imam of the Age dies the death of ignorance," he replied: "Yes, indeed the matter is as clear and real as daylight."

Imam Hasan Askari (AS) had shown his son to many of his loyal and trusted followers, who never passed this information to the bloodthirsty Abbasid regime. Once when a person asked him: "Who is the hujjat (or proof of God) and the Imam after you?" He said: "After me the hujjat and the Imam will be my son Muhammad.”

The 11th Imam used to say: Thank God that He did not take me away from this world without showing me my successor. He (my son) is closest to the Prophet in his features and character. God will keep him for a while in occultation and then He will cause him to emerge so that he will fill the earth with justice and equity.

We again extend our condolences on the martyrdom of the 11th Imam, and believe that contemplation of these sayings is a form of worship that is not limited to prayer and fasting, as he had emphasize.


Events Mon, 21 Dec 2015 19:34:55 +0000
Imam Reza’s (AS) Martyrdom Anniversary’s-as-martyrdom-anniversary’s-as-martyrdom-anniversary

Heartfelt condolences to you all on a poignant day which is marked as a public holiday in the Islamic Republic of Iran, since the person who was made to leave the world on this day, through a fatal dose of poisoning, reposes in eternal peace in Khorasan, in the city known as Mashhad, which means place of martyrdom.


 “As for the brain, it is the greatest of all Allah's creatures; it dominates the whole body, controls all movements of it; and drives it to wherever it desires; and by it man is distinguished from the rest of animals. Allah has singled out the brain for man, and through it He has ennobled man over all His creatures.

“Surely, the brain is a world of wonders. No creature can match it in greatness, for it contains stores which never are full and it preserves whatever knowledge is deposited in it. If we want to mention the wonders of the brain, then we have to write a full book about them. Glory belongs to Him Who has originated and created the brain!”

The passages that we presented to you on the brilliant description of the brain are not by any philosopher, neither by any neurologist, nor by any religious scholar. These are the expressions of a person who was one of the repositories of divine knowledge, whom God Almighty collectively calls “Rasekhouna fi ilm” in the holy Qur’an. He was none other than Imam Reza (AS), the 8th Infallible Heir of the Almighty’s Last and Greatest Messenger, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny). He lived in a crucial era of history when the sciences of neighbouring cultures were pouring in unfiltered into the Islamic heartland, confusing scholars and laymen alike. As the divinely-designated leader of mankind, he felt it his duty to enlighten people’s minds. At every opportunity, he imparted to the people of his age the bezels of God-given wisdom. Those who properly used the power of the intellect benefitted from him, while the retarded brains failed to comprehend his words, and the ones who had allowed their minds to become the devil’s workshop in exchange for craftiness, turned hostile toward him and eventually martyred him. Today is the 30th of Safar on which this Immaculate Person was martyred in 203 AH by the cowardly Abbasid caliph, Mamoun, who had forced the Prophet’s Heir to leave his hometown Medina and come to distant Marv, the capital of the crafty Abbasid caliph whose lust for power had turned his mind into a devil’s workshop.

Earlier, Mamoun, after killing his eccentric brother Amin in Baghdad, had become the sole caliph of a realm spreading from North Africa to Central Asia. He, however, was apprehensive of his legitimacy to rule. He knew that as long as Imam Reza (PuH) was in Hijaz, the Muslim masses would never acknowledge his claim to be the political heir of the Prophet. Mamoun thus devised a devilish plot to force the Prophet’s righteous heir to come to his court and be declared heir- apparent despite the fact that the Imam was twenty years his senior. In this way, he thought of achieving two goals with one move – assume legitimacy in the eyes of the ordinary simple-minded people, and tarnish the image of the Imamate in the eyes of the followers of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt.

Imam Reza (PuH) neither refused the request of the Abbasid officials sent to escort him in honour to Khorasan, nor did he instruct his followers to organize resistance against the regime. He, however, left his hometown with a heavy heart and tearful eyes, especially while taking leave from the Prophet’s shrine and bidding farewell to his only surviving son, Imam Mohammad at-Taqi (PuH), who was around six-years old. As the person possessing divine authority, which no caliph could seize from him, the 8th Imam’s vision was piercing the future through the veils of the centuries that would follow. He clearly foresaw that the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt will be the real victor, ruling not just the hearts and minds of the people of the lands that lay on his route from Medina to Marv, but also beyond, in the farthest parts of the world, long after Mamoun and the Abbasids have vanished into oblivion. This is proven by the fact that today all roads in Iran lead to Mashhad. People have converged in millions on the sprawling holy shrine – some of them having trekked on foot for hundreds of kilometers through mountainous terrain amid snows and the freezing temperatures. 

During his over two-year stay in Khorasan, the Prophet’s 8th Infallible Heir turned the challenge of the journey and his forced designation as the crafty caliph’s heir- apparent that would end in his martyrdom, into a golden opportunity. He sowed the seeds of the love for the Ahl al-Bayt in the hearts of the people of Iran and the adjoining lands At every halting place – in Arabia, in Iraq, and in Iran – he warmly greeted the masses that turned up to see him – whether with reverence for him or out of curiosity – and conveyed to them part of the genuine teachings of his ancestor, the Prophet. The famous “Hadith Silsalat-az-Zahab” or Narration of the Golden Chain of Authority, which the Imam recited to a huge gathering in Naishapur, need not be repeated. Here we will focus on a lively debate between the Imam and an atheist. The atheist asked the Imam: Let me know how Allah is and where is He? The Imam smiled and answered: “Surely the opinion you have adopted is mistaken. It is Allah Who determined the 'where' and He was, when there was nowhere. He fashioned the 'how' and He was when there was no 'how'. So He is not known through 'howness' or 'whereness' or through any form of sense perception. Allah, the Glorified, He is not perceived by the senses; nor is He gauged by anything.”

The atheist said: That means He is nothing if He cannot be perceived by any of the senses?

The Imam answered: "Woe unto you! Do you deny His Lordship when your senses fail to perceive Him? The perception of the senses is limited in quantity and quality. The senses also do not perceive many possible beings. For example, they do not perceive the reality of soul, then how do they perceive the Necessary Being, the Exalted, the Holy?”

The atheist said: Tell me, when He was?

The Imam said: "Tell me when He was not, and then I will tell you when He was."

The atheist said: Then what is the proof of Him?

Imam Reza (PuH) answered: “Surely when I contemplate upon my body and it is impossible for me to increase or decrease its breadth and height, or to keep unpleasant things away from it or draw benefits to it, then I know that this structure has a maker and I acknowledge Him. The rotation of the celestial sphere through His power, the producing of clouds; the turning about of the winds; the procession of the sun, the moon and the stars; and others of his wondrous and perfectly created signs, had already made me know that (all) this has a Determiner and Producer. Surely, every atom of this world is a proof of the existence of the Almighty Creator, Who has made them. If man carefully considers his own body and the wonderful systems and cells wherein, he will certainly believe in Allah, the Most High, just as it has been mentioned in the hadith: He who knows his own body knows his Lord. Allah, the Exalted, created man in the best manner. It is well known that this surprisingly accurate creation of man is evidence for the existence of Allah, for effect is proof of cause as logicians say. Glory belongs to Allah! Many signs are evidence for His existence.

The atheist was dumfounded at the Imam’s unraveling of realities, and asked: Then why does the sense of sight not perceive Him?

The Imam replied: "Because of the difference between Him and His creatures, who are perceived by the vision of the eyes, whether their own or others. Then He is greater than the sight to be perceived; neither imagination can encompass Him, nor could the power of reason delineate Him. The sense of sight and the rest of man's senses are limited, then how can they perceive, see, and encompass the Almighty Creator? Rather they perceive and comprehend some possible beings.

The flabbergasted atheist asked Imam Reza (PuH) to define the limits of God.

The Imam answered: "He has no limits. Limitation belongs to possible beings. As for the Necessary Being, it is impossible for Him to be limited, since every limited thing ends at a limit. If limitation is possible, then increase is possible. If increase is possible, then decrease is possible. So He is unlimited. He neither increases nor decreases. Nor is He capable of being divided or imagined.

The atheist asked: Tell me about your saying that He is Subtle, Hearing, Seeing, Knowing, and Wise. Can He be the Hearing without ears, the Seeing without eyes, the Subtle without working with the hands and the Wise without workmanship?

Imam Reza (PuH) replied: "Surely a person among us is subtle in accordance with (his) skill in workmanship. Have you not seen the man who undertakes a task and is subtle in his handling of it, so that it is said: How subtle is so and so! Then how should it not be said of the Majestic Creator that He is subtle, when He creates a subtle and majestic creation, places in its living creatures their souls, creates every kind different in form from its own kind, and none resembles another? Each possesses in the composition of its form a subtlety from the Subtle and Aware Creator. Then we look upon the trees and their bearing of delicate things, whether edible or inedible, and we say: 'Surely our Creator is Subtle, (but) not like the subtlety of His creatures in their workmanship.' And we also say: 'Surely He is Hearing, for the sounds of His creatures cannot be hidden from Him, anywhere in the land, the sea and the air. And for Him their words are not confused. In view of this, we say: 'Surely He is Hearing, but not through ears. Then we say: 'Surely He is Seeing, but not through eyes, for He sees the trace of a black speck on a dark night on a black stone. He sees the tracks of an ant on a pitch-black night. He sees what is harmful for it and what beneficial, and the result of its cohabitation, and its young and descendants.' And at that we say: 'Surely He is Seeing, but not like the sight of His creatures. "

The atheist, amazed at this expounding of truth, became a Muslim. But the cruel and crafty caliph became more and more scared of the spiritual and other powers of the Prophet’s direct descendant. He thus devised a plan to poison the Imam. He carried out this sordid deed in Tous, and being scared of a funeral procession at day time, Mamoun contrived to have the burial ceremony done in the dark of night. He ordered his men to dig a grave at the feet of his accursed father Harun Rasheed, but could not, since on all three sides hard rock was found and the only place possible for burial was the spot above Harun's grave. Thus, Imam Reza (PuH) was laid to rest at the same place which he had prophesied during his first visit to the garden of Sanabad. Hearing the sad news of the 8th Imam’s martyrdom, De'bel Khazaee, the celebrated poet wrote an elegy in praise and commemoration. The fact that his magnificent golden-domed shrine today is the rendezvous of the faithful from all over the world, saluting him with reverence as they enter its sprawling courtyards, is proof of the reality that it is only proper use of the great gift of the brain that guarantees salvation of the human race.


Events Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:08:04 +0000
Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Mojtaba (AS)

In the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate – Salaam dear listeners, and heartfelt condolences to you again on the doleful 28th of Safar, the day of double grief. Earlier, we had offered condolences to you on the passing away of the Messenger of Mercy, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon and his progeny).


We now join you again in this day of grief, since it was on the 28th of Safar, 50 AH, 39 years after the Prophet’s departure from the world that his elder grandson and 2nd Infallible Heir, was martyred through a fatal dose of poisoning. Here is an special feature on the son of Imam Ali and Hazrat Fatema Zahra (peace upon them), who through the masterstroke of a peace treaty with Mua’wiyah ibn Abu Sufyan, the rebellious governor of the Province of Syria, unmasked hypocrisy and Omayyad heathenry in their true colours.

Born in Medina in 3 AH, Imam Hasan (PuH) needs no introduction. He and his younger brother, Imam Husain (PuH) were hailed by the Prophet of Islam as “Leaders of the Youth of Paradise”. The Prophet also said that Hasan and Husain are the Imams, whether they sit or rise. It means that irrespective of their decision to make peace or engage in armed combat in self-defence, both his grandsons are the Leaders of the Ummah, and it is incumbent on Muslims to follow them, because those who do not adhere to the path of the Ahl al-Bayt have gone astray.
As we read in the holy Qur’an, Ayah 61 of Surah Aal-e Imran, on God’s command the Prophet had taken his two grandsons to the famous debate or Mubahela with the Christians of Najran, along with his daughter, Hazrat Fatema and son-in-law, Imam Ali (peace upon them), and no one else besides. The Ahl al-Bayt as the Prophet’s immediate family was known, have also been kept flawlessly pure from any impurity by God Almighty as is evident by the Ayah 33 of Surah al-Ahzaab.

Thus, in view of such outstanding merits, it was but natural for Imam Hasan (PuH) to succeed his father Imam Ali (PuH) as caliph or political ruler of the Islamic realm, on the latter’s martyrdom in Kufa in 40 AH. As a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of people endorsed his rule, since according to the Prophet’s statement he was the 2nd divinely-designated Imam of mankind. Alas, the people of Iraq were of weak faith with no stomach to resist any aggressor, and this led to a sad turn of events in Islamic history. When Mu'awiyah, the avowed enemy of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt, learnt of the people’s pledge of allegiance to Imam Hasan (PuH), he coveted the caliphate and set off towards Iraq, the seat of government of Imam Hasan (PuH). His intention was not to fight, since he was afraid of defeat, from whose jaws he was saved only through deceit by hoisting copies of the holy Qur’an spear points and begging for cessation of hostilities, when the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (PuH) was about to annihilate him in the Battle of Siffin. The crafty Mu'awiyah decided to use bribes to deceive the commanders of the army of Imam Hasan (PuH) with empty promises and money. Therefore, Imam Hasan (PuH) had no other option but to defend himself against this sedition by mobilizing his armies. But the deceit of Mu’awiyah became widespread, as commanders of the forces sent by the Imam, began to desert him on receiving money from the rebel, while others who were with him, were reluctant to take up arms against the Omayyad aggressors. Moreover, assassins had been sent to try to murder the Prophet’s elder grandson. Imam Hasan (PuH) realizing the gravity of the situation and the confusion of the people who were duped into thinking that Mu’awiyah was a Muslim, decided to avert unnecessary bloodshed through a treaty, as his grandfather the Prophet had done decades ago at Hodaibiya against the Meccan infidels, in whose ranks were Mu’awiyah and his father Abu Sufyan, who were still pagans.

According to books of history and hadith, the main condition Imam Hasan (PuH) set for handing over the political power to Mu’awiyah was to be just to the people and keep them safe and secure. Here are some clauses of Treaty:

  1. Authority will be handed to Mu’awiyah provided that he should act according to the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of the Prophet.
  2. In case of the death of Mu’awiyah, the caliphate should return to Imam Hasan (PuH), and if an accident occurs, it should be handed over the Prophet’s younger grandson, Imam Husain (PuH).
  3. Mu’awiyah has no right to entrust the caliphate to anyone else.
  4.  Mua’wiya should stop the blasphemous practice of reviling the memory of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (PuH). He should not mention the name of Imam Ali (PuH), unless in a good and respectable manner.
  5.  The revenues of Darabgerd in Fars Province of Iran should be given to the families of the Martyrs of the Battles of Jamal, Siffin, and Nahrwan.
  6. The people should be safe wherever they are in the Islamic realm.
  7. Mu’awiyah should give security to all races, especially to the companions of Imam Ali (PuH).
  8. Mu’awiyah should not hatch plots, either openly or secretly against the Imam Hasan and Imam Husain, nor for any of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt.

Mu'awiyah entered Iraq, while Imam Hasan (PuH) retired to Medina. In a public address, he revoked all the peace terms. After that he arrested and tortured the Shi'a or followers of the Household of the Prophet of Islam. During this period Imam Hassan (AS) lived without any security and safety at his home and was finally martyred in 50 AH through a fatal dose of poison given to him on the orders of Mu’awiyah. When Imam Hasan (PuH) was being laid to rest his coffin was showered with arrows by Marwan the Omayyad governor of Medina. We renew our condolences on the tragic martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet’s elder grandson.


Events Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:12:16 +0000
Passing Away of the Prophet of Islam

Heartfelt condolences to you all on a very doleful day. In fact, today, the 28th of Safar is a day of double grief. It is the day on which in 11 AH, the Prophet of Islam left the mortal world, and 39 years later on the anniversary of his departure, his elder grandson was martyred through a fatal dose of poisoning.


“In the Prophet of Allah there is certainly for you the Excellent Exemplar, for

those who look forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remember Allah greatly.”

What you read was ayah 21 of Surah al-Ahzaab, where God Almighty introduces His Last and Greatest Messenger as the Most Excellent Model of emulation for those striving for truth, peace, moral virtues and prosperity in life, followed by the eternal bliss of afterlife. Islam, which means peace, healthy way of life and submission to none but the Almighty Creator, was the theme of the messages that God had entrusted to prophets in different parts of the world. With the advent of Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), Islam became the proper name for his universal mission of guidance for all humanity, including generations to come till the end of this transient world. In view of these facts, in ayah 21 of Surah Anbiya, God introduces His Final Prophet to mankind, with the words:

“We have not sent you but as Mercy unto the creation.”

It is thus clear that the Prophet of Islam was sent by God Almighty to universalize and institutionalize the message of peace, mercy, compassion and fraternity on the basis of Towheed or monotheism. Today on the day of his passing away at the age of 63, after enlightening the greater part of Arabia with the message of Islam and sending epistles to the heads of state of the empires and kingdoms of the world, to contemplate on the eternal wisdom of the Holy Qur’an, let us cast a glance at his immortal legacy. For 23 years he endured every kind of difficulty while preaching the message of Islam, which after him has been preserved by the true believers, in spite the fact that some so-called Muslims have tried to pervert it – ironically in the name of Islam.

The Prophet used to say: “I have been sent to complete the best of morals”.

The orphan of Abdullah and Amenah who was born in the monotheist

Hashemite clan of the Quraysh, descended from Prophet Ishmael, the firstborn of

Prophet Abraham, he spared no efforts to enlighten mankind with the highest morals. As the perfect picture of humanitarian values, during his 23-year mission he united under the fraternal banner of Islam the fratricidal tribes of Arabia, and preached universal brotherhood by attracting Abyssinians, Persians, and Romans, such as the black-skinned Bilal, the Roman Sohayb, and the virtuous Iranian Salman Farsi from Fars. Besides these three prominent non-Arab disciples, those from the different parts of the world who had the honour of coming to Medina, meet him, believe in his message, and consider themselves his companions were Jaban the Kurd, Cheraman Perumal of India, Kasay the Pashtun, Mtswa Mwandze of the Comoros Islands, and Addas the Assyrian from Mesopotamia. There were several others from other lands, whose named have not been mentioned. In addition, there were many Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians and others, who became Muslims in the Prophet’s lifetime. No wonder, a famous hadith from him says: “Every child is born with a disposition towards the natural religion (Islam). It is the parents who make it a Jew, a Christian or a Magian.”

The Prophet of Islam made it clear that no person has any superiority over any other on the basis of race, language, colour of skin, class, and ethnicity, but on the basis of piety, good deeds and obedience to God. The gist of the message of Islam is that in order to become a good Muslim a person should abstain from polytheism, committing of sins, and indulgence in violence and terrorism. Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) abhorred violence and oppression. He has expressed disgust of such habits by saying: “The greatest enemies of Allah are those who profess Islam and do acts of infidelity and who without cause, shed man's blood.”

The Prophet also said: “The mortal crimes are to associate another with Allah, to vex your father and mother, to murder your own species, to commit suicide and to swear to a lie.”

In view of these statements from Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), it is clear that the Takfiris and other terrorists, who claim to be Muslims while indulging in torture, killing, mass massacres, abuse of women, cannibalism, and no mercy for even children, have no connection whatsoever to Islam and the ethereal teachings of the Prophet of Islam. The Ummah should knit ranks against these agents of Zionism, US imperialism, and the neo paganism of present day Arab regimes. The Prophet of Islam not only inspired reverence, but love owing to his humility, nobility, purity, austerity, refinement and devotion to duty. His dynamic personality impacted all who came into contact with him. He shared his scanty food; he began his meals in the Name of Allah and finished them by expressing thanks to Allah. He loved the poor and respected them. He would visit the sick and comfort the heart broken. He treated his bitterest enemies with clemency and forbearance, and strove for social justice. These are the qualities that continue to inspire the seekers of truth. Prophesied by all prophets of the past, including Moses in the Torah and Jesus in the Evangel, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny), in order to ensure the evergreen purity of his message of peace, emphasized time and again on the famous Hadith Thaqalayn, reiterating in crystal clear words:

“I am leaving behind among you the Thaqalayn (Two Weighty Things); the

Book of God (Qur’an) and my progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt. Hold fast to them and

you will never go astray, since the two will never separate from each other, even

when they return to me at the Pool (of Kowthar on Resurrection Day).”

The question that arises is: Did all his companions obey the letter and spirit of his words?

The sad answer is that most of them did not, otherwise the peace of Islamic faith that was perfected at the memorable gathering of Ghadeer-Khom on 18th Zilhijja 10 AH with the proclamation of Imam Ali (AS) as vicegerent by the command of God –exactly two months and ten days before he passed away – would not have been perverted by some power-hungry persons. Unfortunately, they seized the rule of the Muslim state and deprived the Prophet’s divinely-designated heir of his right of political leadership. This could be called the first open deviation and discord in Islam, against which the Prophet had warned. The result has been catastrophe, whose painful consequences we are suffering to this day in the form of terrorism by devilish elements masquerading as Muslims, while being totally devoid of not just the spirit of Islam but of any humanitarian value. As a matter of fact, no sooner was the Prophet laid to rest by his grieving household, the first act of terrorism occurred in Medina, when a roguish group of so-called Muslims stormed the house of his Immaculate Daughter, and flung the burning door upon her. As a result, Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA) eventually attained martyrdom, but not before delivering her famous sermon that expounded the egalitarian principles of Islam and exposed the neo Jahiliyya in its true colours. Imam Ali (PuH), in whose arms the Prophet breathed his last as his wailing daughter and two little grandsons, Imam Hasan and Imam Husain (peace upon them) watched, has said: “God has done us a big favour by giving us such a Prophet, so that we may follow him.”





Events Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:09:41 +0000