Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DEFLECTION OF YAZID'S ARMY COMMANDER TO IMAM HUSAYN (A.S.)

Hur was a career officer in Yazid’s army stationed at Kufa garrison. He was sent with an army of 1000 men to intercept Imam Husayn (A.S.). Hur knew that the government did not want Imam Husayn ( A.S.) to enter Kufa. But as a professional soldier he did not concern himself with the political issues. His duty was to execute the orders of his superiors. However, a pure conscience was lurking in his tough military heart.
Hur and his 1000 strong army surrounded in a hostile posture Imam Husayn ( A.S.) and his companions outside Kufa. Hur and his soldiers were traveling for a long time in the desert and consequently they were thirsty. Hur requested Imam Husayn ( A.S.) for water for his army. Imam Husayn (A.S.) asked Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), Hazrat Ali Akbar, Hazrat Qasim and others to provide water to Hur’s army and also to their horses. Water in those days in the desert was a valuable commodity. However, the son of “Saqi-e-Kausar” showed benevolence even to his enemies.
After Hur’s army and their horses quenched their thirst, it was time for Zuhar prayers. Congregational prayers were led by Imam Husayn ( A.S.) and Hur and his army prayed behind Imam Husayn (A.S.)!
After the prayers, Hur told Imam Husayn (A.S.) that his orders were to stop him from entering Kufa except if he pays allegiance (Bai’at) to Yazid. Imam Husayn (A.S.) said that he would never give allegiance to a man who was an unjust ruler and was determined to destroy Islam. In any case he was going to Kufa because people had invited him. The Imam produced two sacks of letters and petitions from the people of Kufa who were begging him to go there. Hur said that as his orders were not to allow the Imam to go to Kufa there was nothing he could do save carry out the orders.
From modern military warfare strategies, it is one of the tactics to destroy the enemy’s line of supplies. If Imam Husayn (A.S.) would have been on an adventure to grab power, it was a golden opportunity to deprive water to Hur’s army and let the enemy die of thirst.
But as Imam Husayn (A.S.), like rest of The Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) who always acted not for personal glory but for the sake of Allah.
The Imam told Hur that he will take another route and go away from Kufa. Hur said that his orders were to stop Imam Husayn (A.S.). Saying this, Hur placed his hand on the reigns of Imam Husayn (A.S.)’s horse. The Imam became furious and said, “May your mother mourn your death”. Hur said that he could have replied to him but he could not take Imam’s mother’s name in public.  And so, followed by Hur and his 1000 strong army, the Imam and his companions rode in the direction away from Kufa.
On 2nd Muharram, they reached Karbala. Imam Husayn (A.S.) purchased a piece of land of Karbala with a foresight for future, and pitched his tents. Hur and his soldiers pitched their camps some distance away.
Next day, Umer ibn Sa’ad came with an army of 4,000 men. Umer ibn Sa’ad was the commander of the Yazid’s army. He had several meetings with the Imam and he was so impressed with the Imam that he also prayed behind Imam Husayn (A.S.). When Ibn Ziad heard this, he was very furious. He sent Shimer with 10,000 men and wrote a letter to Umer ibn Sa’ad ordering him to take allegiance (Bai’at) from Imam Husayn (A.S.) or kill him. Umer bin Sa’ad immediately changed his attitude towards Imam Husayn (A.S.).
Following the instructions, he imposed restrictions on Imam Husayn (A.S.) and his followers from getting water from the Euphrates, and from the 7th Muharram, no one from Imam’s camp was allowed near the river Euphrates.
On the Night of Ashura, Hur was very restless. He could hear the children from Imam Husayn (A.S.)'s camp crying for water. His conscience whispered to him: “What have you done Hur? Why did you put the son of Fatima (S.A.) in this position? Will Allah ever forgive you?” This was the rising of his dormant pure conscience. This career soldier could not sleep the whole night because of this tussle in his heart. Within him there was a struggle between his duty as a soldier and his pure conscience. He had been a professional soldier the whole life. He believed in his obedience to his superiors and the military discipline. Now the issues were moral and touched the very core of Islam. Hur’s conscience compelled him to consider these issues.
Before dawn he made up his mind. Hur, his slave, and his son, rode over to Imam Husayn (A.S.)’ camp. The Imam was sitting outside his tent. When he saw this small band of people who had deserted the enemy’s ranks and seen the light of Iemaan and followed their conscience, the Imam called Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), Hazrat Ali Akbar, and Hazrat Qasim and asked them to go and welcome the visitors. It is reported that Hur had asked his son to fasten his hands like a criminal. Hur came and fell on the feet of the Imam and pleaded for his forgiveness. Imam Husayn (A.S.) took Hur in his arms and said: “Hur I forgive you. I assure you that my grandfather also forgives you. You are Hur in this world and the Hereafter!”
Ahlul-Bayt (A.S.) are always ready to forgive the true sentiments of regret. From 7th Muharrum onwards, when thousands of enemy forces were arriving and no one came to help Imam Husayn ( A.S.), one can imagine the state of affair in the minds of everyone in the Imam’s camp .

The defection of a commander of 1000 troops from the side of falsehood to the side of truth and righteousness is a momentous event in the history of Karbala. He chose to move from, a side which in a few hours would be apparently victorious and shower worldly compensation from his superiors, to the side of a few hungry and thirsty men. This marks a great victory for Imam Husayn (A.S.) and Islam at that time only. One can capture the body but not the heart or soul. Over the centuries, Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) had touched and captured the hearts of Millions of human beings, whether Muslim or Non-Muslim.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WILL OF IMAM HUSAYN (A.S.) TO MUHAMMAD -E-HANAFIYYA (A.S.)


Surah Baqarah, Ayah 180: “If one of you facing death can leave a legacy, he should bequeath it to his parents and relatives, according to the law.” All prophets, messengers, successors, and Imams had acted upon this directive.
Muhammad ibne Hanafiyya was one of the sons of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.). His mother was Hazrat Khowlah bint Ja’far. So before leaving Madinah, The King of Martyrs, Imam Husayn (a.s.) had given this will to Hazrat Muhammad ibne Hanafiyya (a.s.) which fully explains for Imam (a.s.)’s stand against Yazid.

                “This is a will from Husayn ibne Ali written to his brother, Muhammad ibne                                 Hanafiyya. I bear witness
                that Allah is One, there is no associate for Him, and that Muhammad (s.a.w.a.s.) is His                Messenger.
                Whatever he has (s.a.w.a.s.) conveyed is the truth. (I bear witness that) Paradise and                  Hell are certain
                and the Day of Judgment is the certainty. Allah, the High, will surely raise the dead                    from the graves.
                I am Husayn (a.s.). I am not leaving Madinah with the aim of perpetrating tyranny                      and corruption. I
                Do not have any ambition (for power) nor do I wish to abandon the truth. I am only                    leaving Madinah
                for the rectification of the nation of my grandfather, the Messenger (s.a.w.a.s.) of                       Allah. I only wish
                to fulfill my duty of exhorting goodness  and prohibiting evil. I have heard from                          Muhammad Mustafa
                (s.a.w.a.s.) that Husayn will be victim of killing.”

On hearing this Abdullah ibn Abbas advised Imam Husayn (a.s.): “Swear allegiance to Yazid and be patient on his tyranny until circumstances favor you.” Astonished at this advice Imam said: “What are you saying? A person like me can never swear allegiance to Yazid. What the Messenger of Allah has said about him and his father is evident to me.”
Ibne Abbas replied: “You are right. I myself had heard the Messenger declared-O Yazid what have you done? May Allah never bless Yazid, for surely he will kill my son, who is the son of my daughter-Husayn ibne Ali (a.s.)! By Allah, none shall kill my son, except Yazid.

Source used:

Imamreza.net

Monday, October 27, 2014

HAZRAT HABIB IBN MAZAHIR (R.A.)

Once, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) was walking with one of his companions named Mazahir. He (s.a.w.a.s.) called Mazahir’s young son Habib to him and hugged and kissed him. On inquiry from Mazahir, He (s.a.w.a.s.), with tears in his eyes replied: “While walking, I noticed that Habib was behind my beloved grandson Husayn. Wherever Husayn stepped, he would pick up sand from under his feet and put it to his eyes as a respect. O’Mazahir! This Habib will come to my Husain’s aid one day.”
When Imam Ali (a.s.) became the caliph of the Muslim Ummah, he transferred the capital from Madinah to Kufa, and Habib also moved to Kufa. The first person who invited Imam Husayn (a.s.) to Kufa was Habib. As the Kufans were expecting Imam Husayn (a.s.) to come to Kufa, it is reported that Ubaidullah ibn Ziad entered Kufa after completely covering his entire body and deceived the people. But once inside the city, he showed his true identity. He mercilessly killed Hazrat Muslim ibn Aqeel (a.s.) and started the reign of terror, sealed-off the city of Kufa so that nobody could enter or leave the city without Ubaidullah bin Ziad’s permission. Even Imam Husayn (a.s.)’s messenger, Qays bin Mushir, was killed by throwing him from the roof-top three times. Which Islamic law requires such brutal treatment to an innocent Muslim!
Habib was heart-broken not knowing the whereabouts of Imam Husayn (a.s.). Imam Husayn (a.s.) was already in Karbala. He wrote a letter to his childhood friend, Habib explaining how Yazid’s vultures were gathering to kill him. His messenger reached Kufa at night and entered the city by climbing its wall and delivered the message to Habib.
Habib kissed the letter and tears started rolling on his cheeks. His wife inquired whose letter it was. Habib replied and said: “Who would have thought the people would be so thirsty for the blood of the grandson of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) whose name they utter in every Azaan and in every Salaat.” Habib’s wife said: “Habib, your childhood friend has called. Your master needs your help. What are you waiting for? Go Habib, before it is too late.” Habib’s slave also wanted to sacrifice his life for the King of Martyrs, Imam Husayn (a.s.). They both secretly left for Karbala.
In Karbala, Imam Husayn (a.s.) was distributing the weapons to all the Mujahedin. There was one spear left, and someone asked: “O’ Son of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.)! Who is the last spear for?”
Imam Husayn (a.s.) replied: “This is for my childhood friend Habib.” Just then, Habib was walking towards the Imam’s camp. Imam Husayn (a.s.) ran forward to greet him with great affection. On hearing the arrival of Habib, Sayyidah Zaynab (s.a.) sent her salaam to him through Fizzah. Habib sobbed after hearing this and said: “How fortunate are the companions of Imam Husayn (a.s.) that the daughter of Fatima Zahra should honor them with greetings”
On the morning of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, Imam Husayn (a.s.)’s son Hazrat Ali Akbar gave Azaan for the last time. Yazid’s soldiers blew the trumpet to start the battle. One by one Imam Husayn (a.s.)’s companions went to the battle field and gave their lives for Islam.
Between Zohar and Asr time, Habib ibn Mazahir came to Imam Husayn (a.s.) and said: “My Master, Husayn, allow me to go to the battlefield. Let me sacrifice my life for Islam.”
“Habib, my childhood friend, stay with me. You give comfort to me, my friend.”
Habib persisted with his request. Eventually, Imam Husayn (a.s.) gave his permission. Imam Husayn (a.s.) mounted his friend, Habib, on the horse. Habib ibn Mazahir rode into the battlefield. He fought bravely but was finally over-powered. He fell to the ground.
Imam Husayn (a.s.) rushed towards him. Habib looked at the Imam and said: “O’ the grandson of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.), please forgive this humble servant for not being able to more than his unworthy life to you and Islam.” Imam Husayn (a.s.) took Habib in his arms and cried: “O’my friend O’my friend.” Habib died resting his head on Imam Husayn (a.s.)’s shoulder

Later, Habib’s head was cut-off along with other martyrs, but his head was not raised on the spears but was tied to a horse and pulled along the land of Karbala.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

THANKFULLNESS TO ALLAH (S.W.T.)

Human beings are thankful whenever they receive a blessing, a gift, or a favor. We should be thankful to Allah for the limitless and unaccountable blessings, gifts and favors.
The words relating to Grateful and thankfulness, has been used 75 times in the Glorious Qur’an. In the Surah al-Rahman, the Ayah addressing the Mankind and Jinn; “Which of the favors of your Lord do you deny?” has been used 31 times. In Surah al-Nahl Ayah 18: “Even if you wanted to count up all of Allah’s Blessings, you would not be able to.”However, Allah reminds the mankind in Surah al-Fatir, Ayah 3: “People, remember the Bounty of Allah that He has granted to you. Is there any creator besides Allah who could provide you with sustenance from the heavens and the earth?”
Thanking Allah is beneficial to the mankind themselves as mentioned in Surah Luqman, Ayah 12: “We gave wisdom to Luqman so that he would give thanks to Allah. Those who give thanks to Allah do so for their own good. Those who are ungrateful should know that Allah is Self-sufficient and Praiseworthy.”
Allah has included thankfulness to Himself with that of the parents; in Surah Luqman Ayah 14: “(Concerning his parents), We advised the man, whose mother bears him with great pain (weakness after weakness) and breast-feeds him for two years, to give thanks to Me first and then to them (parents)”
Surah Ibraim, Ayah 7: “Remember when your Lord said to you, ‘If you give thanks, I will increase (My favors), but if you are ungrateful, know that My Retribution is severe.”
Surah Baqarah, Ayah 172: “Believers, eat from the good things that We have given you and give thanks to Allah if you worship only Him.”
Surah Baqarah, Ayah 152: “Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thankful to Me and (be) not ungrateful.”
The most precious gift of Allah is the Love of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) and his Pure Progeny which is ordered by
Allah in Surah al-Shurah Ayah 23: “(Muhammad), say, I do not ask you for any payment for my preaching to you except (your) love of (my near) relatives.”
The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “Offering thanks to Allah after a meal has the same reward as fasting in Ramazaan.”
The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) used to pray a sizeable portion of night and fast during the day. When a man inquired as to why He (s.a.w.a.s.) was praying so much, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) replied: “Should I not be a thankful servant of Allah!” Moreover, in spite of his persecution at the hands of the Polytheists, he was always cheerful and thankful to Allah.
Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.) thanked Allah in prostration to Him on the night of Migration when he offered his life as ransom and saved the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.). Imam Ali (a.s.) defined “Tawakkul” saying: “When we get sustenance, we give to others; when we do not get it, we thank Allah!”
If we want to have some idea of Allah’s Blessings, we find innumerable Blessings inside our body; the different systems which make our body functional normally; the circulatory system, digestive system, excretory system, reproductive system, nervous system etc. and the intricate and delicate functioning of our different organs and parts like eyes, nose, ears, tongue, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, thyroid etc.
Similarly, if we look around us, we find the mammoth astronomical heavenly bodies, the blanket of air around the planet; which is absolutely essential for existence of life, the weather, plant life, and animal life and so on.
We should be thankful to Him for providing ease in the performance of various prayers like Tayammum when feeling sick etc. Thanks is also due for the generous reward of ten times for one virtue, no punishment for only thinking of committing any sin unless we commit the sin.
Best way to thank Allah is to follow the “Branches of Islam”, advice people to do virtuous deeds and prevent them from disobeying Allah, the Creator and Provider, also always be aware of His Presence everywhere ,and that He is seeing us, day and night.

Sources used:

Translation of the Glorious Qur’an                        by Ayatullah Agha Pooya Yazdi & Mir Ahmed Ali
                                                                                by Muhammad Sarwar

                                                                                by Sayyid Farman Ali

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TWELVE KHALIFAS IN SUNNI BOOKS AND THE BIBLE

The Shia Faith of Twelve Infallible Imams has also been reported in our Sunni brother’s numerous books of Traditions, but we have restricted our attention here to “Sahah Sittah”. Sahih is the root word for Sahah which means Correct or Truthful. Sittah is the Arabic numeral for six.
In “Sahih al-Bukhari”, it is reported on the authority of Jabir ibn Samurah that he said: “I heard that the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “There will be Twelve Commanders”. He says that He (s.a.w.a.s.) said something I did not hear, so my father told me that they will be from Quraish.” (Sahih al-Bukhari: Kitab al-Ahkam, volume 8, page 127 and Masnad Ahmad bin Hanbal: volume5, page 93)
In “Sahih Muslim”, it is reported; it is reported on the authority of Jabir ibn Samurah that he said: “I entered the presence of the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) with my father. I heard Him (s.a.w.a.s.) saying: “Surely this command will not end until there will be Twelve Successors (Khalifas)” He said that He (s.a.w.a.s.) said something quietly, so I asked my father, “What did He (s.a.w.a.s.) say?” He replied, they are all from Quraish” (Sahih Muslim: volume 6, page 3)
In “Sunan al-Tirmidhi” the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “There will be Twelve Commanders after me.” The reporter said that He (s.a.w.a.s.) said something I did not understand. Therefore, I asked someone beside me, he said: “All of them will be from Quraish.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi: volume 3, page 340)   
In “Sunan abi Dawood” is narrated by Jabir ibn Samurah saying the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “The religion will continue to be established till there are Twelve Caliphs over you, and the whole community will agree on each of them. And then He (s.a.w.a.s.) made some remarks I did not understand, I asked my father, what did He (s.a.w.a.s.) said, he replied; all of them will belong to Quraish.” (Sunan Abi Dawood: book 31, number 4266)
In “The New English Bible” It is mentioned in the Genesis 17, 19-20 “I have heard your prayer for Ishmael. I have blessed him and will make him fruitful. I will multiply his descendants; he shall be father of Twelve Princes; and I will raise a great nation from him.” Neither is these 12 princes the 12 founders of the 12 tribes of Israel, for they were from Isaac or Ishaque (a.s.) nor they were the 12 Arabs mentioned later on in the Bible, for they were not men of authority in the way of Princes. They are the Twelve Khalifas of Allah that followed the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) after whom the Twlever Shias are named, and whose names adorn the Mosque of their Grand Father in Madinah to this day!
Sources used:
Principles of Faith                                                     by Ayatullah al-Uzmah Husayn Vahid Khorasani
Khalifah Islamiah                                                      by Syuab bin Saleh Blogdpot.com

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MUBAHELA

In the early days of Islam, Najran was a big center of learning whose inhabitants were idol-worshipers. Subsequently, they accepted Christianity as their religion. Najran is in Saudi Arabia, south of Jiddah. The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) had sent letters to the heads of different countries inviting them to Islam. One such letter was sent to the Christians of Najran.
It read as follows:
In the name of the God of Ibrahim, Ishaaq and Yaqoob. This letter is from Muhammad, the Prophet and Messenger of                                                         Allah to the Bishop of Najran.
Praise be to the God of Ibrahim, Ishaaq, and Yaqoob. I invite you to worship Allah instead of His servants. I invite you to come out of the rule of servants of Allah and into the rule of Allah Himself.
It is also stated that the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) included the following Ayah of the Glorious Qur’an:
“Say, (O’Muhammad) O People of the Book (Bible), come to an agreement between us and you; that we shall worship none but Allah and that we shall claim no partner to Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords besides Allah” And if they turn away, then say, “Bear witness that we are Muslims (those who have surrendered to Allah).
This was the event of 10 A.H. Sixty learned priests headed by their chief monk priest, Abdul Masih came to Madinah and went straight to meet the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) dressed in silken clothes. The Prophet did not like their attire and turned his face away from them. The Commander of the faithful, Maula Mushkil-Kusha came to their rescue and advised them to dress in simple clothes. When they returned wearing simple clothes, the Prophet warmly welcomed them.
 Following conversation took place:
The Holy Prophet: I invite you to the belief of Tauheed and the worship of one God and submission to His will. (Then he recited Ayah 64 of Surah Aale Imran.)
Abdul Masih: If Islam means faith in one God of the universe, we already believe in Him and follow His commands.
The Holy Prophet: Islam has a few other signs and some of your actions show that you have not accepted true Islam. How do you claim worship of one God when you worship the cross and do not abstain from eating pork and believe that God has a son?
Abdul Masih: Certainly he [Isa (a.s.)] was the son of God because his mother Mary [Mariyam (s.a.)] had given birth to him without marrying anyone in the world. Therefore, obviously his father is the God of this universe. And also because he used to bring dead back to life, cure the sick and create birds from clay and make them fly. It shows that he is God.
The Holy Prophet: No, he was the servant and creature of God, and placed in the womb of his mother Mariyam (s.a.). All his power and strength was granted to him by God.
At this time, Archangel Jibra’eel brought the following Ayah 59 of Surah Ale Imran:
“Surely the example of Isa to Allah is like that of Adam; He created him from dust and the said to him, “Be” and he was”
It means that if Isa (a.s.) could be called the son of God because he was born without father, then Adam (a.s.) deserves this title more because he was born without a father and mother. The priests could not reply to this argument and continued to argue out of obstinacy.
Then the following Ayah 61 of Surah Ale Imran was revealed:
              “And whoever argue with you in this matter after what has come to you of knowledge then say,                 come, let us call our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, ourselves and                           yourselves, then let us humbly pray (to our Lord) and invoke the curse of Allah upon the liars” 
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) produced this verse before the priests and challenged for “Mubahela”. The priests consulted each other and accepted the challenge. It was agreed that the two parties' contest would take place the next day in the open desert outside Madinah. On 24th Zilhajj, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) came out for Mubahela. He was holding Imam Hussayn (a.s.) in his arms, and held Imam Hasan (a.s.) by his hand, Lady of Paradise Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) was behind him, while the Lion of Allah, Imam Ali (a.s.) was behind her. The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said to them, “When I pray for curse of Allah, you should say Ameen”.
In compliance of the Ayah of Mubahela, the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) brought Imam Hasan and Imam Husayn (a.s.) as his “SONS”, Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) in place of “WOMEN” while he could have brought three women, and Imam Ali (a.s.) as his “SELF “while the Ayah had the accommodation for three.
The priests, by seeing these shining faces emitting light, were spellbound. Their hearts trembled and they began to shake on seeing the light radiating from The Holy Panjetan (a.s.).
Their leader asked: “who are these persons who have come with Muhammad”
A man told their names and their relationship with the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.). He could no longer hold his patience and cried out:
“By God, I am seeing such faces that if they were to pray to God to move the mountain, God Almighty would move the mountain for them. O You People of Najran, if you contest with Muhammad in this prayer of invoking curses on the liars, then I warn you that all of you will be destroyed and not a single soul will remain on this earth. I feel that it would be better to surrender to them and obey them
After the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) heard these words, he later remarked:
“By God, had the Christians of Najran contested with us, they would have been transformed into monkeys and swine. Fire would have rained over them”  
It is a historic event of a unique triumph of Islam. This event unquestionably established the truth about Islam and the spiritual purity of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). It proved beyond doubt as to who were the members of The House of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) and their “unquestionable Truthfulness!”
There is a point to be remembered here that in Arabic language the plural tense is used for more than three. Allah had provided the place for three or more than three persons in the categories of “SONS”, “WOMEN”, and “SELVES”. But the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) had to decide as to who were the persons who were “TRUTHFUL and never lied in their life time, because Mubahela would bring up Allah’s curse on the “LIARS”. It was a crucial test for IslamHence, he picked-up Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Hussayn (a.s.); only two persons for the place in “SONS”. While in the place of “WOMEN”, he picked-up his daughter, The Lady of Paradise, Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.). Similarly, in the place of “SELVES”, he picked up The Conqueror of Khyber, Imam Ali (a.s.).
After the sad demise of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.), when Hazrat Fatima Zahra (s.a.) claimed her gifted property of Fidak, which was given to her by her father, Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.). The Caliph did not accept her testimony, that of Imam Ali (a.s.) nor Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Husayn (a.s.). These were the same Panjetan, whose Truthfulness was accepted by Allah on the eve of Mubahela!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

STORIES OF PIOUS MEN

Martyr Ayatullah Mutaza Mutahhari (r.a.) has written many valuable books, among which is a book called “Dastan Rastan”. A few stories are reproduced below:
“The New Convert”
Two neighbors, a Muslim and a Christian, were on a friendly terms. They would exchange greetings, inquire about their health and family. The Muslim was a devout and religious man and would speak high of his religion. Consequently, the Christian friend embraced Islam. The night passed and it was nearing dawn. The Christian, the new convert, heard somebody ramming his door. Surprised and restless, he shouted “Who is it?” The reply came “I was so and so, who had the honor of converting him to Islam.” He said “What do you want at this late hour?” He said “Be quick, get ready to go to mosque for prayer.”
They were early for the morning prayers hence they performed recommended prayers till Fjar prayer. They performed Fajar Prayer. After that the Muslim friend forced him to read supplications. After that he told the new convert to fast because there were many benefits of fasting and also gave the Glorious Qur’an to recite. Then he urged the new convert to pray noon prayers in the mosque. Likewise, he convinced the new Muslim to pray Asr prayers also. He dragged the new convert to pray Maghreb and also Esha at the mosque.
Next day at the same hour of night, he heard a knock at the door. Reply came “I am so and so, your neighbor, get ready to go to mosque.”
“As soon as I returned from mosque last night, I resigned from your religion. Please go away and some other idle man, who has nothing to do in this world, so that, may be able to spend his whole time in the mosque. I am a poor man having a wife and children to feed. I should better go after my work to earn my livelihood.
“What did happen to your sons?”
After the martyrdom the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (a.s.), Muawiya met many of the sincere companions or followers and wanted to hear few words of regrets for supporting their Imam (a.s.). One day he met Adi, son of Hatim, the paramount chief of Tai tribe. He, his sons and his tribe were always ready to sacrifice everything for Imam Ali (a.s.). His three sons, Tarfa, Turaif, and Tarif, were martyred in Battle of Siffin, under the banner of Imam Ali (a.s.). Muawiya wanted to revive the sad memories of his sons and to make him confess how much harm had come to him in the friendship of Imam Ali (a.s.).
Muawiya said “What happened to your sons?” Adi replied “They were martyred in Siffin.”  
Muawiya “Ali did not do justice to you.” Adi said “I did not justice to Ali.”
Muawiya said “Why?” Adi replied “Because he was killed and I am still alive. I should have sacrificed myself in his life time.” Muawiya was not pleased to hear the reply. However, he asked Adi  to speak  about his Imam. Adi said:
                “By God, Ali was the most far-sighted and strong man. He was an ocean of knowledge                 and wisdom. He hated the worldly pomp and show, and liked the solitude of night. He                 wept more in love of Allah. He scrutinized his own self and like a simple life. Amongst                 us he was like one of us. If we requested Him for anything, he granted our request.                      When we visited him he made us sit near  him without  keeping any distance. His                          presence was so awe inspiring that we did not dare utter any words. He was so                              majestic that we could not look at him. He respected honest and pious people and                       was kind to indigent. Neither a strong man had a fear of injustice from him, nor a weak                 person ever, lost hope of his justice. By God, one night I saw him standing at his place               of worship, tears were rolling down on his face and beard, he was restless like snake-                   bitten person and was weeping like a  breaved person. I heard him addressing the                         world: “O World! You are coming towards me and wanted to lure me. Go deceive
              someone else. I have divorced you three times after which there is no return. Alas!                      The provision is too little, the journey is too long, and there is no companion.”
Muawiya said “Now tell me how do you feel without him?”
Adi replied “I feel like a mother whose dear-one is beheaded in her lap.”
Muawiya “Wouldn’t you ever forget him?”
Adi replied “Would the world allow me to forget him!”