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The Imam's birth had coincided with the reign of al-Mutamad, the well-known Abbaside king. He, being aware of the prophecy of the twelfth Imam's birth occuring in his reign, was extremely worried and anxious to trace him out.
But on the death of Imam Hasan Askari, when he was informed about the Imam's funeral prayer having been conducted by his four year old son, his perplexity knew no bounds.
It struck his mind that this boy must be the Imam, but he managed to hide his inner concern at the news of the existence of the young Imam. In order to get confirmation that the young Imam did in fact exist, he ordered the arrest of the Imam's mother, Janab-e-Nargis Khatoon.
In a tradition upon whose authenticity all Muslims agree, the Holy Prophet has said:
Even if the entire duration of the world's existence has already been exhausted and only one day is left before Doomsday (Day of judgment), Allah will expand that day to such a length of time, as to accommodate the kingdom of a person out of my Ahlul-Bayt who will be called by my name. He will then fill out the earth with peace and justice as it will have been full of injustice and tyranny before then."
Sunni Reference: Sahih Tirmidhi, V2, P86, V9, P74-75 (There are many more.)
The context of the above precious tradition informs the golden divine promises will take place, sooner or later, one way or another, as mentioned in most of the Shi'ite and Sunnit sources.
In a tradition the Holy Prophet said to the Commander of believers, Ali, that:
"There will be twelve Guides (Imams) after me, the first of whom is you, O' Ali, and the last one will be the 'Support' (al-Qa'im), who with the grace of Allah, will gain victory over the whole east and west of the world."
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Hasan ibn Ali ibn Muhammad (c. 846 – 874), also called Abu Muhammad and Ibn al-Ridha, was known as al-Askari (Askar being the word for military), for the city (Samarra) he had to live in was a garrison town. He was the eleventh Shia Imam after his father Ali al-Hadi and lived under house arrest in Samarra, especially since it was known that the Shia were looking forward to his son, Muhammad al-Mahdi, the twelfth Imam, who was destined to remove injustice from the world. Al-Askari married Narjis Khatun, the daughter of the Byzantine emperor, who following instructions given her in a dream, had sold herself into slavery to become his wife. Al-Askari was kept in prison most of his life until, according to some Shia sources, he was poisoned at the age of 28 at the instigation of the Abbasid caliph Al-Mu'tamid and was buried in Samarra
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O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and
a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other
(not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the
sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full
knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Surah Al-Hujuraat, 13)
In the same surah, the following is stated:
“The Believers are but a single Brotherhood: So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers.”
As it is understood from the verses above, God regards only believers as brothers not people of other nations. According to Islam, a person who is not a believer cannot be the heir of his believing father. When there is no belief, worldly, organic and racial relations lose their importance.
The apostle of God (PBUH), who said, “No man is a true believer unless he wants for his brother that which he wants for himself”, guides us about how this verse has a reflection on our realm of deed and emotion.
What should be done when hatred and enmity occur between believers though they are supposed to love each other? The continuation of the verse orders the following: “make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers.” Let their hostility turn into friendship, love and brotherhood.
Yes, according to the decree of the Qur’an, all believers are brothers of one another. They are a family. On one line. The people who cause separation between them are considered to have worked for enemies knowingly or unknowingly.
A divine lesson from the surah of Hud: In the event of Noah’s flood, when Noah said, “O God! My son is also from my family. (my breed)” O Noah, he is not from your family (breed).” So a person’s unbeliever and rebellious son is not considered from his breed. Then, an unbeliever from his race cannot be his friend or brother. Here is a related verse from God where there is no room for intentional misinterpretation:
“O ye who believe! Take not for protectors your fathers and your brothers if they love infidelity above faith: if any of you do so they do wrong.” (Surah at-Taubah, 23)
This verse is another explanation of the verse, “The Believers are but a single Brotherhood” in which there is a fine and deep consciousness.
Your father or brother who does not believe is not your friend.
Those who befriend them are considered to have disobeyed the truth and oppressed.
He is considered to have used his sense of love, which is given to him by God as a gift, in the wrong place and oppressed…
He/she caused himself/herself to be put into Hell with his/her wrong decision. He/she has suppressed his/her soul.
By doing so, the unbeliever has a better place than a believer in his/her heart and he/she has become an oppressor with his/her great injustice.
Allah who is “Malik Yawm ad-Deen” (The Owner of the Day of ad-Deen) states the following: “The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail. But only he (will prosper) that brings to Allah a sound heart..” (Surah ash-Shuara, 88-89
Is the relation between the son and father not the first step and the most advanced level of racial closeness? This verse informs us that this closeness will have no value at all on the Day of Judgment. So what value does racism have at this point? On that day, no property or the number of sons of any person will have any value at all.
On that day, the only valid thing will be the Submitted Soul. The pure heart of a person which is submitted to and become the slave of his Creator’s orders. A soul who does not tied his affection to anything but Him. This soul is precious no matter who owns it. And Paradise is the place where the reward is given to the submitted souls. Every believer will be given a position according to his/her ihklas (sincerity), deeds, morals and ambition there. All positions exist there according to these values. There are no separate positions for races in that place).
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One of the world's biggest pilgrimages is underway
One of the biggest pilgrimages in the world is underway, with millions of Shia Muslims risking their lives to travel through Iraq.
They are making their way to the city of Karbala, 62 miles south-west of Baghdad, for the holy day of Arbaeen on 2 December - a journey that has previously been the target of numerous terrorist attacks.
Arbaeen marks the end of a 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Imam Hussein in 680.
Shia Muslims revere him as their third imam and mourn his defeat at the battle of Karbala, when he and his companions were killed and beheaded by Caliph Yazid’s army.
The city holds the Imam Hussein Shrine, which was the destination of an estimated 27to 29 million people from 50 countries in 2014.which and now is for An estimate from 29 to 31 million pilgrims will gather in Karbala, Iraq for the Arba'een in December 2015
List of largest peaceful gatherings for Arba'een
An estimate from 29 to 31 million pilgrims will gather in Karbala, Iraq for the Arba'een in December 2015
An estimated from 27 to 29 million pilgrims gathered in Karbala, Iraq for the Arba'een in December 2014
An estimated 21.2 million people visited the shrine of Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in January 2013
An estimated 18 million people visited the shrine of Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2012]
An estimated 15 million people visited the shrine of Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2011
An estimated 10 to 14 million people visited the shrine of Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2010]
An estimated 10 to 14 million people visited the shrine of Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala, Iraq during Arba'een in 2009
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On the 10th day of the month of Muharram 61H (October 11th 680 AD), a tragic event took place in the southern part of Iraq at a place known as Karbala on the bank of the Euphrates river. It seemed in those days insignificant from the historical point of view.
A large army of 30,000 that had been mobilized by the Umayyad regime, besieged Imam Hussein, the grandson of the holy prophet Muhammad, and 71 of his loyal companions and forced them to pay allegiance to the corrupt caliph Yazid and to submit to his authority.
The small group resisted and a severe battle took place in which the Imam and all his companions were killed, and his female family members were taken as war prisoners
The city is located about 105 km southwest of the Capital Baghdad at 32.61°N, 44.08°E, it lies on the edge of the desert west of Euphrates river and on the left side of the (Hussainiya) canal. Al-Anbar province borders the city from its west and north, Najaf province borders the south side of the city; east side of the city is bordered by Babil province and some parts of Baghdad.
The city's weather is damp, very hot at summer season, and fair at fall; its lands take the water from the canals of the Euphrates River, the city has many orchards , its has plain lands which made suitable for various agriculture, we can see many fruit trees and palm trees surrounding the city from all sides
It appeared at that time, like hundreds of similar events, that this battle would be recorded in history and forgotten in time. However, the events that occurred on the 10th of Muharram in Karbala were to become a beacon and an inspiration for future generations, and a reflection of good versus evil.
Who was this small group? The leader of the small band of men who were martyred in Karbala was none other than Hussein , son of Ali ibn Abi Talib and Fatima daughter of the Prophet, and grandson of the Prophet , for whom the Prophet once said, “Hussain is from me and I am from Hussein.
May Allah love whoever loves Hussein.” Accompanying this small group were Hussein's immediate family, relatives, and close companions.
Upon the murder of his brother Hassan, Hussein became the leader of the household of the Prophet. Hussein honored the agreement of peace signed by his brother Hassan , in order to safeguard the security of the Muslim nation, which was at stake with the tyrant ruler Mu’awiyah.
Despite the urging of his followers, Hussein did not undertake any activity that threatened the political status quo. Rather he continued with the responsibility of looking after the religious needs of the people and was recognized for his knowledge, piety, and generosity.
A brief history of the enemy. The second caliph appointed Mu’awiyah as the governor of Syria. Mu’awiyah hypocritically became a Muslim only when the Prophet triumphed over Mecca. Those who became Muslim in this manner were called tulaqqa’, a term scornfully used for the disbelievers who became Muslims to save their lives.
Mu’awiyah’s family and ancestors were all termed tulaqqa’, and were also known as active opponents to Islam. Mu’awiyah never forgot this stigma, or the hostility his family held towards Islam, thus a feeling of vengeance always existed in his heart.
Upon seizing power, Mu’awiyah took advantage of the rich public treasury, using it personally to buy favors and influence people. He began killing his opponents and critics, and conspired the murder of Imam Hassan.
He also started campaigning to introduce monarchy into the political system of Islam. Mu’awiyah sent his agents to prominent members of the communities to obtain allegiance of loyalty to his son Yazid.
People protested vigorously and Mu’awiyah used his traditional method of coercion—money and the sword. Upon Mu’awiyah’s death, his son Yazid, age of 30, managed to impose himself on the people and became the caliph using all possible means like bribery, pressure, threats, and force.
People refused to recognize him as the representative of the Prophet and the leader of the Islamic nation. Yazid commissioned his governor over Medina, to ask for Imam Hussein's allegiance of loyalty or else his life. Imam Hussein was quick to realize that giving allegiance of loyalty to Yazid would serve no purpose but to jeopardize the survival of Islam.
The principles and laws of Islam demanded that Hussein act to warn and safeguard the Islamic nation of the evil situation which it was in, and to stand in the way of the deviating ruler.Karbala and the day of Ashura. Imam Hussein was certain that by awakening the misery lives of the Muslim nation, under the tyrannical rule of Yazid, was to sacrifice his blood for the sake of defending Islam.
The people of Kufa (a town in southern Iraq) sent over 12,000 letters to Imam Hussein inviting him to their city in support for his leadership. Imam Hussein remarked when he left his hometown with his family and companions for the last time, “I am not rising against Yazid as an insolent or an arrogant person, or as a mischief-monger, or tyrant.
I have risen against Yazid as I seek to reform the Ummah (Islamic nation) of my grandfather. I wish to bid the good and forbid the evil.”
Before reaching the city of Kufa, Imam Hussein's small group was intercepted by the large army of Umayyad. The army quickly surrounded and trapped Imam Hussein , his family, and companions in the desert plains called Karbala. Within 10 days, Imam’s camp was subject to hunger, thirst, and brutal killings.
The 10th of Muharram marked the end of the tragedy but the beginning of enlightenment. While praying, Imam Hussein was killed, his body trampled beneath the hoofs of horses and his head cut off, speared, and paraded before his captivated family and a few companions, and through the villages and towns as they were taken to Damascus and his head presented at the feet of Yazid.
Why do Muslims remember Ashura? Imam Hussein sacrificed his life along with 72 believing men, all for the sake of truth over falsehood.
The tragedy of Karbala represents a conscious confrontation and a courageous resistance for a sacred cause. The whole nation had failed to stand up to Yazid. They had succumbed to his will, and deviation and regression towards the pre-Islamic ways that were increasing.
Passiveness by Hussein in this situation would have meant the end of Islam, as we know it. Imam Hussein took it upon himself the responsibility of the whole nation. The greatest tragedy was he stood up for the noblest of causes—the defense of Islam, and was killed in such a cruel manner.
It is for this reason that the sacrifice of Hussein is commemorated annually throughout the Muslim world. The tragic event shook the very foundations of the Muslim nation, stirred their consciousness, and became a beacon of light and guidance. The 10th of Muharram, Ashura serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of the family of the Prophet . It also makes Muslims aware of the people, then and now, who tried to destroy Islam and the family of the Prophet and all that they stood for, as well as those who watched, listened, and did nothing.
After the death of Mu’awiyah, Imam Hussein faced two bitter choices by the governor of Medina: either to pay allegiance to the tyrant Yazid or to face execution. Because of the threat Imam Hussein was forced to leave his birthplace, the city of Medina, to Makkah on the 29th of Rajab60H/May 6th 680AD.
The distance between Medina and Makkah is 420km. It took the Imam and his family five days to travel to Makkah, they arrived on the 4th of Sha'ban 60H/May 11th 680AD.
Imam Hussein stayed in Makkah for 120 days, from the 4th of Sha'ban to the 7th of Dhil Hijjah 60H/May 11th to September 9th 680AD. During this time Imam Hussein received thousands of letters and delegates from Iraq inviting him to lead the movement against the unjust rule of Bani Umayyad.
Still under the threat of assassination by Bani Umayyad, Imam Hussein, his family, and companions abruptly departed Makkah and headed towards Iraq on the 8th of Dhil Hijjah/September 10th 680AD, the same day that the pilgrims leave for Makkah to Mena to perform the pilgrimage.
The distance between Makkah and Karbala, Iraq is 1,470km. At an average rate of 64km, it took the caravan of Imam Hussein 23 days to journey to Karbala. After passing 38 resting stations and villages Hussein's caravan finally reached the land of Karbala on the 2nd of Muharram 61H/October 3rd 680AD.
The army of Bani Umayyad surrounded the camp of Imam Hussein in Karbala on the 9th of Muharram/October 10th 680AD. The army numbered 30,000 soldiers commanded by Omar ibn Sa’d
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God doesn’t need our prayers, right? So, why did He order us to pray to Him 5 times every day? What is the significance of prayer?
Have you ever reflected on the words you say near the end of every prayer? They are (translated into English):
“Greetings to God, and prayers and all good things.”
“Peace is upon you, O Prophet, and the mercy of God and His blessings.”
“Peace be upon us, and upon all righteous worshipers of God. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His worshiper and Messenger.”
It is called At-Tashahhud, as you know. It sounds like a conversation, doesn’t it?
I read a long time ago that it is the conversation that took place between the Prophet (PBUH) and God, when God invited him up above the Seventh Heaven and before His Throne during the Night and Ascension journey (Al-Israa’ wal-Mi`raaj).
Whoa! When we pray, we are in an ascension toward God. Does that answer your question about significance? No wonder many of the Salaf (Muslim predecessors), such as An-Naysapoori and As-Suyooti, have described prayer as “the ascension of the believer”.
Prayer is so important that it is the only mandate in Islam that was made directly by God to the Prophet (PBUH) on the Ascension journey. Everything else was conveyed by Gabriel as Quran or in inspirations as Hadith.
One Qudsi (holy) Hadeeth, narrated by Abu-Qataada and reported by Ibn Maajah and Abu-Daawood, states that prayer is “the covenant between God and the believers. If they keep it, God will fulfill His Covenant with them by admitting them to Paradise. If they don’t keep it, they have no covenant!”
Prayer, therefore, is the most important tool we have to keep our covenant with God.
Why do we have to pray? Do you need to eat and drink everyday to stay alive? That’s the food for the body. The food for the soul is the company of God. Prayer gives us that. God does not need our prayers. We do. Our souls would die without it.
One of the fascinating verses in the Quran to me is this, “So, endure what they say and sanctify with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting; and during periods of the night sanctify [God] and at the ends of the day, that you may be contented.” (20:130)
Did you notice that? “so that you may be contented“. We are the beneficiaries of prayer. That verse also answers the question, “why five times?” Because our soul needs its food that often, much like our bodies need to eat and drink three or more times everyday.
The spreading of prayer times over the waking hours also serves to make each one lighter to do and leaves no period without the remembrance of God, which we all need to stay focused on what’s really important.
Do you take a bath frequently to keep clean? The Prophet (PBUH) gave that parable about the prayer.
He said to his fellows, “See you if there was a river by the door of one of you, in which he bathes five times a day; does that leave out of his dirt anything?” They answered, “That would not leave out of his dirt anything.” He replied, “That is the parable of the five prayers: God erases with them the sins.”
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How do I know Allah and Islam? The problem is here in Egypt (and I’m not generalizing), I can’t find a good scholar (who I can contact to reach)… I read in books about Islam and it tells me good things about it but in reality, I see something different (or I don’t see it at all). I don’t know what Islam actually is.
I am sure you will be able to find a good scholar somewhere, if not in your locality; there is always the internet where you can connect with scholars worldwide. We are also more than happy to answer any questions that you may have at Ask About Islam.
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