Sunday, 24th July, 2016
19th July, Tuesday
– Re-opening of Dua Tawassul & Akhlak Class
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
21st July, Thursday
– Dua Kumayl
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
22nd July, Friday
– Youth Class (New Shias are welcome)
– Topic: Solat
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
24th July, Sunday
– JMAS EOGM
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
Please take note that there is no Friday Prayers at Husseiniyah Az-Zahra on July 22
Significance of the month of Shawwal
Highlight of the month is Eidul Fitr on 1st of Shawwal. Imam Ali (as) is quoted as saying:”‘Eid is for those whose fasts have been accepted and whose salaat are worthy of reckoning and every day when one does not commit a sin it is Eid” (Nahjul Balaghah, Maxim no. 428)
On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, Imam Ali (as) delivered a sermon in which he said:”O people! Verily this day of yours is the day when the righteous are awarded and the wretched are losers. It is a day which is similar to the one on which you shall be standing (before your Lord). Therefore, when you come out of your homes to go to places of your prayer, remind yourselves about the day when you (your souls) shall come out of your bodies to go to your Lord. When you stand at places of your prayer, remind yourselves of your standing in the presence of your Lord (on the day of Judgment). And when you return to your homes (after prayer), remind yourselves about your returning to your homes in Paradise.
Read more at the following link: http://www.duas.org/Iddduas.htm
25th Shawwal: Martyrdom of Imam Jaafar Sadiq(a.s.)
Imam Jaafar Sadiq(a.s.), the sixth imam is famous for propagating the religious sciences. The Jaafari school of thought is the result of his efforts. He instructed many scholars such as Zararah, Muhammad ibn Muslim, Mu’min Taqi, Hisham ibn Hakam, Aban ibn Taghlib, Hisham ibn Salim, Hurayz, Hisham Kalbi Nassabah, and Jabir ibn Hayyan, the alchemist. Even some important Sunni scholars such as Sufyan Thawri, Abu Hanifah, the founder of the Hanafi school of law, Qadi. l Sukuni, Qadi Abu’l-Bakhtari, and others, had the honour of being his students. It is said that his classes and sessions of instruction produced four thousand scholars of hadith and other sciences.
Towards the end of his life the Imam was subjected to severe restrictions by the Abbasid caliph Mansur, who ordered such torture and merciless killing of many of the descendants of the Prophet (saw).. Hisham, the Umayyad caliph, had ordered the sixth Imam to be arrested and brought to Damascus. Later, the Imam was arrested by Saffah., the Abbasid caliph, and brought to Iraq. Finally, Mansur had him arrested again and brought to Samarrah where he had the Imam kept under supervision, was in every way harsh and discourteous to him, and several times thought of killing him. Eventually the Imam was allowed-to return to Medina where he spent the rest of his life in hiding, until he was poisoned and martyred through the intrigue of Mansur….. for more information click here.
His last words: It was in the last moments of the Imām’s life when he opened his blessed eyes and said: Gather all of my family and relatives now and bring them to me! Thus, we gathered every one of the relatives until no-one was left. He turned to them & although going in and out of consciousness, at one point, the Imam a.s. looked towards the family and said:
“Surely our intercession shall never reach to those people who take their Salaat lightly.”
[Reference: Bihar al-Anwar , vol. 6, p. 154 ,and vol. 4, p. 297, narrated by Abu Basir]
Scientific & Spiritual teachings of Imam Jaafar Sadiq(a.s.)
Pearls of Wisdom from Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (`a), narrated by his companion Mufaddal ibn `Umar .As recorded by ‘Allamah Majlisi (d. 1110 AH) in Bihar al-‘Anwar, volume 3, page 57, chapter (bab) 4, tradition (riwayah) no. 29. Pl click :Tradition of Mufaddal
Excerpts from the book “The Great Muslim Scientist and Philosopher”, an English translation by Kaukab Ali Mirza of the famous Persian book “Maghze Mutafakkir Jehan Shia”, which is a translation from a French thesis published by The Research Committee of Strasbourg, France, about the contribution made by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (A.S.) to science, philosophy, literature and irfan (gnosticism). For more please click here
Important dates in this month
1st – Eid ul fitr
4th – Mustahab to fast from the 4th up to the 9th
5th ‐ Arrival of Hazrat Muslim ibn‐e‐Aqeel(a.s.) in Kufa ‐ (60 A.H.)
6th ‐ Battle of Hunnain ‐ (6 A.H.)
8th – Youm e inhidame Janat ul Baqi (Medina cemetery demolition in 1925)
9th ‐ Battle of Ahzab/Khandaq ‐ (5 A.H.) /9th- Beginning of Ghaibat e Kubra
12th – Death of Shaikh Bahai 1030 AH
13 th – Moon split by Prophet (saw)/Birth Shaheed saani /Death Syed Borujerdi
14th – Death Syed Abdul Azeem Hassani
18th – Marriage of Prophet (saw) with Lady Khadija (a.r.)
23rd ‐ Battle of Ohod & Martyrdom of Hazrat Hamza (a.r.) ‐ (3 A.H.)
25th ‐ Martyrdom of Imam Jafer Sadiq(a.s.) 6th Imam (148 A.H.)
28th – Death Ayt Jawad Tabrizi
29th – Death Ayt Wahid Behbahani
30th ‐ Death of Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) son of Prophet Mohammad (saw) (10 A.H.)
For more information please click on the following links
Shia Sunni Unity
A tech savvy JMAS member, with the help of his team comprising momineen from shia community in Singapore and India, has launched a hi-tech product designed to drive away the devil from our homes. To use his words, ” it is perhaps the world’s first smart azan clock and much more, crafted with care for all the lovers of Ahlulbayt (a.s) worldwide!” Do visit their website: https://www.eahlulbayt.com
Quran [4:80] He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah: But if any turn away, We have not sent thee to watch over their (evil deeds)
Prophet Muhammad (saw) is acknowledged as the Best Leader of all Times considering:
- Smallness of means ( Born / Preached in Mecca among ignorant poor tribes),
- Greatness of Purpose (Salvation of Entire Humanity ! ) and
- Results Achieved (Within 1400 years, there would be > 2 billion Muslims !)
Through the Prophet, Allah swt revealed the Book that enlightens us: the glorious Quran
Quran and Prophet (s) introduce us to Ahlulbayt (a):
Quran [42:23] ” That is of which Allah gives the good news to His servants, (to) those who believe and do good deeds. Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives; and whoever earns good, We give him more of good therein; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful.”
This verse commands the Muslims to love the Ahl ul Bayt if they want to repay the Holy Prophet for his toils of prophethood so that they should follow the Ahl ul Bayt in word and deed, because they have been thoroughly purified by Allah Himself, because they are the truthful, because they are the custodians of the word of Allah, because they know the true interpretation of the guidance sent for all mankind.
Event of the Cloak: When the purification verse (Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:33) was revealed, the Holy Prophet (S) was in the house of Umme-Salema. At the revelation of: “Verily willeth God to keep away impurity from you O People of the House! and He purifieth you with the perfect purification,” the Holy Prophet (S) assembled his daughter Fatima (a), her two sons Hasan (a) and Hussein (a) and her husband, his cousin Ali (a) and covered the group including himself with his own mantle and addressing God said: “O God! These constitute my progeny! Keep them away from every kind of impurity, purified with perfect purification.”
The Prophet (s) saying “The verse of purification was revealed concerning five people: myself, Ali, Hassan, Hussein, and Fatima.” is reported in Is^af Al-Raghibeen, p. 116; Sahih Muslim, Kitab Fadha’il Al-Sahaba…. read more
Event of the Mubahila: Says Quran [3:61] “And if anyone should argue with thee about this (truth) after all the knowledge that has come unto thee, say: “Come ! Let us summon our sons and your sons, and our women and your women, and ourselves and yourselves; and then let us pray (together) humbly and ardently, and let us invoke God’s curse upon those (of us) who are telling a lie.”
This verse is a reference to the historic Mubahila or the Spiritual debate with the Christians of Najran. At the appointed hour the Holy Prophet (S) entered the field with Hussein (a) in his lap, Hasan (a) holding his finger and walking beside him, Lady Fatima (a) following him and Ali (a) behind her.. The Holy Prophet (S) then raised his hands towards heaven and said “Allahumma haa’oolaae Ahlu-Bayti” i.e. Lord these are the people of my house. At the appearance of these godly souls with the hallow of the divine light radiating from their holy faces, the chief monk who had brought the selected group of Christians, began to gaze at their faces and exclaimed “By God! I see the faces which, if they pray to God for mountains to move from their places, the mountains will immediately move.”
The events of the Cloak and Mubahila prove beyond all doubt as to who are the members of the family of the Holy Prophet (S), i.e., the holy Prophet’s Ahlul Bayt (a)…. more
At Ghadeer, Ali (a) is appointed as the first Imam. Said the Prophet (saw): Whoever accepts me as a master, Ali is his master too.
Imam Ali (a) was the cousin of our Holy Prophet. His birth in the Ka’bah is unique in the history of the world. Neither a prophet nor a Divine saint was ever blessed with such an honour. He was brought up under the care and affection of the Holy Prophet. As Ali says: “The Holy Prophet brought me up in his own arms and fed me with his own morsel. I followed him wherever he went like a baby-camel following its mother. Each day a new aspect of his character would beam out of his noble person and I would accept it and follow it as a command.” (Nahju’1-balaghah)
Prophet’s sayings about Imam Ali (a):
“Ali (a) is with the Qur’an, and the Qur’an is with Ali.” Al-Bukhari, 5/19; Muslim, 2/360; Al-Tirmidhi, 5/304; Mustadrak Al-Sahihain of Al-Hakim Al-Nisabori, 3/109; Ibn Majah, 1/28; Musnad Ahmad, 3/328.
“Love for Ali (a) is faith, and hatred for Ali is hypocrisy.” Ibn Al-Maghazeli, 67; Al-Khawarizmi, 236; Fara’id Al-Samateen; Yanabi^ Al-Mawda.
” O `Ali, you are my brother in this world as well as in the Hereafter. I am the city of knowledge and ‘Ali is the gate. Nobody knows ‘Ali except Allah and I. Nobody know me except Allah and `Ali. If you want to see the knowledge of Adam, the piety of Noah, the devotion of Abraham, the awe of Moses, and the service and abstinence of Christ, look at the bright face of `Ali ….. more
Examples of the treasures of knowledge from Imam Ali a.s.:
Good Governance (cited recently by the U.N.): An order to Malik
A Worldview for a Successful Life: Imam’s Advice
Sayings of Imam Ali a.s.
- Blessed is the man who always kept the life after death in his view, who remembered the Day of Judgment through all his deeds, who led a contented life and who was happy with the lot that Allah had destined for him.
- The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.
- Value of a man depends upon his courage; his veracity depends upon his self-respect and his chastity depends upon his sense of honor.
- Success is the result of foresight and resolution, foresight depends upon deep thinking and planning and the most important factor of planning is to keep your secrets to yourself.
- Be afraid of a gentleman when he is hungry, and of a mean person when his stomach is full.
- So long as fortune is favouring you, your defects will remain covered.
- Generosity is to help a deserving person without his request, and if you help him after his request, then it is either out of self-respect or to avoid rebuke.
- There is no greater wealth than wisdom, no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture and no greater support than consultation.
- Contentment is the capital which will never diminish.
- Wealth is the fountain head of passions.
- Whoever warns you against sins and vices is like the one who gives you good tidings.
- Tongue is a beast, if it is let loose, it devours.
- …. read more
Ashura: A Timeless Event and a Teacher Par Excellence
After 1400 years, the mourning continues unabated: As soon as the moon of the month of Muharram is sighted, a deep transformation comes about in shias. The trigger is the remembrance of severe atrocities against Imam Husain (a.s.) , the grandson of the Prophet (swt), and his family and companions for their refusal to allow the hijacking and distortion of Islam by the corrupt rulers….. more
“Why?” You may ask. “How is this even possible?”: Considering how we tend to forget over time all sorts of tragedies, including loss of our own loved ones, one can understand the bewilderment of the world at our intense mourning over an event that took place more than 1400 years ago in Karbala. How is it, they ask, that the lapse of these centuries has done nothing to diminish even slightly the sense of deep sorrow that we feel during this month and the firm determination it revives in us to fight against oppression in general and corruption of islam in particular….. more
And fuelled by this mourning year after year, the learning too continues unabated in the world-wide open university of Imam Hussain (as). Every year millions attend islamic lectures during the months of Muharram and Safar. Young and old, poor and rich, regardless of colour, race or gender, come in large numbers to attend the open, free of cost, classes at Husainiyas all over the world. They acquire knowledge that makes life meaningful. Quran, the last book of divine revelation, comes alive as they learn its true meaning from the school of the Prophet and his pure household. Lessons about how to worship Allah swt and surrender to His Will are taught on the basis of real life examples of the best role models the world has seen…. more
The Awaited Saviour
Beginning of Leadership of Imam Mehdi (ajtfs): 9th of Rabiul Awwal marks the day when our 12th and Living Imam, Al-Hujjat ibnil Hasan al-Askari ajtfs assumed the position of Imamat in 260 AH ….. more
A Dose of Islam for Today
Daily Quran Verse : In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Safinat-ul-Bihar, vol. 2, p. 553”