The month of Rabiulawal
4th Rabiulawal, Mon, 5th Dec: Wafat Bibi Masooma-e-Qum (SA)
8th Rabiulawal, Fri, 9th Dec: Shahadat Imam Hassan Askari (AS)
9th Rabiulawal, Sat, 10th Dec: Eid-e-Zehra (SA)
17th Rabiulawal, Sun, 18th Dec:
Willadat Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) & Imam Jafar al Sadiq (AS)
18th Rabiulawal, Mon, 19th Dec: Willadat Bibi Umme Kulsoom binte Ali (SA)
Prophet Muhammad (saw): Accepted 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 !)
Detailed Biography : Hayat Al-Qulub
What Non-Muslims Say : www.al-islam.org
Through the Prophet, Allah swt revealed the Book that enlightens us: the glorious Quran
3rd Dec, Saturday
-1) Book Club – Nafasul Mahmoom
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
2) Call of the Awaitors
– After Maghrib/Isya’ Congregational Prayers
– Recitation of surah Yasin, Ziarat Ale Yasin and Speech on Imam Mahdi(ajfs)
– Husseiniyah Az-Zahra
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
Imam Hasan Al-askari’s sayings
Generosity has a limit, when crossed becomes extravagance; caution has a limit when crossed becomes cowardice; thriftiness has a limit, when crossed becomes miserliness; courage has a limit, when crossed becomes fool-hardiness. Let this moral lesson suffice: refrain from doing anything which you would disapprove of if done by someone else.
Let piety be your provision, patience be your garment, and buy hardship in the path of Allah. Be true in your speech, trustworthy in performing your deeds, prolong your sajdah (prostration), deal with others with best behavior, and treat your neighbor amicably. Perform your prayers even with those whom you think to be your opposition; attend their funeral ceremonies, visit their sick, and give them their rights. Verily I tell you that whosoever is honest and has good behavior in the eyes of others, he is the pious Shia whom I will be proud of. Therefore, fear Allah, be as adornment on behalf of us and be not as shame that defames our name. This is the only way by which others shall be attracted toward us (the Ahlul Bayt of the Holy Prophet s.w.) More quotes
Lady Fatima Masuma (a)
She was the daughter of the 7th Imam, Imam Musa al-Kadhim (a), and the sister of the 8th Imam, Imam Ali al-Rida (a). She was a noble lady who dedicated her life to Islam and Allah. She is buried in the city of Qum in Iran. Here is a link to the ebook that includes her biography, education, and narration of traditions. It also includes the history and description of her shrine and a brief look at the city of Qum: www.al-islam.org
Let us build our lives on the solid foundation of a worldview taught by the Holy Quran and Ahlulbayt: Read Key Factors For Success in Life’s Journey at eahlulbayt.com.
Prophet (S): “The one who takes Prayer lightly is not of me. No! By Allah (Swt)! Such a person will not reach the Pond of al-Kawthar” Read about Concentration in Salat: from ehlulbayt.com
“ It is He Who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the Believers, that they may add faith to their faith;- for to Allah belong the Forces of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom” (Quran 48:4)”.
All of us have a missing one that we are searching for. Since we do not analyse in depth as to who it is that we miss, we look without success for it in everything and in every place. Man’s preoccupation with the mundane and pursuit of the material needs and desires hinders him from searching in the right places. Try to remove the veils to see His beauty and love, and make your soul and spirit quench the thirst at His door. Here you will savour the real tranquility and peace and find the hosts of the heavens at your service! Your real missing one is the same Being who created you. (read more at www.eahlulbayt.com)
“ O’Allah, adorn me with the adornment of the righteous, and clothe me in the ornaments of the god-fearing” (from Dua Makarim al Akhlaq (Du`a # 20 in Sahifa e Sajjadiyyah)
Our troubled world presents a pitiful picture. Increasingly engulfed in misery and suffering, wars and terror, it reveals meaningless lives of vanities, devoid of morals and ethics, consumed by hectic materialistic pursuits, surrounded by injustice, inequalities and oppression. In the midst of this madness, however, one also finds an ocean full of the most beautiful pearls. Dive in and be transported to islands of inner peace and tranquility (read more at www.eahlulbayt.com).
Farewell, farewell, farewell, Oh Hussain!
These sounds of lamentation and these gatherings,
The decor of matam, noha and sorrow…
How I wish these hearts would always remain in this state!
Ah, my heart breaks, how can I bring myself to say…Farewell
Oh my Guest, this is my last salutation,
That I be sacrificed for you! This is my last salutation
Oh King of the Dignified! This is my last salutation…
My heart is empty, as this is my last salutation Farewell….
May any mistakes be forgiven,
I could not serve you as you so deserve,
It hurts me that I could not do matam till my heart was content,
For your sake why could I not have given my own head Farewell
If I live another year, I will grieve again,
Everyone together will cry in your sorrow again,
But even if I die, this will always live on….
Oh, but what a shame, I didn’t cry till my heart was content..Farewell
Farewell, oh Hussain, oh Hussain, farewell,
Quran and Prophet (s) introduce us to Ahlulbayt (a):
Quran [4:80] He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah
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.”
These verses command the Muslims to obey the Beloved Messenger and to love the Ahlul 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
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. See what others say about Imam Hussain’s supreme sacrifice in the section below.
These jewels are freely available on the internet. People of all religious faiths as well as atheists can now partake of this treasure from their computers and smartphones. A small selection of quality resources can be found in this website. For additional resources including free ebooks and multimedia, please refer to: www.al-islam.org A few examples are shown here and in the section below on Singapore Lectures:
English lectures by Br Khalil Jaffer. Insightful and absorbing intellectually, they also present key concepts and practical tools for the journey away from ego and evil towards Allah and enligtenment….
Freeing the Butterfly Within
Obstacles to Knowing God
In Search of a Weeping Heart
The Coming of the Mahdi (a.j)
The Art of Yearning for God
The End of Negative Suffering
Urdu lectures that exude powerful intellect and logic as well as beautiful words and wit:
Imam Hussain’s Worldview
Imam Hussain (as) has taught us in the most emphatic manner what this life is all about. He spoke some remarkable words during Haj at Arafat in his famous Dua Arafah. He not only spoke, he also walked the talk. He translated those words of Arafah into action on the day of Ashura on the burning sands of Karbala. He did it his way. In a way that no one else has ever done. In a way that his teachings continue to enlighten us 1400 years later and will always continue to do so … the tradegy of Karbala and its lessons have become timeless! The Imam (as) said:
A powerful statement of firm belief in Allah swt and a message that makes it crystal clear what our top priority in life should be. A message that is so relevant to all of us every day in the era of super busy lives. How often do we hear from others as well as find ourselves saying it: Not now, not today, may be tomorrow. I am too busy with this, that and the other. But tomorrow never comes. Days and months and years pass by. The intention to do good deeds, to pray regularly/on time, to study Quran …. they remain on the To Do List until it is too late.
Almost everywhere in the world today, we and our children are brainwashed into looking for happiness through materialistic pursuits.We do not realise that we are looking in the wrong place. True happiness and lasting tranquility comes only from remembrance from Allah swt. What are we doing to look for Allah swt. He is nearer than our jugular vein. Let us find Him. Let us ponder over the message of Imam Hussain (as) and internalize it into the core of our being, make it an integral part of our worldview and help our innocent children grow in an environment where this worldview is seen in action every day.
Competition out there from satanic lures and perverted worldviews is intense. Our homes must be fortified with practices and every possible aid that can help inculcate the correct worldview and priorities for our children from a very early age. If we leave it too late, it may be very difficult to reverse course and win the battle.