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History of Islam

Origin of Shi'ism: Political or Religious?

1. IntroductionIn the polemical writings of the Sunnis, it is asserted that Sunni Islam is the "Orthodox Islam" whereas Shi'ism is a "heretical sect" that began with the purpose of subverting Islam from within. This idea is sometimes expressed by saying that Shi'ism began as a political movement and later on acquired religious emphasis.This anti-Shi'a attitude is not limited to the writers of the past centuries; even some Sunni writers of the ...

The Event of Ghadir and its Importance

Muslims consider every aspect in the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) to be very significant. For not only the Prophet's statements are away from any carnal desires and is related to the origin of Revelation according to the holy Quran2, but also, His actions show the true way of life3. Throughout his life, specific events happened that were of great importance, of those one is known as Ghadir, held in a location called Ghadir Khumm.The ...

Ghadir Khumm : From Oblivious to Recognition

Adopted from the Book : "Shi'ism; Imamate and Wilayat" by : "Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi"The event of Ghadir Khumm is a very good example to trace the Sunni bias that found its way unto the mental state of Orientalists. Those who are well-versed with the polemic writings of Sunnis know that evidence in support of their view, a Sunni polemicist would respond in the following manner;Firstly, he will outright deny the existence of any such hadith of ...

Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah

Imam al-Husayn chose Muslim ibn 'Aqil, son of his uncle and the husband of his sister Ruqayyah, to take back the reply to the letters of the people of Kufah.Muslim ibn 'Aqil together with his companions set off for Kufah and arrived there on the 5th Shawwal, 60 A.H. Muslim ibn 'Aqil stayed at the house of Mukhtar ibn Abi 'Ubaydah Thaqafi, better known as the house of Salim ibn Musayyib. In another account given by Tabari, he stayed at the house ...

Historical Events in Madinah in the Life of Holy Prophtet (S.A.W)

THE CONQUEST OF MAKKAIn 6 A.H., the treaty of Hudaybiya had been signed by the chiefs of the Quraish of Makka and the Holy Prophet (S). An important clause of this treaty stated that there would be no fighting between the two parties or their allies. In the years following the treaty, there was general peace and the Muslims went freely to Makka to perform their pilgrimage in the presence of thousands of idol worshippers who were the enemies of ...

why Umar stopped from Qunfuz and did not make anything compulsory?

Sulaym said: "I met Ali, Salwatullah Alayhi, I asked him about whatever Umar had done. He said: {"Do you know why he stopped from Qunfuz and did not make anything compulsory?"}. So I said NO. He said: {"Because he is that man who had hit Fatimah (as) when she came in- between myself and those people. So she, Salwatullah Alayha, passed away and she had the effect of being hit by a whip on her shoulder."}"The Book of Sulaym ibn Qays - ...

The Worthy and Deserving Day of Ghadir

he Day of the Message and the Wilayatقَالَ رَسُولُ اللٌّه : يَا مَعْشَرَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ لِيُبَلِّغَ الشَّاهِدُ الْغَائِبَ، أُوْصِي مَنْ آمَنَ بِي وَ صَدَّقَنِي بِوِلاَيَةِ عَلِيٍّ، أَلاَ إِنَّ وِلاَيَةِ عَلِيٍّ وِلاَيَتِي وَ وِلاَيَتِي وِلاَيَةُ رَبِّي، ...

Eid al-Ghadir the Eid of Allah (S.W.T)

“This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Al Quran Chapter.5 Verse.3)Imam Sadiq (A.S) said:قال الصادق (علیه السلام): (عید الغدیر) و هو عيد اللّه‏ الأكبر    "It (Eid al-Ghadir) is the greatest Eid of Allah (S.W.T)."(Source: Wasail us Shia Vol.5 Pg.224)قَالَ سَمِعْتُ ...

The Philosophy of Ashura Movement

  Political and social movements throughout history have carried messages and ideals which are usually limited to specific time, place and circumstances. But the uprising of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Karbala brings everlasting messages for the entire humanity. The ideals of this glorious and unique uprising are shining like a bright light for mankind showing the way towards prosperity in life and salvation in the hereafter. The emphasis is on ...

The Tragedy of the Two Young Sons of Muslim Ibn Aqil

Muslim ibn 'Aqil had taken two of his sons to Kufah with him. The older son was called Muhammad and the younger Ibrahim. Both of them were under the age of ten years. When Muslim ibn 'Aqil realized how dangerous a threat Ibn Ziyad was, he called for Qadi Shurayh and handed over his two sons to him. Qadi Shurayh kept the two boys in his house until the martyrdom of Muslim ibn 'Aqil.After the death of Muslim ibn 'Aqil, Ibn Ziyad issued a warning ...

Martyrdom of Muslim Ibn Aqil in Kufah

Imam al-Husayn chose Muslim ibn 'Aqil, son of his uncle and the husband of his sister Ruqayyah, to take back the reply to the letters of the people of Kufah.Muslim ibn 'Aqil together with his companions set off for Kufah and arrived there on the 5th Shawwal, 60 A.H. Muslim ibn 'Aqil stayed at the house of Mukhtar ibn Abi 'Ubaydah Thaqafi, better known as the house of Salim ibn Musayyib. In another account given by Tabari, he stayed at the house ...

Hadith Ghadir

The Prophet of Islam upon returning from the farewell pilgrimage stopped in Ghadir Khumm, assembled the Muslims and, after delivering a sermon, chose 'All as the leader and guide of Muslims.Bara' says: "I was in the company of the Prophet during the farewell pilgrimage. When we reached Ghadir Khumm, he ordered that place to be cleaned. Then he took 'All's hand and placed him on his right side. Then he said, 'Am I the authority whom you obey?' ...

The Purport of the Discourse on Ghadir

The available documents reveal that the words mawla (master) and vali (guardian) refer to the successor of the Holy Prophet of Islam and the Guardian of the Ummah of Islam, and that no other meaning can be applied to these two words. Now, take notice of the following points:We have realized that the Holy Prophet of Islam was hesitant to propound the Ghadir tradition and that he did not declare it until God openly and seriously commanded him to ...

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of politicising Hajj

Qatar's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Saturday that Qatari citizens have been told they can only enter Saudi Arabia through two airports, and that they must travel via Doha to be allowed in. This would be challenging for Qataris who do not live in Doha, such as those studying abroad. The NHRC said it has filed a complaint with the UN special rapporteur on freedom of belief and religion over the restrictions, which it said ...

Yazid Ibn Muawiyah

How on earth can these traditions apply for a beast like Yazid Ibn Muawiyah, who Fought against and mercilessly martyred Imam Husain (A.S), his family and friends Was a transgressor who committed sins publicly and announced his disbelief freely becoming a part of the renowned poems of Ibn al-Zabari, which he (Yazid) recited in joy when the severed head of Imam Husain (A.S) was brought to him.He was the one who ordered Muslim Ibn Aqabah to kill ...

Caliphate after the Prophet (P.B.U.H&H.P)

Abu Bakr, son of Abu Quhafa, was the first caliph after the Prophet's demise. There are differing views on his name being either 'Abd Allah or 'Atiq. Apparently, many individuals have insisted on saying that his name was 'Abd Allah but he had previously been called 'Atiq. He belonged to the Banu Taym tribe, one of the tribes of the Quraysh.During the Dark Age, this tribe maintained minimal special standing among the other tribes. This claim is ...

What did the Ahlul Bayt (A.S) say about Abu Bakr & Umar?

Narrated al-Husain bin Mohammad al-Ashari, from Mualla bin Mohammad, from al-Washa, from Aban bin Usman, from Abd al-Rahman bin Abi Abdillah who said,I said to Abi Abdillah Imam Sadiq (A.S), "Allah blessed us with the recognition of His monotheism (Tawheed), then He blessed us with the belief in Muhammad's (P.B.U.H&H.P) message, then He distinguished us with your love the Ahlul Bayt (A.S). We love you (Tawallah) and dissociate (Tabarrah) ...

Imam Ali (A.S) never pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr

Although majority of Sunni sources indicate that Imam Ali (A.S) finally pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr, and he became one of the main supporters of the system, the reality is otherwise, as according to many companions and later on historians, Imam Ali (A.S) never pledged allegiance to them and refused to present any sort of legitimacy.According to unanimous narrations by both groups (Shia & Sunni), after the attack on Imam Ali’s (A.S) ...

France’s colonial system kill 8.5 million Algerians

The history of Algeria is filled with cruelties to its nation. These innocent people only called for their freedom and shouted: “Long live Algeria.” Although this bitter historical event was very painful, but the French have been committed acts of brutality on May 8, 1945 and killed the people of Algeria. One of the most horrible crime was nuclear tests in the Algerian Sahara! Abdul Hamid Salaghji is one of the prominent Algerian ...

During Yazid's Rule According to Maudoodi's Khilafat wa Mulikiyyat

Source: Translated/Excerpted from Sayyid A. A. Maudoodi's Khelafat o Rajtantro[Dhaka: Adhunik Prokashoni, 1989; Bengali rendering of his monumental work, Khilafat wa mulikiyyat in Urdu]Translator: Dr. Mohammad Omar FarooqThe legacy of placing politics over Deen and violating the Shariah for the sake of power politics that started during the rule of Hadrat Muawiya (r) reached a critical low during the rule of his own appointed heir, Yazid. Three ...