Archive for March 2013

A page from history – Jannat ul Baqi, Al Saud and the West

09, 28 March, 2013

A short documentary about the situation of Jannat ul Baqi and destruction of other Holy Places in Madina and role of Al Saud.

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Ulema and Scholars of Islam….Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

08, 28 March, 2013

Ayatollah Ali  al-Sistani

By MICHAEL SLACKMAN – Source: New York Times  –  8/6/06

QUM, Iran — It is said that the single most influential man in Iraq today, the Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, provides cash, free housing and medical care to tens of thousands of religious students and operates hundreds of religious Web sites across the globe.  Yet this is all going on not in Iraq, but here in the religious capital of Iran.  His relations with the Iranian people have deepened and spread since the American occupation of Iraq.  Divisions that once stood between the Shiites of Iraq and Iran, animosity fed by the eight-year war between the countries, have become less relevant as Iraq’s Shiites re-establish their identity after decades of oppression under Saddam Hussein.

 

“We are a family of Shia,” said Javad Shahrestani, who is Ayatollah Sistani’s son-in-law and his representative in Qum. “This is the basic fact of our life.” While the United States says it is determined to resolve its disputes with Iran through diplomatic means, many officials and political analysts in Iran say they fear that the President’s agenda is different.  With that in mind, present and former Iranian security officials said they were counting on, even stoking, the sense of religious connection to Iraq as well as to fellow Shiites in places like India and Saudi Arabia, as part of a defensive strategy.

 

Iranians believe that despite philosophical differences with others of their faith, like Ayatollah Sistani, their country is the Shiite motherland and any kind of military attack on Iran would compel Shiites around the globe to respond.  “There are two things that all grand ayatollahs care about — preventing chaos and making sure the people are as secure as possible,” said one of Iran’s central security planners, who spoke on the condition he not be identified because of the nature of his work. “If the United States hits Iran, other players will come in.”

 

Ayatollah Sistani’s organization is already worried that the tensions between Iran and the United States will affect its work. It has two large computer servers based in California that are the hub of its technology centre. If the United Statesever cut off access to those servers, Ayatollah Sistani’s information network would be knocked offline.  “Will they check,will they know this is for Ayatollah Sistani, or will they just shut down the servers?” asked Walid Salman, one of the technology managers working with the ayatollah’s operation in Qum.

 

Ayatollah Sistani, who is Iranian, studied religion in Qum 56 years ago before moving to the Shiite religious city of Najaf in Iraq, said Mr. Shahrestani, who left Iraq for Qum 29 years ago, never once returning. He has built Ayatollah Sistani’s operation here to include a network of services, from Web design training to health insurance, all for religious students. In Qum, he said, there are 45,000 students receiving aid of some sort, with another 20,000 in other Iranian cities.

 

“Because of the situation during Saddam’s time, we decided to make Qum as the centre,” Mr. Shahrestani said as he sat in one of the many cultural centres his organization’s operates here.  Just 75 miles from Tehran, Qum is a gritty town, with a huge shrine decorated in fiery blue tiles, a site of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims. It is also the site of many Shiite religious schools, drawing students from around Iran and elsewhere, who study full time and receive financial support from political leaders.

 

Ayatollah Sistani does not have a religious school in Iran, but he has high-tech links to all the schools here. Eight years ago his son-in-law founded the Ahlulbayt Global Information Centre, in a small building on a traffic-clogged street in the centre of Qum.  Inside is a staff of technicians who design and manage four Web sites, using the Internet to spread Ayatollah Sistani’s ideas and his influence among Shiites all over the world.

 

Each month, for example, the centre receives hundreds of requests for guidance, and each day the staff members send back answers under the name of the ayatollah. One woman from Australia asked if her father was right to oppose her decision to marry a non-Arab. The response was that she should get her father to change his mind. A person from theUnited Arab Emirates asked if it was O.K. to play the guitar, and the answer was ‘No’.

 

“Najaf was a very important and pivotal centre for Shia studies but it was ruined by Saddam,” said Sayed Ibrahim Larjvardi, who is the information centre’s chief administrator “Qum is the same now. The motherland of Shiism is here inQum.”  Across town, along dusty streets, Ayatollah Sistani’s son-in-law was overseeing the construction of 320 apartments, each of which will be loaned to a religious student in Qum. Muhammad Shariatmadri, 35, a theology student from Tehran living in one of the apartments, said, “The free housing has been a huge help.” His neighbour, Muhammad Abedi, 35, from southern India, lives with his wife and children in another one. Asked how Shiites in India and elsewhere would react if the nuclear issue reached a stage where the United States decided to take action against Iran, he said: “They will help Iran. Of course.”

ONE MAN – AN INSTITUTION BY HIMSELF – Professor Shahid Sibt-e-Jaffer Zaidi

16, 23 March, 2013

Jab Imam Ayenge – by Sahid Sibte Jaffer
http://www.youtube.com:80/watch?v=maNe9iYRf3I

ONE MAN – AN INSTITUTION BY HIMSELF

Professor Shahid Sibt-e-Jaffer Zaidi

http://www.shaheedfoundation.org/foundationnews.asp?id=1988

Following is the Poem that Sibtae Jaffer wrote to invite us to his own “Jashan-e-Shahadat”, He asked that his poem be published after his Shahadat,

He also indicated that his family will be utilizing the services of Shaheed Foundation very soon.
http://www.shiatv.net/view_video.php?viewkey=812b44a24a66980e958e
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Here is an English translation of his message for those who do not read Urdu,
He wrote this before his Shahadat
When I am no longer in this world, I request my friends to
Read my Poems, Recite Quran and Surah e Fatiha to remember me
I want them to participate in works that help others
I want them to organize a Majlis to celebrate my Shahadat
I do not want them to take revenge or wish bad for anyone
I just want them to serve the nation and the community
Tabinda, Abu Zar and Raninda (his children) are full of sorrow
I request my friends to treat them with love and put a hand on their heads
I request my friends to take care of my childrens’ needs
I want them to strengthen my childrens’ hearts and offer condolences to them
I want all the people working at the school
to respect my wife and consider her a teacher
I do not want anyone to conduct the affairs of the school with negligence
I do not want anyone to shy away from performing the smallest of tasks
They should contribute in whatever capacity they can
I do not want them to complain or whine in any way
God is my witness that I am now happy and in a better place
I do not want my relatives to feel sad for me
I am alive, I am near and I am watching over you
You can meet me through the purification of your soul
Let us raise our hands and pray for his forgiveness
Written by Shaheed Sibtae Jaffer with his own pen 14-05-2012
Eminent Scholar, man of letters, poet and soz-khwan, social welfare activist, Professor Sibte Jaffar Zaidi embraced martyrdom in Karachi on 18th Mar 2013
when terrorists sprayed him with a volley of bullets in Liaquatabad area of the city.
Shaheed was a qualified superior services graduate and was serving as a principal of one of the Government colleges in the city.

Shaykh Hasanali’s son reports that his father advised him thus:

33, 18 March, 2013

Shaykh Hasanali’s son reports that his father advised him thus:

1.      « ولقد وصینا الذین اوتوا الکتاب من قبلکم و ایاکم ان اتقوا الله…. And We enjoined those who had been given the book before you, and you also, to observe taqwa (God-wariness) [4/121]
O Son! If I have achieved anything, it is only through adopting taqwa; if this factor is absent, no amount of effort and striving will have any effect. All your hard work and study will bring you nothing but loss, and eventually result in pushing you farther away from God.
Imam Ali bin Husain *(A) has cautioned, « انّ العلم اذا لم یعمل به لم یزدد صاحبه الا کفرا و لم یزدد من الله الاّ بعدا » (If a man does not act on his knowledge, it only serves to increase his kufr and increase his separation from God.)
2.      Know my son that heedlessness towards acts what are disliked by God (makruh) and performing them often eventually leads to the fall of a person’s station in front of Allah. In contrast, extra care towards that which is not obligatory, but liked by God (mustahab), greatly enhances ones station and proximity to Allah.
 
3.      Know that if I have reached any level in my spiritual wayfaring towards God, it is because I stayed awake at nights, kept away from the makruh acts, and hastened towards the mustahabThe other important aspect of my conduct was that I always respectfully helped and served the saadat – the noble progeny of the Prophet (S).

Celebrating Nowrooz……

26, 18 March, 2013

Starts – 11.01 GMT 20 March 2013 – according to World Federation Calendar

The Muslim community is blessed with having multiple “new years” throughout the year, in which we have the opportunity to take account of our actions and make a change in our lives.

1. These occasions include the beginning of the Islamic new year – the 1st of Muharram which signals the true Islamic New Year (rather than 1st January);

2. The Night of Qadr during the Month of Ramadhan which signifies the Spiritual New Year in which the affairs of the entire following year are decreed and

3. The third is Nawrooz – the ‘New Day’ – which signals the beginning of spring and a change in seasons – a time which should also reflect a change and a rebirth within our selves.

What do our scholars say about this day and its importance?  Ayatullah al-Uzma Makarim Shirazi, in his recent publication, Mafaatih al-Naveen (an updated version of Mafaatih al-Jinaan of Shaykh Abbas Qummi), writes: “In regards to what Islam has to say about Eid-e-Nowrooz, we must state that amongst the scholars, this Eid is debated.  Some of the traditions point to the importance of this day as one in which many nations were saved (from perils).”

He goes on to state that, “The Late Allamah Majlisi writes in Zad al-Ma‘aad that, “From a reliable chain of narrators from Mu‘alla ibne Janis it has been narrated that on the day of Nowrooz, he was blessed to be in the presence of Imam as-Sadiq (AS). The Imam asked, “Do you know the status of this day?” Mu‘alla replied, “May I be sacrificed for your sake! This is the day which the Iranians took as a great day. On this day, they send gifts to one another.” The Imam replied, “The act of holding this day in esteem and greatness is due to certain historical events which took place which I will now explain to you.” The Imam then mentioned the following events:

1. Nowrooz is the day when Allah, the High, took the Oath of Allegiance from the souls of all human beings (before their creation) to His oneness, that they would not associate partners with Him and that they would accept and believe in His Prophets and Imams;

2. This is also the day when the flood during the time of Prophet Nuh (AS) subsided and the ark rested on the mountain of Joodi;

3. Nowrooz is also the day when the Messenger of Allah destroyed the idols of the polytheists of the Quraish in the city of Makkah.

4. This was also the day that Prophet Ibrahim (AS) destroyed the idols;

5. Also the day when the Messenger of Allah ordered his companions to pledge allegiance to Ali as the Commander of the Faithful (this is in reference to the Day of Ghadeer which took place on the Eid-e-Nowrooz);

6. it is also the day when the Qa’im from Aale Muhammad (the 12th Imam) will make his advent…”

However, Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi cautions that, “Since Mu‘alla ibne Janis is an individual whom the scholars question (and thus this tradition as well falls under question), for this reason, it is not possible to totally rely on this tradition.” None the less,

He states that this day has Islamic significance, which we need to ensure is marked in an Islamic fashion.  He concludes by stating that theEid-e-Nowrooz is an Eid of nature in the world of creation; it is the day when winter ends and spring blossoms with its natural life by the command of Allah. It is the time when the leaves of the trees begin to sprout their buds and the flowers begin to bring forth their bulbs in preparation of their blooming; it is a time when a movement towards life takes hold of all of creation and thus we, the believers, should be in harmony with this event of the creation as this is equivalent to being in sync with the tradition (Sunnat) of Allah.

The believers need to ensure that they remove all actions which are ‘cultural’ or ‘traditional’ – even if practiced by Muslims, and to follow the dictates of the Prophet and the Imams. Thus, some of the recommend actions which we should perform on this day include: a ghusl for Eid; wearing clean clothes; applying perfume; fasting, praying the recommended Salat after Salaatul Asr and the various supplications which should be read on this day, some of which are found in Mafaatih al-Jinaan [The Prayer’s Almanac in English by PET].

According to the Holy Prophet (SA) and 6th Imam (AS), the rain water of this month is very useful for curing many ailments.  It is also said that this water causes fertility in women.  So if a childless female drinks this water, she may give birth to a child.  [Mafateehul Jinaan – Pg 639].

Recommended Aa’maal of E’id Nawrooz

(1) Have a bath – Ghusl

(2) Put on new or clean clothes and apply perfume.

(3) Keep fast.

(4) Pray a 4 Rak-a’t salaat, (possibly in 2 rak’at cycle) after the Z’uhr and A’sr prayers, as under:

In the first Rak-a’t after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Qadr 10 times.

In the second Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Kaafiroon 10 times.

In the third Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al-Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Ikhlaas 10 times.

In the fourth Rak-a’t, after the recitation of Soorah Al Faatih’ah, recite Soorah Al Falaq 10 times, and Soorah Al Naas 10 times.

(5) Pray other Duas mentioned in Mafati-ul-Jinan and other books.

(6). Ask your hajats.

MAY THIS DAY BRING JOY AND HAPPINESS TO ALL THE MUSLIMS WORLDWIDE

Dua Nudba Urdu Translation

36, 8 March, 2013

Misconceptions about Shiasm clarified….wake up Ummah!!!

43, 7 March, 2013

Published on Jan 7, 2013

Join us as we explore and shed some light on the major misconceptions surrounding various topics in the Shia school of thought.

http://www.ahlulbayt.tv/ondemand/misconceptions

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