Not even for a mountain of gold….

 

 

The early Muslims were subjected to ill-treatment and persecution just because they declared La Ilaha Illallah – There is no god but Allah.

Eighty three of them migrated to Ethiopia, led by Ja’fer ibn Abu Talib. When the Makkans learnt that the Muslims were having a comfortable refuge in Ethiopia they sent a delegation   to   King   Najashi   of   Ethiopia  loaded   with invaluable gifts with a mission to seek the return of the Muslims.

After presenting the gifts they approached the King in his court saying that the Muslims believed in a Prophet who spoke against Prophet Isa (A.S.) – Jesus.

Turning to Ja’fer, the King asked: “What do you say about Jesus?”

Ja’fer recited the following aya of Qur’an:

‘The Messiah, Isa son of Marium was the messenger of Allah and His word which He cast to Marium and a spirit from Him”

Suratun Nisa –  4:171

King Najashi picked a piece of wood from the ground and said:

“By God! Jesus was not even a bit higher than what you have said. Not higher than even the measure of this piece of wood”

He turned to the delegation of Makkans and said:

“I am not going to harm them even if I were given a mountain of gold. Take away all the gifts you have brought for God did not receive any bribe from me when He blessed me with this kingdom, nor did He pay any heed to what others said about me when He decided to raise me to this status.

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The pray of Prophet Zakariyyaa

In The Name Of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

The cries of help raised by Imam Husain (a.s.) on the day of Ashura didn’t die away in Karbala itself. Indeed, it reverberated with greater intensity with the passage of time. Those who weren’t present in this physical world but were yet to come too had said labbaik on hearing his (a.s.) plea.

There’s a strong connection between the martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.) and the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.s.). In the traditions narrated by Imam Husain (a.s.) as well as in supplications, we find the mention of Imam Mahdi (a.s.). Imam Mahdi (a.s.) too has often spoken about the afflictions that befell Imam Husain (a.s.).

Imam Husain (a.s.) in the eyes of Imam Mahdi (a.s.)

Sa’ad bin Abdullah Qummi states that I inquired from Imam Mahdi (a.s.) the explanation of ‘kaaf haa yaa ayn saad.’ (Surah Maryam)

He said: “These are the concealed words with which Allah had forewarned His servant Janab Zakariyyaa (a.s.) and also reiterated it to Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.). Janab Zakariyyaa (a.s.) had requested Allah to teach him the five (special) names and Allah had taught him those names through Janab Jibraeel (a.s.). When Janab Zakariyyaa (a.s.) would take the names of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.), Ali (a.s.), Fatima (s.a) and Hasan (a.s.) then the grief within him would subside. But, when he took the name of Husain (a.s.) his sorrow would intensify. One day he implored Allah, ‘Oh Allah, when I take four names I find rest and inner peace but when I take the name of Husain, then sorrow overcomes me and tears start flowing from my eyes. Allah revealed the significance of these words.

‘kaaf’ means Karbala, ‘Haa’ refers to the massacre and martyrdom of the chaste progeny, ‘yaa’ is for the oppressor Yazeed, ‘ayn’ stands for thirst and ‘saad’ is for the patience of Imam Husain (a.s.).

On hearing this Janab Zakariyyaa (a.s.) became so anguished that he did not leave his prayer niche for three days. He did not allow anyone to come near him. Even as he wept incessantly, he kept saying,

‘O Allah, I am in grief because calamities will befall on the son of Your best creation. O Allah! Grant me a son who will be a support in my old age, who will be the light of my eyes, who will be my inheritor and my vicegerent. And then you involve me in his misery, just like how You have involved Your beloved messenger Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.w.a.) in his son’s sorrow.’

Allah granted Janab Zakariyyaa (a.s.) a son named Yahya (a.s.) and then involved him in his suffering. Janabe Yahya (a.s.) and Imam Husain (a.s.) were born after six months of pregnancy’.”

According to the traditions of Imam al-Baqir and Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq the names Yahya and Husain were given by Allah and no one knew these names before.
The murderer of Prophet Salih’s camel, Yahya’s, Imam ‘Ali’s, and Imam Husain’s murders were all adulterers.

It is said that the earth and the heavens did not weep for anyone except Yahya and Imam Husain. The sun lamented on their martyrdom. It became red like blood while rising and setting. According to another tradition, it rained blood. If a white colored cloth was spread on the ground it might have become red, and blood started oozing from below the stones.

Abu Bakr’s evil plan to assassinate Imam Ali

When Fadak was forcefully usurped from the Chief of the Ladies of Universe — Fatemah Zahra (s.a.) — by the first caliph Abu Bakr, the infallible daughter of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) ordered that curtains should be drawn inside Masjid-e-Nabawi.

Following which, Janabe Zahra (s.a.) entered the mosque and gave an articulate and coherent sermon. First, she (s.a.) averred the Oneness of Allah the Almighty then she spoke about Islam and its laws after which she (s.a.) started to converse on the issue of Fadak.

Janabe Fatemah (s.a.) said: “Everyone is fully aware that Fadak was gifted to me by my respected father (s.a.w.a.) and it was under my ownership. Therefore, on what premises has the government confiscated it?”

After her speech, Abu Bakr retorted, “We want you prove to us by producing witnesses that what you claim [that Fadak was gifted to you by The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.)]”

Ironically, in the light of Islamic laws, it is Abu Bakr who should have put forward evidence for claiming Fadak from Fatemah Zahra (s.a.). Religious rules clearly state that a thing which is already in possession of a Muslim is in itself an irrefutable evidence that the thing belongs to him/her.

On this basis, Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab should have brought forward evidence for filching Fadak from the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.).

Ameerul Momineen Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.), Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Husain (a.s.) testified that Fadak was gifted to Janabe Zahra (s.a.) by her father (s.a.w.a.). The fourth witness was Umme Ayman — regarding whom Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had categorically stated that he was from among the women of paradise — and the fifth person to testify was Asma binte Umays.

But Umar rejected the testimonies of those pious personalities whom the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a..) had taken along with him to confront the Christians of Najran. This incident is famous as Mubahela and has been documented in Surah Nisa. Continue reading →

Will nearness to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) help?

بسم الله الر حمن الرحيم

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir (a.s.) narrates:

Janabe Safiyah ibn Abdul Muttaleb’s son expired and at that time Umar ibn Khattab said, “Surely your relation with Muhammad (Holy Prophet s.a.w.a.s.) will not benefit you.

Safiyah then went to Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) and she informed him about what Umar had said.

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) came out of his house and announced congregational prayers (namaz-e-jamaat) after which the people gathered.

Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: Why is that some of you think that nearness to me will not benefit? If I were to stand at Maqam-al-Mahmood I will certainly do shifa in your illness. Today if anyone were to ask me about his father, I will most certainly give him the details.

One person from the crowd stood up and asked Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.), “Who is my father?”

He (s.a.w.a.s.) replied, “Your father is other than whom you are calling. Your father is so and so.”

Another person asked, “Who is my father?” He (s.a.w.a.s.) replied, “The one whom you consider.”

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) then said, “Why is the one who feels that nearness to me will not benefit, stand up and ask me?”

Umar stood up and said, “I seek protection of Allah. Forgive me and Allah will forgive you.

On this occasion verse 101 of Surah Maidah was revealed.

(Ref: Behar vol 30)

Imam Musa Kadhim and the poor poet

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful

One Nawroz day, Mansur Dawaaniqi, the Abbasid Caliph who took over the caliphate after his brother Abu al-A’bbas Saffaah, ordered Imam Musa Kadhim (a.s.) to present himself in the gathering of the Eid of Nawroz.  This was so that the people could come and greet him and offer their gifts to him, which he should accept.

The Imam (a.s.) told Mansur, “Nawroz is the customary Eid of the Iranians and nothing has been said about it in Islam.”

To which Mansur replied, “This act is politically motivated and is intended to keep my soldiers happy.  I place you under the oath of the Great God that you accept my request and present yourself at that gathering.”

The Imam (a.s.) agreed and arrived at the assembly. The army generals, nobles and the common masses arrived in his august presence, greeted him, and presented their gifts to him.

In the meantime, Mansur had ordered one of his slaves to position himself near the Imam (a.s.) and maintain a record of the money and gifts presented to him.  The last person who had come to meet the Imam (a.s.) was an old man, who said to him:

“O’ Son of the Messenger of Allah!  I am an impoverished person and lack the money to present you with gifts, but my gift for you today are three verses of elegy, which my grandfather had composed for your grandfather, Husain Ibn A’li(a.s.).”

Having said this, he then recited the verses. The Imam (a.s.) responded appreciatively, saying, “I have accepted your gift,” after which he prayed for the man.

Then, turning to the slave, he instructed, “Go to Mansur, inform him of these gifts and ask him what has to be done about them?”

The slave did as he was told and upon returning, said to the Imam (a.s.):

“The Caliph has said: I have given them to you (Imam Musa Kadhim) as gifts.  Spend them as you desire.”

The Imam (a.s.) told the old man, “Take these riches and gifts, for I am giving them all to you as gifts.”

وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ

بسم الله الرّ حمن الرّحيم

Once a maid of our Second Imam, Imam Hasan (a.s.) dropped a hot bowl of soup on Imam (a.s.). She was very scared because she thought the Imam (a.s.) would be angry and punish her. She immediately recited the Ayah: “…Those who control (their) anger..” Imam Hasan (a.s.) smiled and said he was not angry. Then she recited the next part of the Ayah: “…And are forgiving towards people…” Imam Hasan (a.s.) said he had forgiven her. She then finished the Ayah : “..Allah loves those who do good…” Imam Hasan (a.s.) told her she was free. The above Ayah is from the Holy Qur’an: Surah Aale Imraan (3), verse 134.

Moral: The Holy Qur’an is not just there to read but to learn from and act upon. It is the word of Allah and teaches us everything we need to know if only we understood it.

ِAnecdotes from the life of 14 Infallibles (a.s.)

Hazrat Fatimah Zahra (s.a.) and Surah al-Kauthar

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Hazrat Fatimah Zahra (S.A.) was born to Bibi Khadija (a.s.) and the Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.). Before her birth, the Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) had had two sons, Qasim and Tahir, but both boys had died when they were babies. The Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) had started teaching the message of Islam and had made many enemies. As a result, some of the unbelievers began to make fun of him at the death of his sons, calling him “Abtar”.

The word Abtar means an animal who has no tail – and was meant to say that the Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) was tail-less because he had no children to carry on his family. Thus, when Bibi Fatimah (s.a.) was born, the following Sura of the Holy Qur’an was revealed: “In the Name of Allah, the most Kind, the most Merciful. Verily (O Muhammad), We have given you Kauthar. So pray to your Lord and give sacrifice. Verily, your enemies will be Abtar.”

Surah al-Kauthar, (108:1-3)

When the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) was asked what Kauthar meant, he replied that it was a stream in heaven and the man who would give water from that stream to the believers was Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.). He then said that Kawthar also meant abundance, and the birth of Bibi Fatimah (s.a.) signified that, through her, his descendants would be in abundance.

The promise of Allah was certainly true because today, there are countless descendants of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.), (Sayyids) while there is nobody who claims to be a descendant of the Quraish. Thus the enemies of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) were those who became truly “Abtar”.

This Surah in the Holy Qur’an is thus a reference to Janabe Fatimah (A).

Moral: You should never think that you have more than someone else, because there might come a time when that person has more than you. Remember it is through the blessing of Allah that you have what you have.