Archive for January, 2007

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Those who would forget their Imam

January 28, 2007

…but we won’t let them.

I picked this up from this blog:

Ibn Rajab mentions “As far as taking it as a day of Mourning, like the Rafidhah do, because of the Murder of al-Husayn ibn Ali that day, then these are the actions of those whose efforts have gone astray in this worldly life, thinking that they are doing something good. God did not order us, nor did his Messenger, to take the days in which the Prophets were afflicted or died as days of Mourning. How so much more then for those below them status?” [Lata’if al-Ma’arif P.113]

Although I don’t usually comment on such annoyances, I felt compelled to clear the air, for perhaps those who believe what Ibn Rajab has stated are just ignorant.

There are four points that I will address:

1. ‘Ashura is not a “day of mourning” as some would have it, but rather a “day of remembrance.” Remembering the events is critical, obviously because people like Ibn Rajab would have us forget it completely. This is an unfortunate tactic by many Sunni rulers and scholars to erase their evil doings from history, thereby making the Shi’a positions on various issues seem irrelevant.

Saqifa, Battle of the Camel, Battle of Siffin, Karbala, etc. never happened and rarely appear in Sunni accounts of history. Only extremists Shi’ites recount such fables. Therefore, it must not be true. The easiest way to refute such claims is the fact that Sunnis never offer any alternative account. If, for example, the Battle of the Camel did not happen as we say it did, then how did it happen? If Fatimah (peace be upon her) was not killed as we say she was killed, then how was she killed? Someone as young as she certainly did not die by natural causes. On this, their scholars are silent.

2. When remembering the events of ‘Ashura, we do become sad. Why? Is it because Imam Husayn died? No, he will undoubtedly enter Paradise and be one of the “leaders of youth,” just as the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him and his family peace) foretold. It saddens us because of the travesty that was committed, because this was a direct assault against Islam by the power-that-be, and countless Muslims sat by idly and allowed it to happen. This was the Imam of the Muslims, one of Ahlul-bayt, to whom the Prophet made allegiance obligatory for all believers, whose knowledge is unsurpassed, and whose guidance, along with the Qur’an, we are to follow until the last day. The fact that some Sunnis seek to belittle this horrible event only further illustrates how they seek to belittle the Imams, and thereby belittling the Prophet himself.

3. That some so-called scholar does not even have the dignity to address people by their proper names and instead resorts to derogatory nicknames, renders anything he says afterward as irrelevant. It is amazing that Sunnis uplift such people and consider them worthy of respect. Find one instance when any of our Imams ever belittled, abused, or called someone out of their names. You will not find such a case. You will always find them to have the highest character and morals, because they followed the path of the Messenger of Allah.

4. Finally, Ibn Rajab mentions: “God did not order us, nor did his Messenger…” Of course not, because anything narrated through a Shi’a and through our Imams is automatically declared batil by these scholars, yet you will find ample proof and evidence for remembering Karbala in the books of ahadith. A few examples:

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and his family) said:

“O’ Fatimah! Every eye shall be weeping on the Day of Judgment except the eye which has shed tears over the tragedy of Husain (A.S.) for surely, that eye shall be laughing and shall be given the glad tidings of the bounties and comforts of Paradise.” (Bihar al‑Anwar, vol. 44 pg. 193)

Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) narrated:

“After the news of the martyrdom of Ja’far Ibn Abi Talib (A.S.) and Zaid Ibn Harithah reached the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), whenever he entered his house, he would weep profusely for them and say: ” They used to converse with me and were intimate with me and (now) both of them have departed together” (Man La Yahdhuruhu al‑Faqih, vol. 1, pg. 177).

Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (peace be upon him) related:

“All praise is for Allah, who has placed amongst the people, those who arrive in our presence, eulogizing us and reciting elegies about us.” (Wasail al‑Shiah vol. 10, pg. 469)

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him) narrated:

“Amirul Mu’mineen (A.S.), along with two of his companions, happened to pass by Karbala and as he did so, tears filled his eyes. He said (to them), “This is the resting place of their animals; and this is where their luggage shall be laid down; and it is here that their blood shall be shed. Blessed are you O’ Earth, that the blood of the beloved shall be spilled upon you.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol: 98 pg. 258)

The list goes on, but I think the point has been made. I pray to Allah that all people will know the meaning of the events of Karbala, the effect those events had on the world, and how the courage and sacrifice of those martyrs on that day rescued Islam from the clutches of enemies of Ahlul-bayt and of the Prophet who intended to extinguish the light of Islam from the earth and replace it with their tribalism and self-aggrandizement.

May Allah send his blessings upon the beloved Messenger, the seal of the Prophets, and upon his immaculate household, particularly on Imam Husayn b. ‘Ali, and upon all those who follow their path and remember them with honor.

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Muharram Lectures

January 24, 2007

For those of you looking for lectures on ‘Ashura, Imam Husayn, etc., The Islamic Society of Followers of Ahl-ul-Bayt has a comprehensive list of the many of the lectures that are available from various English-speaking scholars and speakers around the world.

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Smile for Mommy

January 20, 2007

Tahira smiling Here is all kinds of video footage of Tahira smiling. I think you’ll find it enjoyable. She’s only 2 months old.

Here is the embedded video (for streaming)

Here is a direct download (46MB MPEG4)

Video editted using KDEnlive (see next post for info on it).

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Stupid Persian Men (and other sorry excuses for the state of the republic)

January 16, 2007

Nazanin in courtThis is the story of Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi, an Iranian young lady who was sentenced to death for stabbing and killing the man who attempted to rape her.

After a year of wrangling in the Iranian courts, her verdict was unanimously overturned by the superior court.

It is sad that it even came to that, though. The female victim of rape should always be given the benefit of the doubt, especially in Islamic shari’ah. Iran is a young republic, and it reminds me much of a young America from the time of reconstruction up until the death of Dr. King, when the sons and daughters of enslaved Africans had very few rights. The murder case of Emmit Till is just now being reviewed after all of these years.

The Iranian constitution guarantees the rights of women, so it can only be concluded that the problems in Iranian courts are because of “stupid Persian men” who have enclosed themselves inside a stale, mostly useless bureaucracy. It reminds me of the Vogons from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

People like Malcolm X lost their lives for their willingness to take civil issues to the international community. I imagine many people in Iran have done the same.

It is only unfortunate that America cannot see a little of herself in Iran, a fledgling republic still learning how to be a democracy. Instead, they are vilified and damned to an eventual overthrow and (long overdue) colonization. This while the rights of Americans seem to be on the decline of late.

If only someone would form a university for stupid men (especially stupid white men) and make it mandatory for them to graduate before they can become heads of state and government officials. Then we’d have world peace, and all of the world’s beauty pageant contestants could finally rejoice.

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How we spent Eid

January 10, 2007

Zahra and Abu Zahra bowling
Zahra bowling (with a little help).

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Contemplating World Domination

January 7, 2007

Tahira thinking thinking

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People Want to Read a Good Story

January 6, 2007

My interview has been featured on OhMyNews International. You can read it here.

Excerpt:

I want my message to be clear. Writing for me is a way of reaching people who otherwise would not hear my message. I do not write simply to entertain. Every book, every fable, and even every line on a page has some deeper meaning. It can be a moral message, a spiritual message, or a social commentary. When conveying it, I do not want to make it too obvious, but I also do not want to obscure the meaning. It is a thin line to walk, but, hopefully, I traverse it well.