Ayatollah Khamenei praises new era of Persian poetry

Ayatollah Khamenei praises new era of Persian poetry 

On the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the second Shiite Imam, Imam Hassan (A.S.), a poem ceremony was staged in the presence of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Monday in which a group of Iranian poets read out their works with religious and political themes.

Following the poetical function, Ayatollah Khamenei said poetry had seen a growing trend following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, adding the Iranian poets, especially young poets, must take the noble language of poetry in a proper manner to infuse hope and liveliness into society as well as their audience.

Ayatollah Khamenei commended poetical works on moral values, especially martyrdom, jihad and the eight year Sacred Defense, urging creating an art and poetical climate in society in which revolutionary causes are promoted and people are encouraged to make for backwardness through unflagging effort.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed a new era for poetry has begun after the Islamic Revolution and called on cultural authorities and poetry folks to take the occasion and strive to preserve and usher the achievement.

The IR Leader urged young poets to make effort to develop higher quality in Persian literature and poetry and avoid sufficing to any limit.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the audience conducted congregational prayers led by Ayatollah Khamenei and then broke their fast.




On Qur’anic Conversation

On Qur’anic Conversation

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful.The Muslims in the life time of the Prophet (S.A.W.) were brought up to learn the Qur’an as Ibadat (Devotion), to recite it as Devotion, to write it down as Devotion, to teach their children and other people and make them learn it by heart and understand it as Devotion. They became so familiar with it that they used the verses of the Holy Quran in their daily conversation.

History records that Janab e Fidah, the noble Abysinian housemaid of Hazrat Fatima Az-Zahra, the Lady of Paradise, the daughter of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) was in the habit of using the verses and words of the Quran in her conversation.

Abul Qasim Qashiri relates the dialogue between Fidah and Abdullah bin Mubarak; I saw a woman passing through the desert who had fallen behind the caravan, and asked her “Who are you and where are you from ?”

She said : ” Say Salaam!

…. Soon shall ye know it .” ( Chapter 6 Verse 67 )

I learned that she expected me to greet her and say Assalamu Alaikum first, before any question. I did as she reminded, and inquired why she was in this desert.

She answered :

” Whomesoever God guideth, then none shall beguille . ” ( Chapter 39 Verse 37 )

I gathered that she was left behind and thus restless, so I asked again are you a human being or a jinn?

She returned :

” O children of Adam ! Be Ye adorned at every time of prostration …. ” ( Chapter 7 Verse 31 )

I discovered that she was a human being, so I continued my enquiry, Where are you coming from?

She said : “…. Who are called to from a place far off. ” ( Chapter 41 Verse 44 )

I found out that she was coming from a place far off and inquired her destination.

She immediately responded :

” …….. And for God is incumbent upon mankind the Pilgrimage of the House….. ” ( Chapter 3 Verse 97 )

I realized that she was going for Hajj ( Pilgrimage of the Kaaba ), and asked her how many days she had been travelling?

She told me:

” Indeed created We ( God ) the heavens and the earth and what is between them to in Six days . ” ( Chapter 7 Verse 54 ) and ( Chapter 50 Verse 38 )

I concluded it was six days. I requested her to have food and water if she was so inclined.

She politely indicated :

” We ( God ) made them not such bodies that do not eat food, and they will not abide ( in this world ) for ever. ” ( Chapter 21 Verse 8 )

She accepted my refreshment. Then to catch the caravan, I suggested her to make haste.

She reminded me again :

” God tasks not any soul beyond ( individual ) ability…… ” ( Chapter 2 Verse 286 )

I told her that if she could’nt do so, let her ride on the back of my camel behind me.

She recited another Quranic Verse :

” If there were therein gods besides Allah, then verily both ( the heavens and the earth ) would have been disordered ….” ( Chapter 21 Verse 22 )

It was a reminder of piety that when a man was not a husband of a woman, it was un-lawful to ride together on the same animal. [ It is an Islamic Law concerning the relatives of persons of prohibited degree – Namahiram ].

Qashiri says that he got down and requested her to ride the camel.

She occupied the seat and recited :

” Hallowed is He who subjected this ( animal ) unto us .” ( Chapter 43 Verse 13 ).

She thanked Allah who brought the animal under her control. When we reached the caravan, I asked her do you know any one among them?

She recounted :

” O Dawud ( David ), We have appointed thee a vicegerent in the earth ……….” ( Chapter 38 Verse 26 );
” And Muhammad is not but an Apostle …… ” ( Chapter 3 Verse 144 );
” O Yahya ( John the Baptist ) ! Hold thou the Book fast !……… . ” ( Chapter 19 Verse 12 );
” O Musa ( Moses ) ! Verily it is, I am God the All-Mighty .” ( Chapter 27 Verse 9 )

I understood that Dawud, Muhammad, Yahya and Musa were the names of her sons. When the boys appeared, I asked her who they were?

She said in her habitual manner :

” Wealth and Children are the adornment of this World …………… ” ( Chapter 18 Verse 46 )

I recognized them as her sons. The woman looked at her sons with the feeling of contentment and uttered,

” … O my father ! Employ him verily the best of those who canst employ is the strongman and trusted ones. ” ( Chapter 28 Verse 26 )

In these words of the Quran, she informed the sons indicating towards me that

” ….. This man offered me a gift ( i.e help ), so verliy God giveth manifold increase to whomsoever He willeth . ” ( Chapter 2 Verse 261 )

The sons grasped their mother’s indications, and so they paid me twice as much as I ought to have been paid. To satisfy my curiosity I asked the sons, who is this honorable Lady that speaks nothing but the Qur’an? They responded that she was their mother, the housemaid of Hazrat Fatima Al Zahra (peace be upon her and her progeny), the daughter of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) and the Wife of Amir Al Momineen (A.S.). She was raised under the shade of supreme knowledge and piety of the daughter of the Prophet (S.A.W.). Since 20 years she spoke nothing but the Quran in her daily conversations.

May Allah Bless her soul ( Amen ! ) ……..

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Are you asleep or awake

Are you asleep or awake

Habbah ‘Arni and Nawf Bakali were lying in the courtyard of Darul-Amarah (fort) of Kufah. After the midnight, they saw that the Leader of the Faithful, ‘Ali (AS), was coming from the fort towards the coutyard. But his condition was bad; he was having extraordinary fear and was unable to keep the equilibrium of his body. Keeping his hands on the wall and having his body in bent position, he was walking slowly with the support of the wall. And he was reciting the last Ayahs of Surah Ali ‘Imran as follows:

“Indeed in the creation of the heaven and the earth and alteration of the night and the day, there are signs for men of acumen. Those who extol Allah, standing, sitting and (lying) on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): ‘Our Lord! You have not created this in vain! Glory is Yours; protect us against the torment of the Fire. Our Lord! indeed whomsoever You enter the Fire, You have surely disgraced him, and there shall be no helpers for the worngdoers. Our Lord! surely we have heard a caller calling to faith (saying): ‘Believe in your Lord’, so we did believe; Our Lord! forgive us, therefore, our sins and cover our evil deeds and recieve us with the righteous. Our Lord! grant uswhat You have promised us through Your messengers and do not disgrace us on the Resurrection Day; surely You do not break the promise (3: 190-194).”

As soon as he finished these Ayahs, his condition became bad; he then repeated these Ayahs again and again and his condition became bad to worse and he became almost unconscious.Both Habbah and Nawf were witnessing this amazing scene, while lying on their beds. Habbah, while quite startled, was looking this astonishing scene.

But Nawf was unable to control his tears and he was continuously weeping. By this tim, ‘Ali (AS) reached the bed of Habbah and said: “Are you awake or asleep?”

Habbah replied: “I am awake, O Leader of the Pious! If a person like you has such a condition with awe and fear of Allah, then what would heppen to we poor people.”

The Leader of the Pious looked down and wept. He then said: “O Habbah! all of us will be presented before Allah one day. And no deed of ours is hidden from Him. He is very near to you and me. Nothing can act as an obstruction between us and Allah.

Then he said to Nawf: “Are you asleep?” (Nawf replied:) “No, O Leader of the Pious! I am awake. It is for some time that I am shedding my tears.”

‘Ali (AS) said: “O Nawf! If today you shed your tears in fear of Allah, tomorrow your eyes will glitter.

“O Nawf! No one has more respect than that person who cries in the fear of Allah and that he likes to do it only for His sake.

“O Nawf! The one who loves Allah and that whatever he loves, he does it just for the sake of Allah, does not prefer anything over love of Allah. And the one who dislikes anything, and does it for the sake of Allah, he would receive nothing except virtue for his disliking. Whenever you reach such a stage, you have attained the truths of faith to their perfection.”

After this, he preached and gave a peice of advice to Habbah and Nawf. His last sentence was: “I have told you that you should fear from Allah.” Then he passed by both of them and got busy with his own work. He started his prayers and while doing so, he said: “O Allah! I wish I knew that when I am neglectful towards You, do You ignore me or do You still care for me? I wish I knew that in these long neglectful dreams of mine and in my shortcomings in thanking you, what is my position before You?’

Habbah and Nawf said: “By Allah! he kept on walking and he had the same condition continuously till dawn.”

Taken from:Anecdotes of Pious Men by Br. Mutahhari