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Our Mujtahid’s on shia sunni unity issue

Ayatullah SeestaniThe Statement of Ayatullah al-Udhma Sistani(HA) on the Subject of Islamic Unity and Against Sectarian Strife

In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

“And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; ”
(Quran, Surah Aal-i-Imraan (#3), Verse 103)

 

Iraq’s top Shia cleric has renewed his call for an end to sectarian violence in the country and for Sunni and Shia Muslims to unite. Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, the highest Shia authority in Iraq, called on Shia Muslims to defend the political and social rights of the Sunnis before defending their own rights. Sayyed Sistani’s calls for unity came as a delegation consisting of prominent Sunni scholars and leaders from across Iraq arrived at his office in the southern Iraqi city of Al-Najaf to further the cause of unity and promote collective efforts to defuse sectarian tension within Iraq. Under the title of “the first national conference of Shias and Sunnis” the event kicked off Tuesday with several leading Shia leaders such as; Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakim, Ayatollah Ishaq Al-Fayyadh and Ayatollah Bashir Al-Najafi, in attendance. Sayyed Sistani also warned against the plans of the enemies who wish to plant seeds of discord among Iraqis.
Iraq’s top Shia cleric has renewed his call for an end to sectarian violence
in the country and for Sunni and Shia Muslims to unite.

Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s calls for unity came as a group of Sunni
and Shia clerics met in the holy city of Najaf in a bid to stem violence in the
war-torn country. A delegation consisting of leading figures from the Sunni
Association of Muslim Scholars as well as prominent Sunni scholars and leaders
from across Iraq arrived at the office of Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in the southern
Iraqi city of Al-Najaf to further the cause of unity and promote collective
efforts to defuse sectarian tension within Iraq.

Under the title of “the first national conference of Shias and Sunnis” the event
kicked off Tuesday with several prominent Shia leaders including; Ayatollah Mohammad
Saeed Al-Hakim, Ayatollah Ishaq Al-Fayyadh and Ayatollah Bashir Al-Najafi, in
attendance.

Ayatollah Al-Sistani, the highest Shia authority in Iraq, called on Shia Muslims
to defend the political and social rights of the Sunnis before defending their
own rights.

“I am a servant of all Iraqis … I love everyone as religion is love … I
wonder how enemies could split between Islamic sects”, the statement said
quoting al-Sistani.

“These meetings between the Shia and Sunni scholars are important and useful as
there are no real differences between Shias and Sunnis, yet there are
philological differences that exist even inside the same sect.

“We are united under one Kaaba, prayers and fasting.

“I am with all Iraqis when demanding their rights and will not prefer one to
another as Shias and Sunnis are equal.”

Meanwhile, chief of the southern Iraq branch of the Baghdad-based Association of
Muslim Scholars Khalid Al-Mulla hailed the conference as “a new opportunity for
exchanging views and unifying the ranks of Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites.” “We
believe that some major powers targeted the Iraqi national unity and used armed
groups such as Al-Qaeda, to perpetrate violent attacks against Samarra, Karbala,
Talafar and elsewhere,” he added.

Sayyed Sistani also warned those in attendance to guard against the plans of the
enemies who wish to plant seeds of discord among Iraqis.

The visiting delegation voiced their full support of Sayyed Sistani’s stance and announced the importance of the conference.

Source

The Grand Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani, during a meeting with a delegation of Sunni clerics from the southern governorates and the Kurdistan region and a representative of the Sunni Endowment, on the sidelines of the first national conference of religious scholars Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq to be held in the city of Najaf, issued Fatwa in sanctity of Iraqi blood in general and Sunni in particular, emphasized spilling the blood of Iraqis in general, and Sunnis in particular, is forbidden.

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The seminar on Islamic Unity organized by Scientific Council of Alsadah Alashraf

The seminar on Islamic Unity organized by Scientific Council of Alsadah Alashraf.

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The Aim of this seminar is‘ to spread the message of Prophet Mohammed on peace and tolerace,strengthening unity in the Muslim world.” said Sami Bubere, convenor of the conference.

Chief guest Dr Mohamed Shahumi, an advisor to Col Gaddafi and a former chief of National Oil Company of Libya, said ”People are trying to give a political colour to the events related to terror and are defaming Islam.” Different sects of Islam must come together to foil the design of these vested interest groups, he said while addressing to the seminaries. Dr Shahumi pointed out that Islam talks about humanity but after the 9/11 incident, people have been trying to take political mileage by linking religion with an act of terrorism. ”Islam does not support terrorism.

How to Achieve Muslim Unity

April 13th, 2007 In honor of the Prophet’s birthday, Tawheed Institute organized an evening with Br. Odeh Muhawesh from Minnesota to present to us the prudent approach and ways of achieving unity in the Muslim Ummah between the two major sects in Islam, Sunni and Shia. Mr. Muhawesh has written several books in Arabic and English. These books cover history, theology, and moral conduct. Fatima the Gracious is a comprehensive book about the life of the great daughter of Prophet Muhammad SAWA, and Al-Ketab Al-Muqadas Taht Al-Mijhar in Arabic is a detailed study about the Old and New testament.

Brahmins Fought for Imam Hussain in the Battle of Karbala

Brahmins Fought for Imam Hussain in the Battle of Karbala

by Rakesh Sharma

Hindus have a long association with Iraq and Muslims. Please read the article below:

The presence in Arabia of many Hindus. mostly Brahmins. before the rise of Islam, has been recorded by the historian Sisir Kumar Mitra, in his book ‘The Vision of India’. page 183. These people observed Hindu religious customs, including the worship of Shiva and Makresha from which the name of Mecca is said to have been derived. The famous astrologer Yavanacharya was born of one such Brahmin family. It was from these Brahmins that the Arabs learnt the science of Mathematics, Astrology, Algebra and decimal notation which were first developed in India.

At the time of the war of Karbala (Oct. 680 AD). Rahab Sidh Datt, a potentate of Datt sect, was a highly esteemed figure of Arabia due to his close relations with the family of Prophet Mohammed. In the holy war when no Muslim King came to help Hussain. Rahab fought On his side mld sacrificed his seven sons (named Sahas Rai. Haras Rai, Sher Khan, Rai Pun, Ram Singh, Dharoo and Poroo) in the bloody war.

A Brief Account of the Episode: After the death of Mohammed, he was succeeded by Abu Bakr, Omar and Osman, as the Caliphs: all three were related to him by marriage alliances. Osman was not popular and was assassinated. After his death, Hazrat AlL the son-in-law of Mohammed (he was also his first cousin) who was married to the Prophet’s third daughter and the only surviving issue, Bibi Fatima Zahira, became the 4th Caliph. There was stiff opposition to Ali’s rule from Amir Moavia, a known protege of Osman. He fought with him a bitter war for 5 years and finally got him murdered in a mosque of Koofa, his mausoleum with a golden dome, stands in the nearby town of Najaf (Iraq). After the extermination of Ali, Moavia grabbed the Caliphate and converted the Islamic state into a kingdom, After his death, his notorious son Yazid became the next ruler. However, the rightful claimants of the Caliphate were the descendants of Hazrat Ali, namely, Hassan and Hussain. While Hassan abdicated his claim to the crown and later died of suspected poisoning, his younger brother Imam Hussain who was till then leading a secluded life in Medina, came out and challenged the usurper, Yazid. It was the war of attrition between the two which led to the bloodshed of Karbala (102 km south of Baghdad), on Oct. 10, 680 AD.

The participation of the Mohyals Brahmins and more precisely that of a Dutt family living in Arabia at that time, in the holy war, is a fact of the history. They were a part of the entourage of 200 men and women, including 72 members of Hussain’s family (40 on foot and 32 on horseback), when he left Medina and made an arduous trek to Karbala, where he had a large friendly following. After 18 days, i.e. on the 2nd. day of Mohurrum, the Hussain’s caravan reached Karbala, on the bank of river Euphrates and surrounded by a hostile desert. On the 7th day of Mohurrum, all hell broke out when 30,000 strong army sent by Yazid from Mecca and other places, attacked them. 6,000 soldiers guarded the river bank to ensure that not a drop of water reached the Hussain’s thirsty innocents. By sunset of 10th (Ashoor), a Friday, all were dead including his step brother Abbas (32), his son Ali Akbar (22), daughter Skeena (4) and 6 months old infant Ali Asghar who was killed by an arrow while perched in his lap. Imam Hussain himself was slain with thirty three strokes of lances and swords by Shimr, the hatchet man of ignominious Yazid. The ruffians of Yazid, as they ran carrying the smitten head of Hussain to the castle of Koofa, were chased by Rahab. He retrieved the holy man’s head, washed it reverentially and then carried it to Damascus. According to legend, he was overtaken by Yazid’s men during his ovenight shelter on the way. They demanded Hussain’s head from him: Rahab executed the head of one of his sons and offered to them. They shouted that it was not the Hussain’s head, then he beheaded his second son and they again yelled that it was not his. In this way Rahab executed the heads of his seven sons but did not part with the head of Imam Hussain. Later, after one year, it was buried in Karbala along with rest of his body.

The intrepid Datts rallied round Amir Mukhtar, the chief of the partisans of Imam Hussain, fought with extraordinary heroism and captured and razed the fort of Koofa, seat of Yazid’s governor, Obaidullah, the Butcher. After scoring a resounding victory on the battlefield, they beat the drums and yelled out that they had avenged the innocent blood of Hussain shed at Karbala.

It is also significant to note that even before the Karbala incident, Hazrat Ali had entrusted the public exchequer to the regiment of the valiant Datts, at the time of the Battle of Camels fought near Basra.

The above provides an impeccable evidence about tha pragmatic role played by the Datt Mohyals in the catastrophe of Karbala. There are more than a dozen ballads composed centuries ago which vividly and with great passion describe the scenario of the historic event.

Interestingly, in the Preface of his famous historical novel, titled Karbala, published in 1924 from Lucknow, Munshi Prem Chand has stated that the Hindus who fought and sacrificed their lives in the holy war of Karbala, are believed to be the descendants of Ashvathama.This clearly establishes their link with the Datts who consider Ashvathama as an ancestor of their clan.

Later on, when Sunnis let loose an orgy of vendetta on Shias and Datts, Datts returned to their motherland around 700 AD and settled at Dina Nagar, District Sialkot (vide Bandobast Report of Gujarat by Mirza Azam Beg page 422 and folk songs) and some drifted to as far as the holy Pushkar in Rajasthan. Starting from Harya Bandar (modern Basra on the bank of river Tigris) with swords in hand and beating durms, they forced their way through Syria and Asia Minor and marching onwards captured Ghazni, Balkh and Bukhara. After annexing Kandhar, they converged on Sind and crossing the Sind at Attock they entered the Punjab.

An ancestor of Rahab named Sidh Viyog Datt assumed the title of Sultan and made Arabia (old name Iraq) his home. He was a tough and tenacious fighter. He was also known as Mir Sidhani. He was a worshipper of Brahma. He was the son of the stalwart Sidh Jhoja (Vaj) who was a savant and saint and lived in Arabia (Iraq) around 600 AD.

The supporters of Hassan and Hussain honoured the Datts with the htle of ‘Hussaini Brahmin’ and treated them with great reverence in grateful recognition of the supreme sacrifices made by them in the war of Karbala. According to Jang Nama, written by Ahmed Punjabi, pages 175-176, it was ordained on the Shias to recite the name of Rahab in their daily prayer. At the time to the Karbala, fourteen hundred Hussaini Brahmins lived in Baghdad alone

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Living in Harmony – Islamic Perspective

Article Title: Living in Harmony – Islamic Perspective
Article Author: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

Argument

Mankind without religion is a pretty sorry lot. It has never been able to survive without faith. Yet, surprisingly agreement is never reached on a such vital subject. Thus, they have their own zealots who attack the religions of others, the result of which is intolerance and contention.

Inter-group relations, especially when religion is also involved, are full of conflict and suffering. Martyrology feeds the myths, and prejudice adds bitterness to the legend. Political expediency and biased scholarship invest the legend with the status of history.

To this end, men have been suffering throughout history from lack of toleration of others’ beliefs. With the cry Deus Vult!(God wills it) rivers of blood have flowed as a result of religious intolerance. Crusades, Roman Inquisitions and Holy Offices established by the papacy in the Middle Ages, charged with seeking out, trying, and sentencing persons of heresy, brutal massacres and inhumane torture of Spanish people, and Albigensians of southern France, leave the man of our age with no doubt that intolerance is a very destructive activity. Thus, in order for us all to survive on this planet it is important that we respect the religious beliefs of others and learn how to exercise a peaceful and harmonious religious coexistence under the principle of ‘the right to believe as one chooses’.

The present leaflet is a brief study of the living in harmony from the Islamic point of view. From the inadequate material at my disposal, it is not easy to fully construct the issue as it supposes to be. Nevertheless, there is enough ground in Islam to call for religious peaceful coexistence.

Characteristically, Islam is usually classified as violent, intolerant, oppressive, obscurantist and opposed to enlightenment.

My objective in this paper is to clarify one of the dimensions of this biased opinion. I will, with the help of God, demonstrate the way Islam treats living in harmony. Does Islam respect and tolerate religions other than itself, and do their followers have the right to express and practice their own faiths in an Islamic state? In a multicultural society where different cultures and religions are practised, should Muslims, from the Islamic perspective, integrate with, or segregate from, other parts of the society?

This study is also essentially based on the following material:

The Holy Quran, as the main source in Islam.

The Tradition of the Prophet of Islam and his Pure Progeny (peace be on them), as the role models of Islam.

At the end, however, I have suggested some further resources for in-depth study.

Islam and Religious Coexistence

Although the idea of religious liberty and tolerance is a new issue in the West initiated with philosophers of the 18th century like John Locke and M Voltaire it has always been a simple fact for Muslims, clearly declared in their religion.

A glance at Islamic literature fully supports the idea of religious coexistence. Islam not only respects other divine religions and acknowledges their rights, but also prohibits any forms of contempt to them. Any Islamic state is also obliged by Shariah to provide welfare and support to the followers of other divine religions equal to the Muslims.

Islamic Principles to Achieve Religious Coexistence

In order to establish a peaceful religious coexistence in society Islam has suggested four principles:

No Compulsion in Religion

No doubt, there are different factors involved in forming people’s opinions and faiths. The physical structure and the organic compounds, time, place, diet, education and so many other factors have inevitable effects on people’s faiths. Thus, the healthy way to change their opinion is to encounter them from their origins. Utilising force and compulsion not only cannot change the hearts of people, but it may in many instances increase hatred and animosity.

To this end, the Holy Quran clearly denounces the use of the force in terms of religion. It is ultimately the right of people to choose any religion they are happy with, and the duty of the Prophets is not more than educating people and reminding them of the right path. They have never been authorised to force people to the Truth.

The following Ayat are the examples of many:

1/1: “Let there be no compulsion in religion; Truth stands clear from error.” 2:256

1/2: “If it had been the Lord’s Will, all who are on earth would have believed. Will you then compel mankind against their will to believe?!” 10:99

1/3: “Say, the Truth is from your Lord, let him who will believe, and let him who will reject.” 18:29

1/4: “And you are not the one to overawe them. Therefore, remind with this Quran those who reverence My warnings.” 50:45

1/5: “You shall remind, for you are the reminder. You are not one to manage (men’s) affairs.” 88:21-22

1/6: Enlightenment has come to you from your Lord. As for those who can see, they do so for their own good, and those who turn blind, do so to their own detriment. I am not your guardian.” 6:104

1/7: “If they reject you, then say my work to me and yours to you. You are free from the responsibility of what I do and I for what you do.” 10:41

1/8: “The sole duty of the messenger is to deliver the message, and Allah knows everything you declare and everything you conceal.” 5:99

1/9: “If they argue with you, then say I have simply submitted myself to God; I and those who follow me. And you shall proclaim to those who received the scripture as well as those who did not, ‘would you submit’? If they submit then they have been guided, but if they turn away, your sole mission is to deliver this message. God is Seer of all people.” 3:20

1/10: “You shall obey God and you shall obey the messenger, and beware if you turn away, then know that the sole duty of our messenger is to deliver the message efficiently.” 5:92

The above Ayat utterly denounce the practice of inquisition and pressuring the followers of other religions in order to change their beliefs. Nevertheless, preaching and enlightening people is permitted and is the duty of the messengers in a logical manner.

Logical Debate and Discussion

Islam whilst respecting other religions and beliefs, may disagree with some of their teachings, finding them illogical, and hence invites their adherents to open discussion and debate in a peaceful and logical manner far from any type of fanaticism and prejudice.

The following Ayat are the examples of this approach:

2/1: “And dispute you not with the People of the Book except with means better (than mere disputation) unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong. But say, we believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you, our God and your God is One, and it is to Him we submit.” 29:46

2/2: “Invite all to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious.” 16:125

2/3: “So announce the good news to My servants, those who listen to the word and follow the best of it. Those are the ones whom Allah has guided and those are the ones endued with understanding.” 39:17-18

2/4: “Say produce your proof if you are truthful.” 2:111, 21:24, 16:64, 9:6

Divine Religions, Grades of one School

Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a great deal in common. They are all based on monotheism and are committed to increase justice in the world, and the accountability before God. Their historic roots go back to Prophet Abraham and, as such, they are often described as ‘Abrahamic Faith’. They are also the basis of great world civilisations.

Therefore, despite the followers of other religions who consider themselves the chosen nation and the only saved ones, Islam considers all of the divine religions as different grades of the one school. From the Islamic point of view each new divine religion has been the upgraded version of the previous one, prescribed to complete its teachings.

All of the Prophets are the teachers of one school, teaching different grades according to the requirements of the people of their age. Hence, if hypothetically all of them descend to earth they were to live together peacefully and each will acknowledge his successor and the one who has come after him.

An old debate has gone around between the followers of different religions as to who will go to hell and who to heaven. The followers of each religion, with no hesitation claim the eternal life in heaven for themselves, and see hell as the place for all who oppose them. Islam, despite this fanaticism, suggests a very liberal idea. The following Ayat are vividly revealing this idea.

3/1: “They say: become Jews or Christians if you would be guided. Say, nay! (I would rather) the religion of Abraham, the True, and he joined no gods with Allah. Say we believe in God, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs; and in what was given to Moses and Jesus, and all the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.” 2:135-136

3/2: “The Religion before Allah is Submission to His Will. Nor did the people of the Book dissent therefrom except through envy of each other.” 3:19

3/3: “And they say: none shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian. Those are their (vain) desires. Say produce your proof if you are truthful. Yes, whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of good, he will get his reward with his Lord, on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” 2:111-112

3/4: “Those who believe (in Islam) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” 2:62

The Principle of Righteousness and Justice

The last suggestion prescribed by Islam, to achieve living in harmony among people of different cultures and religions, is that Islam has always advocated for the principle of justice and righteousness within humankind. Muslims are encouraged to deal kindly and justly with all people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike with the exception of those who are fighting Muslims. The Holy Quran revealing the above fact utters:

“Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for your faith, nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just.” 60:8

Living in Harmony and the Prophetic Traditions

Following the Words of God, the Prophet of Islam (saww) has emphasized on the issue of religious coexistence with the followers of different divine religions. The following are some examples of the Prophetic treatment with them.

Whoever annoys a Dhimmii ( a Jew or Christian living in an Islamic state) then I am his enemy and whoever I am his enemy I will be his enemy in hereafter.”

Whoever Muslim launches a charge against a chaste Dhimmi he will be punished in the Hereafter with a lash of fire.”

“Whoever Muslim acts unjustly with a confederate or diminishes his right or over burden him or takes away something from him out of his desire, then I will be his enemy in the Hereafter.”

Imam Ali (p), the Caliph of Muslims after the Prophet, in his Document of Instruction written to his Governor in Egypt where around 15 million Christians were living, writes: “… Accustom your heart to mercy for the subjects, and to affection and kindness for them. Do not stand over them like a greedy beast who feels it is enough to devour them, since they are of two kinds, either your brother in religion or one like you in creation.”

Historical Cases

1. The Time of Prophet Muhammad (saww)

1/1: The Treaty of Sinai: In the year 2 A.H. the Prophet of Islam signed a treaty with the Christians of Sinai Land which was written by Imam Ali (a). A part of that treaty reads: “ I (Prophet Mohammad) promise that I will not change their priests and monks nor do I expel them from their worshipping places. I do not prohibit their pilgrims from their travels, nor do I destroy their churches. I do not convert any churches to mosques and whichever Muslim does so has violated God’s covenant… Muslims should not force them to anything. They must be kind to them and respect them all… Should their churches require any repair, Muslims should help them as much as they can and they should allow Christians practice their rituals…”

1/2 : The Treaty of Najran: Najran was a village in the border of Yemen. The following treaty was signed between the Prophet and the Christians of Najran in the year 9 A.H. in a situation that Muslims with no doubt had an upper hand over the Christians, and yet the Prophet did not take advantage of their miserable situation.

A part of the treaty reads: “No priest or monk should be expelled from his church or its surroundings. No Muslim has the right to humiliate them. Our army shall not occupy their lands…”

It is interesting to note that according to the authority of Halabi when the delegate of the Christians of Najran came to Madina to negotiate the treaty it was the time of their prayer. They asked the Prophet of Islam if they could pray beforehand. The Prophet gave them the permission to pray in the Mosque, where they all prayed facing the east.

Despite the sabotage and the mischief that many of the People of the Book were engaged in against Muslims in the beginning of Islam, the Prophet of Islam never deprived them of his blessing and merciful attitude. He attended their parties; escorted their dead; visited their sick, and borrowed from them and loaned to them. The Following story is an example of many:

1/3: Respecting a dead Jew: It is quoted from the authority of Jabir Ibn Abdullah that: “A Jewish funeral was passing where the Prophet and we were sitting. The Prophet in respect of the dead body stood up. We surprisingly asked: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Isn’t he a Jew?!’ The Prophet replied: ‘Was he not a soul?!’”

After Prophet Mohammad

2/1: People of the Book are included in Social Security:

As it mentioned in Islamic Jurisprudence, it is the duty of the Islamic State to cover the basic expenditure of retired citizens irrespective of their culture and faith. Muslim jurists from the first century of Islam have opened a particular chapter in which they have approved that non-Muslims should enjoy equal right for Social Security. Also, it is the duty of the State to cover their basic expenditures from the Public Treasury if they are old or unable to work. The following story is one of their proofs:

Imam Ali (p) was passing by a road. He saw an old beggar asking people for help. He asked his companions who the man was? “He is a Christian”, replied the companions. Imam Ali while he looking upset said: ‘You used him as much as he could work for you, and now that he is old and unable, you have left him behind! Make sure you provide him a reasonable life from the treasury.’

2/2: Justice for All: As mentioned earlier in this paper, Islam is the religion of justice. According to the Holy Quran, the provision of social justice is one of the major purposes of the dispatching of Prophets to humanity

The following story reveals the spirit of social justice in an Islamic society.

“Imam Ali, the Caliph of Muslims, was sitting at the Mosque of Kofa. Abdullah Ibn Qofl a Jewish man from the tribe of Tamim passed by holding armour at hand. Imam Ali recognising the armour enquired as to where he had taken the armour from, for it had already been stolen from the treasury? The Jewish man, trusting Islamic justice agreed to follow the Imam to court. Shorayh, the Judge of the court was the delegate of Imam Ali. The Imam asked the Judge to ignore the background of both of parties and issue a just verdict. Utilising the Islamic judicial methodology the Jewish man won the case against the Caliph of the Muslims and the man was not found guilty. Nevertheless, as soon as he left the court, his conscious smote him, and he was impressed by the Islamic justice. He then turned back to the court and confessed that he had found the armour somewhere on the way and was happy now to return it to the treasury. Upon his confession Imam Ali gave him a gift and the man converted to Islam.”

2/3: Don’t Forget Your Neighbour:

One of the servants of Ibn Abbas, the companion of the Prophet, narrates: “One day we slaughtered a sheep at home. Ibn Abbas told me to leave a share for our neighbor who happened to be a Jew. He repeated his statement several times until I asked him why he was so much concerned about that Jewish neighbour. He replied: The Prophet of Islam advised us so much about our neighbours that I’m afraid he may have a share in my inheritance.”

2/4: A Grand Muslim Clergy’s Poetry Eulogises a non-Muslim Clergy

Sayyed Radhi, the collector of Nahjul-Balagha (The Peak of Eloquence) and one of the greatest Muslim clergies of the fourth century of Islam wrote an eulogy in memory of Abu Ishaq Assabi, one of his contemporary clergymen who was a Sabian. After being criticized by some narrow-minded Muslims, his answer was I eulogized his knowledge.<!–[endif]–>

Georgi Zaydan after quoting several stories as above concludes: “ Muslims

of early Islam, after conquering a new land, would not interfere in the internal affairs of the inhabitants of that place. Christians were all free to practice their own culture and rituals. They even did not interfere with papal edicts of Constantine regarding Christians of Damascus… Muslim Caliphs would never force any non-Muslim to convert to Islam. They were even participating in some of their religious celebrations such as Christmas and Palm Sunday. If a school or hospital was built by the Islamic State Muslims, non-Muslims would enjoy those facilities equally.”!-

Further Readings:

Setton, K. M. ‘A History of the Crusades’ 5 vols.

James A. Brundage, ‘The Crusades: A Documentary Survey’.

Walsh, William, ‘Characters of the Inquisition’.

Something Different..A true shia.Symbol of Peace, huamnity and Sacrifice.

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Something Different..
A true shia.Symbol of Peace, huamnity and Sacrifice
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Salam alykum,
Today I am going to share with all of you something very Different. Meet my friend Brother Firoz Shakir.A true shia from inside..no showoff..good thinking and see the world from others Eyes. I am Posting here his two posts from his one of the Blog.. You will find all the colours of shia world in his blogs. The world where we live.
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ashura

I want to go to Hindustan.. Imam Hussain

 mutual coexistence

the shias the hindus live in peace
hussainiyat
hope and hindutva
mutual coexistence
both communities hearts do please
watan parast shias are hard core indians
at the crease
muslims yet called heretics
for their blood shedding idiosyncrasies
azadari e hussain a thought
they can never seize
said the Imam
I want to go to Hindustan
the land where people
are hospitable
live in Peace
away from my
grandfathers ummah
hate as disease
he did not come to Hindustan
but gave his head
not his hand
Islam from
clutches of Yazidiyat
did release
Kabala a land of Sorrow
with his blood did appease

THE BEST FORM OF SERVICE TO THE DEVOTION OF GOD IS NOT TO MAKE A SHOW OF IT.

sayings of ali

THE BEST FORM OF SERVICE TO THE DEVOTION OF GOD IS NOT TO MAKE A SHOW OF IT.
SAYINGS OF IMAM ALI .

Yes we show our devotion bombing holy places , decapitating heads , after all , decapitation was the in thing in early Islam.Whether Imam Hussain or Hazrat Ali .
Imagine that the clergy of that time was mum, eternal silence , this was the Caliphate, politicising ,corrupting ,the soul of Islam .
You could take your sword in the Masjid cut of the mans head bowed in prayers to Allah.
This was for the greater good of Islam.
Today it is just the same , lob bombs grenades in the House Of God..the clergy has lost its Voice.The rampant killings , instant Paradise.
Today even God is not safe from his own followers .
We who have euologised Terrorist , glorified Terrorism, as an Islamic way of ridding the non believer or Kafir.
Internationally the heads of Islam keep mum, no collective reprimand , mere lip locked silence.
Nobody has the balls to get up and say , guys enough is enough what you are doing is not Islam.But we have glorified criminals as Martyrs.In Karbala criminals Martyred the seed of the Holy Prophet.
Yes we Glorify Hussainiyat , we glorify his Martyrdom..we with our annual chant of Ya Hussain , warn the next Yazid, we wont take another Karbala lying down.
So we keep Azadari E Hussain alive.
me

United hearts = Unity of this Ummah

United hearts = Unity of this Ummah

prophet-muhammad-hadith.jpgDear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

we all know the Children of Prophet Ya’qub/Jacob alaihi salam (Bani Israael) developed into twelve tribes. They were strong as long as they were united but when they became enemies of each other, their own hatred of each other ruined them.

Allahu ta’aala says to the Bani Israael, in the Qur’an [ al-Bakarah — 2:84-86 ]:

And when We made a covenant with you (Bani Israael): That you shall not shed blood among yourselves and you shall not expel your own people from your homes; you confirmed it and you are witness to it.Yet there you (Bani Israael) are, killing your own people, expelling a group amongst you from their homes, backing each other with sin and aggression; and if they come to you as captives, you trade them for ransoms whereas their expulsion was unlawful for you to begin with. Do you believe in a part of your Holy Book and reject the rest? So what other punishment do such people among you, who behave like this, deserve, than disgrace in this world and to be driven to grievous punishment on the Day of Judgment? Allah is not unaware of what you do.

Such are the people who trade the life of this world at the expense of the Hereafter; so neither their punishment shall be lightened nor shall they be helped.

 

Al-Qur’an [ al-Bakarah — 2:27 ]:
those who break Allah’s Covenant after accepting it, and who cut aside what Allah has ordered to be united and cause mischief on earth. It is they who are the losers.

Allah did not help Bani Israael, when they rebelled against the Shariah (Deen) of Allah and fought with their own people. The Jerusalem is a good example for us to learn, Allah destroyed it twice and did not help Bani Israael, when they were in there. Are the Muslims not in the similar condition today? Those who neglected the Shariah (Deen) of Allah in their lives (and their ‘Islamic’ countries), they received disgrace in this world and were left out of the help of Allahu Ta’aala.

How can we Muslims today, expect that Allah will help us, when we have neglected our duties to Allah and we are fighting with our own brothers?

 

At the times of jahilliyah (ignorant), before Islam reappeared in Arabia by the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho ‘alaihi wasallam), Arabs used to have many battles, fighting for silly reasons. We shall now see in brief, insha’ Allah, how the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho ‘alaihi wasallam) turned ‘that Arabia’ into a place of peace, freedom, equity, justice, brotherhood and so on, with the help of Allahu ta’aala.

 

How did the Arabian tribes in Madina (al-Aws and al-Khazraj) unite? How the Muhajireen (Immigrants of Makkah) and Ansar(helpers in Medina) united? How did the whole Arabia became united?

To explain all this in simple words would be: “Allah joined their hearts with the rope of ‘true Faith/Eimaan'”. We shall now see some examples, insha’ Allah. The following ahadith are a few examples that show us how Muhammadur Rasul-lullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught his companions about brotherhood.

On the authority of Abu Hurairah(may Allah be pleased with him), who said : the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said :“Do not envy one another; do not inflate prices one to another; do not hate one another; do not turn away from one another; and do not undercut one another, but be you, O servants of Allah, brothers. A muslim is the brother of a muslim: he neither oppresses him nor does he fail him, he neither lies to him nor does he hold him in contempt . Piety is right here-and he pointed to his breast three times. It is evil enough for a man to hold his brother muslim in contempt. The whole of a muslim for another muslim is inviolable: his blood, his property, and his honor.” (Related by Muslim.)

 

On the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (PBUH) said:“Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant [of His] so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, without tranquility descending upon them, mercy enveloping them, the angels surrounding them, and Allah making mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage.” (Related by Muslim in these words.)

 

Narrated by AbuDharr:

Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said to me: Don’t consider anything insignificant out of good things even if it is that you meet your brother with a cheerful countenance. (Related by Muslim)

When the Muslims migrated to Yathrib (Medina al-Munawarah), the Prophet (alaihi slato wassalam) established a brotherhood system between Muhajir (Immigrants) and Ansar (helpers in Medina) by making a Muhajir brother of an Ansar. When we try to imagine this event happening in real life (according to our level of faith), we realise that it is not that easy for a Muslim to take a foreign Muslim as his brother. Think yourself, how many of us can take a Muslim from another country and let him live in our house and we share our things with him? Obviously, very few of us would be able to do this, in these days… But what was that, which the Sahabah had but we don’t? Obviously, it is the strong faith in Allah which we are lacking now, unfortunately. Let’s see a beautiful sayings of the Prophet, emphasising a requirement of true Faith:

On the authority of Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him), the servant of the messenger of Allah, that the Prophet (pbuh) said :

“None of you [truely] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”

Related by Bukhari and Muslim

Those Companions of the Prophet (‘alaihi salam) would rush to help eachother, solely for the pleasure of Allah and not to get some worldly gain from any person. This is what Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, says about the brotherhood of those Companions of the Prophet (‘alaihi salato wassalam):

Al-Qur’an [ al-Anfaal — 8:61-64 ]:

If the enemy is inclined towards peace, do make peace with them, and put your trust in Allah. He is the One Who hears all , knows all.
Should they intend to deceive you, verily Allah is All- Sufficient for you. He is the One Who has strengthened you and the believers with His help,
through putting affection in their hearts. If you had spent all that is in the earth, you could not have so united their hearts; but Allah has united them. He is Mighty, Wise.
O Prophet! Allah is all-sufficient for you and for the believers who follow you.

Those companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho ‘alaihi wasallam) had purified and enlightened their hearts with Faith/Eimaan. They would do anything to gain the pleasure of Allah. It is very saddening that some Muslims today slander against some great companions of the Prophet (‘alaihi slato wassalam) whereas Allah Almighty says the following, about them:

Al-Qur’an [ at-Taubah — 9:100 ]:

As for the first pioneers who accepted Islam from the Muhajir (immigrants) and Ansar (supporters in Medina) and those who follow them in good deeds, Allah is well pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they shall live forever: that is the mighty achievement.

Al-Qur’an [ al-Anfaal — 8:74-75 ]:

Those who believed (embraced Islam), migrated and made Jihad (exerted their utmost struggle) in the cause of Allah, and those who gave them asylum and help – they are the true believers. They shall have forgiveness and honorable provisions.
Those who believed (embraced Islam) afterwards, migrated and joined you in Jihad – they too are your brothers, although according to the Book of Allah the blood relatives have greater rights on one other. Indeed Allah knows everything.

Unfortunately, some Muslims use their own interpretations to judge the Faith of some great Sahabah and raise slanders against them. Whoever wants to know why some Sahabah had conflicts after the martyrdom of the third Caliph (Sayyidina Uthman bin Affan, may Allah be pleased with him), he/she should first get to know why a Prophet of Allah, Aadam (‘alaihi salam), ate from that tree in Paradise!

Satan is an obvious enemy of the believers and there are Shayyateen (devils) among Jinns and mankind. Hypocrites are always trying to cause trouble for the Believers, to diminish their strength. Are we still going to become a victim of those plots made by some hypocrites? Will we be asked about what those Sahabah did in their times (why they had a clash) or we will be asked about that which we do in our times! Allah has a full record about what those Sahabah did and we (Muslims) must not slander against anyone of them. All those Sahabah were the seekers of Allah’s pleasure, a Muslim must respect all of those Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallam).

Al-Qur’an [ al-Bakarah — 2:134 ]:

That was a nation who has passed away. They shall receive the reward of what they earned and you of what you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

We, Muslims, should actually say:

Al-Qur’an [ al-Hashr — 59:10 ]:

And those who came after them say: Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.

Surah/chapter Al-Hujurat (49) is a pretty small surah but Subhaan-Allah, it contains all the fundamental guidance for the brotherhood/unity of this community. This surah should be memorised by every Muslim or at least we should go through it periodically in our own language. Let us now go through some commands, Allah commanded in the Qur’an:

 

Al-Qur’an [ Al-Hujurat– 49:6-13 ]:

O believers, if an evildoer comes to you with some news, verify it (investigate to ascertain the truth), lest you should harm others unwittingly and then regret what you have done.[6]
And know that among you is Allah’s Messenger; should he obey you in many a matter, you would surely fall into distress, but Allah has endeared the faith to you and has made it seemly in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you unbelief and transgression and disobedience; these it is that are the followers of a right way.

By grace from Allah and as a favor; and Allah is Knowing, Wise. 
If two parties among the believers fall into mutual fighting, make peace between them. Then if one of them transgresses against the other, fight the one who has transgressed until he returns to the commands of Allah. Then, if he returns, make peace between them with justice and be fair; for Allah loves those who are fair and just.[9]

The believers are brothers to one another, therefore, make reconciliation between your brothers and fear Allah, so that you may be shown mercy.

O believers! Let no men laugh at other men who may perhaps be better than themselves; and let no woman laugh at another woman, who may perhaps be better than herself. Do not defame through sarcastic remarks about one another, nor call one another by offensive nicknames. It is an evil thing to be called by a bad name after being a believer, and those who do not repent are the ones who are the wrongdoers.[11]

O believers! Avoid immoderate suspicion, for in some cases suspicion is a sin. Do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another (to say something about another behind ones back that if one hears it, dislikes it). Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Surely you would abhor it. Fear Allah; for Allah is the Accepter of repentance, Merciful.

O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might get to know one another. Surely the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Aware.[13]

Subhan Allah! Most of the things needed for a successful community are mentioned above. For example:

[6] We should not believe on some media, until we properly investigate. These days the Media is being used as a tool of causing hatred and indecencies in the world. A news was wide-spread that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but when they ful-filled their aims and did not find WMD, they changed their words and we forgot about WMD. In the end, there was shame and regret, which is still going on.

[9] We should not support any party in fighting, just because we like that party. We should support the party which stops fighting and does not transgress.

[11] Very important! Muslims should never call offensive nicknames to another sect/group of Muslim neither abuse another Muslim but we should rather seek a decent way to explain/discuss that which we find to be correct or wrong.

[13] Similar to the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho ‘alaihi wasallam): “You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over other except by piety and good action.” It is nice to have various colours and taste in the shapes of various tribes & nations. HOWEVER, no one can claim that his/her tradition/culture/nation is the best. No one claim that white is better than black or vice versa. Similarly, so sect can claim that they are absolute correct and better than others, we need to correct ourselves!

We shall now see that having divisions is not always bad. For example, a government is composed of several divisions, military is also divided into serval divisions, wings; even our own body is divided into different parts. The main thing we need to consider is: How they manage to work together (united).

Have you ever seen Army attacking the Air-force in the same military? If they do this, the whole nation/country will collapse for no good. So, when a group of Muslims tries to attack another group to defame it, this is where divisions cause troubles. We should avoid attacking another sect/group both physically & verbally. Remember: “Fitnah (mischief) is worse than killing” [2:217]. This is the final Ummah and Alhamdulillah we are blessed with the Book of Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (‘alaihi salam)! It is not appropriate for a Muslim to speak indecently about other sects and abuse them!

Dear brothers and sisters, a Muslim is the one who declares: “There is no one worthy of worship, except Allah (the One God). And Muhammad (alaihi salam) is the Messenger of Allah.” Now who has the right to call a person, who declares Shahada (testimony), as “Non-Muslim or Kafir”? So respect the one who says the Shahada and never call him/her as ‘Kafir/non-Muslim’; Allah knows best about our hearts and faith.

Muslims have One God (Allah), One Qibla (Makkah), Muhammadur-Rasullullah (sallallaho alaihi wasallam) as a Messenger & final Prophet, this Qur’an as a final revelation… why can’t we have affection for our fellow Muslim brothers & sisters? Why do we call other Muslims as Kafir, just because they don’t belong to our sect/group?

 

Killing a Muslim is a grave sin as Qur’an mentions a very frightening ayaah:

Al-Qur’an [ an-Nisaa — 4:93 ]:

Whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell to live therein forever. He shall incur the wrath of Allah, Who will lay His curse on him and prepare for him a woeful punishment.
 

May Allah save us from His wrath. Our reaction with our brothers should be like the reaction of a son of Prophet Adam (alaihi salam), when Habil/Abel said to his brother:

Al-Qur’an [ al-Maa’idah — 5:28-29 ]:

Even if you stretch your hand to kill me, I shall not stretch my hand to slay you, for I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
I intend to let you bear the burden of my sins as well as yours and thus become an inmate of the Fire which is the reward for wrongdoers.

 
Al-Qur’an [ al-e-Imran — 3:100-110 ]:

dawah-converts-to-islam.jpgO ye who believe! If ye listen to a faction among the People of the Book, they would (indeed) render you apostates after ye have believed !

And how would ye deny Faith while unto you are rehearsed the Signs of Allah, and among you lives the Messenger. Whoever holds firmly to Allah will be shown a way that is straight.

O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islám .
And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you that ye may be guided.
Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.

Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,-

On the Day when some faces will be (lit up with) white, and some faces will be (in the gloom of) black: To those whose faces will be black, (will be said): “Did ye reject Faith after accepting it? Taste then the penalty for rejecting Faith.”

But those whose faces will be (lit with) white,- they will be in (the light of) Allah’s mercy: therein to dwell (for ever).

These are the Signs of Allah. We rehearse them to thee in Truth: And Allah means no injustice to any of His creatures.

To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and on earth: To Allah matters return.
Ye are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah. If only the People of the Book had faith, it were best for them: among them are some who have faith, but most of them are perverted transgressors.

 

Finally, recalling again:

On the authority of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a servant [of His] so long as the servant aids his brother. Whosoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, without tranquility descending upon them, mercy enveloping them, the angels surrounding them, and Allah making mention of them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be hastened forward by his lineage.” (Related by Muslim in these words.)

“Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith,
and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed
and unite this Ummah as You united those brothers before us.
Our Lord! You are indeed full of kindness, Most Merciful.”

Aameen again Aameen.
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May Allah forgive me for my errors.