Ahlulbayt

Imam Ali’s Simple Lifestyle

Imam Ali (as) always ate and dressed in such a simple way that even the poorest could afford better. It was not because he was poor, but it was because he wanted to lead the life of the poorest person and spend all that could thus be spared on the …

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Sayyidah Zaynab: For those who do not know

The recent events of violence between Muslims have led towards a new focal point: the shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab (a). This occurs within the context of a simmering stand-off between two outlooks. On the one hand, the ‘takfiri’ Muslim who is intent on destroying Islamic symbols that connect the conscience …

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A Life of Service: Honouring Imam Ali (as)

The English vocabulary while expansive suddenly finds itself too poor to produce sufficient words to describe the character of Imam Ali (as). The examples of his piety are an endless ocean that scholars have devoted their time to seeking. His worship remains the summit of submission to God and his …

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The Secret of Imam Ali’s Force of Attraction

What is the reason for the friendship and love for Ali in people’s hearts? Nobody has yet discovered the secret of this love. That is, no one has been able to formulate it, and say that if it were like this then that would follow, or if it were like …

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The Lady of Light: Fatima Daughter of the Prophet

Fatima appears as a halo in the visages of all of the oppressed who later be­come the multitudes of Islam. All of the usurped, extort­ed, oppressed, sufferers, all of those whose rights have been destroyed and sacrificed by pressure and have been deceived, had the name of Fatima as their …

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The Imamate of Imam Zayn Al-Abidin (a)

No Imam began his Imamat in a more tragic atmosphere. The first day of his Imamat saw him seriously ill and a captive of the army of Yazid in Karbala. His father and predecessor had sacrificed all he had on the altar of truth; and Imam Zayn al-‘Abidin found himself …

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Stories from the Life of Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (a)

Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (the word Baqir meaning he who cuts and dissects, a title given to him by the Prophet) was the son of the Fourth Imam and was born in 57/675. He was present at the event of Karbala when he was four years old. After his father, through …

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The Life & Scholarly Jihad of Imam Al-Sadiq (a)

Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq, the sixth holy Imam, was born in 83 AH. Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq was brought up by his grandfather, Imam Zaynul-Abideen in Medina for twelve years and then remained under the sacred patronage of his father Imam Muhammad al-Baqir for a period of nineteen years. The Imamate of …

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The Daughter of the Holy Prophet of Islam

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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The Second Imam, Hasan ibn Ali Al-Mujtaba

This is an account of the Imam after the Commander of the faithful, peace be on him, the date of his birth, the evidence for his Imamates the period of his succession, the time of his death, and the place of his grave. It also provides a brief outline of …

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The Fourth Imam, Ali ibn Al-Husayn Zayn Al-Abideen

This is an account of the Imam after al-Husayn b. Ali, peace be on them, the date of his birth, the evidence for his Imamate, the age he reached, together with the period of his succession, the time and cause of his death, the place of his grave, the number …

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