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Virtues of Hazrat Imam Taqi Al-Jawad (AS)

In respect of his manners and qualities, Imam Muhammad Taqi (A.S.) – the ninth infallible successor f Prophet Muhammad (SAW) - occupied that lofty position of humaneness that is the distinguished characteristic of the Prophet (SAW) and his progeny. The predominant feature of his life style was to meet everybody with humility, to help the needy, to maintain human equality and observe simplicity.

Lady Fatima - Perfect Pattern of Muslim Womanhood

Mary is hallowed in one line alone,
That she bore Jesus; Fatima in three,
For that she was the sweet delight of him
Who came a mercy to all living things,
Leader of former as of latter saints,
Who breathed new spirit into this dead world

Zahra (SA) your light is shining…

Oh Fatima (SA)
The lady of light
Daughter of our Prophet (SAW)
The soul that is whiter than white
On the highest of the heavens
You are praised by all the lands
Mother of Hassan and Hussain (AS)

Centuries of poetry speaks of oppressions on Sayyidah Zahra (p)

Sayyedah Fatima Az-Zahraa (a.s.), daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and Sayyedah Khadija Al-Kobra (a.s.), spouse of Imam Ali (a.s.) and mother of Imam Hassan (a.s.), Imam Hussein (a.s.), Sayyedah Zeinab (a.s.) and Sayyedah Umm Kulthum (a.s.), was martyred at the age of 18 years on 13th Jamadi-ol Awwal, according to some traditions, while other narrations tell it was 3rd Jamadi-oth Thani.

Husain has gone and his sister is alone … an Arbain poem

On the occasion of Arbaeen Al-Imam Al-Husain (AS)
Look at the heads atop the spear
and the eyes that are full of tears.
Husain has gone and his sister is alone,
and her lonely sight is so hard to bear. 

Abraham prayed “Give Imamat to my offspring" – poetic tribute to Imam Naqi (AS)

Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it, but love for my near relatives. (Chapter 42, verse 23, Holy Qur'an).
Do the justice to Prophet’s Progeny
Love and honour Naqi and Askari
Abraham had prayed
“Give the Imamat To my progeny O God of ‘Rahmat’
Naqi was Abraham’s great grandson

'Today on top of palace, tomorrow buried in pits' – words of Imam Al-Hadi (A)

When Mutawakkil (the Abbasid Caliph) whom his hatred to the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) and their followers is evident, became the Caliph he feared that Imam Hadi (PBUH) rise against him. Therefore he bade Imam Hadi (PBUH) to reside near him to keep him under his scrutiny so that if necessary could impose pressure on him, and whenever needed murder him. However, Imam (PBUH), by the will of Allah (SWT), prudently decided to use the opportunity to infiltrate his influence into the government and the inner circle of the Caliph, and he succeeded in doing so. Incidents such as the following can illustrate the aspects of influence of Imam Hadi (PBUH) in the court.

You are heir of all Prophets – a poem on Imam Askari (A) martyrdom

Again, again, and again and again;
See how revisits to the Prophet’s House the pain.
Martyred this time is its Eleventh Member,
In whatever grade, all are with prophetic character.
Hasan his name, Askari his fame
Because at his command an army of angels came.

Some miracles of Al-Imam Hasan Al-Askari (AS)

Imam Hasan Askari (a.s.), the eleventh infallible descendant of holy Prophet Muhammad (s.w.), was martyred on Rabi-ol Oula 8. Following are some miracles of the Imam (a.s.) in form of poetry.

Last words of Prophet Mohammad (s)

In memory of the demise of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and his -grand child -Imam Hassan's (peace be upon him) on 28th day of Safar...

O' poisoned Hassan ibn Ali angels greet you

Of your which wound shall I narrate;
O' Hassan ibn Ali?
Allow me to confess:
I fear;
I fear my eulogy will fall short of you!
Shall I speak of the eye,
that witnessed Ali's helplessness,

Projection of arrows on coffin of Imam Hassan (AS)

The weight of beloved's coffin,
resting upon Husain’s shoulder,
as he rushes through the venom of conspiracy.
Advancing towards the tomb of grandfather,
the green dome embracing him from afar,
and Husain; his standpoint interrupted. 

When blood flows from 7 skies – an elegy on Prophet Martyrdom

The last breaths that the Beloved takes;
Zahra, shall spend the night awake.
How can sleep drift onto her eyes?
When blood flows from the seven skies… 

Some of Imam Sajjad (AS)’s Directives to his Son Imam al-Baqir (AS)

Imam Zayn ul-'Abidin, peace be on him, martyred on Moharram 25, entrusted his commandments to his son Imam Mohammed al-Baqir, peace be on him. The following are some of his commandments to him:

Imam Zainul Abideen (as)

An old, withered man you walked around the Kaaba
Its covering begging to enfold you, to comfort your
Twenty year old wound.
The eyes you saw through, bloodshot through grief
Tell me how did you bury Ali Asghar's headless body

"Islam must live, though I shall die" … a elegiac tribute to Imam Husayn

In a time when Islam was under siege
The divine path was trodden low.
Due to injustice, Islam cried out
"Who will rise to meet this foe?"

The Land of Karbala

Anas ibn Malik says: The Angel of Rain asked Allah's permission to go to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). The Angel was given the permission. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) ordered Umm Salama: "Stay outside so that nobody could come in". Anas says: Al-Husayn (A.S.) came in and wanted to enter the room, but Umm Salama prevented him. Husayn (A.S.) rushed inside the room and jumped on the Holy Prophet's back and neck. The Angel asked the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) do you love him. He replied: Yes. The Angel said: Know that your Ummah will kill him,

Idd al-Ghadir - Islamic history’s greatest event

The formal declaration of Imamat of Imam Ali (A.S.) at Ghadir Khumm has been unanimously described by the learned historians and scholars of both sects. Here a brief account is given to show what great arrangements were made to declare Imam Ali (A.S.) as the successor to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.).

The towering status of 'Eidul Ghadir

Hadith no. 1: The 'Eid of the Khilafat and Wilayat
It has been narrated from Ziyad ibn Muhammad that he said, “I went to see Abi 'Abdillah [Ja'far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq] (peace be upon him) and said to him, “Do the Muslims have an 'Eid other than the day of Jumu'ah and al-Fitr and al-Adhha?” The Imam (peace be upon him) replied to me, “Yes, the day on which the Messenger of Allah (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) appointed Amirul Mo’minin (peace be upon him) [as the leader of the Ummah after him].”

Snaps of Ghadeer e Khum

Following are some visual scenes of Ghadeer-e-Khumm where holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S) declared wilayat (mastership) of Hazrat Ali ibne Abi Talib (AS):

Miracles of Imam Reza (A.S.) in poetic tongue

Imam Reza was Allah’s light - He came to world to make it bright
Soon after birth he bowed his head - Praised Allah by bowing head
He sat up and looked at the skies - Saluted him angels of skies
From his face shone the divine light - Rose high to skies made skies bright

Tahaddamat Wallahi Arkanal Hodaa … Last will of Ali Al-Mortada (A)

Fozto Wa Rabbil Ka’abah (By the God of Ka’aba Ali has succeeded) … these are the words of Al-Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi Talib (p) which the whole world heard on the 19th morning of the month of Ramadan in the year 40 A.H. when Ibn-e-Muljim (L) struck Master of the Faithful, cousin and son-in-law of the Chief of Prophets (S) Ali Al-Mortada (A) with poisoned sword during Fajr (morning) prayer in the Mosque of Kofa making entire universe to weep and weep.

Imam Mahdi (A): World is in Search of You

The world is in the search of you
The blow of air brings the message of you
Every mornings brings new hope of life,
But the life is nothing without you
Oh! my beloved Imam, look at us

A lyrical tribute to the Awaited Imam

Oh my Imam, our hearts long for you.
Come show us, oh Guide, that which is true.
Please save us, oh Mahdi, from the evils we face.
Please save this religion, from the corrupted disgrace.
What has become, of this beautiful truth?
Why is this world, so sadly uncouth?

Tears flow in your remembrance … Al-Redha is now orphaned!

My restless soul pours forth its emotions,
dubbing the canvas of my heart,
with somber colors.
I announce it with supreme pride,
that you are my inspiration. 

A lyrical tribute to Al-Imam Ali Al-Mortadha (AS)

Allah created Ali from light
From beautiful and divine light
Made him Master of heaven and earth
Gave him power on heaven and earth.

Scholars' honor in sight of Imam Al-Hadi (A)

There was a great Shia’h Scholar in the days of our tenth holy Imam al-Hadi (as). Once a Nasibi (a person who curses the Ahlul-Bayt) had a debate with this scholar and the scholar defeated him through Quranic verses and Prophetic traditions.  

Sayings about high status of Fatimah Az-Zahraa (AS)

Fatimah Az-Zahraa (AS), daughter of Prophet of Allah Muhammad bin Abdullah (SAWW) and Queen of Arabia Khadija-tol Kobra (AS), was born in the holy city of Medinah on Jamadi Ath-Thaniah 20. Here are some traditions on her status:

A collection of Sayeda Fatima (p)’s supplications

On the auspicious occasion of the Birth Anniversary of the beloved daughter of holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP), Mistress of the Women of World Sayyedah Fatimah Az-Zahraa (PBUH), on 20 Jamadi II, the sixth month of Islamic calendar, a few supplications are presented here.

Centuries of poetry speaks of oppressions on Sayyidah Zahra (p)

Poets, since the first generations and till our time, have thoroughly covered what Sayyidah al-Zahra’ (A.S.) underwent of oppression, persecution and beating. They make their poetry target those who participated in all of that or did not stop it. Some of them were contemporary to the Imams (A.S.), or their time was close to that of the Imam’s.

‘Sin’ in sight of Imam Zayn ol-‘Abidin, peace be on him

The Imam Zayn ol-‘Abidin, peace be on him, who was born on Jamadi Al-Awwal 15, speaks about the kinds of sin that bring about Allah’s wrath and chastisement. He warns man against them, that he may lead sound religion and world. He, peace be on him, said:

‘How revisits to the Prophet’s House the pain’

Imam Hasan Askari (AS), the eleventh successor of holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW), was martyred on Rabi-ol Awal 8. Marking his martyrdom anniversary here is a poetic tribute to him:

Billions of salutes to Askari the great Imam …

Billions of salutes to Askari
The great Imam Askari
He was made from light of Allah
He reflected might of Allah
Allah made him so powerful That all life he was powerful

Advancing towards tomb of grandfather … projection of arrows

A poetic tribute to Imam Hasan (AS) marking his martyrdom anniversary on Saffar 28:
The weight of beloved's coffin,
resting upon Hussein’s shoulder,
as he rushes through the venom of conspiracy.

Miracle of Imam Ali (A) birth in Ka’abah becomes fresh every year

Al-Imam Ali ibne Abi Talib (peace be upon him), son-in-law, cousin and the first infallible successor of holy Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) was born on Rajab 13 in the Holy Ka’abah (House of Allah) in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. His mother Fatimah Bint Assad (peace be upon her), at the time of his birth, was called to the holy Ka’abah and as she came close to it, the wall of Ka’abah became cracked and she was ordered by Allah to enter it. There Imam Ali was born and she remained guest of Allah for three days there. After three days she came out of Ka’abah holding little Imam Ali (peace be upon him) in her lap.

Sajjad (AS) after Karbala … My heart aches

My heart aches,
When someone says,
Shaam Shaam Shaam,
Baba!
My beloved baba,
Rose of Zahra-e-Marziah,
Martyred viciously on the land,
Known as Karb-O-Bala,
On Asr-e-Ashoora,

“In a pool of blood, which falls from his eyes”

The rustling leaves
Whisper Bismillah
As the wind in its hurry
To pay salaams rushes past
Into the prison
Where the daughters of Fatima
Are kept.

The Battle of Karbala

Following is a Marthiyaa (elegy) of Mir Anis (a renowned poet of Urdu), translated into English verse by David Matthews:

Imam As-Sadiq (A) … forerunner of chemistry

Imam Jafar Sadiq was the eldest son, testamentary trustee (wasi) and successor to the Imamate, of Imam Muhammad Baqer. He was born in Medina on Monday, 17 Rabi ul-Awwal 83AH/702AD. His name, Jafar, means “stream”, and some traditions have stated that it actually means “stream in Paradise”. His agnomen is Abu Abdallah and he is the holder of a number of titles which came to be associated with his revered personality. These include Fadhil (The Excellent) and Tahir (The Pure). The most famous title, however, is Sadiq ( The Truthful).

"Jabir, give my salaam to my Baqir ...."

Imam Muhammed Al- Baqir (as) was martyred by Hisham, at the age of 57 on 7th of Dhul-Hijja 114 Hijrah.
The heart sings this eulogy ...
Treading miles afar from home,
spanning the delicate hours of life,
aspiring to behold the awaited glory

Poetry on miracles of Imam Ali bin Musa Ar-Reza (a.s)

Imam Ali bin Musa Ar-Reza (a.s.) was born on 11 Dhol-Qada … he was the eighth infallible successor of Prophet Muhammad (s.w.w.). holy city of Mashhad, Iran, houses his holy shrine.

A little collection of Imam Al-Jawad (AS) maxims

There are quoted in Tuhaf al-Uqoul a large collection of maxims of Imam Muhammad bin Ali Taqi Al-Jawad (AS), who was martyred on Dhol-Qa'adah 29 … following are some of these:

Meeting the Light … he felt a hand touching his tired shoulders

The Miraculously Healed Person: Sayyid Zia Saberi
Inhabitant of: Rustam Kula, Mazandaran Province.
Type of Illness: Bone Cancer
Job: A Worker with the Oil Company in Behshahr

One day in autumn, Sayyid's waiting was over, and finally he was discharged from the hospital. While his wife was accompanying him, the Sayyid felt the rustling of the dead leaves under his weakened feet and looked hard at them and then at the leafless trees and said: "I think I have reached the deadline. Do you understand this?"

Imam Sadiq (A)’s recommendations to seeker of right path

Have you ever heard of "Unwan al-Basri's tradition"? Allama Tabatabai's late master of practical ethics, Ayatollah Seyyid Ali Qazi Tabataba’i (may their souls be sanctified), refused to teach Islamic practical ethics to any new student unless he expressed his commitment to this tradition. The late 'Ayatollah Qazi (may God have mercy on him) used to recommend this tradition to his students, who sought the mystical journey to God the Almighty.

Supplication of Imam Zain-ul Abideen (p) on Eid Al-Fitr

Eid is the day of special attention of Allah (SWT) to His servants, recalling them to His presence and the day of loving Him. Eid is the day of activeness, happiness, and granting of servant's requests. This day, is the day of awarding and writing secure chit from hellfire for servants, further it is the time one may gather things that benefit him in the hereafter.

Sayyeda Fatimah Zahra (S) and the “Night of Divine Decrees”

Qadr means honour and dignity. Lailatul Qadr means the night of honour and dignity. This is one of the holiest and most blessed nights. According to the reports of the religions great ones, it is hidden among three nights the 19th, 21st, and 23rd of Ramadan. The reward of worship on this night is better than the worship of a thousand months of worship, equivalent to a person's lifetime.

“I thank Thee O’ Lord for a martyr’s death”

Sleep reigned over the Kufan town,
As from the mosque came a godly sound.
The call for prayer filled the sky,
Moving the air with a gentle sigh.
Awakening Muslims with a gentle prod,
“O people come, and pray to God.”

Short Maxims of Imam Hasan Al-Mojtaba(A)

Among the many blessings associated with the month of Ramadan, is the auspicious date of the 15th Ramadan when Hazrat Imam Hasan Al-Mojtaba (A.S.), son of Imam Ali (A.S.) and Hazrat Fatima Zahra (A.S.), first grandson of Holy Prophet (SW), and the Leader of the youth of Paradise, was born in the holy city of Medina in third year after Hijrah.

Acts of Imam Zayn ul-'Abidin (AS) in the Month of Ramadan

Imam Zayn ul-'Abidin, peace be on him, had special affairs in the blessed month of Ramadan. In it he did all things that drew him near to Allah. The narrators said: "He did all kinds of charity and good. He never said any word except saying: 'Glory belongs to Allah, I ask Allah's forgiveness, and Allah is Great.' When he broke his fast, he said: 'O Allah, if You will do, You do.'(Furu' al-Kafi, vol. 4, p. 88).

Imam Mahdi (AS) in Imam Ali (AS)’s words

Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (AS) has brought up the subject of Imam Mahdi (AS)’s occultation in different occasions within the limits of his audience intellectual and understanding abilities and according to the natural trend of events in the future.

On the 15th of Shaban …

On the 15th of Shaban
another flower has bloomed.
In Muhammad's garden
another spring has come.

Stones started to beat all over the earth from that birth

A poetic tribute of Imam Mahdi (AS) marking his auspicious birth anniversary that falls on Sha’ban 15:
Shining smile of the dawn, from the east, appeared;
Dark color of the night, from the face of sky, disappeared.
In the eyes of Narjes (mother of Imam Mahdi), as he watched,
A wonderful light of eagerness, he found.

Imam Zaynul-Aabideen (AS), his worship, advices

Fourth Imam Zaynul-‘Aabideen As-Sajjad (as), son of 3rd Imam Abi Abdillah Al-Husayn (as) and Shaherbanu who is also called as Shahzanaan, was born on 5th Sha’ban 38 AH in the holy city of Madinah. He (as) was known as Abu Muhammad (father of Muhammad) and among his titles are: Zaynul-‘Aabideen (The Pride of the Worshippers); Sayyid-os-Sajideen (Leader of those who prostrate) and Ibnul-Khiyaratayn (The son of the two best) – the Quraysh from among the Arabs and the Persian from among the non-Arabs.

Merits and worth of poetry recitation in Imam Husain (AS) praise

It is reported from Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a.s) that: “No poet recites a line of poetry about us without the support of the Holy Spirit”. (‘Uyoon Akhbar al-Ridha)

Imam Musa Al-Kazim (A.S.) and Ali ibn Yaqtin

Ibrahim Jammaal wanted to meet ‘Ali Ibn Yaqtin, the Prime Minister of Harun the Caliph, but he was not granted an audience. The same year ‘Ali Ibn Yaqtin was honoured by Hajj and later went to Madinah and decided to meet Imam Musa al-Kadhim (a.s.) but Imam (a.s.) did not permit him to enter. Again the next day he presented himself and upon the refusal of Imam (a.s.) asked as to what sin he had committed that Imam (a.s.) did not want to meet him. Imam (a.s.) said that since he had refused to meet his brother, the Almighty Allah would not allow his efforts to succeed, till the time Ibrahīm Jammāl does not forgive him. ‘Ali ibn Yaqtin said that since he was in Madinah and Ibrahim Jammal in Kufa how was it possible to obtain his forgiveness at that moment?

Bab-ul-Hawaij [The Door to Fulfilling Peoples Needs]

One day 7th Imam, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) was passing by the tent of a Nomad who was a black man. Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (as) went up to him and said "Salam Alaikum", in a warm and friendly manner.

Imam Taqi Al-Jawwad (as) and Mamun

Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawwad (as), son of Al-Imam Ali bin Mousa Ar-Ridha (as), and the ninth infallible successor of holy Prophet Muhammad (sw), was born on Rajab 10 … greetings to all readers marking the auspicious and blessed occasion.

The Luminous jewel of Ka'ba

Whose born is similar to Ali's (AS), who was born in Ka'ba?
Which birth, is like thirteenth of Rajab
that has bestowed a pearl in the shell of existence upon the universe?
Whose mother has given birth to a child like Ali (AS)?
Who was born and was martyred in Allah's house like him? 

Citations from Nahj-ul-Balaghah

The Nahj-ul-Balaghah "Peak of Eloquence" is the most famous collection of sermons and letters attributed to the Gate of City of Knowledge (as per saying of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)) Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS). It was collected by Seyyed Radhi (359-406/970-1015) in the 10th century.

‘Allah’ in words of Imam Ali al-Hadi (AS)

Imam al-Hadi (A.S.) said to one of his adherents: When Allah intends goodness for somebody; He makes him accept the blame of the friends.

Maxims of Imam Al-Baqir (AS)

Short wonderful maxims, full of noble morals, were reported on the authority of Imam Abu` Ja'far Muhammad Al-Baqir, peace be on him, who was born on Rajab 1. The following are some of them:

Billions of salutes to Fatima Zahra (A.S.) …

Billions of salutes to Fatima The greatest lady Fatima
Allah created her from light
She was the light,
divine light
She was embodiment of light
Allah’s light divine light
Before birth she was powerful
Had great knowledge,
was powerful 

To her door they brought wood and fire … a poem on J-Sani 3

Do the justice to Prophet's daughter
Do the justice to Prophet's successor
O the people who follow the Prophet
O the people who respect the Prophet
You should respect the Prophet's daughter
You should respect the Prophet's successor
Do the justice to Prophet's daughter

Zahra Zahra You are pride of both worlds

Zahra Zahra you are pride of both worlds
Zahra, Zahra, you are the most revered one
You are source of Prophethood
you are power of Imamat
You are source of eleven lights sent to the world with glory
Zahra Zahra you are pride of both worlds
Zahra, Zahra, you are the most revered one
You are aim of creation,

A poetic tribute to the eleventh Imam (A)

In Medina
the eleventh successor to the Prophet is born
And in a land far he go and will live forlorn.
His name: Hasan, his fame: Askari;
No one stands his like under the sky.
His lineage ends at Zahra and the Prophet
Alone in such a noble birth and divine respect,

Hazrat Abu Talib (A) eulogizes Holy Prophet (S)

Marking the birth anniversary (Eid Milad-on Nabi) of Chief of Prophets Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be upon him and his pure progeny), here are the words of praise for Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) by Protector of Resalat and paternal uncle of holy Prophet, Hazrat Abu Talib (peace be upon him) in shape of a poem. It is from The Beacons of Light by At-Tabrisi:

Sayings of Imam Hasan Al-Askari (A.S.) marking his b-day

1- Do not dispute (with others) lest you will lose splendor and do not joke (with everyone) lest you will be disrespected.
2- As for those who accept to sit in a place other than the first row of a session, Allah and His angels will bless them until they leave that session.

Eid-e-Zahra – An occasion of great happiness

Rabi-ul Awwal 9, the day of glory, honor, dignity and blessings, is a great Eid known as "Eid-e-Shuja’a", "Eid-e-Zahra (A.S)” or the Feast of Zahraa (A.S.). Many traditions from holy Prophet (S.W.) and his Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) have been reported in its merit.

Little about Prophet (p) and his grandson Al-Imam As-Sadiq (p)

17th Rabi al-Awwal is the Idd Milad un-Nabi (S.A.W.W) and the Birthday Anniversary of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (A.S.). Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa (S.A.W.W), known as Sadiq (the Truthful) and Amin (the Trusted) from his youth and was sent as "The Mercy for this World and the Hereafter" and the "Last Messenger of God Almighty and the Seal of the Prophethood" was born in the holy city of Makkah on 17th Rabi al-Awwal in the Year of Elephant (Aam ul-Feel)[corresponding to 570 C.E.].

How revisits to the Prophet’s House the pain

Imam Hassan Al-Askari (AS), Prophet (SW)’s eleventh infallible successor was martyred on Rabi’ol Oulaa 8. to pay him homage, here is a poem:

Imam Hasan Askari (AS)'s valuable letter

It has been narrated that Imam Hasan Askari (AS) wrote a letter to one of the great scholars, namely Ibn Babeweyh1 (May Allah’s mercy be on him), saying:

Burial of Karbala Martyrs – a historical perspective

Allamah Ne’matollah Al-Jazaeri narrates from Abdullah Al-Assadi, and Sayyed Muhammad Ali Shah Abdul-Azimi writes in Iqaz-ol Qaloub that when Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) was martyred on Ashura Day along with his 72 near and dear ones, and Omar bin Sa’ad (c) planned to depart Karbala for Kufa, he wrote to Ibne Zyad asking him what to do now.

Father of Zahra (a) – The Chief of Prophets (s)

O Prophet of mercy and Imam of mankind
O Seal of the Prophets al-Mustaph the savior
Indeed the progeny had suffered what they suffered after your departing, distresses heaped up on them successively 

O' Hassan ibn Ali! … as she sees pieces of your liver

Of your which wound shall I narrate;
O' Hassan ibn Ali?
Allow me to confess:
I fear;
I fear my eulogy will fall short of you!
Shall I speak of the eye,
that witnessed Ali's helplessness,
or of the heart, that ached with pain;
recollecting his mother's broken ribs?

Karbala will be remembered each year ... a poetic homage on Arbain

Look at the heads atop the spear
and the eyes that are full of tears.
Hussain has gone and his sister is alone,
and her lonely sight is so hard to bear.
It will touch so many hearts of stone
but her suffering,
so few shall share. 

Love of Imam Ar-Ridha thriving in my heart

The silent prayer that I oft whispered,
echoed aloud in my ear;
as I helplessly rose to leave.
A little boy, laid crippled by the door,
with his mother drowning in grief. 

Worth of reciting poetry in Imam Husain (A) praise

It is reported from Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (a.s) that: “No poet recites a line of poetry about us without the support of the Holy Spirit”. (‘Uyoon Akhbar al-Ridha)

Some of Imam Sajjad (A)’s directives to his Son Imam al-Baqir (A)

Imam Zayn ul-'Abidin, peace be on him, martyred on Moharram 25, entrusted his commandments to his son Imam Mohammed al-Baqir, peace be on him. The following are some of his commandments to him:

Be upon you blessing! …The Track of Blood

A poem on Imam Husain (a):
Trees I like them -
In your reverence they stand firm;
Likewise the water,
It's the dowry of your mother.

Hazrat Zahra (as) in the verse of Mubahila

Event of Mubahila is famous and is known to all Muslims. Islamic scholars are united on the fact that the verse of Mubahila was revealed in regard to the Christian delegation who came from Najran to dispute the issue of Isa Ibn Maryam/Jesus son of Mary (AS) with the Prophet (SAW). In v.6 of Bihar, Imam Ali (AS) mentioned the event in the following manner:

8 Zilhajj - Start of Imam Hussain (A) journey from Makkah to Karbala

8 Zilhajj is the day when holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S)’s grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain (A) converted his Pilgrimage (Hajj) into off-seasonal Pilgrimage (Umra) and started his journey from Makkah towards Iraq so to save the sanctity and honor of this sacred place (ka’aba). In this way the heinous conspiracy of Bannu Umayyad to trample the sanctity and honor of Ka’aba by shedding blood of Imam Hussain (A) there, had been failed.

Qualities of Shia in View of Imam Reza (AS)

The Shia are those who submit to the Imams
My father, Allah have mercy upon him, related to us from Ali bin Ibrahim from his father from Ali bin Mabad from al-Hussein bin Khalid that Abu al-Hasan ar-Reza (a) said:

Imam Reza (A.S.) holy shrine - The Glory of Islamic World

The grand spiritual, magnificent religious complex of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.) situated in the holy city of Mashhad, Iran, has been called by visitors and historians as "The Glory of the Islamic World". The marvelous buildings and structures in the holy shrine comprise one of the oldest and most beautiful religious and historical monuments in the world.

Shawwal 8: ‘O Prophet!! We are ashamed…’

A poem on the sad occasion of 8 Shawwal marking the “Al-Baqee` Demolition Day”:
O Holy prophet!!!
We are ashamed
Cemeteries of Baqi and Mu’alla are ruined
Holy domes have been demolished
Ruined graves of your forefathers,
your beloved Progeny,
Your pious companions
a question mark for us

Words of Wisdom from Imam Sadiq (AS)

Imam Jafar bin Muhammad As-Sadiq (AS), sixth infallible heir of Prophet Muhammad (SW), was martyred on 15 Shawal while according to some other traditions he kissed martyrdom on Shawal 25, and was buried in the cemetery of Al-Baqi in the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Imam Ali (a) knew ducks were crying for he was nearing death

Once Imam Ali (a.s.) had asked the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w.); "What is the best deed in the Holy month of Ramadhan?" The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.w.) answered: "The best deed during the month of Ramadhan is to keep away from evil deeds, which Allah has forbidden”.

“O Ibn Moljim! Your deed cannot be undone”

Sleep reigned over the Kufan town, As from the mosque came a godly sound.
The call for prayer filled the sky,
Moving the air with a gentle sigh.
Awakening Muslims with a gentle prod,
“O people come, and pray to God.”
And in the silent mosque, Ali (AS) stood alone,

‘A thousand graces of Prophet’s in you shine’

Imam Hasan Al-Mojtaba (A.S.), son of Imam Ali (A.S.) and Hazrat Fatima Zahra (A.S.), first grandson of Holy Prophet (SW), and the Leader of the youth of Paradise, was born in the holy city of Medina on 15th Ramadan in third year after Hijrah.

Forty Traditions from Savior of Humanity Imam Mahdi (AS)

1. "I am the Mahdi. I am the Qaem of the time" (Bihar V.52 p.2)
2. "I am the one who will fill it (the earth( with justice as it would be full of tyranny". (Bihar, V.52, P.2).
3. "I am the reminder of Allah in His earth". (Bihar, V.52, p 24)
4. "I am the avenger from His enemies". (Bihar, v.52, p.24)
5. "I am the seal of successors". (Bihar, V.52, p.30)

Imam Zainul Abedin (a.s.)’s supplication on excellence in moral

O Allah,
bless Muhammad and his Household,
cause my faith to reach the most perfect faith,
make my certainty the most excellent certainty,
and take my intention to the best of intentions
and my conduct to the best of actions!

A tribute to Imam Hussain ('a)

The Saviour of Islam
The leader of Islam
The hero of Islam
Hussein Hussein Hussein
You saved Islam by giving your life
The courage and patience you had in your life

Maxims of Imam Mousa al-Kazim (A.S.)

Imam Al-Kazim (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who acknowledges God should not complain when his earnings are delayed and should not accuse God of His acts.

Prophet loved Ali there is no doubt …

A brave man was Ali
The Lion Of God, the Prophet's deputy
His father was the chief of the clan,
He was a good and pious man.
His mother was entirely free from blame.
Fatema binte Asad was her name.

A selection from enlightening words of Imam al-Jawad (A)

10 Rajab-ul-Murajjab marks the birth anniversary of Al-Imam Muhammad Taqy Al-Javad (p), ninth infallible imam from the holy progeny of holy Prophet (p).

A little collection of quotes from Imam Al-Hadi (pbuh)

Imam Ali Naqi Al-Hadi (A.S.), the tenth infallible descendant of holy Prophet Muhammad (S.W.), brightened the world with his appearance on Rajab 5. He inherited his knowledge, righteousness and piety from his forefathers. Imam (A.S.) was martyred by poisoning by the ruling Abbasid caliph Mu'taz in Samra on third day of the month of Rajab in the year 254 A.H., and was buried in his house.

Zahra (SA) your light is shining…

Oh Fatima (SA)
The lady of light
Daughter of our Prophet (SAW)
The soul that is whiter than white
On the highest of the heavens
You are praised by all the lands
Mother of Hassan and Hussain (AS)

Fatima Az-Zahra (p), her glorious names

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful… “Surely We have given you abundance, So pray to your Lord and sacrifice, Surely your enemy is the one who shall be without posterity”

Whose house it is that is burnt? … Zahra is inside

Smoke and the winds bear the brunt;
Whose house it is that is burnt?
Flames rise towards the sky.
And rises there in a shrill cry.
It is the house of the Prophet, and Zahra is inside,
See, how soon, how early changed the tide!
Some told: Zahra is there;
He told: So What? Why to care?

Traditions speak of Holy Prophet (S)'s love for Fatima (A)

It is not easy to define the extent of the Prophet's love for Fatima (A) for she occupied a special place in his heart like no other person did. The Prophet's love for Fatima was mixed with respect and exaltation; and in addition to being motivated by the father/daughter relationship, this love was granted to her for the special talents and noble traits Fatima enjoyed.

40 sayings of Holy Prophet (S) about Fatima Zahra (A)

13 of Jamdi’ol Awwal – 5th month of Islamic calendar – is the anniversary of martyrdom of beloved daughter of Chief of Prophets (SAWS), Sayedah Fatimah Az-Zahra (a.s.).

A poetic compliment to the Eleventh infallible Imam (A)

In Medina the eleventh successor to the Prophet is born
And in a land far he go and will live forlorn.
His name: Hasan, his fame: Askari;
No one stands his like under the sky.
His lineage ends at Zahra and the Prophet
Alone in such a noble birth and divine respect,

Historical evidences of Abu Talib (A)'s firm faith in Prophet (S)

Leadership and sovereignty wouldn't be gained without plenty of money but although Abu Talib (a) was not so rich, he was the respected leader, the first master and the obeyed chief and this might be the characteristic of Abu Talib alone and no one else other than him.

Events that happened at birth-time of Prophet Muhammad (p)

Until the birth of Last Messenger of God and Seal of Prophets Holy Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah Al-Mustafa (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) on the 17th of Rabi` ul Awwal in the Year of Elephant (Aam` ul-Feel)[corresponding to 570 C.E.] in the holy city of Makkah, people all over the world were in great poverty as to thought, opinions, individual and social attitudes..

On R-Awwal 9: When the world shall shine with Your light…

A humble tribute in the respect worthy court of Imam of Our Era Baqiyatullah (May Allah hasten his reappearance) on the auspicious occasion of his coronation, the start of his Imamate (leadership):
O the Hoped Riser
And the Expected Justice
O Animator of the religion
And Rescuer of the humanity

Imam Reza (A.S.) handwritten copy of Qur'an – brief history

According to a tradition, Imam Ali bin Musa Ar-Reza (A.S.), holy Prophet (S.W.)’s eighth infallible successor, was martyred on 29 Safar – the second lunar month. On this occasion, I’m presenting this piece of writing paying homage to the holy Imam (A.S.).

Father of Zahra (a) – The Chief of Prophets (s)

O Prophet of mercy and Imam of mankind
O Seal of the Prophets al-Mustaph the savior
Indeed the progeny had suffered what they suffered after your departing, distresses heaped up on them successively
when the people abandoned your wills .

O' Hassan ibn Ali! … as she sees pieces of your liver

Of your which wound shall I narrate;
O' Hassan ibn Ali?
Allow me to confess:
I fear;
I fear my eulogy will fall short of you!

On Samarra tragedy: How may the sun shine …?

Forlorn of all hope,
as I write to you,
with the ink of my tears
The notes of sympathy,
how may I express
The grief, the pain, the misery
that has embraced my chest.

Poetic tribute to Imam Zainulabedin (AS)… If KA’BA chained would not pilgrims around pass?

How painful to grieve upon you,
It is full of sorrow, full of rue.
You: the Best of the Worshippers,
You: The Lord of the Worshippers.
One died, one took birth
Stars of your prostrations on the earth.

Eid al-Mubahila … Day of victory of Islam

"But whoever disputes with you in this matter after what has come to you of knowledge, then say: come let us call our sons and your sons and our women and your women and ourselves and yourselves, and then let us invoke the curse of God on the liars." (3:61)

Ghadir-i-Khomm Album

Ghadir-i-Khomm, located between the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah in the vicinity of al-Juhfah, was the place where pilgrims from different provinces would part company and take different routes for their respective homes. After performing his last hajj known as “Hojjat`ol Weda”, last prophet of God, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp) was returning home. As he arrived at Ghadir-i-Khomm, suddenly the signs of a revelation appeared.

Testamentary enjoinments of Imam al-Baqir, peace be on him

Imam Abu Ja’far Mohammed al-Baqir, peace be on him, was martyred at the age of 58 through poison on 5 Dhol-hijja in the year 114 AH.

A little collection of Imam al-Jawad (A) maxims

29 Dhol-Qada marks the martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Muhammad Taqy Al-Javad (p), ninth infallible imam from the holy progeny of holy Prophet (p). He was 25 years old at the time of his martyrdom.

‘Where you are buried the Prophet said is heaven’

A poetic tribute to Hazrat Imam Ali ben Mousa Ar-Reza (A.s.), the eighth infallible descendant of Chief of Prophets, Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (S.W.), on the occasion of his martyrdom anniversary on Zeeqad 23.

Reason behind eighth Imam (A)’s title - Imam-e-Zamin (A)
 

Merits for visitors of Muhaddisah-e-Aale Taha (p)
 
Imam Sadiq (A.S.)'s note to his followers

Presenting this note of Imam Ja’fer As-Sadeq (A.S.) on Shawal 15 which marks his anniversary of martyrdom … Imam (A.S.) was martyred by poisoning by the Abbasid caliph Mansur in holy Madinah .....
 

O’ soul of Prophet (p)! …your daughter (p) is angry with your people – an open letter

Have we ever pondered over that why we are confronted with one problem or the other today e.g. difficulties, cyclones, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters?

 
Tahaddamat Wallahi Arkanal Hodaa … Last will of Ali Al-Mortada (A)

Fozto Wa Rabbil Ka’abah (By the God of Ka’aba Ali has succeeded) … these are the words of Al-Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi Talib (p) which the whole world heard on the 19th morning of the month of Ramadan in the year 40 A.H.......
 

Heart in quotes of Gate of City of Knowledge

Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (peace be on him), Seal of Prophets Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be on him and his pure progeny)’s first infallible descendant, son-in-law and cousin, was born in the House of Allah, the Ka'ba, on Rajab 13 and martyred in the House of Allah, Kufa Mosque, on Ramadan 21.

First happiness of Prophet (S)’s house - Imam Hassan (A)

It was the mid of the holy month of Ramadan, the 3rd year of Hijrah, when the first happiness of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) - Hazrat Imam Hassan (AS) - was born in the house of Hazrat Ali (AS) and Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA). The Prophet (SAW) on behalf of Almighty Allah named him Hassan (AS).

Out of darkness will rise a light ... A tribute to Imam Al-Mahdi

There will come a time where many will die,
When the ground will shake and the skies will cry.
But out of the darkness will rise a light,
A servant of Allah, full of wisdom and might.
A man who will change the world forever,
And unite all humans living together......
 
Sweet melodies blew heavenly horn … Husayn was born

A poetic tribute to the Symbol of Freedom, Savior of Islam, Chief of Youths of Paradise, Grandson of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him and his pure progeny), Hazrat Imam Husayn (peace be upon him), on the auspicious day of 3rd of Sha’ban which is the blessed day of his birth:  .....
 
A little about Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS)

25th of Rajab is the martyrdom anniversary of the Holy Prophet’s 7th Infallible Successor, Imam Musa Al-Kadhim (AS). He was born on 7th of Safar year 128 Hijrah at the land of Abwa situated between holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. .....
 
Attributes of Allah, advices to humans in words of Imam Al-Hadi (p)

A little collection of valuable quotes from tenth infallible descendant of holy Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (peace be upon him and his pure progeny), Imam Ali Naqi Al-Hadi (peace be upon him) regarding Allah’s attributes and advices to human beings. ....
 
Love for Ahl ul-Bayt (p), its merits in sight of Imam Al-Baqir (p)

Imam Abu` Ja'far Muhammad Al-Baqir, peace be on him, who was born on Rajab 1, in a collection of his traditions, spoke to some of his companions about the high merits for love to the members of the House (Ahl ul-Bayt), peace be on them....
 
Daughter of Chief of Prophets (p) in words of Ayatullah Khomeini

The following is a part of Ayatullah Sayyed Ruhullah Al-Khomeini Al-Mousawi’s message about Hazret-e-Fatemeh Zahra (AS):
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A piece of an address of Fatimah Az-Zahraa (p)

Suwaid Ibn Ghafleh said that when holy Prophet [peace be upon him and his pure progeny]’s favorite only daughter Fatimah Az-Zahraa [peace be upon her] was inflicted with her illness on her death bed after the departure of her respected father, the Prophet of Allah ...
 
Al-Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein (p)'s advices

Grandson of Master of Believers Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (peace be upon him), Al-Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein Zain-ul Abideen As-Sajjad (peace be upon him), was born on 15 Jamadi-ul Awwal according to some traditions. On this propitious occasion, here are some pieces of advices from the fourth infallible Imam As-Sajjad (peace be upon him), ...
 
Forty unique pearls about Sayedah Az-Zahraa (a)

Sayyedah Fatima Az-Zahraa (a.s.), daughter of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and Sayyedah Khadija Al-Kobra (a.s.), spouse of Imam Ali (a.s.), was martyred at the age of 18 years on 13th Jamadi-ol Awwal, according to some traditions, while other narrations tell it was 3rd Jamadi-oth Thani. ...
 
Imam Al-Askari (P) – a paragon for all mankind

Holy Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah (peace be upon him and his pure progeny)’s 11th infallible descendant Al-Imam Hasan Al-Askari (peace be upon him) was born on tenth of Rabi' ol-Akhir, 232 A.H. (December 4, 846 AD) in the holy city of Medina, the abode of divine revelation and the station of guiding angels.....
 
Events that happened at birth-time of Prophet Muhammad (p)

Until the birth of Last Messenger of God and Seal of Prophets Holy Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah Al-Mustafa (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) on the 17th of Rabi` ul Awwal in the Year of Elephant (Aam` ul-Feel)....
 

Brief note on Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein (A)’s life

The fourth infallible apostolic Imam Ali bin Al-Hussein As-Sajjad Zayn-uI 'Abidin (A) - martyred on 25th of Muharram 95 AH in Medina with the poisoning by the then ruler Al-Walid bin Abd-il Malik bin Marwan - was the son of Chief of Martyrs and Master of Youths of Paradise and grandson of holy Prophet (S) Al-Imam Abu Abdellah Al-Hussein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (A) and Shahr Banu, the daughter of King Yazdgerd of Persia.

Sayings of Imam Zayn-ul Abideen (p) on Karbala Tragedy

-- Once a man came to Imam Ali Ibn al-Husain Zayn-ul Abideen (p) and said that years have passed on Karbala Tragedy but you still weep. You should stop weeping now. You and your forefathers themselves said ‘martyrdom is our inheritance’ then if your father, uncle, brothers and companions of your father were martyred, why you weep?

Burial of Karbala Martyrs – a historical perspective

Allamah Ne’matollah Al-Jazaeri narrates from Abdullah Al-Assadi, and Sayyed Muhammad Ali Shah Abdul-Azimi writes in Iqaz-ol Qaloub that when Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) was martyred on Ashura Day along with his 72 near and dear ones, and Omar bin Sa’ad (c) planned to depart Karbala for Kufa, he wrote to Ibne Zyad asking him what to do now. 

Imam Hussain (A)’s martyrdom spectacle in words of Imam of Era (A)

The monumental tragedy of Karbala has been illustrated in historical books vividly, and at great length. However, some historians have recorded this tragedy without adequate research on this topic. This has robbed their works of credibility.

Both worlds are mourning…

Once again, it is time of agony and pain
Listen,
The melody of grief comes from every corner
The eyes of the mourners who hold generous
Hearts such as oceans
Have, once again, become the source of tears

Worth of Imam-i-Zamin (A.S.)’s Ziyarah

Imam Abul Hasan Ali b. Mousa Ar-Reza (A.S.) is the eighth shining star in the sky of Imamate. Imam-i-Zamin is one of very famous titles of the eighth Imam Ar-Reza which means “The Guarantor”. One of the events attributed to this title is that One day when Imam Ar-Reza (A.S.) was on his historical journey from Holy Medina to Marw (Khurasan),while in a jungle the Holy Imam (A.S.) came across a hunter who was about to kill a female deer.

Prophet (s)’s traditions concerning status of Ali Al-Murtaza (s)

There are hundreds of traditions from holy Prophet (peace be upon him & his pure progeny) narrated by both A’mah and Khasah about love and friendship for Imam Ali (peace be upon him) as well as on his virtues and high status.

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