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    • The Christian Monk on the Journey from Karbala to Damascus
    • One night they rested in the mountain top of a hermitage of a monk who had devoted his life to prayers and meditation. Shimr gave the heads of the martyrs to him for safe keeping. Just one look at the face of Imam Hussein (A.S) convinced the hermit ...
    • Head of Imam Hussein (A.S)
    • One of the miracles that Allah Almighty gave to Imam Hussein (A.S) was that his sacred head spoke as it was being ...
    • Imam Ali: Voice of Justice
    • Generally there are two approaches to politics: politics minus ethics, which is also known as Machiavellian politics; and ethical politics which is Islamic in which ...
    • Rights of the People Defeated in War
    • Many sublime concepts existed in Islam since its advent. These concepts include the human rights, human dignity, freedom, social equity, legitimate right of security and defense, social security, ...
    • Human Rights in Islam: Fair Treatment of Enemy
    • In the Battle of Jamal, when the people of Basra were defeated and escaped away, the soldiers of Islam followed them. Amidst the fight and flee a pregnant woman from Basra was struggling hard to escape. She fell on the ground and ...
    • Fair Treatment of Enemy in Alavi Teachings
    • After the Battle of Jamal and the escape of the people of Basra, Imam Ali (A.S) granted general amnesty while in all wars of those days, the victorious commanders considered ...
    • Imam Ali’s Rules in Fighting Enemies
    • Some of these rights are related to observing the rights of the enemy. In this regard, Imam Ali (A.S) instructed his soldiers to observe the following recommendations before any war with the enemies: ...
    • From Alavi Human Rights to Western Human Rights
    • For those even with limited information about Islam and Islamic history it is clear that “human rights” in view of Islam is not merely a passive and comparative issue. Today, we are not starting a discussion to present a ...
    • Significance of Eid al-Adha
    • As is clear the Words of God are self-explanatory concerning the monotheistic stature of Prophet Abraham (Peace be upon him), and the ...
    • The Public Rites of Remembrance for Imam Hussein (A.S): Part 3
    • From the sources, it appears that by the time of Imam Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq (A.S) (80 or 83-148), the gatherings devoted to the memory of the Holy Family and their tragedies, and the foremost of them, the tragedy of Imam Hussein (A.S), had become ..
    • Imam Hussein (A.S) and the Renewal of Islam
    • As the mourning period of Ashura passes, one might pose this important question: Why the need for this commemoration? And why must we again speak of a revolution that took place some fourteen centuries ago? In his revolution, Imam Hussein (A.S) ...
    • “Karbala” Origin & Meaning
    • There are many opinions among different investigators, as to the origin of the word Karbala. Some have pointed out that Karbala has a connection to the Karbalato language, while others attempt to derive the meaning of word Karbala by analyzing ...
    • Forty Days Later
    • Whats so significant about the 40th day after the massacre of Ashura? Why are the Islamic canters holding commemoration programs for Imam Husseins (peace be upon him) martyrdom exactly 40 days later?It turns out that the 40 days later corresponds ...
    • Content Analysis of Islamic Awakening in Leader’s Speeches
    • The enemies fear the word “Islamic Awakening”. They try to prevent the application of this word for this great movement. Why? Because they tremble when Islam appears in its real image, and is manifested in its real size. They don’t fear the Islam which ..
    • Karbala: The True Hajj (Part 3)
    • It is important to note that a pilgrim who performs Hajj without recognizing Karbala to be its true essence does not gain the real fruits of his/her pilgrimage. In the words of Dr. Ali Shariati: Imam Hussein did not complete his Hajj in order to ...
    • Karbala: The True Hajj (Part 2)
    • We learn from Imam Hussein that there was a more important goal for him to accomplish than completing the rituals of Hajj and risking bloodshed in the Haram. Actually, it would be an erroneous statement to say that ...
    • Karbala: The True Hajj (Part 1)
    • The month of Dhil Hijjah has just passed and the sorrowful month of Muharram has emerged, bringing along with it all its grief, sadness, and mourning as the New Year commences. It was in the year 60 A.H. when Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and ...
    • Imam Al-Hussein’s March: The means and the goals
    • When we want to study the march of Imam Hussein (A.S), we have to take it as a whole. We have to study it, he made peace as well as when he make war. In both cases, he was a revolutionary. To engage in a revolution does not mean only ....
    • Basic Information on Ashura and Imam Hussein (A.S)
    • In the month of Muharram 61 AH (approx. 20 October 680 AD), an event took place in Iraq at a place known as Karbala on the bank of the river Euphrates. A large army which had been mobilized by the Umayyad regime besieged a group of persons numbering ...
    • The Route of Imam Hussein from Mekka to Karbala
    • The map shows the Route that Imam Hussein (A.S) took when he left Makkah for Iraq. The date was 8th Zilhijja 60 Hijri (10.9.680 AD). With him there were about 50 people including women and children of his family and friends. His uncle Ibne Abbas and ...
    • Selfishness and Fidelity
    • Ibn Abi al-Hadid in his “Sharhe Nahjal Balagha” says: “many of our followers doubted the religious beliefs of Moawia and did not stop calling him profligate but also believed him to be infidel. He narrates: “ ...
    • Fidelity and Infidelity
    • Khawarij were a quite deviant, dangerous, and misguided group who did the greatest evils against Imam Ali (PBUH). However, Imam Reza (PBUH) describes Moawia and his followers as ...
    • Medina: the Roots of Karbala (Part 2)
    • The monsters that fought Imam Hussein in Karbala had no mercy whatsoever. They did not respect the family of the Prophet. However, it is one thing to ignore the voice of righteousness and the voice of God embodied in Imam Hussein, but it is a ...
    • Medina: the Roots of Karbala (Part 1)
    • The sacred blood of Imam Hussein, his family, and his companions (peace be upon them all) was spilled on the plains of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram. Their mutilated bodies lay on the sand with ...
    • The Bright Page in the History of Jihad
    • Abdullah bin al-Zubair thought about a new, strict ruler to appoint over Basrah. He chose his brother Musab to carry out the task. Musab bin al-Zubair arrived in Basrah and addressed its people: ...
    • Abid al-Malik bin Marwan
    • Mukhtar made peace with Abdullah bin al-Zubair to unite efforts against the Umayyads, the enemy of Islam.Still Abdullah bin al-Zubair was ambitious. He was afraid of ...
    • Mukhtar’s Victory over the Enemies
    • After the Battle of Ain al-Warda, the Umayyad Army went on advancing towards Kufa. It occupied Mousal City. Then it headed for Kufa. Mukhtar formed an army of three thousand fighters. Yazid bin Anas, a brave, good, old man headed the army ...
    • The Revolution breaks out
    • On Tuesday night, 12th Rabi al-Awwal, namely two days before the revolution, on the way to Mukhtars house, Ibrahim al-Ashtar and some of his friends came across a patrol. The commander of the patrol said: ...
    • Mukhtar announces the Revolution
    • From his prison, Mukhtar sent a message to Ryfaah and his companions. The message was as follows: Allah has made your reward greater. He has just decreased your sins for fighting the unjust. Now I ...
    • Mukhtar comes back to Kufa
    • After four years stay in Medina, Mukhtar decided to come back to Kufa. After Yazids death, Ubaidullah bin Ziyad escaped to Damascus. The people of Kufa took advantage of the situation and supported ...
    • Children of Myanmar, Innocent Victims of Massacre
    • War has been going on for centuries and therefore hearing the world news on war is no new matter at all. But it is indeed very painful to know that innocent, helpless and very young children are among the victims of such fights; without even ...
    • Mukhtar defends Allah’s House
    • Abdullah bin al-Zubair appointed himself caliph. The people paid him homage. Some people liked him. Some disliked the Umayyads. Mukhtar knew that Abdullah bin al-Zubair was ambitious. Anyhow, he paid him ...
    • Mukhtar was released from Prison
    • Maytham al-Tammar was a good man. He was one of Imam Alis companions. From the Imams knowledge, he learnt a lot. Maytham al-Tammar was in the same prison with Mukhtar. One day Mukhtar said to him: ...
    • Imam Hussein (A.S), a Martyr for Islam
    • Imam Hussein left al-Medina al-Munawwara. He went to Mecca to perform the Haj. Yazid bin Muawiyah knew about Imam Hussein’s travel. He sent some spies to kill him. So, Imam Hussein decided to ...
    • Triumph of the captives in the enemy’s court
    • The 1st of the Islamic month of Safar is the day of renewal of grief for any conscientious person. It is the day when the caravan of captives of the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was dragged in fetters into Damascus, towards ...
    • Karbala, the Pleasure of Allah
    • In Surat Saafaat: 101-109, Allah says: We gave him (Hazrat Ibraheem A.S) the tidings of a son possessing forbearance (hilm). And when the son (Hazrat Ismail A.S) was ...
    • Imam Hussein’s revolt, the causes (Part 4)
    • Among the mistakes the author of the book, “Ash-Shaheedul Khalid – The Immortal Martyr” did was that he over-exaggerated the factor of the “Kufans’ invitation”, so much so that he has given the impression that it was ...
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