Thursday, June 23, 2011

Four Questions Asked by Jews to Imam Ali (a.s.)

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.)

Imam Ali (a.s.) was always available when the three kholafa sought his advice on religious matters. His position as the jurist was on the top of the list among the companions of the Holy Prophet (saw). Umar Ibne Khattab (l.a.) the 2nd Caliph had given clear instructions that when Ali was present in the mosque of the Prophet no one should take precedence over him in answering questions on religious matters. In one such encounter during the time of the 2nd Caliph, a group of Jewish scholars approached the caliph and said, “We have a few questions. If we get the answers to these questions correctly, we will accept the Islamic faith.
“Ask whatever you want to ask,” said the caliph.
They asked the following questions:
1. What are the locks and keys of heaven?
2. Who was the messenger who was neither of the human nor of the Jinn and who warned his people?
3. Which are the 5 beings who were created without ! the aid of ovaries?
4. What are one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve?
The caliph thought over these questions for a time, then said, “I do not know the answers to these questions. I will take you to a man who is most knowledgeable in the commandments of Allah and the Holy Prophet and the greatest among us.
The caliph then brought the Jewish scholars to Ali (a.s.). They asked the same questions to him. Ali (a.s.) answered thus:
1. The locks of the heavens are beliefs in more than one god, and its keys are the letters of “La Ilaha Illallah, Muhammad-Ur-Rasulallah.”
2. The messenger who warned his people is the ant who, when Solomon’s army was passing by, said to his people, ” Enter your houses so that the army may not stamp you out (without intention)”. So Allah states in the Holy Qur’an, ” Until they came to the valley of the Ants, said an ant (addressing the other ants of the valley) O” you ants’ enter into! your dwellings, so that Solomon and his hosts may not crush you while they know it not”. (Sura An-Naml. V 18)
3. The five beings who were not born of ovaries are: Adam, Eve, the staff of Moses which used to change into a python, the camel of Saleh, and the sheep of Ibrahim (which was sent by Allah to become a ransom of the life of Ibrahim’s son Ismael).
One is Allah who has no partners,
  • two are Adam and Eve,
  • three are the substances ( i.e. non-living matter, plants and animals),
  • four are the Heavenly books: Torah of Moses, Bible of Jesus, Zubur of Dawood and the Qur’an of Hadhrat Muhammad (saw).
  • Five are the daily prayers.
  • Six are the days of creation of the heavens and earth, as per the verse of the Qur’an: ” And indeed We created the heavens and the earth and what is between them two, in six periods and touched us not any fatigue.” (Sura Qaf V. 38).
  • Seven are the seven heavens, in the light of the Qur’anic Verse: ” And we have erected above you the seven strong ones.” (Sura An-Naba V12)
  • Eight are those angels who bear the heavens, as per the Qur’anic Verse: ” And the angels shall be on the side of it; and above them shall bear that day `Arsh’ (the throne of authority). of your Lord, eight of them (Sura Al-Haaqqah. V.17)
  • Nine are the nine signs given to Moses as stated by God: “And indeed we gave Moses nine clear signs (miracles); so ask the children of Israel when he came to them, Pharaoh said to him; “Verily I deem you O’ Moses one bewitched. “(Sura Bani Israel, V 101).
  • Ten are the ten days, i.e. God had promised Moses that he would stay on the mountain of Toor for thirty days, and later added ten more days to this duration, as it is stated in the Qur’an.” And we made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and completed it with ten more;” Thus was completed the term of his Lord, forty nights, and (before he went up) Moses said to his brother Aaron: You take my place among my people, act rightly and follow not the path of the mischief-makers.” (Sura Al-A’araf. V.142).
  • Eleven are the brothers of Joseph, son of Jacob, as the Qur’an states, “When said Joseph to his father, O’ my father; Verily I did see (dream) eleven stars and the sun and the moon,, I saw them all prostrating to me.” (Sura Yousuf. V.4).
  • Twelve are the Twelve water-springs manifested by the staff of Moses, as God states, ” And (remember) when Moses sought water for his people; said We, `Strike the rock with your staff’ Then gushed out therefrom twelve springs; each people knew their drinking place; “Eat and drink from God’s provision, and commit not evil in the earth acting mischievously. “(Sura Al Baqarah V60).
When the Jewish scholars heard the replies of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) they said, “We bear witness that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (saw) is His Messenger and Ali (a.s.) is the “Wasi” and successor of the Messenger of Allah as Aaron was the Wasi of Moses. They all embraced Islam, went back to their tribe and converted all of them to Islam.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad (a.s.)

Name: Muhammad
Title: At-Taqi, Al-Jawad
Designation: 9th Imam
Kunyat: Abu Ja'far 
Father: 8th Imam Ali ar-Ridha (A.S.) 
Mother: Khaizuran Khatoon 
Born: 10th Rajab 195 AH (811 AD) 
Died: 29th Dhul-Qida 220AH(835AD) 
Martyred: Poisoned by Mu'tasin (l.a.)

Hazrat Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S , our 9th holy Imam , was born in Madina on Friday on the 10th of Rajab-ul-Murajjab. There is one more rewayat about the birth of date of our 9th Imam. The second birthdate has been mentioned in the Book of Bihar-ul-Anwar , where Allama Majlisi says: " It is written in Usol-e-Kafi that Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was born in the holy month of Ramazan in 195 A.H." But the rewayat of 10th of Rajab is mostly wellknown.

Anyhow the 9th successor of the Holy Prophet S.A.W was born in Madina-e-Munawwara. His holy father was Ghareeb-ul-Ghuruba , Shaheed-e-Jafa Hazrat Imam Ali Raza A.S and His holy mother was Janabe Khizran who was connected to the tribe of Ummul-Momeneen Janabe Marya-e-Qibteya. Sabeeka Naubiya is also another name of the holy mother of our 9th Imam.

Imam Ali Raza A.S was 47 years old when His holy and only son was born. People in Madina had began to fear that Imam Ali Raza A.S would leave no successor after Him and that the chain of Imamat would be cut off. But when Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was born their mouth were shut.

In 200 A.H Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was forced to be separated from His holy father when Mamoon Rashid compelled Imam Ali Raza A.S to leave Madina alone without His family.After this seperation Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was never able to see His father again. In 203 A.H Imam Ali Raza A.S departured from this world. The Imamat was now handed over to His holy son who was only 8 years when He received the responsibilities. The life of Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was early attacked with many deep sorrows .

At the age of 5 His father Imam Ali Raza A.S , was constrained to leave him alone in Madina and was martyred the third year after this seperation. The grief of the martyrdom of His holy father was followed by the demise of His holy aunt (Phophi) Janabe Masooma-e-Qum. And soon Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was also forced to leave the city of Madina. 

Many wonders that due to the short life Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S spent with His holy father maybe He wasn't able to receive the full knowledge. Shame on those who have these thoughts. All our holy Imams are born with the full Divine knowledge granted from Allah. That is why Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was always triumphant to all competitors who tried to emulate Him. And it was due to this extraordinary knowledge of Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S and His excellent character that Mamoon Rashid became the Imam's "lover" with a plan of marrying his daughter Umm-ul-Fazl to Him.

The scenes he was dreaming about was to one day watch the progeny of Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa S.A.W i.e the next Imam to be born through his daughter. But once again Mamoon failed in his luring acts and his daughter never became a mother. A year after this wedding Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S returned to Madina where He remarried to Janabe Somaana Khatoon who was connected to the tribe of Hazrat Ammar-e-Yasir and it was through this pious lady that God had chosen for the next Imam to be born. Imam Muhammad Taqi A.S was gifted with two sons ,(Hazrat Imam Ali Naqi A.S and Janabe Moosa-e-Mubarraqa) and two daughters (Janabe Fatema and Janabe Amama). The offspring of Imam Ali Naqi A.S are titled as "Naqvi" and the progeny of Janabe Moosa-e-Mubarraqa are named as "Rizvi".

At last I would like to send happy greetings to all momeneen and momenaat on this joyous day. May we live our lives as our holy Imams has shown us to do and try our best to serve Islam in all ways. Finally , may Imam-e-Zamana A.S also accept the greetings from His male (ghulaman) and female (kanizan) servants. Ameen
Rabbana Taqabbal Minna Innaka Anta-s-Samey-ul-Aleem.

(Written by Sughra Khatoon daughter of Maulana Maqbool Ahmed Saheb.)

Friday, June 3, 2011


Rajab Shaban and Ramdhan are the months of great Fazilath. Mohammad Sallallah -u-Alehi Wa Alehi Wa Sallam(P.B.U.H) said "That the month of Rajab is very great and no other month could reach to the Ihtheram (respect) and Fazilath of this month. Battle with  kuffar is haram in this month. Rajab is Allah's month. Shaban is my month and Ramadhan is my Ummah's month. Whoever fasts for a day in this month Allah will keep Azaab ( punishment ) away from him and  he will  please Allah, and one of the many doors of hell will be closed on him".

Imam Mose-E-Kazim (A.S) said that whoever fasts for a day in Rajab the fire of hell will be kept away from him for at least the distance of a year. And if a person fasts for three days then Jannath (Heaven) will be wajib on him.

Rasule-Khuda (peace be upon him) said That Rajab is a name of a stream in Heaven, which is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. And if any person fasts for a day in this month he will drink water from this stream.

Imam Jafar-E-Sadiq (A.S) said that Rasule-Khuda (peace be upon him)  said that this month of Rajab is the month of Asthaqgfar for my Ummah. Thus ask for Allah's forgiveness for our sins in this Mubarak month. Allah is most forgiving and most merciful. And the other name for Rajab is Asabb because Allah's Rehmath on Ummah is more in this month, so one should recite Astaghfirullah Wa Asalhut Tawbah a lot.

Imam Jafar-E-Sadiq (A.S) said whoever keeps one fast in the last days of Rajab, Allah will save him from the hardship of dying (sakrath-e-moth) and from  azaab-e-moth. And if a person fasts on  the  last two days of Rajab, he will pass Pul-E-Sirath with ease. And if a person fasts on the last three days he will be saved from the khawf of Qayamath and hardships of this day and will be saved from hell.

Imam Zainul Abideen (A.S) said if a person cannot keep fast in this month he should recite the following Tasbeeh:

Subhan-al illahil Jaleeli Subhana mal-la yanbaghit tasbeehu illa lahu Subhanal a-aazzil akrami subhana mal laisal izza wa-hua- lahu ahl.

Amaal For The Month Of Rajab
There are many Duas and Amaals in the month of Rajab.I am mentioning a few. If youwant a detailed account of the Aamaals you can refer to Mafati-Hal-Jinnah. 

Daily aamaal:
  1 - Recite dua 'Yaa man arjoohu' after every namaz. (Scroll down for the dua )
  2 - Recite Salawaat at least 35 times daily.
  3 - Offer 2 Rakat namaz every night. In each rakat, after Suratal Fateha, recite Suratal Kafiroon 3 times and Suratal Ikhlaas once.
  4 - Do Istighfaar (ask for forgiveness) and then give Sadaqa (charity).
  5 - Fasting on Thursday, Friday & Saturday (3 consecutive days) may earn sawaab of 900 years of ibaadat (worship).
  6 - Fast on 1st of Rajab and recite Ziarate Waritha on 1st night & day.
  7 - Fast on Mondays.
  8 - Perform ghusl on 1st, 15th and last days.
  9 - Recite namaze shab as often as possible.
 10 - Recite "Laa ilaaha illallah" as often as possible. (At least 100
times everyday)

 01) Dua to be read every morning and evening in the month of rajab.
      Bismillah-irr-rahman -ir-rahim-Ya man arjooho likulle khairu-wa-aamanu sana hathu inda kulle sharrin ya man yuti man sa-alahu ya man yuti mal-lam yas aluhu mal-lam yaa rifuhu tahan-nunnan minhu wa rahmatan aatini biman alaihi-iyyaka jameea Khairiddunya wa jameea khairil aakhirate wasrif anne bimasalati iyyaka jameea sharriddunya wa sharril aakhirati fa innahu ghairu manqysin maa aataitana zidni min fad lika ya Karim                            
    Hold beard with left hand( like Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.h) and say---Yaa Zul jalale wal ikrame -- Yaa Zun naemaae wal judhe -- Yaa Zal manne wa tawle -- harrim shaibati alannar

 02)   Recite 100 times the following:-
Astaghfirillahal lazi laa ilaha hua wahdahu lashreekalahu wa aatuboilaih
And then give sadaqah, Allah will bestow Rehmath and Maqferath on him and if he recite the same 400 hundred times Allah gives him ajre-shuhadah
03)  Recite -- La ilaha illallah 1000 times
04)  Recite -- 70 times daily in the morning and evening "Astaghfirullaha wa aatubo ilaih "   and then raise hands  and say "Allahummagh firli wa atoobo ilaih
05)  Recite -- 1000 times  "Astaghfir ullaha zal jalale wal ikrame min jamee- ez- zunoobi wal aasame
06)  Recite Sureh Qul huAllah o Ahad 10,000times or 1000 times or 100 times there is a lot of Fazilath and if you recite this surah 100 times on Friday, there will be a special noor for him on the day of Qayamath which will pull him towards heaven
07)   Fast on Any day of Rajab and then recite 4 rakaath of namaz and in the first rakaath after Al-Hamd 100 times Ayathal Kursi and in second rakaath after Al-Hamd Surah Qul Huallahu Ahad.The reward for this Aamal is he will not die till he sees his house in Heaven!!
08)   On Friday recite 4 rakaath Namaz between Zuhar and Asr and in every rakaath after Al-Hamd 7 times Ayathal Kursi, 5 times Qul Huallahu Ahad and after the namaz say Astaghfirullahalazi lailaha illa hua wa as aluhu wa aatoobata 10 times.
09)   Keep fast on every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this month, the Fazilath of this act is he will be rewarded the sawab of 900 years of Ibadath.
10)   In the whole month of Rajab recite 60 rakaath namaz . In every rakaath after Sura-e-Hamd ,3 times Sura-e-Kafiroon  and one time Sura-e- Qul.Huallahu Ahad. After every Salaam raise your hands and say --" La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lahu,  lahul mulku walahul hamdu yuhi wa yumith wahua hayun layamuth beyadihil Khair wa hua ala kulle shai in qadeer. wa ilaihil maseeru wa lahoula wala quwatha illa billahil aliyil azeem. Allahumma salli ala mohammadin nabeeyil ummi wa alehi .And then wipe the hands on your face. The reward for this act is 60 Hajj and 60 Umrah
11) On any night of Rajab recite 2 rakaath namaz with 100 Qul Huallahu Ahad. Allah will reward him the Sawab of 100 years of Fast.
12) Recite 10 rakaath namaz and in every rakaath after Sura-e- Hamd one time Sura-e-Kafiroon and 3 times Sura-e- Qul Huallahu Ahad. His sins will be forgiven
13)  Recite  these Suras.1. Hamd 2. four Quls and 3. Ayaath ul Kursi (3 times) on every day and night of Rajab, Shaban and Ramadhan . After which recite 3 times --" subhan Allahi wal hamdu lillahiwa laillaha ilallahu wallahu Akberu wa lahoula wala quwatha illa billahil aaliyil azeem." Three times say---" Allahumma salli ala Mohammadin wa ale Mohammad". 3 times say--" Allah hummaqfirlil momineen wal momeenath".and 400 times say "Astaghfirullaha wa atoobo ilaih". Allah will forgive  his sins even if they are as many as the drops of rain.

14) The most immportant night is the first Thursday night (Shab-E-Juma) . It is called Lailathil-Raghayab.Keep fast on the first Thursday of this month and then in between Maghrib and Isha recite 12 rakaath namaz and in every rakaath after Sura-e- Hamd ,3 times Innanzalna and 12 times Sura-e- Qul Huallahu Ahad. And after the namaz recite 70 times--"Allahumma salli ala Mohammadin nabeeyil ummi wa ala alehi". and then go in the sajdhah and recite 70 times--" Subbuhun quddusun Rabbil Malaaikathi war ruh" then raise your head from sajdhah and say 70 times --" Rabbighfir warham wa thajaawaz aamma thalam innaka anthal aleeyul azeem."and then go back in the sajdhah and say--" Subbuhun quddusun Rabbil Malaaikathi war ruh" After this ask for your hajath. InshAllah it will be fulfilled.

15) It is of great Fazilath to do Umra in this month.

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