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Bismillah

Inspirational Quotes

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Editorial notes: 9

Our Religion 10

Introduction 10

Allah’s Final Messenger 18

Introduction 18

The Ahl al-Bayt 22

Introduction 22

The Commander of the Faithful 27

Introduction 27

Ghadir 28

After Allah’s Messenger 31

His Government 31

Imam Husayn and Ashura 35

Introduction 35

The Awaited Hope 46

Introduction 46

The holy month of Ramadahn 51

Freedom 54

Peace and Violence 57

Introduction 57

Politics and Governance 62

Introduction 62

Women 66

Introduction 66

The Youth 71

The Good Society 73

The Husayni programs 79

Introduction 79

Knowledge 83

Ethics 84

History 91

Disseminating the Teachings of Islam 98

Seminary Students 101

Introduction 101

Iraq 107

Introduction 107

Worldly Life 118

Contemplations 120

Glossary 127

Endnotes 130

Endnote #1 130

The Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali son of Abu Talib 130

Endnote #2 135

On some of Imam Husayn’s Sufferings 135

Endnote #3 137

On the attempts to eradicate Imam Husayn’s shrine 137

Endnote #4 141

Prophet Muhammad never pre-empted attack against any enemy 141

Endnote #5 142

On the Freedoms in Islam 142

Endnote #6 143

On Saladin’s war crimes and crime against humanity 143

APPENDIX 144

The Fourteen Infallible (ma‘soom) Personages 144

Months of the Islamic Calendar 146

Transliteration 147

The Author 150

Publications by fountain books 152

1. Fundamentals of Islam 152

2. Islamic Beliefs for All 152

3. What is Islam? An introduction to principles and beliefs 152

4. The Family 153

5. The Qur’an: When was it compiled? 153

6. War, Peace and Non-violence: An Islamic perspective 153

7. The Islamic System of Government 153

8. If Islam Were To Be Established 154

9. The Bible and Christianity: an Islamic view 154

10. The Rights of Prisoners according to Islamic teachings 154

11. Husayn - The Sacrifice for mankind 155

12. The Guide to Hajj Rites 155

13. Aspects of the Political Theory of Imam Shirazi 155

14. The Qur’an Made Simple 156

15. The Prophet Muhammad, a mercy to the world 156

16. The Shi’a and their beliefs 156

17. Ghadir Khumm 156

18. Islamic Law 157

19. Politics - the very heart of Islam 157

20. Inspirational Quotes 158

Teachings of Islam 159

Notes 160

Foreword

The Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Sadiq Husayni Shirazi is one of the most illustrious scholars of the Muslim world today. He is known for his outstanding learning and intellectual distinction, but more so is he renowned for his humility and moral conduct and for his interaction with others especially with his foes.

These qualities are evident in his teachings, lectures to seminary students, and speeches to the public.

This work presents a concise collection of quotes and statements from those speeches and lectures, making it a source of guidance drawing on the teachings and experience of one of the most eminent authorities on Islam. These lectures and speeches cover a broad theme of topics, and thus these quotes address various issues and subjects.

This collection of inspirational quotes presents the cultural entity of the marje’ or Authority on Islam, and therefore offers an opportunity for education and reflection on the true teachings of Islam, on various aspects; at a time when abhorrent atrocities and crimes against humanity are committed with impunity in the name of Islam, jihad, and the two sacred mosques.

This work represent a priceless collection of teachings, expertise and knowledge twined with a life time of experience in various aspects of everyday life, promoted by one of the most eminent scholars of the time, and mentor to hundreds of thousands of Muslims round the globe.

The point of this work is to disseminate“the good word” and promote the values of tolerance, cooperation, dialogue, respect, peace and development for the sake of humanity and its bright future, since, as Imam Ali, peace be upon him, puts it,“people are one of two; they are either your brother in religion, or your equal in creation.”

As to why this erudite scholar was chosen and this book translated - some ten years after it was first published - it’s because of the significance of the thoughts and visions of such esteemed personalities from the well-known Shirazi family, along with his brother the late Grand Ayatollah Imam Muhammad Shirazi, and because of the insight they have about Islam, its history and teachings, as well as being well-versed with the history of the Prophet of Islam and his progeny the Ahl al Bayt, peace be upon them.

It is also because of their insight and comprehensive understanding of the Ahl al Bayt’s numerous disciplines of learning which they - the Ahl al Bayt - facilitated for humanity.

Furthermore, it is also because of these personalities’ adherence to the Ahl al Bayt’s teachings, and their resolute belief that those various disciplines of learning - from Ahl al Bayt - are for the benefit of mankind, and that they are the only universal solution for all of humanity for all time.

However, these personalities do not stop at that.

Subsequently, these personalities have shown that they have spared no effort to put those teachings and disciplines of learning into practice, and relentlessly endeavour to disseminate them to the masses.

It is well established that this family, which is famous for its deep-rooted heritage in the various disciplines of Islamic learning, as well as for its strife and struggle, continue with its movement, which is nonetheless fraught with risks and dangers, but they press ahead regardless, because of their belief in the benefit of those teachings for humanity, despite the cost and consequences to their persons.

The least thing that can be said about them is that they are an independent Islamic school of thought which is distinguished for its thoughts, ideas and visions, and for its pragmatic approaches, as well as its various foundations and institutions throughout the globe - which has not been extinguished despite the persecution it has been subjected to by various governments at various times for over a century.

This work consists of a collection of quotes and statements selected from speeches and lectures given by Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Sadiq Husayni Shirazi over some three years covering the period 2002-2005.

The quotes are grouped according to their topics in some twenty categories.

The original work was compiled and edited by Muhammad Talib al-Adeeb, entitled“min abaq al marjaeyah” , and completed in October 2005.

In the original Arabic work, there were some similarities between some of the quotes, and thus not used for the English version. Furthermore, the order of some of the quotes have been revised, and as a result of these, the numbering of the English version is not the same as that of the Arabic original.

* * *

Editorial notes:

The [] brackets are used to indicate that the texts within them are verses of the holy Qur’an. The numbers that appear after the brackets indicate the relevant Qur’anic chapter or surah: ayah. For example, 4:25 refers to ayah 25 of the fourth surah of the holy Qur’an which is called“Women” . The Qur’an consists of 114 surah.

Texts within [] brackets are inserted by translator/editor for clarification.

The explanatory introductions given for some of the chapters are given by the English version editor. So too is the glossary provided at the end of the text.

Most explanatory footnotes are given at the bottom of the page, but those footnotes that are detailed - and thus long for a nominal footnote - are given in the endnotes. All footnotes and endnotes are by the translator or the editor of the English version unless otherwise stated.

22 February 2016

Z Olyabek

Our Religion

Introduction

Islam is a way of life for mankind; it is the sole means for the wellbeing and prosperity of mankind in this world, for the appropriate interaction with fellow human beings and with the environment, for the recognition and understanding of the creator, and for the preparation for the eternal hereafter.

Islam facilitates the grounds for sound politics, economy, justice, virtue, cultural and social order, all of which contribute and ensure mankind’s wellbeing and prosperity. This is in addition to the added dimension of preparing for the hereafter which, in turn, is not without influence on the worldly material life here. Islam is a comprehensive system that safeguards mankind’s success and advance in both worlds. Editors.

1: Religion is a way of life.

2: Falsehood comes in different forms and guises but the truth is always one.

3: As long as the different prophets are despatched by the one deity, then the path of all is one.

4: Unlike the sick, the physically fit lead a natural and active life. In the same way, religion would lack purpose and vitality if its role is distanced from day to day life. Almighty Allah directed His prophets to [uphold the religion][1] as a dynamic force in life.

5: Our duty is to grasp the teachings of Islam, practice them, and teach them to others, irrespective of one being a man or a woman, a husband or a wife, offspring or parents, teachers or pupils, buyers or sellers, landlords or tenants, neighbours or relatives - we must practice the teachings of Islam under all circumstances and in all aspects of life.

6: Performing the daily obligatory prayers in ignorance [of the prayers’ rulings] often constitutes a fault; because if the ignorant does not perform the obligatory prayers that would be a fault, and if he performs it in a wrong way, that would also be a fault. The fault is the same whether it is in terms of negligence and failure (taqseer) or mere ignorance (quosoor).[2]

7: If the individual who is ignorant of his religious duties, does not enjoin good and prohibit evil - while it is obligatory for him to do so - he would be committing a fault. Even if he were to do so, in all likelihood his“enjoining to good and prohibiting of evil” would be a fault, because he lacks the knowledge of how, when and in what circumstances he should do so. For example, he may prescribe that which is makrooh (i.e. discouraged) as forbidden, or that which is mostahab (i.e. recommended) as obligatory; thus advocating something contrary to what Allah has revealed.

8: The qasir (ignorant), i.e. the one who is not aware of his obligations, is not obliged to anything. This is because one of the fundamental principles of Islam is justice, and Almighty Allah is just, and as part of His justice He does not punish the qasir. Thus one who is born in a land or at time or in circumstances which render him qasir would not be subject to punishment.

9: It is imperative that alongside one’s studies and education, one should learn [the rulings of Islam on] the halal and haram [the obligatory, permissible and prohibited], the Fundamentals of the Religion (osool al-deen),[3] and the Islamic Ethics and Etiquettes (akhlaq & adab).

10: We must seize every opportunity and waste no time - not even one minute of our lives - to seek knowledge. For example, we should carry with us the handbook of Islamic Law (i.e. al-risalah al-amaliyyah) which we read meticulously during our youth. It is possible that we do not remember many of its content, or there are issues that we did not pay attention to. Therefore, let each one of us always carry the handbook, so that if one gets an opportunity - even if it were five minutes - one would be able to read even one page of it. If one adopts this practice, one would discover some issues that one might have thought one knew.

11: From now on, let’s begin learning and observing the Laws of Allah, and learn the Shari‘a rulings. Even those that are not obligatory for us to learn, we should also learn in order to preserve and disseminate them. If we do this, our station in Allah’s sight would be most esteemed, because in this way we have venerated Allah’s Laws.

12: Let each one of us take a copy of the risalah al-amaliyyah, and resolve to learn and memorise a number of the rulings, concerning various domains, every day. In this way one would learn about the Laws of Allah on various issues such as trade, agriculture, prayers, lands, and relationships with friends, relatives, neighbours, parents and offspring. Indeed the companions of the Imams, peace be upon them, were not all scholars and jurists dedicated to the task of preserving the hadith. Rather, there were amongst them those who were greengrocers, traders, businessmen, butchers, and those who traded in dates and wheat flour. But despite that they managed to memorise and preserve those hadith narratives and Islamic Laws for us today.

13: The Acts of Worship that we perform for the sake of the Almighty should not take the form of soulless cold rituals. Rather it is imperative that we engage with them, and through them, we should be aware that we stand before Almighty Allah, and we should relate with Him.

14: Those who perform the acts of worship as a habit and a ritual exercise - without paying attention and presence to Allah - will not reap any benefit from them; neither in this world nor in the hereafter. Rather, this conduct of theirs would have negative consequences for them, as mentioned in some hadith narratives.

15: From now on, we should gradually endeavour to give some spiritual substance to our acts of worship, by beginning to pay attention to their meanings.

16: Just as knowledge, understanding, and cognition (i.e. ma‘rifah) about Allah is a fundamental criterion of faith (iman), this would not be enough if it is not accompanied by ma‘rifah about the Prophet. Similarly, cognition about the Prophet alone would not be enough without recognition of the Imam. In other words, ma‘rifah about Allah and the Prophet would not be beneficial without ma‘rifah about the Imam; rather, the former two would not really be considered ma‘rifah without the latter.[4]

17: Those who died during the pre-Islamic era of ignorance would be considered to have died as disbelievers, polytheists or atheists, so too are those who die without knowing the Imam of their time. In other words, they too would be considered to have died as disbelievers, polytheists or atheists.

18: A believer always takes the side of Allah whenever there is a conflict between [the desire of] the self and [the command of] Allah.

19: A believer may amass great wealth and become a millionaire, but as soon as he realises that this wealth will lead him to Hell and to Allah’s wrath, he would relinquish and turn away from it with ease, and the same goes for women, children, and other worldly pleasures.

20: Devotion to Allah is the single most important issue.

21: The point that should force you to focus in your prayers, to prevent you from eating haram, looking at haram, listening to haram, uttering haram, wronging people or hurting them, which the Holy Qur’an has emphasised upon, is [that ye rise up for Allah’s sake].[5] This is a pivotal point which is imperative for us to pay attention to more than any other mostahab deed or conduct, because it encompasses all virtues.

22: In numerous instances in the Holy Qur’an, Almighty Allah has stated that He has sent prophets to various nations to convey His messages and rulings to them, but people killed the prophets, or ridiculed them, or tortured them. This means Almighty Allah offered His prophets, as well as the ma‘soom Imams,[6] peace be upon them all, as sacrifices in the cause of His rulings and His messages to the nations.

23: The rulings of Allah are manifested in His halal and haram, in His Signs and Laws, in the Holy Qur’an and the credible hadith, in the Sharia rulings that are presented in the al-risalah al-amaliyyah (Islamic Law handbook), which scholars have worked tirelessly to deduce from the Holy Qur’an and the teachings of the ma‘soomeen, peace be upon them all.

24: The greatest merit that we can acquire in the sight of Almighty Allah is directly proportional to the effort we make to defend the Laws of Allah, and to apply and practice them in our day to day lives. It is also proportional to the effort we make to observe and preserve them, in a bid to pass them on to the next generations.

25: Almighty Allah has no regard for those who have no respect for His Laws. To Him, His Laws are the most treasured.

26: To Almighty Allah, glorified be He, His Laws are of utmost eminence and beyond comparison.

27: The Laws of Allah are the most important in the sight of Almighty Allah.

28: Firstly, let’s begin by revering Allah’s Laws, and secondly, let’s implement those laws in our daily lives, and endeavour to reduce our failure to adhere to them.

29: It is true that the beneficence of Almighty Allah is immense and His grace is universal, and embraces both the believers and the disbelievers in His sustenance and kindness in this world. This, however, does not mean that He is showing respect for the disbelievers. Rather, this is like a banquet one invites the public to. It is likely that it would be attended by people one does not wish to see, but one would not prevent them because the invitation is public, and being there does not constitute respect for them.

30: From now on, let’s make a pledge with our Lord - and He witnesses what we say, hear, think, and resolve - to defend Allah’s Laws; by promoting virtue and prohibiting vice, at home, with friends, neighbours, and strangers, to the extent we can. To realise this, we are not required to brandish swords and battle, rather let our weapon be the wise word that we utter. If it was heeded, good, otherwise we would have fulfilled our responsibility and discharged our obligation.

31: The person who orders to have the hand of a thief cut off at the wrist would have committed a greater crime in the sight of Allah than the thief himself. This is because the thief has, on individual basis, defied a single Sharia law, but the one who executes a self-prescribed law and attributes it to Allah would have committed a very grave sin, compared to which the act of stealing itself is insignificant.[7]

32: In the effort to implement the teachings of Islam we should not be selective. Rather, our effort should cover all aspects of Islam and its teachings. It is not permissible to implement the Islamic penal code, for example, and ignore the teachings of Islam in the fields of culture, economics, politics, society, and suchlike.

33: Some scholars are of the opinion that it is not permissible to apply the penal codes in Islam as long as the political and economic elements of its teachings are not adhered to.[8]

34: It is unfortunate that some think that a government is defined as Islamic only if it implements the Sharia penal code; whereas that [i.e. penal code] constitutes a negligible portion of Islamic Law. If Islamic Law is partially or selectively implemented, a distorted image will be presented of Islam.

35: Almighty Allah considers changing or distorting His Laws to be the gravest crime, and all other sins and crimes are considered minor in comparison.

36: One of the cardinal sins is for an individual to claim“this is halal and this is haram” - while ignorant about the teachings or falsely attributing them to Allah.

37: If we claim something or some action to be haram or halal contrary to Allah’s laws, that would go against Allah’s revelation, and [one of the consequences of the gravity of] such conduct would be to deprive us of Allah’s blessings such as rain and earth’s treasures. The same goes for the makrooh, mostahab, and wajib aspects.

38: When an individual asks you whether a particular thing is halal or haram, do not respond to him according to your own opinion. Ask a mojtahid for the answer before you reply to him. This is because Almighty Allah has not left His Laws in my hand or yours; rather He has put them in the hands of His prophet and has declared: [he does not speak of desire] i.e. he does not say something according to his own desire or opinion, but rather [it is a revelation that is revealed] to him by the Almighty.[9]

39: If one is asked a question about a certain matter of which one is not an expert, then it is imperative for one to refer the enquirer to a fully qualified mojtahid, or seek the answer from a mojtahid and convey it to the enquirer. One does not have the authority or the right - not even the mojtahid’s representative - to respond to the enquirer according to one’s own opinion; rather one must convey the opinion of a mojtahid, who is the ultimate authority. It is worth noting the considerable time and effort mojtahids spend to arrive at appropriate rulings according to the laws of Almighty Allah. It is also worth noting that sometimes they do not arrive at conclusive rulings and thus take the side of precaution (ihtiyat) and refrain from issuing a verdict (fatwa).

40: It is only the ignorant who issues verdicts arbitrarily. But the learned and the specialist is the one who appreciates the sanctity of these rulings, does not underrate Allah’s laws and does not treat them arbitrarily, because he recognises their greatness, and that he would be held to account before Almighty Allah.

41: If the Laws of Allah were in the hands of every one to issue verdicts on according to one’s desires and opinions, the Islam that we have today before us would have vanished, and after fourteen hundred years we would have been left with something completely different.

42: There is no deficiency in Allah’s religion; thus when Almighty Allah promises happiness to its true followers, the true Muslim would no doubt attain happiness; contrary to other schools of thoughts that promise happiness but do not honour their promise and sooner or later their inability would be exposed.

43: The devout believer in Allah would be grasping the most trustworthy handhold that will never break.[10] Conversely, those who adhere to taghut (all false deities) and follow or adopt principles which deviate from true Islam would be clinging to a wavering handhold and would sooner or later come to realize their mistake.

44: Islam uproots all forms of difficulties and diseases, while other entities barely try to curtail them, with little success.

45: Islam eradicates poverty and anxiety for mankind, while other civilisations attempt to reduce them but they do not succeed.

46: Islam is not mere theories, but rather principles that are implementable in practice. Islam’s teachings were indeed implemented during the Islamic Era and produced splendid results.

47: All trials and tribulations suffered by mankind are consequences of his own actions and conducts, since Allah does not wish any evil or suffering for anyone.[11]

48: Whenever you suffer an affliction look for the cause, because Allah is just and does not hurt anyone, rather He is the epitome of goodness and kindness.

49: Those who do not refrain from committing sin or evil, will, sooner or later, harvest the ill effect of such evils.

50: A person who does not care about committing sin or evil should not be fooled by his arrogance. The Commander of the Faithful (Amir al-Mo’mineen),[12] Imam Ali,[13] peace be upon him, said,“If you see your Lord continually blessing you with His favours while you are disobeying Him, be warned.” Do you know why? This means that Almighty Allah has postponed his punishment to the Hereafter. And there lies the catastrophe!! Because this world would end one day, and one would be relieved from it, but there is no relief from punishment in the Hereafter.

51: [One should be sincere in every aspect of his endeavours.] But the allure of display of that sincerity should not be the motive for us in our effort and exertion; rather our effort should be purely for Allah alone.

52: Doing noble deeds and harbouring noble intentions in pursuit of reward will be futile if they are not solely and purely for Allah.

53: One should always ask Allah’s help in making the sole motive behind one’s deeds to be Allah’s favour and approval.

54: Almighty Allah has not created Paradise in order to make favours and give it to whomever and remind people about His generosity. Rather, He created it for the sincere and devout faithful.

55: Besides being a book of knowledge and culture, laws and rights, etiquette and manners, politics and economics, the Holy Qur’an is Heaven’s eternal miracle; a book which has deep moral impact and profound spiritual influence.

56: The Inimitable Qur’an, this eternal and timeless book of Heaven, brings happiness and prosperity to mankind, infuses goodness and blessing universally to all, and spreads peace and tranquillity throughout the world.

57: [In an Islamic country,] no one has the right to legislate something as being permissible or prohibited [in contradiction to Sharia law]; rather one only has the right to implement these divine laws.[14]

58: Islam has blended knowledge with faith, and culture with manners and ethics.

59: The essence of the teachings and principles of Islam as a religion is that of human morality and the reality of the sublime social etiquettes; they are inseparable - one essence for one meaning. Thus anything that moral principles advocate, Islam has commanded, and anything that sublime etiquettes have urged, Islam has called for. In other words, all the laws of Islam and its teachings - ranging from acts of worship to those on dealings and transactions, and others - are built on sublime moral fundamentals, and equable ethical bases. Thus Islam has ordered the obligatory, forbade the prohibited, warned against the unethical, and called for the virtues and etiquettes.

60: It is obvious that Islam’s teachings and laws are in concert with human nature. Equally, they are compatible with the human soul and spiritual values, and mankind’s earthly and material aspirations at the highest standards of refined manners.

61: If one practices Islam in the way it used to be in the early days of the religion within one’s family, then one’s neighbours, relatives and family friends will gradually start to believe in the values of Islam’s divine laws and teachings. Thus, if they were non-believers they would embrace Islam; if they harboured no love for Ahl al-Bayt,[15] peace be upon them, they would start to love them; and if they were non-practicing, they would be observing the teachings of Islam. This is because the teachings of Islam, its laws and rules are grand and magnificent.

62: Islam does not concern the hereafter only rather Islam means living happily in this world too. Islam means peace and security, sound economy, sound politics, vice-free society, and it means everything that is good and proper.

63: There are certain attributes that are exclusive to Almighty Allah. No creature may be characterised by them, because they belong to the Holy Essence of Allah and no-one else.[16]

64: It is not admissible to attribute even one of Almighty Allah’s exclusive characteristics to the ma‘soom Imams, peace be upon them.

65: Excessive glorification or undue exaggeration is not the way to learn about the ma‘soom Imam, peace be upon him.

66: Educate the youth about the quality of ‘esmah (infallibility), the issue of knowledge of the unseen (ghayb), and all other indisputable and irrefutable aspects related to the qualities of the ma‘soom (infallible) Imams, peace be upon them.

67: Those who adopt the approach of excessively glorifying the ma‘soom Imams beyond their real standing bestowed upon them by Almighty Allah may run the risk of being cursed by the ma‘soom Imam or by Imam al-Hujjah, may Allah hasten his reappearance.

68: The soundness of one’s understanding and practice of religion is measured by the depth of one’s understanding of the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Ahl al-Bayt, peace be upon them, and the degree to which one adheres to and practices those teachings.

69: Attaining soundness in [one’s] religion is a matter of individual determination and achievement through endeavour and choice.

70: Religion is a way of life, and it may be categorised in two aspects. The aspects of religion which concerns belief are called“the roots of religion” (osool al-deen); i.e. the core, underlying doctrinal principles of Islam such as monotheism and resurrection. The aspects of religion which concerns its practice are called“the branches of religion” (foroo’ al-deen); i.e. the obligatory (wajib) duties such as the daily prayers and fasting, and the prohibited (haram) such as backbiting and slander, the recommended (mostahab), the discouraged (makrooh), as well as the moral conducts and the etiquettes.

71: Our predecessors did an admirable job as guardians by preserving the religion for future generations and handing it over to us before passing away. We, in turn, have a duty to guard and preserve the religion that has been handed over to us in its best manner for future generations.

72: Fundamentally, absolute submission and obedience should be solely to Almighty Allah.

73: If the world was to realise the triad of“a sound economy, fair politics, and virtuous morality” , appreciate its significance, and discern its boundaries that Islam has clearly defined, millions would rush to embrace the religion. This would be similar to what happened in the holy city of Medina when Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his holy family, presented Islam in its proper form without any shortfalls, and disbelievers and atheists willingly and eagerly embraced Islam.

74: Islam has the kind of laws the like of which, altogether, there is none in history, nor is there anything like it today. In most countries of the world there is no such law as“no inheritance tax” , no such law as“the government guarantees all the debts of the deceased” , and there is no law that“the government guarantees all the needs of families that have no breadwinner or income” .[17]

75: The Holy Qur’an is a covenant between two parties; namely Almighty Allah and mankind.

76: Almighty Allah has honoured mankind by elevating him to a lofty position; in that He made him a party to a covenant with Him. The instrument for this covenant - the Holy Qur’an - attends to mankind’s entire needs in this world, be it societal, political, economic, familial, educational, psychological, and all others.

77: Islam is a complete intellectual and practical system.