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Who is Mukhtar Thaqafi?

Who is Mukhtar Thaqafi?

In his youth, spent in Medina after the death of his father. Mukhtar was known to be an Alid sympathiser. Yet, according to Tabari (2nd vol.,p.520) there is a story which depicts him as anti-Shiite, based on the advice he gave to his uncle, Sa'd bin Masud at the time when Hasan, the son of Ali bin Abu Talib, was carried wounded to the White Castle in Madain. The advice was that Hasan be handed over to Muawiya to win the latter's favour. His uncle refused this advice and cursed Mukhtar.

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The Battle of Islam at Siffin

The Battle of Islam at Siffin

After the battle of Jamal was over, Imam Ali (A.S.) returned from Basra to Kufa in Rajab of 36 A.H. He decided to transfer the capital of his government to Kufa from Madina because it was more centrally placed in the Muslim Empire, and he could halt Muawiya's progress into Iraq.

Islamic Personalities
Martyrdom of Ammar Ibn Yasir

Martyrdom of Ammar Ibn Yasir

On the other hand the traders and the rich of Quraish had spite against Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his message of Islam. Hence, they plotted against Islam and the Muslims. Abu Jahl was the most spiteful polytheist; he mistreated Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers very much.

Imam al-Mahdi
Imam Mahdi's Imamate

Imam Mahdi's Imamate

Imam Mahdi (AS), the last in the line of the Twelve Ithna Ashari Imams was born on 15th Shaban 255 Hijri in Samarra, Iraq. His father was the Eleventh Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS) and his mother was Nargis Khatoon, grand daughter of the Emperor of Rum.It was 8th Rabiul Awwal 260 Hijri when our Twelfth Imam led the funeral prayer of his father Imam Hasan al-Askari (AS).He was only Five years old, yet the whole crowd of muslims including the Abbasid caliph of that time Al-Mu’tamid followed the young Imam without question.

Islamic Personalities
How much do you know Allame Hilli?

How much do you know Allame Hilli?

History bears evidence that after Halaku Khan, the Mongol sovereigns embraced Islam and settled down in Iran and ruled there. The question is how the wild Mongol tribes had a sudden change of mind and accepted Islam—the Faith of Peace? It was Khawaja Naseer ud Deen Toosi who motivated them to convert to Islam. The great grandson of Halaku Khan, Sultan Khazan Khan, had inherited the territory of Iran in the year 702 H.

General Articles
Birth of the Seal of Prophets

Birth of the Seal of Prophets

"Abdullah, father of the Prophet, died a few month before (or two months after) his birth, and his grandfather 'Abdul¬Muttalib took over the care and upbringing of the child. After a few months, according to the age-long custom of the Arabs, the child was entrusted to a bedouin woman Halimah by name, of the tribe of Bani-Sa'd, for his upbringing.When he was only six years old, he lost his mother as well;

Holy Prophet
Prophet Muhammad (P) Passed Away

Prophet Muhammad (P) Passed Away

Being a relative of Muhammad ('s) only means that your responsibility is greater. That is why it is reported that when someone saw Ali bin Al-Hussain ('a) crying in prayer despite the fact that his grandfather was the Messenger ('s) and Imam Ali ('a), while his grandmother was Fatima ('a) and Al-Hussain ('a) was his father, he told him that Allah created heaven for those who obey him even if they were slaves and he created hell for those who disobey him even if they were from the nobility of Quraish (the most noble Arabian tribe).

Quran Interpretation
Distortion (Tahrif) in the Holy Qur’an, Traditions and History

Distortion (Tahrif) in the Holy Qur’an, Traditions and History

For many years, the Wahhabis have been trying to assume the leadership of Muslim society. From the day when imperialism created this movement, they have been dreaming for the realization of that cherished day, and along this line, they have been utilizing every possible means. They are converting the abundant God-given wealth of oil into dollars and through which they are attracting many Muslims toward themselves.

Quran Interpretation
Allegorical Interpretation (Ta’wil) in the Holy Qur’an

Allegorical Interpretation (Ta’wil) in the Holy Qur’an

Based on the classification of the verses of the Qur'an into the definitive {muhkam} and the metaphorical {mutashabih}, and into the abrogating {nasikh} and the abrogated {mansukh}, in explaining some verses, one should not content himself with only their external purport because their external purport could be doubtful and misleading. Meanwhile, according to the traditions, the Qur'an has many cores and layers, the understanding which is not possible for everyone. As such, in understanding some verses, it is necessary to take other verses into account. For example, in interpreting verses such as:

Ethics Articles
Celebration and Mourning according to the Shi`ah and the Wahhabis

Celebration and Mourning according to the Shi`ah and the Wahhabis

Celebrations and festivals The Wahhabis regard any kind of gathering for the passing away or birth of the awliya' as a sort of worship of the saints of God, equating it to the worship of idols:

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