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The Author of the Two Bibliographical Encyclopedias

The Author of the Two Bibliographical Encyclopedias

For any ordinary passer-by, the sight of the white-turbaned Shaykh walking down the Najaf-Kufah road on Tuesday afternoons might not have been of any special attention, other than the brief exchange of greetings that is customary in those parts. Our religious scholar --as his headgear and apparel suggested-- was perhaps not the only one trekking the 10-km distance to Masjid al-Sahlah on foot every week. In those days before the Baathists cast their long dark shadows on Iraqi socio-religious life,

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Islam and the African World

Islam and the African World The Islamic religion is now a major factor in human life and its impact is felt not only in Arabia, where it started out and then spread to the four corners of the earth, embracing a significant portion of humanity, but also in Africa where it has in many cases displaced an indigenous belief system whose world view, though similar to Islam in certain respects, varies widely from it.

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Shi'ite Authors in Islamic History

Shi'ite Authors in Islamic History The pioneer in this field was Asbagh bin Nabatah Tabi'i who was one of the closest friends and companions of of Amir-al-Muminin Imam Ali(A.S.). Ash-Shaikh has said in Al-Fahrist that Ad-Dawri reported through him the accoumt of the battle against Imam Husain (A.H.). He has also given the authorities for it.

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The First Migration

The First Migration Migration of a group of Muslims to Ethiopia is a clear proof of their faith and deep sincerity. With a view to get rid of the mischief and atrocities of Quraysh and to acquire a peaceful atmosphere for observing their religious ceremonies and worshipping Allah the One they decided to leave Makkah and to forsake their wealth business children and relatives.

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Karbala': An Enduring Paradigm of Islamic Revivalism

Karbala': An Enduring Paradigm of Islamic Revivalism The martyrdom of Imam Husayn ibn 'Ali ('a) and his companions in Karbala' proved to be the beginning of the downfall of the Banu Umayyah dynasty which had usurped the Islamic khilafah by deceit, repression, and corruption of the Muslim community.

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Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala

Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala This site is dedicated to Hussain ibn Ali (A), the Grandson of the Prophet (S),and his sacrifice for Islam at Kerbala.

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Eid al-Mubahila

Eid al-Mubahila Glorious Quran Chapter 3 Verse 61 says: And unto him who disputeth with thee therein after the knowledge hath come unto thee, Say! (O’ Our Apostle Muhammad!) ( Unto them ) come ye, let us summon our sons, and ( ye summon ) your sons, and ( we summon ) our women and ( ye ) your women, and ( we summon ) ourselves and ( ye ) yourselves and then let us invoke the curse of God on the liars !

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An Account of the Mubahila (Imprecation) Ceremony

An Account of the Mubahila (Imprecation) Ceremony We should know that the incident of Mubahila is from widely related reports (Mutawatir) and Sunni and Shia sects have mentioned in all commentaries, histories and books of traditions have related it with slight difference. Shaykh Tabarsi and others have narrated that a group of Christian nobles of Najran comprising of three persons, came to the Holy Prophet (S).

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Mubahilah; An Extremely Imperative Event of History

Mubahilah; An Extremely Imperative Event of History In the early days of Islam, Najran was a large center of people who had changed from idol worship to Christianity. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w) had sent letters to the heads of different countries inviting them to Islam. One such letter was addressed to the Christians of Najran. It read as follows: "In the Name of the God of Ibrahim, Ishaaq and Ya'qub.

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The Historical Event of Mubahala (630 A.D.)

The Historical Event of Mubahala (630 A.D.) There is no room here to trace how Christianity was disseminated in Nejran; suffices to say that the Ethiopian invasion of southern Arabia introduced Christianity there for the first time. The incident of Abraha and his elephant demonstrates the fact that they were quite fanatical in their religious fervor.

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Eid al-Mubahila; Its Historic Perspective

Eid al-Mubahila; Its Historic Perspective Glorious Quran Chapter 3 Verse 61 says: And unto him who disputeth with thee therein after the knowledge hath come unto thee, Say! (O’ Our Apostle Muhammad!) ( Unto them ) come ye, let us summon our sons, and ( ye summon ) your sons, and ( we summon ) our women and ( ye ) your women, and ( we summon ) ourselves and ( ye ) yourselves and then let us invoke the curse of God on the liars !

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The Event of Ghadir Khumm

The Event of Ghadir Khumm The Farewell Pilgrimage Ten years after the migration (hijrah), the Messenger of Allah [peace and blessings be upon him and his Progeny] ordered to his close followers to call all the people in different places to join him in his last pilgrimage. On this pilgrimage he taught them how to perform the pilgrimage in a correct and unified form.

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A Talk between Hajjaj and a Fasting Shepherd

A Talk between Hajjaj and a Fasting Shepherd They say: Once Hajjaj bin Yusuf Thaqafi was on a journey to Yemen to rule from there. He had all the royal facilities with him. Wherever he camped, his servants erected tents and his cooks got busy in preparing royal dishes. At one of such halts, the climate was very hot. Arrangements were made for cooling and ventilation and they spread the dinner-cloth and put various kinds of food and sweets. As he was about to begin, his eye fell on a shepherd busy grazing his two or three sheep in a terribly hot atmosphere.  

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25th Zilqada: Dahwul Ardh

25th Zilqada: Dahwul Ardh Dahwul Ardh - the 25th of Dhulqa'dah, according to a tradition of the Holy Prophet (s) reported by one of his Sahabi - 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud , is the day when the earth was spread for the advantage of human beings. The phrase Dahwul Ardh literally means The spread of the earth. In another tradition it is reported that the first Rahmah & blessing descended on this very day.

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The Holy Shrines of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) in Iran

The Holy Shrines of Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) in Iran I hereby dedicate this small effort of mine to my great grandmother FATIMA BINTE IMAM MOOSA-E-KAZIM POPULARLY KNOWN AS KARIMA=E-AHLE-BAIT MASOOMA-E-QOM

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Badr: First Battle In Islam (624 A.D.)

Badr: First Battle In Islam (624 A.D.) Quraish had begun grand-scale preparations to attack Medina. The trade caravan which had gone to Syria that year headed by Abu Sufyan was extraordinarily equipped. Every Quraishite put all his savings in that caravan, and it was decided that the profit accrued that year would be given to the traders to spend on arms, horses, and other items of war to battle the Muslims of Medina.

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The Holy Shrine of Hadrat Abbas (A.S.)

The Holy Shrine of Hadrat Abbas (A.S.) From early ages of humankind, people used to show various forms of adulation to their honorable and unique personalities. One of these forms was the sanctification of their tombs by constructing handsome buildings that are, in most cases, taken as places of worship. The holy Quran, narrating the story of the seven sleepers of Ephesus, has referred to this phenomenon:

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Muslim-Christian Ties in Europe: Past, Present and Future

Muslim-Christian Ties in Europe: Past, Present and Future From the universal perspective of the history of civilizations, Europe displays a remarkable disparity in regard to the mutual cultural influences of the Muslim and the Christian world.

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Holy City of Qum: Past and Present

Holy City of Qum: Past and Present A provincial capital since June 1996, Qum is a city 140 kilometers to the south of Tehran on the verge of the kavir, the vast desert of central Iran. Centuries before the arrival of Islam in the region, it was a major village among the many hamlets of the area. Several traditions and theories exist concerning the town's origin and name According to one of the more credible of them, its name derives from "kumeh," meaning a group of neighboring dwellings, which was changed to "Kum" before it came to be called "Qum" by the Arab settlers.

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Peace be upon the bodies drowned in Blood – an account on Arbaeen

Peace be upon the bodies drowned in Blood – an account on Arbaeen It has been narrated by the eleventh Imam Hazrat Hasan Askari (A.S) “There are five signs for a believer: A) Reciting 51 Rakats of Salat (Prayers) (seventeen Rakats of obligatory prays)

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