Imams’ Broad Biographies
الناشر: جمعية المعارف الإسلامية الثقافية
تاريخ الإصدار: 2018-03
مركز المعارف للتأليف والتحقيق
الناشر: جمعية المعارف الإسلامية الثقافية
تاريخ الإصدار: 2018-03
مركز المعارف للتأليف والتحقيق
be their enemy as the proverb clarifies: “People are enemy to what they lack knowledge of!” And this is almost what Ahlu al Bayt has been eventually and historically suffering from, especially Imam Ali, who suffered from extreme emotions of those who have placed him either in the category of Godhood or degraded him to the extent that they claimed that he has become an ‘apostate’ i.e. out of the Islamic religion!!! While he himself has declared that either case would lead into Fire.
2. Clarifying the Imamate issue, and the ruling Islamic political system;
Yet this view sets the Imam aside from the socio-political scene, as if he has been pulling himself away from any resisting position against any other illegal authority tightening the progress of the religion; putting his task of ordaining grace and banning taboo into no practice especially in the very presence of tyrant rulers; showing no response toward rebellious movements taking place within any Islamic societies and led by fighters like ‘Zayd Bin Ali’, ‘Muhammad Bin Abdullah’, or Hussein Bin Ali, known as the martyr of ‘Fakh’(and he is one of Imam al-Hassan descendents); careless about the huge money accumulation by ‘al-Mansour’ ruler, the suffering of the descendants of Prophet Muhammad, May Allah’s Peace and Blessing be upon him and his Household, from hunger in the mountains of Tebristan and Mazandaran, Iraq, and Iran, or even the suffering of his own followers from murder, torture, exile, or the shortage in their basic needs.
In this sense, Sayyed Ali al-Khamenei says:
Imamate Philosophy: Prophet-hood’s Extension
and to alleviate their societies. Such a task is well-expressed by Imam Ali in a speech delivered during the beginning of his rule:
Imam ‘as-Sajjad ’ is illustrating here the issue of Imamate. All of the Imams consider Imamate as the synonym of authority; there is nothing that differentiates between Imamate and guardianship- although other people may think about different definitions of the term ‘guardianship’; however, to the Imams, both of these two terms mean the same. The term ‘Imam’ means ‘the successor of the Prophet’ and he is the one in charge of guiding people with respect to their religion and their daily life issues.”
and because ‘Imamate’, which means managing people’s life, was derived away from its real qualified people to others who labeled themselves as ‘Imams’ and were publicly known as so.
The top requirement is having a guiding or a leading ideology upon which the ruling system will be created. The second requirement is the existence of an executive power capable of leading the nation toward the achievement of the final goal despite any obstacles or ups and downs. Now, it is well known that Islam, the mission that holds its own factors of being eternal and enduring, is itself the ideology of the Imams. This will definitely lead to the overall comprehension of the fact that Ahlu al-Bayt’s mode of life has two inseparable dimensions: the first is related to the ideology while the other is related to the social and executive capability.
Imams were always busy in their worship, turning their back to current affairs, being concerned only in spreading the knowledge of Islam without taking good care of its implementation that will definitely lead to the creation of the Islamic government. They are actually wrong when they think that the Imams have never sought the establishment of such a government.
their distinguishing spiritual rites that aim at the completion and the highness and the closeness of their human spirits to Allah, their overall deeds aim also at establishing the Islamic government. All of their political and teaching activities, in addition to their support of some groups against others, aim at creating the Islamic government.”
then weak for they cry the expiration lived by their Imams?!!!Are they weak for they cry the maltreatment practiced over Imams, specifically over the Lord of Martyrs, Imam al-Hussein, who martyred along with his companions in Karbala?! Or is weeping a psychological breakdown?
very simple and available means of communications at that time. No radio, TV, newspaper or any of today’s media, a worldwide assembly, where the tragedies of Ahlu al-Byat were being mourned for, would definitely raise big question marks in the heads of the arrivals; for none may cry for another ordinary person after years of his death. The wisdom of the order of weeping is clearly noticed when questions like: Has Imam Hussein been aggrieved? Has he been murdered? Who has tyrannized him? These questions would definitely be raised up. It is then an accurate and a jihad and well-planned movement!
The leader Sayyed Ali al-Khamenei has a lot to say about the role of Ahlu al-Bayt in strengthening the hearts of their followers and having these hearts fully hopeful toward the future. He says:
legitimate what is lawful according to you, and I prohibit what is unlawful according to you. And I wait for your Order(1). So would please have me seated next to you?
A statement like this will at least empower hope inside people who are living under oppression. This hope motivates them toward the aim of establishing the just Islamic system.”
‘We disavow you, and between you and us there has appeared enmity and hate for ever’(1)
That means the one who is not in the front of monotheism is consequently in the front of the arrogant and that in the calculations of belonging and following, nothing exists in between, and neutrality becomes always meaningless.
Sayyed al-Khamenei gives evidence related to the jihad of Imam Ali Bin al-Hussein, who is widely known by his supplications.
the Imam of the Shiites. ‘My son, never say that.’ He ordered. ‘The tongues of Hashemite descendents ladle from sea and lock rocks. My son, Ali Bin al-Hussein is highly positioned (due to his Divine knowledge) where people are degraded.’(1)
just sent to ‘al-Zihri’, in person, but to the whole category he belongs to. Add to this that once such a letter becomes available in the hands of the Shiites, it will be carefully examined and thus passed from one generation to another. In fact, this letter has brought down the prestige of these intruders and disclosed their ‘artificial’ and ‘satanic holiness’.
‘Be aware that the least you’ve concealed and the lightest you’ve assumed is that you’ve been enjoying the desolation of the arrogant, paving the way for him to mislead people as you approached him and accepted his invitation.’
Ali Bin al-Hussein, Peace be upon both of them; to ‘al-Farazdaq’, defending righteousness is always a priority whereas arrogant and corrupted rulers’ interests had never been considered into his calculations. On the other hand, these same interests have been the very central concerns of some other poets, who have chosen to let their consciousness, profession, and religious ideology, be flowing in the favor of the corrupted ruling staff.
and the Hashemite; thus they didn’t want to tell him that this man was the grand descendent of the Hashemite and that people were showing their great love and support to the ‘rival enemy’ of the son of the Omayyad ‘caliph’.
Sayyed Ali al-Khamenei delivers more clarification in the following excerpt:
Another pro- Abbasids poet named ‘Abban Bin Abed al-Hamid al-Lahiqi’ recited:
the fatherhood smile which is full of love, and the fatherhood pleasantry playing and joking! And who fills such an absence?!!!
Imam Ali, the multidimensional human being, is the real reflection of what Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon him and his Household, says:
Reasonable human beings should make good advantage of their gifted sight-ability to enjoy looking at this star (Lady Fatima) shining in their lives…
Imam al-Hussein, Peace be upon him, has given a great and practical lesson over Islamic history; he has rescued Islam, and guaranteed its lasting over time. Whenever such corruption is found, Imam al-Hussein will be fully presented by his style and tactics and instructions of what-to-do. That is why, the name if Imam al-Hussein must be kept alive; the memory of Karbala’ must stay alive!
idea. This is clear in the nicknames that are stuck to his name. One of these is the ‘sick’, although his sickness during Karbala’ incident did not last for more than few days!A few days of sickness are universally considered as natural. Plus, his sickness during the peak time of Karbala’ came in accordance with the Divine sake, in order not to have this great man obliged to physically defend or perform the jihad, for he was going to be bearing a greater responsibility in the near future; he was going to be in charge of an overloaded trust and Imamate leadership! He survived Karbala’; and he had been bearing the full responsibility of the Imamate leadership for about 34-35 years after the martyrdom of his father, Imam al-Hussein, Peace be upon both of them. According to Shiites records, his Imamate period is the most difficult and complicated one compared to that of the others following Imams. His biography is full with various and breathtaking incidents. Compared with the other Imams’ biographies, what happened with Imam Ali Bin al-Hussein is still exceptional!”
He was pointing out to the fact that people must have learned from their experiences with tyrants and that because they already had clear idea how awful tyrants’ behavior sounded, people must have confronted them today in order to avoid their arrival tomorrow. In his speech, Imam Ali Bin al-Hussein, Peace be upon both of them, is explicitly putting forth the issue of Imamate, caliphate, guardianship, government, and the management of the Islamic system.
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir
Another attendee is ‘Abi Hanifah’, who was considered among the greatest jurists; (he later became the leader of a Sunni creed, known as the creed of ‘Abi Hanifah’).
Ali Bin Abi Talib, the Imam; followed by al-Hassan, the Imam; followed by al-Hussein, the Imam; followed by Ali Bin al-Hussein, the Imam; followed by Muhammad al-Baqir, the Imam; followed by Ja’far al-Sadiq, and I am the Imam.’”
al-Kathim continued: ‘The third border is Africa, which is Tunisia.’ i.e. the western border of ‘al-Rashid’s ruling lands.
Imam Ali al-Ridha
Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi
is a source of abundance and light! This issue leads every Muslim and believer in it, and every Shiite as well to think about paying his utmost intellectual and physical effort to keep a constant intellectual and spiritual relation with the Master of Time, and train himself to behave in a way that creates the very content and satisfaction in the heart of the infallible Imam. In addition to that, Mahdism has special characteristics and influences upon all nations, especially ours. One of these characteristics is manifested in the existence of hope and the belief in the future. Let every Shiite know that the entire oppression, tyranny, mastery that are taking place on world stage right now are going to be folded one day. This day may be so imminent! It may also be so far! Any way it is definitely coming!”
chiefs who ordain grace and ban taboo; in brief, they are entirely infallible! They have been absorbed in obeying and loving the Great and Almighty Allah; they have been absorbed in Islam and the Qur’an; they are the manifest of Allah announcement:
The Imams’ Broad Biographies