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Mukhtar Al Thaqafi

Saturday, 07 November 2015
There are two different opinions about Mukhtar al-thaqafi. Some commended him and others blamed him.

The following are some reliable traditions in which Mukhtar has been commended and accepted by scholars of hadith and Rijal sciences:

Based on reports in history books, Mukhtar killed Umar bin Saad and sent his head along with some money to Muhammad bin Hanafiyah. Seeing Umarbin Saad’s head, Muhammad bin Hanafiyah prayed for Mukhtar as such, “O Allah, grant Mukhtar the best of rewards on behalf of Muhammad (saws) and his Ahlul-Bayt (1).”

Indeed, according to another tradition which has been related by Kashi in his book, it says, “When Ubaidullah bin-Ziad and Umar bin Saad heads were brought to Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s), the Imam prostrated praising and thanking Allah (SWT) and praying for Mukhtar and wishing him well (2).”

Based on a another report by Ya’qubi, Ubaidullah bin Ziad's head was sent to the fourth Imam, Imam Sajjad (a.s) and Umar bin Saad’s head was sent to Muhammad bin Hanafiyah. It was said, “Do not blame Mukhtar, because he killed our enemies (3).”

However, there were some traditions in which Mukhtar has been blamed, (4) but most of Shia scholars haven’t approved such traditions (5).

References: (1) Ibn A’tham Kufi, Ahmad bin A’tham,al-Fotuh, researched by, Shiri, Ali, vol.6, p. 247, Dar al-Azwaa, Beirut, 1411 A.H; al-Bedayah wa al-Nehayah, vol.8, p. 274; Balazari, Ahmad bin Yahya, Ansaab al-Ashraf, researched by Zakaar, Suhayl,Zarkali, Reyadh, vol.6, p. 406, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, 1417 A.H. (2) The Arabic version of the report is as under: «أَنَّعَلِيَّ بْنَ الْحُسَيْنِ(ع)لَمَّاأُتِيَ بِرَأْسِ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِزِيَادٍ وَ رَأْسِ عُمَرَ بْنِ سَعْدٍخَرَّ سَاجِداً وَ قَالَ الْحَمْدُلِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَدْرَكَ لِي ثَأْرِيمِنْ أَعْدَائِي وَ جَزَى الْمُخْتَارَخَيْراً» Kashi, Muhammad bin Umar, Ikhtiyar Ma’refat al-Rejal, researched and edited: Shaykh Tusi, Muhammad bin Hasan, Mustafawi, Hasa, p. 127, Mashad University Press, first edition, 1409 A.H. (3) Biharal-Anwar, Vol. 45, Pg. 343. (4) Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 45, Pg. 343; Ibid, Pg. 126. (5) Mojam al-Rijal, Vol. 18, Pg. 100.

Estrangement from people

Wednesday, 04 November 2015
“Estrangement from people comes about as a result for knowing them too well.”
~ Imam al-'Askari (AS).

In order for us to understanding the importance and philosophy of mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.), it is not amiss to take notice of the following points:

What is Ramadan?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. We are to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

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The objective was for the website to be a reference for Islamic questions on the internet.

The first version of the website was designed by talented and religiously devoted Iranian youth.