Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Land of Karbala

Anas ibn Malik says: The Angel of Rain asked Allah's permission to go to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). The Angel was given the permission. The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) ordered Umm Salama: "Stay outside so that nobody could come in". Anas says: Al-Husayn (A.S.) came in and wanted to enter the room, but Umm Salama prevented him. Husayn (A.S.) rushed inside the room and jumped on the Holy Prophet's back and neck. The Angel asked the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) do you love him. He replied: Yes. The Angel said: Know that your Ummah will kill him, and if you wish I will show you the place where he will be martyred. The Angel struck out with hand and brought a handful of red clay. Umm Salama took it and kept it in the corner ofher kerchief. Thabit who is a transmitter of this hadith says: We heard that land was Karbala.Umm Salama says: One day the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) was sitting in my room and said that no one should come inside. I waited outside. At this time al-Husayn (A.S.) entered the room. I heard that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) was sobbing bitterly. I looked inside and saw that al-Husayn (A.S.) was in the bosom of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) and he was caressing al-Husayn's (A.S.) forehead and shedding tears. I said I swear by Allah I did not notice his entering.The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said: Gabriel was with us in the room and asked: Do you love him? I replied: Ay, of all in the world [I only love him]. Gabriel said: Know that your ummah will kill him in a land called Karbala. Then Gabriel took a small amount of that earth and showed it to the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). Later on when al-Husain (A.S.) was besieged and was going to be killed, he asked what this land is called. They replied: Karbala then he said Allah and his Messenger have told the truth. This is the land of "karb" [which means sorrow,] and Bala, [meaning calamity].Abd Allah ibn Nojji quoting his father: When Ali (A.S.) was on his way to "Siffin" my father was Imam's retainer in that journey when we reached Nainawa he called: Wait Abu 'Abd Allah, wait at the Euphrates! Wait here. I asked: what has happened? He replied: One day I was at the Messenger of Allah's (S.A.W.) presence and saw that his eyes were full of tears. I said: O Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.)! Has someone bothered you? Why are your eyes tearful? He replied: No, a moment ago Gabriel left me. He told me that al-Husayn will be killed near the Euphrates. Gabriel had asked the Messenger of Allah: Do you wish to smell the earth of his martyrdom place? I said: yes then he took a handful of the earth and gave it to me that made me crying. Source:Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.) in The Qur'an and HadithBy: Muhammadi Rayshahri ::ALLAH Hamari Tamam Mushkilat ko hul karay (aameen) Remember Me In Your Prayers All Shia Momineens are invited to join us

Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani calls for unity among Muslims

Baghdad, Feb 3 : Iraq's Shiite cleric called today forMuslim unity and an end to sectarian conflict -- his first public statement in months on the worsening security crisis.In statement issued by his office, Grand Ayatollah Alial-Sistani noted that differences between Sunnis and Shiiteshas existed for centuries but should not be the cause forbloodshed."Everyone realises the desperate need for unity and forrenouncing divisions, avoiding sectarian fanaticism andavoiding arousing sectarian disputes," the statement said. The Iranian-born cleric called on all Muslims to work toovercome sectarian differences and calm the passions, whichserve only "those who want to dominate the Islamic country andcontrol its resources to achieve their aims."Al-Sistani, who is in his late 70s, has emerged as one ofthe most influential figures in Iraq since the US-led invasionof 2003 because of his stature within the majority Shiitecommunity.But his calls for calm following the bombing of a Shiiteshrine in Samarra last February proved ineffective inpreventing a surge in Shiite-Sunni bloodletting. Since thenhe has largely refrained from public statements as the waveof sectarian killings swept the country.His last public statement was issued October 20, inwhich he lauded efforts of Sunni and Shiite clerics to stopsectarian violence.