Thursday, December 11, 2008

Resort to Ahl al-Bayt‏

When a devotee of and obedient to Ahl al-Bayt faces a difficulty which external factors fail to resolve, it will be certainly resolved if he truthfully beseeches Ahl al-Bayt to intercede for him with Allah. Holding Mourning Sessions For Ahl al-Bayt One of the subjects highlighted by Ahl al-Bayt is to hold sessions for propagating their life-giving culture and commemorating the tragic events they went through, especially that of Karbala'. After the martyrdom of Imam Husayn in Karbala', the Shi`ites, encouraged by Ahl al-Bayt, have tried to hold mourning ceremonies whereby to teach people the Qur’anic concepts, narrations, true sciences of Islam and injunctions related to jurisprudence and to hold the torch of guidance with the help of Allah. Many mosques, schools, charity institutes, interest-free funds and orphanages have been established thanks to these sessions by the devotees of Ahl al-Bayt. Millions of people have enjoyed the blessings of such institutions. Addressing Fudayl ibn Yasar, Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) asked, “Will you get together and talk about us?” I said, “Yes.” The Imam said, إنَّ تِلْكَ الْمَجَالِسَ حِبُّهَا. أحْيُوا أمْرَنَا، فَرَحِمَ اللهُ مَنْ أحْيَا أمْرَنَا. “I am fond of these assemblies. Enliven our affair with them. May the mercy of Allah be upon one who enlivens our affair.”[1] Imam al-Baqir (a.s) has said: رَحِمَ اللهُ عَبْداً إجْتَمَعَ مَعَ آخَرَ فَتَذَاكَرَ أمْرَنَا، فَإنَّ ثَالِثَهُمَا مَلَكٌ يَسْتَغْفِرُ لَهُمَا. وَمَا إجْتَمَعَ إثْنَانِ عَلَى ذِكْرِنَا إلأ بَاهَى اللهُ بِهِمَا الْمَلأئِكَةَ، فَإذَا اجْتَمَعْتُمْ فَاشْتَغِلُوا بِالذِّكْرِ، فَإنَّ فِي إجْتِمَاعِكُمْ وَمُذَاكَرَتِكُمْ إحْيَاءَنَا. May Allah have mercy on a person who sits with another and speaks about our traditions. When two persons speak about our affair, the third of them will be an angel who will pray forgiveness for them. When two persons get together and commemorate us, Allah will be proud of them before angels. When you get together, be engaged in commemorating us, for in this way you will enliven us.[2] -------------------------------- [1] Qurb al-Isnad: 18. [2] Al-Amali: 224, H 390. Imam al-Rida (a.s) has said: مَنْ جَلَسَ مَجْلِساً يُحْيِي فِيهِ أمْرَنَا لَمْ يَمُتْ قَلْبُهُ يَوْمَ تَمُوتُ الْقُلُوبُ. Whoever sits in an assembly where our affair is enlivened, his heart will not die when all hearts die.[1] -------------------------------- [1] `Uyun Akhbar al-Rida: 294/14, Chapter: 28, H 48.

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