20.08

Shaykh Jaffer Ladak’s Friday reflections 17th August 2018

Last Friday, we introduced our methodology of discussion and looked at verses on how the Prophet (s) reacted to being rejected, and felt when great trials befell his community. Today’s discussion on the Prophetic personality and mission will be to reflect on how the Prophet (s) treated his own community and expected his followers to […]

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18.6

Shaykh Jaffer Ladak’s Friday reflections 10 Aug 2018

These two verses discuss one aspect of the Prophet’s personality and the methodology of his mission: his undying concern for the community, regardless of how harshly they rejected him. How the Prophet (S) was from ‘amongst yourselves’ – how he understands your conditions and your life; how he experiences what you experience. ‘…It is grievous […]

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Wiladat of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A)

images-stories-baqismall-300x151His Parents, Birth & Childhood

He is the only Imam who is connected with Imam Ali (A) and Sayyida Fatema Zahra (A) from both sides.  His father, Imam Zainul Abedeen (A) was their grandson and his mother, Fatima their granddaughter.

Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (A) was present in Kerbala on the day of Ashura.  He was then a child of 3 years. He too was taken prisoner, with the women and children and his father, to Shaam (Damascus).  They stayed in the prison for a whole year.

Prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

The Prophet had told his companion Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari that he would live to see his great, great grandson who would have the same name as himself and would be granted light and wisdom.  The Prophet asked Jabir to convey his greetings to the Imam.

Many years later Jabir did just that to the young Imam.  By this time Jabir was very old man and had also lost his eyesight.

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Martyrdom of Fatima Zehra (sa) and the Last day of her life – Will of Fatimah Zehra (sa)

images-stories-h-fatemeh-300x221The account of the last day of her life clearly shows what kind of a lady was this daughter of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). It was 3rd day of the Islamic Lunar Calendar month,Jamadi al-Thani, year eleven after Hijrah. Fatimah Zehra (sa) told the household that she was feeling better, the pain in her ribs and in her hand was not so severe and that her fever had come down. Then she started bathing the children, immediately Imam Ali (as) and Bibi Fizza (ra) came to her assistance. She got those children bathed, dressed and fed, then sent them away to her cousin.

Imam Ali (as) was surprised to find that his dear wife, Fatima Zehra (sa) had left her bed and had started doing the housework; he asked her about it and she replied: “This is the last day of my life. I wanted to wash my children’s hair and clothes, because they will soon be orphans, without a mother!”

Imam Ali (as) then asked her about the source of knowledge of this news (the day of her departure). Fatima Zehra (sa) told him that she had seen the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (saw) in her dream and he had told her that she was going to join him that night. She then asked Imam Ali (as) to execute her will.

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