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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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O Hussain (a.s.)

O Hussain (a.s.) I sit herewith a candle lit in the darknessthinking about the tragedy-a story that will never escape me; a pain circulates in my palmas I write nothing but your name -O Hussain –your name chases through my veinsand with each tear that fallsmy heart fills with grief and sorrow- I wish I […]

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Commemorating the martydom of Lady Fatima Zahra (A)

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Birth 

20th Jamadiul Aakher 
(5 yrs before or after declaration of Prophethood)

Titles

Zahra (radiant), Zakiyya (pure, chaste), Radhiyya (satisfied, content),
Mardhiyyah (commendable, pleasing), Siddiqa (honest), Tahera (pure, chaste), Batul, Muhaddisa, Umme Abeeha (mother of her father), Ummul Aimma (mother of the 11 Imams)

Death   

14th Jamadiul Awwal 11 AH (according to most traditions)

Fatima (A) narrates that the Prophet (S) stated:

The example of my Ahl al-Bayt is like the example of the ark of Nuh; whoever attaches himself to them is saved, and whoever abandons them will tumble into hell.” (Musnad Fatima 482/6)

The Will of Fatima (A)

Whoever studies the life of Fatima (A) – no matter which sect he follows and which version of events he believes – will first be struck by a question. Why, while the spiritual authority of the Prophet (S) still lingered over the Muslims community, did his daughter make a will that she should be buried in the night and no companions, save a few, be allowed to be present and participate in her funeral prayer?

What had infuriated Fatima (A), about whom the Prophet’s love and respect was well known, to the extent that she distanced herself from his companions, both in the short time that she survived him, as well as in death?

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Commemorating the martydom of Lady Fatima Zahra (A)

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Birth 

20th Jamadiul Aakher 
(5 yrs before or after declaration of Prophethood)

Titles

Zahra (radiant), Zakiyya (pure, chaste), Radhiyya (satisfied, content),
Mardhiyyah (commendable, pleasing), Siddiqa (honest), Tahera (pure, chaste), Batul, Muhaddisa, Umme Abeeha (mother of her father), Ummul Aimma (mother of the 11 Imams)

Death   

14th Jamadiul Awwal 11 AH (according to most traditions)

Fatima (A) narrates that the Prophet (S) stated:

The example of my Ahl al-Bayt is like the example of the ark of Nuh; whoever attaches himself to them is saved, and whoever abandons them will tumble into hell.” (Musnad Fatima 482/6)

The Will of Fatima (A)

Whoever studies the life of Fatima (A) – no matter which sect he follows and which version of events he believes – will first be struck by a question. Why, while the spiritual authority of the Prophet (S) still lingered over the Muslims community, did his daughter make a will that she should be buried in the night and no companions, save a few, be allowed to be present and participate in her funeral prayer?

What had infuriated Fatima (A), about whom the Prophet’s love and respect was well known, to the extent that she distanced herself from his companions, both in the short time that she survived him, as well as in death?

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Imam Al Sajjad (A)

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Name: ‘Ali.
Title: Zaynu’l-‘Abidln.
Agnomen: Abu Muhammad.
Father’s name: al-Husayn Sayyidu ‘sh-Shuhada’.
Mother’s name: Shahr Banu, daughter of Yazdeger III, the King of Persia.
Birth: In Medina, 5th Shaaban 38 AH.
Death: Died at the age of 58, in Medina; poisoned by al-Walid ibn ‘Abdi ‘I-Malik ibn Marwan on 25th Muharram 95 AH; buried in Jannatu ‘I-Baqi’, in Medina.

The holy Imam ‘Ali Zaynu’l -‘Abidin is the Fourth Apostolic Imam. His epithet was Abu Muhammad and was popularly titled as “Zaynu’l-‘Abidin”. The mother of this Holy Imam was the royal personage, Shahr Banu, the daughter of King Yazdgerd, the last pre-Islamic Ruler of Persia. Imam Zaynu’l-‘Abidin spent the first two years of his infancy in the lap of his grandfather ‘All ibn Abi Talib and then for twelve years he had the gracious patronage of his uncle, the second Holy Imam al-Hasan ibn ‘All.

In 61 AH, he was present in Karbala’, at the time of the gruesome tragedy of the wholesale massacre of his father, his uncles, his brothers, his cousins and all the godly comrades of his father; and suffered a heartless captivity and imprisonment at the hands of the devilish forces of Yazid. When Imam Husayn had come for the last time to his camp to bid goodbye to his family, ‘Ali Zaynu’l-‘Abidin was lying semiconscious in his sickbed and hence he escaped the massacre in Karbala’. Imam Husayn could only manage a very brief talk with the inmates of his camp and departed nominating his sick son as Imam.

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Abul Fadhl Abbas (A)

abbas-alamHadhrat Abbas was born in Medina on either 7th Rajab or 4th Shabaan 26 AH (645 AD). When the news of his birth reached Imam Ali, he prostrated himself on the ground as a token of his humble thanks to God. Imam Hussain took the baby in his arms and recited the Adhan and Iqama (Calls for Prayers) in his right and left ears respectively. Then the new born baby opened his eyes to see the beloved face of Imam Hussain. On the seventh day of his birth the ceremony of Aqeeqa (which is one of the emphasised traditions) was performed and Imam Ali named the child ‘Abbas’.

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