The Hujjat ELC is pleased we welcome Sheikh Abbas Jaffer for the second part of his series “Death: the prelude to Qiyamat“. This lecture will take place on Monday 11 January 2010 in the ELC in parallel with the main programme. Lecture notes inculding verses from the Holy Quran quoted in the lectures (both from Thursday and inshAllah tonight) are available to download here.
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Shahr Ramadhan 1430.
Lecture 5/6: Maxims from the life of Imam Ali (AS)
Mehdi Hassan. 11-12/09/2009
1.Who on the deathbed of the Prophet (SAW) said the words “The Quran is enough for us” thereby rejecting the Prophetic teaching that we need both the Quran and Ahlul bayt for our guidance?
B.Umar ibn Khattab.
2.The famous Prophetic Hadith that says that the Holy Quran and Imam Ali (AS) are inseparable has been quoted by the Sunni Scholar Al-Muttaqi al Hindi in which one of his famous works?
D. Kanzul Ummal.
3.Who are the “Qurba” that are referred to in Surah 42 verse 23?
The “Qurba” here refers to Imam Ali (AS), Bibi Fatema (AS), Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS).
(And the nine descendants of Imam Hussein (AS))
4.How many verses of the Holy Quran are said to have been revealed in praise of Imam Ali (AS) as narrated in a hadith by Abdallah Ibn Abbas?
5.Which Sunni Scholar was has no love for the Shia has mentioned the above hadith in his book?
C. Ibn Hajjar Makki
6.Which Verse of the Holy Quran refers to Imam Ali (AS)’s act of giving Zakaat whilst in the state of Rukuu?
7.Surah 13, verse 7 mentions the “Warner” and the “Guide”, according to the Holy Prophet (SAW) who is this “Warner” and who is this “Guide”?
A.Rasullullah (SAW) is the Warner and Imam Ali (AS) is the guide
8.Surah 98, verse 7 mentions the “Khairul Bareeah”. According to Rasulullah (SAW) who are these “Khairul Bareeah”?
Imam Ali (AS) and his Shia
9.Which are the only two battles that have been mentioned by name in the Holy Quran?
Battles of Badr and Hunayn
10.What were the 5 battles that were discussed in the lecture. Mention the date that each one took place. Indicate the following in your answer: Which one of them is known as the “Furqaan of Islam”? which battle was it where Amr ibn Abd Wudd was defeated by Imam Ali (AS) and which battle was it where all the Muslims ran away from Rasullullah (SAW) except pious 8 companions led by Imam Ali (AS)?
BADR – took place 622 AD. This was known to be the “Furqaan of Islam” (i.e clear distinguisher between haqq and batil). Mentioned in the Holy Quran.
UHUD- took place 625 AD, near mount UHUD.
KHANDAQ- took place 627 AD. This was the battle where the hero of the enemy of Islam Amr ibn Abd Wudd was comprehensively defeared by Imam Ali (AS)
KHYABER – Took place 629 AD. 90 miles north of Madina.
HUNAYN-Took place 630AD, the second one of two battles that are mentioned specifically in the Holy Quran. This was the battle where only 8 companions stayed to defend the Holy Prophet (SAW) and Islam.
Inshallah the ELC will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary on SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2009 in the main hall, where the guest speaker will inshallah be Sayed Mahdi Modarresi. This will be Sayed’s only english lecture during this holy month and is an excellent opportunity to listen to this great Aalim. In addition to this there will also be English qasidas by our very own, home grown, Voices of Passion and much more. The ELC extends an invitation to all community members to join in the celebrations.
Click here for a poem that has been written in celebration of this mile stone.
Shahr Ramadhan 1430.
Lecture 3/4: Maxims from the life of Imam Ali (AS)
Mehdi Hassan. 9-10/09/2009
1.After being struck with the sword Imam Ali (AS) uttered the famous words “Fuztu bi rabbil Ka’ba”. What do these words translate as?
D.By the Lord of the Ka’ba I have been successful.
2.What is the translation of the famous Prophetic Hadith: “Ana Madinatul Ilm wa Aliyun Baabuha”?
C. I am the city of Knowledge and Ali (AS) is its gate.
3.According to the Prophet Hadith mentioned in the lecture, how many parts has the wisdom of humanity been divided into? And how many of these have been given to Imam Ali (AS)?
Wisdom was divided into 10 parts of which 9 parts were granted to Imam Ali (AS) whilst the other part was granted to mankind.
4.Rasullulah (SAW) said that “talking about, looking at and loving Imam Ali (AS) are all acts of worship”. This hadith has been mentioned by the sunni scholar Hafidh Jalalludin As Suyuti in which one of his books?
5.What did Rasullulah (SAW) pass on to Imam Ali (AS) a few moments before he passed away as reported by Imam Ali (AS) himself?
He passed on a 1000 chapters of knowledge (each of which split up into a further 1000 chapters).
Bonus mark if they mention what is in brackets or similar.
6.Imam Ali (AS) despite knowing the identity of his killer had one occasion sold his horse to him. What was the reason that Imam (AS) gave to his companions as to why he did this despite his knowledge of what was to come?
B. So that Ibn Muljim would not have even the slightest excuse against the Imam on the day of judgement.
7.Imam Ali (AS) prophesised how one his closest companions would be killed for expressing love for him. Who was this companion, how was he killed and who was responsible for killing him?
The companion was Maitham-e-Thammar who was killed by being hung from a tree and having his tongue cut out. Ubaydallah Ibn Ziyad was responsible for his killing.
8.How did Imam Ali (AS) respond when asked by someone during the battle of Siffin where he should fight?
C. First understand the truth and then you will know its people.
9.What reward did Rasullullah (SAW) ask from us for his mission? For a Bonus please give the reference of the Quranic ayat which mentions this.
B.That we show our Muwaddah (undying love) for his near family.
Verse is: 42:23 (Surah Ash-Shura, verse 23)
10.What are the 4 types of character that people exhibit as described by Ayatullah Muttaheri and which category does Imam Ali (AS) fit into? For a Bonus please summerise in no more than one or two sentences why we should truly Love Imam Ali (AS).
The following or similar answers will be accepted:
4 types of people as described by Ayatullah Muttaheri (Ra).
1.The person who neither attracts anyone nor repels anyone. They have no real following and no enemies. They are like sheep.
2.The person who attracts people but repels no one. This type of person has no enemies and makes everyone happy. These people will generally be two faced and will moderate their character depending on who they are with.
3.The person who repels everyone and attracts no one. This is the worst type of individual.
4.The person who attracts people and yet also repels people. They tread a set path and their stance encourages both agreement and disagreement amongst the people.
Imam Ali (AS) belonged to the 4th Category.
We truly love Imam Ali (AS) because of what he stood for and upheld, namely the true message of Islam and Rasullullah (SAW) and that he was a perfect embodiment of the Siraatal Mustaqeem (Straight path).