Imam Ali (a.s.) Amir Al-Mumineen Imam Ali (AS) was the son of Abu Tablib bin Abdul Mutalib and the cousin of the Holy Apostle of God, Mohammed bin Abdul Mutalib al-Hashimi. His father, Abu Talib, the chief of the Bani Hashim , was the uncle and the guardian of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the person who had brought the prophet to his house and raised him as his own son. His mother was the Holy Fatema(AS), daughter of Asad bin Hashim bin Abd Manaf. She was also like a mother to the messenger of the of God, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and indeed Muhammad was brought up under her care.
Martyrdom of Imam Ali (a.s.) At about sunset on the eve of Ramadan 20, year 40 A.H. Ume Kulthoum the Imam"s daughter brought him his breakfast meal that consisted of two loaves of bread and a bowl of yoghurt, in addition to some salt. When the Imam finished his prayer, he sat down to eat. But when he saw the food, he shook his head and wept saying "I don"t think that a daughter has ever hurt her father as you hurt me now". Confused, Ume Kulthoum asked her father; "But what didI do?" "How could you offer me two kinds of food in one meal?
Imam Ja'far b. Muhammad al Sadi'q (a.s.) This is an account of the Imam who was in charge (al-qai'im) after Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali, peace be on them, (including) who his mother was, the date of his birth, evidence for his Imamate, his age, the period of his succession (to the Imamate), the time of his death, the place of his grave, the number of his children, and a brief outline of the reports about him.
Imam Hassan (a.s.) - A Brief Look Into His Life The Imam after the Commander of the faithful, peace be on him, was his son al-Hasan, the son of the mistress of the women of the worlds, Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, the Lord of messengers, may God bless him and his pure family. (Al-Hasan's) kunya was Abu Muhammad. He was born in Medina, on the night of the middle day of the month of Ramadan, three years after the hijra (624). Al-Hasan, peace be on him, was the most similar person to the Apostle of God, may God bless him and his family, in form, manner and nobility.
Lady Fatima al-Masooma Lady Fatima al-Masooma (peace be upon her) was born on 1 Dhil Qa'ada, 174 AH in the holy city of Medina. Her father was Imam Musa al-Kadhim (peace be upon him), and her mother was Lady Najmah. Not long after her birth, her father was martyred in the dungeons of Harun the Abbasid tyrant. After that, her brother Imam Ali ar-Ridha (peace be upon him) became her guardian.
Representing Imam Ridha (a.s.) When you hold a fresh apple in your hand, you can trace it back to having been picked off a healthy tree. When a room is flooded with light, you can trace the light back to the powerful source. Similarly, our behavior can be traced back to the teachings of our faith, of our Infallible Guides, and ultimately of our Lord. No matter the time, place or age, we must try to live as Muslims in the true sense of the word. . .
Lessons from the Story of Abel and Cain Not every prayer is accepted, and not every fast is valid. There is a set of conditions for each act of worship that needs to be fulfilled for God to accept that act. For example, a prayer without ablution is not accepted, even if all other conditions are fulfilled. God has given a measuring stick for acceptance of deeds. The reference point that differentiates the accepted deeds from the rejected ones is none other than Taqwa.
The Stranger in Khorasan Mamoon was worried that Imam Ali ar-Ridha and his followers could form a threat to his government, so he insisted that the Imam come to his palace in Khorasan, away from his supporters in Medina. From one aspect, Mamoon wanted to keep the Imam away from his followers. From another aspect, he wanted to gain credibility with the presence of the Imam in his capital.
The Martyrdom of Imam Baqir (a.s) The Holy Imam Muhammad al-Baqir is the Fifth Apostolic Imam. His epithet was Abu Ja'far and he was popularly titled "al-Baqir". The Holy Imam was present in Karbala' at the time of the gruesome tragedy of the wholesale massacre of his grandfather Imam Husayn and his companions. Hisham ibn 'Abdil-Malik ibn Marwan, the then Umayyad ruler, got him martyred through poison.
Muslim ibn Aqeel: Principle, Loyalty and Sacrifice When the name Muslim ibn Aqeel (a) is mentioned, one is immediately reminded of his loyalty, courage and sacrifice. After sending thousands of letters to Imam Husain (a), the heads of tribes and noble men of Kufa -- each of whom represented thousands -- sent a message urging the Imam to make haste in coming to Kufa. For this critical task, the Imam turned to his trusted cousin Muslim ibn Aqeel. Muslim ibn Aqeel surged forward towards Kufa with full knowledge of the importance of the task that stood before him. . .