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 The authority of the Ahl al-Bayt in Hadith of Thaqalayn
The famous narration of the Prophet, the Hadith of Thaqalayn, is narrated in different versions by all Islamic schools of thought with regards to the Ahl al-Bayt. The Prophet may have mentioned it on different occasions due to its importance and to ensure that many can hear it: O People, I leave among you two precious things: the book of God and my household. As long as you hold on to them, you w...

42) Imam Sajjad's Supplication upon Completing a Reading of the Qur'an
O God, Thou hast helped me complete Thy Book, which Thou sent down as a light and appointed as a guardian over every book Thou hast sent down, preferring it over every narrative which Thou hast recounted,...

44) Imam Sajjad's Supplication for the Coming of the Month of Ramadan
Praise belongs to God who showed favour to us through His religion, singled us out for His creed, and directed us onto the roads of His beneficence, in order that through His kindness we might travel upon them to His good pleasure,...

46) Imam Sajjad's Supplication on the Day of Fast-Breaking and on Friday
When he finished his prayer, he would stand in place, face the qibla, and say:

47) Imam Sajjad's Supplication on the Day of 'Arafa Part 1
O God, to Thee belongs praise! Originator of the heavens and the earth! Possessor of majesty and munificence! Lord of lords! Object of worship of every worshiper! Creator of every creature! Inheritor of all things! There is nothing like Him, knowledge of nothing escapes Him, He encompasses everything, and He is watchful over everything.

A Brief Biography of Imam Ali (as)
...While returning from the last pilgrimage, the Prophet openly and clearly introduced Imam ‘Alī at Ghadir Khumm to thousands of Muslims who had accompanied him to hajj and declared that: “Whosoever’s master am I, this ‘Alī is also his master.” ...

A Brief Biography of Imam al-Mahdi
Since the reports about the anticipated birth of Mahdi, the Messiah who will put an end to injustice and tyranny was widespread, the ‘Abbāsids were closely watching the family of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). The situation was not unlike the days prior to the birth of Prophet Musa (a.s.) when Pharoah had ordered that the male children of the Israelites be killed. Just as Musa’s birth was concealed from t...

A Brief Biography of Imam Hassan (as)
Imam Hasan was well-known for spiritual wayfaring; he had also gone for pilgrimage 25 times by walking all the way from Medina to Mecca. The Imam was also known for his generosity. On hearing a man praying by the Ka’bah to Allāh for relieving him of a 10,000 dirham debt, the Imam went home, returned with that money and gave it to that person. Three times in his life, the Imam divided his entire pr...

A Brief Biography of Imam Hussain (as)
Anyone who studies closely the history of the life of Imam Husayn and Yazid and the conditions that prevailed at that time, and analyzes this chapter of Islamic history, will have no doubt that in those circumstances there was no choice before Imam Husayn but to be killed. Swearing allegiance to Yazid would have meant publicly showing contempt for Islam, something which was not possible for the Im...

A Brief Biography of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (as)
...When the verse “Do not call the Prophet like the way you call one another”(24:63) was revealed, even Fātima, like everyone else, started to address him as “O the Messenger of Allah” instead of saying “O Father!” After hearing Fātima calling him in this very formal manner, the Prophet said, “O Fātima, this verse does not apply to you or your children...You should still call me ‘O Father’ because...

A Brief Biography of the Eighth Imam; Ali Ibn Musa (as)
...Then the Imam added that this salvation is guaranteed “with its conditions; and I am one of its conditions.” That is, together with tawhid, one must also believe in other fundamentals of Islam like nubuwwa and imamat in order to gain salvation in the hereafter, for the true knowledge of Tawhid can only be taught by the prophet and the Imams...

A Brief Biography of the Eleventh Imam; Hassan Ibn Ali al-Askari (as)
...Imam al-‘Askari pointed at one of the monks and ordered the soldiers to take whatever they found in his hand. They discovered that the monk was holding a piece of human bone in his hand. The Imam placed that bone in a piece of cloth and covered it. Then he asked the priests and the monks to pray again. But this time there was no sign of any cloud or rain!...

A Brief Biography of the Fifth Imam; Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Baqir (as)
Imam Muhammad bin ‘Ali’s lineage is unique in the sense that he is the only Imam who was connected to Fatimatu ’z-Zahrā’ through his father as well as his mother: his father was son of Imam Husayn bin ‘Ali, and his mother was daughter of Imam Hasan bin ‘Ali. Hence he was known as “Ibnu ’l-Khayaratayn — the son of two virtuous persons”...

A Brief Biography of the Fourth Imam; Ali Ibn al-Hussain (as)
The knowledge and character par excellence of the Imam attracted people of all kinds towards him. This was the main reason that created jealousy in the hearts of the rulers who thought that this attraction to the Imam had the potential of turning a political tide against their establishment...

A Brief Biography of the ninth Imam; Muhammad Ibn Ali al-Jawad (as)
Imam Muhammad at-Taqi was born in 195/809 in Medina. The news of his birth caused extraordinary joy among the Shi‘as of that time. Imam ar-Ridha was childless till the age of forty, and some Shi‘as were concerned about the continuation of imamate: who would succeed Imam ar-Ridha? So the birth of the ninth Imam brought about a mood of festivity among the Shi‘as of Ahlul Bayt...

A Brief Biography of the Seventh Imam; Musa al--Kazim (as)
Musa al-Kazim (a.s.) became the Imam at the age of twenty through Divine Command and the decree of his forefathers. His imamate, however, began under a very difficult political atmosphere...

A Brief Biography of the Sixth Imam; Ja'far al-Sadiq (as)
During the 34 years of imamate of as-Sādiq (a.s.) greater possibilities and a more favorable climate existed for him to propagate religious teachings. This came about as a result of revolts in Islamic lands, especially the uprising of the Muswaddah to overthrow the Umayyad caliphate, and the bloody wars which finally led to the fall and extinction of the Umayyads. The greater opportunities for Shi...

A Brief Biography of the Tenth Imam; Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Hadi (as)
...Mutawakkil, on the one hand, started promoting the Shāfi‘i madhhab in order to distract the masses away from the Ahlul Bayt. And, on the other hand, he intensified harassment of the Shi‘as. He had such hatred for the Ahlul Bayt that in 236 A.H. he ordered the grave of Imam Husayn (a.s.) be leveled to the ground, and that the surrounding area be transformed into farmlands so that no trace of the...

A glance at the life of Imam Mahdi
It is no wonder that his Imamate began in his childhood, for such matters are not strange especially in the light of divine miracles and the God given power bestowed on all infallible Imams. It was not the only instance of such happenings, there is farther widely accepted evidence in history. In line with the above, the life of the Christian apostle John is exemplary which in mentioned in the Qur'...

A glance at the merits of Fatima Zahra (S)
Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (S), wife of imam Ali (A), was the youngest daughter of the holy prophet Mohammad (P), about whom the holy prophet (P) said: "Surely, God will be angered by Fatimah's displeasure and will be pleased by her pleasure"...