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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 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...

Brief history of the life of Imam Ja`far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq
The period of Imam Sadiq's Imamate coincided with the most revolutionary and eventful era of Islamic history which saw the downfall of the Umayyad Empire and the rise of the Abbasid caliphate.It was due to the political strife between two groups, that Imam was left alone undisturbed to carry out his devotional duties and peacefully carry on his mission to propagate Islam and spread the teachings o...

Discussions Concerning Imam Mahdi
Al-Mahdi, the promised one, is from the family of the Prophet and a descendent of Imam ‘Ali and Fatimah az-Zahra, and in many ahadith it is mentioned that he is from the line of Imam Husayn. The Sunnis have mentioned and recorded hundreds of ahadith about the Mahdi in more than seventy books through their own authorities...

During the concealment of Imam Mahdi (A)
Our 12th Imam, Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (A) is in Ghaybat. That means he is hidden from our eyes by the order of Allah. Many people ask what is the use of an Imam who cannot be seen. But, just as the sun is still of use to us even when it is hidden behind the clouds, the Imam (A) benefits us even while he is hidden...

Fascinating discourses from Imam Ali al-Ridha (AS)
Twenty traditions from Imam Ali al-Ridha (as)

Fascinating discourses from Imam Hassan al-Askari (AS)
Twenty Traditions from Imam Hassan al-Askari (as)

Fascinating discourses from Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (AS)
Twenty traditions from Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as)

Fascinating discourses from Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (AS)
Twenty traditions from Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as)

Features of Imam Mahdi’s Government
After his reappearance, Imam Mahdi (AJ) invites people who are sick of oppression, injustice and wickedness to embrace three principles of Divine Unity, Prophecy and Imamate. According to the narrations, during his era, education will be developed at its most and all prophets and Imams instructions will be used to raise human beings and help them attain moral excellence.

Imam al-Baqir (a.s.); a Symbol for Truth
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (A.S.) is the fifth leader of the Shiites, who is a perfect manifestation of a true servant of Allah (SWT) and a symbol for truth seekers in terms of behavior and moral characteristics, just like his pure ancestors. In his behavior towards people, he used to be so chaste that he neglected people's wrongdoings as much as possible. This manner of the Imam would extremely affec...