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Are We Truly Awaiting Our Imam?

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He yearns to help his followers, just as we yearn for his return.This bond of Wilayah among the believers is such that nothing can come in between them, and one is ready to give and sacrifice for one another. This quality of exceptional brotherhood which exceeds blood relations is what our Imam is looking for. These are the kinds of soldiers which he can depend on to be among the fortunate 313 believers who will support the Imam's government and who will tread the path of the martyrs of Karbala.

Conversation with a Hindu Convert to Islam

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Shaikh Vinay Khetia

A heartfelt discussion with Shaikh Vinay Khetia about finding the path of Islam as taught by the Holy AhlulBayt [as].

How Do We Eat?

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Islam gives us guidelines on how, when, and what to eat.

There are numerous traditions that warn of the consequences of excessive eating and inform us of the benefits of hunger and eating in small quantities. The Prophet has said that a man whose consumption of food is little has a healthy stomach and a pure heart, and a man whose food is plenty has a sickly stomach and a hard heart. Further warning us against excessive food, he has said it poisons the heart with hardness, slows the limbs in performing acts of obedience, and blocks the souls from hearing counsel. Imam Ali said that overeating is the greatest aid to acts of disobedience, and that when the stomach is filled with even permissible food, the heart becomes blind to goodness.

 

True Followers of Imam Mahdi

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Ya Sahib az-Zaman!We have a firm belief that one day our Living Imam will reappear by Divine command, and waiting and preparing for his arrival is one of the main duties of a Shia Muslims today. We should therefore try to obtain the ability and merit of being his special companions when he reappears. One who is waiting and preparing himself for the reappearance of the Imam must have the characters and merits of the companions of Imam Mahdi, and should be able to sacrifice his life and wealth in his way. For this reason, Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) has said: "One who waits for our commands is like a person who sacrifices his own blood in the way of Allah." Yes, he who is really ready for the Imam becomes like a martyr in the way of Allah. Are we recognized among those who are expecting his return? Are we waiting for the Divine Promise of the Authority of Allah in the same manner as we wait for the return of our loved ones from a journey?

Our Responsibilities before Imam Mahdi

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Ayatollah Makarem ShiraziIf there is bribery and usury in the management [of society], underselling, scams, and bad Hijab, preparations cannot be made with these contaminations. Awaiting means to fight against these contaminations. We must do what will bring about the seed of this revolution and righteous servants of God who are the inheritors of the earth

False Claimants and the True Mahdi

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, a famous false claimant

Even a cursory examination of people throughout history who have claimed to be the Mahdi will reveal that the conditions prior to his return and the appropriate actions, knowledge, and behavior of the real Imam have not been met. However, many people have been deceived, and more will be deceived by false claimants in the future.

Goals Versus Sacrifices

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The youth of Karbala certainly had goals, dreams, and aspirations of their own.

We need to stop and reevaluate our goals in this life. We need to make sure we include Islam in our plans for this life. We should not worry about temporary pleasures or interests. It should not matter how old we are. The warriors of Karbala included teenagers and even children. Whatever sacrifice we can make for this religion, we should for it. Sacrifice does not necessarily mean getting killed. Sacrificing time and money for the sake of God are also extremely important. Learning about the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) and spreading their teachings is a great sacrifice in its own right. We all can contribute. It should not matter much if our goals get delayed or put aside. Our religion deserves these sacrifices from us. With that said, what are your goals in life?

The Leader of the Martyrs

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Assalamu Alaika Ya Aba Abdillah!Imam Hussain's esteemed personality is an entire school that if studied and pondered upon can lead society into unprecedented virtue and perfection. The knowledge held by Imam Hussain was unrivaled by both his allies and foes. He was by all measurements an unsurpassed scholar of the Holy Qur'an, exegesis, and traditions. Imam Hussain upheld the image of Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) being the foundation and vessels of knowledge among the Muslim world. Indeed, he continued the legacy of his father Imam Ali, who was declared as the "Gateway to the City of Knowledge" by the Prophet. Indeed, the scholars are in agreements that Imam Hussain was the most accomplished one of the people in knowledge and recognition of the Holy Qur'an and Examples of the Prophet Muhammad. (Al-Kawaakibut Durriya)

The Benediction of Sha'ban

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The supplication was taught by our Fourth Imam.Next to the Night of Power, the 15th night of Sha'ban is the most auspicious night of the Islamic calendar (also known as Night of Bara'at). According to both Imam al-Baqir and Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon them), Allah has promised to fulfill every legitimate desire put forward to Him on that night, and He bestows on His creation from His bounty and forgives them out of His grace and generosity.

Perfection: Enemy of Progress?

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Holding us back from even startingThis idea is informally known as perfection being the enemy of the good. This is not to say that striving for perfection is not good. We should always strive for perfection in all spheres of our lives, and if we do not achieve it, we find out why we didn't and correct ourselves. The problem arises when we plan and plan and wait for the circumstances around us to be supposedly "perfect" before we take any action.

Freedom of the Spirit and Mind

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Liberation comes from submission to God.

"Ali, peace be upon him, says, 'Greed means perpetual slavery.' Thus, he considers greed worse than slavery. Here then, spiritual slavery is mentioned as something worse than physical slavery. There is also slavery to wealth, against which all moralists have warned mankind. "Another saying of Ali is, "The world is a passage, not a residence." Again he says, 'There are two groups of people in the world.' He continues, 'One of these two groups come and sell and enslave themselves and go, and the others come and buy their freedom and go.'