Preliminaries of Reflection by Shahīd Qadhi Ṭabāṭabāī

Preliminaries of Reflection by Shahīd Qadhi Ṭabāṭabāī (d. 1979) Source: اللّوامع الإلهیة في المباحث الکلامیة by Jamal ul-Din Miqdad bin ‘Abdillah al-Asadi al-Suyuri al-Hilli – with footnotes of Shahīd Ṭabāṭabāī Translated by Br. Mohammad Anwar – student at the seminary in Qom ——————————- To think and reflect (correctly) there are certain preliminaries that are necessary[…]

Don’t Give Your Enemies an Excuse

Below is a translation from an excerpt taken from a book published last month, called The Messenger of Allah and Management of Tensions in Medina (رسول خدا و مدیریت تنشهای مدینه), by Hussain Qadhikhani (a history teacher in Qom), Pages 125-127 This is a really interesting book as it outlines the various phases of the[…]

Tafsir of Surah al-Falaq by Shaykh Haider Hobbollah – Lecture 3

We were discussing whether Surah al-Falaq & al-Naas are part of the Qur’an, and we went over what is attributed to Abdullah bin Mas’ud. We also mentioned three opinions towards this attribution amongst scholars, namely those who accept this attribution without any justification, those who completely deny Ibn Mas’ud to have held such a view,[…]

Tafsir of Surah al-Falaq by Shaykh Haider Hobbollah – Lecture 2

In the previous lesson we covered the name of this chapter, its merits, whether it is Makki or Madani chapter, and briefly looked at the circumstances of its revelation. Today’s discussion will be on whether al-Mu’awwidhataan (Surah al-Falaq & Naas) are part of the Qur’an or not. This issue has been discussed over the centuries[…]

Tafsir of Surah al-Falaq by Shaykh Haider Hobbollah – Lecture 1

Shaykh Haider Hobbollah is a Lebanese scholar residing in Qom. He has been doing Tafsir sessions in Qom and many of his videos are online. This post are notes taken from lecture #1 of his Tafsir on Surah al-Falaq. Name of the Chapter This chapter of the Qur’an has been referred to in four different ways.[…]

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 3

Click for Part 2 We previously mentioned that al-Ghaybah of Nu’mani was written before the month of Dhi al-Hijjah 342 Hijri, which was the date Nu’mani dictated the book to his student. Furthermore, taking into consideration that he deemed the age of the Imam (s) at the time to be around eighty-years while writing the book,[…]

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 2

Click for Part 3 Teachers of Nu’mani Before we begin our discussion[1], it is important to mention that what we mean by the term teachers or Mashaykh in this discussion (or other discussions that pertain to Hadith and Rijal), is really extant. Essentially anyone who Nu’mani took ahadith from, albeit one hadith, is considered a teacher.[…]

Sources of Nu’mani’s al-Ghaybah – Part 1

Click for Part 2 The Ghaybah (Occultation) of the 12th Imam is one of the most fundamental theological beliefs of the Twelver Imami Shi’as.  Three primary books of traditions dedicated to this topic, which have come down to us today, are in chronological order: Kitab al-Ghaybah of Nu’mani (d. 360), Kamal al-Din wa Tamam al-Ni’mah of Shaykh Saduq[…]

Lesson 16 – November 22nd – Rijal al-Kashi

BACK TO TABLE CONTENTS Abu Dharr  جَعْفَرُ بْنُ مَعْرُوفٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي الْحَسَنُ بْنُ عَلِيِّ بْنِ النُّعْمَانِ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي، عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي حَمْزَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ (ع) يَقُولُ‏: أَرْسَلَ عُثْمَانُ إِلَى أَبِي ذَرٍّ مَوْلَيَيْنِ لَهُ وَ مَعَهُمَا مِائَتَا دِينَارٍ، فَقَالَ لَهُمَا انْطَلِقَا بِهَا إِلَى أَبِي ذَرٍّ فَقُولَا لَهُ: عُثْمَانُ‏ يُقْرِئُكَ[…]

Lesson 15 – November 21st – Rijal al-Kashi

BACK TO TABLE CONTENTS Abu Dharr  أَبُو الْحَسَنِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ سَعْدِ بْنِ مَزْيَدٍ، وَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ أَبِي عَوْفٍ، قَالا حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الْمَحْمُودِيُّ الْمَرْوَزِيُّ، رَفَعَهُ، قَالَ‏، أَبُو ذَرٍّ الَّذِي قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ (ص) مَا أَظَلَّتِ الْخَضْرَاءَ وَ لَا أَقَلَّتِ الْغَبْرَاءَ عَلَى ذِي لَهْجَةٍ أَصْدَقَ مِنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ، يَعِيشُ وَحْدَهُ وَ[…]