Studying in the Hawza – Realities and Challenges

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schools*A write-up on a session regarding pursuing Hawza studies, with Ayatullah Mahmood Madani, one of the representatives of the Supreme Leader.”There exists not progression, but that it requires knowledge and recognition.In our daily lives, we are in desperate need of knowledge, and without learning, man cannot progress. Ahadith of the AhlulBayt are abundant on the subject of seeking knowledge, and one such tradition states that he, who carries out acts of worship without knowledge, is a donkey...

The Reasons behind the Burgeoning of the Shi‘ah during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsShi‘ism experienced ever-increasing expansion during the period of the ‘Abbasid caliphate. This fact had some reasons and factors, some of which are the following:1. The Hashimis and ‘Alawis during the Period of Umayyad CaliphateDuring the Umayyad period, the Hashimis—including both the ‘Abbasids and the ‘Alawis—were united, and from the time of Hashim when the ‘Abbasid campaigns started and coordination with the uprising of Zayd and his son, Yahya, they commenced their tasks based on Shi‘ism...

The Shi‘ah-Populated Places during the Second Century Hijri

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsAt the beginning of the second century AH, Shi‘ism extended beyond the frontiers of the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq as it encompassed the entire Muslim domain. In view of the scattering of the Shi‘ah and ‘Alawis in the Muslim territories, this matter can be discerned. From the time of Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, the migration of the Shi‘ah and ‘Alawis to the other regions had begun.These migrations were further expedited during the second century AH with the beginning of the propaganda and movements by...

A Shiite View of the Companions

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsThe topic in this article is how the Shia view the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HF). In this part we shall look at Allah's (SWT) opinion, as stated in the Quran, with regards to the companions as well as the Prophet's (PBUH&HF) opinion through authentic Sunni traditions.IntroductionThe Shia do not have a unique opinion towards the companions of the Prophet. Based on the relative authenticity and interpretations of the transmitted traditions, some arrive at different conclusions for...

Allegations Against the Shi'a

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsRefutation of the Claim that their are Un-Islamic Borrowings in Shi'a Beliefs.All that we have set down in this book is but a mere indication of the beliefs and convictions of the Imamiyah sect. It would require many volumes to deal with them in detail. But the religious leaders, and indeed the Muslims in general, can tell us if there was anything in the facts that we have just stated which could be said to be the cause of the destruction of Islam, or if there is any matter which has been...

Shi'ism During the 2nd/8th Century

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsDuring the latter part of the first third of the 2nd/8th century, following a series of revolutions and bloody wars throughout the Islamic world which were due to the injustice, repressions and wrongdoings of the Umayyads, there began an anti-Umayyad movement in the name of the Household of the Prophet in Khurasan in Persia. The leader of this movement was the Persian general, Abu-Muslim Marwäzi, who rebelled against Umayyad rule and advanced his cause step by step until he was able to...

The Bleakest Days of Shi'ism

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsThe most difficult period for Shi'ism was the twenty-year rule of Mu'awiyah, during which the Shi'ites had no protection and most of them were considered as marked characters, under suspicion and hunted down by the state. Two of the leaders of Shi'ism who lived at this time, Imams Hasan and Husayn, did not possess any means whatsoever to change the negative and oppressive circumstances in which they lived. Husayn, the third Imam of Shi'ism, had no possibility of freeing the Shi' ites from...

Schools of Islamic thought

200px-No_image_available.svg Shia theological schoolsSchools of Islamic thought (madhahib) are the paths people follow to the Noble Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad. Obviously, these schools of thought were founded considerably after the death of the Prophet; in fact, they never took shape until the time of the Umayyid Caliphate. The common phrase ahl al-sunnah wal-jama΄ah, for example, became prevalent during the third century of the Hijrah. By the year 250H, the four Sunni schools of thought were being popularized and patronized during the Abbasid...