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Muntakhab al-Athar

Muntakhab al-Athar

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Muntakhab al-Asar (vol. 1)......................................................................................1
Preface
In the Name of Allah the Beneficent the MercifulBlessings of Allah be on you, O Saaheb al-Amr, help me andforsake me notAll praise is for Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and blessings andsalutations be on the trustworthy Prophet (s.a.w.a.), the chief of themessengers, our master, Abi al-Qasim Muhammad, and his pureprogeny, Allah’s blessings be on him and on the twelve Imams, hissuccessors, the guides, the guided ones.There is no doubt that after the Holy Quran – which is the strongrope and no falsehood touches it from in front of it and from behindit, a descent from the Wise, the Praiseworthy – what is availablewith the Muslims of the Prophetic traditions and the noblequotations on the authority of his sinless family, who are one of thetwo heavy things (
ﲔﻠﻘﺛ
) that the Messenger of Islam (s.a.w.a.) hasordered us to follow, is a great treasure-chest of knowledge and avoluminous, majestic heritage. It is replete with real cognition,training programs, ethical, political and social teachings, principlesof development, progress and human rights, civic obligations, etcfrom the true and correct teachings and intelligent laws, strong andpowerful ways, which if fastened on to by mankind, will prevent itfrom falling in the abyss of corruption, oppression, conceit andslavery. Moreover, no powerful tyrant or oppressor can ever subdue
 
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and weaken them.Muslims certainly did not fall in their present state of socialcorruption, discord, dispute, disharmony, authority of the evil,domination of the unbelievers, and a straitened life except for thefact that they turned away from this wise, divine path and theignorance of some of them regarding the strength of theseconstructive, guided teachings. They preferred to opt for anythingoffered by the East or the West. Therefore, their state was like thatof a trader, whose treasure was full of precious stones and jewelrybut he is neither aware of them and nor their value. Instead, he buyssand and stones in lieu of the price of pearls, thereby costing him hisrespect, majesty, freedom and independence. But he does not openhis treasure-trove to check the varieties of precious stones and jewelry available with him, whose like can neither be found in themarkets nor with any trader.Yes, the Messenger of Islam (s.a.w.a.) informed,
“Nothing takes youcloser to paradise and distances you from hell except that I haveordered you to do it. And nothing takes you nearer to hell and makes you further from paradise but that I have refrained you from it.
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 Surely the traditions comprise of what man needs. Hence, it isobligatory on us to make the requisite preparations for them i.e. tolearn them and ponder deeply over them universally, in societies,gatherings, at all appropriate places, in books, magazines, radio,television, etc. By Allah! I don’t know anybody who has learnt thesetraditions and their contents, and thought of them as paralleledexcept by Allah, that in his heart was some disease.
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Al-Kaafi, vol. 2, p. 74, H. 2
 
Muntakhab al-Asar (vol. 1)......................................................................................3
Indeed the politics of the day did not deem it preferable that theMuslims should benefit from the traditions and that they should beattentive towards this great scientific wealth and prudent systemsdue to their (politicians) being distant from the true life of theMuslims in beliefs, politics, governance and ethics. Consequently,the Muslims became seekers after being the sought ones, theybecame servants after being masters just as the Messenger of Islam(s.a.w.a.) had prophesied
“They will serve but they will not beserved.”
 In the first era, tragedy was afflicted (on the Muslim nation) throughthe prohibition on the compilation of the traditions, while on theother hand, they had to encounter the disasters inflicted by the Jews.People like Ka’b al-Ahbaar became the confidantes of the rulers andtheir reference in the interpretation of Quran, stories of the prophets,history and other important issues.This was despite the fact that when the Messenger of Islam (s.a.w.a.)saw some of them reading or researching the books of the people of the book 
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, he (s.a.w.a.) remarked:
“Had Musa been alive today hewould have but followed me.”
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And despite the presence of an Imamlike Ali ibne Abi Talib (a.s.), who was the door of the city of knowledge, a truth endorsed by the Messenger of Islam (s.a.w.a.)himself. And his (s.a.w.a.) saying:
“Ali is with the truth and truth iswith Ali and it will not separate from him.”
And despite thepresence of his (s.a.w.a.) pure progeny (Ahlebait a.s.) amongst themregarding whose relationship with the Quran the Messenger of Islam(s.a.w.a.) remarked:
“Surely these two will not part from each other till they meet me at the Hauz-e-Kausar (on the day of Judgement).”
 
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Old Testament (Taurah), the Psalms (Zaboor) and New Testament (Injeel)
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Tafseer-e-Qurtubbi, vol. 13, p. 355.

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