From long ago, there were some Jews who hoped for an independent government. The history of the Jews and their long yearning for the promised Messiah is re\ufb02ected in the Torah or what the Christians call the Old Testament.
It was the day of celebration and
a day of rejoicing. There was an air
of festivity in the streets of Medina.
All the people, both young and old
were dressed in their best clothes,
especially for this special day of
I had been pondering on who the successor of Imam Zain Al-Abideen Al-Sajjad (Peace be upon him), would be, until I met his son, Imam Muhammed ibn Ali Al-Baqir (P). He gave me an advice that assured me that he is the nextsuccessor.
A case was brought before Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second
Caliph. Two babies, a girl and a boy, were born on a single dark
night to two wives of the same man. The father of the babies had
passed away and both wives claimed to be the mother of the son.
Umar ibn al-Khattab asked, \u201cWhere is Abul Hasan, vanquisher of
Imam Ali (P) was called for and the case detailed to him. He
called for two small vessels to be brought and had them weighed
and then instructed that equal amount of milk from each mother be
drawn into a vessel.
When they were weighed again, it was found that one was heavier
than the other. Imam Ali (P) declared that the mother with the
\u2022The most preferable adornment is graceful manners.
\u2022 The best wealth is contentment and the worst poverty is humility.
\u2022Clemency is suppression of anger and self-restraint.
\u2022 Generosity is giving in prosperity and adversity.
As it was time for early morning Eid prayers everyone made
their way to an open piece of land on the outskirts of the city.
The Prophet Muhammed (May Allah\u2019s Peace and Blessings
be upon him and his Progeny) arrived and led the prayers.
After they had \ufb01nished performing the prayer, they all greeted
each other and everyone went walking back home. The
children wee running and playing in excitement, smiling and
laughing, without a care in the world.
As the Prophet (M) walked back home, he suddenly
became aware of a little boy sitting by himself on the side
of the path. The little boy was crying and looked very sad.
The Prophet (M) bent down and patted him on the shoulders
and asked \u201cwhy are you crying?\u201d \u201cPlease leave me alone\u201d
sobbed the little boy. The boy didn\u2019t even see who was
talking to him. The Prophet (M) ran his \ufb01ngers through the
boy\u2019s hair and very gently and kindly asked him again why he
was crying. This time the boy said, \u201cMy father was martyred
\ufb01ghting, and now my mother has married again and my
stepfather does not want me to live at home anymore. Today
is Eid and everyone is happy. All the children have new
clothes and nice things to eat, but I don\u2019t have any clothes
except what I am wearing. I have no food and I don\u2019t even
have a place to live.\u201d
boy was surprised to hear that it was an orphan who was
comforting him, and when he looked up, to his great surprise,
it was the Prophet Muhammed (M), and he immediately
jumped up to his feet out of love and respect.
\u201cOh yes, that would be the best thing in the world!\u201d The boy
started smiling. The Prophet took him home and gave him
new clothes and good food on this beautiful day of Eid. The
boy indeed had a wonderful Eid that day.
We should think of others that are less fortunate than
ourselves on this beautiful day of Eid. Not everyone has
such a wonderful day. Take a moment to stop and think of
those who are less fortunate than us.
Surprised, his audience asked to know what advice Imam Muhammed Al-Baqir (P) had given him.
Muhammed ibn Munkadir replied, on a hot afternoon, I had gone to one of the districts of Medina. There, I saw Muhammed ibn Ali (P) busy working on the farm. I thought to myself how such a respected person from the tribe of Quraish is wasting his energy on gaining worldly goods at this hour. I went toward him to give him some advice.
I greeted him. He looked exhausted and sweat was pouring from him. Yet, he replied my greetings cheerfully. I said, May God guide you! A great man from Quraish working at such hour for worldly gains! What if your death comes at this hour?
\ufb01nds me in such a state, it has found me at the state ofworship, leaving meneedless of you and all others. What I do fear is for death to \ufb01nd me at a time where I am disobeying Allah.\u201d
Imam Al-Baqir (P) could have hired other people to do his farming, but instead he desired to make his own living, and not depend on others for help. He therefore worked hard in his farm and identi\ufb01ed his hard work asworship. Indeed, there is a difference between working only to gain worldly goods and wealth, and working hard to receive a legitimate salary in the way of God.
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According to the Holy Quran (Chapter 13, Verse 26), God
expands the sustenance for whomsoever He desires and
straitens it for whomsoever He desires.
One day Imam Ali (P) went to a Mosque to say his
Prayers (Salat). Imam Ali (P) asked a man standing
nearby to look after his Horse. When Imam Ali (P)
came out, he had two dirhams in his hand which he (P)
intended to give to that man as reward. But that man was
nowhere to be seen. Imam Ali (P) came to the Horse and
found that his leash was missing.
Imam Ali (P) went to the market to buy another rein. He
went to a shop where he found the exact rein that had gone missing. Imam Ali (P) recognized the
rein as it was his own and asked the shopkeeper the price of that rein.
Shopkeeper: A man had just been to my shop and sold this rein to me for two dirhams. You can
have it for the same price.
Imam Ali (P): Showing him the two dirhams that he was holding in his hands and said,\u201cThis
man did me a favour for looking after my Horse. So, I decided to give him two dirhams in return. He could not wait to get this lawfully. Instead he robbed and sold it you. He still got the same amount of money and not a penny more! His anxiety did not increase his wages at all and made him a criminal into the bargain.\u201d
Sometimes people become so greedy that in order to obtain their sustenance, they would do
anything. What they fail to understand is that Allah has already destined their sustenance (Rizq).
Now whether he earns it lawfully (Halaal) or unlawfully (Haram) begs or steals or gambles, he is
not going to get anything more.
Messiah in Hebrew is Maashih, which is the metaphor for the king. For the Jews, using the holy ointment, like crowning and taking the sword, was among the customs in the ceremony of coronation. When they chose someone for kingship, the cleric put oil on his head as a part of religious ceremony. Therefore the Jews used to title a king or a celebrity as Messiah.
After many years of waiting, God advantaged Mary to the people, and granted her a child called Jesus (P) that was appointed to prophethood. He revealed his miracles to prove that he was a Prophet for the salvation of man. On the contrary to what the Jews hold, Christianity was indeed a religion, as it claims to link the man to God. The head of this link is Jesus Christ (P).
What must be reminded is that all the Prophets approved the prophethood of the previous Prophets. However, some of them voided the previous religion. But Jesus (P) did not annul the Torah, and further con\ufb01rmed it. He, in fact, modi\ufb01ed some rules of the religion of Prophet Moses (P). For example, he legitimized some lawful goods, which were illegalized due to the conditions of the time of Prophet Moses (P). Therefore, the Christians do not reject the prophethood of Prophet Moses (P), and respect the Torah.
But the reverse is not true. Because when Prophet Jesus was born, the Jews accused Mary to many calumnies, as if she was a sinful woman. On the other hand, the Christians hold a surprising view to Prophet Jesus (P). Jesus (P), the founder of Christianity, is looked at as a god who has willed to live as a human among people.(1)
However, the Holy Quran views these matters differently. The Holy Quran counts the terrible accusations of the Jews to Mary as a Great calumny, and strongly criticizes the Jews for that, and says:
\u201cAnd for their disbelief and for their uttering against Mary a grievous calumny, we will punish them.\u201d (Holy Quran, (4: 156))
Also, there is another point which the Holy Quran makes, and that hints and shows that Prophet Jesus (P) knew himself as a servant of Allah (G), and renounced the idea of his divinity, and discouraged
to say, that: `You shall worship GOD, my Lord and your Lord.\u2019 I was a witness among them for as long as I lived with them. When You terminated my life on earth, You became the Watcher over them. You witness all things. (Holy Quran, (6:
Relating to the contents of the Holy Quran, the Great Prophet Mohammed (M) explains the opinion of Islam regarding the viewpoints of the Jews and the Christian as such: Regarding Prophet Jesus (P), two parties failed. First, the Jews that counted him as an enemy to an extent which they blamed him, and second, the Christians that loved him to an extent that placed him as God.(2)
As the last word, what is important is that in order to arrive at a progressed society, we should respect each others rights with an external approach to our beliefs.(3) However, peaceful coexistence between the divine religions, or even different schools, should not hinder precise and critical inquiry of different beliefs. Therefore, to reach answers, we should study and research the beliefs, and for sure, helping the seekers of truth is assured promise of God.
We would like to congratulate the world on the birth anniversary of the con\ufb01rmer of Prophet Moses (P) and the one who glad tided the arrival of the Prophet of Islam, Prophet Isa/Jesus (P) the son of
3. Nevertheless, some faiths are leader in this \ufb01eld. For example, Islam strongly advocates the rights of human being and teaches the followers special teachings in this respect.
gives certain characteristics of Allah (Glorious and Exalted is He). It is noteworthy to mention
however, that the principles of theism all derive from intellectual and rational reasoning. These
principles have been con\ufb01rmed and veri\ufb01ed by the Holy Quran too. Moreover there are various
verses which apply the conclusions of these principles for the purpose of reminding mankind. In
this excerpt we will try to only touch on a few of these conclusions.
a) \u201cSay: He, Allah, is Unique and One\u201d (Holy Quran, 112:1); \u2018\u2019He to whom belongs the
Suf\ufb01cient! His are what is in the heavens and what is in the earth! You do not have any reason for this claim! Do you attribute to Allah what you do not know?!\u201d (Holy Quran, 10:68)-\u201cHe did not beget, nor was He begotten ...\u201d (Holy Quran, 112:3)
As stated in the verse, Allah (G) does not have any son, nor was He born of a father; he is also free
from all defects.
c)\u201d\u2026and Allah is able to do all things\u201d (Holy Quran, 3:189)
And thus, Allah (G) has an unlimited power.
d) \u201c\u2026Allah who is the knower of the unseen and things to the weight of a particle in the
(Holy Quran, 34:3)
The knowledge of Allah (G) encompasses all.
e) \u201c(He) is Allah (the God) who all the needy people seek Him.\u201d (Holy Quran, 112:2)
f) \u201cAllah is the Creator of all things and He is the Guardian and Watcher of everything.\u00bb
(Holy Quran, 39:62) So Allah (G) is the creator of all the creatures.
From what was mentioned above, we come to this conclusion that the Lord, whom the Muslims love, is the creator of everything and everyone; yet he was not born of a parent, nor does He have a son. Allah \u2013 the God of Muslims (the ones who submit) \u2013 has unlimited power, and nothing is hidden from His knowledge. He is free from all defects and needs; furthermore all the needy people ask their needs from Him. He is Unique and there is no identical existence to be His partner. As He is the creator and all else falls under His creations, He is not comparable and cannot be compared to His creatures.
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