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The caravan was heading for Syria. The long journey from Karbala was over. When the seized properties from the martyrs of Karbala were shown to Yazid, there was a banner among them which surprised the observers as it was torn and damaged but its stick was unscathed. Yazid asked “who was the bearer of this banner?” They answered: “Abbas Ibn Ali.” Yazid in respect of Abbas (P) the bearer of banner in Karbala arose and sat for three times. Then he said to his fellows, “See this banner which is torn and damaged entirely except its gripper that the holder has gripped until the last moment.” Then he said, “This is the meaning of devotion to brother.” Anyone who has read the tragedy of Karbala or has heard about its disastrous events honours the personality of Abbas Ibn Ali (P). He manifested bravery, honour, devotion, loyalty and sacrifice to the extent that his enemies even, could not help praising his virtues. History knows no match for him. On the 8th day of Dhil Hijjah, one day before the departure of caravan of Imam Hussain (P), Abbas Ibn Ali (P) makes a speech on the roof of Kaaba and says, “Until my father Ali was alive no one dared to kill the Prophet and until I am alive no one dares to kill my brother Hussain.” He tells the crowd, “Come to tell you the only way of killing Hussain. Kill me, cut my head off to fulfill you goal.” By these words he meant that it is impossible to kill the Imam as long as Abbas (P) is alive. This family do not fear death in path of the beloved and have no hesitance in supporting and protecting the life of their Imam. They do not fear death in the Imam’s path because of his continuous fight for peace, justice, truth, love, freedom, and human rights. These words show the highest devotion and sacrifice in the path of Imam of Time. He was the one who not only in words but also in action showed his devotion to Imam Hussain (P) and proved bravery with sacrifice. He aligned his actions to his words. Abbas Ibn Ali (P) makes his chest the shield against offenders of Imam Hussain (P) in the day of Ashura. Moreover in the critical moments of war he repeats: “I defend the honour of the heir of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammed and defeat you with my sharp sword to keep you away from my master Hussain (P). I am Abbas lover of Hussain and his family; I am the son of Ali, the one who held the confirmation of Allah.” Not only his words and actions were accordant, but also his performance was confirmed by the Imam of his Time. When Imam Hussain (P), the infallible Imam, came to him at the moment of his martyrdom, told him: “Brother, may God grant you sufficient reward, you toiled in the path of Allah, and made Jihad the right way.” Imam Hussain (P), Abbas, and the rest of the Imam’s followers were martyred, but they did not submit to injustice, tyranny, and oppression. They fought for the people’s peace, freedom, justice, and human rights. He taught the world the greatest lesson on liberty and righteousness. For this reason we call Imam Hussain (P) “Sayyid al-Shuhada” which means the Master of Martyrs. Now the turn has come for us to safeguard and defend Imam Hussain’s noble call for peace, love, justice, and human rights. We must carry this magnificent responsibility.
(Selection taken from the book “Speaker at the Kaaba” by Ali Asgha Younesian”)

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The Expansion of The Universe
By: Harun Yahya In the Qur’an, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago at a time when the science of astronomy was still primitive, the expansion of the universe was described in the following terms: “And it is We Who have constructed the heaven with might, and verily, it is We Who are steadily expanding it.” (Holy Qur’an, 51:47) The word “heaven,” as stated in the verse above, is
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From the moment of the Big Bang, the universe has been constantly expanding at a great speed. Scientists compare the expanding universe to the surface of a balloon that is inflated.

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On the day of Ashura, Hussain ibn Ali (P) found the enemies all set for combat to the extent that they banned water from his camp and children, and were awaiting any signal to commence the battle. Despite this situation Hussain (P) was not willing to begin the battle, as he had mentioned when entering Karbala. Moreover he wanted to give the enemies advice as much as possible. CONT’D ON PAGE 4

The Coming of The Universe to Existence
By: Harun Yahya Until the mid-20th century, the prevalent view across the world was that the universe was infinite, had existed forever and that it will continue to do so for all time. According to this view, known as the “static universe model,” the universe had no end or beginning. In maintaining that the universe is a collection of fixed, static and unchanging substances, this view CONT’D ON PAGE 7

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used in various places in the Qur’an. It is referring to space and the wider universe. Here again, the word is used with this meaning, stating that the universe “expands.” The Arabic word “moosiaaoona” in the term “inna lamoosiaaoona,” translated into English as “it is We Who are steadily expanding it”, comes from the verb “evsea,” meaning “to expand.” The prefix “la” emphasises the following name or title and adds a sense of “to a great extent.” This expression therefore means “We expand the sky or the universe to a great extent.” This is the very conclusion that science has reached today. [1] Until the dawn of the 20th century, the only view prevailing in the world of science was that “the universe has a constant nature and it has existed since infinite time.” However, modern research, observations, and calculations carried out by means of modern technology have revealed that the universe in fact had a beginning and that it constantly “expands.” At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian physicist Alexander Friedmann and the Belgian cosmologist Georges Lemaitre theoretically calculated that the universe is in constant motion and that it is expanding. This notion was confirmed by the use of observational data in 1929. While observing the sky with a telescope, Edwin Hubble, the American astronomer, discovered that the stars and galaxies were constantly moving away from each other. This discovery is regarded as one of the greatest in the history of astronomy. During these observations, Hubble established that the stars emit a light that turns redder according to their distance. That is because according to the known laws of physics, light heading towards a point of observation turns violet, and light moving away from that point assumes a more reddish hue. During his observations, Hubble noted a tendency towards the colour red in the light emitted by stars. In short, the stars were moving further and further away, all the time. The stars and galaxies were not only moving away from us, but also from each other. A universe where everything constantly moves away from everything else implied a constantly expanding universe. The observations carried out in the following years verified that the universe is constantly expanding. In order to gain a clearer understanding of this, let us imagine the universe to be the surface of a balloon being inflated. In the same way that the more the balloon is inflated, the further away the points on its surface move from one another, celestial bodies also move away from one
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has constituted the basis of materialist philosophy and has consequently rejected the existence of a Creator. However, as science and technology progressed during the 20th century, the static universe model has been completely uprooted. We have now entered the 21st century and a new dawn is upon us. Through numerous experiments, observations and calculation conducted by some of the world’s most prominent thinkers, modern physics has proven that the universe did indeed have a beginning, that it came into being from nothing in a single moment in a huge explosion. Furthermore, it has been established that the universe is not fixed and static, as materialists still stubbornly maintain. On the contrary, it is undergoing a constant process of movement, change and expansion. These Edwin Hubble with his giant telescope recently-established facts all act as nails in the coffin of the static universe theory. Today, all these facts are universally accepted by the scientific community. The origin of the universe is described in the Qur’an in the following verse: “He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth.” (Holy Qur’an, 6:101) This information is in full agreement with the findings of contemporary scientists. As we stated earlier, the conclusion that astrophysics has reached today is that the entire universe, together with the dimensions of matter and time, came into existence as a result of a great explosion that occurred a long time ago. This event, known as “The Big Bang,” is the catalyst for the creation of the universe Georges Lemaitre from nothingness. This explosion, all parties in the scientific community agree, emanated from a single point some 15 billion years ago. (See Harun Yahya, The Creation of the Universe, Al-Attique Publishers Inc. Canada, 2000) Before the Big Bang, there was no such thing as matter. From a condition of non-existence in which neither matter, nor energy, nor even time existed-and which can only be described metaphysicallymatter, energy, and time were all created in an instant. This fact, only recently discovered by modern physics, was announced to us in the Qur’an 1,400 years ago.
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A Rainy Miracle
A man came to Prophet Muhammed (M) on a Friday while he (the Prophet) was delivering a sermon at Medina, and said, “There is lack of rain, so please invoke your Lord to bless us with the rain.” The Prophet looked at the sky when no cloud could be detected. Then he invoked Allah for rain. Clouds started gathering together and it rained till the Medina valleys started flowing with water. It continued raining till the next Friday. Then that man (or some other man) stood up while the Prophet was delivering the Friday sermon, and said, “We are drowned; Please invoke your Lord to withhold it (rain) from us” The Prophet smiled and said twice or thrice, “O Allah! Please let it rain round about us and not upon us.” The clouds started dispersing over Medina to the right and to the left, and it rained round about Medina and not upon Medina. Allah showed them (the people) the miracle of His Prophet and His response to his invocation.
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another as the universe expands. This was theoretically discovered by Albert Einstein, regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. However, in order to avoid violating the “static universe model” that was generally accepted at that time, Einstein laid that discovery aside. He would later describe this as the greatest blunder of his life. [2] technological advancements were not even close to being invented. This is because the Qur’an is the Word of God: the Creator and Ruler of the entire universe.
Footnotes: [1.] S. Waqar Ahmed Husaini, The Quran for Astronomy and Earth Exploration from Space 3rd ed. (New Delhi: Goodword Press: 1999), 103-108. [2.] www.time.com/time/time100/scientist/profile/ hubble.html.

One of the kings of Buwaih Dynasty, Fakhr ad-Daulah, said “I collected enough wealth for my children and their army to suffice for them for fifteen years to come.” But when he died, the keys to his treasures were with his sons who ignored his funeral. Consequently, the people searched for an appropriate cover for him. They eventually bought one from the caretaker of the mosque. All the while his sons and soldiers bickered among themselves until his corpse rotted. When the disputing was over, the people had to lasso his corpse and pull it from a distance because of its horrid smell. As they pulled his corpse, it fell apart on the stairway of his castle. Here was a king who owned a great portion of the worldly life, a legacy of two million dinars, eight hundred and fifty six thousand dirhams, and a sensational amount of 14,000 pieces of jewels, gems, pearls, diamonds, and gold. This is not to mention leaving behind incredible amounts of silverware, furniture, weapons and carpets. But when he died no one attended to him, with nothing to cover him with except what they could scavenge from the caretaker of the mosque. This is the reality of this life. We come to this world empty handed and we will leave this world empty handed. Indeed, the wisest person is he who prepares himself for the afterlife by obeying Allah in the best of manners.

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Ferdows Ahmed died at the age of 35. He recently got married and had one son. Even just a few days ago, he was playing with his little son in front of us. One day he approached us and said that someone asks him strange questions from the unseen. We wanted to know what type of questions he hear but he only mentioned one of them which is “Who is your God?” 1 Soon after, he started offering his prayers regularly and participated in various Islamic events. Then came the day when he is to breathe his last. He came home from work at around 5 p.m. and told his family that he wasn’t feeling good. He ate some food and went to the washroom. There he vomited but made ablution to perform his daily prayer. As he approached his bedroom, the angel of death came and took his life. He fell on the ground lifeless. Everyone was in utter shock after hearing about his demise. No one knew that he would die at this early age. As we were washing his dead body, we realized how short this life could be. His doctor told him even few days before that he had no disease. However, death doesn’t rely upon any disease or accident. It depends on the command of Allah. Anytime it could come and take our lives. My friends, take warning from this incident and prepare for death before it comes.
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Time - Use It, Do Not Abuse It
Our attitude towards time indicates our attitude towards the value of the capital of life. If we want to purchase something, we require financial capital; and if we want to do something in life, we require the capital of life, time. That is why the Qur’an exhorts us to value the time we have before life is up especially in the following verse “And spend out of what We have given you before death comes to one of you, so that he should say: My Lord! why didst Thou not respite me to a near term, so that I should have given alms and been of the doers of good deeds?” Holy Quran (63:10) Realize that... • Time is the measure of life, time is a trust, time is a gift from the Creator and its proper use will determine our outcome for eternity. • We are born in time, live in time and die in time; time is the ambit within which we operate. What we do with time is what we do with our lives. • Each one must realize that every moment that passes by is an opportunity gone, used or abused; never to return. Soon time will be up and we'll have to leave this physical world and give account for our lives. • The more we remind ourselves of the responsibility of the present the better we get at living the moment and the better we live the present moment the better the consequence for the future. The Characteristics of Time We are to bear in mind that time has certain characteristics, among of which are the following: 1. Time passes quickly. 2. Time that passes can never return, nor can it be compensated for, for time is irretrievable. 3. Time is the most precious thing that man possesses. Our attitude towards the future influences our mind-set towards the rest of life. Being positive about life ahead is among life’s greatest motivators. Hope is the best attitude one can harbor towards the future; this realistic expectation that something good or better could/will happen if only we continue doing the best we can. Remember that today well-lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Wise are the words of the one who said ... “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” “O Allah! Make life a means for every dimension of goodness.” [Prayer of the Prophet Mohammad (P)]
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One of the historians has narrated that, when Hussain ibn Ali (P) realized that the people of Kufa are determined to kill him, he took a Quran, opened it, put it on his head, and addressed the army of enemies, “May the judge between me and you be this book of Allah and my grandfather, the Messenger of God. O people! For what sin have you made shedding my blood lawful? Am I not the son of the daughter of your Prophet? Have you not heard the saying of my grandfather about me and my brother that, ‘These two are the masters of the youth of paradise?” “O servants of Allah! Fear Allah and refrain this world, because if it were to be given to an individual or only one person were to stay in it for ever, the prophets would have been more appropriate for this possession and pleasing them would have been more suitable. Never! Because Allah has created this world to be transient; its news become old; its blessings pass away; its joys turn into griefs; it is an inferior residence and a temporary home. So prepare provisions for your journey to the Hereafter, and the best provisions for the Hereafter are piety and fear from Allah...” This is the kindness and sympathy of an Imam and a Divine leader towards his cruel enemy; this is the virtue of Imam Hussain (P) that in all instants, even the last moments of his life, he says nothing but remembrance of God. In the last moments of his life when all his companions were martyred and his was facing the cruel army alone, Imam Hussain (P) faced the heaven and prayed to his Lord, the Lord of the universe, for the last time as: “I am patient with your fate and destiny O Allah! There is no God but you. O helper of the help-seekers! I have no God but you. I am patient with your rulings and destiny. O rescuer of those who have no rescuers! O the live Who has no ending! O reviver of the dead! O Allah that judges everyone based on their deeds! Judge between me and these
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people, O the best of judges!” And when putting his face on earth while his body was mixed with blood, he said: “In the name of Allah; and with the help of Allah; and in the way of Allah; and in the religion of the Messenger of Allah”

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Imam Hussain (P) wanted them to recognize truth from false; also, he did not want anyone to participate in killing him unknowingly and ignorantly, and to fall in eternal calamity while being unaware of the truth. In the morning of that day (Ashura), after organizing his army, Imam Hussain (P) got on his horse, stepped away from his tents, and addressed the army of Umar Sa’ad with a loud voice: “O people! Listen to my words and do not rush into combat so that I would fulfill my duty of advising you and explaining the reason for my trip to this region. If you accept my explanation and treat me with fairness, indeed you will find salvation and you will have no reason to fight me. But if you do not accept my explanation and do not treat me fairly, you can get together and perform whatever erroneous action you decide to do with me without any delay. However, it shall not be concealed from you that my supporter is Allah Who has revealed the Holy Quran, and He is the friend and supporter of the good”.

Imam Hussain (P) and Kindness to Animals
Imam Hussain (P) saw a Muslim slave in a farm eating together with a dog. On being questioned by the Imam Hussain (P), the slave replied. “I remained sad due to the bad treatments from my master who overworks me. However, I take joy in feeding this dog with me with whatever I get to eat.” On hearing this, the Imam Hussain (P) made contact with the master and offered him 200 Ashrafi (A type of currency) for the slave. The master was so much impressed by the Imam’s generosity that he offered the slave to Imam Hussain (P) free of charge. Imam Hussain (P) accepted the slave with a kind gesture and gave a gift of 200 Ashrafi to the slave boy and set him free. The wife of the master was watching all this and came forward and forgave her dowry money to her husband, the master. At this goodness of the wife the husband gave his wife the whole house and the farm as gift. All this happened due to the kindness of the slave for feeding the dog from the same food that he was eating.

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