Coming Soon from the Islamic Publishing House
With the months of grief and sorrow over the tragedies in Kerbala and the martyrdom of Abi Abdillah al-Husayn, peace be upon him, and of his family and friends, upon us, we also have an opportunity to sit at the feet of the mimbar to take in lessons from the teachings of Islam as espoused by the Ahlul Bayt, peace be upon them. No doubt, one of the most important group to instill the values of Kerbala into are the young boys and girls of our community - as the Prophet has told us to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.
It is with this religious obligation that we have that the Islamic Publishing House is pleased to present out latest publication, "Alif, Baa, Taa of Kerbala".
FROM THE TEXT: "The Arabic alphabet is made up of 28 letters. In order for us to be able to read and understand the beautiful stories and teachings of the Noble Qur’an, the sayings and words of wisdom of the Prophet and his noble family, and to be able to read the touching supplications taught to us by the Ahlul Bayt, peace be upon them, such as Dua Kumayl, Ziyarat Ashura, Dua Nudbah and countless other ones, we need to be able to read Arabic. This book is a unique way to introduce the Arabic alphabet, while at the same time, learn about the tragic saga of Kerbala using short rhyming poems in which each letter is connected to one Arabic word relating to the event of Kerbala. The photos in this book help one visualize the story of Kerbala and what the family of the Prophet and their noble companions went through almost 1,400 years ago."
See the attachment for more details on this book and how to pre-order. Please consider purchasing bulk quantities for sale / distribution within your family, community and network of friends. Masaajid/Imambarga/Hussayniah, Madaaris and Islamic schools should consider purchasing this important children's book to teach in your curriculum for children of any age to get them comfortable with the Arabic language and the narrative of Kerbala.
For pricing of bulk quantities, please contact us at www.iph.ca for Canadian orders.
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Muharram Lectures for 2013 - Shaykh Mohammad Mahdi Mohammadpour - recorded at the Islamic Humanitarian Service - Hosted by the Islamic Shia Jama'at of Waterloo-Wellington.
Shaykh Mohammad Mahdi Mohammadpour Shahkolai is currently a 5th year student at Al-Mustafa International University, a division of the Islamic Seminary, located in the city of Qom, Iran. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Shaykh Mohammadpour graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Information Systems. His eager interest and desire to learn about and serve Islam led him to Qom in pursuit of a career in Islamic Studies. With an ambition to attain a deep understanding of various Islamic sciences, Shaykh Mohammad Mahdi’s primary areas of concentration are Theology, Philosophy and Quranic Studies. Upon completing studies in Qom, he plans to return to the United States while acting to serve the needs of the Islamic Community.
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Ziyaratu Ashura: An Analytical Study of the Reports of the Pilgrimage to Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) on the Day of AshuraÞ
By Ayatullah Shaykh Ja'far Subhani
Translated by Afzal Sumar
Edited by: The Sun Behind The Cloud Publications
Shaykh Ja'far Subhani published this essay in Arabic in the third volume of a series of four volumes. The four Volumes are titled “Letters and Essays: Researches on the subjects of Philosophy, Theology, Law, Jurisprudence and Society.” The edition consulted for this translation was the first edition, obtained by the translator whilst studying in the erstwhile precincts of the mausoleum of the Lady Zainab (a.s.) in the city of Damascus in the year 2008 AD. These volumes were published by the Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) Institute in the year 2002 AD.
What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Kerbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with the Arabic text of Ziyarat Arba‘een with full English translation and a brief exposition on certain passages of this powerful and moving visitation. Insha-Allah, a more comprehensive understanding of this ziyarat will be presented in the future.
There are very few mass gatherings in the world today which are entire peaceful and which do not result in the loss of life, and in fact, according to Wikipedia – “the Free Encyclopedia” - of the five gatherings globally seeing over 10 million people, four were in Kerbala:
The terms cussing - “sabb” (سبّ), swearing - “shatam” (شطم), and malediction - “laʿn” (لعن), in their truest forms, represent the totality of enmity, and the appreciation of these terms [and their usage] has been present right from the initial stages of human existence and historically speaking, there have been individuals, who in order to show their enmity in regards to events which transpired in the past, or individuals who lived in long-ago times, who have demonstrated these terms vividly in their lives.
Even after the introduction of Islam, the usage and real-world practice of these terms was common and there were some individuals, who in order to express their aversion and detestation for the acts of others resorted to cussing - “sabb” (سبّ) and malediction - “laʿn” (لعن). As these practices were commonplace, it is important for us to analyse these terms from an Islamic perspective and to carry out an in-depth investigation into them.
In this article, what we seek to do through our study is to explore the phenomenon of cussing and malediction and its status from the Islamic point of view by delving into the relevant sources: the Qur'an, the Prophetic traditions (ahadeeth) and the conduct of the Muslims. In addition, through reviewing the historical evidences and by means of a psychological analysis, we will seek to prove that cussing - “sabb” (سبّ) and swearing - “shatam” (شطم) are absolutely forbidden (haram) in the sacred teachings of Islam; however as for malediction - “laʿn” (لعن), it is something which is essential from the societal point of view. We will see how the permissibility of malediction - “laʿn” (لعن) is something which all of the Muslim scholars agree upon and that what we see today from the Wahhabi sect and those who follow this particular group which has become prevalent in the world in which they categorize malediction alongside cussing and swearing and claim that all of these go against the teachings of Islam, is nothing other than baseless and futile claims which lack any form of evidence.