Ahl al-Bayt

Ahl al-Bayt (أهل البيت‎, Persian: اهلِ بیت‎), also Āl al-Bayt or Ahlul Bayt, is a phrase meaning, literally, "People of the House" or "Family of the House". Within the Islamic tradition, the term refers to the family of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.In Shia Islam the Ahl al-Bayt are central to Islam and interpreters of the Quran and Sunnah. Shias believe they are successors of Muhammad and consist of Muhammad, Fatimah, Ali, Hasan, and Husayn (known collectively as the Ahl al-Kisa, "people of the mantle") and the rest of the Imams from The Fourteen Infallibles.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 days ago

The meaning of this verse is not accurately translated by by many of non Arabic  translators. Amaanah in Arabic is not always Trust but it has other meanings as well including The Responsibility, The obligatory, The Liability etc.

The meaning of Amaanah in this verse has been mentioned in many Hadeeths from Ahlul Bayt (AS) as The responsibility to follow the orders of Allah and His Messenger and his successors 'Ahlul Bayt' which is result of having perfect 'Aql (intellect) which is only with the human beings. That is why the heavens and the earth and the mountains could not carry it because they are unable to carry it and they were apprehensive of it. They did not refuse it in a sinful refusal like the refusal of Satan to prostrate to Adam, but they were unable to carry because they did not have the intellect to fulfill its responsibilities.

 Wassalam..

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 week ago

Black color was the color of the flag of the Prophet of Islam and the color of his turban according to many narrations.

The green color was also associated with Ahlul Bayt (AS). 

Till now, the scholars from the grant children of Ahlul Bayt known as Sadat have a black turban or green.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 week ago

The status of Ali (AS) from the Prophet Muhammad is like the status of Haroun  from Prophet Musa (AS). This has been mentioned in an authentic Hadeeth known as Hadeeth al-Manzilah where the Prophet told Ali: O Ali, you are from me like Haroun was from Musa but there will be no Prophet after me. This Hadeeth was narrated in most eminent Sunni books of Hadeeth e.g,

1. Saheeh al-Bukhari :number 3430 and 4064.

2. Saheeh Muslim : numbers 4418, 4419, 4420, 4421.

3. Musnad Ahmad Bin Hanbal : Musnad Al-Asharah; 1384, 1408, 1423, 1427, 1450, 1465, 1498, 1514, 1522.

4. Sunan al-Tirmithi ; 3658, 3663, 3664.

5. Al-Sunan al-Kubra by al-Bayhaqi ; 16400.

6. Al-Sunan al-Khubra by al-Nasaa'ee ; 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, 6915, 6916, 7169, 7170, 7200, 7201, 7202, 7203, 7204, 

7. Sunan Ibn Maajah; 112, 118.

8. Mustafrak al-Haakim al-Nisabouri; 3294, 4575.

9. Al-Tabarani in al-Mo'jam al-Sagheer ; 825, 917.

10. Mussannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah; 31455, 31456, 31457, 31458, 36346.

And many other Sunni books of Hadeeth.

This Hadeeth along with many Quranic verses about Haroun and Musa, have the clear answer  of the issue of succession of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA). 

Haroun was the successor of Musa by order of Musa when Musa left his community (Sura Al-A'raaf: 142).

A prominent Sunni scholar from al-Azhar in Egypt , Shaikh Mahmoud Abu Riyyah said: If Muslims follow the Prophet Muhammad in this Hadeeth (al-Manzilah), and read and follow Quran, there will be no dispute that Ali is the real successor after the Prophet (SAWA).

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 3 weeks ago

Allah (SWT) has prevented any impurity to come near Ahlul Bayt (AS) and keep them fully and absolutely purified as we read in Quran (33:33).
Allah (SWT) knows the full meaning of the absolute Purity which He has granted to Ahlul Bayt (AS). It is not in our abilities to search for the details. We believe in Quran where Allah (SWT) Has clearly said that Ahlul Bayt are completely purified, which means that they are always absolutely purified and away from any impurity.

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 month ago

No, insofar as there is not full agreement on the reliability of all hadith about commentary of the Qur'an that has been attributed to the Prophet (S) and Ahl al-Bayt (A). Probably, some of it is correct and some of it is incorrect. Also, we have probably lost a lot of material over history. This is apart from the fact that Shi'i tafsir, in particular, has not been translated extensively into English.

So you will still need to read various sources and investigate and put things together if you want to try to get as accurate a picture as possible. However, some suggestions in the meantime are:

* Read The Study Qur'an, ed. S. H. Nasr, and look specifically at the views from Shii commentators (the names of the commentators are given in parentheses). Of course there is no reason why Sunni commentators should not also have correct views sometimes, but I am just specifying this to give the best answer to the question here.
* Tafsir al-Ayyashi, trans. Nazmina Dhanji, which was just published.
* Reading the section on narrations in Tafsir al-Mizan (some of which is available online)
* Inshallah, ICAS Press is also planning to publish the translation of Tafsir al-Asfa soon, which is also heavily narration based and from a Shi'i lens.

Hope that helps! Maybe some people will also add some good sources.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 month ago

Fasting during the 11 months of the year apart from the obligatory fasting of the Month of Ramadan is from the most recommended acts. Hadeeth states that recommended fasting is a protection from hellfire and it leads to Paradise. Recommended fasts are many including :

1. Three days in every lunar month. It is better to fast the first Thursday and last Thursday and first Wednesday of the middle ten days of the month.

2. Eid al-Ghadeer as Hadeeth says that fasting the day of Ghadeer is like performing hundred Hajj and hundred Umra.

3. Birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).

4. Day of 27 of Rajab.

5. Day if 25 Thilqa'da ( Dahw al-Ardh).

6. Day of Arafah which the 9th of Thil Hajjah if you are not traveling and fully able to perform the A'maal of Arafah.

7. Day of Mubahalah ;24 of Thilhajjah.

8. The whole month of Rajab and the whole month of Sha'ban or parts from them.

9. Day if Nawrooz.

10. First day of Muharram and third day and seventh day from it.

11. Every Thursday if it does not clash with Eid.

12. It is very good to fast in the birth anniversary (Wiladat) of Ahlul Bayt and gift the reward of it to Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Wassalam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 2 months ago

Here are some thoughts on that: https://www.al-islam.org/ask/why-is-wearing-a-ring-stone-beneficial-to-m...

I am not sure if there is any specific mention of amethyst or pyrite in the textual sources. 

There are a couple narrations in praise of sapphire, for instance, that it dispels poverty, and that Imam 'Ali (A) used to possess one. 

 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 months ago

You must be sure that you and your children will always follow Ahlul Bayt (AS). Don't take any risk in this crucial matter. I advise you to invite him to read few books written by Sunni scholars who became followers of Ahlul Bayt (AS) after researching Sunni and Shia books e.g The I was guided by Dr Samawi Tijani and The Miising Link etc.

After reading such books and being able to ask questions to Shia scholars, he should be able to decide his following Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Wassakam.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 3 months ago

'Allamah Tabataba'i mentions the view in this link. It is not the dominant view of Shi'i scholars today, but I think it makes sense.

https://www.al-islam.org/shining-sun-memory-allamah-tabatabai-sayyid-muh...

God knows best

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 3 months ago

The Verse 33 - 33 in Sura Al Ahzaab mentioned many things about the wives of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him and His Holy Progeny) but the specific part of the purification has been explained by the Prophet himself when he clearly said that: These are my Progeny who are been purified. My purified Progeny are Ali (a.s.), Fatima (s.a.), Hasan (a.s.) and Husain (a.s.). No one knows the meaning of Quranic verses more than the Prophet, because the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him and His Holy Progeny) is been asked by Allah and he is the responsible of explaining the meaning of Quranic Verses to the Ummah, that is why he explained exactly who are meant in the Verse 33 – 33 and he did not allow anyone from his wives to join when he put the Kisa (the Cloth) on Ali (a.s.), Fathema (s.a.), Hasan (a.s.) and Husain (a.s.) Only with not allowing any of his wives even Umme Salama who was very pious wife but she was not allowed to join them. This is a very clear evidence that the Verse does not talk about the wives but only the purified Progeny of Ahlulbayt who are Ali (a.s.), Fathema (s.a.), Hasan (a.s.) and Husain (a.s.).

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 4 months ago

as salam alaikum

"Nahj al-Balaghah" contains many letter of Imam Ali dealing with political issues that at the same time undeline the importance of faith and piety.

With prayers for your success.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 5 months ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. A useful book to start with is Self Building by Ay. Ibrahim Amini (rA) and it can be found at the following link:

https://www.al-islam.org/self-building-ibrahim-amini

May you always be successful