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Who is the "beast of the earth - دابة الأرض" according to Shi'a understanding? And can someone explain it?
The meaning of Daabbat al Ardh is Not beast of the earth at all. We should not be misled by wrong translations. Baabbat al-Ardh is any being which moves on earth. Some people wrongly think that it means an animal. While in the Holy Qu’ran
We have another narration in Tafseer Ali ibn Ibrahim narrated from
We have also a mention that Imam al Mahdi (ATFS) will mark the
Quds is the place where Baitul Maqdis Masjid is, and Baitul Maqdis is the first Qibla for Muslims.
In the narrations from the Ahlul Bayt (AS) we have a narration from Imam Mohammad al Baqir (AS) telling Abu Hamza al Thimali that the great Masjids are four: al Masjid al Haraam in Makkah, the Masjid of the Holy Prophet (SAWA) in Madinah, Masjid Baitul Maqdis in Quds and Masjid al Kufa. The Imam (AS) said : O Aba Hamza, performing obligatory Salaah in any of these Masjids equals performing full Hajj and performing recommended Salaah in any of these Masjids equals performing Umrah. This Hadith is narrated in the book of Man La Yahdharuhu Al Faqih by Al Sadooq , volume 1 page 163.
Also we have narrations mentioned in the same book of Al Faqih by Sheikh Al Sadooq from Ameerul Mo"meneen Ali (AS) that Salaah in Bait Al Maqdis equal one thousand Salaah. Volume 1, page 167 .
A narration also from Ameerul Mo"meneen Ali (AS) that when Imam Al Mahdi (ATFS) comes back to the public life he will go to Bait Al Maqdis. This narration is in Mo"jam Ahaadith Al Imam Al Mahdi (ATFS) volume 4 page 175.
Can you please recommend some Shi'a Islamic movies that we can watch, both those that will appeal to adults and also some that will be at the level of children?
There is a great movie in English about Sayeda Narjis (sa) called The Princess of Rome.
I am new to Shi'a Islam and wish to learn more about it. Are there any introductory books that you would recommend?
You can start by exploring this link, and the sub-sections from it, that will lead you to many relevant books and articles.
If you are looking for short Fact Sheets on various topics related to Shi'a belief and practice, then check this out:
If you would like to sample the words of the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt (a) when they speak of God, or address Him in supplications, then these two resources may be of interest:
Hope this helps!