Thursday, December 25, 2014

Congratulations on Rabi' AlAwal

Congratulations on the appearance of the moon of Rabi'AlAvval, the month in which the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and Imam Sadiq (AS) were born.

اللهم صل علی محمد و آل محمد

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Condolences on Death of the Prophet and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan and Imam Reza

Condolences on death of the Prophet (SAWA) and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Reza (AS).
In 28th of Safar 632 (11AH Islamic Calendar) the prophet Muhammad (SAWA) was dead. In the same day at 50 AH his grandson Imam Hassan was martyred by poison.
In 30th of Safar 203 AH, Imam Reza (AS), the 8th Imam of Shia Muslims was martyred by Mamun, Caliph of Bani Abbas. Imam Reza was martyred by poisonous grapes.
Haram of the Prophet Muhammad
The holy shrine of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in Madina

Baqi', Grave of Imam Hassan (AS)
Grave of Imam Hassan (AS) in Baqi'. The holy shrine was destroyed by Al-e-Saud, about 100 years ago

The holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad, Iran

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aerial Photos of Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein At Arbaeen 2014

 These aerial photos show Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between, the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS), top, and the holy shrine of Hazrat Abbas (AS), bottom, for Arbaeen in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. The holiday marks the end of the forty day mourning period after the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's (SAWA) grandson.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Photos of Arbaeen 2014 in Karbala

In Arbaeen 2014, I had the opportunity of traveling to Iraq for the first time and participating in the largest peaceful walking in the world. Definitely this travel was my best journey during my life. A spiritual trip with many hardships but full of love for Imam Hussein (AS). About 20 millions pilgrims, 15 millions from within Iraq and 5 millions from outside, marked this Shia religious ritual. Almost all pilgrims fed up for free by thousands of volunteers in places called Mookeb... Unfortunately, news agencies were absent in this great procession, but in fact every pilgrim was a medium and InshaAllah very soon the whole world will hear the sound of Labbaik Ya Hussein! (O Imam Hussein! we are with you and in your path untill the appearance of Mahdi (ATFS). )
The following photos are taken during my 6 days visit of Iraq and walking in the road of Ya Hussein between Najaf and Karbala with 85 Km length: (Click on images for larger resolution. If you want better resolutions, contact me through comments. For more images see Photos of Arbaeen 2014 in my personal blog)

Inside Haram Imam Ali (AS) during Arbaeen 2014 - حرم امیرالمومنین علیه السلام
Inside haram of Amir Almo'menin Imam Ali (AS) in Najaf
Biggest gathering in the world - Arbaeen 2014 - بزرگترین اجتماع پیاده دنیا، اربعین 1436 
Millions of pilgrims towards Hussein (AS) 
A 100 Years Old Man Walks Towards Imam Hussein (AS) Holy Shrine
Millions of People Outside Haram of Imam Hussein in Arbaeen 2014 - جمعیت میلیونی اطراف حرم امام حسین در اربعین
Millions of Shia pilgrims outside Haram of Imam Hussein during Arbaeen 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Arbaeen 2014 Underway - The Largest Gathering in World

The largest gathering in the world

The biggest annual gathering

Longest continuous dining table

Largest number of people fed for free

Largest group of volunteers serving a single event

These are some records that must be registered in the Guinness Book for Arbaeen (+). All of these are under the imminent threat of suicide bombing and ISIS in Iraq.
About 20 million Muslims from about 10 days before, started a march towards the holy city of #Karbala to be over there for Arbaeen_2014. Last year about 18 million pilgrims visited the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) in Arbaeen. Karbala is the city in where Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) , and his companions were martyred in 61 AH. Unfortunately western news channels close their eyes on such important annual event, just because it may spread the culture of Islam and specially Shia... But as Holy Quran says, they can't do so:

يُرِ‌يدُونَ لِيُطْفِئُوا نُورَ‌ اللَّـهِ بِأَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَاللَّـهُ مُتِمُّ نُورِ‌هِ وَلَوْ كَرِ‌هَ الْكَافِرُ‌ونَ
They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it.

I ask you dear Muslim brothers, please propagate this procession in social networks in such a way that satellite and TV channels were forced to show photos and videos of this ritual. You know that lots of people, even non Shia Muslims, are unaware of such a great gathering. Labbayk Ya Hussein
Enjoy these photos from current wave towards Hussein in Arbaeen 2014 :

Arbaeen 2014 - Feeding pilgrims for free
Feeding pilgrims for Free
Largest Gathering in World
Arbaeen 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Arbaeen - Visiting Imam Hussein Holy Shrine on Foot

Arbaeen 2014, the 40th day after martyrdom of Imam Hussein in 61 AH, is so near. It's not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world's most populous gathering and you've probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by a factor of five, in fact), it is more significant than Kumbh Mela, since the latter is only held every third year. In short, Arbaeen dwarfs every other rally on the planet, reaching  twenty million last year. That is a staggering %60 of Iraq's entire population, and it is growing year after year.
I am ready to visit the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) in Karbala for the first time, After Saddam, every year the world's biggest pilgrimage takes place in Arbaeen.
Insha Allah. I recommend you listening this song to find the atmosphere of Iraq in the days before Arbaeen.

Welcome dear walker pilgrims, I will register your names and help you later in the day of Judgement. So welcome my pilgrims.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Islamic Quote: Reconstruction of the Human Body in Ghiamat

اعوذبالله من الشیطان الرجیم
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

أَیَحْسَبُ الْإِنسَانُ أَلَّن نَّجْمَعَ عِظَامَهُ ﴿٣ بَلَىٰ قَادِرِ‌ینَ عَلَىٰ أَن نُّسَوِّیَ بَنَانَهُ ﴿٤
Does man suppose that We will not put together his bones [at resurrection]? Yes indeed, We are able to [re]shape [even] his fingertips!
Reassemble of human body and his fingers in day of judgement

Friday, November 28, 2014

In memory of Seyyedeh Roqayyeh, Daughter of Imam Hussein (AS)

Today is the day of martyrdom of Roghayya, the little girl of Imam Hussein (AS). She and other captives of the battle of Karbala in Ashura were in a house (like a prison) near the Yazid palace. She was crying so hard. Companions of Yazid take head of Imam Hussein for her to be calmed down. But she embraced head of her father and psalmed with him. She cried and cried until she dead.
Today after about 1400 years the largest Nazri food table was provided in the city of Qom in memory of Seyyeda Roghayeh :
Roghayyeh daughter of Hussein - Karbala -Shaam
Roghayyeh daughter of Hussein - Karbala -Shaam

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Danger of Takfiri Thought within Muslims in Imam Khamenei ViewPoint

There is an undeniable point which is the fact that the #takfiri orientation and the governments which support and advocate it move completely in the direction of the goals of arrogance and #Zionism . Their work is in line with the goals of America, the colonialist governments in Europe and the government of the usurping Zionist regime. There are clear signs which cannot be ignored. I would like to mention a few of these signs: one is that the takfiri orientation managed to make the movement of Islamic Awakening deviate from its path. The movement of #IslamicAwakening was an anti-American and anti-arrogance movement which was against the elements that America had installed in the region. It was a movement that had been launched by the masses of the people in different countries of North Africa. These countries were against arrogance and America. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this anti-arrogance, anti-American and anti-tyranny movement. It turned it into a war between Muslims and into fratricide. 
Danger of Takfiri thought for Muslims in viewpoint of Imam Khamenei
Ayatollah Khamenei: Takfirism diverted the struggle from the liberation
of Palestine to the war among Muslims in Iraq ans Syria.
The front line of fighting in the region was the borders of occupied Palestine, but the takfiri orientation came and changed this front line to the streets of Baghdad, the Jameh Mosque of #Syria and Damascus, the streets of #Pakistan and different cities of Syria. These places became the front line of fighting. Take a look at the condition of today's #Libya , Syria, Iraq and Pakistan and see against whom the forces and swords of Muslims are being used. These forces should have been used against the Zionist regime. The takfiri orientation changed the direction of this fighting to our homes, our cities and our Islamic countries.
Ayatollah Khamenei, 11/25/2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Isalmic Readings

To be familiar with Islam and Shia, you should read the following books:

1. Quran

Qoran - القرآن
The holy and central religious text of Islam, a revelation from Allah, the Exalted. Unlike Torah and Gospel, Quran is not changed during 1400 years and nowadays all Muslims (Shia and Sunni) have the same Quran.
Daily reading of this book is advised in Islam and almost every Muslim has at least one Qoran in his home. Quran is in Arabic, but its translation in English and other languages is available at
Some verses of Quran:

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ
And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you." Surah Qafer, Verse 60

اللَّـهُ لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ ۚ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ
Allah - there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. Sura Baqarah, Verse 255

 فَاقْرَءُوا مَا تَيَسَّرَ مِنْهُ ۚ وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّـهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا ۚ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِأَنفُسِكُم مِّنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِندَ اللَّـهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا وَأَعْظَمَ أَجْرًا ۚ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّـهَ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ 
So recite what is easy from it [Quran] and establish prayer and give Zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan [help poor people]. And whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with Allah. It is better and greater in reward. And seek forgiveness of Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. Surah Muzammil, Verse 20

 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاءَ لِلَّـهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْأَقْرَبِينَ
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Surah Nisa', Verse 135

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَجِيبُوا لِلَّـهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُمْ لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ
O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Chapter Anfal, Verse 24

Islam Opinion About Mary

فَأَجَاءَهَا الْمَخَاضُ إِلَىٰ جِذْعِ النَّخْلَةِ قَالَتْ يَا لَيْتَنِي مِتُّ قَبْلَ هَـٰذَا وَكُنتُ نَسْيًا مَّنسِيًّا ﴿٢٣﴾ فَنَادَاهَا مِن تَحْتِهَا أَلَّا تَحْزَنِي قَدْ جَعَلَ رَبُّكِ تَحْتَكِ سَرِيًّا ﴿٢٤﴾ وَهُزِّي إِلَيْكِ بِجِذْعِ النَّخْلَةِ تُسَاقِطْ عَلَيْكِ رُطَبًا جَنِيًّا
"And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten. (19:23)
But he -Gabriel -called her from below her, Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.(19:24)
And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates. (Suraat Mariam 19:25

Several Quranic software for Windows, Linux, Android, iOS and other platforms are available and you can take them from Google Play and other App stores.

2. History of Islam

Every nation and religion has a history behind it and reading the history is very important for us to have a background of Islam. It also prevents us from making similar mistakes, previous Muslims performed. There are a lot of historical books and we can not say which one is better, but in you can find several historical readings. However, several historical documents are cited in Quran and Nahj-al-Balagheh as well.

3. Nahj al Balagha

Imam Ali - Nahjul Balagha - امام علیNahjul-Balagha (The Method of Eloquence) is a book gathered by Seyyed Razi from Sayings and Sermons of Imam Ali. Its eloquence is on top of all other Arabic books except Quran. Reading this book, you will be more familiar with Imam Ali (AS) the first Imam after the Prophet (SAWA). The following links are online version of Nahjul-Balaghah
Letters and Sayings

4. Mafatih Al Janan Dua's (Supplications)

Islam and specially Shia, have a lot of holy texts taken from the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and his Ahle-Beyt (Fatima and 12 Imams). Some of them are in the form of Dua (supplication). These are not obligatory to be read in a regular manner, but reading Dua make a pleasant feel and we usually think we are more near with God after reading Dua.
The book Mafatih-Al-Janan (Keys of The Heaven) is the most popular book in Shia community so that almost all Shia Muslims have a Mafatih in their home and read some of it's Duas in special times.

5. Resalah

As a shia Muslim, you must follow a Grand Ayatollah (a religious expert with special conditions) to perform your religious doing (secondary principles) according to his Fatwas. For example these are two Fatwas from Imam Khamenei :
Q: There are some dead cells of the skin that at times fall off from the hands, lips and feet. Are they pure or najis?
A: The fine skin that separates by itself from the hands, lips, feet or any other part of the body, is pure. 

Q: What rule applies to university students who travel beyond the shar'i distance at least two days a week for the sake of studying? 
A: A trip for study is not considered as working trip. It is obligatory on them to shorten their prayers, and their fasting is not valid, unless they intend to stay there for ten days.
You can find complete list of Fatwas here: Fatwas of Imam Khamenei

Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't Curse Caliphs, Sahabis and Aisha

Dear Shia brothers world wide, Please do not curse (لعن) Caliphs and Other Sahabis that are important among Sunni brothers. Our supreme leader, Imam Khamenei, prohibited this and you must know that: 


Some Takfiris, play recordings of your Majalis in their meetings and at the same time decapitate several Shia Muslims while its playing. So, please don't buy Jahannam for yourself. I heared this statement from an informed source...

We are all Muslims and must respect each others.

ايها الشيعة في العالم، لا تلعنوا الخلفاء الراشدين و الصحابة النبي الذين هم محترمون عند اهل السنة. زعيمنا العزيز، آية الله خامنئي، یحرّمون هذا الامر. هو الجيد لنعرف أن:
لأی اللعن تقولون فی مجالسكم الخاصة والعامة  = الحصول على قطع رأس مسلم شيعي في باكستان وأفغانستان والعراق وسوريا
يرجى احترام معتقدات کل المسلمین و نعرف أنه لا ينقلب مسلم سني الی الشيعة، مع لعنة.

ترجمه فارسی:
شیعیان عزیز در سراسر جهان،لطفا خلفای اهل سنت و برخی اصحاب پیامبر را که در نزد اهل سنت محترمند، لعن نکنید. رهبر عزیزمان، آیت الله خامنه ای این امر را حرام کرده اند. خوب است بدانید که :
هر لعنی که شما در مجالس خصوصی و عمومی که ضبط می شود، انجام می دهید = سربریده شدن یک مسلمان شیعه در پاکستان، افغانستان و عراق و سوریه
برخی تکفیریها مثل سپاه صحابه پاکستان، نسخه ضبط شده مجالس برخی مداحان تندرو را در بین جمعیت تکفیریها پخش می کنند و در حین پخش سر شیعیان را می برند، آنقدر که پخش ویدیو تمام شود. دوستان عزیز، جهنم را برای خودتان نخرید. خداوند در قرآن فرموده حتی به بتها و خدایان جعلی کفار دشنام ندهید، چرا که آنها هم به خدا دشنام می دهند. حالا شما چگونه فحش دادن علنی به خلفای اهل سنت و جناب عایشه را حلال می کنید؟ بنده موضوع سپاه صحابه را از یک مسئول رده بالای کشوری شنیدم. لطفا به عقاید و سنتهای یکدیگر احترام بگذاریم و بدانیم که هیچ مسلمان سنی با لعن و نفرین، شیعه نمی شود. 

Hadith: A Believer Doesn't Lie

Hadith about Lying from Imam Reza

»Imam Reza (AS)
en: The Prophet (PBUH) was asked, can a believer be a coward? He replied: Yes. Asked, can he be a curmudgeon? He said: Yes. Asked may the believer be a liar? He said: No

سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص یَکُونُ الْمُؤْمِنُ جَبَاناً قَالَ نَعَمْ قِیلَ وَ یَکُونُ بَخِیلًا قَالَ نَعَمْ قِیلَ وَ یَکُونُ کَذَّاباً قَالَ لا

فارسی: از پیغمبر (ص) سؤال شد، ممکن است مؤمن ترسو باشد؟ فرمود: آری، عرض شد آیا بخیل می‏شود؟ فرمود: آری. عرض شد ممکن است دروغگو باشد؟ فرمود: نه‏
»Mahasen Barghi, P 118

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shia primary and Secondary Principles

As I said in the Previous article, Three steps to become a shiite, there are two types of beliefs in theology of Shia Islam: primary and secondary principles. Primary principles like oneness of Allah and prophecy of Muhammd must be achieved with research while, in secondary principles like Salat and Fasting we must follow a religious expert (a Mujtahid) like Ayatollah Khamenei or Ayatollah Sistani or others.

The following picture shows primary (Osule Din) and secondary beliefs (Foru'e Din) of Shia Muslims.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Conversion To Shia Islam

Shia Islam is one of the two major sects of Islam and approximately 15 to 20% of Muslims are Shia. The split between Sunnis and Shias occurred following the Prophet Muhammad’s death. Sunnis believe holy Prophet, Muhammad (SAWA) chose no one to succeed him and Muslims themselves should choose their leaders after him, whereas Shias believe the prophet chose Ali (AS) in the event of Ghadir in his last journey to Hajj. 
Although there is a division within Islam, converting to Shia Islam involves almost the same process as Sunni Islam. Converting to Islam is easy than the conversion process for other religions. 

Three Steps to Become a Shia 

Step 1 

Recite the Shahadah and mean it in your heart. The Shahadah is the Islamic profession of faith:
“There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger and and Ali is the wali of God (Vicegerent of Muhammad)” 
It must be recited in Arabic form:
اَشهد آن لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله و اَنّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُولُ الله و اَنّ علیّاً ولیّ الله
ash'hado allā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, va anna muhammadan rasūlu-llāh, wa anna ʿalīyyan walīyyu-llāh
Reciting these, you accept three fundamental beliefs of Shia. You must also believe in two others: Faireness of Allah and Resurrection.
Now, you officially become a Shia.
Every belief follows with some rules. Shia has its own rules that you must learn and practice it in your life.

Step 2

Obtain a Quran, the Islamic holy book. Quran is the word of God spoken directly to the prophet  Muhammad (SAWA). Read passages of the Quran for a better understanding of Islam. 


Learn about 10 Ancillaries of the Faith and perform them: 
 In these topics you must follow the Fatwa's of a religion expert (Mujtahid or Grand Ayatollah) like Ayatollah Khamenei, Ayatollah Sistani or others.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mukhtar-Nameh TV Series

This series is based on Mukhtar Al-Thaqafi who was an early Islamic revolutionary who led an uprising against the Bani-Umayyah Caliphs (60s AH or 670s AD). During the battle of Karbala, Mukhtar was in the prison of Ibne-Ziad. A few years later, he gathered his companions and decided to take vengeance for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS).
He killed almost all of the important people, participated in the battle of Karbala against Imam Hussayn (AS). Finally he took the leadership of Kufah for a short time.
He was the Arab hero who could overcome the events and lead the greatest social revolt. He adopted political and social justice, and accomplished equal opportunities among the people, regardless of their nations and religions.
Mukhtar TV Series about Ashura and Uprisings after it

Mukhtar-Thaqafi, Revenger of Imam Hussayn
If you want to be familiar with some Shia beliefs, the event of Ashura in Karbala, and several uprisings after it, we recommend to see this interesting series.
This film is in Persian / Farsi with English subtitles and The film was also approved by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. You can watch or download the whole series, in Qul site: Mukhtar Narrative. Also you can find this series in YouTube: Mukhtar Narrative HQ:
Please see the first part here:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Arbaeen - million march towards Hussein

Arbaeen is the 40th day after Ashura in which Imam Hussein (as) and his companions martyred. In Arbaein, due to some historical documents, Imam Sajjad (AS), Hazrat Zeinab (the sister of Imam Hussein), and some other relatives of the Imam, came back to Karbala and mourned for Imam and other martyrs of the Ashura.
After Saddam, walking to Karbala was released. Since then, every year, millions of Shia Muslims from all over the world travel to Karbala, the holy city of Iraq, to commemorate the religious ceremony of Arbaeen, the 40th day after the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam.
The walk from Najaf to Karbala is one of the most enlightening acts of worship a pilgrim can perform. The suffering and hardship imposed on the family of Imam Hussain (as) and the grandchildren of Prophet Muhammad (s) is felt in every step, and thus the love and respect for this holy family increases in the heart of the believer with every step that is taken towards the holy land of Karbala.
The following video from AhlulBayt TV is an interview with people dealing with the event of Arbaeen 2013 in Iraq:

On Arbaeen 2013 about 18 Millions pilgrims walked from Najaf to Karbala. Nowadays Iraqi People are preparing for Arbaeen 2014 on December 13.
Million march of Muslims in Arbaeen towards Karbala

See also:
Some Photos of Arbaeen 2013

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crying for Hussain (AS)

Imam Hussain (AS), the third Imam of Shia Muslims, martyred in the battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 AD). His holy shrine in Karbala is the most interested place for Shia Muslims to be visited. Before he was martyred, he said that his martyrdom will produce a movement within Muslims and whenever a believer recalls the event of Ashura, he will cry for it. Now, after about 1400 years, Muslims mourn and lament for Imam Hussein and take Majalis for him and his companions:

Imam Hussein (AS)
Kamel-Alziarat, Page 109
Hadith - Weeping for Imam Hussain

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shia Beliefs

Twelver Shia Muslims have five principles:
  1. Tawhid (توحید): Allah is the only God in the world.
    He is not born of anyone nor gave birth to any one, nor is any one like Him
  2. Prophethood (نبوت): Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet of Allah.
    Shia Muslims believe in all the Prophets that God has appointed to guide mankind.
  3. Imamat (امامت): After the prophet, there are 12 Imams,
    responsible for guidance and leadership of Muslims. They are appointed by Allah.
  4. Fairness: Allah is Fair, he doesn’t oppress anyone
    God does not punish people who have obeyed and worshipped him, and does not reward people who have disobeyed Him
  5. Resurrection: All mankind will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment
    To be judged for their actions and rewarded or punished, depending on each individual’s worldly conduct
Read more about the principles of Shia

Shia (Shiite) Muslims Beliefs (Five Principles: Tawhid-Prophethood-Imamat-Justice-Resurrection)

Meaning of Shia

What does Shia mean?

In Arabic, the term “Shi'a” originally means one, two or a group of followers. In the Glorious Qur’an, this term is used several times in this sense. For example, God speaks of one of the followers of Moses as one of his Shi'a in the verse (28:15). Elsewhere, Abraham is introduced as a Shi'a of Noah (37:83).
Shia (Shiite Shite) in Qoran (Quran)

In the beginning of the history of Islam, the term “Shi'a” was used in its original or literal sense for followers of different people. For example, some hadiths speak of the Shi'a of Ali ibn Abi Talib and others of the Shi'a of Mu‘awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan. However, gradually the term acquired a secondary or technical meaning, i.e. the followers of Ali, those who believed in his Imamat (divinely appointed leadership).
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Shia Opinion About Self-Mutilation in Ashura

Unfortunately some minorities of Shia around the world, specially in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, mourn in the day of Ashura in Muharram in such a way that no sane person can confirm it. They harm themselves with some type of blades and say that we love Imam Hussein! 
Every year, hundreds of photos of these ceremonies are distributed over the web and if someone, unfamiliar with Shia believes, saw these pictures, he may think: o damn!, what an unconscionable religion!

However, almost all grand Ayatollahs of Shia prohibited these type of mourning. For example, Imam Khamenei, about 20 years ago said:

Tatbir is one of the wrong doings. I know some will say: “It would have been proper if he had not talked about Tatbir.” They will say: “What do you have to do with Tatbir? Some people practice it, let them do so!” No! One cannot remain silent towards such a wrong action.
It is wrong that some people hold daggers and hit themselves on the head to bleed. What are they seeking?! How can this be an act of mourning?! Of course hitting on the head with one’s hands is a sign of mourning. You have seen it several times that when people face suffering, they hit on their chests and heads. This is a typical symbol of mourning. But where have you ever seen a person who is suffering from the loss of a dear one, hit on their head with a dagger and make it bleed?! How can this be a form of mourning?
#Tatbir [#QameZani] is a fabricated tradition. It is among the issues that does not belong to the religion and undoubtedly God is not also pleased with such a practice.
The more I thought about it, the more truly I realized I cannot overlook informing our dear people about Tatbir- which is certainly an act of wrongdoing and a heresy. Do not practice it! I do not approve of it. If someone does something to pretend that they want to practice Tatbir, I will be truly dissatisfied with them. I am declaring this solemnly.
Ayatollah #Khamenei, June 07, 1994
Tatbir is forbidden in Shia
Do not flagellate yourself during Ashura and Muharram

 This act, that is well-supported by western news channels like BBC, CNN and others, is also prohibited in Quran:
And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.

Ashura 2014 in Iran

In Muharram 2014, Supreme leader of Iran held some Majalis in his Husseiniye. In these meetings, some prominent Shia mullah speaks about Ashura uprising and scarifices of Imam Hussein and his companions. Then he talks about disasters imposed on Hussein (AS), his followers, women and daughters and people cry on these sorrows. After this, a Maddah sings some poetry and people mourn for Imam Hossein and his companions in Karbala. Typical Mourning in Iran is striking on chest with hands, known as SinehZani. Some other types of mourning like Tatbir (Self-mutilation, Flagellation or GhameZani) which may be seen in other countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are forbidden in Iran, due to the Fatwa of Imam Khamenei.
The following photos are taken in the day of Ashura 2014 in Beyte-Rahbari (Husseiniye of Imam Khomeini in Iran):

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