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1 Imam Muhammad Taqi (as) said: “ Anyone who will help the orphans of Ahlul Bayt (as) ( those which are away from Imam (as)) and removes their ignorance which is due to lack of knowledge and those of our shia who are prisoners in the hands of shaitan and nasibis (enemies of Ahlul Bayt (as)) and whoever releases those prisoners from their hands and removes their religious ignorance and removes the shaitani thoughts and doubts with the help of Allah and Ahlul Bayt (as) so that our shia could remember their allegiance to Us regardless of the difficulties they will face, the status of such a person who will do these things is like the heavens upon the earth and those shia who have obtained this haq (truth) their status is like the moon which shines upon the earth giving light to everything. :
(Ahtejaj e Tabrasi) 2
Hadia (Dedication) I dedicate this ordinary book to Hijab e Wahadat (sa) (Veil of Allah)- Raz e Wilayat (Secret of Wilayat)- Madan e Risalat (Treasure of Prophethood)- Gohar e Taj e Imamate (Crown of Imamate)- Markaz e Daira Ismat (Center of the Circle of Purity)- Makhdooma e Konain (Owner of the Universe)- Mazlooma e Awal (First who was Oppressed)- Syedatul Nisa al Alemeen ( Mistress of the Women of World)- Syeda Fatima Zahra (sa) with this reminder from a slave of Syeda (sa) even though he be full of sins but he is a mourner of Her Son Imam Hussain (as). O’ my Owner is there one tear which I have wept for Your Son (as) which will bring me Your Shifaat (intercession)?
Imam (as) is present at all times, in every place, 285
And has full knowledge of Unseen
Permission of Allah (bay ‘izn’ Allah) 289
Occulation of Imam (ajf) 290
Reason for Occulation 291
A new book and sharia will be revealed 292
Through Imam Zamana (ajf)
Hadith e Tariq 293
Glory of Wilayat-Judgement Day 301
First Questioning 303
Second Questioning 304
What is Death? 304
Which Door does Death Close? 306
Why Humans are afraid of Death? 307
A misconception and its Removal 308
Momins condition at time of death 309
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Third Questioning 312
Fishar (punishment) 313
Who will be questioned? 314
What will be the questions? 315
Who will ask the questions? 316
Fourth Questioning 316
Fifth Questioning 318
What is rajat (return)? 318
Proof of rajat (resurrection) in Quranic Verses 320
Examples of rajat (resurrection) in Previous Nations 324
Do not be deceived by the word “shia” 325
Difference between natural death and one 326
Who is slain
It is compulsory for a momin to be slain 326
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Time period for rajat (resurrection) is very lengthy 327
Judgement Day 328
Appearing on the day of judgement with a physical body 329
The condition of Shia on Judgement Day 334
Who will and will not be questioned on Judgement Day? 335
What will be the questions on Judgement Day? 336
Who will and will not face accountability? 340
Period of Accountability 341
Sirat (Bridge) 343
Imam of Judgement Day 346
First Kind 348
Second Kind 349
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Third Kind 350
To whom will we prostrate on Judgement Day? 351
Summary of Judgement Day 353
Wonders of Paradise 355
Babul Abwab Belief is directly related to aql (intellect) and all the processes of belief are done through aql. From books you can only learn about the details of belief and obtain a brief idea of what belief is. You cannot gain full knowledge of what is belief from books alone. You have to think deeply about what is being said in the books, and then you will be able to obtain full belief. Books are dependent upon the level of intellect and understanding of the reader. It is worthy to note that one cannot gain aql (intellect) from knowledge but one can gain knowledge from aql. However, as long as one continues to gain knowledge then one’s intellect will also automatically increase. It is the same as if a machine is left unused. It will eventually become old and rusted. If you use it properly, then it will work with absolutely no problems. This is the golden principle which should be adopted for beliefs. If it was meant for us to simply believe based upon what we read from a book or from what we hear others saying, then why did Allah swt give us intellect and reasoning as humans? Otherwise we would be the same as the animals and intellect would have no purpose of being in us. This is the common opinion about beliefs. As far as the Shia religion is concerned, it has more responsibilities due to its historical background which is totally different than other sects in Islam. The Shia religion has had to face such difficulties in all times
20 that one could not even tell others they are Shia nor could they spread Shia beliefs openly and freely. Centuries passed and this religion kept struggling for its survival behind the veil of taqqiya (hiding one’s true beliefs due to fear of death). Such times came that even a father could not tell his children that they are Shia. The people who are born in present times have never had to face such difficulties and to them being a Shia seems so easy and simple. The present day shias have gravely misunderstood what is the true Shia Islam, and they think the religion they have today is the same as what Ahlul Bayt (as) taught ,while it is not. Due to this misunderstanding, we totally forgotten and became careless about looking into the history of shia islam Therefore we do not realize what great difficulties and calamities the earlier shias had to face in order for us to be able to practice our religion with such ease. Present day shias have also forgotten the original caretakers of our religion, those who wrote books, and in what circumstances they were living in while they were writing and trying to preserve our religion. We must know if those scholars who came after those original scholars and caretakers of our religion have done a proper job in relating to us what was originally written and taught by Ahlul Bayt (as) and we must not just simply follow them because they wear an immama or the title of scholar. Everybody has a desire to enter jannah (paradise), but is it as easy to enter paradise as the present day scholars make it seem? Now the time has come where humans are advancing more in worldly matters with scientific research and technologies. We must adopt these same behaviors and practices in acquiring knowledge and intellect about
21 Paradise and judgment day because on judgment day, Allah swt will ask each person individually. One will not be able to rely upon any other person (marja, scholar, alims etc) or any book. Every person must have the knowledge to answer for his beliefs and actions for his own self. As in this world no one will accept the excuse from a thief if he says he stole simply because another told him to, or because every one else was also doing it. It will be the same on judgment day. One will not be able to use the excuse that such and such scholar told them to do this. Nor will it be accepted to say that because everyone else was following a scholar (marja) so I did the same. This type of blind following will give you no benefit on judgment day. These things even a child can understand.
Our Imam e Zamana (ajf)’s reappearance is very near because almost all of the signs of His reappearance have already taken place. InshaAllah He will reappear very soon. Are we really ready to provide Him support and be His true helpers? Can we even face Him? Will we try to convince Him we are worthy through the showing off of how many prayers we have read? Will He not ask of us that His Grandfather has already told everyone that anyone who dies without having the marifat(recognition) of the Imam of His Time will die the death of an ignorant, disbeliever, and hypocrite? Will He not ask us how much did we struggle to gain His marifat? Keep this in your mind that marifat is related to belief. If your belief is right, then the door of marifat will open for you. If you have wrong beliefs, then it does not matter how much you pray, how many books you read, or how much of an expert you are in Arabic grammar, the truth will
22 always be hidden from you. If you do not gain the marifat of this truth, then you will never be able to gain paradise. It is necessary to understand religion through intellect and principles instead of through blind following. Moula Ali (as) said , “ There will come a time when the truth will be spread into many different places and the momins have to go in search of this truth and collect it himself.” It is our duty to not limit ourselves to only one way of gaining knowledge such as simply following a scholar or reading only a few books. We have to search for truth and when we find it, we must accept it as truth. We should not create doubts about this truth. Whenever you find something which goes against your beliefs, do not reject it by saying “Oh this must have been an invention (bidah) and something which was added to the religion”. By doing this, you are not using your intellect in the proper manner. The end result will be that you fall into kufr (disbelief). So in this book, we have tried to explain those Shia beliefs which are commonly considered inventions (bidahs) or additions to the religion.
In this way, we can show the truth which Masoomeen (as) brought after facing so many great difficulties and after making so many great sacrifices. We collect the truth and present it in the shape of beliefs which are according to Allah’s will. In our efforts to collect this truth, we will not use any modern day books which contain doubts and possible inauthentic references. We will only use those books which were appreciated by not only Masoomeen (as) Themselves but by those great scholars who came after them who worked so hard to collect the truth in a time when it was trying to be annihilated from the face of the earth.
We specifically have mentioned Quran, and for its explanation we have used only the tafseer of Masoomeeen (as). For the explanation of religion, we must put forward Moula Ali (as)’s saying “He who thinks religion is only for superficial purposes or only for debate is not a student of religion”.
Necessity of Religion
Religion is a very sensitive issue. We have to be very careful when we are discussing religion. Even though religion is based upon intellect, in its practice people do not use their intellect, but instead they put forth their own desires over what the religion truly says. To make one’s desires become obedient to one’s intellect is an extremely difficult task. You will see examples of this while reading my book. You will see how many difficulties I have had to face, but I want the people to understand it is necessary to not only search for the truth but to also accept it. Kufr (Disbelief) is not such a thing which can be seen with one’s eyes. If you consider a person a kafir (disbeliever), then he also considers you a kafir (disbeliever). Real kufr (disbelief) is ignorance and rejecting of truth when it is presented to you. This is such a state in which the human thinks that only whatever knowledge he possesses is true haqq (truth). There is nothing beyond his knowledge. Whatever is beyond his knowledge, he considers as outside of his religion. The other state in which a human gets trapped in is where he gives his intellect to others. He simply follows the scholars blindly without using
any thought of his own. Whatever they say is a part of religion, he simply accepts without any research or thought into the truth of what they are saying.
This is ignorance and absolute kufr (disbelief). This is the root from which the tree of kufr (disbelief) grows. When this tree grows, it can reach to such a level that a person is prepared to become an enemy of Moula (as). According to a German researcher, 99% of people adopt religion because of social pressure. They spend their whole lives defending their new religion without any thought as to whether it is true or not. The percentage given in the research is the researcher’s own findings, but according to me, if you find one person in a million who is researching in his religion, then it is equivalent if not greater than those who are doing absolutely nothing. Apart from the percentages given, the researcher is absolutely correct. If you see in Pakistan, every year hundreds of Muslims become Christian. Is it because they know the religion of Nabi Isa (as) very well and are impressed with the teachings of Nabi Isa (as)? No, it is not because of this reason. In reality, they change their religion because of social pressure. After they change their religion, their financial situation and other aspects of their lives become greatly improved. They spend their whole life defending this religion without truly knowing its real meanings or history. I have discussed religious matters with so many different peoples. When they became unable to reply to my questions, then they will admit that my religion (Shia Islam) is the true religion. When I ask them, why then do you not become Shia? They always reply if we do so our whole family will turn against us. They will throw us out into the streets and boycott us.
This is what is considered as social pressure. In reality, every human being is suffering from a state of confusion. It does not matter what religion they belong to. They always change their religion because of social pressure. If the person is always in this state of confusion, why should he then follow a religion? Why should he put restriction upon himself? Do this, do not do this, eat this, and don’t eat this. Why? Why should I not live a free life? What does religion give to the people? We do not know if there is truly a judgment day or if it is only an illusion. Why should I make my life a hell because of some imaginary fear? Why should I not follow the saying of Emperor Babar “Why should Babar not enjoy his life? Who knows if we will get this life again or not? Who knows if you will come again in this world or not?” This is why you must understand the psychological state of a person before you try to teach religion to him. If he is not satisfied with the answers to his basic questions, then he will never accept religion from his heart. Before answering these basic questions, we must understand the difference between the life of a human and an animal. Life and the necessities of life are common in both animals and humans.