TALK DELIVERED BY MULLA MUJAHIDALI SHERIFF
AT PORTSMOUTH CATHEDRAL
7th December 2004
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the
May his peace and blessings be upon all
those who receive His guidance and follow it devotedly.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Good evening and peace be upon you all.
Once again, we have the honour of
gathering here this evening to celebrate the birth of Jesus son
of Mary (Peace be upon him).
Delivered by Mulla Mujahidali
Sheriff at Briantspuddle Village Hall on Thursday 2nd
I begin in the Name of God, the
beneficent, the Merciful.
May His peace and blessings upon those who
receive His guidance and follow it devotedly.
NOTE OF GRATITUDE
First, I would like to express my sincere
gratitude to Reverend Ian Woodward for inviting us here to talk about
THE BRAVERY OF ABDULLAH
BIN ‘AFEEF AL-AZDI
When the people of the household of Muhammad (saww)
were imprisoned in Kufa, Ibn Ziyad – the governor of Yazeed ibn
Mu’awiya made a speech, in which he said, “The liar of liars,
Husayn, was killed”.
‘Afeef al-Azdi, an old and blind man interrupted him and said,
“You are the
liar of liars! You kill the children of the Prophet and you call
yourself a Muslim?”
JANNATUL-BAQEE’ (YAUME GHAM)
Shawwal, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH, (April 21st 1925)
the mausoleums in Jannatul-Baqee’ in Madina were demolished by King Ibn
Sau’d. In the same year, he also demolished the tombs of holy personages
at Jannatul-Muallah where the Holy Prophet (saww)’s mother, wife,
grandfather and other ancestors are buried.
Destruction of the sacred sites in Hijaz by the Saudi Wahhabis continues
even today. According to some scholars what is happening today in Hijaz
is actually a conspiracy under the guise of Tawheed to eradicate the
Baneen the first Noheh (lamentation poetry) Reciter for the martyrdom of
Imam Husain (A.S.)
Hazrat Abbas(A.S.) was
the son of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib(A.S.).His mother's name was Fatima
Binte Hazam bin Khalid Ibn-e-Rabi'e Ibn-e-Amer Kalbi. She was also known
as 'Ummul Baneen'. She belonged to the clan of Banu Kilah, which was one
the noblest families amongst the Hashimites and famous for the bravery
and valour of its warriors.
According to historical accounts Hadrat Ummul Baneen was born in the
year 5 A.H.
Hadrat Shahrbano: The
Reverend Mother of Imam Zayn al-Abidin (A.S.)
Shahrbano was the
daughter of the (Iranian) kings and was mother of Ima`m Zayn al-'Abidin,
peace be on him. This great mistress occupied an important position in
the world of the Muslim woman. Indeed, she was among the great
mistresses of her time. She was among the prominent Muslim women and was
distinguished by noble qualities. Among them are:
A. She had a very clear lineage. She was the daughter of Choesroe, the
just king and pride of the kings of the East. Concerning him, the
Prophet, may Allah bless him and his family, said with pride: "I was
born at the time of the just King, Choesroe."
B. She was the wife of the father of the free and lord of martyrs, Ima`m
Husayn, peace be on him.
Short Biography of
Hadrat Fatima Masoumah (A.S.)
The name of this divine
lady was Fatima and her nickname was Masoumah. Her father was Imam Musa
al-Kazim (A.S.), the seventh Imam of the Shi'ites and her mother was
named Najma Khatun who was also the mother of Imam Reza (A.S.), the
eighth Shi'ite Imam.
She was born on first day of the month of Zee al-Qa'adah in the year 173
A.H. in the holy city of Madinah Munawwarah. Her holy father was
martyred in the Baghdad prison at the hands of the Abbasid caliph Harun
al-Rashid after undergoing long term of imprisonment and tortures. After
the martyrdom of her holy father she came under the care of Imam Reza
(A.S.), her elder brother.
A Glance At The Holy
Shrine of Hadrat Fatima Masoumah (A.S.)
When Hadrat Fatima
Masoumah (A.S.) was buried in Qum there was a shade made of straw on the
holy grave built by Musa bin Khajraj. The first dome which was in the
form of a tower, was built by Hadrat Zainab (A.S.), the daughter of Imam
Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad (A.S.) in the middle of third century hijrah.
Stone, bricks and stucco were used as construction material for this
Hadrat Abdul Azim Hasani
The holy shrine of Hazrat Abdul Azim Hasani (A.S.) along with the sacred
tombs of Hazrat Imamzadeh Hamzeh ibn Imam Musa al-Kazim (A.S) and
Imamzadeh Taher ibn Imam Ali ibn Husayn (A.S.) in Ray city has been one
of the most famous sacred places and tourist attractions in Iran.
Millions of the lovers of the Holy Ahlul Bayt (house hold of the Holy
Prophet (S.A.W.) from all parts of the world every year visit this holy
The Child Martyr
After the martyrdom of
his father, Imam al-Hasan's son Abdullah lived with his holy uncle, Imam
al-Husayn (a.s.) and loved him very much. Imam Husayn too had a great
affection for his young nephew.
"`Abdullah went to Karbala with his uncle and saw everything that
happened there. He saw his young brothers and cousins putting on their
suits of armor and, with the cry of "Allahu akbar' and their swords
whirling, rushing off to the battlefield. He saw them fighting battle
with the enemies of religion and of the Qur'an, the disbelievers and
hypocrites. and saw them killing them and being killed.
Hadrat Fatima Masumah (A.S.)
Born at: Medina,First Day of
Zee Qa'dah 173 A.H.
Father's name: Imam Musa al-Kazim(A.S.)
Mother's name: Najma Khatoon
mother of Imam Reza(A.S.)
Died at the age 28,at Qum on 10th Rabi al-Thani,201 A.H.
Buried in the holy shrine in the holy city of Qum.
Jannat al-Baqi Cemetery in the Holy
City of Madinah
Jannat-al-Baqi is the
famous burial place of great personalities without whom the history of
Islam is incomplete, in fact, some of them wrote the history of Islam
with their deeds and achievements. The Prophet's companion Usman bin
Mazoon was the first companion to be buried there on instructions by the
Prophet (SA). The Prophet's son, Ibrahim, who died in infancy (and was
very dear to the Prophet) was also buried there. Then the Prophet's
beloved grandson Hazrat Imam Hasan (AS), was also laid to rest in al-Baqi.
Al-Baqi has the graves of three more stars of the Prophet's family, his
grandsons, Hazrat Ali ibn Imam Husain, Hazrat Muhammad Baqir ibn Ali ibn
Imam Hussain, and Hazrat Jafar Sadiq ibn Muhammad Baqir ibn Ali ibn Imam
"Fatima bint Assad": The
Mother of Imam Ali (A.S.)
One of the exemplary
women in the history of Islam was Fatima bint Assad, who got many honors
in her blessed life. Her father was Assad, son of Hashim. Her life is
worthy of note from different aspects, because the virtues that Allah
had bestowed on her were so great that no other woman, before or after
her, could be her equal in that respect.
Allah willed for reasons He alone knew that the Prophet (SAW) should be
away from his parents. After Abdul-Mutallib, the Prophet (s.a.w.) became
his uncle, Abu Talib's charge and thenceforth he and his wife, Fatima,
nurtured him. The Prophet (s.a.w.) always lauded the personality of this
great lady and appreciated the value of her motherly care for himself.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “After Abu-Talib she was the best person to
care for me. It was a great honor for Fatima bint Assad to be called
mother by the Prophet (s.a.w.). Abutalib was the breadwinner and Fatima
always left some food for the Prophet (s.a.w.) to be eaten later after
the meal was over.
Hazrat Khadija (SA): The
There are only four women in the entire
world who measured up to the lofty standards of real greatness and
perfection set by Islam. They are:
1. Hazrat Asiya (SA), the wife of
2. Hazrat Maryam (SA), the mother of
Hazrat Hurr (a.s)
By: Jawad Hussain
lives in Hopkinton. He attends Hopkinton High School.
we hear the words of the grief stricken story of Karbala, many names
come to mind, names of those who laid their lives for the preservation
of Islam. There are the more prominent martyrs, such as Hazrat Qasim
(AS) Hazrat Abbas (AS) and Hazrat Ali Akbar (AS). Prominent because
there were the men from the family of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and it was
not entirely surprising that they gave their lives for Islam. Then there
were those friends of Imam (AS) who travelled to Karbala to fight
Yazeed’s armies in defence of Imam Husayn (AS). These were people like
Habib ibne Mazaher (AS) and Muslim Bin Osajah.
Aun and Muhammad (AS)
children of Hazrat Zainab (AS)
Ali Haider is fifteen years old and he currently resides in Hopkinton.
He attends Hopkinton High School and is in the tenth grade
Today I would like to dedicate
my speech to the two little sons of Bibi Zainab (AS), Hazrat Aun (AS)
and Muhammad (AS). What hopes and feelings surge in young hearts
during this time of life! How every nerve quivers with the joy of
living! But there are some youths to which the cup of life is
dealt in another measure.
By: Alma Bukhari
Alma lives in Stow and she is seventeen years old. She attends Nashoba
Regional High School and she is in the eleventh grade.
Those were most likely the words spoken by Hazrat Qasim (AS) while
entering the battlefield of Karbala. For he was beginning his jihad in
the name of Allah (SWT) and for Allah's (SWT) message, Islam. Hazrat
Qasim (AS) was the son of Imam Hasan (A.S.). At the young age of 3,
Hazrat Qasim (AS) witnessed his own father's lifeless body being
speared. But, the hardships and struggles didn't stop there. Hazrat
Qasim (AS) and his mother, Umme-e-Farwa (AS), accompanied Imam Husayn
(AS), his new father figure, from Madina to Karbala in Rajab 60 A.H.
By: Zahra Bukhari
fifteen years old and she currently lives in Stow. She attends Nashoba
Regional High School and is in the tenth grade.
the month of Muharram I normally pay a lot of attention to the younger
children of our Imambarah. Mashallah we are so fortunate to have such
exuberant children who are so full of life. In seeing how joyous the
next generation of our Imambarah is we normally do not notice when a
child is playing or talking during a majalis. The constant mind-set is
that they are probably too young to understand how deep the month of
Muharram is. Well, when one thinks like that it is hard to imagine how
an infant of 6 months could understand, but I am here
tonight to talk about one who did.
After the death of Abu Talib, enmity and
hatred reaches its peak. A group of the Companions and followers of the
Prophet go to Ethiopia while another group suffer loneliness and poverty
under the increasing torture of the Qoraish. Mohammad, who had reached
fifty years of age, whose life had been spent in difficulties without
any security, is living alone with Fatima, his young daughter. But ...
no. The hand of fate brings a son to this house and no one knew what
role he would play.
The Battle of Khaibar
Khaibar is situated about 100 miles to
the north east of Medinah, and means, literally, a fortified place. The
Jews of Khaibar constituted a serious threat to the Muslims. The Jews
who had lost their fights against the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) had
slowly and imperceptibly collected in the vicinity of this fort and had
begun to incite their brethren to wage war against the Muslims. The
valley surrounding Khaibar was considered as one of the most fertile of
the desert oases and its great gardens of date palms were most jealously
guarded by the various Jewish tribes whose territory it was. The Jews
of Khaibar were considered the bravest warriors, and they posed a most
powerful challenge to the supremacy of Islam.
of the Camel 'Jamal'
On the morning of Friday, the 16th
of Jamadi II, 36 A.H. (November 656 A.D.) Ayesha took the field, mounted
in a litter on her great camel Al-Askar and riding up and down among her
troops, animating them by their presence and by her voice. In history,
the battle is named 'the battle of the camel' after the strange animal
on which Ayesha was mounted, though it was fought on the field of
Khoreiba close to Basra.
The Great Battle
Badr lies 200 miles from Mecca and 80
miles from Madinah. It was the site of the first battle fought by the
forces of the Islamic state. The Muslims were outnumbered by 3:1 by an
army of Meccan’s led by Abu Jahl. In the winter of 2 A.H. (after hijrah)
his army was proceeding toward Madinah when the Messenger of Allah
(s.a.w.) sent out his forces of 313 to prevent bloodshed inside the city