Poem: Manga tha khud Hussain

By: Mehwish Manga tha khud Hussain (a.s) ney jisko namaz-e-shab mae Us bibi pr sitam dhaya bada e Hussain (a.s) sub ney Thi subse ziada arzoo jisko rehaee ki Wo bibi aj bhi qaid hai zindan ki leyhad mae

My Iran Trip – Part 3/3

By: Fatima Hussain QUM First we visited the shrine of Bibi Masooma-e-Qum (sa). She was Imam Musa Kazim’s (as) daughter and Imam Reza’s (as) sister. Her love for Imam Reza(as) was like that of Bibi Zainab’s (sa) love for Imam Hussain (as). Imam Reza(as) has said, “Whoever visits Masuma in Qum, it is like he has visited me.” After that, we …

The Blessed Day of Eid-e-Ghadir

Feeding others has the most reward on Eid-e-Ghadir than any other day. Imam Ali (as) has said that giving one person food on Eid-e-Ghadir is like feeding one million prophets! Here are some traditions from Imam Sadiq (as) narrating the importance of this day:  This is the greatest Eid of Allah, and every Prophet appointed by Allah celebrated this day …

My Iran Trip – Part 2/3

By: Fatima Hussain NISHAPUR (NEISHABOUR) We arrived in Nishapur in the morning and ate their special breakfast food ash-e-rishte. This can be translated as noodle soup, but it was very different than the soup we think of in America. The soup was thicker than we were used to and had lots of beans and special noodles. After breakfast, we went to …

The Blessed Day of Arafah

By: Abbas Ali Merchant The day of Arafah is one of the most blessed days of the Islamic calendar and its night is one of the seven nights of grandeur and majesty. On this day, Allah (swt) invites his servants towards his worship and spreads his bounties and blessings. Imam Zain-ul-Abidin (as) supplicates: “O God, this is the day of …

My Iran Trip – Part 1/3

By: Fatima Hussain Less than two weeks ago, I returned home from a two week trip to Iran. My family went as part of the IMI’s 8th International Conference and we visited Mashhad, Nishapur, Qum, Tehran, and Shiraz. The Zaidi family and the Jaffry family were also there. We were like the “Florida clan” with almost 20 people. It was an …

Importance of Madressa

By: Zainab Baqri As summer comes to an end, students all around the nation, of different races and religions, are preparing for the start of the new school year. Of course, devout students practicing Islam, Christianity, or Judaism are also preparing for the start of Sunday School. Along with the trepidation that comes with the fear of future tests and …

Anecdotes from Imam Reza (as)

Imam’s Love for his Shias Musa ibn Yasar narrated: I was with Imam Reza (as) near Tus when we heard the sound of mourning. We followed the sound and came upon a funeral procession. Imam immediately dismounted from his horse and walked toward the corpse. Just like a mother embracing her son, he embraced the corpse and said, “God will …

The Contributions of Imam Jaffer As-Sadiq (a.s)

By: Mohammed Baaqir and Abbas Ali Merchant As the time of the death anniversary of our great Imam is upon us, we should remember what he accomplished during his lifetime and take lessons from them. One thing in particular that the Imam (as) was known for was his expertise in science. He had many famous students and he taught them …

Poem: Destruction of Baqee

By: Anonymous JIC Community Member A holy site, surrounded by much plight. Many graves.  The Holy Prophet’s uncles, aunts, wives and many other braves. Madina once the Islamic stronghold, reside the holy household. What is left now makes me wonder how. Radical introduction causing unthinkable, barbaric destruction. Graves demolished, emblems abolished. Relevant Islamic history, forever a mystery. Our Holy Imams …