Do you notice, why all the Masooms were so adhered with Imam Husein a.s?
Your adherence towards Husein portrayed to whom and to where you originate from. Mukmin and mukminat were created from the holy soil of Karbala, so never forget to pour your heart with the tears for Imam Husein a.s, and the tears for Zaynab Kubra s.a.
Do you notice, why all the Masooms were so adhered with Imam Husein a.s? And why "Everyday is Ashura and every place is Karbala"? And why it is written on the flag of Imam Mahdi , "Ya Litsaratal Husein?" (O the avenger of Husein).
Verily, the secret of Zuhur (appearance/ in this case- reappearance) is Husein. Please stay, and please forgive all my defections (my English, my time) for insha Allah, I will share with you lot of things originated from the holy tent of Husein!
Amirul Mukminin Ali a.s once said, "If Abu Dzar knew what Salman knows, surely he will kill salman and accuse him as being kafir – for the sake of getting near to Allah."
Therefore, if you steadfast in this journey, surely you will know lot of things and you will know the secret of life and haqiqat (reality, truth) of the world. At that time, when you have different point of view in the way you see things, and your understanding is not the same as others', be prepared to be accused of being …….should I say: deviated?
The star high above cannot be attained by short hands. The holy secret of the world cannot be achieved by those who have only a small Zarfiat. Imam Ali a.s said, "Our matters is difficult and intolerable. Accepted only by Malaikat Muqarrab, Nabi Mursal or the wise mukmin whose faith has been tested by Allah."
Why Imam Husein a.s? The great secret of God lies in Karbala, and can be achieved only by those who have entered into the khemah (tent) of al-Husein a.s. The haqiqat, the truth about ourselves and our lives can lead us to God, "Whoever knows himself knows his God". The haqiqat, the truth about ourselves and our lives is when Imam Sadiq mentioned that every day is Ashura, and every place is Karbala - then, do we have our days and places turned into Ashura and Karbala? If this is still not happening to us, then we have yet to break free from the cocoon that captures us- we see just the darkness and not the reality (haqiqat). Why not, "Lets be butterflies"?
Karbala is a place which Imam Ali a.s once stopped and said, "This is the struggle place of the 'Ushaq (the lovers)." We have became Shia by using our 'aql (logic, mind) but to enter into Husein's tent is not by 'Aql, but rather by 'Ishq (love). The caravan of Husein from Madina, and later Mecca to Kufah was accompanied by thousands of people who acknowledge by their sound minds ('aql) that Husein is the utmost person most capable to lead the nation. But in Karbala, their logic whispered that they will be killed on the very ground. Most of them then were gone by the night of Ashura. Only those who left in the tent were those people who have acknowledged Husein's merit by 'Ishq; not by 'aql. Do enter into the tent of Husein in the form of a butterfly….broke free from the cocoon, and then we'll find that it is only in the tent that everyday is Ashura and every place is Karbala.
The picture of the Sun as being imagined from the inside of the cocoon is not the real Sun. In the cocoon one might think that the sun could be touched by the bare hands, but in real, we cannot even to look at the shine of the Sun with our naked eyes!
That's why, even Abu Dzar's God and Salman's is different! Their makrifat (knowledge) about God is all different. Al-Quran says that the one with knowledge possesses greater rank compared to those who not. To find God is not by using 'aql but is through 'Ishq. Those who died with Husein on the plain of Karbala have met their God on the day of Ashura – even before their martyrdom! Karbala is thursina and those who left in Karbala has met their God by being 'Ashiqin (the lovers).
The secret of Tawhid (monotheism) is in Karbala. The key to meet God is only Karbala. Karbala is Mount Thur. If you want to know God, to see and meet Him, it is only through the secret of Karbala. In the tent of Husein, the secrets will be revealed. But in order to meet Husein, we have first must gain the permission from his mother – Fathimah! And always remember, Karbala is the valley for those who have proclaimed said "Bala" (refer al-A'raaf 7:172)
All knowledge, makrifat, all concepts are just idols - except in the tent of al-Husein,. The sun from within the cocoon is just an imagination, and the God, the infallibles from outside of the tent is also waham (imagination). By then, 'Allah' that we have in our mind and that we believe in our faith is not more than a mere picture puzzle; completed by arranging all the pieces we have created by our own limited knowledge - and God the infinity has been 'conquered' by a mere concept and a concept is forever unreal. The concept has then become an idol, and during that time, we are worshiping the idol of Allah – Not the haqiqat of Allah.
The truth (haqiqat) is only within the khemah (tent) of Husein. However, we cannot enter into the khemah of Husein with the idols within us, we cannot meet God by carrying all the idols at our backs. Thus, break all the idols that we have created regarding Allah, the infallibles, the religion – that's the first step. How…?
It is when Ali is inside you, you will be purified from all those impurity. Bring Ali inside, by the act of tabarra…. No tabarra, no Wilayah.
Of Commiting Sin
According to Allamah Tabaththabaie r.a, ismah or protection of sin is one type of knowledge. It is not merely a miracle or merely a gift. But off course, to one extent ismah is a blessing and a gift. I would say ismah can be of two type – gift and knowledge. About ismah being knowledge, we should now share a knowledge which can motivate us get rid of sinning.
Since Fathimah s.a is the divider or separator between good and evil, then only she able to give permission to who that are allowed and who are not to get into the blessed house of her's. She is the separator of zhulm and evil, she is the protector of Iman and Haq. She is our mother, and she loves us more than our biological mothers do toward us. That's why she sacrificed her holy cheek to be slapped, and her rib to be broken defending al-Haq, which in the later days, we were all benefited form her sacrification. And she should be reason for our good deed, and the reason of our rejection of sinning. I will explain it to you.
Hazrat Fathimah s.a is the filter who distinguishes those who can from those who cannot enter her house to gain the benfit of associating with Maula Ali and Ahlul Bait a.s. If we were selected, insha Allah, the secret of life, of Ahlul Bayt, of amaal become easy for us to accept and to understand. Heart is the most important organ in our body. It is the leader of our every each and single action, the leader of our body, it's the place of Kafir and Iman, munafiq and mukmin. A man's heart - It is actually a house; home and shelter to those you brought inside, and they dwell inside it. Whosoever got the biggest portion inside it, control us. Our heart is (as mentioned earlier) a house and it is actually the house of Nubuwwah, house of Khanum Hazrat Zahra s.a. In one hadith, Imam Sadiq a.s said that Imams are the light the dwell inside our heart. It is only us that didnt realise it.
Ahlul Bayt dwell inside their mother's house - the house of Khanum Hazrat Zahra s.a. Imam a.s said that never think that your heart is small as the world inside our heart is actually so big! To relate to this subject of discussion, let just focus to Imam Sadiq a.s hadith, "Every day is Asyura every place is Karbala." Ghadir, Saqifah, Karbala happened not only during their time, but happened everyday - in our heart, the bigger world. Now, that we have known that our heart is the house of Khanum Hazrat Zahra s.a, so let Hazrat Fathimah to reside inside it. Clean all the unpurified from inside it. Make it the best place for her.
Now come to another important hadith " نحن اصل كل خير و من فروعنا كل بر"We (Ahlul Bayt ) are the base of all good things and all goodness originates of us and Monotheism originates of goodness.وعدونا اصل كل شر و من فروعهم گل قبيح و فاحشة And our enemies are the base of all evils and every obscene and indecent acts originate of them and fornication and backbiting and so on originate of obscene acts."
Beside of the whole hadith itself, please focus to the word "Our enemies are the base of all evils." Who was the biggest enemy of Ahlul Bayt a.s? Yes, who else! Hes the no.1 mastermind behind all the conspiracies against Ahlul Bayt a.s through out time – And yes! Who else if it is not Umar (la)?!
When we still sinning, we are still associating with the enemies of Ahlul Bayt a.s."Allah has not made for any man two hearts in his (one) body" (Al-Ahzab, 4) Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib said:"The love of the Ahl ul Bayt can never coexist with allegiance to their enemies, because there are not two hearts in one breast. He who is a friend of our enemies is not our friend, even if he claims to be attached with us, nor do we accept him as our ally and follower."
If we commit sin, means we are associating ourselves with Umar (la), the most viscious enemy of Ahlul Bayt a.s. No way can Hazrat Zahra a.s be inside a house where Umar (la) is residing. The reason I say this is because, if Ahlul Bayt is inside of our hearts, then they will rule our heart to the goodness thus leaves no way for our actions to become wrong; in another word - We wont sin. But if the ruler of our heart is the enemies of Ahlul Bayt a.s, then it will eventually depicted in our bad actions for the enemy of Ahlul Bayt the base of allevils! If we still associate ourselves with Umar (la), we have actually let Umar (la) to act beyond control, slap our holy mother's cheek, and break her holy rib! We have then associated ourselves with Umar (la) expelling her out of her own house and instead, bring Umar (la) in! How can Imam Zaman ajf be among us when the time we are all calling for him is the same time we are backing Umar (la) to slap and hurt his beloved purified mother!? If we sinning, we hurt Ahlul Bayt a.s, thus, we are not their followers.
By now, we should have understood to whom our hearts belong to. The qalb (heart) is the house of the ruler. Imam can only be reached by the power of heart. How many people have the chance to live around Imams but how many of them were truly recognized them the way we (human) supposed to? Imams recognized only by those whose hearts have been tested by Iman (faith) and passed the test. And Allah too, could only be reached via the medium of heart. Therefore, our heart is the 'house of God'. If you want to find God, go find Him 'inside' of his house.
."Why Nabi Ibrahim a.s has destroyed all those idols stored inside the temple of the king but left the biggest one stand still?"
"He that doeth Hasanah (good) shall have ten times as much to his credit: He that doeth evil shall only be recompensed according to his evil: no wrong shall be done unto (any of) them." (al-An'aam 6:169)
Why 10? why not more than ten? Hasanah is Wilayah of Amirul Mukminin Ali (Tafsir Burhan, interpretation of verse 6:169; Amuli Syeikh Saduq, vol.2, p.107), and for those who carry out Wilayah of Ali, he will be given 10 = 10 of Muharram - Ashura. As i told you, the secret of God is in Karbala! If you want to find God, it is only through Karbala.
We understand that Nabi ibrahim has left the biggest idol despite of other idols that he had broke down. A mockery, yes indeed! and as in one dimension, yes its true. At the end Ibrahim has his points proved that human-made-idols has no power not to even defend themselves. . Now let history tells us and the secret revealed to why Hazrat Ibrahim didnt destroy the biggest idol.
As we’ve been discussed earlier, our heart is the blessed house of Hazrat Fathimah s.a, the house of Nubuwwah and so holy that it is also as the house of God. Our heart is sacred, and it is the land - the earth where rain is pouring (our tears) upon, fertilizes it, grows it into a beautiful garden, full of roses and sweet fragrance, butterflies came and dwell around.
Suddenly, the pouring rain stops, the earth became a barren land - scorching hot, becoming less useful, thorny plants started to grow, turning into valley of death…………….
The Sacred land of Mecca was once a barren land. When Prophet Ismael - the great ancestors of Rasulullah (s.a.a.w) came over, the spring of Zam Zam spurt out, birds fly over and people came from all around to this new-created pond, quenching their thirst away. The once barren land is fast becoming the valley of life. Then, sacred house was raised up, and it was raised up by the same man, same hands, who was, in his younger age years previously, had demolished the idols of one of the greatest temple on earth.
Year goes by, day and week and month racing to replace each other. Reputation of this big town of Mecca precedes time. People came from all part of the world to this place, to get the share of rahmat (blessings), and in return, share with the land their loves. They have possessed such a great level in the eyes of God as they are becoming the God’s guess of honour.
Then, propethehood was long forgotten, polytheist taking over. The once revered house of God was then decorated and filled up with multi idols ornaments. The Kaabah which the foundation had been raised up by the hands of the same man who breaks the Idols in the temple of the King, now had been defiled with 360 gods of wood and stone. Had he still still alive then, he would again do the same thing he did in the greatst temple on the earth. But the pagans have taken over the whole valley of god. They valley of monotheist has turned into the valley of polytheist.
In the yar 8 AH, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and His purified Family) went on his journey to conquer Mecca. When His Holiness entered the sacred house, he destroyed all the idols that symbolized deity. The Meccans looked on aghast, Muhammad with strokes of stick held in his holy hand, smashed down the idols which lay in the lower cavities of the walls. The grand idol, Hubal, in particular the idol most treasured by the Meccans, a giant statue; treated as a male deity by the pagans of Makkah was fixed on a high position, beyond reach.
Then the Holy Prophet asked Ali to mount his holy shoulders to reach it and destroy it. Ali then climbed onto the shoulders of the Holy Prophet, stood upon it and pulled the heavy and gigantic Hubal from its high place and knocked it down to the floor where it crashed to pieces. The Prophet then recited: Truth has come and falsehood has been banished and falsehood is certainly doomed to banishment. (Surah Isra 17:81). End of the story.
Man’s heart is sacred, “The heart of Mukmin is the Arsh (Throne) of ar-Rahman.” (al-Hadith). It is the blessed house of Fathimah, and the house of revelation. And just like The Kaabah as the House of God, the heart of Mukmin is the Throne of ar-Rahman. Therefore, the heart of a man is exclusively owned by Him. Unfortunately, just like the House of God (Kaabah), our hearts have been defiled with idols. The idols are the form of desire, lust, hatred, hypocricy…and the biggest idol is Ananiyyah (the act of one loving him/herself and make himself as the biggest priority over all). “Our enemies are the base of all evils.” The enemies of Ahlul Bayt is the foundation of Ananiyyah – (Ananiyyah is among the biggest reason of rejecting the truth). Iblis was looking at his own self in front of Adam, saying “Ana (I) was made of fire..”
Ananiyyah is the biggest problem that we have within ourselves. Imam Khomeini said in one of his book that ananiyyah is the biggest idol in oneself.
If we able to put away ananiyyah within ourselves, then we would meet our Rabb. For those who recognized his own self, he would recognize his Rabb.
And we would meet our Imam.
We can pray, we can fast, we can perform as many deeds as we want, but, just remember, as long as we worship Allah along with idols within our hearts, we are not actually a true monetheist.
Nabi Ibrahim has destroyed all the idols, but left the biggest idol unhurt.
Rasulullah destroyed all the idols on the ground level of Kaabah, but his holliness also left the biggest one untouched.
It is only Only Ali the one who can break the biggest idols. He finished the job left by his great ancestors (Nabi Ibrahim), because only him (Ali) who is able to do it!
Sunni - they accept Rasulullah s.a.a.w but abandon and deny Ali's rights. Whoever abandon Ali, they will never succeed. If one thinking of getting closer to God, one must has never associate God with anything else, thus, on the path of meeting God and our amaal acepted by Him, we must first becoming a true monotheist. Only Ahlul Bayt can bring us towards monotheism, there will no other way - never!
Only the true follower of Ahlul Bayt is the true monotheist as one hadith says: نحن اصل كل خير و من فروعنا كل بر “We (Ahlul Bayt) are the base of all good things and all goodness originates of us and Monotheism originates of goodness.”
(Al-Kafi, Biharul Anwar, Wasilul Syiah, Ta’wil Aayat)
Only through Ali and Ahlul Bayt can a man become a true monotheist. Only them who can dispel all the idols inside of our hearts. The First step is that we must learn to distinguish a friend from an enemy. We must keep our heart a safe place for Ahlul Bayt, away from their enemies.
The problem is, who is Ahlul Bayt? Who are their enemies? Are they the same as to what we have in our mind regarding them? Or is that what actually we are thinking all this while about Ahlul bayt is not actually true? A Fake remedy is indeed a poison. The reason we keep on sinning and dispel Hazrat Mahdi away is because we don’t know about Ahlul Bayt and not recognizing them the right way. Without knowing their rights, we have actually became Ahlul Bayt’s enemies and we have actually became a polytheist.
I have here with me ‘Meshkat’. It contains the secrets of Ahlul Bayt. It is neither an ancient scripture nor a book we can get anywhere in a book shop. It is mentioned in it that the first step is TABARRA (rejecting), then TAWALLA (making friend with). You can not find out who is actually friend when you can’t first recognize the enemy.
عَلِیُّ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِیمَ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ عَنِ ابْنِ مُسْکَانَ عَنْ اَبِی عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ نَحْنُ اَصْلُ کُلِّ خَیْرٍ وَ مِنْ فُرُوعِنَا کُلُّ بِرٍّ فَمِنَ الْبِرِّ التَّوْحِیدُ وَ الصَّلَاهُ وَ الصِّیَامُ وَ کَظْمُ الْغَیْظِ وَ الْعَفْوُ عَنِ الْمُسِیءِ وَ رَحْمَهُ الْفَقِیرِ وَ تَعَهُّدُ الْجَارِ وَ الْإِقْرَارُ بِالْفَضْلِ لِاَهْلِهِ وَ عَدُوُّنَا اَصْلُ کُلِّ شَرٍّ وَ مِنْ فُرُوعِهِمْ کُلُّ قَبِیحٍ وَ فَاحِشَهٍ فَمِنْهُمُ الْکَذِبُ وَ الْبُخْلُ وَ النَّمِیمَهُ وَ الْقَطِیعَهُ وَ اَکْلُ الرِّبَا وَ اَکْلُ مَالِ الْیَتِیمِ بِغَیْرِ حَقِّهِ وَ تَعَدِّی الْحُدُودِ الَّتِی اَمَرَ اللَّهُ وَ رُکُوبُ الْفَوَاحِشِ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا وَ مَا بَطَنَ وَ الزِّنَا وَ السَّرِقَهُ وَ کُلُّ مَا وَافَقَ ذَلِکَ مِنَ الْقَبِیحِ فَکَذَبَ مَنْ زَعَمَ اَنَّهُ مَعَنَا وَ هُوَ مُتَعَلِّقٌ بِفُرُوعِ غَیْرِنَا
“We (Ahlul Bayt) are the base of all good things and all goodness originates of us and Monotheism (tawheed) and Salaat and fast and hajj and enjoining the lawful and forbidding the sinful acts originate of goodness……And our enemies are the base of evils. and every obscene and indecent acts originate of them…..”
الکافی ۸ ۲۴۲ حدیث القباب ..... ص : ۲۳۱
وسایلالشیعه ۲۷ ۷۰ ۷- باب وجوب الرجوع فی جمیع الاحکام
بحارالانوار ۲۴ ۳۰۳ باب ۶۶- انهم الصلاه و الزکاه و الحج
تاویلالآیات ۲۲ مقدمه المولف ..... ص : ۲۰