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History of The Day of Ashura

The Day of Ashura marks the death anniversary of Hussain ibn Ali, a 7th century revolutionary leader who was killed in The Battle of Karbala. The Day of Ashura is mourned by millions across the world to remember Hussain’s valiant stand for social justice, against a corrupt tyrant called Yazid. Hussain ibn Ali was the grandson of Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam), born in 620 AD to a family famed for their values of love, honour and peace. Hussain was a leader who was known widely for his compassion, wisdom and integrity. Not long after the death of Muhammad, the Muslim empire had slid into political turmoil and corruption as...

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History of Shrine of Imam Ali

The gold-plated mosque shelters the tomb of Imam Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad who is revered as a martyr and a saint by Shi’ites. After the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 AD, a conflict broke out over who should succeed him as leader of Islam. Some (later called the Shi’ites) said it should be the Prophet’s descendants, while others (the Sunnis) argued that the community should choose a leader. As in all conflicts the matter was complex, but this was the essential difference that led to the separation between Shi’a and Sunni Islam that has...

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Biography of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution

On the 16th of July 1939, the future Leader of Islamic Iran was born in the holy city of Mashhad, in the province of Khorasan. On the 16th of July 1939, the future Leader of Islamic Iran was born in the holy city of Mashhad, in the province of Khorasan. Sayyed Ali was the second son of Sayyed Javad Khamenei, a humble and poor Islamic scholar who taught all members of his family how to lead a simple, humble way of life. “My father, though a well-known religious figure, was a bit of an ascetic. We had a hard...

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Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani

Ayatollah Ja‘far Sobhani (b. 1930) is a senior member of the Council of Mujtahids in the Seminary of Qom and Director of the Imam Sadiq Institute, Iran. Ayatollah Ja‘far Sobhani (b. 1930) is a senior member of the Council of Mujtahids in the Seminary of Qom and Director of the Imam Sadiq Institute, Iran. He is a well–known and highly respected contemporary religious scholar with over 80 published works to his name, covering such subjects as Qur’anic commentary, theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, and history. Among his publications are two ongoing multi–volume commentaries on the Qur’an in Arabic and Persian and his biographies of the Prophet Muhammad, Furugh–i abadiyyat (The Resplendence...

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Event of Ashura and its Worldwide Impact

Event of Ashura and Its Worldwide Impact The Day of Ashura marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossain (AS), the third Imam of Shiites and a 7th century revolutionary leader who was unjustly killed in The Battle of Karbala. The Day of Ashura is mourned by millions across the world to remember Imam Hossain (AS)’s valiant stand for social justice, against a corrupt tyrant called Yazid. Imam Hossain (AS), grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), along with his family members and companions, were martyred on the plains of Karbala after his refusal to accept the tyrant Yazid’s allegiance triggered the...

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