With the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan, laws relating to fasting are once again brought to the forefront of our minds. Now, His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani (may Allah protect him) latest rulings on fasting and spiritual retreat from this second edition can be quickly and easily accessed here.
Shias on social media faced a mini-viral syndrome following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Aal e Saud of Saudi Arabia. Traditions predicting that the time of the Re-Appearance of our Imam (atfs) were being posted, liked, shared and re-tweeted everywhere.
However, the natural question was: How authentic are such hadith? Can we really pick on one event as a signifying the beginning of the End of Times?
Ask an Alim – a Q&A platform jointly hosted by The World Federation & Africa Federation – was the ideal place to present such queries and have them answered. Check out what our scholar has to say on these questions:
- Can we consider the death of King Abdullah of Saudi as one of the signs of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (atfs)? What is our responsibility in this regard? Read answer
- What is the authenticity of the hadith narrating: ‘Whoever guarantees the death of Abdullah, I guarantee him the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (as)?’ Read answer
As I sat in the Haram of Bibi Masuma (AS) listening to the moving and heart rending confessions to the Holy Lady (AS), given by brother Amin, I couldn’t stop thinking how lucky I was to be amongst the chosen few to shed a tear out of love of Sayyida Masuma (AS).
“God, His angels and all those in Heavens and on Earth, even ants in their hills and fish in the water, call down blessings on those who instruct others in beneficial knowledge.” – The Holy Prophet (s)