Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Shia Islam (Arabic: شيعة Shī‘ah, sometimes spelled Shi'a), is the second largest denomination of Islam, after Sunni Islam. The followers of Shia Islam are called Shi'as but are also known as Shiites or Shi'ites. "Shia" is the short form of the historic phrase Shī‘atu ‘Alī (شيعة علي), meaning "the followers of Ali" or "the faction of Ali".
Similar to other schools of thought in Islam, Shia Islam is based on the teachings of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an and the message of the final prophet of Islam, Muhammad. In contrast to other schools of thought, Shia Islam holds that Muhammad's family, the Ahl al-Bayt ("the People of the House"), and certain individuals among his descendants, who are known as Imams, have special spiritual and political authority over the community. Shia Muslims further believe that Ali, Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, was the first of these Imams and was the rightful successor to Muhammad and thus reject the legitimacy of the first three caliphs. Shias have come to account for roughly one-tenth of the Muslim population worldwide.
Although there were several Shia branches through history, nowadays Shi'a Islam is divided into three main branches. The largest Shia sect in the early 21st century is the Ithnā ʿAshariyyah, commonly referred to in English as the Twelvers. Twelvers constitute the majority of the population in Iran, Azerbaijan, Bahrain,, and Iraq. Countries with a significant minority of Shia are Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Oman and Yemen. Other smaller branches include the Ismaili and Zaidi, who dispute the Twelver lineage of Imams and beliefs.
The Shia Islamic faith is vast and inclusive of many different groups. There are various Shia theological beliefs, schools of jurisprudence, philosophical beliefs, and spiritual movements. Shi'a Islam embodies a completely independent system of religious interpretation and political authority in the Muslim world. The Shi'a identity emerged during the lifetime of Muhammad, and Shia theology was formulated in the second century. The first Shi'a governments and societies were established by the end of the third century (after Hijra).
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Shimr Ibn Thil-Jawshan was a soldier in the Ummayad army during the battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq that occurred in the year 680 AD. He was the maternal uncle of Abbas ibn Ali.
In battle, he was responsible for beheading Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad. He was also instrumental in pillaging the camp of Husayn after raising his head on a post to declare his victory.
Although the apparent battle was won by the sadistic beheading, where Shimr began beheading the grandson of Muhammad. Shimr and his camp continued to pilliage the camp of Husayn which was only left with women and children and Husayn's son who was ill, and few belongings of no value. The army of Yazid then continued to ruthlessly drag this camp from Iraq to Syria by foot tied together with ropes.
This event, which occurred on the 10th day of the month of Muharram (October 10, 680), is known as Ashura and is commemorated by Muslims all over the world in different ways.
The battle of Karbala was prompted by Yazid ibn Muawiya's quest to obtain power over the Muslim world, which interestingly enough Husayn bin Ali expressed no interest in obtaining for himself. Lanat Ber Shimar was dushmanan e Ailbait
he has cut his forehead
an oath fulfilled in blood
that he shed..
he wears black
his moment of grief
the color red
droplets like a little
flowing from his head
in his mothers womb
crypted embedded spread
his faith in ahle bayth alive
tied like an umbilical cord
to karbala with a silken thread
in memory of an Imam
they the followers of a Yazidi Islam
no ordinary human head
head of the beloved grandson
of the Holy Prophet instead
shiasm not just a sect in Islam
but Truth that could not be strangulated
a thought widespread of a purebred
a sciptured Inheritance of Qum Al Ghadeer
Man Kunto Maulah
they knew but never said
to the ignorant illiterate unread
with money lies
the entire ummah they misled
now on a path of yazidiyat
like their forefathers they tread
sabotaging brotherhood and peace
with some more bloodshed
Barrister Murtuza Lakha Has Left For His Heavenly Home, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
My son informed me just now that barrister Murtuza Lakha expired today I can hardly believe it he was a devout Shia and a powerful Shia orator too.
He was very fond of both my sons Asif and Saif.
I offer my condolences to his family and pray God give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss .
May his Soul Rest in Peace
from the net
Barrister Murtaza Lakha An internationally renowned speaker and author on Islamic matters; has been giving lectures worldwide for over 20 years. He is a retired barrister in London after having been in practice for over 45 years. He now devotes most of his time to lecturing and writing on Islam, particularly in relation to the understanding of the Shia Ithnaisheri perspective. He has been a long-standing advocate of interfaith dialogue and engagement.
every time i tell myself
i wont shoot hijras
my cosmic time
on some other
but my fucked luck
i find them waiting
for me round the bend
i am marked i am stalked
my tryst with hijras
will never end
a message i send
hijras are human
we must befriend
as humans in society
let them blend
more than anything
they need you as
The Barefeet Blogger and The Hijda In The Train, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1.
i dont stalk hijras
but they stalk my soul
hijra as humanity
is this cosmic street
life is such
you get fucked
on either side
of a hole
or a giant
that in the shadow
of the night
article 377 stole
I am perhaps the only Muslim shooting Lalbaugh Chya Raja for over 20 years or more ,,thanks to Mr Sudhir Salvi head honcho of the Mandal.....
Shah-e-Mardan Sher-e-Yazdan Quwat-e-Parwardigar Lafata Ila Ali La Saif Ila Zulfiqar , originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1 ....
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banake Yeh Haseen Tajmahal Ham Gareebon Ki Mohabbat Ka Udaya Hai Mazak.. , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Fli...
Insan Ko Bedar Ho Lene Do Har Qaum Pukaregi Hamare Hain Hussain , a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.