N e w s L e t t e r o f H u s s a i n i a s s o c i a t i o n o f C a l g a r y, C a n a d a
Al Al-- HuJjat (ATFs)
Al-Hujjat (atfs) Vol.1 –Issue No 1 - April 2013/Jumad’al-Ula/Thani 1434
Message from president In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful Salaam-un-Alykum, We have taken on more responsibilities and tasks as an Executive team for the betterment of our community & youth. May our aspiration be realised and may we be able to face new challenges & act on them successfully. I am proud to present the Hussaini Association of Calgary’s inaugural newsletter publication for our community members.I pray this newsletter is a source of guidance and information for those who wish to know more about the activities at our Islamic Center.If you have comments or suggestions,the Hussainia Excecutive’s are open to accepting them in order to ensure the newsletter will remain a successful enterprise. Thank you and happy reading! Respectfully, Riyaz Khawaja
Fatima(SA): The PART of Prophet(pbuh) To remember Ahlul Bait (as) in our daily lives is one of the characteristics of Shia. The Month of Jumad’alThani brings us to remember the Leader of the Women of the Worlds, Bibi Fatima (sa). Fatima (sa) is a female created by Allah (swt) to be a sign of His marvelous and unprecedented might. For, The Almighty Lord created Muhammad (S) as a sign of His might among prophets; and created from him his daughter Fatima Zahra (sa) to be a sign of His ability to create a female possessing all moral excellence and talents. In fact, Allah Almighty bestowed Fatima (sa) with a vast share of greatness and a high level of majesty, which no other woman can ever claim to have reached.
Holy Prophet (S) said: “Fatima (sa) is piece of my flesh; who so angers her, angers me.” Reference: Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 5 Page 26
She is Fatima Zahra (sa) whom Allah praises, and is "satisfied with her satisfaction, and is angered when she is angered." And the Messenger of Allah (S) commends her nobility and meritorious personality, while Imam Ali (as) looks to her with respect and admiration and the holy Imams of Ahlul Bait (as) sanctify and venerate her. Fatima (sa) is a Lady, who as mankind advances in the understanding and realization of facts and secrets, the greatness of her personality will become more apparent, and the deep meanings and characteristics of her actions will be more appreciated. In th is iss ue : Jannat-ul-Baqi: A Historical Perspective
EVENTS AT A GLANCE 2
Current Projects at Hussaini Calgary/Sunday School news
Islamic Calendar & Salat Timing
Quiz for Children
3 Jumad’al Thani Shahadat Hazrat Fatima Zahra (sa)
Majalis-e-Shahadat @ Hussainia On 12-14th April– Moulana Agha Mehdi Ali Will Be The Guest Speaker
Last date to enroll for Al-Hujjat Camp Family Camp 6th-8th September Limited Space– Contact Executives to reserve a spot!
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Jannat-ul-Baqi: A Historical Perspective The Origins of Al-Baqi Literally "al-Baqi" means a tree garden. It is also known as "Jannat-ul-Baqi" due to its sanctity, since in it are buried many of our Prophet's relatives and companions. The first companion buried in al-Baqi was Uthman b. Madhoon who died on the 3rd of Sha'ban in the 3rd year of Hijrah. The Prophet (s) ordered certain trees to be felled, and in its midst, he buried his dear companion, placing two stones over the grave. On the following years, the Prophet's son Ibrahim, who died in infancy and over whom the Prophet (s) wept bitterly, was also buried there. The people of Madina then began to use that site for the burial of their own dead, because the Prophet (s) used to greet those who were buried in al-Baqi by saying, "Peace be upon you, O abode of the faithful! God willing, we should soon join you. O' Allah, forgive the fellows of al-Baqi". The site of the burial ground at al-Baqi was gradually extended. Nearly seven thousand companions of the Holy Prophet (s) were buried there, not to mention On 8th Shawwal, Wednesday, in those of the Ahlul Bayt (as). Imam Hasan b. Ali (as), Imam Ali b. al-Husayn (as), Bibi Fatima (sa) Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (as), and Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (as) were the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925), mausoleums in Jannatul-ul-Baqi all buried there. Among other relatives of the Prophet (s) who were buried at al(Madina) were demolished by King Baqi are: his aunts Safiya and Aatika, and his aunt Fatima bint al-Asad, the mother Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. of Imam Ali (as). The third caliph Uthman was buried outside al-Baqi, but with later extensions, his grave was included in the area. In later years, great Muslim In the same year (1925), he also scholars like Malik bin Anas and many others, were buried there too. Thus, did al- demolished the tombs of holy Baqi become a well-known place of great historic significance to all Muslims. personages at Jannat-ul-Mualla (Makkah) where the Holy Prophet
The First Destruction of Al-Baqi (s)'s mother, wife, grandfather and From 1205 AH to 1217 AH, the Wahhabis made several attempts to gain a other ancestors are buried. foothold in Hijaz but failed. Finally, in 1217 AH, they somehow emerged victorious in Taif where they spilled the innocent blood of Muslims. In 1218 AH, Destruction of sacred sites in Hijaz they entered Makkah and destroyed all sacred places and domes there, including by the Saudi Wahhabis continues the one which served as a canopy over the well of Zamzam. even today. According to scholars In 1221, the Wahhabis entered Madina to desecrate al-Baqi as well as every what is happening in Hijaz is mosque they came across. An attempt was even made to demolish the Prophet's actually a conspiracy plotted by tomb, but for one reason or another, the idea was abandoned. In subsequent years, the Jews against Islam, under the Muslims from Iraq, Syria, and Egypt were refused entry into Makkah for Hajj. guise of Tawheed. The idea is to King Al-Saud set a pre-condition that those who wished to perform the pilgrimage eradicate the Islamic legacy and would have to accept Wahhabism or else be branded as non-Muslims, becoming heritage and to systematically ineligible for entry into the Haram. remove all its vestiges so that in the Al-Baqi was razed to the ground, with no sign of any grave or tomb whatsoever. days to come, Muslims will have no But the Saudis were still not quite satisfied with doing all of that. Their king affiliation with their religious ordered three black attendants at the Prophet's shrine to show him where the history. treasure of valuable gifts were stored. The Wahhabis plundered the treasure for their own use. In 1818 AD, the Ottaman Caliph Abdul Majid and his successors, Caliphs Abdul Hamid and Mohammed, carried out the reconstruction of all sacred places, restoring the Islamic heritage at all important sites. In 1848 and 1860 AD, further renovations were made at the expense of nearly seven hundred thousand pounds, most of which came from the donations collected at the Prophet's tomb. The second plunder by the Wahhabis 1924 AD Wahhabis entered Hijaz for a second time and carried out another merciless plunder and massacre. People in streets were killed. Houses were razed to the ground. Women and children too were not spared. Awn bin Hashim (Shairf of Makkah) writes: "Before me, a valley appeared to have been paved with corpses, dried blood staining everywhere all around. There was hardly a tree which didn't have one or two dead bodies near its roots." 1925 Madina surrendered to the Wahhabi onslaught. All Islamic heritage were destroyed. The only shrine that remained intact was that of the Holy Prophet (s). Ibn Jabhan says: "We know that the tomb standing on the Prophet's grave is against our principles, and to have his grave in a mosque is an abominable sin." Tombs of Hamza and other martyrs were demolished at Uhud. The Prophet's mosque was bombarded. On protest by Muslims, assurances were given by Ibn Saud that it will be restored but the promise was never fulfilled. A promise was given that Hijaz will have an Islamic multinational government. This was also abandoned. 1925 AD Jannat-ul-Mu'alla, the sacred cemetery at Makkah was destroyed along with the house where the Holy Prophet (s) was born. Since then, this day is a day of mourning for all Muslims. Is it not strange that the Wahhabis find it offensive to have the tombs, shrines and other places of importance preserved, while the remains of their Saudi kings are being guarded at the expense of millions of dollars? Page 2
Upgra ding System
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Installing new central vacuum system
Jum’a Prayers/ Ladies Majlis– Bibi Fatima(s.a)
New Pulpit (mimber) & new podium
Repairing floor and installing new carpets
Upgrading Partition for main hall.
Al-Asr summer vacation programme for the Youth to Iraq & Iran
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Jum’a prayer/ Majlis
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3rd Annual (HAC)
Al-Hujjat Family Camp: 6th-8th September 2013
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*Note: Hijri Dates May Change Due To Moon Sightings*
Sunday School at hussainia Sunday Islamic School is open every Sunday at Hussainia from 10:30 am to 3 pm. We encourage all parents to send their children to learn Quran, Basic Islamic rules and values. Sunday, April 14th 2013 (SPECIAL DISCUSSION) Moulana Agha Mehdi Ali from Maryland USA will speak to children in Sunday School .
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