Saturday, December 6, 2008

Today, the martyrdom of Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s.)

Today, the 7th of Zilhajj, the day of shahadat of our 5th Imam, hadhrat Imam Mohammad Baqir (a.s.). He was born in 57th year of hijrat in Madinah on the 1st of Rajab. He spent 4 years of his life in presence of Imam Husain (a.s.). His Imamat period was during the khilafat tenure of 4 Bani Ummayah Caliphs, Waleed ibne Abdul Malik, Suleman ibne Abdul Malik, Umar ibne Abdul Aziz and Yazid ibne Abdul Malik. He was poisoned by the caliph Hisham ibne Abdul Malik in year 114th of hijrat.
We give condolence to the Imam of the time, Hadhrat Imam Mahdi (a.s.) on the martyrdom of his fore-father, Imam Baqir (a.s.).

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) once said to one of his companions:
"O Jabir it is not enough that a person says; I am a Shiah and I love the Prophet (SAW) and the Prophet's family and the Imams. By Allah, a Shiah is the one who is perfectly pious and obedient to Allah's commands. Anyone else is not a Shiah no matter how much they say they love Hazrat Ali (AS) and no matter what they call themselves.
O Jabir Our Shiahs are known by these signs:
(a) They are truthful, trustworthy and loyal;
(b) They always remember Allah;
(c) They offer their prayers, observe fasts, and recite Qur'an;
(d) They help their neighbors, take care of orphans, and say nothing but good of people;
(e) They act nicely towards their parents;
(f) They are worthy of peoples trust and confidence.

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