Ahlul Bayt

What does the ‘Ahlul Bayt’ mean?

Question: Can you please define the notion of the ‘Ahlul Bayt’? There is the idea that the Ahlul Bayt are five (Muhammad, Ali, Fatima, Hassan and Husayn, peace be upon them all). Then we say, the ’12 Imams of Ahlul Bayt’. Sometimes, it is suggested that Sayyeda Zeinab (a.s) or Abul Fadl al-Abbas (a.s) are

Might some Muslims reject Imam Mahdi if he doesn’t look Arab?

Question: It is said that Jews of Medina rejected the Holy Prophet partly because he wasn’t from them,

Did some Imams of Ahlul Bayt have dark skin colour?

Question: From one of your lectures, my understanding is that about 7 Imams of Ahlul Bayt (a.s) had African mothers, and that our Imams were deliberately marrying them to break the widespread racist thoughts and teach people that piety is what truly matters. In our narrations, do we get a sense of the appearance of

Is saying ‘Labbayk Ya Husayn’ a form of shirk (polytheism)?

Question: I am still learning about my religion. I saw an image that read ‘Ya Husayn’. Someone told me that this is a form of shirk (polytheism). That person explained to me that ‘Ya Husayn’ is shirk because it is a call to other than Allah (swt), and the Shia intend with this call to

Did Imam Husayn leave behind a sick daughter named Fatima in Medina?

Question: Just regarding the story of Fatima al-‘Alilah which is commonly mentioned during the majlis ‘azaa (mourning ceremonies) of Imam Husayn (a.s), is this a historically sound incident or not? I am referring to the story in which Imam Husayn (a.s) apparently leaves behind an ill daughter in Medina. Did this incident actually take place

Meaning of Prophets admitting they don’t have knowledge of Unseen?

Question: What does it mean when Prophets and Imams admit that they do not have knowledge of the

Is Arbaeen walk to Karbala an innovation?

Question By the Grace of God I have been going for the Arbaeen walk in the last few years but recently a very disturbing and confusing video has been forwarded to me showing a public speaker who calls the walk a carnival and an innovation similar to Salat-al- Tarawih. He said this is an innovation

What does ‘Salawaat’ on Prophet Muhammad & his family mean?

Question: What does Salawaat mean, and why does it hold such a high importance in our faith? Answer: The Almighty Allah (SWT) orders in the Holy Qur’an all believers to join Him and the angles in sending Salaam and Salawaat to the Holy Prophet (SAW): إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا “Verily,

Was Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha a pedophilic relationship?

Question: A friend of mine is very anti-Islam and has a very negative attitude towards Islam and Muslims. One of his arguments is about the age of Aisha, one of the Prophet’s wives. He says that she was only 9 years old when the Prophet Muhammad married her, while he was much older, and hence

When is the date that Sayyeda Ma’soomah of Qum passed away?

Question: Is the date of the passing away of Sayyeda Fatima al-Ma’soomah of Qum (a.s) – the sister of the 8th holy Imam (a.s) – on the 4th of Rabi ul Awwal or some other date? Answer: About the year of the passing away of Fatima al-Ma’soomah (a.s) there is no dispute that it was