The concept of a heaven (persian: pardis), hell, the devil, and a messiah are all adapted from Zoroastrianism. In Sunni Islam, there is no concept of a messiah, while in shi'a Islam, the 12th imam hid to escape/avoid persecution and we shi'a believe that he will return as a messiah.
This is another way that shiism is closer to Christianity than Sunni Islam is, because Christians believe in the return of Jesus.
so i'm not sure if you're the right person to ask but like,, who is Laal Qalandar? I hear his (His?) name a lot in a Sufi songs and even in some Bollywood songs like 'mast, mast, mast Qalandar'. Also, is Shi'a very popular in Pakistan/Western India? I hear Ali's (A) name a lot in a lot of songs as well too
Laal Qalandar, although that’s not his name, is a popular Sufist who traveled the Islamic world 800 years ago, he’s extremely popular in the South Asian culture for his Sufist poetry. The Shi'a belief of Islam was exported due to the severe persecution at the hands of the caliphates, when the Shi'is migrated and settled in South Asia, the Shi'i belief flourished and things seemed to go well until the Sunni Warlords decided to expand their empires and take over the South Asian region where Sufi traditions crystalized and interacted with Shi’i and Hindu customs, Laal Qalandar is one of the most notorious Sufi poets who even left a great legacy behind, even for the Shi’as.
Shi'a culture in the South Asian continent is sometimes intertwined with South Asian culture and are therefore unique from the rest of Shi'as of the world. Shi'as in Pakistan and India are notorious for their unique enthusiasm and spiritual devotion to the Prophet and his Progeny, however, some of that enthusiasm has led to some extreme Azadari customs. But to sum it up concisely, Shi'as in the South Asian world are very much influenced by their land’s culture and customs. Sufism and Shi'ism in South Asia are sometimes intermingled with each other due to their striking similarities in terms of their love for Imam Ali (a), many Sufis trace their origin back to Imam Ali (a) hence why they place him in a particular revered position. In fact, there are two cities named Hyderabad in Pakistan and India respectively that are named after Imam Ali (a) (Haider was a nicknamed for Imam Ali that meant “Lion”). It is interesting to know that Shi'a Islam has left such an influence in the region that Imam Ali (a) and Imam Hussain (a) were revered even outside of their religious belief with Hindus partaking in Ashura rituals with the Shi'as.
So it’s interesting to know that the Shi’as have historically enjoyed a very close relationship with the Hindu community.
There has also been a tradition (although whether this tradition is true or not I’m not sure) that there was a Hindu - or a man from India, since the term Hindu did not exist at that time - who had helped Imam Hussain (a) in the Battle of Karbala.
As salamu alaikum, sister I am a Sunni Muslim and I'm interested in learning more about what Shi'a Islam is about and their beliefs. I did my own research and now I believe Hazrat Ali RA should have been the correct successor to Muhammad saw but I still have a lot of questions which I would like answers to before I convert to Shi'a Islam.
Peace be upon you too!
And Subhan'Allah, Allah is great.
I’m very happy to know this, azizam. If you could please come off anon and I’ll be happy to help out out! However, I recommend you message @twe1ver2 since he’s patient enough (and im not ☹️) and has handled these situations before so several questions you’d like answers to, I’m sure he has written them before!
I pray Allah swt grants you beneficial knowledge that will help you attain His nearness and keeps you away from anything that will harm your Deen and take you away from Him 😌🙌🏻
Do not follow blindly he who may be dressed in the image of a scholar, even if he may seem to present the image of scholarship for even Satan and his cohorts wore turbans and claimed scholarship. Hence, we ought to make sure that ever word that is uttered is place on the scale in order to distinguish it from falsehood by seeing what the Holy Household has said, the tradition of the Prophet and his Family.
Hosay or Tadjah is a West Indian commemoration, in which multi-colored model mausoleums are paraded, then ritually offered up to the sea, or any body of water. Some contemporary writers equate the multi-colored mausoleums with “mosques.” In British Guiana, now Guyana, and Suriname, the festival was called Taziya or creolized into Tadjah in reference to these floats, the most visible and decorative element of this festival.
The Hosay celebration is a Caribbean manifestation of the Shi'a Muslim Remembrance of Muharram. Though once celebrated by all Indo-Caribbean peoples, it observance is currently limited to parts of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. The name Hosay comes from the name of Imam Husayn (the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) who was assassinated by Yazid in Karbala. Imam Husayn’s martyrdom is commemorated in the festival. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is primarily celebrated in Saint James, in northwestern Trinidad, and in Cedros, in southwestern Trinidad. Recently, it has been revived elsewhere on the island as well. In Jamaica, in the past, each parish celebrated Hosay, but today it is primarily observed in Clarendon, where it is celebrated each August.
The Remembrance of Muharram was brought to the Caribbean by Shi'a Muslims who emigrated from India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. However, it has, from the beginning, been attended by both non-Shi'a Muslims and non-Muslims as well. This interfaith aspect of Hosay has its precedent in the Muharram celebrations of Lucknow and Awadh, from where many Indo-Caribbean families can trace their ancestry. Today, Hosay has largely lost its religious association with Shi'a Islam and become an expression of Indo-Caribbean culture in general. Afro-Caribbeans and other ethnic groups also have a long tradition of participating in Hosay.
you can kinda take this as genderbend because this WIP has been sitting in my computer before Himaruya introduced “Persia”
16th century Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran! Iran (also known back then as Persia- which is derived from the Greek name of the country. Iran, however, is the ancient name that has long been used by Iranians themselves) is one of the oldest contiguous civilisations in the world- dating back to the Achaemenid Empire (also called the First Persian Empire) founded by Cyrus the Great 2500 years ago. Although the Ottomans and Safavids were both Islamic empires, they were rivals jockeying for influence in the region.
Also, Iran is mostly Shi'a Islam, whereas Turkey is majority Sunni Islam (it’s a sectarian difference like Catholic/Protestant in Christianity). While they were at loggerheads most of the time, Iranian culture greatly influenced Ottoman Turkey and also Mughal India- Ottoman fashion often followed that of the Iranian court :P Selim I was indeed a pretty accomplished poet who wrote in both Turkish and Persian- he greatly expanded the borders of the Ottoman Empire by the time of his death- and it’s under his son Suleiman the Magnificent, that the empire reached its height. Tulips seem to have first been cultivated by Iranians, and were a very popular plant in Ottoman Turkey.
Be content with what Allah has allotted for you, do not look at what others have, and do not wish for what you cannot acquire, for whoever is content will be full and whoever is not content will never be full, and take your portion of your Hereafter.