al ridha

“He who sits in a gathering in which our affairs (and our path and aims) are discussed and revived, his heart shall not die on the day (Day of Judgment) when hearts shall die (of fear).”

— Imam Ali al-Ridha (ع) , Bihar al Anwar vol 4 pg. 178.

My heart trembles holding this tasbih with the thought that it has simply traveled through halls and lands of those who are living proofs of Your Greatness: from Najaf al-Ashraf, to Kufa, Karbala, Kadhimain, Samarra, Mashhad, and Qom (visiting the resting places of Ali ibn Abi Talib, Amir Mukhtar, Hani ibn Urwah, Husayn ibn Ali, Abbas ibn Ali, Habib ibn Muzahir, Ganj-e-Shuhada, Hazrat Hurr, Musa al-Kadhim, Muhammad al-Jawad, Ali al-Ridha, jaddati Ali al-Hadi, Hasan al-Askari, Lady Narjis, Lady Hakeema, Lady Fatima Masooma, Tilla-e-Zaynabiyya, and the place where the present, living Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi was last said to be seen). This tasbih has traveled, has seen, has witnessed Your greatness, and has gathered the aroma of your Love…

the aroma of Your Love lingers in my dreams…

dreams - wandering in the boundless fields of Your Love, wrapped in the warmth of Your caress - renewed by Your gentle embrace - an ocean of emptiness, me reaching, You receiving - silent corridors with only echoes of my footsteps and a voice that whispers “come to me, I will find you…”

[make us among the ones who see nothing but your Love, those who will be near You and near those whom with each inhale and exhale emanate Truth, and beauty which numbs all senses and leaves souls in awe of You and only You…]

“With the advent of the month of Muharram, my father Imam Kadhim (as) would never be seen laughing; gloom and sadness would overcome him for (the first) ten days of the month; and when the tenth day of the month would dawn, it would be a day of tragedy, grief and weeping for him.”

— Imam Ali al-Ridha (ع) Amaali al Saduq, pg. 111

من تذكر مصابنا وبكى لما أُرتكب منّا ، كان معنا في درجتنا يوم القيامة ، ومن ذُكّر بمصابنا فبكى وأبكى لم تبك عينُه يوم تبكي العيون ، ومن جلس مجلساً يحُيى فيه أمرُنا ، لم يمت قلبه يوم تموت القلوب.

 who remembers our tragedy and weeps,he will be with us (Ahlulbyt) the day of judgement,And who remembers our tragedy
and weeps and made others weep (with him) his eyes won’t weep on the day (all) eyes weep, And if someone sits in a
majlis (a place where people gather) and brings the remembrance of ahlulbuyt alive (talks about Ahlulbyt), his heart
won’t die the day all hearts die.


Imam Ali Al-ridha (A.S)

Amali Al-Sadooq , Majlis 17 Num.4

‘The Imams from the progeny of al-Husayn (as) are such that whoever obeys them has obeyed Allah, and whoever disobeys them has disobeyed Allah. They are the Firm Rope [to Allah], and they are the means of recourse to Allah.’
—  Prophet Muhammad (saww), [`Uyoun Akhbar al-Ridha (AS), v. 2, p. 58, no. 217]