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The Prophet taught, “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 8:116]
Prophet Muhammad’s treatment towards women:

One of the most common misconceptions about the Prophet Muhammad is his treatment towards the opposite gender. The status of women as identified by the Prophet Muhammad and by God himself in the Quran is very different from what is usually perceived by the non-Muslims and practiced by Muslims in various parts of the world. A few of the countless accusations made against the Prophet include calling him a womanizer, accusing him of having more than eleven wives, encouraging beating of women, depriving women of educational rights and accusing him of marrying a 6 year old. All of these accusations can be easily refuted with proof from the Quran, Sunnah, Hadith and Seerah.

The Prophet demonstrated heights of kindness when dealing with women. He treated them with utmost respect and advised his followers and companions to behave with them in a considerate and gentle manner. ‘The Prophet is reported to have said “Treat women well. Woman was created from a rib. The most crooked part of the rib is the top part. If you try to straighten it, you will break it. If you leave it, it remains crooked. So treat women well.”’

The Prophets just and thoughtful attitude towards women is demonstrated in his behavior towards his wives. Being born and brought up in a society where it was not uncommon for men to take more than one wife, Prophet Muhammad married Khadija who was a widow and was 15 years older than him. The marriage lasted for 25 years and during the time He was married to Khadija, Prophet Muhammad never took any other wife. The very fact that he married a woman who was 25 years older than him and had been widowed twice breaks cultural and social barriers which people are hesitant to talk about even in the present ‘modern’ times. Only once Khadija had passed away did the Prophet get married again. His wives always spoke highly of him. If he found any of his wives in a state of distress he would supplicate to God for them. He never behaved harshly with them and was never rude towards them. He helped them in the household chores which in those days was considered to be menial tasks that were meant for women. One of his wives, Aisha, is reported to have said "He always joined in household work and would at times mend his clothes, repair his shoes, and sweep the floor." The Prophet Muhammad also advised his followers to treat their wives in the best way possible. He is recorded to have said, “The best among you is the one who is best toward his wife”

The Prophet also treated his daughter with special care. His youngest and most pampered daughter Fatima held a special place in his heart. ‘Whenever she would come to visit him, he would stand to greet her, kiss her, and seat her in his place.’ Living in an era when daughters were considered to be a burden and buried alive, the Prophet of Islam cherished his daughters, liberated them and gave them rights identical to those given to men. The Prophet stressed the importance of taking special care of daughters. He is recorded to have said, ‘”Whosoever sees the rearing and educating of his two daughters to their maturity, on the  Day of Judgment, he and I shall be by each other’s side like this”, joining his two fingers  together in illustration.’ In another narration the Prophet is recorded to have said “Whoever takes under his wings his three daughters or sisters, beautifully rears and educates them, gets them married and continues his blessings and aids towards them, is destined for Paradise.” Prophet Muhammad left behind a legacy by ending female infanticide and establishing explicit rights for women.

The Prophet raised the status of mothers to the highest rank and made it an obligation on every Muslim to treat their mother with the utmost of dignity and respect. Being brought up as an orphan who lost his mother at the age of six, it is recorded that Prophet Muhammad cried when he returned to his mothers’ grave. It is narrated that he kept crying until all his companions started crying looking at him! The Prophet has said, “Paradise lies beneath the feet of mothers”. Once a man came to Prophet Muhammad and asked, “O Messenger of God, which person of all the people is best entitled to kind treatment and good companionship from me?” He answered, “Your mother.” The man asked, “And then?” He said, “Your mother.” The man asked again, “And after her?” He said, “Your mother.” The man asked for a fourth time, “And after her?” The Prophet said, “Your father”.

The Prophet liberated women in a time when they were treated like lowly creatures and used as a tool for enjoyment by men. They were not given any educational, inheritance or political rights. The Prophet broke all these cultural barriers and stated that women are the twin halves of men. He never raised his hand on any woman during life. At the time of his death, which is considered to be the most painful and difficult time for a human being, he advised his followers to treat women kindly and is recorded to have addressed women as ‘glass’ on another occasion. While delivering his farewell sermon, he is recorded to have said regarding women that they have right over their spouses, and a man must treat his women well and with kindness. On another occasion the Prophet is recorded to have said “Women are your mothers, daughters, aunts”

All the evidence presented above proves the Prophets attitude towards women and clearly refutes the argument of Him being unjust towards them.

Sources:

Imam Abu Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi ,Riyad as Saliheen, Chapter 34, ‘treating women well’, Hadith number. 273.

Tirmidhi, Sahih

Sh. Ibrahim H. Malabari, Mercy Prophet: Muhammad’s Legacy to all Creation, Toronto, Canada, Compass Books, 2008, page 234

(Muslim, Birr, 149; Tirmidhi, Birr, 13/1914)

Abu Dawud, Adab, 120-121/5147; Tirmidhi, Birr, 13/1912; Ahmad, III, 97

Ahmad, Nasai

Al-Bukhari

While reciting Surah al-Fatihah

The Prophet (SAW) said that Allah the Exalted had said: ’ I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. When the servant says: Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the universe, Allah the Most High says: My servant has praised Me. And when he (the servant) says: The Most Compassionate, the Merciful, Allah the Most High says: My servant has lauded Me. When he (the servant) says: Master of the Day of Judgment, He remarks: My servant has glorified Me, and sometimes He will say: My servant entrusted (his affairs) to Me. When he (the worshipper) says: Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help, He (Allah) says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. Then, when he (the worshipper) says: Guide us to the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou hast been Gracious — not of those who have incurred Thy displeasure, nor of those who have gone astray, He (Allah) says: This is for My servant, and My servant will receive what he asks for. [Muslim 4: 395] 

Qualities of a (True Believer)

A (true) believer does not taunt, damn, slander and abuse people.

A (true) believer is bereft of two attributes: telling lie and stinginess.
A (true) believer should have the following eight characteristics: soberness
at hard times, patience in calamities, gratefulness in reliefs, contentment
for whatever the Great and Glorified God has given, avoidance
from oppressing enemies and hurting friends, and toleration of physical
sufferings to make people feel safe from him.
A (true) Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand, Muslims at
rest stand.
A believer does his best in what his ability demands, but craves for
what beyond his power stands.
A believer does not resort to jealousy or flattery, save in seeking
knowledge.
A believer has all kinds of natures save treachery and telling lie.
A believer has four enemies: a jealous believer, a detesting hypocrite, a
deviating Satan, and a hostile infidel.

A believer is a servant of God who doesn’t oppress his enemies nor
does he commit sins for the sake of his friends, who keeps trusts intact
and refrains from jealousy, sarcasm and cursing others, who tells the
truth though not called to bear witness and calls not people with bad
names, who observes humility in prayers, hastes in paying his due alms,
keeps patient in calamities and thanks (God) in affluence, who is content
with what he has and claims not what he doesn’t, who doesn’t stop doing
good deeds due to misery, who keeps company with people to learn
and talks to them something to earn, and who forebears oppression and
tyranny, awaiting the Merciful God to give him victory.

A believer is in a good state all the time; even when he is on the verge of
death, he praises God.
A believer is like unto a bar of gold, getting reddened when breathed
upon and losing nothing when weighed.
A believer is like unto a date palm; whatever you take from it will be to
your benefit..
A believer is like unto a perfumer who will benefit you, should you
keep company with him, or move along with him, or be a partner to him.
A believer is like unto a sieve, receiving nothing but clean and passing
nothing but pure.
A believer is like unto a stalk bending to all sides by winds but staying
calm and static when winds vanish. Blights make a believer bend in
same manner. The wicked (on the contrary) is like unto a spruce- fir
standing firm and straight till the Exalted God destroys it should He
wish.
A believer is like unto a stalk shaken by wind, standing and collapsing
alternatively, and an unbeliever is like unto a pine standing all the time
against the wind to be finally uprooted.
A believer is like unto an apparently ruined house, being neat and
beautiful inside, and a wicked person is like unto a domed elevated
tomb making visitors excited but being inwardly filled with infection.
A believer is more favorite to God than some of His angels.
A believer is more worried about the affairs of this and the next worlds
than others.
A believer is noble and generous, and an evildoer is ignoble and deceitful.
A believer is satisfied with little.
A believer is shrewd, careful and cautious.
A believer is so lenient and gentle that one might call him stupid.
A believer is the brother of another believer and never connives at
wishing him good.
A believer is the one whom people consider honest as to their lives,
wealth and blood.
A believer is the source of benefit. He will avail you, should you keep
his company, counsel with him and become his partner. He is the cause
of benefit in all affairs.
A believer is zealous, but God is more zealous than him.
A believer makes friends (with people), and there is no good in the one
who does not make friends and is not subject of friendship.
A believer must not feel satiated, with his neighbor being hungry.
A believer to (his) faith is like unto a horse to its stable around which it
moves about (for a while) and then returns to it.

A believer to a believer is like unto a building a part of which fortifies
another.
A believer to a believer is like unto a firm building, parts of which fortifying
one another.
A believer to other believers is like head to the body, suffering from
their pains just as head suffers from the pains of the body.
A believer who associates with people and patiently tolerates their
harms is better than the believer who does not do so.
A believer will not be bitten twice from the same hole.
A believer will not kill anybody in ambush warfare.
A believer will reside under the shade of his alms in the Day of Judgment.
A believer won’t be exposed to any suffering, hardship, disease, harm
and sorrow, unless God ignores some of his sins (in lieu of them).
A believer’s departure from this (secular)world is like unto an infant’s
deliverance from his mother’s womb, leaving darkness and distress towards
the world’s ease and expansion.
A believer’s dignity lies in standing up to prayer at nights, and his
greatness lies in needlessness from people.
A believer’s dream is a servant’s talk to his Lord in sleep.
A believer’s dream is one among the forty- six units of Prophet-hood.
A believer’s dream is one among the forty units comprising Prophet-hood.
It is tied to the leg of a bird as long as not revealed, but it will fall
down if the reverse occurs. Thus, reveal not your dreams to anybody
save the wise or intimate friends.
A believer’s Intention is better than his deed, while a hypocrite’s deed is
better than his intention, and everybody acts upon his own intention.
When a believer does an action, a (sort of) light passes through his heart.
A believer’s intention is more significant than his deeds.
A believer’s promise is a binding commitment.
A believer’s promise is a debt, and a binding commitment.
A believer’s promise is a must (he shouldn’t miss).

A Believer’s Sickness is the Atonement of his Sins.

—  Prophet Mohammed (saw).

Source : Nahj Al Fasahah (Height of Rhetoric) Chapter 2 

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'Your love for Ali is exaggerated!'

Wait…

Allah (swt) says in the Qu’ran that the Wasi of a Prophet (saw) was able to bring the Queen Sheebas throne.
If Asif Ibn Barkhiya can do that then Ali Ibn Abu Talib (as) can not do things others can’t?
Isn’t the wasi of Rasulallah greater than the wasi of every Prophet before him ?


Reciting Qu’ran


The Messenger of Allah (sawa) has said:

“Surely the Recitation of the Qur’an is an Atonement for the Sins, a covering (protection) from the Hell Fire, and a Safety from the Punishment. Mercy will descend upon the Reciter, the Angels will seek Forgiveness for him, Heaven will Long for that person, and his Master (Allah) will be Pleased with him.”

Source  (Biharul Anwar)


The Messenger of Allah (sawa) said:

“Recite the Qur’an in such a way that your hearts develop a Love for it and your Skin becomes softened by it. However as soon as your hearts become indifferent to it (meaning that the Qur’an has no effect on you), then stop reciting it.”

Source (Mustadrakul Wasa’il, Volume 4, Page 239)

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“(The Prophet) was the most generous, the bravest, the most truthful and faithful of people, and in terms of temper, the most lenient and in terms of association, the most honorable.

Anyone seeing him for the first time was willed with awe and anyone associating with him, loved him.
I never saw his like before and after him.”

—   Amirul Mo’minin Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (ع).

Ref: Akhlaq al-Anbiya p. 153

The Prophets (sawa) reference on Knowledge, Intellect, and Ignorance
The Prophet (sawa) instructed:

"Learn the knowledge, for to learn it is an advantage, to study it is (a feature of)glorification of Allah, to search for it is (a sort of) jihad, to teach it (to the ignorant ones) is charity, to instruct it freely is a pious act because it is the sign of the halal and the haram.
It leads its seekers to Paradise, entertains in loneliness, and associates in estrangement. It is a guide in joy, a weapon against the enemies, and the beauty of the friends. By knowledge, Allah raises some people to make them the guides to goodness to the degree that their conducts are taken as examples and their practices as lessons and the angels desire for befriending them. Knowledge is the life of the hearts and the light of the sights. It is the power of the weak bodies. Allah takes the bearers of knowledge to the ranks of the beloved ones and grants them the association with the virtuous ones in this world and the life to come.

Through knowledge Allah is obeyed, worshipped, acknowledged, and confessed of His being One. Through knowledge, likewise, relations are regarded and halal and haram are realized. Knowledge is the leader of the Intellect.
Allah grants the intellect to the happy ones and deprives the unhappy of it. The character of the Intellect is that he overlooks the ignorant, pardons the wrongdoers, behaves modestly with the low-rank ones, and competes wit the higher-rank ones for seeking charity.
The Intellect thinks before he utters: he will win when he speaks good wording and will be saved when he abstains from speaking evil. He clings to Allah firmly when he has to encounter a seditious matter; therefore, he stops his hands (deeds) and tongue (words). He hurries to the virtue wherever he notices it. He never leaves shyness and never shows acquisitiveness. These ten characters distinguish the Intellect.

The ignorant wrongs him who associates with him, oppresses him who is less than he is, and attacks (wrongly) him who is higher than he is. He utters words without thinking in what he says. He commits sins whenever he speaks and forgets when he keeps silent. He hurries to every seditious matter that would certainly befall him and neglects and slows down for the virtue. He does not care for the past sins and does not refrain from committing new ones. He slows down from doing charitable acts. He does not care for what passed and what he had lost. These ten characters distinguish the ignorant.”

Tuhaf al-Uqoul pg. 40-41

How can it be that the Imams of Ahlul-Bayt (a.s) rank higher in terms of spirituality when compared to the previous Prophets?

Answer:

1. The late Allamah Majlesi in his ‘Mer’atul-Oqoul’ (vol.5 p. 200) states: “There is no dispute among the Shi’a that Prophets and Imams (of Ahlul-Bayt) are more virtuous than all the angels.”

2. He also states: “It is proven in the Ahadith that all types of knowledge, realities and information are bestowed to all the creation of God, even the angels and the Prophets, through them (Imams of Ahlul-Bayt) [Ibid, vol.1 p.30].

3. Also, in his encyclopedia of Beharul-Anwar (vol.26, p.267), he narrated 88 ahadith that indicate the Imams of Ahlul-Bayt (a.s) are more virtuous than the whole creation including angels and the previous prophets.

4. The Quran clearly states that “We have given more virtues to some of the Prophets over others.” (17: 55). There is no dispute among Muslims that the Prophet of Islam (P) is more virtuous than the previous Prophets, and so is his Scripture; the holy Quran. Also, Imam Ali (a.s) as mentioned in Ayah Mubahila (3:61) is Nafsul-Nabi (of the same origin of the Prophet Muhammad). Thus, Imam Ali is the nearest person in the entire creation to the Prophet (P), as Ibn Arabi has well described it when he says that the Prophet of Islam (P) has reached the highest level of proximity to Allah one could possibly reach, and then he says:

و اقرب الناس الیه فی ذلک الهباء علی بن ابی طالب امام العالم وسر الانبیاء اجمعین

“And the nearest of people to him (Holy Prophet) in this honour is Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Imam of the world and the secret of all the Prophets”.

5. The Almighty Allah says: “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?”. Undoubtedly, the Prophet of Islam (P) was more learned than the previous Prophets as what was revealed to him was far more than the previous Prophets. The Prophet of Islam (P) was the city of knowledge, and Imam Ali was its gate.

6. The Almighty Allah states: “Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds they are the best creation.” (98:7). Many Shi’a and Sunni narrators indicate that they are the 14 Ma’soomin (Holy Prophet, Lady Fatima, & the 12 Imams). For example:

و أخرج ابن عساكر عن جابر بن عبد الله قال كنا عند النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فاقبل علي فقال النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم و الذي نفسي بيده ان هذا و شيعته لهم الفائزون يوم القيامة و نزلت إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَ عَمِلُوا الصَّالِحاتِ أُولئِكَ هُمْ خَيْرُ الْبَرِيَّةِ فكان أصحاب النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا أقبل علي قالوا جاء خير البرية.الدر المنثور للسیوطی

“Ibn ‘Asaakir has narrated from Jabir ibn Abdillah who said:we were with the Prophet (s) when Ali (as) arrived, so the Prophet (s) said: By the One in whose Hand is my life, surely this (man) and his followers are the successful ones on the Day of Resurrection, and then the following Ayah was revealed: “Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, they are the best of creation”, so the companions of the Prophet (s) would say when Ali would arrive: ‘the best of creation has come’”. (Ref: Ad-Dor Al-Manthoor lis-Suyooti: 6:379)

7. Bukhari and other Sunni narrators have narrated that Prophet Jesus will pray behind Imam Mahdi (a.f) during the reign of Imam Mahdi, when Jesus descends to earth.

8. Many narrations (Sunni and Shi’a) indicate that the prayers of the previous Prophets were granted in honor of the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s), such as Adam, Joseph, Jonah, etc.

9. The Holy Quran has related many minor mistakes or actions that would be better for the Prophets not to do them, yet there is no such thing ever narrated about any of the Ahlul-Bayt (a.s).

10. It is not necessary that a Prophet has to be more virtuous and more learned than a non-Prophet. A prime example of this is mentioned in Sura al-Kahf . Khidr was surely not a Prophet, yet Moses (a great law making Prophet) insisted to be his student to learn his ‘divinely gifted knowledge’.