Shāh Chérāgh (شاه چراغ) "King of the Light" is a mausoleum and mosque in Shiraz, Iran,
built around 1130 AD, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim (7th Imam of Twelver Shia Islam). The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims.
The tombs became celebrated pilgrimage centres in the 14th century when the pious and art-loving Queen Tashi Khatun erected a mosque and theological school by the tombs. After carrying out essential repairs, the queen ordered the tomb to be covered with millions of pieces of colored glass that glitter in the light and magnify its brilliance a thousand times.
So yea there was a rally at my university in protest of the ban on visas and green cards being issued to people from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Libya, and Sudan, and I said a piece and dragged a bunch of heads by explaining the origins of ISIS, Taliban, al Qaeda, the overthrow of Iran’s democracy in a staged coup (all of these are a result of western greed and imperialism), brought shia genocide to awareness, and simultaneously represented my Palestinian brothers & sisters. So yea I had an eventful day.
Al-Jazeera is funded and backed by the Qatari and Saudi royal families and will never be a reliable, trustworthy and unbiased news source when it comes to sectarianism as it is propped up by a monarchy that is the largest financier of the massacre of shia muslims via terrorist organizations in the world. AJ/AJ+/all affiliated news networks are, by principle, anti-shia and aim to paint shia muslims as the aggressors and erase rampant, violent anti-shiism in the muslim world that is attested to not only by non-shias, but several independent humanitarian networks. This is the news network that attempted to paint ISIS–a proudly anti-Shia terrorist group that seeks to decimate all Shia Muslims/minority sect muslims–as a Shia organization. AJ is funded by a government whose aim is to cleanse shia muslims–and other minority sects, and non-muslim persecuted minorities–from the muslim world. stop using AJ as your source for issues pertaining to sectarianism.
Mothers hold a high status in the religion of Islam contrary to the Pre-Islamic days where mothers could be inherited and enslaved by their own children. When the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) began his prophethood, he banned this evil practise and taught his followers that respect begins at home with your own mother.
. Allah (ﷻ) said ❝ We have enjoined on man and woman to be good to his/her parents; show gratitude to Me and to thy parents; to Me is (thy final) Goal.❞
📔 Qur’an 31:14
. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said ❝Paradise lies at the feet of your mothers.❞
📔 Sunan an-Nasa’i
. Imam as-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said: ❝Once a person came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and asked him about good treatment to parents. Then, he said ‘Treat kindly your mother, treat kindly your mother, and treat kindly your mother; be kind to your father, be kind to your father, and be kind to your father but begin (that kindness) with your mother before your father’.❞
. Narrated Abu Usaid Saidi: ❝We were sitting with the Messenger of God (ﷺ) when a man came up to him and said ❝Oh Messenger of God, do my parents have rights over me now that they are dead?❞ The Holy Prophet replied ❝Yes you must pray to God so that He may bless them with His forgiveness and mercy, fulfil any promises they made to anyone and respect their relations and friends.❞
📔 Ibn Majah
. Imam Zainulabedin (عليه السلام) said ❝Then the right of your mother is that you should know that she carried you where no one carries anyone, and she fed you with the fruit of her heart - that which no one feeds anyone, and she protected you with her hearing and sight, and her hands and legs, and her hair and skin and all her other organs. She was highly delighted to do so. She was happy and eager, enduring the harm and the pains, and the heaviness and the grief until the Mighty Hand expelled you out of her and delivered you out to the Earth.
She did not care if she went hungry as long as you ate, and if she was naked as long as you were clothed, and if she was thirsty as long as you drank, and if she was in the sun as long as you were in the shade, and if she was miserable as long as you were happy, and if she was deprived of sleeping as long as you were resting. And her abdomen was your abode, and her lap was your seat, and her breast was your supply of drink, and her soul was your fort. She protected you from the heat and the cold of this world. Then you should thank her for all that. You will not be able to show her gratitude unless through God’s help and His granting you success.❞
📔 The Treaty of Rights
. Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام) said “For me there is no better role model or inspiration than my mother Lady Fatima Zahra (سلام الله علیها).”
Nigerian Shias face probably some of the most violent anti-shia assaults in the world–the news about their suffering is laced with propaganda and denied at every step. Keep Nigerian Shia Muslims in your thoughts and prayers–but, more importantly–mention them in your writing.
Only a year ago hundreds of Nigerian Shia muslims were slaughtered by government forces in Zaria without so much as a whisper of condemnation by the international community, other than Iran.