Ahlul-Bayt History & Biography

Ahlul-Bayt History and Biographies

'Al-Ghadir' and its relevance to Islamic Unity, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
The concept of Islamic Unity, and the contribution of the book "Al-Ghadir" by Allamah Amini towards such a unity.

A Glance at Historiography in Shi'ite Culture, by Rasul Ja'fariyan
Shi'i historians throughout history and their works on the prophets, kalami, hadithi, and maqtal literature, cities and regions, and the 12 Imams.

About the Household of the Prophet, by Ahlul Bayt DILP Team
Excerpts from the Qur'an, sayings of the Prophet (s), and Imam Ali (a) about the Ahl al-Bayt.

Ahl al-Bayt (a), by Sr Sayeeda Abid Ali
A general introduction to the Ahl al-Bayt (a) using verses from the Qur'an and traditions of the Prophet (s).

Ahl-al-Bayt (a): Its meaning and Origin, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
A short article from the quarterly journal Message of Thaqalayn, on the history of the term Ahl al-Bayt, and traditions which make use of this title.

Biographical Table of Information about the Ahlul Bayt (a)
A useful table including the name, title, date of birth and death, as well as place of burial, for each of the 14 Ma'sumin (Infallibles).

Caliphate and Imamate, by Ahmad Namaee
This full length text presents an historical account of the rulers of the Islamic world from the time of the demise of the Prophet of Islam to the reign of Yazeed bin Mu'awiyah. Special emphasis is paid to the causes of discord among the Muslim community in this period.

Ahl-al-Bayt (a): Its meaning and Origin, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
A short article from the quarterly journal Message of Thaqalayn, on the history of the term Ahl al-Bayt, and traditions which make use of this title.

Biographical Table of Information about the Ahlul Bayt (a)
A useful table including the name, title, date of birth and death, as well as place of burial, for each of the 14 Ma'sumin (Infallibles).

Caliphate and Imamate, by Ahmad Namaee
This full length text presents an historical account of the rulers of the Islamic world from the time of the demise of the Prophet of Islam to the reign of Yazeed bin Mu'awiyah. Special emphasis is paid to the causes of discord among the Muslim community in this period.

Did the Prophet Appoint a Successor?
An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

Ghadir Khumm and the Orientalists, by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
Brief account of the event, study of Shi'ism by the Orientalists, recognition of Ghadir Khumm, the work of the historian M.A Shaban, and the meaning of 'mawla'.

Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal, by Dr. Sayyid Kàzim Tabàtabà’í
The Musnad of ibn Hanbal is considered among the most comprehensive and early collections of hadīth of the Sunni sect. One of the characteristics of this work is the wide space given to hadīth concerning the merits of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt. Compared to the other hadīth compendiums of the Sunnis, the Musnad’s emphasis on this subject is so pronounced that it has attracted the attention of orientalists and other researchers. The writer of this article has attempted to focus on this particular point of the Musnad and its author by selecting some of the hadīth mentioned about topics such as Tashayyu‘, Ibn Hanbal, Musnad, Hadīth Compendiums, Merits of the Ahl al-Bayt (‘a), Hadīth al-Ghadīr, Hadīth al-Thaqalayn, Hadīth al-Manzilah.

History of Shi‘ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation, by Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami
This text discusses how Shi'ism has been an integral and inseparable part of Islam from the time of the Holy Prophet (sa). The text provides several resources to show how Shi'ism began with the companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) and how its legacy still stands.

History of The Caliphs, by Rasul Ja'fariyan
In this book, the author covers the history of Shi'i Islam from after the death of the Prophet . He discusses in detail the rule of the three Caliphs and of Imam Ali after that. He also delves into the history of the Ummayad rulers and their actions

Imamate and Leadership, by Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari
Translated by Dr. Hamid Algar, includes leadership in Islam, leadership of the Prophet and appointment of Imam Ali, responsibility of the companions, necessity of Imamate, and interesting accounts of Imam's communication with the unseen including the story of Maitham al-tammar.

Imams - Clear and Coherent Policy, by S.J Hussain
Coherent methods and goals of all the Imams, despite the apparent differences in the methods in which they carried out their policies.

In Praise of the Imams, by Br Ali Abbas
A poem in praise of the Imams (a)

Kitab Al-Irshad by Al-Mufid, by Dr. I.K.A. Howard
A biography of the Shi'i scholar Shaykh al-Mufid, and a description of his book 'Kitab al-Irshad' which contains biographies of each of the 14 infallibles.

Origins and Early Development of Shi'a Islam balagh.net, by S.H.M. Jafri
Excerpts from the preface: In these pages...an attempt is made to trace out and reconstruct those earliest tendencies and ideas which gave Shi'a Islam its distinctive charcter...My aim has been to reconstruct and present the development of an Islamic ideal--that of a particular vision of religious leadership that first appeared after the Prophet's death--based on the testimony of the historical sources.

Pearls of Wisdom
Short stories about the lives of the Ahlul Bayt (a) and their noble companions.

Shiism: Imamate and Wilayat, by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
Origin of Shi'ism, self-censorship in Muslim history, Ghadir Khumm and the Orientalists, appointment of Imam 'Ali (a) explicit or implicit?, concept of Ahlul Bayt, Wilayat, and the knowledge of the Ahlul Bayt (a).

The Brief History of the Infallibles rafed.net, by Mohammad Hussein il Adeeb
  Briefintroductions to the lives of the 14 ma'sumin (infallibles).

The History of the Islamic Calendar in the Light of the Hijra, by Hakim Muhammad Said
The importance of Hijrah, the establishment of a calendar in Madina, the solar calendar.

The Origins and Early Development of Shia Islam, by Sayyid Husayn Muhammad Ja'fari
This full length text is a very detailed and comprehensive history of the early stages of Shi'ism. The author has extensively used primary historical sources as well as more recent academic works in order to present one of the most detailed accounts of early Shi'ism that is available in the English language today.

The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams, by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi
The period of the 5th and 6th Imams (a), the rise of the Abbasids, the prominence of the school of the Imam Ja'far as- Sadiq in the religious sciences, and its contributions to other branches of knowledge.

The Twelve Successors, by Sayyid Murtadha al-'Askari
Narrations of the Prophet on the number of Imams, the twelve Imams according to the school of caliphate, brief account of the Imams.

To Whom Does the Purification Verse Refer To?, by Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba
This text, written by Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba and translated into English by Jerrmein Abu Shahba, is a brief research to identify without any reasonable doubt whom the verse of purification in Surat Al Ahzaab (33) refers to. Using logical reasoning, authentic prophetic tradition, context of the verses, and grammatical analysis, all arguments and possibilities are investigated and refuted leaving only one convincing conclusion pointing to none other than the purified Household of the Holy Prophet (SA), the Ahlul Bayt (AS).

Twelve Successors
An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.