The Use Of Compound Names


“And of my life: I was born on the fortieth (Arba’een) of Al-Imam Al-Husayn (a), in the city of Al-Husayn (a), Karbala, in the year 1362H. I was named Muhammad Husayn in following of the popular custom to name (people) using compound names, acting on the noble narration “One who has a son and does not name him with my name has been discourteous to me”. This custom did not exist during the era of the Imams (a), hence we do not see among the narrators of hadith individuals who had compound names as proper nouns, albeit they were used to function descriptively.
My father…planted the love of knowledge in my heart from a small age, and this (love) became like an engraving on a stone.” Continue reading “The Use Of Compound Names”

A Journey Into The Life Of The Prophet – Mutahhari

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“In the Apostle of Allah there is certainly for you a good exemplar”

During the anniversary celebrations for the Prophet’s birth, I wanted to share a small gift with my readers.

I have attached a summarised translation of the book  ‘A Journey Into The Life Of The Prophet’ (Sayri Dar Sireh Nabawi) by the great contemporary scholar, Murtadha Mutahhari.

The summary was prepared for a hawzah (seminary) module in Qom, but has not been proofread, so please excuse any mistakes.

Life of Prophet – Mutahhari

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the translation only reflect the views of the author and not necessarily the translator.

Fadak; Some Observations


In regards to Fadak, it has become widespread among the general public that it was the only important property usurped by the caliphate, and that this was the first act. That was not the case.

Fadak was at a five days distance from Medina (225km), and what is said regarding Fadak being usurped the day after Saqifah is incorrect. It is very unlikely that the day after Saqifah, straightaway, they went and usurped Fadak, but it is possible that they usurped its produce.

Rather, there were a number of instances in Medina that were separate from Fadak. One on them was the seven gardens of Medina, which they (the caliphate) usurped.

In some reports, it is recorded that the lady Fatima demanded her share of the lands from Khaybar, which is also independent from Fadak.

Hawaa’it Sab’ah were seven gardens in Medina that were apparently inherited by lady Fatima. They are seven gardens between Baqi and Masjid Qubaa.

Taken from various transcripts of Sayyid Ahmad Madadi Al-Musawi’s classes.