Imam Baqir (as) said “Since the death of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) we Ahl ul bayt have been humiliated, made distant and have been deprived and killed and made to leave our home town and we felt... More > frightened for our blood and the blood of our followers. The cheaters, through their lies, got nearer to the leaders, judges and governors in every city and our enemies told false and invalid traditions relating to their past leaders and quoted riwayah (narrations) that we had never told. They only wanted to humiliate us and wanted to accuse us of falsehood, and wanted to get nearer to their leaders through lies. After the passing away of Hasan (a.s) this became very common during the time of Muawiyah. At that time, in every city, Shias were killed, their hands and feet were cut off and they were hanged on accusations of their being near to us and talking about their love for us.< Less
The Elixir of Love, written by Muhammad Rayshahri, focuses on the life of Shaikh Rajab Ali Khayyat, a pious man of God who lived in Tehran in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book weaves... More > together various accounts of different events from the Shaikh's life, told by people who knew him personally, into a compelling narrative on how the Shaikh was able to achieve a sincere, loving relationship with Allah. It is broken down into four parts: Part I focuses on some of the personality traits of the Shaikh, Part II on some of the critical moments in the Shaikh's life which elevated him spiritually, Part III on some of the practical recommendations of the Shaikh on self-building, and Part IV on the passing of the Shaikh from this life.< Less
From the book:
Although there has been talk about seeing the leader of the Islamic Republic, the much hated, much revered Ayatollah Khomeini, I had learned that it was better – with something... More > a portentously important as such a visit – to make the effort and then accept what happened.
…Imam Khomeini was a symbol in the West of the most obdurate atavistic pride and implacable hatred. And even some Westerners with whom I had talked who had met Khomeini commented on his charisma, but in the same breath remarked at the total absence of humour or warmth in his demeanour.
Now I had the opportunity to judge myself.< Less