Wednesday, March 27, 2013

12th Imam's Curse ? and Imam Ali's (as) Sympathy ?

The traitorous behaviour of both Ibn al-`Alqami and Nasiru'd-Din Muhammad ibn Muhammad at-Tusi   during the Mongol invasion is well known in history. There have been attempts by the 12ers to defend this case, and till this day the best defence I have seen from their side is to point out the internal wars between Shafis and Hanafis. This internal war actually helped the Mongols to target Iraq next, however from there it was 12ers shia leaders took over in assisting the opposition come into Iraq. Recall the ruler of this time was not known for his anti shia behaviour. The proof for that is the fact, that Ibn al-Alqami was the minister of the Abbasid ruler  Mustasim Billah. Aside from that let us look at the so called supplication of Shaykh Tusi II which supposed caused this to happen.
The caliph at the moment was vacationing near the Tigris river along with his vizier. He took the book from Shaikh Tusi and handed it to the vizier. Being an enemy of the Ahlul Bayt, the vizier tossed the book into the river and mocked Shaikh Tusi. The aggrieved scholar returned home and prayed for justice. That night, he dreamed that he was standing in front of a wall upon which a very long supplication was inscribed. A man happened to be standing near the wall. The Shaikh inquired as to who he was. The man told him that he was the 12th Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance).
The Imam told Shaikh Tusi to memorize the supplication and that it would help him overcome his adversary. The supplication survives to this day as the second Du'a Tawassul listed in many prayer manuals, including Mafatihul Jinan.
Shortly thereafter, Shaikh Tusi joined the palace of an Ismaili prince in order to be able to better spread the message of Truth. The Mongols were on the rise in central Asia, and eventually this small kingdom was conquered by Halaku Khan. Seeing Shaikh Tusi's brilliance and widom, Halaku appointed him as prime minister. He often attempted to convert Halaku to Islam, but given the latter's primitive origins and little interest in anything beyond warfare and conflict, he was not too successful. In 656 AH, Halaku invaded and ransacked Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate. Shaikh Tusi saw the Imam's prophecy come true, as he was able to arrest and punish the vizier for committing atrocities against himself as well as thousands of other Shias.
Now the next line says
Many people have condemned Shaikh Tusi, blaming his complicity with Halaku as a result of his alleged animosity towards the Sunni political establishment. The truth of the matter is that Shaikh Tusi had little choice in the matter. If he had refused to serve Halaku, he most certainly faced death. By working with Halaku, he was able to spread Shi'ism to several distant parts of the world, and it is said that he did more to propagate the Truth than probably any other person in history.
Little choice ? Fear of facing death ? I thought Shaykh Tusi was motivated by the 12th Imam's curse toward the Sunni popluation.

Now let us analyze if there is any truth in Shaykh Tusi’s vision with the 12th Imam. In the past Ammar Nakshawani  tried to defend the 12er shia position in this area, but after the opponents of the 12er responded the supporters of Nakshawani made the videos private on youtube.

The allege curse of the  12th imam’s   went so  far the Mongols invaded Iraq and even attached the shrine of the Imams. Didn’t the 12th imam know this  ?

Well in history Imam  Ali (as) actually prophesizes this event and discusses the dangers they will cause.

Sermon 127 About Important happenings in Basrah

O' Ahnaf! It is as though I see him advancing with an army which has neither dust nor noise, nor rustling of reins, nor neighing of horses. They are trampling the ground with their feet as if they are the feet of ostriches. (1) Woe to you (the people of Basrah's) inhabited streets and decorated houses which possess wings like the wings of vultures and trunks like the trunks of elephants; they are the people from among whom if one is killed he is not mourned and if one is lost he is not searched for. I turn this world over on its face, value it only according to its (low) value, and look at it with an eye suitable to it.
Referring to the Turks (Mongols)
I (2) can see a people whose faces are like shields covered with rough-scraped skins. They dress themselves in silken and woollen clothes and hold dear excellent horses. Their killing and bloodshed shall take place freely till the wounded shall walk over the dead and the number of runners-away shall be less than those taken prisoner:
One of his companions said to him: O' Amir al-mu'minin, you have been given knowledge of hidden things. Whereupon Amir al-mu'minin laughed and said to the man who belonged to the tribe of Banu Kalb: O' brother of Kalb! This is not knowledge of hidden things (`ilmu'l-ghayb), (3) these matters have been acquired from him (namely in Prophet) who knew them. As regard knowledge of hidden things, that means knowledge of the Day of Judgement, and the things covered by Allah in the verse.
Verily, Allah is He with Whom is the knowledge of the Hour... (Qur'an, 31:34)
Therefore, Allah alone knows what is there in the wombs, whether male or female, ugly or handsome, generous or miserly, mischievous or pious, and who will be the fuel for Hell and who will be in the company of the Prophets in Paradise. This is the knowledge of the hidden things which is not known to anyone save Allah. All else is that whose knowledge Allah passed on to His Prophet and he passed it on to me, and prayed for me that my bosom may retain it and my ribs may hold it.

Najh Al Balagha Sermon 127

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