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Debate of Imam Javad (a.s) With Yahya Bin Aksam

Debate of Imam Javad (a.s) With Yahya Bin Aksam

One day Imam Muhammad Taqi (a.s), then aged nine, was standing with some boys in a lane of Baghdad. Seeing the entourage of Mamun all the others ran away, but as was his habit, Imam (a.s) continued to stand at his place. Mamun came forward and asked him, “Boy! Why did you not run away?” He replied, “O Chief! The passage was not narrow. There was no expectation that you ... Read More »

The Prophet’s (S) debate with Jews

The Prophet’s (S) debate with Jews

  Imam Hassan Askari (as) said: ‘When Prophet (S) was living in Mecca, God’s order was such that while offering his prayers, he should face Bayt–ul–Muqaddas [the holy al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem] and when possible, keep Kaaba [the Holy Kaaba] in between the Bayt–ul–Muqaddas and Mecca and when this was not possible, keep Bayt–ul–Muqaddas as Qibla [direction to which Muslims turn for their prayers] and this routine continued for 13 ... Read More »

The Imam Musa Kadhim’s debate with Harun Rashid

The Imam Musa Kadhim’s debate with Harun Rashid

Such was the knowledge and superiority of Imam Musa Kadhim (a.s) that no scholar of his time could dare compete with him. He had many debates and discussions with the inimical scholars whereby they had to face humiliation and defeat. Once, Harun Rashid came to Mecca for the Hajj. At the time of Tawaf (Circumambulation of the Ka’ba) he ordered that none should accompany him. But soon a youth arrived ... Read More »

The Imam Reza’s debates with an Atheist

The Imam Reza’s debates with an Atheist

An atheist, experienced in atheism and unbelief, hurried to attend Ima`m al-Rida`’s session in which was a group of people. The Ima`m turned to the atheist and asked him: “Do you see that if the correct view is your view and it is not your view then are we not equal? All that we have prayed, fasted, given the alms and declared of our convictions will not harm us? ” The ... Read More »

The Outstanding Merit of the Prophet

The Outstanding Merit of the Prophet

 The Outstanding Merit of the Prophet, May Allah bless him and his family: Abu Khanis al-Kufi said: “I attended the meeting of al-Sadiq, peace be on him, and a group of the Christians was in his presence. They (the Christians) said: ‘The outstanding merit of Musa, ‘Isa, and Mohammed is the same, for they, peace be on them, are the Owners of the Laws and the Books.’ Al- Sadiq, peace ... Read More »

Treating the Women with Justice

Treating the Women with Justice

An unbeliever said to Abu Ja’far al- Ahwal: ” Tell me about the following Words of Allah, the Exalted: Then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then marry only one.'(4:3) and these Words of Him: ‘And you have it not in your power to do justice between wives, even though you ... Read More »

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 5

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 5

part 5: Debate with Polytheists Then, the Prophet (S) turned towards the Arab polytheists and said: “Why do you worship idols instead of worshipping Allah?” The polytheists replied: ‘We seek nearness to God through worshipping these idols.’ The Prophet (S) said: “Can these idols hear? Do they obey their lord? Do they worship God so that you would become close to God by paying homage to them and their worship?” ... Read More »

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 4

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 4

Part 4: Debate with Dualists [Sanaviyas] Prophet Muhammad (S) then turned towards the Sanaviyas [Dualists, believers of two Gods], who believe that light [or goodness] and darkness [or evil] control the matters of this Universe. The Prophet (S) said: “Tell me what has forced you to claim that light and darkness control this Universe.” The Dualists replied: ‘We have observed two discrete characteristics in this Universe, goodness and evil and ... Read More »

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 3

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 3

Part 3: Debate with Atheists The Prophet (S) then turned towards the atheists and said: “Now, tell me what is the reason behind your claim that the objects [or whatever is] in this Universe have no beginning and they have been there forever and will exist forever.” The atheists replied: ‘We are simply stating what we observe. We have not seen hudooth [contingency, coming into existence] in objects [or whatever ... Read More »

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 2

Debates of Prophet Muhammad (S) with scholars of five different religions/ part 2

Part 2: Debate with Christians The Prophet (S) then turned towards Christians and started debate… The Prophet (S) said: “You say that the qadeem [eternally pre-existent] God united with His son Messiah [Jesus, Prophet Isa (as)]. So, in other words, you are implying that qadeem (God, eternally pre-existent) became haadith (something with a beginning) because of a haadith [Prophet Isa (as)] and so haadith [Prophet Isa (as)] became qadeem, just ... Read More »