Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal and the Persian (Farsi) language

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal’s family was originally from Basra, Iraq, and belonged to the Arab Banu Shayban tribe. His father was an officer in the Abbasid army in (inhabited by Persians to this day) Khorasan and later settled with his family in Baghdad, where Ahmad was born in 780 CE. Ibn Hanbal had two wives and several children, including an older son, who later became a judge in Sunni (Pre-Safavid) Isfahan. What pretty much unknown, even to many students of knowledge, is that Imam Ahmad could speak fluently Persian!

Video translations of the epic “Minhaj Al-Sunnah” by Ibn Taymiyyah in Farsi!

16281145For some time now the well established Persian Sunni satellite channel ‘Kalame TV’ (run by ethnic Persian Sunnis of South Iran, of course from abroad Iran, Sunnis in Iran aren’t even allowed to run a radio station) has aired readings of the translation of the notorious ‘Minhaj Al-Sunnah’ book of Shaykh Al-Islam Abul-Abbas Ibn Taymiyyah. The book is a classic, originally a refutation against ‘Allamah’ Hilli the Rafidi of Iraq, who by Allah is as dumb as their modern Ayatullats when it comes to ‘refuting Sunnism’. The irony is that this book has been never translated into Persian except recently in this very century, roughly twenty years ago by an ex-Shia Ayatullah named Abul-Fadhl Al-Borqei from Qom/Iran who was an opponent of Khomeini and Shiism during the revolution (!), they tried to assassinate him many times, he even write a whole book I refutation of the pillars of Shiism such as grave worship, the belief of Wilayah and a whole book in refutation of Al-Kafi (he named that book ‘The idol breaker ie breaking Al-Kafi and Shiism). These are hidden (to most Shias and even Sunnis) gems and facts that due to the poor support of Sunni countries haven’t been exposed to he Muslim masses, however at least they are being aired 24/h on air and the Iranian regime has little to no chance to block satellite TV channels in our modern world so the axe that will break the Rafidi idol has entered the homes of Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan etc. wal-Hamdulillah.

‘Eid prayers in Sunni majority areas of Iran [pictures]


‘Eid Al-Fitr Khutba 1436/2015 in the city of Azashahr (Golestan province) in northern Khorassan part of Iran Northern and southern Khorassan province of Iran – despite the famous Imam Al-Ridha shrine in Mashad – have still a large Sunni minority. Even many towns outside Mashad are still majority Sunni. Khorassani Sunnis are of Baloch, Turkmen and even Persian (khorassani) descent. In fact Persian Khorassanis are amongst the few ethnic Persian Sunni minorities left in Iran (most Persian Sunnis were massacred by the Safavids) along with the southern Iranians (Larestanis/Khodmoonis) who are also of Persian descent (unlike Baloch and Turkmen. It is also noteworthy to mention that many of the greatest scholars of the Ahl Al-Sunnah emerged from the lands of Golestan (in particular Gorgij, hence many scholars carry the title Al-Gorgiji/Al-Jorjiji).

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The Perso-Arabic script – A beauty & honour for Persia

599px-Khatt-e_NastaliqAfter Muslim conquest of Persia (currently known as Iran), Persians adopted Arabic alphabet for Farsi language by modifying it. They added 4 new letters to 28 letters in Arabic alphabet and thus, the new Persian alphabet -based on Arabic letters- was introduced as 32 letters. Arabic hence served the Persian since even before the arrival of Islam, the Persians used to write in script that also originated from a semite nation, namely the Arameans. The Middle Persian script developed from the Aramaic script and became the official script of the Sassanian empire (224-651 AD). It changed little during the time it was in use, but around the 5th century AD, it spawned a number of new scripts, including the Psalter and Avestan scripts. Essentially there is no “pure” Persian script, hence adopting Arabic (just like Aramaic script in the past) was not forced upon Persians nor did it strip them of their identity (as Anti-Islam bigot and Iranian chauvinists usually claim to tarnish the image of Islam).

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The Kurds are the nomads (bedouins) of Persia

10896899_789237574447341_4540587461728335498_nThe great Kurds (sons of Salah Al-Din Al-Ayyubi Al-Kurdi) are the nomads (Badus/Bedouins) of Persia +++

Kurds (Shafi’is) make up the majority Sunni population of Iran (followed by Balochi Hanafis, Turkmen Hanafis and Persian Lari Shafi’is of southern Iran and Khorasani Persian Hanafis), there are over 10 million Kurds in Iran, the absolute majority are Sunnis (some are Shia, especially in Kermanshah and in Khorasan were some Kurds were deported by the Safavids and forced into Shiism)


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Historical ties between Persia and Somalia

1390643_754975964540169_8951324218283069397_nمقديشو، الصومال
مقديشو أصلها «مقعد شاه» فقد كانت مقر الحاكم الفارسي في أوائل القرن السادس الهجري عندما حكم الفارسيون الصومال.

For obvious reasons( such as geographical ones) the close ties between Somalia and Yemen are a well covered historical fact. Adding to that that most Yemenis just like their Somali brothers on the horn belong to the same religion and even school of thought (Shafi’is) and sometimes even to the same tribes and clans, hence it is no wonder that the relationship between these two lands are not a secret to anyone who knows a bit about these two countries. However, next to the (mainly Yemeni) Arabs the Somalis encouratered another people, non-Arabs, the Persians. From the times of pre-Islamic Persia till pthe re-Safavid (Most Persians and other Iranian tribes were forced into Twelver Shi’ism by the Safavid dynasty in the 16th century AD) Sunni-Shafi’i one, Persians always had close ties to Somalia, they traded there, spread the religion there (Shafi’i school and sometimes even settled there (at the coastal cities).

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“And if they asked you about the justice in the lands of the Muslims, say to them, ‘Omar has died.”

10382852_306900066132692_2669915695432433504_nAI-Hurmuzan (Hormozan) Captive in the City of Allah’s Messenger

[Hormuzan (Middle Persian: Hormazān, Persianهرمزان‎) was the satrap of Khuzestan, a noble of Median (i.e. Kurdish) origin. He was later taken as prisoner by the Muslims a tShushtar in 642]

Abu Sabrah ibn Abi Rahm sent Al-Hurmuzan with a detachment of his troops to ‘Umar ibn Al-­Khattab. When they reached Madinah, they dressed Al-Hurmuzan in his silk garments with gold ornaments and his ruby-inlaid crown so that ‘Umar could see him in this form. They did not find ‘Umar in his house but inquired and learned he was in the mosque.

When the group entered the mosque with Al-Hurmuzan, they found ‘Umar in a nook lying asleep on his burnoose with his stick in his hand. On seeing this, Al-Hurmuzan wondered aloud, “Where is ‘Umar?”

The Muslims pointed at him and said, “Here he is.”

Al-Hurmuzan was astonished. “Where are his guards and chamberlains?” Still unable to believe, he added, “He must be a prophet.”

They said, “No, but he lives like the prophets.”

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A former Shia scholar who is combating heresies and the enemies of Islam

20130220044115Seyyed Mostafa Husseini Tabatabi is a former Twelver Shiite cleric, based in Tehran, Shemiran district. He is the grandson of the famous ‘Ayatollah’ Seyyed Mohammad Tabatabai. and his grandfather from his mothers side is the famous ‘Ayatollah’ Mirza Ahmad Ashtiyani. The young Mostafa managed to have a huge influence on his mother (a daughter of an ‘Ayatollah’ after all!) and even convince d her to abonden alot of superstitions and deviant Shiite Imamite beliefs that she was brought up with (just he like he himself) all her life.

He entered the Shia religious centre (Hawzah) of Qom and by the age of twenty he received Ijazat (permission) of Ijtihad. Nevertheless he refused to wear the Shia clerical clothing and never wore it to this very day (Al-Hamdulillah). Raised in a religious family he studied Arabic (he mastered Arabic), Fiqh, Usool Al-Fiqh, Hadith, Tafsir, history and Philosophy under his grandfather (‘Ayatollah’ Mohammad Tabatabai).

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Abu Hurayrah knew Persian (Farsi)!

Abu-Huraira1We already made a post about how the Prophet (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) knew little bit of Persian. Some companions where also familiar with Persian, companions such as Abu Hurayrah Al-Dausari (from Yemen, the very Sahabi who narrated in about the virtues of the Persians and Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein!), a great Sahabi that the Rafidah hate with a passion and have lied upon him alot. Here an interesting narration:

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Hilal ibn Usamah quoted Abu Maimunah Salma, client of the people of Medina, as saying:

While I was sitting with AbuHurayrah, a Persian woman came to him along with a son of hers.

Ahmad Al-Katib, a Shia reformist who refuted the core of Shiism


Ahmed al-Katib (this is the nom de plume under which he publishes his writings, his real name is Abdilrasool ‘Abd al-Zahraa ‘Abd al-Ameer Hajj Habeeb Lari], he is of Iranian origin) was born in Karbala. He received a traditional Shi’ite Islamic education at the renowned Hawza or ‘seminary’ of Najaf, i.e. according to Shia Hawza traditions he can wear the clergy Shia cloth, yet he never used to wear it.

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The Messenger of Allah had a Persian neighbour and knew a little bit of Persian!

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
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There is a hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari that reports the Prophet صل الله عليه و على آله وسلم knew a little bit of Persian:

2907 – حدثنا محمد بن بشار: حدثنا غندر: حدثنا شعبة، عن محمد بن زياد، عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه:
أن الحسن بن علي أخذ تمرة من تمر الصدقة، فجعلها في فيه، فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم بالفارسية: (كخ كخ، أما تعرف أنا لا نأكل الصدقة)

Narrated Abu Huraira: Al-Hasan bin ‘All took a date from the dates of the Sadaqa and put it in his mouth. The Prophet said (to him) in Persian, “Kakh, kakh! (i.e. Don’t you know that we do not eat the Sadaqa (i.e. what is given in charity) (charity is the dirt of the people)).” (Book #52, Hadith #306)

Note: The Persian spoken in the times of the Sassanians i.e. the Prophet’s (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) time was much different than today’s Farsi.

 As for his neighbour:

Anas reported that Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) had a neighbour who was Persian, and he was expert in the preparation of soup. He prepared (soup) for Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) and then came to him to invite him (to that feast). He (Allah’s Messenger) said:

Here is ‘A’isha also (and you should also invite her to the food). He said: No. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم)also said: No (then I cannot join the feast). He returned inviting him, and Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) said: She is also there (i. e. ‘A’isha should also be invited). He said: No. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) also said: No (and declined his offer). He returned again to invite him and Allah’s Messenger (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) again said: She is also there. He (the host) said:” Yes” for the third time. Then he accepted his invitation, and both of them set out until they came to his house.
 [Sahih Muslim 2037, Book 36, Hadith 186, Book 23, Hadith 5054]
Subhanallah, this is how much the Messenger of Allah (صل الله عليه و على آله و سلم) loved his wife Aisha (رضي الله عنها).

حَدَّثَنِي زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ، حَدَّثَنَا يَزِيدُ بْنُ هَارُونَ، أَخْبَرَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ ثَابِتٍ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ، أَنَّ جَارًا، لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَارِسِيًّا كَانَ طَيِّبَ الْمَرَقِ فَصَنَعَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ثُمَّ جَاءَ يَدْعُوهُ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ وَهَذِهِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ لِعَائِشَةَ فَقَالَ لاَ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ ‏”‏ فَعَادَ يَدْعُوهُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَهَذِهِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ لاَ ‏.‏ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ لاَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ عَادَ يَدْعُوهُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ وَهَذِهِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ نَعَمْ ‏.‏ فِي الثَّالِثَةِ ‏.‏ فَقَامَا يَتَدَافَعَانِ حَتَّى أَتَيَا مَنْزِلَهُ ‏.‏