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Hadis-I-Halila Or Confutation Of Atheism
by Vali Mohammed Chhaganbhai
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Text extracted from opening pages of book: In e Oh, Allah! May Thy peace be Mohammed and descendants. This little book which I give to the public is the translation of Hadls-i-Hallia^ the tradition of the myrobalan fruit* It has come down to us from Hazrat Imam JMar* U8' Sadik ( May Peace of God be upon him) the sixth of the Twelve Immaculate Imikos of the house of Mohammed~ 4he Prophet, He lived in the middle of the second century of Islamic era* After the most tragic massacre of the Third Imam Hazrat Huseln. ( May Peace of God be upon him) who fought against the hostile forces of ungodly Omnmyyads. for the protection of the faith of Islam, and the holy principles, which his grand father-the Prophet-had laid down for the guidance and progress of man; and fell a martyr to the eause ? at Karbala, the whole family of the Prophet especially the Imams took to seclusion. They preferred peaceful preaching of Islam to taking any part, whatsoever, in the secular dissentibns then rife in Arabia, In the night of misery and tmhappiness they followed truly and faithfully the precepts of their ancestor and found consolation in intellectual pursuits. Their ardent love of knowledge, their passionate devotion to the cause of humanity their spirit looking upwards far above the literalness of common interpreta tions of the law-show the spirituality and xpansiveness of Islam, The de finition by Imam J& far-us-Sidik of science or knowledge gives some idea of their faith in the progress of man/* The enlightenment of the heart k its essence; Truth, its principal objeet; Inspzritioa, its guide; Reason, its acceptor; God its Inspirer, and words of man, its utterer..... ...... While the Ommayyads discouraged the peaceful pursuits of mind, the children of Fatima ( the Imams) with remarkable liberalism favoured learning/' 1 As a matter of fact, whatever success the Moslems achieved in the field of learning, science, or spiritu alisms has had its foundation in the teachings of these Imams. None but these Imams were the authorised exponents of the and the Hadises ( traditions) of the Prophet* When the Prophet saw that his time to leave this transient world had ap proached, lie preached his last sermon and said I leave behind me two things for you. The book of God ( Kitablll4all) and my descen dants ( Itarat). If you shall hold fast to them, you shall not go astray after me. They ( Kitab-ul-lah and Itarat) shall not be separated from each other, till they reach HattZ* I ( in paradise) unitedly. 2 It will not be without interest, - 1 am sure, to read this which 1. The Spirit of Islam. 2, Sahili Bukhari, Sahxh. Muslim & c. shows the liberality of their teachings and proves the existence of One God so vividly* As it is admitted on all hands that belief in God, Who is the creator of this universe and to Whom every man is responsible for his actions in this world, is essential for the moral and material progress of man, I hope this will supply him much food for reflection* and lead him to the right path. The arguments are so perfect, so simple and logical. Besides there is absolutely nothing to injure the susceptibilities of any man belonging to any caste or creed* It is equally edifying to the Moslems as well as non-Moslems, as the God preached in it is not the God of only one nation, but is the God of all nations and all worlds Alamin). Perhaps the modern reader will find some of the arguments forwarded by the Imam in some contrast to tlio present day science, but it must be understood that the Inum intended to teach God, and not the science. The Imkm, as far as science was concerned* simply followed the conceptions pre valent In the age to which he be longed. Now I must admit that I have translated this Hadis from i4 Tanhidul-Ainima i9 by Molvi Syed Mohammed Haroon Saheb who has rendered thereby and many other valuable books a substantial service to the cause of Islam, I must not also forget to thank my learned friend Mr* Alam Khan Ala Dad Khan, G. B. V. C.
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