The Suffering of the Ahl ul Bayt and their Followers (Shia) throughout History
|Author||Mateen Joshua Charbonneau|
|Publisher||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform|
The book The Suffering of the Ahl-ul-Bayt and their Followers (Shia) throughout History gives a good basic foundation for one to start in their quest for knowledge about Ahl-ul- Bayt.
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Joshua Charbonneau is an American Muslim. He was born in 1982 in Sumter, South Carolina. He is of French Canadian and American descent. He was born into a Christian family, and later chose to revert to Shi’a Islam at the age of 17, having studied both faiths. After reverting to Islam he chose the name Mateen which in Arabic means strong, firm and unshakeable. His first language is English and he also learned Quranic Arabic. At age 26 he moved to Washington, DC and has been an active part of the Muslim community. He took part in a documentary by Al-Anwar Hussain TV entitled “Journey of the Spirit” where he narrated his incredible story on how he became a Shia Muslim. In 2012 he had the opportunity to travel with the members of Al-Anwar Hussain TV to visit the Holy shrines of Imam Ali (as) and Imam Hussain (as) in Iraq for Ziyarat Arbaeen.
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This book published in CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3rd edition (July 4, 2013), has 387 pages and best sellers rank of 1,993,946 in Books.
Charbonneau in his has compiled different excerpts to make a summary and to inform the masses of the oppressive events that took place to the Ahl-ul- Bayt (family of Muhammad) and their Shia (followers).
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This book begins with Imam Baqir complaining about the sufferings that befell his family since the death of the Holy Prophet and how all of the Imam’s to follow, except Imam Mahdi, were all killed by poison.
“Surely those who tormented the believing men and the believing women and then did not repent, theirs shall be the chastisement of Hell, and theirs shall be the chastisement of burning.”
The author believes that the oppressors we will read about in this book are even worse than Pharoah because even Pharoah had enough compassion to spare the women from among Musa’s (as) followers, but read to know how these oppressors treated Lady Fatima the daughter of our beloved Prophet!
The first chapter deals with Imam Ali and the fact that his allegiance was taken not willingly, and examines the detailed hadith in this regard mentioned in this chapter. Then in the next chapter, the author mentions Fatima, the only daughter of the Prophet and Fadak, whom her father had entrusted to her. The polytheists tried to take it from Fatima and brought a fake hadith to advance them. This chapter rejects this hadith for documentary reasons. rejecting the hadith Ali followed Lady Fatemeh's will and quiet night buried her.
In the following chapters, Charbonneau talks about the faithful companions of Prophet Muhammad and his family, for instance Bilal, Yasir, Ammar, and Abdullah bin Massoud, and describes their biographies and the consequences that befell them.
Then, in a few chapters, he describes Imam Ali's wars with the oppressive rulers of the time and the results of them, and powerful people such as Malik Ashtar who accompanied Imam Ali on this path.
Then comes to Imam Ali's turn, the author in lesson 11 talks about assassination of Imam Ali while in Salat. He in the middle chapters enumerates the fate of Imam Ali's companions such as martyrdom of Hujr ibn Adi, his son and companions, martyrdom of Qambar the servant of Ali, martyrdom of Zaid ibn Ali and his son Yahya ibn Zaid, and martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil, his sons and Hanee ibn Orwah, to name but a few.