Malik Ibn Al-Ashtar (Apostles of Ali – 1)

An example of loyalty, leadership and humility

By: Hussein Al-Rumaithi

Great leaders are evaluated based on their successes and gains in the field of politics of warship. The amount of territory and revenue they subordinate under their authority is usually the basis for labeling them as successful or unsuccessful. In addition, crimes and hostilities taken places under their reign are over-looked and sidelined as marginal and obvious losses or casualties of governance. Justice and allocation of resources is re-defined by their comprehension and priorities, which ends up being catastrophic for ordinary citizens. Yet, history comes and presents an unprecedented example of governance in its best and most complete form, in an era when civilizations knew nothing about civility, justice and equality.

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Abu Talib: The Guardian of Prophet Mohammad

By: Hussein Al-Rumaithi

Within the first ten days of Month of Ramadhan, Shia Muslims around the globe commemorate the death of Prophet Mohammad’s uncle and guardian, who is also the father of Imam Ali. The personality of Abu Talib is among the most oppressed in the early Islamic era, as his high status in Mecca among the Quraysh tribe was jeopardized for his defence on behalf of Prophet Mohammad. Defending his nephew and announcing his submission to the religion of Islam led to him being exiled alongside Prophet Mohammad and other Muslims in the Valley of Abu Talib, on the outskirts of Mecca. Continue reading Abu Talib: The Guardian of Prophet Mohammad