I had a great time at Imam Ali Center last night. Sayed Hassan Qazwini delivered a great speech and talked about many different topics. One that stuck out to me was about the leadership of Imam Ali ع.
He said that if we had a leader like Imam Ali ع today we would not have these riots and uprisings like the Baltimore incident recently. That is because Imam Ali ع treated everyone with justice and fairly. There was no police brutality and people were given their due rights.
He said that Imam Ali ع treated everyone good no matter what their race or religion. He said that his close companions Qambar and Maytham at-Tammar were black men and that the Imam loved these companions so much that he treated them as family. He then emphasized on how we treat other races asking the crowd if an African American were to walk in the center how would you treat them? He said that we must treat them in same way Imam Ali ع would have, giving the example of Qambar and Maytham.
He also spoke about how all other religions have outreach offices in their places of worship, but what have we been doing to help others know the true Islam. How we should invite other people to attend the mosque and not make it an exclusive club for one ethnic group or the other, excluding all the other people. He spoke on how we should be proud to be Muslims and at the same time be brave to share our beliefs with the American people.
It was a great speech. There are so many other things he spoke about, but these are just a few.
Published by Sheikh Mateen Charbonneau
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 unshakable. His first language is English and he also learned Quranic Arabic.
At age 26 he moved to Washington, DC area 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.
Since March of 2013 he has been studying Howza (Islamic Seminary) classes in America and Najaf al-Ashraf under esteemed scholars such as Sheikh Mustafa Akhound, Sheikh Mirza Abbas Shamsuddin, Sheikh Saed Kulayni, Sheikh Mohammad Baghernejad, Sayed Ibn Abbas Naqvi, Sheikh Mohammad Jafar Danesh, Sayed Baqir Imrani, Sayed Raad al-Alawi and Sayed Muhammad Baqir Shirazi.
Sheikh Mateen has also written, compiled and published some very in-depth books entitled The Suffering of the Ahl ul Bayt and their Followers (Shia) throughout History, Christians who defended and died for Prophet Muhammad and his Family (English, Spanish, French), Mystery of the Shia, a Study Guide for Logic and an extensive book of narrations entitled Prophetic Gems, A Commentary to the Faith of Shia Islam (Aqaed Imamiyya) of Allama Muzaffar (4 volumes) and Recalling the Sacrifices of Karbala. These titles are available at Amazon.
In 2014 he founded a nonprofit organization to send free books to prisoners entitled 2nd Chance Books, which was filmed about in a documentary by Ahlul Bayt TV entitled Faith Behind Bars.
He received his turban from the hand of Sheikh Ahmad al-Haeri on the martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (ra) / Day of Arafat in 2016 and also from Marja’ Ayatollah Sayed Muhammad Taqi Modarresi in the Holy city of Karbala on the birth anniversary of Imam Sajjad (as) in 2018.
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