Imam Ali (as) said, “By Allah! Neither my father nor my grandfathers Abdul Muttalib, Hashim, or Abd Manaf had worshipped an idol at all. They offered prayers towards the house (Kaaba) according to the religion of Prophet Abraham, to whose beliefs they had kept.”[i]
Imam Ali (as) said, “By Allah Abu Talib was a faithful Muslim, but he kept his faith a secret fearing for the Hashimites that Quraysh might harm them”[ii]
Imam Baqir (as) was asked about the false tradition fabricated against Abu Talib saying that Abu Talib would be in Hell. He (as) answered, “If the faith of Abu Talib is put in a scale of a balance and the faith of the people is put in the other scale the faith of Abu Talib would outweigh.”[iii]
Abu Bakr and Abbas said “Abu Talib didn’t die until he had said: “There is no god except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”[iv]
Abu Dharr (ra) said, “By Allah whom there is no god other than! Abu Talib didn’t die until he became a Muslim.”[v]
[i] Abu Talib the Faithful of the Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi p 167
[ii] Abu Talib the Faithful of the Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi p 168
[iii] Abu Talib the Faithful of the Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi p 175
[iv] Abu Talib the Faithful of the Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi p 183, Sharh Nahjul Balagha vol 3 p 312, Sheikhul Abtah p 71, Al-Ghadeer vol 7 p 370 & 401, Ayan Ash-Shia vol 39 p 136
[v] Abu Talib the Faithful of the Quraysh by Abdullah Al-Khunayzi p 184
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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