Commentary to the Faith of Shia Islam by Allama al-Muzaffar by Sheikh Mateen Charbonneau (Hardcover) – Lulu

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New Book: Prophetic Gems

This book is very dear to me and I thank God that I was able to complete it after many years of hard work. I started compiling these narrations shortly after I converted to Islam, which was in in 1999. At that time, I was 17 years old serving a 10-year sentence in a maximum-security prison of South Carolina, USA. I was reading so many books that I wanted to preserve all of the highlighted things that stood out to me the most. 
Unfortunately, the prison only allowed us 10 books at a time, so I wondered how in the world would I ever be able to have all of these narrations when I needed them. How could be possible if I were to continue reading more books over my 10-year prison term? Luckily, I found a loophole which was that they did not have a limit of notebooks that we were allowed to have, so I started writing all of my favorite narrations from all these books I was reading over the years along with their sources in notebooks. By the end of my 10-year sentence I had three notebooks written: front and back of each page! I used the hard cover of an old book to place over these three notebooks. I still have this original handwritten book till this day: 17 years later! 
I was finally able to type all of these narrations out into a document which added up to about 1,700 narrations on various subjects dealing with beliefs, morality, status of the Prophet (s) and his Family (as), etc. (614 pages)
I wanted to leave this as a legacy for my children to benefit from and be a guide for them throughout their life. I hope that others can benefit from this endeavor as well.  
We at 2nd Chance Books will also, will be sending this book into the prisons of South Carolina that I left behind and also prisons throughout the United States. To help contribute to this cause please visit our webpage at:

“One day Imam Hassan (as) was riding his horse and he met a man from Sham. The man started insulting the Imam (as) and imam said nothing until he stopped, then looked at him, smiled and said: I suppose you are a traveler and have mistaken me. If you want me to be satisfied with you I’d be and if you ask me for something I will give you. I would guide you if you need guidance, give you food if you are hungry, give you clothes if you are untended, grant you money if you are poor, shelter you if you have no place to stay and fulfill your wish. And it would be better if you come to our house and be our guest till the day you leave. As the man heard these things he started crying and said: I testify that you are the ruler of Allah on Earth, God knows well in whom to put his prophecy. You and your father were my biggest enemies before and now you are the best creatures of God for me.

He put his luggage at Imam’s home and stayed there till he left the city and then became one of the lovers and believers of Ahl ul-bayt.”

I suggest that everyone read this book to get a glimpse at the greatness of our 2nd Imam Hassan al-Mujtaba (as).!product-page/c136p/4e2c1f99-55a0-bf39-0b00-62a940d58491