Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tarawih: A Zaidi perspective

Ramadan Kareem to all our readers!
Imam Rassi Society has just sent us a detailed article describing the Zaidi position on Tarawih prayers in Ramadan. Also, an article about Ramadan itself. To read these articles, please click on the link to our new website: www.zaidiblog.com

Monday, May 30, 2011

Important Zaidi Work Gets Translated to English

This post has been moved to www.zaidiblog.com
We are moving to www.zaidiblog.com over the next few months.
The new site will be organized under subject headings, and easier to navigate.
Most articles from this blog will be transferred to the new site.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

British Sunni Discovers Imam Zayd

This article has been moved to www.zaidiblog.com
We are moving to zaidiblog.com over the next few months.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Zaidi perspective on Arab Pro-democracy Movements

Regarding the wave of anti-dictator protests in the Arab/Muslim countries of Tunis, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, the world’s 10 million Zaidis must be asking themselves what kind of leadership do these protesting Sunnis, 12er Shi-ites, Copts and atheists want once their corrupt dictators are banished? There doesn’t seem to be a plan or a vision for what comes next…just some vague idea about freedom and democracy. The trouble is, the West is all too aware of this and is already taking advantage of the situation with their oil-inspired invasion of Libya (under the guise of “helping” the Libyans shake off their nasty dictator.) You can bet the West is already making plans how they can use the wave of protests to their economic/strategic advantage, all the while pretending they want to “help” the long suffering Arabs.
It’s time for Arabs to consider their alternatives carefully and wisely, and the best form of leadership available to the Arab Muslim world right now is Zaidi leadership. We Zaidis say that leaders of the Muslim world should be descended from the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), they should compete for leadership roles according to stringent criteria as laid down in Zaidi political theory, and there is no reason why Zaidi leadership can’t be combined with a democratic system of representation for the masses.
Why Zaidi leadership? Sunni leaders will always oppress 12er Shi-ites, (e.g. like Saudi Arabia does), and 12er Shi-ite leaders will always oppress Sunnis (e.g. like Iran does). Either way there will be oppression, disunity, rivalry, possibly civil war. Worse still, even a war between the Sunni oil monarchs and their 12er Shi-ite rival Iran is on the cards. The West loves this division; it weakens the Muslim umma and makes it easy to dominate them. The only hope for a unified, peaceful, strong Middle East/North Africa/Asia is to restore the Prophet’s family to its rightful place, inspiring and unifying the Muslim masses. Until the world’s Muslims sort out their differences on the Sunni/Shia issue, which has divided them for centuries, and come to the compromise position, I don’t hold out much hope for peace and stability in the region. What is the compromise position? Zaidism.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Illustrated Zaidi Prayer Guide

as salaamu alaykum all!


Thanks to the efforts of all of us in the Imam Rassi Society (esp. Bro Ibn Zabara), we have completed our translation of Iqaama as-Salaat, which is a Zaydi prayer book that includes accompanying pictures.

It is available to preview at http://www.salvationark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65:perform-prayer
It is a draft that we need to tweak but it is a great start for those who wants to view the Zaydi wudu and prayer.

Please continue to make dua for us!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ask a Zaidi, 2011 edition

Over the past month, some new questions have popped up in earlier posts. Here they are, with the answers provided so far.
Please note that there is now an "Ask a Zaidi" page in English at the www.anazaidi.com website. I have posted one of these questions on that site as well.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Zaidi Website has English Section

Recently zaidism.blogspot was approached by the anazaidi.com website and asked to supply articles in English for their new Zaidism forum in English. (anazaidi means "I am a Zaidi"). Zaidism.blogspot has asked Imam Rassi Society for their opinion of the anazaidi website and received this reply:

"Anazaidi.com seems to be THE Zaidi resource right now. They have a host of articles, books, audios, videos, and the like. It seems to be the largest Zaidi site that there is! They seem apolitical and just focused on collecting and compiling Zaidi works.

They also seem to be affiliated with a scholar by the name of Sayyid Abdur-Rahman as-Sha`im. We don't know much about him except that he is based in Sa'ada and he issues fatwas and answers questions. After reading some of his stuff, he seems to be very knowledgeable and is dedicated to defending Zaidism against its enemies and extremism. IRS."

Zaidism.blogspot is therefore proud to be affiliated with anazaidi.com
We have already begun to copy our "apolitical" articles into the "Zaidism" section of anazaidi.com. It is hoped that these will become forums where English readers will be able to post comments and questions. It is also hoped that "Ask a Zaidi" will be incorporated into the anazaidi website from February onwards.
Meanwhile, zaidism.blogspot will continue to update readers about the political situation for today's Zaidis, which seems to be outside the scope of anazaidi.com
All of the Zaidi books which Imam Rassi Society has translated to English are now available on anazaidi.com in their "islamic books" section. You may need to click on "translate to English" to locate the "islamic books" section.
Your feedback about anazaidi.com is welcomed.