About Us

Hussaini Association of Calgary is a registered Charitable organization in Canada. It was established in 1982 in Calgary. Hussaini Association of Calgary is committed to providing opportunities and facilities for all its members, in following Islam and promoting the true teachings of Islam in accordance with Fiqah-e-Jaffaria, and to increase fellowship and foster respect towards other religious organizations. The Hussainia has been serving Shia Muslims in preserving their faith and cultural values along with the true form of Islam taught by Prophet Muhammad(saw), Ali(as) and their progenies.

Mission Statement

Hussaini Association of Calgary’s main purpose is to spread the true message of Islam, and help people understand the true face of Islam against the defaced form used by the Terrorists. The Shia Faith has always stood against inhumanity and tyranny since the inception of Islam and till date Shia Muslims stand united against Terrorism. Hardly a day passes by when shia muslim(s) is not martyred around the world by the Terrorists. But that has not stopped shia muslims from spreading true message of Islam taught by Prophet Muhammad(saw) and his progenies. It is important to know that the Terrorists hate shia muslims more than non-muslims or any other community in the world. Only because, We stand firmly against them, against the defaced form of Islam.

Who are we?

We, Shias, regard Ali(as) as the first Imam after Prophet Muhammad(saw), and consider him and his descendants the rightful successors to Prophet Muhammad(saw), all of whom are members of the Ahl al-Bayt, the household of Prophet Muhammad(saw), while Sunnis consider Ali(as) the fourth and final of the Rashidun (rightly guided Caliphs).

Why we believe what we believe?

In Muslim culture, Ali(as) is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Prophet Muhammad(saw), equal treatment of all Human beings and generosity, even in forgiving his defeated enemies. Ali retains his stature as an authority on Quranic exegesis, Islamic jurisprudence and religious thought. Ali holds a high position in almost all Muslims sub-casts around the world. Ali’s influence has been important throughout Islamic history.

We believe, Ali(as) was the only rightful successor after Prophet Muhammad(saw), as Prophet Muhammad(saw) in last days of his life, had declared it. Ten years after the migration (hijrah), the Messenger of Allah [peace and blessings be upon him and his Progeny] ordered to his close followers to call all the people in different places to join him in his last pilgrimage. On this pilgrimage he taught them how to perform the pilgrimage in a correct and unified form.

This was first time that the Muslims with this magnitude gathered in one place in the presence of their leader, the Messenger of Allah [s]. On his way to Makkah, more than seventy thousand people followed the Prophet [saw]. On the fourth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah more than one hundred thousand Muslims had entered Makkah.

After completing his last pilgrimage (Hajjatul-Wada’), Prophet[saw] was leaving Makkah toward Madinah, where he and the crowd of people reached a place called Ghadir Khumm (which is close to today’s al-Juhfah). It was a place where people from different provinces used to greet each other before taking different routes for their homes.

Revelation of Qur’anic Verse 5:67

In this place, the following verse of the Qur’an was revealed:

“O Apostle! Deliver what has been sent down to you from your Lord; and if you don’t do it, you have not delivered His message (at all); and Allah will protect you from the people …” (Qur’an 5:67)

The last sentence in the above verse indicates that the Prophet [saw] was mindful of the reaction of his people in delivering that message but Allah informs him not to worry, for He will protect His Messenger from people.

The Sermon

Upon receiving the verse, the Prophet [saw] stopped on that place (the pond of Khumm) which was extremely hot. Then he sent for all people who have been ahead in the way, to come back and waited until all pilgrims who fell behind, arrived and gathered. He ordered Salman [r] to use rocks and camel toolings to make a pulpit (minbar) so he could make his announcement. It was around noon time in the first of the Fall, and due to the extreme heat in that valley, people were wrapping their robes around their feet and legs, and were sitting around the pulpit, on the hot rocks.

On this day the Messenger of Allah [saw] spent approximately five hours in this place; three hours of which he was on the pulpit. He recited nearly one hundred verses from The Glorious Quran, and for seventy three times reminded and warned people of their deeds and future. Then he gave them a long speech.

The following is a part of his speech which has been widely narrated by the Sunni traditionists:

“It seems the time approached when I shall be called away (by Allah) and I shall answer that call. I am leaving for you two precious things and if you adhere to them both, you will never go astray after me. They are the Book of Allah and my Progeny, that is my Ahlul Bayt. The two shall never separate from each other until they come to me by the Pool (of Paradise).”

Then followed the key sentence denoting the clear designation of ‘Ali as the leader of the Muslim ummah. The Prophet [saw] held up the hand of ‘Ali(as) and said:

“For whoever I am his Leader (maula), ‘Ali is his Leader (maula).”