The city of Qum (also spelled Qom), which is located some 150 km south of Tehran, is now one of the most important politico-religious centres for whole Shi’ite world, it is the Vatican of Shi’ism, its bastion in which their largest religious seminaries (‘Hawzat al-‘Ilmiyyah’, the scientific Hawzahs) are based. The Shia claim that the sister of Imam al-Rida (rh) is buried there, they even refer to Qum as ‘Qum al-Muqaddasah (‘the holy Qum’!), a practice unknown to the Muslims and more in resemblance to the tradition of the Christians tradition and other polytheists who refer to their lands as holy (Muqaddas).
Not a shred of evidence exists for outstanding contributions to Islam and the Ummah or unmatched knowledge by Fatimah bint Musa (201 AH/ 816 CE), may Allah have mercy on her, yet the extremist Twelver Shia refer to her as Fatimah al-Ma’sumah (the infallible)! A title they claim that was given to her by her father (Imam Musa al-Kazim), who had 37 children (how oppressed one must be to make 37 children…).
The truth is: She was a rightous daughter of a righteous man, a Hashimiyyah (Hashimite) that happened to be the daughter and sister of two great Imams (Musa ibn Ja’far al-Kazim and Ali ibn Musa al-Rida). Imam al-Rida – whom she wanted to join – was residing in Khorasan (in Tus, modern day Mashahd). Fatimah bin Musa (rh) died on her journey and it is said that she was buried in Qum. Covenient to the Ghulat, the extremist Rafidah, they seized the opportunity, attributed all sorts of lies and exaggerated qualities to her and finally built an extravagant and luxurious shrine and masoleum in her name that is worship min dunillah (besides Allah) in the name of ‘loving Ahlul-Bayt’ and ‘Tawassul’ (intercession’).
Qum was conquered by the Muslims in the last year of the life and reign of the chief of the believers, Omar ibn al-Khattab (r). The commander of the Muslim army in this victory was the noble Sahabi Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (whom the Shia curse) who previously conquered the Arab lands al-Ahwaz (now occupied by Iran).
One of the oldest mosques in the Qum is called the ‘Atiq (name of Abu Bakr al-Siddiq) Mosque. Only a fire temple, Mozdjan, remained until the end of the third century as it was located in a mountainous region and because many Maguses (Majusis) lived in the route that led to it. The Sunni presence in Qum lasted not long, however Qum always had a Sunni minority until the Safavids wiped them out completely.
In 66 A.H, after the uprising of the heretic (who claimed Prophethood!) Mukhtar (who was seeking revenge for the murder of al-Husayn ibn Ali in Karbala), a group of his Shia followers (the Tawwabun i.e. Shias of Kufa who betrayed al-Husayn) from the Bani Asad tribe traveled from Kufa to Qum, and took refuge in the area of Jamkaran.
Then came the Ash’arites (tribe, not sect) when Abdul-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn Ash’as was appointed by Hajjaj ibn Yusuf as the governor of Sijistan (modern day Sistan and Baluchestan Province in Iran). He then rebelled against Hajjaj but was defeated and escaped. Among the companions of the heretic Batini Abdul- Rahman there were seven children of Sa’d ibn Malik Ash’ari who were from the Rafidah of Iraq. They came to Qum and made major efforts in spreading Rafidi Shia culture. The Ash’arite Arabs had early contact with the leading local Zoroastrian Persian noble Yazdanfadar (Qomi, pp. 242–50, 258–65, 284–91; Drechsler, pp. 78–91) who possibly played a role in the distortion of Islam under the guise of Shi’ism (as done by other Zoroastrian rebels). The Arabs of Qum mixed with its Persian population and even adopted Persian culture and language until they were completely absorbed by the Persians (many Persian from Rayy and other parts that is known as Tehran also moved to Qum).
The Rafidi Shias of Qum (who were known in all of Sunni Persia for their hatred of the Sahabah and their ritual cursing of them) revolted against the Umayyad caliphs and after the inception of the Abbasid caliphate in 132 A.H, they also remained at odds with the Abbasid caliphs. In the late 14th century, the city was plundered by Tamerlane and the inhabitants were massacred and in the following centuries the Afghan Pashtuns conquered Persia and Qum suffered heavy damage.
Thus, historically speaking, Qum has served as a hub for the worst type of heretics, Arabs and Ajam (non-Arabs) alike, who settled there, the Ghulat (extremist Rafidi Shias), to this very day.
Even in Pre-Safawi i.e. majority Sunni Iran, Qum was one of the few towns that was completely Twelver Shi’ite (and despised by Persian Sunnis, many reports exist how especially the Sunnis of Isfahan detested the Qummites). Although it is correct that Shi’ism was not unknown to Pre-Safawi Sunni Persia and what is known as Iran today, however, it mainly existed in a moderate form i.e. in the form of Zaydism and on top of that in few regions only like parts of the north of Iran that had a Zaydi population (that was ironically wiped out by the Twelver Shi’ite Safawis whose descendants i.e. the Khomeinites are shedding crocodile tears for the majority Sunni nation of Yemen and its Zaydi minority). As for Twelver Shi’ism: it was extremely scarce in all of what is known as Iran today except in Qum, part of Rayy and Khorasan.
Fast forward to the 21st century. In February 2020, Qum has become the epicentre of Coronavirus in Iran and in fact in the entire middle east (out of all places). Many tomb and shrine visitors from Arab countries like Bahrain and Kuwait and even Pakistanis have reportedly brought the virus to their respective countries after visiting Qum in Iran.
Thus, Qum has always been a cesspool of evil, extremism, heresies (zandaqat) and polytheism (shirk). Now this very Qum that has been known for anything but authentic Islam, Tawhid and Sunnah is praised in Shia books with the best qualities, merits and virtues possible, the ones that don’t even exist for Makkah and Madinah. The Rafidah have forged numerous Ahadith in the name of the Imams of Aal (progeny and family) Muhammad (s) where Qum and its people are showered with more praise than the Sahabah in the Qur’an.
(NOTE: The following narrations are far from being unreliable tothe Shias as some Shia apologists probably will argue for the sake of damage control. The truth of the matter is that the following shocking narrations can be found on numerous major Shia websites, including the official website of the Hawzah of Qum where these forgeries are proudly presented as virtues and merits of Qum without the slightest criticism by Shia scholars/authorities!)
Qum – The land from which the Prophet (s) banished Satan from!
قُمْ يا مَلْعُونُ
(باب 373 – العلة التي من أجلها سميت قم)1 – حدثنا علي بن عبد الله الوراق رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى والفضل بن عامر الأشعري قالا: حدثنا سليمان بن مقبل قال: حدثنا محمد بن زياد الأزدي قال: حدثنا عيسى بن عبد الله الأشعري عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد قال حدثني أبي عن جدي عن أبيه عليهم السلام قال:
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله لما اسرى بي إلى السماء حملني جبرئيل على كتفه الأيمن فنظرت إلى بقعة بأرض الجبل حمراء أحسن لونا من الزعفران وأطيب ريحا من المسك فإذا فيها شيخ على رأسه برنس، فقلت لجبرئيل: ما هذه البقعة الحمراء التي هي أحسن لونا من الزعفران وأطيب ريحا من المسك قال: بقعة شيعتك وشيعة وصيك على، فقلت من الشيخ صاحب البرنس؟ قال: إبليس قلت: فما يريد منهم قال: يريد ان يصدهم على ولاية أمير المؤمنين (عليه السلام) ويدعوهم إلى الفسق الفجور، فقلت: يا جبرئيل أهو بنا إليهم، فاهوى بنا إليهم أسرع من البرق الخاطف والبصر اللامع، فقلت: قم يا ملعون فشارك أعدائهم في أموالهم وأولادهم ونسائهم، فان شيعتي وشيعة علي ليس لك عليهم سلطان، فسميت قم.(علل الشرائع – “الصدوق” – ج ٢ – الصفحة ٥٧٢)Imam al-Sadiq said that his forefathers narrated to him that the Prophet (s) said: ‘When I ascended to the heavens, Jibreel carried me on his right shoulder, so I looked at a spot of land, a red mountain better in colour than saffron and with a better scent than musk. There was an old man with a hooded cloak upon his head. So I said to Jibreel: ‘What is this red spot which is more beautiful in colour than saffron and has a better scent than musk?’ He said: ‘A spot of your Shi’ites and Shi’ites of your legatee Ali.’ I asked: ‘Who is the old man with the hooded cloak?’ He said: ‘Iblis.’ I said: ‘So what does he want from them (Shi’ites)?’ He wants to repel them from the the Wilayah of the prince of the believers (Ali) and invite them mischief and immorality’. I said: ‘O Jibreel! Let us go to him.’ So he took me to him quicker than the speed of light. I said to him (Iblis): ‘Arise (qum), O cursed one! Join their (Shi’ites) enemies in their wealth, and their children, and their womenfolk, but as for my Shia, and the Shia of Alia, there is no authority for you over them’. (‘Ilal al-Shara’i by al-Saduq, chapter 131 and Bihar al-Anwar by al-Majlisi, vol. 57, pg, 218)
Qum – The place of refuge from all calamities (except Coronavirus…)!
“Whenever hardship, pain and calamity befall on you go to Qum because it is the place of refuge for the children of Fatimah and safe haven for the faithful.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 60, p. 215)
Unbelievable but true: The Iranian Shia regime has put up billboards in and around the city of Qum with the Persian/Farsi translation of the fabricated narration (of course attributed to Imam al-Sadiq) of Qum being a safe haven for the faithful from all calamities!
Qum, the epicentre of Coronavirus in Iran? So what? Though shall not worry, for not just Qum but even its surrounding areas are save from every calamity! All Shia clerics in particular should seek refuge in Qum as soon as possible, the world will thank them!
اذا عَمَّتِ الْبُلْدانَ الْفِتَنُ فَعَلَیکمْ بِقُمْ وَحَوالیها وَنَواحیها فَانَّ الْبَلاءَ مَدْفُوعٌ عَنْها
( بحارالانوار، ج 57، ص 228، ح 60)
“When calamity and sedition become widespread, go to Qum and its surrounding areas; for Qum is kept immune from calamities (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 228)
More from the Kufan and Qummite Khurafat (superstitions) factory:
“Calamites are repelled from the people of Qum, and they are [God’s] proof (Hujjah) over other people (Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 57, Page 262).”
In Shia hadiths (clear-cut fabrications and exaggerations attributed to the Ahlul-Bayt), Qum is referred to by expressions such as “The small Kufa”, “The relying place of Qaim (Mahdi) Aal Muhammad,” “The place of awaiting (of the Mahdi) of Aal Muhammad,” “The place of safety and comfort for believers,” “A piece of the Bayt al-Muqaddas,” “The nest of Aal Muhammad” and “The shelter of the children of Fatimah.”
Another fabrication attributed to Imam al-Sadiq (rh):
قال الامام الصادق (ع): إن لله حرما وهو مكة، وإن للرسول (ص) حرما و هو المدينة، وإن لأمير المؤمنين (ع) حرما و هو الكوفة، و إن لنا حرما و هو بلدة قم، وستدفن فيها امرأة من اولادي تسمى فاطمة، فمن زارها وجبت له الجنة
(بحار الأنوار ج 57 ص 216, مستدرك الوسائل ج 10 ص 368, العوالم ج 21 ص 330, جميعا عن تاريخ قم
“Once, a group of people from the city of Ray gathered around Imam al-Sadiq in Medina. When they told the Imam they were from Ray, the Imam said, ‘Greetings to our brothers from Qum.’ They repeated that they are from Ray yet the Imam said the same again and this happened for a couple of times. Then the Imam said:
“Truly for God there is a sanctuary and that is Makkah; and for the Messenger there is a sanctuary and that is Madinah; and for the Commander of the Faithful (Ali b. Abi Talib) there is a sanctuary and that is Kufa and truly, there is a sanctuary for us and that is the land of Qum. A lady from my children, by the name of Fatima will be buried in Qum . Whoever visits her [shrine], will certainly (wajib!) be admitted to Heaven” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 216)
Comment: The fabricated nature of this report couldn’t be more obvious. It should be sufficient to mention that the great Imam al-Sadiq was born in Madinah, lived all his life in Madinah and died in Madinah. If Qum was so great (and he so oppressed) he would have migrated for the sake of Allah as his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah (s) did with the support and protection of Allah with an insignificant number of followers.
Qum’s soil is sacred!
تُرْبَةُ قُمْ مُقَدَّسَةٌ وَاهْلُها مِنَّا وَنَحْنُ مِنْهُمْ
(بحار الأنوار ؛ ج 57 , ص 218)
“The soil of Qum is sacred, and its people are from us and we are from them.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 218)
Allah has preferred Qum over other cities!
انَّ اللَّهَ اخْتارَ مِنْ جَمیعِ الْبِلادِ کوفَةَ وَقُمْ وَتِفْلیسَ
(بحار الأنوار ؛ ج 57 , ص 213)
“Verily, Allah has chosen Kufah, Qom and Taflis over all other lands.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 213)
Allah has forgiven the people of Qum!
اهْلُ قُمْ مَغْفُورٌ لَهُمْ
(مفاتيح نوين، ص 1062؛ النجم الثاقب، ص 383-/ 388)
“The people of Qum are forgiven.” (Mafatih Nawin, pg. 1062; al-Najm al-Thaqib, pg. 383-388)
An angel has spread his wings over Qum!
“There is an angel for Qum who has spread his wings over it and any tyrant who intents bad for Qum, Allah melts him down as the salt is melted in water.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 60, p. 217)
Qum and its people are the chosen people of God/Allah and Hujjah (divine argument, proof and authority) over mankind!
انَّ اللَّهَ احْتَجَّ بِالْکوفَةِ عَلی سائِرِ الْبِلادِ، وَبِالْمُؤْمِنینَ مِنْ اهْلِها عَلی غَیرِهِمْ مِنْ اهْلِ الْبِلادِ، وَاحْتَجّ بِبَلْدَةِ قُمْ عَلی سایرِ الْبِلادِ وَبِأَهْلِها عَلی جَمیعِ اهْلِ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ مِنَ الْجِنّ وَالْإنْسِ، وَلَمْ یدَعِ اللَّهُ قُم وَاهْلَه مُسْتَضْعَفاً بَلْ وَفَّقَهُمْ وَایدَهُمْ.. . وَسَیأْتی زَمانٌ تَکون بَلْدَةُ قُمْ وَاهْلُها حُجَّةً عَلَی الْخَلائِقِ وَذلِک فی زَمانِ غیبَةِ قائِمِنا علیه السلام الی ظُهُورِهِ، وَلَوْلا ذلِک لَساخَتِ الْارْضُ بِأَهْلِها، وَانَ الْمَلائِکةَ لَتَدْفَعُ الْبَلایا عَنْ قُمْ وَاهْلِهِ، وَما قَصَدَهُ جَبَّارٌ بِسُوءٍ الّا قَصَمَهُ قاصِمُ الْجَبَّارینَ
(بحار الأنوار ؛ ج 57 , ص 212)
Verily, Allah preferred and took as a Hujjah (divine argument, proof and authority) Kufa over all other lands and its (Kufah’s) believers over the rest of the people in the rest of the lands, and He preferred and took as a Hujjah (divine argument) Qum over the rest of the lands and (preferred and took as a Hujjah) its (Qum’s) people over the entire east and west from amongst the Jinn and humans. Allah did not leave the people of Qum overpowered, rather He granted them success and aided them. The time will come when Qum and its people will be Hujjah (divine argument) over the entire creation. This will be during the time of the occultation of our Qa`im (Mahdi) until his reappearance. And if this was not so, the earth would be swallow up its people. Verily, the angels guard Qum and its people from disasters, and no tyrant can aim towards it with evil intentions without being annihilated by Allah, the Annihilator of tyrants. (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 212)
Three gates of heaven open to Qum!
“Be aware that Qum is the small Kufa. Be aware that heaven has eight gates, three of which open to Qum. A lady from my descendants whose name is Fatima, the daughter of Musa, will be buried there and it is through her intercession that all my Shias will enter heaven.” (Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 57, Page 228)
Paradise is granted to the one who visits Qum and the tomb/grave of a lady saint!
Heaven is for he who visits the extravagant shrine and mausoluem of lady Fatimah (the daughter of Musa ibn Ja’far al-Kazim, sister of Ali ibn Musa al-Rida) in Qum! Notice the falsehood: visiting a tomb and mausoleum that was erected over 100 years after the demise of the Prophet (s) and the completion of the religion will grant one somehow paradise! Grave and tomb obession at its best!)
أن الإمام الرضا (ع) قال لسعد الأشعري: يا سعد، عندكم قبر منا, قال: فدتك نفسي تقصد قبر فاطمة بنت موسى بن جعفر (ع)، قال (ع): نعم، من زارها عارفا بحقها فله الجنة.
(بحار الأنوار ج 99 ص 266, زاد المعاد ص 547, مستدرك الوسائل ج 10 ص 368, العوالم ج 21 ص 330)
Imam al-Rida says to Sa’d al-Ash’ari: “O Sa’d, there is a grave that is from us (Ahlul-Bayt). He (Sa’d) said: “May I be your ransom, are you referring to the grave of the daughter of Musa ibn Ja’far (in Qum)? He (a) said: “Yes, He who visits her, knowing her right, shall enter Heaven.” (Bihar al-Anwar by Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi, vol. 99, pg. 266)
Shia narration attributed to Muhammad ibn Ali al-Jawwad, the son of Ali ibn Musa al-Rida):
قال الامام الجواد (ع): من زار عمتي بقم فله الجنة.
(كامل الزيارات ص 324, وسائل الشيعة ج 14 ص 576, هداية الأمة ج 5 ص 513, بحار الأنوار ج 99 ص 265, العوالم ج 21 ص 331, وسائل الشيعة ج 14 ص 576)
“Whoever visits my aunt in Qum will be granted [the pass to] heaven.” (Bihar al-Anwar by Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi, vol. 99, pg. 265)
The following fabrication was clearly concocted in order to degrade the status of al-Madinah, the original capital of Islam, city of knowledge, city of the Prophet, his Ahlul-Bayt and the Sahabah:
سَتَخْلُو كُوفَةُ مِنَ الْمُؤمِنينَ وَيَأْزَرُ عَنَهَا الْعِلْمُ كَما تأزَرُ الحَيَّةُ فى جُحْرِها، ثُمَّ يَظْهَرُ الْعِلْمُ بِبَلْدَةٍ يُقالُ لَها قُمُّ، وَيَصيرُ مَعْدِناً لِلْعِلْمِ وَالفَضْلِ حَتَّى لا يَبْقى فِى الأرْضِ مُسْتَضْعَفٌ فى الدّينِ حَتَّى الْمُخَدَّراتِ في الْحِجالِ، وَذلِكَ عِنْدَ قُرْبِ ظُهُورِ قائِمِنا“Soon Kufa will become empty of the faithful, and knowledge will go out of Kufa as a snake goes out of its lair. Then the knowledge will appear in a land called Qum. It will become the centre of knowledge and merits. No-one, not even the women at home, will be unaware of the religion of God. This will be close to the time of the reappearance of our Qā’im (Imam Mahdī).” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 60, p. 213; Tarikh-e Qadīm-e Qum, p. 95.)
The Messenger of Allah (s) said: “Faith will retreat to Madinah as a snake retreats to its hole.” (al-Bukhaari (1876) and Muslim (147))
If it wasn’t for the Qummites (people of Qum), Islam would have presihed!
لَوْلَا الْقُمیوُنَ لَضاعَ الدّینُ
حارالانوار، ج 60, ص 217، ح 43
If it wasn’t for the Qummites (people of Qum), the religion (Islam) would have presihed!
Comment: As mentioned before,historically speaking, Qum has always been a safe haven for the Ghulat, the extremist Rafidis, Arabs and Persians alike. Even according to Twelver Shia Rafidi sources, the early Qummites (people of Qum) – from whom the Twelvers have taken their religion from – where all hardcore antropomorphists (Mujassimah)! These same heretics have attributed lies (praise for Qum and its people) to the Ahlul-Bayt to raise their own status and that of their city.
Special gateways in Paradise for the people of Qum!
Attributed to Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (rh):
عن أبي الحسن الرضا عليه السلام قال: إن للجنة ثمانية أبواب، ولأهل قم واحد منها، فطوبى لهم، ثم طوبى لهم، ثم طوبى لهم.
(بحار الأنوار – ج ٥٧ – الصفحة ٢١٥)
“Paradise comprises of eight gateways and one of it is exclusive for the people of Qum. So glad tidings to them (people of Qum), glad tidings to them, glad tidings to them.”
(Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 60, p.216)
Notice in the following narrations how the crypto-Majus of Qum, the Rafidah Shia, weren’t satisfied with the above fabrication. In order to sanctify the city of Qum even more they added more doors of Paradise to their city!
وعن الرضا عليه السلام قال: للجنة ثمانية أبواب فثلاثة منها لأهل قم، فطوبى لهم ثم طوبى لهم.
(بحار الأنوار – العلامة المجلسي – ج ٥٧ – الصفحة ٢٢٨)
“Paradise comprises of eight gateways and three of them are exclusive for the people of Qum. So glad tidings to them (people of Qum), glad tidings to them, glad tidings to them.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 228)
And of course attributed to Imam Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq too…
قال الصادق (ع):ألا ان للجنة ثمانية ابواب ثلاثة منها الى قم تُقبض فيها امرأة من ولدي اسمها فاطمة بنت موسى (عليها السلام)وتدخل بشفاعتها شيعتي الجنة باجمعهم
(بحار الأنوار ج57 ص228،)
Imam al-Sadiq said: ”Indeed, Paradise comprises of eight gateways and three of them are in Qom. There will be a women of my descendants who will die there. Her name is Fatima bint Musa (a) and all my Shia will enter Paradise due to her intercession.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 228)
Allah praised Qum and its people and showed the city to the Prophet (s) on his night journey!
حَبیبی مُحَمَّدُ، هذِهِ صُورَةُ مَدینَةٍ یقالُ لَها قُمْ یجْتَمِعُ فیها عِبادُاللَّهِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ ینْتَظِرُونَ مُحَمَّداً وَشَفاعَتَهُ لِلْقِیامَةِ وَالْحِسابِ، یجْری عَلَیهِمُ الْغَمُّ وَالْهَمُّ وَالْاحْزانُ وَالْمَکارِهُ
(بحار الأنوار ؛ ج 57 , ص 207)
“(On the Mi’raj/night journey, angel Jibrail said): “Muhammad my darling! This is a picture of a city called Qum. In it the faithful slaves of Allah are awaiting (you) Muhammad and his intercession on the day of judgement. All worries, sorrow, and grief will be lifted from them.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 57, pg. 207)
Salutations to the People of Qum for they are devout worshippers!
This absurdity has been attributed to none other than Ali ibn Abi Talib (r) himself who is innocent and free of such nonsensical speech:
وعن أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام أنه قال: صلوات الله على أهل قم، ورحمة الله على أهل قم، سقى الله بلادهم الغيث
بحار الأنوار: ج60، ص228
“May the blessings of Allah be upon the people of Qum. May the mercy of Allah be upon the people of Qum, Allah will shower their lands with the required rainfall.”
(The zindiq who fabricated the narration either didn’t know or forgot that Qum has scanty rainfall and is one of the most dry places in Iran, it’s literally a desert town, a dust-covered town between a salt lake and a dried out river. Qum has actually low rainfall throughout the year, the situation is so dire that water has been chanalled from the ‘Khuzestan’ (occupied al-Ahwaz lands by Iran) province and its Karun river to Qom, Yazd, Kerman and even Isfahan. This project has been ongoing since the Shah’s time and continued by the Rafidi state who both have damage the farmland of many Arabs in al-Ahwaz with their natioanlistic Persian policies.)
And of course similar nonsense with added nonsense has been attributed to Ja’far al-Sadiq:
“Salutations to the people of Qum, Allah will shower their lands with the required rainfall and will bless them and turn their calamities into safety and goodness. The people of Qum are devout performers of the daily prayers. They are jurisprudents, scholars and explore the realities and perform good worship.” (Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 60, pg. 217)
Comment: Good worship like tomb/grave/shrine worship, annual forms of extreme mourning rituals and self-flagellation, ritualised cursing of the Sahabah or what about the bid’ah and sanctified (by ‘Ayatollahs’) wishing well in Jamkaran, Qum (and elswhere in Iran!) where the ‘devout believers’ write letters (!) to their hidden Imams (just like Jews do, just worse, as Jews address God directly and alone!) asking him for all their needs. As for calamities…then the people of Qum (‘the safe haven for the faithful’) has been hit by the Coronavirus more than any other region of Iran and the entire middle east.
A city of superstitions and grave/shrine worship – Qum
Qum, the Vatican of the Rafidah is literally a cesspool of everything that Islam came to condemn, fight against and get rid of for good. The city and the Rafidi clergy have revived all sorts of Wathaniyyah (paganism and idolatry) and Jahiliyyah in the name of Shi’ism and (loving) Ahlul-Bayt. Here some more bizarre (and mostly unknown to the Muslim world, especially the English speaking one) facts about Qum:
– There are more than 400 (!) tombs, graves, shrines and mazars (mausoleums) in Qum alone (over 1,000 in all of Iran!), so called ‘Imamzadehs’ (refers to an immediate descendant of a Shi’i Imam in the Persian language) that are worshipped min dunillah under the pretext of ‘Tawassul’ (intercession).
Another major religious institution in Iran is the shrine. There are more than 1,100 shrines that vary from crumbling sites associated with local saints to the imposing shrines of Imam Reza and his sister Fatima in Mashhad and Qom, respectively. These more famous shrines are huge complexes that include the mausoleums of the venerated Eighth Imam and his sister, tombs of former shahs, mosques, madrasehs, and libraries. Imam Reza’s shrine is the largest and is considered to be the holiest
The ‘Mahdaviat’ (Mahdawiyyah) cult in Qum
The Bid’ah of Mahdawiyyah (cultish belief in the Mahdi that involves innovated beliefs and rituals in the name of the Mahdi and a culture of ‘Intizar’ i.e. constantly awaiting (and wailing like Jews) the reappearance of the Mahdi. These heretical beliefs and practices have no relation to the normative and orthodox belief of the Muslims i.e. Ahlus-Sunnah, in the Mahdi.
There is a reason why there Mahdi is nowhere mentioned in the Qur’an (like other signs of the day of judgement), although important at one time in the unknown future, he’s simply not a pillar of the religion, unlike in Shi’ism (where in batini/esoteric fashion it is claimed that numerous verses have been revealed about the Mahdi!) where he enjoys a demigod status. Shias invoke/pray to their ‘hidden Mahdi’, ask him for all their needs, believe that his omnipresent (pretty much like God) and carry other forms of Ghuluw (extremism and exaggerations) that has lead to kufr, shirk and superstitions in the name of the Ahlul-Bayt and the Mahdi.
Nowhere can this extremism and cultish and superstitious theater be better observed than in the city of Qum and there is no suprise that the heretical Ghulat (extremists) made up narrations about how the people of Qum will be stauch followers of the Shia Mahdi (Dajjal) in reality (note that the lands of Qum are in close proximity to the lands of Isfahan, the land where the followers of the Dajjal will arise, both lands are Shi’ite today!).
إِنَّما سُمِّيَتْ قُمّ، لأَِنَّ أَهْلَها يَجْتَمِعُونَ مَعَ قائِمِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَيَقُومُونَ مَعَهُ، وَيَسْتَقيمُونَ عَلَيْهِ وَيَنْصُرُونَهُ
(حار الأنوار ؛ ج 57 , ص 213)
“Qum has been so named because the people of Qum will gather around the Steadfast Imam of the household of the Prophet (S) [Qā’im-e Āl-e Muhammad; Mahdī]; they will make a stand (Qīyām) under his banner, stay loyal to him and be helpers for him.”
Comment: Sufficient for proof for the fabricated nature of this report is that Qum according to historians was never named as such in the past. In fact it was a region made up of several towns that much later (after the Islamic conquests) lead to the fusion of what is known today as Qom.
The superstitious Jamkaran Temple – This infamous ‘mosque’ was ordered to be build by the Shia Mahdi himself, during a dream revealed to a “righteous man” some 1,000 years ago. The charlatan Rafidi clergy have long history with so called encounters with their hidden Imam. From the likes of ‘Al-Mufid’ (al-Mudirr), Ibn Mudannas al-Hilli, al-Zindiq al-Majlisi the Safawi, al-Mudannas Ardibili to modern day ‘scholars’, the gullible have been fed with many fairy-tales in order to keep the mythical and non-existing Rafidi Mahdi alive in their conscious.
The significance of Jamkaran goes back to a story narrated by just one individual more than 1,000 years ago. The story is that the 12th Imam (along with Khidr!) ordered one of his followers to take the land of another man, a farmer. The 12th Imam believed the land was holy and the farmer should not farm there. All the profit from the land was instead to go to the news ‘mosque’ in Jamkaran, Qom that is of course ever since run by the Shia clergy…
A religion based on dreams and whims! Look what dangerous precedent this fabricated story sets! Someone claimed that the ‘hidden’ Shia Mahdi came to him and then told him that the land of a certain farmer belonged to him (the Shia Mahdi) and that the farmer was obligated to hand over the land and also pay for a mosque to be built on the land out of his own money. How in the world could any one prove that this man actually received these orders from the 12th Imam. If tomorrow Ayatullat Fulan comes out and says that the 12th told him to confiscate some ones land, what would any rational person say?
They have even innovated a prayer (!) that has the reward of praying right next to the Ka’bah called ‘Namaz-E-Masjed-E-Jamkaran’, wa na’udhubillahi min al-Rafidah.
Imam al-Mahdi [a] said: “O Hasan! Anyone who has offered these prayers in this Holy Mosque is tantamount to having offered prayers in the Holy Kaba.”
فَمَنْ صَلّاهُما فَکانَّما صَلَّی فی الْبَیتِ الْعَتیقِ
(مفاتيح نوين، ص 1062؛ النجم الثاقب، ص 383-/ 388)
Narration attributed to the Rafidi ‘Mahdi’: “O Hasan! Anyone who has offered these prayers in this (Jamkaran temple) is tantamount to having offered prayers inside the sacred Ka’bah.”
Comment: These heretics are the same people who claim that Tarawih is a Bid’ah! ‘Namaz-E-Masjid-E-Jamkaran’ is of course Sunnah of Rasulullah (s) according to these shameless deviants who claim that a prayer prayed in a mosque build around 400 years after the completion of Islam equals that of praying inside the Ka’bah!
Khamenei has shown a special liking for Jamkaran. In a speech in 1992, he advised clerics and religious scholars to visit the mosque, saying it would make them stronger, “We cannot have an ideal circle [of clerics] if they do not take notice of this place. “Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of the Lebanese Hizbollah, said Khamenei had admitted that he went “to Jamkaran whenever the administration of the country becomes overwhelming and I cannot find a solution”. Ayatollah Khamenei in 2001 appointed a representative, Abolqasem Vafi, to supervise the mosque. In the statement announcing the appointment, he referred to he mosque as “holy” and instructed all institutions to help Vafi in serving it. The mandate was a way to recognise Jamkaran officially and to be able to funnel public funding and official publicity to it. That is when the Jamkaran began to blossom.
In reality, the attention to Jamkaran is politically motivated. Khamenei sees himself as the deputy of the 12th Imam. The official advertisements in the mosque along with all the pictures of Ayatollah Khamenei solidify the legitimacy of the supreme leader in the minds of the visitors. Followers of Khamenei are notoriously known for spreading rumours such as that Khamenei himself sends his assistant to Jamkaran every week to have his appointment book approved by the Mahdi. Every Ayatullat gang claims some special relationship with this mythical non-guiding so called guide and guided one (‘Mahdi’).
By narrating appealing stories about the construction of the mosque, clerics at Jamkaran imply that the 12th Imam continues to visit there. This idea by itself is enough for millions of pilgrims to come, bringing with them large amounts of money in pledges and donations.
Numerous books are sold in Jamkaran about pilgrims who went to the mosque 40 Tuesdays in a row and who were finally able to see ‘Imam-E-Zaman’ (Shia Mahdi). Other books tell of those who see him in their sleep or who are cured by him. The administrators of the mosque advertise its healing powers and authorise a certificate for every miracle that is performed and list them on its website. These include the curing of various medical conditions, such as some cancers and infertility.
Ever since he became mayor of Tehran in 2003, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the first to see how enormously useful the cult could be. He put forward the idea of building a road from Tehran to the ‘mosque’ under the pretext that when the time for his grand reappearance comes, the 12th Imam will need it to reach the capital. As the mayor of Tehran, he asked the City Council to reconfigure the capital to accommodate the Imam’s imminent coming. Once he became president, he repeatedly invoked the name of the great Imam and had his cabinet members visit the Jamkaran mosque at the outskirts of Qom and drop notes of allegiance in its famed well. A budget of 1,200 billion rials (120 million US dollars) was put aside for it, millions of dollars are every spend on the birthday (!) of the 12th Imam. This enabled the Jamkaran site to expand by 250 hectares, add 14 minarets, eight gates and a vast car park.
In 2007, Iranian radio claimed that the mosque would soon be the third most important in the Muslim world — presumably after Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabi and supplanting Masjid al-Aqsa.
Well of Requests in in Qom (Jamkaran temple)
One source of income is two wells into which pilgrims throw slips of paper on which they write their wishes, so that the 12th Imam will read and grant them In Shia religious texts and prayer books such as the Mafatih al-Janan, it is said that wishes can be written on a piece of paper and thrown into a running stream. The mosque’s wells, however, are completely dry. Their clerics go down the steps of the wells every month to retrieve the crumpled pieces of paper. They are then recycled and resold to the gullible.
The well itself consists of holes in the ground—conveniently there are two, one for men and another for women—covered with metal grilles through which devotees drop their wishes and prayers scribbled on special pieces of paper sold at a nearby kiosk.
Online one can find numerous reports by non-Muslims (who are probably confused and perplexed asking themselves how Shi’ism can possibly claim puritanical monotheism as claimed in Islam) about how Rafidis literally pray to their ‘hidden Imam’, asking him for all their needs, the same way one only asks from Allah:
The guidebook for pilgrims (Tāriḵča), a kind of ziārat-nāma issued by the mosque, expounds in fourteen points the duties incumbent upon devoted Shiʿites regarding the Hidden Imam pending his parousia. There follow indications about his physical and moral features (šamāyel wa ḵoṣuṣiyāt) and directions for beseeching his help (e.g., how to make requests by throwing a letter into a well). He should be addressed with specific intentions and specific prayers; the latter are given in Arabic with Persian translation: doʿā-ye ʿahd, ziārat-e Āl-e Yāsin, doʿā-ye tawassol. The supernatural power of the Imam is illustrated by a representation of a young Ḥanafi Sunnite pilgrim’s miraculous recovery from cancer.
Spiritual Petition ( so called arizeh) Petition writing is a serious actions by the Shiites during pilgrimage. A petition is a request and prayer written to a saint. The wishful person writes their demand on a piece of paper and throws it in the Imam’s Zarih (the metal structure over the Imam’s tomb). This is done with the expectation that the Imam will satisfy the wish.
This Jewish-like Bid’ah can unsurprisingly only emerge from Twelver Shi’ism, for not even the most heretical and esoterical/batini Sufi groups have come up with such nonsense and Bid’ah that is actually worse than the practice of Jews…
…for the simple reason that Jews address God alone in their letters that they put in the cracks of the Western Wall in al-Quds…
One of the most common ways of petition-writing is carried out in Jamkaran temple near Qum. One of the most prevalent ways for expressing demands to the 12th Imam is petition-writing and throwing these in a well in the mosque.
Books could be filled about the Khurafi (superstitions) and Wathani (polytheistic) nature of Qum, but what you have read here should suffice every person of intellect and seeker of the truth.