One day Abu Hanifa was teaching at the college. Bohlool was sitting in a corner, listening to Abu Hanifa’s lesson. In the middle of his lesson, Abu Hanifa said that, “Imam Jafar Sadiq says three things that I don’t agree with. These are: Firstly, he says Shaitan will be punished in the Hell-fire. Since Shaitan is made of fire, then how is it possible that fire can hurt him? One kind of thing can’t get hurt from the same kind of thing. Secondly, he says that we can’t see Allah; but something that is present must also be able to be seen. Therefore, Allah can be seen by our eyes. Thirdly, he says that whoever does something is himself responsible for it; and will be questioned about it because he did it himself; but evidence is against this. Meaning, whatever a person does is done by Allah and the person has no control over what he does.”
As soon as Abu Hanifa said this, Bohlool picked up a clod of earth and threw it at him. It hit his forehead and gave him severe pain. Then Bohlool ran away. Abu Hanifa’s students ran after Bohlool and caught him. Since Bohlool was related to the Khalifa, they took him to the Khalifa and narrated the whole incident.
Bohlool said, “Call Abu Hanifa so that I can give him my answer.”
Abu Hanifa was called and Bohlool said to him, “What wrong have I done to you?”
"You hit my forehead with a clod of earth. My forehead and head are in severe pain."
"Can you show me your pain?"
"Can pain be seen?"
Bohlool replied, “You yourself say that every present thing can be seen and you criticize Imam Jafar Sadiq by saying how is it possible that Allah is present, but invisible. Secondly, you wrongly claim that the clod of earth pains your head; because the clod of earth is made of mud and you were also created from mud. Then how can one kind of thing hurt the same type of substance? Thirdly, you yourself said that all acts are done by Allah. Then how can you say that I am guilty, present me to the Khalifa, complain about me, and demand punishment for me!”
Abu Hanifa listened to Bohlool’s intelligent answers and shamefully left Haroun’s court.
Two suicide bombers have killed at least 40 people and injured more than 140 on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Karbala, police reports say.
About a million Shia Muslim pilgrims are in the city to visit the Imam Hussein shrine. About 60 pilgrims were killed in two other attacks this week.
Friday is the last and most important day of the Arbaeen, 40 days of mourning for the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
Meanwhile, 25 people were killed in an attack on Shias in Karachi in Pakistan.
Police said the Karbala attack was a double suicide bombing - two cars packed with explosives were detonated on either side of a bridge across which pilgrims were making their way in and out of the city.
Some reports said the car bomb attack was followed up by mortar rounds.
Provincial governor Amalheddin al-Hir told the AFP news agency he believed that al-Qaeda militants, supported by the outlawed Baath party of former leader Saddam Hussein, had carried out the attack.
The attack came despite heightened security for the pilgrimage to Karbala, which Mr Hir said had drawn about 10 million worshippers to the Imam Hussein shrine over the past two weeks.
This year’s pilgrimage has already been hit twice by bombers.
A bomb planted on a cart pulled by a motorbike killed at least 20 pilgrims on Wednesday as they streamed into Karbala.
And more than 40 pilgrims were killed on the outskirts of the capital Baghdad on Monday as they began the long walk to Karbala.
The bombings also raise fears of an increase in sectarian violence before Iraq’s March parliamentary elections.
The tension has risen with the row over the banning of more than 500 candidates, many for links to the Baath party.
Sunnis believe they have been heavily targeted in the exclusions, which are the subject of a legal challenge.
The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse in Baghdad says that the stakes are high; a peaceful and credible election would allow the country to draw a line underneath the bloodshed and turbulence of recent years, he says.
But, he adds, these recent bombings have raised fears of a return to sectarian violence, just as American forces prepare to withdraw.
The Pakistan attack, possibly involving a bomb on a motorcycle, targeted a bus carrying Shia Muslims to a religious procession also marking Arbaeen.
In addition to the 11 dead, about 50 people were injured.
The Shia-Sunni schism originates from a dispute soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad over who should lead the Muslims.
Sunnis remain the majority globally, with Shias estimated to number about 10% of all Muslims. Shias are however the majority in Iraq.
Two bombs targeting Shia Muslims exploded in Pakistan’s largest city yesterday, one outside a hospital treating victims from the first blast hours earlier. At least 25 people were killed and around 100 others wounded.
Police appealed for calm following the strikes in the chaotic city of 16 million people. In late December, a bomb in the southern port city killed 44 pilgrims attending a procession to mark Ashura, the anniversary of the death of revered Shia figure Imam Hussein, sparking deadly riots.
Yesterday’s blasts coincided with Arbaeen, the final day of the annual 40-day mourning period for Hussein.
The first blast targeted a bus carrying worshippers, most of them women and children, killing 12 and wounding 49, officials said. The bomb was attached to a motorcycle and detonated as the bus drove to an Arbaeen procession, witnesses said. The second bomb exploded outside the entrance to the emergency ward at Jinnah Hospital, packed with victims and relatives of those caught in the earlier attack.
"A woman was calling me at the emergency ward, when the blast went off outside and then it was all darkness," said Seemi Jamali, a senior doctor, as he recalled the explosion. "There was absolute chaos and people ran out of the hospital from whichever door they could."
A leading philosopher has advised Islamic extremists to drink wine to become more tolerant.
Dr Scruton, research professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in both Oxford and Washington, urges “lunatic fundamentalists who have set their heart on giving Islam a bad name” to imbibe, as it would help them become more moderate.
According to Dr Scruton, the occasional glass would help teach important lessons about friendship and getting along with others. “Muslims must learn again to drink, and should be piously applying themselves to the task,” the Daily Express quoted from Dr Scruton’s article in the international wine magazine, Decanter.
“It is reported that the Commander of the Faithful [Imam Ali], peace be upon him, said: Jesus the son of Mary, Peace he upon him, said: ‘The dinar (money/wealth) is the illness of religion, and the scholar (al-‘alim) is the physician of religion. So if you see that the physician brings illness upon himself, distrust him, and know that he is not to advise others.’”—Bihar al-anwar, Vol. XIV, p. 319
“The reality is that such an attack would be potentially even more devastating than the aggression against Iraq. Iran has the ability to deliver armed retaliation, both directly and through its allies, which would not only engulf the region but block the 20% of global oil supplies shipped through the straits of Hormuz. It would also certainly set back the cause of progressive change in Iran.”—
A possible war in my home country? So now it makes sense why they want to pull troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan — to focus on Iran. Are two pointless wars not enough? Nice way for the U.S. government to take advantage of Iran and the weak state that it’s currently in because of the huge political crisis going on. The U.S. government condemns the killings in Iran by its own government, but it’s going to be okay when it’s someone else doing the killing.