Question:Please explain the main purpose one should seek in marriage, and mention the characteristics of a spouse who could bring us to this goal. Answer: Not only in marriage, but also in all other stages of life, one should have a major goal, namely to obey Allah (SWT) and to gain proximity towards Him. This is mainly because any other goal is transient and futile, and will eventually experience annihilation.
Birthday of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (PBUH)
Ma’mun set various trials for Imam Reza (PBUH), so that he would overpower the Imam (PBUH) by defeating him in those trials. One of the most important among those trials was technical debates with scholars of other religions. Mamun ordered his minister, Fadl ibn Sahl, to gather prominent scholars, among whom were religious scholars such as Jathaliq (the great Christian Cardinal), Ras al-Jalut (the great Jewish Rabbi), Herbez (great Zoroastrian scholar), the Roman Nastas, some other scientists, etc. Then he ordered Yasir the servant to call upon the Imam (PBUH) for the debate