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In Presence of Ustad
 
The Material Issues of the House and the Family
Good Mothers and Fathers
God's protection as a stronghold:
Sahifeh Sajjadieh: Set this treasure before your eyes
THE ADVENTURE OF THE AYATOLLAH HOSSEIN ANSARIAN REGARDING THE BARRIER
Warning of being ungrateful for blessings
The Aspects of Virtue in the Family
The Rights of Wives and Husbands in Islam
Responsibilities of the Head of the Household
The Principles of Spirituality in the Family
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From the Individual Faith to the Social Responsibility (2010-03-15 11:14:43)
II. From the Individual Faith to the Social Responsibility After we prove the concept of Mahdiism from the three methods of religious thinking, which forms the individual faith, now we must consider how change the individual faith to social faith. It is important for us to do this, because during the era of the long occultation, we remains fill this period through some good deeds. These are called by Mutahhari as the positive awaiting. Awaiting (intizar) is the result of two condi­tions. Firstly, he is not satisfied with the present circumstances and secondly, he expects the improve­
Mahdiism: A Proof from the Intellectual nderstanding (2010-03-15 11:13:57)
I.2 Mahdiism: A Proof from the Intellectual nderstanding To show that an Imam must exist as a proof for the existence of those injunctions and their protection, we firstly have to establish the necessity of the general prophethood. Here we discuss briefly some rational assumptions why human being is need of the Prophets. (1) A human being has been created in such a way that he cannot run his affairs on his own.  He needs the assistance and cooperation of others. In other words, he is created civil and social by nature.  Hence, he must act within a society. It is clear that self-int
THE IDEA of an expected deliverer (2010-03-15 11:13:18)
THE IDEA of an expected deliverer   The term “messianism” in the Islamic context is often used to translate the significant concept of an eschatological figure, the Mahdi, who as the foreordained leader “will rise” to launch a great social transformation in order to end the sufferings of the faithful and the rule of enemies of God and establish His kingdom on earth (Sachedina, 1981). The Islamic doctrine of salvation does not conceive of a man as a sinner who must be saved through spiritual regeneration. The basic emphasis of Islamic salvation lies instead in th
The second arrival of God – The Realm of one thousand years (2010-03-15 11:12:23)
The second arrival of God – The Realm of one thousand years    Parusia of Christ and “the end” of the world. – The Christian Eschatology includes learning about last moments of salvation history; the physical death of the man and particular judgment; the second arrival of Christ and pervious signs; the revival of deceased and the public judgment; release of nature from immorality slavery and its renewal; passing for eternity of good people to heaven and bad people to torture of hell. Within this learning, the Christian moral appreciates human facts accordin
False Mahdism from non-religious viewpoint, political and apolitical (2010-03-15 11:10:47)
4.1 False Mahdism from non-religious viewpoint, political and apoliticalThe coming of a Saviour from the non-religious point of view within the framework of politics: (a) One would have to consider that in many instances man is placing his trust in the UN as a body which will ultimately save the Earth through wise governance(b) On the other hand there are those who believe that the UN will make way for the coming New World Order which will bring salvation for those on Earth. This latter theory makes way for a tyrannical form of world Government.4.2 False Mahdism from religious aspectAs seen in
Human responses to deviations - revolutions without divine guidance (2010-03-15 11:09:57)
2.3 Human responses to deviations - revolutions without divine guidance Man who is unschooled in true spiritual matters has no base from which he may judge matters of spiritual significance. This does not prevent him from using his natural inclination towards justice in which he may determine that ills have resulted from religious deviations. This has tended to lead man to discard religion entirely without searching for truth, at times proclaiming it to be the causation of all ills. One result of religious digression, Revolution without the guidance of Allah, may be seen as the great swing awa
Man’s tendencies to follow false pathways (2010-03-15 11:08:31)
2.1 Man’s tendencies to follow false pathwaysHe Who taught (the use of) the pen - taught man that which he knew not. Nay! But man doth transgress all bounds in that he looketh upon himself as self-sufficient. Verily to thy Lord is the return (of all). Al ’Alaq (96:4-8). Qur’anically man who chooses to live without spiritual ethics is unappreciative. Created, nurtured and sustained by Allah, as stated, man is ungrateful, arrogant to the point of ignorance, rebellious, putting his own will before the Almighty, from Whom he came, and to Whom he is finally to return…Then s
The Pathway of Man as Commanded by Allah (2010-03-15 11:07:34)
1.2 The Pathway of Man as Commanded by Allah“..as for those who believe in Allah and hold fast by Him, He will cause them to enter into His mercy and grace and guide them to Himself on a right path.” Surah Al Nisa (4:175)None can doubt the complexity of man’s composition when analysing the sum of his constituent elements which comprises the physiological, the psychological and the spiritual. The scope of man’s intellect and being has travelled far into the region of knowledge and capability,extending into religious, sociological, educational, scientific, industrial, pol
COMPARATIVE VIEWS ON MAHDISM The Divine vs The Human (2010-03-15 11:06:51)
COMPARATIVE VIEWS ON MAHDISM The Divine vs The Human   Throughout the centuries mankind, by its own standards, has sought someone to bring justice as a means to peace and fulfilment. Leaders have come and gone, but impenitent man in his ignorance and futility still keeps seeking one who will bring victory over oppression. Sadly in many instances the justice sought has been driven by fallible conceptions and convictions; even, at times, worsened by cleverly-concealed ambitious desires. This paper attempts to demonstrate firstly, that without the recognition of, and aid from the Lord of
Imam Mahdi (ATFS) (2010-03-15 11:05:47)
Imam Mahdi (ATFS)   Imam Mehdi (AS)- Life History     Name and Lineage   His name is exactly like that of his forefather, the Prophet of God, Muhammad (SAW) whom he is known to resemble exactly in facial features as well. His mother was Narjis Khatoon, the granddaughter of the Caesar, the Roman emperor, and a descendant of Shamaoon, the vicegerent of Hazrat Isa' (Prophet Jesus). On the instructions of Imam Hasan Askari (AS) his esteemed sister Hakima Khatoon had taught her the tenets of the faith and the e
The Strategy of the Saviour (2010-03-15 11:04:48)
6. The Strategy of the Saviour In AD 70, the imperial power of its day, through the sovereign direction of God, turned on the regime it had supported in murdering the Saviour. At this juncture it is pertinent to state that just because the present global power - America - is seen by most Muslims as backing the regime oppressing Muslims and Christians, it does not follow that this will always be the case. From a supernaturalist viewpoint, it is quite possible that the power of the Saviour will transform its attitudes and policies leading America to confront such oppression. Moreover, it must be
The Solace of the Christian Saviour (2010-03-15 11:03:45)
5. The Solace of the Christian Saviour In this sense, the Present Reign and Second Coming of the Biblical Saviour has parallels with that of the Shia Saviour. Both Christians and Shia believe that in some way their respective Saviours continue to intervene in human history. Both believe that their Saviours will return to complete an earlier ministry – in the case of Jesus for Christians, His Second Coming will complete the work of His First Advent, and for Shia, the Mahdi’s coming will complete the work of Hussein. As with the Shi‘ite conception of the Saviour, the Biblical S
The Reign and Coming of the Christian Saviour (2010-03-15 11:02:56)
4. The Reign and Coming of the Christian Saviour The New Testament understanding of Jesus as the Saviour has a number of interesting parallels with both Imams Hussein and Mahdi. For example, like Hussein, Jesus was cruelly murdered by His religious opponents, suffering scourging (Mark 15:15) and Crucifixion at the hands of the pagan Romans (Mark 15:24), incited by the Jewish priesthood (John 19:6). Just as at Ashura Shia recall the self-sacrifice of Hussein, every time Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper, they remember the self-sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross: Luke 22:19 And when He h
concern for the issue of illegitimate and oppressive government: (2010-03-15 11:02:13)
However, another tradition from Imam Sadiq links the lamentation of Muharram with concern for the issue of illegitimate and oppressive government: Imam Sadiq (A.S.) said: He whose eyes shed tears for our blood which has been shed, or for our rights which have been usurped, or for the humiliation meted out to us or to one of our Shi’ites, Allah shall accommodate him in paradise for a long time. (Amali Sheikh al Mufid, p. 175). It is important to connect this with the tradition from Imam Reza that urges a retrospective identification with the martyrs of Karbala: Imam Redha (A.S.) said (to
The solace of the savior and HEZBOLLAH's victory: belief in the MAHDI and JESUS as an encouragement to resistance (2010-03-15 11:00:18)
The solace of the savior and HEZBOLLAH's victory: belief in the MAHDI and JESUS as an encouragement to resistance   A common factor between Shia Muslims and Christians is that they refer to the Expected One in their respective eschatological systems as ‘the Saviour’, Shia referring to the Mahdi, and Christians to Jesus. The West, especially Europe, is essentially post-Christian, with religion playing little role in everyday affairs. However, at times of crisis, people turn to religion for solace.A classic example was the effect of 9/11, which led to a massive upsurge in Ame
Toward the end of Revelation found in the Christian Bible, John foresees the Rider on (2010-03-15 10:59:21)
Toward the end of Revelation found in the Christian Bible, John foresees the Rider on the White Horse:“I saw heaven standing opened and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He is dressed in a robe dripped in blood and his name is the word of God….Out of his mouth comes a sharp words with which to strike down nations….On his robe and on his thigh he has the name written; KING OF KINGS And LORD OF LORDS” Revelation 19;11-16.Due t
The Culmination of Eschatological Signs – Manifestation of God’s Law (2010-03-15 10:56:10)
The Culmination of Eschatological Signs – Manifestation of God’s LawHumanity’s Brightest HourThe function of Abrahamic eschatology stresses leadership. As symbols Belial, The Antichrist and Ad-Dajjal characterize dark cynical rebellion against divine leadership and God’s laws. In the Abrahamic traditions, the erroneous faith in these systems is demonstrated by the dilapidation of the world and the appearance and triumph of the messianic figure known as Moshiach, the Messiah and al-Mahdi. In the context of Islamic eschatology, both Jesus the Messiah and The Awaited Imam
Analysis of the personification of lawlessness in Abrahamic Eschaton: (2010-03-15 10:55:24)
Analysis of the personification of lawlessness in Abrahamic Eschaton: Humanity’s darkest hourJewish apocryphal and Christian Apocalyptic literature as well as Qur’an and Hadith regarding the Final Days foresee God’s intervention with a worldview that challenges morality and His laws, underscored by change in leadership. Each eschatological tradition singles out a uniquely immoral individual (the immoral individual may serve as a concealment of a system or political power) as the epitome of corruption and wicked governance - a deceiver or pretender claiming divine prerogative.
Personification of Lawlessness in Abrahamic Eschatology (2010-03-15 10:54:00)
Personification of Lawlessness in Abrahamic Eschatology   The destiny of mankind in the eschatological philosophy shared by the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is ordained to travail through apocalyptic tribulations and violent end of one existence to usher in a new one bereft of suffering and immorality adorned by peace and justice. The eschatology of each of these traditions presents esoteric signs foreseeing a world no longer ruled by Godly virtues but rather oppressed by evil, ultimately redeemed and delivered through the dynamic leadership of a messiah who
Spiritual Dimensions of Mahdism in the Modern Age (2010-03-15 10:47:05)
Spiritual Dimensions of Mahdism in the Modern Age  Introduction There are numerous other Ahadith which also detail the coming of Imam Mahdi, and describe the events that will follow his emergence.  There is no doubt in the minds of the majority of the Ulema, both Sunni and Shia, regarding the veracity of such Ahadith.  However, there is much debate as to when Imam Mahdi will emerge and proclaim his Khilafat.  Evidence from Ahadith indicates that Imam Mahdi will appear near the time of Qiyamat (Day of Judgement).  This paper will not deal with this issue, but will in

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