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THE RESURRECTION AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF CREATION

THE RESURRECTION AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF CREATION
Seventh LectureThe Resurrection and the Philosophy of Creation Many people might ask: Why did God create us? Sometimes they go beyond this and ask: What is the philosophy of the creation of this world? A gardener plants trees to reap their fruits later on. A farmer plows the ground and plants seeds. Why has the Gardener of Creation created us? Did God have any shortcomings and wanted to make up for them by creating us? If so, He would have ...

RESURRECTION IN THE SCALE OF JUSTICE

RESURRECTION IN THE SCALE OF JUSTICE
Fifth LectureResurrection in the Scale of Justice A cursory look at the system of creation will reveal to us that everything is systematic and governed by rules. In the body of man, this system is so delicate that any imbalance would lead to either sickness or death. For instance, in the structure of the eyes, heart, and brain this order is readily noticeable. The same order, systematization, and justice prevail over all of ...

AN EXAMPLE OF THE DAY OF RESURRECTION WITHIN OUR SOULS

AN EXAMPLE OF THE DAY OF RESURRECTION WITHIN OUR SOULS
Third LectureAn Example Of The Day Of Resurrection within Our Souls Since the issue of the afterlife and the great court of the Resurrection would seem strange for someone who has lived inside the prison in this world, God has established a small court inside each one of us which is called the court of conscience. To explain in more detail: A person will be tried in many courts for the crimes he has done the first court is the usual courts in ...

THE TWELVE IMAMS

THE TWELVE IMAMS
Ninth LectureThe Twelve Imams The Narrations Concerning the Twelve Imams Having proved the issue of the Imamate and Caliphate of `Al¢(s), we now will discuss the Imamate of the other Imams. A summary of our discussion is as follows: There are numerous narrations recorded in the books of both Sh¢`ah and Sunni scholars which talk in general about the caliphate of “twelve caliphs and Imams” after the demise of the Prophet(s). These ...

THE NARRATION OF MANZILAH AND THE NARRATION OF YAWM AL-DAR

THE NARRATION OF MANZILAH AND THE NARRATION OF YAWM AL-DAR
Seventh LectureThe narration of Manzilah and the narration of Yawm Al-Dar A large number of great Sh¢`ah interpreters and Sunni scholars have narrated the narration of Manzilah under verse 142 of S£rah A`r¡f which deals with Moses going to the appointed place to talk to God and the appointment of his brother, Aaron, as his successor. The narration goes like this: The Prophet(s) headed for the battlefield of Tab£k.([1]) He was informed that ...

THE HOLY QUR’AN AND IMAMATE

THE HOLY QUR’AN AND IMAMATE
Fifth LectureThe Holy Qur’An and Imamate The Holy Qur’¡n provides the best answers to the problems in our daily lives; it is the best guide for everything, especially on the issue of Imamate. It has dealt with this problem from different dimensions. 1. The Holy Qur’An considers Imamate as an Appointment by God As we have already read about Abraham(s), the idol-breaker, the Holy Qur’¡n considers Abraham’s imamate as a significant ...

THE IMAM’S SPECIFIC TRAITS

THE IMAM’S SPECIFIC TRAITS
Third LectureThe Imam’s specific traits Before we delve into the subject, one point should be explicitly stated: It can be easily understood from the Holy Qur’¡n that the position of imamate is the most prestigious position for a person to have. It is even higher than that of prophethood. This is because in the story of Abraham, the idol-destroyer Prophet(s), the Qur’¡n states: وَإِذِ ابْتَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ ...

ANOTHER PROOF FOR THE LEGITIMACY OF THE PROPHET OF ISLAM

ANOTHER PROOF FOR THE LEGITIMACY OF THE PROPHET OF ISLAM
Ninth LectureAnother Proof for the Legitimacy of the Prophet of Islam In order for us to realize the legitimacy of a Prophet’s claim to prophethood and in order to find out if he is truthful or a pretender, apart from observing his miracles, we have the following set of methods available to us: His ethical traits and his past social activities; The conditions which govern and dominate the time of the claim; The temporal conditions; The ...

THE WORLD VIEW OF THE HOLY QUR’ªN

THE WORLD VIEW OF THE HOLY QUR’ªN
Seventh LectureThe world view of the Holy Qur’ªn As a prelude to our discussion, we should discuss the environment in which the Holy Qur’¡n was nurtured. In the opinion of all historians, the land of °ij¡z was one of the most retarded and backward sections of the world of antiquity. For this reason, the pre-Islamic Arabs were considered as savage or semi-savage. Ideologically, they enthusiastically worshipped idols and these stone and ...

THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF THE PROPHET OF ISLAM

THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF THE PROPHET OF ISLAM
Fifth LectureThe Greatest Miracle of the Prophet of Islam The Eternal Miracle All Islamic scholars believe that the Holy Qur’¡n is the greatest miracle of the Prophet of Islam. The reasons for this statement are as follows: The Holy Qur’¡n is a rational miracle which deals with people’s souls. The Holy Qur’¡n is an eternal miracle. The Holy Qur’¡n is a miracle that says aloud: “If you say this book is not from God, then ...

OUR NEED FOR DIVINE LEADERS

OUR NEED FOR DIVINE LEADERS
First LectureOur Need for Divine Leaders The Limitations of our knowledge Some people might raise this question: Are prophets needed to lead men? Isn’t our wisdom sufficient enough to grasp the realities? Hasn’t the advancement of human knowledge and science assisted man in discovering the truth? The structure of this argument continues something like this: Our wisdom either comprehends what the prophets have to offer to us, or is unable ...

GUIDANCE AND MISGUIDANCE ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD

GUIDANCE AND MISGUIDANCE ARE IN THE HANDS OF GOD
Ninth LectureGuidance and Misguidance are in the Hands of God 1. Kinds of Guidance and Misguidance Suppose a tourist stopped you to ask you for directions. There are two options available to you to show him the way: The first option for you is to accompany him to his destination, and then to turn back saying good-bye to him. The second option for you is to show him the way with gestures and body language. You have definitely shown him the ...

THE CLEAREST PROOFFOR FREE WILL

THE CLEAREST PROOFFOR FREE WILL
Seventh LectureThe Clearest Prooffor free will Man’s Conscience Categorically Rejects Determinism Despite the fact that philosophers and religious scholars have advanced arguments and proofs of various kinds concerning man’s free will, we shall resort to the shortest and easiest argument in this regard, which is man’s conscience. It is worth mentioning that everybody, theist and atheist alike the easterner and the westerner, the ancient ...

MORE DISCUSSION ON THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND DISASTERS AND EVILS

MORE DISCUSSION ON THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND DISASTERS AND EVILS
Fifth LectureMore Discussion on the Philosophy behind Disasters and Evils Since the issue of disasters and evils is a problem for most students of theology and monotheism, we shall devote more space here to this topic. Hardships and Life’s Ups and Downs Enliven Us It might seem difficult for some to comprehend, but gifts and blessings lose their value if they continue for a long time and do not change. It is a proven fact that if a smooth ...

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND DISASTERS AND EVILS

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND DISASTERS AND EVILS
Third LectureThe Philosophy behind Disasters and Evils Since ancient times, some ignorant people have criticized God for His alleged injustice. They have put forward some issues which, in their conceptualization, are in conflict with God’s genuine justice. They have even gone so far as to use these issues to support both the negation of God’s justice and His existence altogether. Among the things, they see as evils are those mishaps which ...

THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN INSECTS AND FLOWERS

THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN INSECTS AND FLOWERS
Ninth LectureThe Friendship between Insects and Flowers One spring day, when the weather becomes warm, pay a visit to a garden or a green field. You will observe swarms of small insects, bees, flies, butterflies and tiny mosquitoes flying here and there, from one flower to the next, and from one branch to the other. They are so involved in their activities it seems as if a stern supervisor commanded them to move about. Their wings and feet ...

SOME EXAMPLES OF THE ORDER OF CREATION

SOME EXAMPLES OF THE ORDER OF CREATION
Seventh LectureSome Examples of the Order of Creation Order, purpose and planning are vividly observable in all of creation. Here are some striking examples. Luckily, the doors of knowing God are open to us today due to the great advances in the physical sciences, the uncovering of the mysteries of the world, the vast knowledge of man’s anatomy and the structure of the bodies of animals and plants and our vast knowledge about the stars and ...

THE ANSWER TO AN IMPORTANT QUESTION

THE ANSWER TO AN IMPORTANT QUESTION
Fourth LectureThe Answer to an Important Question The Question In the previous lecture, we discovered that we always hear the call of monotheism and theism from the bottom of our hearts, and that this is more strident at the time of danger. Under such conditions, we inevitably remember God and resort to His infinite Benevolence. At this juncture, we might assume that this call which we have named the call of conscience is nothing more than ...

SECOND LECTURETHE CONSEQUENCES OF KNOWING GOD IN OUR LIVES

SECOND LECTURETHE CONSEQUENCES OF KNOWING GOD IN OUR LIVES
Second LectureThe Consequences of Knowing God in our Lives 1. Theism and the Advancement of Knowledge Suppose your friend brought you a book as a present and told you that it was written by an all-knowing and ingenious author… You would never study such a book indifferently or perfunctorily. Rather, you would contemplate on every single sentence and on every word. If you could not understand the meaning of any sentence at first glance, you ...

PREFACE

PREFACE
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful The precious legacy left behind by the Holy Prophet’s Household [ahl al-bayt] (may peace be upon them all) and their followers’ preservation of this legacy from the menace of extinction is a perfect example of the all-encompassing school [madrasah] that embraces all the different branches of Islamic knowledge. This school has been able to train many talented personalities by quenching ...