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Saturday 20th of January 2018
Family and Its System in Islam

Doctrine of the Infallibility of the Imam

Doctrine of the Infallibility of the Imam
Adopted from the book : "The Faith of Shi'a Islam" by : Allamah Muhammad Ridha al-Muzaffar"We believe that, like the prophet, an Imam must be infallible, that is to say incapable of making errors or doing wrong, either inwardly or outwardly, from his birth to his death,either intentionally or unintentionally, because the Imams are the preservers of Islam and it is under their protection. Their position in regard to Islam is the same as the ...

The Traditions that the Prophet Appointed Imam Ali as Guardian and Successor

The Traditions that the Prophet Appointed Imam Ali as Guardian and Successor
The Eighth Spurious Argument:THE TRADITIONS THAT THE PROPHET APPOINTED IMAM ALI AS GUARDIAN AND SUCCESSORThe Shias are criticized for saying that the Prophet Muhammad (s) had recommended that the Imamate and the caliphate were for Ali and his sons (a), and that the Prophet's Companions had opposed his testament.THE ANSWERAmong both Shias and Sunnis it has been established that the Prophet (s) had appointed Ali to be the Caliph and Imam after ...

The Linguistic Meaning of Mawla

The Linguistic Meaning of Mawla
The Arabic word (Mawla) means to take charge of something and to achieve it. The author of As-Sihah says:"The ruler is the mawla i.e. he takes charge of the country. A man is mawla i.e. he takes charge of something, for example, selling. One says that someone was the mawla -i.e. took charge- of something, and was given charge of it. For example the commander made someone take charge of something or someone was put in charge of selling something, ...

Rejecting Analogy and Discretion

Rejecting Analogy and Discretion
The Twentieth Spurious Argument:REJECTING ANALOGY AND DISCRETIONSome people erroneously criticize the Shias in that they reject analogy and discretion, and the expediencies transmitted in jurisprudence upon which the Companions and their successors depended. They also criticize the Shia of accusing those who adopt these methods as using analogy just as did Iblis (the Devil) who said to Allah, "I am better than he (Adam), Thou hast created me of ...

Temporary Marriage

Temporary Marriage
The Twenty-Second Spurious Argument:TEMPORARY MARRIAGESome people spuriously criticize the Shias for permitting temporary marriage while they think that it is a ruling that has been repealed.THE ANSWERThe Holy Qur'an has permitted temporary marriage. Allah says,... then as to such wives as you enjoy thereby, give them their dowries as approportionate. (4:24)No Qur'anic verse has repealed this form of marriage. Apart from this, it has not been ...

Razavi international calendar of 2018 released

Razavi international calendar of 2018 released
The Razavi International Calendar of 2018 proposed and ordered by the Astan Quds Razavi Center for International Affairs was produced and published by the Islamic Reseach Foundation of Astan Quds ...

Companions’ Strictness in Admitting the Reports

Companions’ Strictness in Admitting the Reports
The Rightly-guided Caliphs and great Companions particularly those giving legal verdicts – as is known before – used to evade and fear narrating hadith from the Prophet. Rather in fact they were turning away from this act, since they were aware of their failure to perform, in its due way, whatever they heard from the Prophet (S), as memory being unable to recollect or record whatever is heard. Besides, that which is memorized can ...

Man's Situation in the Intermediate Realm

Man's Situation in the Intermediate Realm
The present existence of an intermediate realm and of separate destinations there for the virtuous and the wicked is a well-founded religious belief. There can be no doubt that after death the spirits of men the only element within them that is truly essential are transferred to the vast expanse of the non-material world.Just as the spirit appears in man's body and material form after it has been fashioned to completion, the spirit retains its ...

Right to Acquire Knowledge: Nahj al-Balaghah's Approach

Right to Acquire Knowledge: Nahj al-Balaghah's Approach
Knowledge of the creation in general, and of this world in particular, is emphasized by Imam 'Ali ('a) in the Nahj al-Balaghah as a prerequisite for making use of freedom in the right direction and for the purpose willed by God. Knowledge, if used properly, helps man in winning God's favour and bartering his deeds with Divine Will, as the Qur'an declares:And among men is he who sells his self for seeking the pleasures of Allah. . .. (al-Baqarah: ...

Wall between People of Paradise and People of Hell

Wall between People of Paradise and People of Hell
Another explanation of Araaf is that it is a wall, which will be erected between people of paradise and people of hell on Sirat as mentioned in Surah Al Hadid. The Lord of the Universe says: (0 My Dear Messenger!) On that Day, you will see the Faithful in such a condition that their radiance will enlighten their front and their side. (A voice will be heard): Good tidings to you for you will get the eternal paradise beneath which rivers flow. It ...

Heavenly Women and Houries

Heavenly Women and Houries
Since the greatest physical bounty in paradise are houries the Holy Quran makes a mention of them on various occasions. The houri is called a houri because it denotes a female having a fair body and Ten' means a large-eyed lady. As both these specialities are found in houries they are called Hourul Een. It also may be so because the whiteness in their eyes will be extremely white and the blackness extremely black and it will make them highly ...

Nahj al-Balaghah's Strong Warning against the Dangers of Worldliness

Nahj al-Balaghah's Strong Warning against the Dangers of Worldliness
Renunciation in the Nahj al-balaghah:Of the frequent themes of the Nahj al-balaghah is strong warning against the dangers of worldliness. Our preceding discussion about zuhd (abstinence) and its aims also serves here to throw light on the meaning of worldliness; because, the zuhd which is strongly enjoined is the very opposite of the worldliness which is severely condemned. To define and explain any one of them is to define and explain the ...

Dead Coming to Life in the World

Dead Coming to Life in the World
By: Ayatullah Shaheed Sayyid Abdul Husain DastghaibOn several occasions the dead do come to life in this world also. Just look at the vegetable world. You observe in the spring season that the trees become alive after their death due to drying up. They once again get a fresh rooh or life. The earth which had died also becomes alive. Fa Yh Yee…Mautihaa (Surah Room: 30, V: 24)On a number of occasions a dead man has also become alive again. ...

Sayyed Nasrallah: Hariri resigned under pressure by Saudi Arabia

Sayyed Nasrallah: Hariri resigned under pressure by Saudi Arabia
The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the country’s prime minister has been under pressure to resign his post. Hariri announced his resignation in a televised statement on Saturday, citing many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he sensed a plot being hatched against his ...

Characteristics of the Shi'as of Ahl al-Bayt (A.S)

Characteristics of the Shi'as of Ahl al-Bayt (A.S)
Imam Ali (A.S.): Our Shi'as are generous to one another within the intimacy towards us. They love each other in the light of attachment to us, and rush to visit each other in order to perpetuate our memory; they are the ones who, when outraged, would not inflict oppression and when pleased, would not practice extravagance. They are sources of blessing for their neighbors and will follow conciliation once they mingle with others.Nawf ibn Abd ...

The Relation of Soul with Grave Is Very Close

The Relation of Soul with Grave Is Very Close
Muhaddis Jazaairi (r.a.) mentions at the end of Anwaar-e-Nomaaniyah: If you ask when souls live in allegorical bodies in Vaadiyus Salaam, why we have been asked to visit graves (for reciting Fatihaa and prayers)? And how do the souls understand that a visitor has arrived when they are not present in the graves? The reply is that it has been narrated form Imam Sadiq (a.s) that though the souls live in Waadiyus Salaam, their relations with graves ...

Trial of Bahraini Shiite cleric postponed for fourth time

Trial of Bahraini Shiite cleric postponed for fourth time
Another ‘mass trail’ in Bahrain has been postponed to November 12 during Monday’s ...

10 Healthy Drinks That Won't Make You Thirsty

10 Healthy Drinks That Won't Make You Thirsty
10 Healthy Beverages1- Butter Milk with Ice2- Yoghurt Drink3- Lemon and Mint Drink4- Tangy Water5- Rose Drink6- Cucumber and Musk Melon Drink7- Orange Juice8- Skimmed Milk9- Watermelon Drink10- Green ...

Do not Indulge in Drink

Do not Indulge in Drink
There are also some people of a balanced temperament who keep their drinking within limits. But it has been observed that even in such cases, both, physical and moral damage undoubtedly takes place and had they not taken even that limited quantity of alcohol, they would have been better people in every respect.In 1920 Smith and McDougal demonstrated experimentally that in the first stage of intoxication when the proportion in blood is less than ...

The Nicer Thing: Simplicity in Islam

The Nicer Thing: Simplicity in Islam
One day our first Imam, Imam Ali (A.S) went to the market with his servant, Qambar. There he bought two shirts, one which was really nice and expensive and the other which was not as nice. When Imam Ali (A.S) returned home he gave the better shirt to Qambar and kept the other one for himself. Qambar told Imam Ali (A.S) that it would look better if he wore the nicer shirt as he was the leader of the Muslims (Commander of the Faithful) while ...