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Thursday 21st of June 2018

Kalam and Beliefs
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Is Death the End of the Soul?

Is Death the End of the Soul?
By:Sayyid Saeed Akhtar RizviWhat is death? Does a man become 'nothing' after death? Is death the end of the soul as well as the body?In the eyes of those who believe that life is just an evolution of matter, death is The End; nothing remains, there is no life-hereafter.In the eyes of those who believe that the soul and matter are not created by God, death is just a means of re-emerging in a new form - either better or lesser than the previous ...

The Spiritual Life and Death of the Heart

The Spiritual Life and Death of the Heart
By: Ayatullah al-Uzma Shaykh Nasir Makarim ShiraziThe Prophet Muhammad (S) has said, “O' ‘Ali! Associating with three (groups) of people kills the heart: low people, rich people and (frivolous) talk with women.”The points which we can benefit from in this tradition which is an excerpt from the testament of the Noble Prophet (S) addressed to the Commander of the Faithful, ‘Ali b. Abi Talib (as) include the following:1. We ...

The Effects of Sins

The Effects of Sins
By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi[Imam Muhammad b. ‘Ali] al-Baqir (as) has said: “There is no servant who sees his Muslim brother in need, however does not help him or tries to alleviate his difficulties, except that he will face a tribulation in that his energies will be expended in an area in which there is no reward for the next life and no reward for the transient world.There is not a single servant (of Allah) who is miserly in ...

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)
By: Murtada Mutahhari“Is he who founds his building on God wariness and [the pursuit of Allah's] pleasure better off or he who founds his building on the brink of a collapsing bank which collapses with him into the fire of hell? And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing lot.” (9:109)Taqwa is the Islamic concept of having self-restraint. It is used 251 times in the Holy Qur’an as either a noun or a verb. The term taqwa comes from ...

Islam, Humanity and Human Values

Islam, Humanity and Human Values
By: Ayatullah Sayyid Musa SadrDefining HumanityA definition of humanity seems easy to think of yet difficult to propose, and there have been disputes about it among different schools of thought. Most pioneers in social thought and leaders of movements claim that the main feature of their activities is their humanism and humanitarian efforts. To avoid having misconceptions about humanity or sinking in the whirlpool of literal interpretations and ...

Why Do We Pray Five Prayers In Three Times?

Why Do We Pray Five Prayers In Three Times?
By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim ShiraziQuestion: What is the reason that we pray Zuhr-Asr and Maghrib-Isha prayers together, whereas for every Prayer there is a special time and the great leaders of Islam used to pray on the particular times. That is they used to pray five prayers are five different times a day?Answer: There is no scope of argument in this matter that to establish Prayers five times a day and pray on the special times had been the ...

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)
By: Murtada Mutahhari“Is he who founds his building on God wariness and [the pursuit of Allah's] pleasure better off or he who founds his building on the brink of a collapsing bank which collapses with him into the fire of hell? And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing lot.” (9:109)Taqwa is the Islamic concept of having self-restraint. It is used 251 times in the Holy Qur’an as either a noun or a verb. The term taqwa comes from ...

The meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship (ibadah)

The meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship (ibadah)
By: Muhsin Qara’atiBefore embarking on the discussion of prayer, I shall deal with the meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship {‘ibadah} and servitude as they are the spirit of prayer.Why worship {‘ibadah}?Worship {‘ibadah} means the expression of abasement {dhillah}, the highest form of humility and homage, before God. As to its importance, it is enough to state that worship is the purpose behind the creation of ...

Preliminaries of prayer

Preliminaries of prayer
To embark on the constructive form of worship, i.e. prayer, we shall cite a set of physical and spiritual preliminaries in terms of cleanliness and purity of body and soul as well as other preparations.Preliminaries of prayerPreliminaries are those essentials whose performance or provision prior to prayer is necessary. They are as follows:Purification {taharah}For the performance of the prayer, the one praying must be in a state of ritual and ...

What Is the Decree Regarding the Game of Chess?

What Is the Decree Regarding the Game of Chess?
By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi & Ayatullah Ja'far SubhaniQuestion: Is there in Islam any problem in playing chess? Indeed you know that generally there is no betting in chess. It can almost be claimed that in some cases this game presents gambling. Keeping this in view, nowadays, chess is considered a mental exercise and it is becoming popular day by day. I request you to give me a reply supporting by proofs.Answer: In the view of our ...

Discussion Concerning Origin of Creation is Natural

Discussion Concerning Origin of Creation is Natural
By: Allamah Syed Muhammad Husain Tabataba'iWith his Allah-given instinct, man searches for the reasons and causes leading to the appearance of any phenomenon or occurrence that he sees. He never thinks it probable that they have come into existence automatically and without any cause, i.e., accidentally.A driver whose car stops functioning gets off to check where he suspects it is impaired in order to find the cause for the halt. He never ...

The Religion of Allah

The Religion of Allah
By: Allamah Syed Muhammad Husain Tabataba'iReligion refers to the beliefs and a series of practical and moral instructions that the prophets have related on behalf of Allah to guide and lead human beings.Believing in these tenets and performing these instructions result in man's prosperity and happiness in this world and in the world Hereafter.So if we abide by religion and follow the orders of Allah and the Prophet (S), we will become ...

The Generalities of Jihad

The Generalities of Jihad
By: Allamah Syed Muhammad Husain Tabataba'iEvery creature defends his life as well as his interests. Like others, every creature is equipped with a defensive power that enables him to combat with his enemies. With his Allah-given instinct and nature, man believes that he must defend himself and destroy the enemy who wants to destroy him and who never gives up his animosity.He also believes that he should defend his rights if someone transgresses ...

Patience (Sabr)

Patience (Sabr)
An Exposition of Hadith by Imam KhomeiniMuhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (R) from a group of his teachers, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khalid, from his father, from ‘Ali ibn al-Nu’man, from ‘Abd Allah ibn Muskan, from Abu Basir, who says, “I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (A) say, ‘A free human being is free in all circumstances. Should a misfortune befall him he bears it with patience (sabr). If calamities strike ...

Tawbah (repentance)

 Tawbah (repentance)
An Exposition of Hadith by Imam KhomeiniWith a continuous chain of transmission reaching the pioneering leader, a proof of the sect and a chief of the ummah, Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (R) from Muhammad ibn Yahya, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa, from, al-Hasan ibn Mahbub, from Mu’awiyah ibn Wahab, who said, “I heard Abu ‘Abd Allah (A) says: ‘When a servant turns to God with sincere repentance (tawbatan ...

Desire and Hope

Desire and Hope
By: An Exposition of Hadith by Imam KhomeiniMuhammad ibn Ya’qub (al-Kulayni) (R) reports from al-Husayn ibn Muhammad, he from Mu’alla ibn Muhammad, from al-Washsha’, from ‘Asim ibn Humayd, he from Abu Hamzah, who narrates on the authority of Yahya ibn ‘Aqil that the latter reported that Amir al-Mu’minin ‘Ali (A) said, “I am apprehensive for you on account of two things: submission to desire and ...

The Seekers of Knowledge

The Seekers of Knowledge
By: An Exposition of Hadith by Imam KhomeiniWith my chain of transmission reaching up to the proof of the sect and its authority, Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (R) from ‘Ali ibn Ibrahim, who reports in a marfu’ (i.e. without mentioning intermediary authorities) tradition from Abu ‘Abd Allah (A) that he said, “The seekers of (sacred) knowledge are of three kinds, so recognize them by their specific qualities and ...

Good and Evil

Good and Evil
An Exposition of Hadith by Imam KhomeiniWith my continuous chain of authorities reaching up to the Pillar of Islam and Muslims, Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni (R), from Muhammad ibn Yahya, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Nasr, who said, Abu al-Hasan al Rida (A) said, God has said: “O son of Adam, it is with My will that you are such a being that you will for yourself whatever you will, and it is with My power ...

How I Found the Right Path

How I Found the Right Path
In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most MercifulHow did I, a Sunni following Hanafi fiqh, come to find and embrace the Right Path of Ahl ul-Bayt? All Praise and all Thanks are for Allah (Subhana wa ta’la) who in His Mercy and Compassion guided me toward the truth.My journey began when, on starting a new job, I first met a follower of Ahl ul-Bayt. Up until that time, I knew little about those who were called Shi'as - except what I ...

Beliefs Between Reason and Sentiment

Beliefs Between Reason and Sentiment
In the Name of Allah the most Gracious the Most MercifulAnd We sent not before you any messenger, but surely they ate food, and went in the markets; and we have appointed some of you to be a trail for others. Will you endure? Your Lord is ever All-seeing.And those who look not for a meeting with Us, Say: Why have the angles not been sent down on us, or why see we not our Lord? Assuredly they think too highly of themselves and are scornful with ...