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Wednesday 21st of April 2021
Kalam and Beliefs
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The Day of Resurrection (Qiyamat)

The Day of Resurrection (Qiyamat)
Once Imam Ali (AS) was approached by an inquisitive man from Yemen. The Yemeni asked the Imam if he had ever seen Allah. To this Imam Ali (peace be with him) replied that he refused to worship any being that he could not see. The baffled inquirer asked how it could be that Imam Ali could see the Unseen Allah. The great Lion of Allah said that it is not the eyes that see Allah, but it is the hearts that see Him and are brought near to Him if they ...

On the Signs or Soundness or Conviction

On the Signs or Soundness or Conviction
In this noble tradition two things are considered the signs of the soundness of one's conviction. First, that one should not seek the pleasure of the people at the cost of God's displeasure and wrath. Second, one should not blame people for what God has not given them. These two are the fruits of perfect conviction, and their opposite qualities are due to the weakness of conviction and an ailing faith. In these pages, whenever appropriate, we ...

It is Haraam for him to believe it. It is also Haraam to repeat

It is Haraam for him to believe it. It is also Haraam to repeat
According to the philosophy of Islam, if a Muslim hears of another Muslim being accused of adultery or sodomy he should not pay heed to it. It is Haraam for him to believe it. It is also Haraam to repeat this slander to others. Till four just witnesses testify before the qazi and the qazi issues his decree, it is Haraam to associate any one with these sins. Even if one has witnessed the crime with his own eyes or believes the accuser, one should ...

ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROPHET

ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROPHET
CHAPTER V  ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROPHET   Toward the Goal :General Guidance   A grain of wheat that is placed within the bosom of the earth under appropriate conditions begins to grow and enters upon a path of development in which at every moment it takes on a new form and state. Following a particular order and sequence it treads this path until it becomes a grown plant with spikes of wheat ; if once again one of the seeds were to ...

The Principles of the Prophets’ Invitation to the Faith

The Principles of the Prophets’ Invitation to the Faith
God’s Prophets invited people to the true beliefs, right manners and good deeds. They possessed authentic books in their indoctrinations. The calamities and disasters man has endured so far have been due to his distance from the righteous religious leaders. Inflicting cruelty and injustice over others occur because man is unaware of the instructions and teachings of the Prophets. The aggression of the aggressors, the false pride of the ...

FALSE TESTIMONY

FALSE TESTIMONY
According to the corpus of traditions false testimony is a Greater sin. It is also mentioned in the narration of Abdul Azeem quoted from Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (a.s.). Similarly the tradition of Fazl Ibne Shazaan includes it in the list of Greater sins as mentioned by Imam Reza (a.s.). That it is a Greater sin is also proved by the hadith of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) as quoted by Amash. We have already mentioned in the chapter on "lying" that ...

Why Theology?

Why Theology?
At first, we might see ourselves faced with this fundamental question: “What is the importance and necessity of endeavoring to understand God and what role does this understanding have in our personal and social lives?”In order to answer this question, we must first recount several issues: A short reflection upon the individual and social characteristics of the lives of those around us reveals the fact that there is a fundamental ...

Why do Prophets Need Miracles ?

Why do Prophets Need Miracles ?
We know that the Divine mission of prophethood is a great rank endowed upon some of the purified distingished members of the human race. Since the purpose of prophethood is the comprehensive guidance ruling over the body and spirit of individuals, and society, toward perfection and the laying down of a legal system and social order for mankind, the assumption of responsibility involved is necessarily heavy and taxing. So, it requires great ...

SHORT-WEIGHING AND CHEATING (In Business)

SHORT-WEIGHING AND CHEATING (In Business)
The twenty-fourth Greater Sin is short weighing or cheating in business. This is recorded in the Holy Quran and the tradition of Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) as related by Amash and the tradition of Imam Reza (a.s.) as reported by Fazl Ibne Shazaan. Imam (a.s.) says: "Decreasing (fraudulently) in measure and weight." (is also a Greater Sin). It is haraam for a seller to give less than the specified quantity or for the debtor to repay less than ...

What does ' Words ' Mean ?

What does ' Words ' Mean ?
Studying the verses of the Qur'an and noting the great and important deeds that Abraham (a.s.) fulfilled and, hence, being appointed to the position of Imamat by Allah, leads us to the conclusion that the term / kalimat / meaning ' words ', or the divine commandments by which Abraham (a.s.) was tried, were not those of the usual sort. it clearly indicates that the tests were not connected with matters of ordinary reasoning or faith. they can ...

Theology and Metaphysics

Theology and Metaphysics
One of the fundamental issues dealt with in the Nahj al-balaghah relates to theological and metaphysical problems. In all, there are about forty places in the sermons, letters, and aphorisms where these matters are discussed. Some of these pertain to the aphorisms, but more often the discussion is longer, covering sometimes several pages. The passages on tawhid (Divine Unity) in the Nahj al-balaghah can perhaps be considered to be the ...

Believing in the Justice of Allah-2

Believing in the Justice of Allah-2
(ii) The second point is that the objections to the Justice of Allah are only motivated by hasty decisions. Some of the examples are given below:Suppose an Islamic Government out of necessity and in consideration of public welfare takes a decision to build a fortyfive kilometer long road as every road has its utility for providing a means of communication for the smooth flow of traffic and for the convenience of pedestrians, but by laying down ...

Verily, the Exalted God detests an unwise believer.

Verily, the Exalted God detests an unwise believer.
Verily, the Exalted God detests a seventy- year old man whose wishes and behavior are like unto a twenty- year old person. اِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالى يُبْغِضُ ابْنَ السَّبْعِيْنَ في أَهْلِهِ؛ ابْنَ عِشْرِيْنَ في مِشْيَتِهِ وَمَنْظَرِهِ. Verily, the Exalted God detests an unwise believer. اِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالى يُبْغِضُ ...

The Causes of Injustice

The Causes of Injustice
In the first chapter we have dealt with world-view, monotheism and polytheism. Now we deal with justice which is the second fundamental principle of belief. It is through the wisdom and intelligence with which we have been endowed by Allah that we differentiate between a good and a bad thing and we understand that oppression is a bad thing and justice is a good thing. It is our belief that Allah does not do any harm to us nor does He oppress ...

Science of Gnosis

Science of Gnosis
The science of gnosis is one of the sciences which were born and grew on the lap of Islamic culture.This science can be studied and investigated from two angles, one of them being sociological and the other scientific. There is one important difference between the gnostics and the scholars of other Islamic sciences such as traditionalists, commentators of the Qur'an, jurists, theologians, men of letters and poets. Although the gnostics also ...

We shall certainly guide them in Our ways,

We shall certainly guide them in Our ways,
  And those who perform jihad for Us, We shall certainly guide them in Our ways, and God is surely with the doers of good . (Quran XXXIX; 69) You have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad. (Hadith) The Arabic term jihad, usually translated into European languages as holy war, more on the basis of its juridical usage in Islam rather than on its much more universal meaning in the Quran and Hadith, is derived from the ...

The Sahifah of Imam Reza(A.S.) PART II

The Sahifah of Imam Reza(A.S.) PART II
81. Through his chain of authorities, he, peace be on him, said: [Allah's Messenger, may Allah bless him and his family, said:] "The likeness of the believer with Allah is like an angel brought nigh; and the believer with Allah is better than an angel brought nigh; and there is nothing more lovable to Allah than a repentant believing man or a repentant believing woman." 82. Through his chain of authorities, he, peace be on him, said: [Allah's ...

The Cause for the Reason of Existence Of the Universe

The Cause for the Reason of Existence Of the Universe
Accepting the matter to be their God, the non-believer of God, accept matter as God, will be considered as fools as the idolaters (idol worshipper). However, they uphold another scientific theory of ‘big bang’ that because of the greatest explosion the whole universe came into existence. Logically, even the explosion involves two things. First, someone or something is needed to be there to cause the explosion. Second, material is needed ...

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 ...

Willingness for truth for God

Willingness for truth for God
The willingness to meet God, or the love towards the loved one belongs to those who have recognized Him. The more is recognition, the more is love manifested. The love of the Prophets and Imams towards God is beyond the comprehension of man or jinns. The man’s true possession is this love towards God. Love is a powerful wing by which man can ascend to his destination. كَيْفَ يُنْكَرُ الْعِشْقُ وَما فِي ...