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Thursday 29th of July 2021
Kalam and Beliefs
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Ziyarat of Nahiya - To the Immortal Heroes of Kerbala

Ziyarat of Nahiya - To the Immortal Heroes of Kerbala
One of the most important sources of the names of these heroes and martyrs is a Ziyarat, taught by the Twelfth Imam (A), known as Ziyarat of Nahiya, which has been copied by all the great authorities in their reliable books. The Ziyarat of Nahiya, as it has come down to us, omits certain names of martyrs, although they are well known for their participation in the holy struggle at Kerbala. This omission may be due to some lapse in memory on the ...

The Various Levels of Concentration

The Various Levels of Concentration
Having known that an attentive heart is the soul and heart of worship and that its luminosity and degree of excellence depend on the attentiveness of the heart and its degree, it should be known that there are different levels of the heart's attention. Some of these levels are special to the awliya' of God and others are incapable of climbing to those heights; but some of its levels are attainable for the common people. And it should be known ...

Alcoholism According to the Traditions of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.)

Alcoholism According to the Traditions of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.)
Traditions that denounce alcohol are numerous. Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) says: "On the day of Qiyamat the drunkard would come with a black face, a protruding tongue and the saliva dripping upon his chest." (Wasaelush Shia) In another narration Imam (a.s.) informed: "He will scream, 'Thirst! Thirst!' And Allah would have the right to make him drink from the well that contains the pollutants of the adulterers." (Wasaelush Shia) In a ...

The techniques of controlling the angels

The techniques of controlling the angels
The thirty-first sin that is clearly stated to be a Greater Sin is sorcery. A tradition from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has been recorded in Wasaelush Shia in which the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) has mentioned that Magic is a Greater Sin. The tradition of Abdul Azeem (r.a.) has also mentioned from Imam Jawad (a.s.) who has related through his fore-fathers from Imam Ja\'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) that he said to the effect, \"Sorcery is a Greater Sin because ...

Questioning about Beliefs and Deeds

Questioning about Beliefs and Deeds
We should also know about the things involved in questioning in the grave. It will be about beliefs and actions or deeds. It will be asked, "Who is your God? Who is your Prophet? Which religion were you following?" These questions will be asked to everyone, the believer as well as the unbeliever. Of course lunatics or mentally retarded persons and minor children will be exempted from it. If the dead had faith in true beliefs it will state his or ...

Do Prophets Need Miracles

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 ...

Bribe in the name of khums and gift

Bribe in the name of khums and gift
The twenty-fifth Greater Sin is Consumption of Haraam. In the Quranic ayat 'Akal-e-soht' is translated as eating of what is unlawfully acquired. Hence the word "eat" is not restricted to consumption of edibles but includes the use of any and every article, which has been acquired unlawfully or by illegal means. Consumption of haraam is listed as greater sin in the Holy Quran and the tradition of Imam Reza (a.s.) from the book Oyoon-e-Akhbare ...

A Young Man and His Invalid Mother

A Young Man and His Invalid Mother
It is reported that a young man approached the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and asked, "O Prophet of Allah (s.a.w.s.), I have a mother who is an invalid. She cannot even move by herself. I carry her on my back and feed her with my hands. I also clean her excreta. Have I fulfilled her rights?" The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) replied, "No. Because you have remained in the womb for a long period during which you derived your nourishment from her body. ...

Apostasy is Equal to Treason

Apostasy is Equal to Treason
Why does Islam not allow apostasy? Apostasy or irtidād in Islam is equal to treason. The Western world limits treason to political and military terms. In the USA, treason consists "only in levying war against Americans, and in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort." However, sometimes even the Western world stretches the concept of political treason to include things which are non-politics or non-military matters. For ...

The best ways of life are those adopted by God's Prophet(s).

The best ways of life are those adopted by God's Prophet(s).
  As we see in the twenty first verse of the sacred surah of Ahzab (The Allies), the Great Prophet(s) of Islam is a good sample for humanity upto the Doom's Day. لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا. “Certainly you have in the ...

Treaties with the polytheists

Treaties with the polytheists
It is an established fact that there are numerous Quranic verses and traditions which prohibit the breaking of a promise, and makes obligatory the fulfillment of promise. The following verses are sufficient to prove this point: "Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve, then they would not believe. Those with whom you make an agreement, then they break their agreement every time and they do not guard (against ...

Justice Of God

Justice Of God
This was a short sketch of our belief in Allah. Now we come to the second Root of Religion and that is "Justice of Allah." Frankly speaking, this root of religion is the most important one to study, if anybody wants to know the real and basic difference between Sunnis and Shi'ah Ithna `Asharis. So far as the existence and Unity of God is concerned, it comes under the First Root `tawhid," that is, "The Unity of God." But the actions of Allah ...

God and Empirical Logic

God and Empirical Logic
Without doubt, social circumstances, historical and educational factors, and the various forms of human labor cannot be without influence on the practical expression of man's inward inclinations and his spiritual and emotional characteristics.Although these various circumstances do not create anycompulsion or necessity in man's choiceofdirection, theymaybring intobeinga moresuitable environment fora certain kind of choice, thus playing an ...

Helping the oppressor in oppression

Helping the oppressor in oppression
The twenty-ninth sin, that is classified as a Greater Sin is 'Helping the oppressors'. Fazl Ibne Shazaan has narrated from Imam Reza (a.s.) that he said concerning the Greater Sins: "And helping the oppressors and bending (leaning) towards them." In the narration of Amash from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) the following is mentioned, "Not helping the oppressed people is a Greater Sin." In other words helping the oppressors is also a Greater Sin. Imam Musa ...

The Debtor Whose Good Deeds are Given to the Creditor

The Debtor Whose Good Deeds are Given to the Creditor
If the debtor is guilty of being lazy in repaying, or if he had taken the loan for an illegal purpose, or if he has delayed the repayment inspite of being capable of doing so, and if after his death his debt has not been paid nor has the creditor condoned him. Then on the Day of Qiyamat his good deeds equivalent to the loan amount shall be given to the creditor and if his good deeds are exhausted or insufficient to cover the amount, sins from ...

SHIRK (Polytheism)

SHIRK  (Polytheism)
Shirk (Polytheism - To associate anyone or anything with Allah) The first of the Greater Sins is to associate anyone or anything with Allah. That is to attribute partners to Allah. Regarding Shirk we have received clear traditions from the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) as well as Hazrat Ali (a.s.), Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.), Imam al-Kazim (a.s.), Imam Reza (a.s.) and Imam Jawad (a.s.). Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) says: "The greatest of the ...

The Almighty, who is the Revealer of knowledge and wisdom

The Almighty, who is the Revealer of knowledge and wisdom
Du`¡’ is the expression of poorness to the One. Du`¡’ is the articulation of poverty to the Eternal Absolute. Du`¡’ is seeking assistance of the powerless from the All-Powerful. Du`¡’ is the demonstration of humility to the Omnipotent. Du`¡’ is loved by the Almighty, and is dear to the mystic and the miserable. Du`¡’ in the Holy Qur’¡n The Almighty, who is the Revealer of knowledge and wisdom, states in His ...

Allah is the Cause of Every Phenomenon

Allah is the Cause of Every Phenomenon
Allah is the origin of every life. He is the origin of the characteristics of life imparted to each and every creature. The characteristics of all creation are manifested by the Will of Allah. Therefore it is no wonder if the established quality of a particular thing may undergo a sudden change if Allah so wishes; as it happened in the case of fire lighted by Namrood, which became cool by the Will of Allah. The details of such phenomena shall be ...

O Allah! Give them prosperity whose utensils are mostly earthen

O Allah! Give them prosperity whose utensils are mostly earthen
Fatimah al-Zahra’ (a.s) was born to Khadijah al-Kubra and was the dearest daughter of the Prophet (a.s). Her birth took place at Makkah in the fifth year of the Annunciation of the Prophet (a.s). When she was only five years old her beloved mother, Khadijah, died. The entire responsibility of her upbringing became the responsibility of the Prophet (a.s). Despite his very busy schedule, he gave good attention to her education and training. His ...

Death-The Moment of Truth

Death-The Moment of Truth
  This sacred tradition indicates that at the time of confronting death some of his stations and conditions become revealed to man. This matter is in conformity with a kind of metaphysical proof and in agreement with the experience of mystics as well as with traditions and other reports. As long as man is preoccupied with the cultivation of this mundane realm and the face of his heart is turned towards this habitat and the intoxicant of carnal ...