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  • Courtesy to God: Exemplary Methods of the Arch-Prophets

    This article examines the method of the five Arch-Prophets (Ulul Azm), namely Prophet Noah, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus, and Prophet Muhammad, communicating with God through remembrance (dhikr), supplication (dua), and prayer (salat). Through defining the term ‘model’ and offering a glimpse into the character traits of these exemplary personalities, the author seeks to analyse the form of address of each of these prophets so as to offer a model for readers to follow.

  • A Woman of Paradise: The Rebellious Queen of Pharaoh Part 1

    In this paper, we hope to provide a brief biographical sketch as well as an analysis of the verses related to Lady Asiyah from classical Sunni and Shi’i commentaries of the Qur’an.

  • Migration of Lady Fatima Al-Ma’sumah to Qum

    This article addresses the political and social conditions of the time of Imam al-Ridha and the reasons for Lady Ma’sumah’s migration from Medina to Qum-Iran. It examines the Shi’as’ conditions and migration as a method of protest to the status quo (the usurping Abbasid rule) and to investigate the role of Lady Ma’sumah as a migrant and its underlying causes.

  • Community Building in Islam, Part 4

    This series of papers studies the importance of community-building and Prophet Muhammad’s efforts to implement it. Part 4 of the series expands on Allah’s justice in the Qur’an, early controversy on the meaning of Allah’s justice, the Shi‘a view of justice, the necessity for establishing social justice, having just leaders, and examples of justice observed by the Ahlul Bayt. This series is based on a nine-session course conducted by the author on Community Building at the Islamic Centre of England in London in 2009.

  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 5

    This part of the series of articles further delves into the state of affairs after his return, such as the meeting the crucial needs of the people, the expansion of Islam, and establishing a culture based on the Qur’an. This series of papers is based on parts nine and ten of a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.

  • The Spirit and the Word: of the Command of My Lord

    This text discusses the meaning of the term Ruh (Spirit) in the Qur’an analyzing several verses where this term has appeared.

  • Imam Jawad: A Blessed Newborn

    This article is a short biography that offers a glimpse of Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Musa's – also called al-Jawad (‘the generous’) and al-Taqi (‘the pious’)- life: his Imamate, marriage, offspring, and his wisdom implemented in his spiritual and social life.

  • Hegel’s Ethics

    The aim of this text is to offer a brief overview into Hegel’s ethics. The author compares Hegel’s views with the communitarian critique of liberalism. Following this, there is a brief account of the relation between Hegel’s ethical and religious thought. Hegel’s philosophy is one of reconciliation.

  • Medical Ethics in the views of Imam Khomeini (ra)

    Medical Ethics in the views of Imam Khomeini (ra) Dr Mohsen Reza Haydari MD PhD Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences drmohsinraza2012@yahoo.com Abstract This text presents views of Imam Khomeini (ra) on various aspects of medical ethics. Imam (ra) with his divine insight, sublime ethical values and taqwa, opens new avenues for the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in caring for the patients and performing their duties towards God, their own profession, their fellow human beings, their religion and their country. Imam’s (ra) viewpoint on different aspects of doctor-patient relationship and its malakuti aspect reveals yet another hidden characteristic of his multidimensional personality and his compassionate spirit. In essence, Imam (ra) views the medical profession as an invaluable means to worship God and serve creatures of God. According to Imam (ra), seeking divine pleasure should be the primary aim of physicians and nurses caring for the

  • Quench Not Thine Own Light

    Quench Not Thine Own Light W. B. Basbir Pickard (B.A. Cantab) The present article presents in short the disadvantages of consuming intoxicants and dallying in activities such as gambling and the advantages of staying away from such activities. ***** "Guard thyself against the insidious evils of intoxicants and games of chance.” As stated in several Verses of the Holy Qur’an such as: 2:219; 4:43; 5:90-91. In a few brief sentences I am called upon to strengthen the bulwarks of humanity against an insidious, fair-seeming evil, that, armed with the shining nets of pleasure, entangles and ensnares the unsuspecting. The victim once ensnared, an onlooker can recognise the poisonous nature of the evil, can see the poison eating its ways into the reason, corroding the sources of vitality and corrupting the sense of proportion, beclouding the clear judgement of what is good and what is evil, of what is right and what is wrong. With this brief exordium, let me proceed in


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