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  • Abu Hanifah and the Transmission of Traditions

    This article examines the role that Abu Hanifah played in transmitting traditions and provides examples of a few of these narrations that are recorded in both the Sunni and Shia books of traditions.

  • Imam Khumayni’s Vision of Islamic Unity

    This article attempts to delineate the aims, objectives and scope of Imam Khumayni’s vision of Islamic unity. It also describes some of the practical steps Imam undertook in order to achieve this vision.

  • The Voice of Unity Part 2: Islamic Brotherhood

    As the second in a series of talks regarding the subject of unity, the present article focuses on the concept of Muslim brotherhood and its relation to a united Ummah

  • The Shia Imams and Muslim Unity Part 1

    This is the first part to a series of articles that will outline the stance of the Shia Imams with respect to Muslim unity. The article begins by defining the meaning of ‘Muslim unity’ and goes on to enumerate the characteristics of such unity, especially as found in the Quran and the Sunnah. It then outlines some practical methods of creating unity and preventing division, by giving examples from the sirah of the Prophet (s).

  • Editorial, Number 5 November 2009

    Editorial about the presence of religion in all cultures and people, the philosophical meaning and the urge to find common grounds of venerance to God instead of focusing on each and every religion and sect peculiarity that divide instead of unify the believers.

  • Unity of the Islamic Schools of Thought According to Imam Musa Sadr

    This article explores the thought and activities of Imam al-Sadr pertaining to the issue of unity and the important role he occupied as one of the leading figures within the Islamic unity movement. The biographical part of this article was taken from al-Manar Television. The remainder was adapted from the author’s book, Imam Musa Sadr: surush-e wahdat, Majma’ Jahani-ye Taqrib-e Madhahib-e Islami, 2004.

  • Imamah and Wilayah: Allamah Sharaf Al-Din’s Approach to Conciliation

    Allamah Sharaf Al-Din firmly believed in the principle of the unity of the Islamic Ummah as well as the principle of Imamah in the Islamic faith. It is precisely because of this that his conciliatory activities began first with establishing the fact that between these two Islamic principles there is no contradiction or discrepancy; the book, Al-Muraja’at, can be counted as a practical workshop for efforts towards reconciliation from a number of perspectives; scientific, ethical, methodological, etc., which is based on the search for truth. This text explores the method that Allamah Sharaf Al-Din applied in order to promote unity without denying the core of Shia beliefs and replying to misconceptions about them.

  • Civilizational Dialogue and Mysticism: The Holy Qur’an and the Metaphysics of Ibn al-’Arabi

    This text explains how it is possible to reconcile the dawa with dialogue with other faiths without denying one’s religious identity by recognizing the underlying common ground that is the universality of the belief in a Superior Entity and the basic universal ethic laws that are shared among all human beings.

  • An Unpleasant Demeanor

    An Unpleasant Demeanor By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi This text examines the traits of a bad character and the effects of it on the person and who’s around and it explains the importance of having a good demeanor in light of the behavior of the Holy Prophet (S) ***** قَالَ رَسُولُ اللٌّهِ: يَا عَلِيُّ! لِكُلِّ ذَنْـبٍ تَوْبَةٌ إِلاَّ سُوءُ الْخُلْقِ فَإِنَّ صَاحِبَهُ كُلَّمَا خَرَجَ مِنْ ذَنْبٍ دَخَلَ فِي ذَنْبٍ. The Prophet Muhammad (S) has said, “O' ‘Ali! There is repentance for every sin except for having a bad demeanor, since every time a person who has an unpleasant demeanor leaves one sin, he will enter into (another) sin.” Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 74, pg. 46 In this tradition, the Noble Prophet (S) has pointed to the dangerous effect of having an unpleasant demeanor and has stated that, “People are able to ask repentance for all sins, however the person who has the characteristic and sin of an unpleasant demeanor will not be able to repent for this act as this

  • Brotherhood and Fellowship in Islam

    This text discusses about the importance of brotherhood and fellowship and what a Muslim should do regarding his relationship with the rest of the Muslims regardless of race, nationality or location. All the advice provided is according to the edicts present in the verses of the Holy Qur'an.

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