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  • Tawassul in the Conduct of Great Scholars

    This article offers a brief explanation of tawassul, its levels, and focuses on examples of scholars' emphasis on calling on to the Infallibles as a source of spiritual upliftment and a key solution to their problems by visiting their shrines, holding occasions on their births and mourning sessions on their death anniversaries. Some of these scholars include Ayatullah Baha'ul-Dini, Allamah Tabataba'i, Ayatollah Boroojerdi, and Ayatullah Bahjat.

  • Shi’a Authorities in the Age of the Major Occultation Part 4: Sheikh Tusi

    This article studies the status, jurisprudential initiative, and religious authority of Sheikh Tusi, including a list of his teachers, students, and works on subjects such as hadith, exegesis, jurisprudence, supplication, and theology, and a description of the political situation during his time.

  • Indicators of Piety, Part 3

    This part further illustrates the qualities of the pious according to the Qur'an, that the pious are those who have faith in the unseen, establish prayer, give charity, believe in the hereafter, and have faith in what has been revealed to the Prophet as well as the previous prophets. This paper is the third part of a series of seven lessons by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in July 2011. This course was an attempt to explore the essence of faith, religiosity, and moral values on which they are based.

  • Zakat in Shi‘a Fiqh

    Zakat in Shi‘a Fiqh Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa Al-i Muhammad Introduction A sister from Toronto had sent questions to me in 1999 about zakat and I had written a detailed response to her explaining the Shi‘i perspective on zakat. Recently an article appeared in Federation Samachar (Tanzania) on issue of poverty and it was critical of the Shi‘a jurists (mujtahidin) for not making zakat obligatory in all wealth as it is done by the Sunnis. Since my 1999 response deals with the issues raised in that article, I have decided to publish it with revisions and additions for the benefit of the general audience. The Items of Wajib Zakat Question: “Zakat as we Shia calculate is payable on 9 items only. These items were the measure of wealth in those times and therefore should we not apply the principle to our wealth in general, as the Sunnis do, and not just to those 9 items?” The Islamic shari‘ah (code of

  • The Critical Role of Women in Karbala

    The Critical Role of Women in Karbala By: Sister Hanieh Tarkian (Hawza lecturer and PHD student in Islamic Studies at Jamiat al-Zahra, Qum, Iran) ************ Regarding the tragedy of Ashura, one of the questions that arises is why Imam Husayn (a), knowing that he would have become martyr along with his companions, brought his family with him and what the role of the women in Karbala was. We must add that two fundamental elements have given rise to the story of Ashura: one is martyrdom and self-sacrifice, and the other to spread the message of Imam Husayn (a), spread by those who in this event were innocently abused and tortured, suffering great pain. The role of the women and the family of Imam Husayn (a) is more relevant with respect to the second element, even if they, as mothers, had a clear role in educating these brave soldiers, who stayed on the side of their Imam (a) to the last. As sisters and wives, they have played an important role in supporting and

  • Business Etiquette and Professions

    This booklet though not that long deals in detail about the rules of the Quran and the rules of the Ahlul Bayt regarding what type of jobs are good, how to qualify to enter into business, how to run a business accordingly, what is advised and what is forbidden. It is a must read for any Muslim.

  • Woman’s Value and Role

    This text discusses the status of women in Islam and sheds some light on a lot of important issues which the woman is exposed to in her daily life, such as her value and role, her rights, her learning, the veil, marriage, divorce, chastity, woman’s work and so on.

  • Our Expectations on the Muslim Woman

    This text discusses about women's rights, women's personality and Islam's view of women differs a great deal from the realization of the actual value which Islam gives to human beings, and to women, in particular. A great many people are acquainted with Islamic views of society, social relations, women's rights, children's rights and family rights, but these same people then actually follow non-Islamic, ancient cultural traditions and do not dare to base their lives upon Islamic values. Dr Ali Shariati proposes his views and explains how to put them into practice.

  • The Islamic Understanding of Hardship, Part 2

    This article explores the Islamic view of hardship and the meaning of suffering by describing Satan’s role in the origin of mankind’s hardship, and clarifies the concept of suffering, tragic events, and calamities people tend to face as viewed in the Qur’an and hadith from the Ahlul Bayt. Part 2 continues to expound on the importance of suffering and why those who are closer to God may suffer more in this world. This paper is based on the second part of two lectures delivered by the author in Dar al-Zahra in Qum during the Fatimiyyah commemoration, 2011.

  • God’s Mercy through Fasting


Anger is such that it destroys the heart of even the wise men. He who has no control over his anger has no control over his mind.

- Imam Jafar Sadiq (a) -

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