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  • Love for the Ahlul Bayt and its Outcomes

    This article offers the effects of having love for the Ahlul Bayt in this world and in the next.

  • Imam Sadiq’s Contribution to the Scientific Movement in the Early Period of Islam

    This article focuses on Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq 's role in developing this scientific movement, offers an account of the number and religious denominations of his students and narrators, and reveals the degree to which this influence extended to include Sunni literature of Islamic studies. Indeed, many scholars and students are indebted to the Imam's vast knowledge and contributions in religious and academic fields.

  • A Glimpse at the Major Shi'a Seminaries, Part 3

    This article largely focuses on the Islamic Seminaries of Jabal Aamel, Isfahan, and Mashhad.

  • Man and the Formation of Social Life According to Tafsir Al-Mizan

    This article investigates the viewpoint of Allamah Tabatabai on the characteristics of man, particularly his social life, the origin of the human society, and man's tendency to establish social justice.

  • Miracles and the Principle of Causality: Christian and Shi’a Perspectives

    Miracles have always been a controversial issue, both in theology, philosophy, and science. This paper will quote from both Christian and Shi'a perspectives and will conclude that miracles are not against the principle of causality

  • Imamate and Wilayah, Part 7

    This paper is based on lecture 14 of a series of lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum.

  • Eating and Drinking Conduct of Prophet Muhammad

    Considering all the narrations (hadiths) regarding the etiquette and conduct of the Prophet with regards to eating and drinking, we find answers to questions such as: When, why, and how did the Prophet eat? How much and what types of food did he have? Did he eat alone or with others?

  • The Meanings and Addresses of Salam in Prayer

    This article first identifies and summarizes the most important meanings of Salam on the basis of authentic Arabic and Persian dictionaries and then, on the basis of these meanings, the philosophy of Salam in Prayer will be investigated.

  • A Probe into the Meaning of Light in the Qur’an and Hadith

    This paper aims to examine the most distinguished instances of light in the view of the Holy Qur’an and the narrations, and subsequently to uncover the connection between them. This paper has been translated from Farsi into English for the Message of Thaqalayn. The Farsi paper was published in Pajuhesh-e Dini, No. 8, Winter 2004, pp. 86-99.

  • A Glimpse at the Major Shi'a Seminaries, Part 2

    This part presents information on the revival of ijtihad in the Seminary of Hillah and introduces its prominent scholars, such as Najib al-Din Muhammad Ja’far, Muhaqqiq al-Hilli, Sayyid bin Tawus, and Allamah Hilli.


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