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  • The Islamic Understanding of Hardship, Part 1

    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. This paper is based on the first part of two lectures delivered by the author in Dar al-Zahra in Qum in Fatimiyyah 2011.

  • Reasons for the Prohibition of Specific Foods in the Quran

    God has created man in a way that whatever he eats and drinks has an influence on his mind, body and soul. Hence, God declared certain edible materials as prohibited (haram) and others permissible (halal). This paper lists the foods that are impermissible as mentioned in the Quranic Chapters al-Baqarah and al-Maidah.

  • The History of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum, Part 2

    This article delves into the history of the Islamic seminaries of Qum. Part 2 continues with the seminaries of Qum after the Islamic Revolution, including an explanation of the core courses offered in philosophy, exegesis, theology, and jurisprudence.

  • Good-Naturedness in Islam: Its Signs and Effects

    The present article offers a glimpse into the concept of good-naturedness as defined and emphasized in the Qur’an, hadiths, and as practiced by believers. Furthermore, the methods of behaving towards wrongdoers and reinforcing good nature, as well as the signs of good nature on a personal and social level are also described.

  • A Glimpse of Tafsir-e Nur: Verses 162-165 of Surah al-An‘am

    This article analyses the exegesis of verses 162 to 165 of Chapter al-An’am, number 6 contained in The Commentary of Light (Tafsir Nur) by Shaykh Muhsin Qara’ati. The Commentary of Light (Tafsir Nur) by Shaykh Muhsin Qara’ati is a written compilation of lectures over three decades of teaching. This commentary offers concise lessons from each verse of the Qur’an, featuring explanatory points and lessons; the explanatory points are brief itemized notes to help the readers attain a glossary understanding of the aforementioned verses, while the lessons delve deeper into the verse to illustrate a more thorough hermeneutic analysis of the concept.

  • The Nurturing Role of Lady Fatimah

    This article, which addresses Lady Fatimah’s conduct and method of upbringing, seeks to present the life of Lady Fatimah as the applied form of Islam. She was an illustration of a perfect woman, or rather, a perfect human being within the Islamic faith

  • Indicators of Piety Part 1

    This series of articles elucidates the merits and consequences of piety as seen in the Qur’an, hadith, and the lives of the Ahlul Bayt, and introduces indicators by which one can examine one’s own piety or, if needed, others’ piety. This paper is the first 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.

  • Theory of Justice

    The present collection unfolds in three chapters drawn up in view of the necessity and fundamental standing of justice, the quality of its dispensation in society and individual and the presentation of an epitome of the viewpoints on the subject. The first chapter presents a study of the viewpoints on the theory of justice in ancient times, the orient and modem west. The second chapter dissects the different dimensions of the concept of 'idalah (justice) in Islam in view of its noble source, the Holy Qur'an. The third chapter attempts to expound on the viewpoints of one of the greatest and most striking contemporary thinkers and political leaders of the world of Islam, Imam Khomeini (r), providing an overview of the issue of 'idalah within the frame of a special theory.

  • Onto The Right Path

    It is well known that people in the era of our Prophet (S) were attracted to Islam due to the truthfulness and righteousness of our Prophet (S). Muslims in general are supposed to be missionaries; they are supposed to uphold the best characters, but unfortunately, many nowadays forget that people do not know what the Islamic books teach and that people judge Islam by the actions of its followers. The present text is a collection of life experiences of people who adhered to the Right Path, a booklet full of lessons for those seeking the truth and the ones trying to discover how a Muslim should act.

  • How to make the most of Ziyarah of the Ahlul Bayt (a)

    The present booklet is a summarization of a lecture delivered in Qum, it explains the meaning and the manners in which Ziyarah should be performed. It also outlines the etiquette of performing Ziyarah and the many blessing that come from performing such an act. *********** How to make the most of Ziyarah of the Ahlul Bayt (a) Salim Yusufali (yusufali@cs.stanford.edu) Outline of class delivered on this topic in July, 2008 in the Holy City of Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran. Definitions Ziyarat What is the definition of ziyarah? Some people will say that it means to read something. Others will say that it means to go in person to visit someone. The reality is that ziyarah is an action of the heart, and involves turning to someone with his heart. We can do ziyarah of people like the ma'asumeen (a). We can also do ziyarah of Allah, and in some du’as we refer to the zuwwar of Allah (swt) (اللهم اجعلني من زوارك) Mazoor One who is being turned to in ziyarat


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