Vol. 14, no. 4, Winter 2014

The History of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum, Part 1

This article delves into the history of the Islamic seminaries of Qum. Using Islamic traditions and historical records, the significance of Qum according to the Ahlul Bayt will be stated, along with its link to Lady Ma‘sumah’s arrival to the city and its impact on the future of the seminaries’ success.

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The Descent of Adam in the Torah and the Qur’an

This article is the comparison between Jewish and Islamic perspectives regarding the descent of Adam and Eve. According to this research, both the Quran and Torah include the event of Adam and Eve’s descent with apparent differences in the details about the incident.

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Spiritual journeying in the Words of Shi’a Mystics

In the Islamic mysticism and ethics, ‘wakefulness’ (yaqzah) is the first stage of journey to God and the first phase of spiritual journey.This text explores the way to wakefulness with the word and examples of great Shi’a Mystics.

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Humility in the Conduct of Great Scholars

In this article, examples of virtuous humility in some contemporary great scholars’ conduct have been provided, and praiseworthy humility referred to in the Holy Qur’an and hadiths have been introduced and elaborated on.

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Sincerity for the Sake of God

This article addresses various aspects of sincerity as viewed in the Qur’an, Islamic traditions, and by Muslim scholars, as well as some of its signs and effects. Moreover, instructions on how to acquire and strengthen ikhlaas will also be stated, some of which steps include having true love for God, being certain about His oneness, yearning for what is with Him, controlling our desires.

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The Supreme Light and Created Lights: A Qur’anic Perspective

Using the Qur’an and Islamic traditions, this article addresses some of the major aspects of the concept of light. Light is one of God’s qualities, and every being in the universe is endowed with it.

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Imam Husayn: The Heir of Prophet Abraham

This article outlines the importance of prophet Abraham, who played an outstanding role in establishing the monotheistic tradition, hence, he is considered to be the founder of all Abrahamic religions and furthermore demonstrates that by sacrificing himself, Imam Husayn preserved the path of the Prophets as articulated and illustrated by Abraham, and paved the way for establishing the ideal community which in turn would establish universal justice, equality, and dignity for all.

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