Vol. 15, no. 1, Spring 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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