Vol. 15, no. 3, Autumn 2014

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.

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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.

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Indicators of Piety, Part 3

This part of the series 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.

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The Connection between Imam Mahdi and Imam Husayn, Part 1

This paper is the first part of a series of three papers on the subject, initially conceived as part of a series of lectures delivered by the author in London, at the Islamic Centre of England in Muharram 1433/November and December 2011, entitled, "Spiritual Struggle of Karbala."

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Heroic Manifestations of Ashura

This article describes Imam Husayn's bravery and steadfastness as seen in his encounters with the enemy, his sermons to all people, and on the battlefield.

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Safeguarding Azadari against Wrong Practices

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The Martyrdom of Banu Hashim in Karbala as described by Ibn Nama' Al-Hilli

Introducing the book and its author, this article offers a description on the martyrdom of several members of the Banu Hashim; moreover, the description portrays some inaccuracies available in several accounts on the Battle of Karbala.

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The Role of the Women of Ashura

This article offers an account of the women's unwavering support of Imam Husayn and his cause before Ashura, in the Battle of Karbala, and after the massacre.

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