Vol. 16, no. 2, Summer 2015

Community Building, Part 1

Part 1 of this series illustrates on the importance of community- building in the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad's efforts to put it into practice. Prioritized qualities that ensure a dynamic Islamic community will also be expounded on, such as truthfulness, trustworthiness, persistence, and maintaining a healthy balance in working for this world to eventually lead to a blissful hereafter.
This series is based on a nine session course conducted by the author on Community Building at the Islamic Centre of England in London in 2009.

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Legal Rulings Derived from Qur’anic Stories, Part 1

The first part of this article demonstrate that legal rulings can be based on narrations from Qur'anic stories, using topics such as the permissibility of self-praise and dissimulation (taqiyya) and justifying punishment for the disabled and ill wrongdoers.

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Unclear (Mutashabih) Verses According to Ibn Shahr Ashub

This article offers an account of Mutashabih al-Qur'an wa Mukhtalafuh by Ibn Shahr Ashub; the work offers both his ideas and notable scholars' ideas and examples to explain the three groups of equivocal verses and the philosophy behind them.

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Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 3

This part of the text expands on the proofs for his authority over the companions that qualify him for leadership such as his extraordinary courage, deep insight, matchless asceticism and devotion, and boundless patience.

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A Conversation with Abraham: Exploring the Image of God in the Bible and the Qur’an, Part 2

This part expounds on the relationship between God and Abraham. Throughout these stories, we get an interesting look into the nature of the relationship between God and Abraham.

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Hypocrisy and its Levels

This article expounds on the definition of hypocrisy, its levels, its connotation in the Qur'an and hadith, and the differences between both hypocrisy and falsehood, and hypocrisy and dissimulation (taqiyyah).

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The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 1

This series will offer a basic overview of the concept of the 'End of Times' from the viewpoint of the dominant world religions, as well as the Islamic perspective using the Qur'an and hadith as sources to envision what lays ahead of us, and with the purpose of increasing our knowledge on the advent of Imam Mahdi (aj), establishing a positive relationship with the Imam, and preparing for his return.
This series of papers is based on a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.

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