Vol 17, no 4, Winter 2017

The Socio-Political Measures of Imam Al-Jawad To Guide The Shi‘a

This article offers a brief biography of the young and brilliant Imam al-Jawad and addresses his role in guiding the Shi‘a community. It also touches upon the Imam’s God-given knowledge, extraordinary acts, wise political measures taken against opposition, and educational training of scholars.

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An Analysis of the Causes of Mental Illness

This paper delves into some of the general symptoms of mental illness, symptoms mentioned in the Qur’an and hadith, and the stages of mental illness according to the Qur’an.

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Salman al-Farsi: A Great Companion of the Prophet Muhammad

This article delves into the personality, character, and faith of Salman, the first Persian to accept Islam, and a great companion of the Prophet (S), as seen in the traditions of the Ahlul Bayt, as well as several Sunni sources.

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Community Building in Islam, Part 6

This article expands on the depth of our relationship with God, love for God’s creation, acting as a channel for God’s mercy in our daily lives in doing charitable work, being hospitable, and caring for the ill in the Islamic community.

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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A Critique of the Works of Three Orientalists on Imam al-Kazim (a)

The purpose of this paper is to investigate three works, namely: “Imam al-Kazim” by Etan Kohlberg from the Encyclopedia of Islam, the section on Imam al-Kazim in Shi‘a Denomination by Dwight Donaldson, and Shi‘ism by Heinz Halm. These three works are fairly comprehensive ones revolving around the Imam’s lifetime—from his birth to his martyrdom.

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Introducing Imam Husayn to Humanity: Spiritual Advice for Organizations

In this lecture, Huj. Sh. Mohammad Ali Shomali praises the representatives of the WhoIsHussain global campaign for their efforts, and acknowledges this project as an exceptional one, due to the importance of reaching out and making Imam Husayn known and beneficial to humanity.

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Imam al-Jawad’s Spiritual Advice to One of His Companions

This paper is a brief explanation of one narration by the ninth imam, Imam al-Jawad (a), wherein a man asks him for advice, and the Imam advises him to five things: to rely on patience, welcome poverty, abandon desires and whims, and to have God-wariness.

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