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  • Values and Ethical Issues in Science and Technology: A Muslim Perspective

    In the past, ethical considerations were a concern of all believing scientists, both in the Islamic and the Western world. This perspective has dramatically changed in our age. The development of science and technology under a secularist-materialist worldview has led to grave consequences for humankind. The only hope for a better future for humankind is to keep Ethics as a central concern in order to avoid misuse of discoveries that can create destruction and not improvement for humankind and its condition.
  • Does God Have a Mind?

    In this paper, the history of the concepts of soul, mind, and spirit are reviewed in order to deny that such terms correctly apply to God. The positions taken on the nature of mind and divinity are reviewed through the Greek philosophical tradition to Augustine and Islamic philosophy. In Islamic philosophy God is not understood as having a mind, but is nevertheless knowing, willing and living.
  • A Plea for Islamic Unity

    A Plea for Islamic Unity Yasser Madani This brief article recognizes that currently the Islamic community (Ummah) is far from unity and urges all to strive and work hard to achieve the ideal unity as depicted in the Holy Qur’an ***** “Surely, this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me (and no other).” (21:92) The above verse points to an ideal, which is currently not being met. If we look at the current state of the ummah (the global Islamic community), we can clearly see that generally speaking, it is far from a “community”. The disunity within the ummah is very apparent for all to see; Muslims are making false claims against one another, creating hostility, preaching hatred and even killing one another, as we can see from the ongoing sectarian violence in countries like Pakistan and Iraq. The ummah is in a desperate situation and in dire need of reform. Defining Islamic Unity It is essential that we define what is meant by “
  • Our Responsibilities during the Period of Occultation of the Present Imam

    This text presents based on Hadith the two main duties of the Shi'a Muslims during the Occultation of our Present Imam (atfsh).
  • Ancient Prophets for a Modern World - The True Story of Jesus (P)

    In this text the writer eloquently underlines the importance of the Christian-Islamic dialogue. Mary and Jesus (P) are talked about and the differences in both ideologies presented. The writer discusses about the verses in the Qur'an that regard the mother and the son and what their position with Allah is and mentions the misconceptions of the Christians that regard Jesus (P).
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 4

    This part of the articles series further delves into the signs of the moral, cultural, and religious state of affairs before the advent of Imam Mahdi as well some events after the his return. This series of papers is based on parts seven and eight of a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/January 2007 in London.
  • Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 5

    This part of the articles series expands on Imam Ali’s close relationship to the Prophet, expounds on well-known hadiths on the Imam’s faith and merits, and his immeasurable services to Islam.
  • Ramadhan With The Holy Qur’an, 30 Lessons in 30 days

    Thirty lessons for youth written as an easy but comprehensive guide throughout the Holy Month of Ramadhan in order to give them a gist of the great religion of Islam and its teachings produced from the words of the Holy Qur’an and exegesis as well as points from traditions and narrations from the Divine Purified Household.
  • Is Prophet Muhammed (s.a.w.a.) In the Bible?

    The Holy Bible contains many prophecies both in the Old and the New Testament about the coming of a great prophet of God. The coming of this Prophet is mentioned both directly and indirectly by Abraham(A.S), Moses (A.S), John (A.S) and Jesus (A.S) amongst others. To discuss all the related material in the Bible would be too lengthy and beyond the scope of this book. This is a selection of only a few of those verses that are very clear and are supported by history for discussion. This selection is comprehensible not only to those who have an in-depth understanding of the Bible but also those who are reading the Bible for the first time.
  • Foremost in Faith

    A Collection of Lectures delivered by Maulana Syed Mohammad Jaffer Zaidi Shaheed concerning the high status of the Prophet (S) and his Ahlul Bayt (as) in the Light of Traditions and various Ayat f the Holy Qur'an
  • Resurrection, Ma'ad

    The present work discusses the subject of "Resurrection", which is one of the volumes of the "Splendid Light of Wisdom" Collection with the aim to increase the level of knowledge in the young generation’s mind, and will enable them to comprehend and to know more deeply, the clear and erudite thoughts of this learned thinker; so that it may open a new path in front of them.
  • The Social Functions of Imamate

    This paper investigates the existence and impact of Imamate. Imamate is a divine institution, and the Imam is responsible for administering the affairs of society through being linked to the main source of guidance – Allah.
  • Intercession and Intermediation

    Shafaʿah and tawassul can be compared to the links, connections and networks that people use in this life to acquire what they seek. These means and intermediaries should be approved, set and introduced by God, and one should not take them as any independent source of impact, for there is no independence whatsoever for anyone other than God, whether in this world or the next.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 3

    This part of the series includes the people’s cultural, moral, and religious condition during the End of Times, explaining what will arise concerning family relationships, youth, women, mosques, Islamic law, and the general representation of Islam.This series of papers is based on a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.
  • The Practice of the Holy Prophet (S) and Muslim Leaders in Dealing with Ideological Opponents

    This article illustrates the practice of the Holy Prophet (S) and the first Caliphs in dealing with opponents, and demonstrates that using differences as a pretext to declare other Muslims as kaafir and justify their persecution and killing has never been a practice of these great personalities.
  • Religious Pluralism and the Transcendent Unity of Religions

    The following discussion first depicts the possible meanings of religious pluralism, and then goes on to explain the teachings of the transcendent unity of religions. It concludes with the implications of this confrontation.
  • Imam Ali and the Caliphs: Their Relationship and Interaction

    This article presents briefly the relations that Imam Ali (as) had with the first three caliphs: instead of underlying their difference of opinions he always tried to counsel and cooperate with them in order to preserve the unity and well-being of the Ummah.
  • Editorial, Volume 2, Number 3 Winter 2008

    Editorial about the efforts to be done towards the Islamic Unity, in order to find a common ground for all the islamic mahdahib to be united against all the enemies manifested and hidden of Islam.
  • Miracle or Mirage? The Paradox of Miracles & Science

    Miracle or Mirage? The Paradox of Miracles
  • Infallibility

    Infallibility Sheikh Mansour Leghaei In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful This article discusses the issues of infallibility and ‘Isma in relation to Prophets and angels, with specific emphasis on the role of free will. It then goes on to look at the differences between the Islamic view of infallibility, as compared to Christianity and Judaism. This discussion then evolves into one of belief, with a discussion on the roots of human life and the circumstances surrounding it. We conclude with a detailed look at the concept of infallibility in Islam, outlining the main reasons for the beliefs held by Muslims of different schools of thought. Etymology of al-’Isma Al-’Isma: Al-’Isma is the Arabic root of the term under discussion which literally means taking hold of something; abstaining. In the story of Prophet Noah, with reference to this literal meaning he proclaims to his son: …لَا عَاصِمَ الْيَوْمَ مِنْ أَمْرِ اللَّهِ… “There is no