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  • Examining Selected Jurisprudential Differences among Muslims

    The purpose of this study is to take a brief overview at some of the jurisprudential differences between Shia‘s and Sunnis in matters such as Wudhu’ (ablution), Adhan (the call to prayer), prayer, Khums, Tawaf Al-Nisa, and fasting.
  • A Glance at the Hadith of Unwan Basri

    This article presents this hadith and elucidates the relation between understanding and fearing God, the relation between understanding and (sulook) wayfaring towards God, the sources of insight (ma’rifa), and the reality of servitude. In order to comprehend true servitude, one must believe God to be the true owner of all creation, entrusting one’s affairs to Him (tafweedh), wholeheartedly accepting all that God wants for a servant (tasleem), and acting within the boundaries of God’s commands and prohibitions.
  • The Prolonged Lifespan of Imam Mahdi (aj)

    The duration of the longevity of Imam Mahdi’s life has been an area of disagreement among several Sunni and Shi‘i scholars. The findings of this research are based on the Qur’anic verses, Shi‘a and Sunni hadith, biological and medical law, and historical documents. These findings reveal that it is possible to live an exceedingly long life, as the Prophet Noah, the Men of the Cave, and Prophet Khidr are among those who have done so.
  • Understanding God’s Mercy Part 8

    This part studies divine mercy as illustrated in the way God rewards. Our happiness in the Hereafter depends on our faith and actions, and we need adequate provisions for the eternal journey ahead. Since it is likely that people tend to exaggerate their few deeds, we may not realize the actual length and duration of this difficult journey. God, out of His vast mercy, assists us in various ways to enable us to obtain sufficient provision.
  • An Inquiry into Intercession

    Intercession (shafa‘ah), the act of an intercessor when he asks God for forgiveness and help on behalf of sinners, is of two types: generative and legislative. It is a principle found in many Islamic schools of thought, although questioned by some. This paper analyzes and explains the verses of the Qur’an regarding intercession and replies to several objections raised by its opposers. Qur’anic verses on intercession do not contradict one another; rather, they emphasize that intercession inherently belongs to God, and some special servants of God are entitled to intercede by His permission.
  • Understanding God’s Mercy, Part 7

    This part of the digression focuses on the qualities of those who qualify themselves to receive extra mercy from God.
  • The Truth As It Is

    We live in a world where every Muslim is judged by the actions of what other so called Muslims do. It is a very difficult situation to constantly need to defend yourself from people who think all the Muslims think the same. The present book is a fresh breath for all of us, by giving us a clear picture of the main doctrines and religious injunctions of the Ja’fariyyah Imamite Shi’ah whose individuals live together with their brethren from the various Muslim sects. They are deeply concerned about maintaining the entity and dignity of the Muslims and are ready to sacrifice everything for it.
  • The Sufferings of Amirol Mo’minin, Ali ibn Abi Talib: Life and Martyrdom

    This text offers a brief insight into the challenges and sufferings of Imam Ali (as) before and after the passing of holy Prophet (saw), the battles he faces and during the time of the holy Imam's caliphate. Source of the hadith: Al Khisal (sheikh Saduq), volume 2, page 365 and Bihar al Anwar, volume 38, chapter 62, page 180
  • History of Islam up to the Demise of the Prophet (S)

    This book presents the history of Islam and Arabian Peninsula before the advent of Islam and up till the death of the Prophet Muhammad. It starts giving an overview of the political, social and religious situation Arabian peninsula before the advent of Islam, then it provides an extensive biography of the birth and life of the Prophet Muhammad and the impact of his preaching to the Arab population, the oppositions and wars against the spreading of Islam, the Hijrah (great migration), up till the establishment of Islam as main religion of Arabian Peninsula, and text concludes the narration with the description of the The Farewell Pilgrimage and the political and religious implications of it and the description of the demise of the Prophet.
  • The Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafii, Maliki and Jafari. The unity of the schools becomes apparent, but it is perhaps the differences that are of the greater interest because it shows how open the Law is to a variety of views. It is from this diversity of interpretations of the Law, interpretations which are based on the Quran and the Sunnah, that unity develops when each diverse group is willing to concede the possibility of the other's interpretation when it is based on the same two sources. Inheritance is one of the Economic Issues of the five schools. Other aspects of economic issues include prescribed poor-due (zakat), twenty percent tax (Khums), will and bequest (wasiyat) and inheritance (irs).
  • The Formation of the Jaʿfari Shiʿa Islamic School of Law from its Inception to the Occultation

    The Formation of the Jaʿfari Shiʿa Islamic School of Law from its Inception to the Occultation Afzal Sumar ************** Imam al-Sadiq (d. 148 AH / 765 AD) and the other Shiʿa Imams both prior to and succeeding him contributed to the Jaʿfari madhhab’s development and were well known and respected contemporaries of the scores of legists who formed personal schools of law during the first and second century. Indeed many of these early legists including the eponyms of the four existing Sunni legal schools had scholarly interactions with and transmitted from the Imams ʿAli ibn al-Husayn (d. 95 AH / 713 AD), Muhammad ibn ʿAli (d. 114 AH / 743 AD), Jaʿfar ibn Muhammad, and ʿAli ibn Musa (d. 203 AH / 818 AD), as will be shown during the course of this essay, and held them in high repute. Writers of Islamic law history avoid mentioning Imam as-Sadiq (pbuh) and Imam al-Baqir (pbuh) despite their importance. Thus the importance of this work that is trying to provide the people
  • Parables: Important Questions – Simple Answers

    Hujjat Al Islam Mohsin Qara’ati in his televised program Lessons from the Quran is using parables and similes, which has been a very successful method of getting the message of understanding across to the general population. In this publication, the author selected one hundred of the many similes and parables he has conveyed and presented them in a “Question and Answer” form.
  • Islamic Way of Life

    This book presents in a simplified manner what the Islamic way of life should be, how to build a life following the shari'a and the Qur'an, how the spiritual, economic and political life should look like. The views in this book can be considered and applied to constructing an Islamic life even if the opinions are pertaining more to the Sunni Muslims.
  • Imamate and Wilayah Part 4

    This paper is based on lectures 9, 10, 11, and 12 of a series of lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum.
  • Hadith al-Kisa, The Narration of the Cloak

    The Tradition of the Cloak, or Hadith al-Kisa’, is a narrative of an incident where the Prophet Muhammad assembled Hasan, Husayn, Ali, and Fatima under his cloak.
  • Understanding God’s Mercy Part 6

    In this part, the text explores the different types and levels of divine forgiveness and understand how God may even transform one’s immoral deeds into good ones.
  • Imamate and Wilayah Part 3

    This paper is based on first part of lecture four and all of lecture six of a series of lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum. Lecture five and the remaining part of lecture four relate to the ban by the first three Caliphs on narrating hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (a) and will be published separately in upcoming articles.
  • History of the Shi‘a in the Time of Imam Sajjad (a) Part 2

    In this part, Imam Sajjad’s devotional and political activities are examined in terms of his efforts to enjoin good and forbid evil, divulge the Umayyad’s crimes, and resist against oppressive rulers to bring about social and cultural changes.
  • Understanding God’s Mercy Part 5

    In this part, we will study the role of God’s mercy in guiding mankind which includes sending books of guidance. God’s mercy also provides humankind with different kinds of support in their spiritual life, such as protection from Satan, misguidance, and from the tempting soul.
  • Imamate and Wilayah Part 2

    This paper is based on the first three lectures of a series of 17 lectures delivered by Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali in summer 2004 in Qum. In this part, more narrations are cited to provide a description of the Ahlul Bayt. Narrations from Sunni texts will also be used to reveal the authenticity of the twelve successors and their role of upholding the religion of Islam after the Prophet’s death. The differences between Sunnis and Shi‘as with regards to whom these twelve successors are will be explained.