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  • The History of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum, Part 1

    This article delves into the history of the Islamic seminaries of Qum. Using Islamic traditions and historical records, the significance of Qum according to the Ahlul Bayt will be stated, along with its link to Lady Ma‘sumah’s arrival to the city and its impact on the future of the seminaries’ success.
  • What is True Success? Excerpts from Peak of Eloquence (Nahjul Balagha)

    Nahjul Balagha, the Peak of Eloquence, is a collection of 239 sermons, 79 letters, and 489 sayings of Imam Ali (a.s.). Each sermon deals with many topics, depending upon the needs of the time, in answer to a question, or in response to a specific event or request. This text arranges the sayings of Imam Ali (a.s.) topically helping the reader to know what is said on a particular subject.
  • Imam Sadiq’s Contribution to the Scientific Movement in the Early Period of Islam

    This article focuses on Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq 's role in developing this scientific movement, offers an account of the number and religious denominations of his students and narrators, and reveals the degree to which this influence extended to include Sunni literature of Islamic studies. Indeed, many scholars and students are indebted to the Imam's vast knowledge and contributions in religious and academic fields.
  • A Glimpse at the Major Shi'a Seminaries, Part 3

    This article largely focuses on the Islamic Seminaries of Jabal Aamel, Isfahan, and Mashhad.
  • Man and the Formation of Social Life According to Tafsir Al-Mizan

    This article investigates the viewpoint of Allamah Tabatabai on the characteristics of man, particularly his social life, the origin of the human society, and man's tendency to establish social justice.
  • Eating and Drinking Conduct of Prophet Muhammad

    Considering all the narrations (hadiths) regarding the etiquette and conduct of the Prophet with regards to eating and drinking, we find answers to questions such as: When, why, and how did the Prophet eat? How much and what types of food did he have? Did he eat alone or with others?
  • A Glimpse at the Major Shi'a Seminaries, Part 2

    This part presents information on the revival of ijtihad in the Seminary of Hillah and introduces its prominent scholars, such as Najib al-Din Muhammad Ja’far, Muhaqqiq al-Hilli, Sayyid bin Tawus, and Allamah Hilli.
  • Parent-Child Relationship

    The present booklet presents in a short and concise manner the rights of the parents and the rights of the children. It also includes special duas that the children can read for the parents and a special dua that the parents can read for their children.
  • Marital Life: Importance and Issues

    Allah and His representatives have given us the best rules for a great marital life. They have explained every minute detail. When we do not observe these rights, do not follow the rules or cross our limits, life turns boring and marital life falls prey to differences and it will lead to all that is happening these days. Only if we would have truly act upon the Islamic teachings, behaved well with each other for the satisfaction of Allah and His Messenger (S) will we be able to have a good marriage and a good society.
  • Lapidation

    There are few children Islamic books and the present one is an amazing depiction of the events that lead to the battle to save the holy Ka’baa' in the time known as The Year of the Elephant. With lovely pictures and detailed descriptions, this book is an amazing aid in teaching children about the history of our holy Ka’baa'.
  • How To Start Your Journey Of Religious Responsibility?

    The present text is the most precious gift we can give our daughters at the time when they start their journey from childhood to womanhood. Filled with lessons on the rules of Allah regarding behaviour, religious responsibility and social rulings, this small but compact booklet will be the perfect way to introduce to a girl the concepts of Allah, His rules and regulations and the ways of our Prophet and his Purified household.
  • From Resolution to Revolution, the Message of Ashura

    Along the years many books have been written about the significance of the events that took place in Karbala. The present book is an amazing work that achieves to link the events and morals of the tragedy of Karbala with the needs of our youth. The more time goes by the more there appears to be a need to guide our young Muslims, especially the ones living in the West. Our youth are struggling with their identity and their religiosity. Thus the present work is a gift wrapped up in the form of lessons taken out of sermons that were delivered over a period of three years in London.
  • A Glimpse at the Major Shi‘a Seminaries part 1

    This article focuses primarily on the Islamic seminaries of Basra, Baghdad, and Najaf. The Seminary of Basra was known for its major role in the Science of Narration (‘Ilm al-Hadith); the Seminary of Baghdad was recognized as the center of scholarly discussions as well as bringing about new advancements in principles of jurisprudence, theology, deductive reasoning (istidlal) and independent reasoning (ijtihad); and the Seminary of Najaf was one of the most important institutions of academics and ijtihad in the history of Shi‘a academia.
  • Significance of Knowledge and Merits of the Knowledgeable [Mohammad Ali Shomali] [Dec 2013 - Jun 2014] [International Institute for Islamic Studies]

    Series of 8 lectures delivered at the International Institute for Islamic Studies by Sheikh Shomali in which he discusses the significance of knowledge and merits and responsibilities of the knowledgeable.
  • Friendship - (The Spiritual Message of Islam) [Mohammad Ali Shomali]

    In this series of 23 short videos, Sheikh Shomali explores various dimensions of "Friendship" as explained in the Islamic teachings.
  • The Holy Quran and the Sciences of Nature

    For many hundred's of years now the Muslim scientists have lagged behind although it is common knowledge that they were pioneers in sciences before that. What happened? Where did they go wrong? What is the Holy Qur'an's position regarding knowledge? Should we only learn religious sciences? Can we and are we encouraged by the Holy Qur'an and the sunnah to learn every knowledge that brings us closer to knowing God and his creation? What are the natural sciences that are good to be learned? What are the limitations? The present text presents in depth information and references from both the Holy Qur'an and from the sunnah on how we as a ummah should behave and what our aim should be when learning natural sciences.
  • Lady Nusrat Beygum Amin

    Sayyida Nusrat Beygum Amin was one of the most outstanding female jurisprudents and theologians of the 20th century. After being given the permission of ijtihad by prominent scholars, thus entitled mujtahida, she in turn granted permission of narrating hadith of ijtihad to future renowned female and male scholars.
  • The Contribution of Islamic Civilization to the Scientific and Technical Advancement of the World

    This article describes the geographical expansion of Islam, the progress of Islamic civilization with its advances in areas such as medicine, physics, astronomy, and history, as well as its impact on western civilization. It demonstrates how Muslims were able to achieve a remarkable civilization and benefit other societies, particularly the western world.
  • Fatima Bint Asad (a)

    The lofty and superior personality of Fatima Bint Asad (a) – a woman who strove in the cause of God – can be considered from two angles: her roles as a guardian for the Holy Prophet (s) and in raising her son, Imam Ali (a). This paper studies some of her traits of character such as her devotion to God, wilayah, and jihad, as well as her presence in the cultural, political, and social arenas. A study of her life results in an understanding of her steadfastness in safeguarding and disseminating Islamic values, her existential and ideological nearness to the Prophet Muhammad (s) and Imam Ali (a), and her deep insight, wisdom, and piety.
  • Ownership in Islam

    The concept of ownership prevails under various cultural, socio economic set-ups, be it feudalism, capitalism, socialism and non-secularism (religious), the issue of ownership and its connotation carry much weight. Its propriety, manner (either individual or public), devolution of the means of ownership to individuals or their centralization in the hands of the government is being discussed in the present book. The topic of this book is essentially, ownership. The discussion incorporates the problem of value which comprises divine ownership, its origin and extent, man's ownership, its origin, extent and types (individual ownership and its types, collective ownership and its types) and the effects of ownership as expressed in the right to possession, right to cede and its compulsory transfer. An in-depth attitude is being adopted while treating the sensitive areas of man's ownership and also the effects of such ownership expressed in terms of the right to possession and its