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  • Tahrif al-Qur'an: A Study of Misconceptions Regarding Corruption of the Qur'anic Text

    A response to the accusation that the Shi'a believe in tahrif (alteration) of the Holy Qur'an.
  • Some Old Manuscripts of the Holy Qur'an

    Compilers of the Qur'an. The 'Uthmani Codices. The Codex of 'Ali. Codices of various cities. Script of early manuscripts. Codices of the Imams.
  • The Gospel of the Shia of Ali (a)

    The close relation between Prophet Jesus ('a) and Imam 'Ali ('a), and their shared characteristics. Traditions about Jesus (a), and an admonition from the Almighty to Jesus (a) narrated by the Ahlul Bayt (a).
  • Outlines of the Development of the Science of Hadith

    Includes origins and history of the science of hadith, six books of Sunni hadith, Shi'i books of hadith, and the major Shi'i scholars of hadith.
  • Sociology of the Quran Part I

    This is the first part of Martyr Murtada Mutahhari's book Society and History (Jami`e wa tarikhh), which is itself a part of his important work Introduction to the Islamic World Outlook (Muqaddameh'i bar jahan bini‑ye Islami). In this section on society, the author discusses various viewpoints regarding the relationship between individual and society, and explains the Qur'anic viewpoint. Then he goes on to discuss such issues as social freedom and determinism, class division and social polarization, social pluralism and homogeneity, and the future of human societies. The second part of the book about history and the philosophy of history from the viewpoint of the Qur'an will appear 'in sha' Allah in the future issues of Al‑Tawhid.
  • Zawahir al-Qur'an: The Authority of the Book's Literal Meanings

    Importance of the literal meanings of the Qur'an and examples of its use by the Ahlul Bayt (a). Arguments against the literal meanings. Methodology and sources of tafsir.
  • The Theory of 'Alam al Khalq and 'Alam al-'Amr

    An analysis into the theory of 'Alam al Khalq (World of Creation) and 'Alam al-'Amr (the World of Command)
  • Defence and Jihad in the Quran

    A paper by Ahmad Jannati about Defence and Jihad from Qur`an, explaining the meaning, types, significance and goals of Jihad.
  • Words of the Word of God: Jesus Christ (a) Speaks through Shii Narrations

    Words and advice of Prophet 'Isa (Jesus) found in Shi'i traditions, on subjects including God, man, the hereafter, wisdom, prayer, poverty, the heart, and much more. Selected, edited and translated by Mahdi Muntazir Qa'im and Muhammad Legenhausen
  • The Scientific Dimension of the Quran

    A discussion of the two views of the Holy Quran with respect to its Scientific Dimension. One view says that the Holy Quran includes all kinds of knowledge and therefore it contains the basic ingredients of all the sciences of nature. The second holds that the Quran is merely a book of guidance, and there is no room for the physical and natural sciences in it. The author then presents his own opinion.
  • Understanding the Uniqueness of the Quran

    Approaches to the understanding of the Qur'an, characteristics and uniqueness of the Qur'an, language of the Qur'an, reason and the heart in the Qur'an.
  • Arabic Accounts of al-Husayn's Martyrdom

    An attempt to reconstruct the tradition of historical writing about the martyrdom of the Imam al‑Husayn.
  • Great Shi'i Works: 'Kitab al-Irshad' by Al-Mufid

    A biography of the Shi'i scholar Shaykh al-Mufid, and a description of his book 'Kitab al-Irshad' which contains biographies of each of the 14 infallibles.
  • Selection from Glimpses of the Nahj al-Balaghah

    This is the translation of sections from Martyr Mutahhari's book Sayri dar Nahj al-balaghah. This book consists of seven sections. In the first section the author discusses the two main characteristics of the Nahj al-balaghah; its literary excellence and its multidimensionality, quoted various opinions expressed about Imam Ali's eloquence in general and about the Nahj al-balaghah in particular. In the second section, the author discusses the theological and metaphysical ideas propounded in the Nahj al-balaghah and compared them with the parallel notions familiar to the Muslim mutakallimun and philosophers. The third section deals with ibadah (worship) and its various levels. The fourth section deals with Islamic Government and Social Justice. The fifth, dealing with the controversial issue of caliphate (khilafah) and the superior status of the Ahl al-Bayt (A), has been deleted in this translation. The sixth and the seventh sections discuss the Nahj al-balaghah's ethical teachings, in
  • The Islamic System of Judiciary in the Qur'an

    Verses of the Qur'an which deal with a judiciary system, need for judiciary laws, rules for judges, and matters concerning testimony and witnesses.
  • Methods of Religious Thought in Islam

    Formal aspects of religion, traditions of companions, outward and inward aspect of Qur'an, interpretation of Qur'an, authenticating and following hadith.
  • The Geography of Quranic Accounts: Eight Questions from Six Scholars of the Quran

    Questions and answers by six scholars of the Qur'an on the subject of archealogical sites mentioned in the Qur'an such as Dhul Qarnayn Dam and Ashab-e Kahf Cave, and the purpose of studying these sites.
  • The Prophetic Hadiths in Al-Khisal

    A partial translation of al-Khisal by Shaykh Sadooq, one of the greatest and earliest scholars of Shi'a Islam. al-Khisal is unique in that it categorizes the traditions contained therein according to their emphasis on numbers, from one to one million, in ascending order. This particular translation presents traditions related to numbers one through twelve.
  • Islam, the Qur'an and the Arabic Literature

    Relationship between Islam and Arabic, impact of Qur'an on the Arabic language, and the internalization of Arabic.
  • Brief Analysis of Ne'ma (Bounty) in the Holy Qur'an

    This short text contains a detailed discussion about the meaning and context of the term "Ne'ma" (bounty/favour) as used in all the various places in the Holy Qur'an. ***** بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم وبه تعالى نستعينفي القرءان الكريم“النعمة”  Introduction   Praise be to Allah Who is Manifest before His creation because of themselves. Who is apparent to their hearts because of clear proof; Who created without meditating, since meditating does not befit except one who has thinking organs while He has no thinking organ in Himself.  Praise is due to Allah whose worth cannot be described by speakers, whose bounties cannot be counted by calculators, whom the height of intellectual courage cannot appreciate.  He for whose description no limit has been laid down, no eulogy exists, no time is ordained and no duration is fixed. Our goal in this discourse is to better understand a certain reality which we as humans as well as other creatures enjoy everyday of our lives in different