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  • The Glorious Qur’an, translated with Commentary of Divine Lights Set 2

    The Glorious Qur’an, translated with Commentary of Divine Lights by Ali Muhammad Fazil Chinoy. Set 2, Manzil 2, from Surah al-Ma’ida (5) to the end of Surah at-Tawbah (9).
  • The Glorious Qur’an, translated with Commentary of Divine Lights Set 1

    The Glorious Qur’an, translated with Commentary of Divine Lights by Ali Muhammad Fazil Chinoy. Set 1, Manzil 1, from Surah al-Fatiha (1) to the end of Surah al-Nisa’ (4).
  • A Glimpse of Tafsir-e Nur: Verses 162-165 of Surah al-An‘am

    This article analyses the exegesis of verses 162 to 165 of Chapter al-An’am, number 6 contained in The Commentary of Light (Tafsir Nur) by Shaykh Muhsin Qara’ati. The Commentary of Light (Tafsir Nur) by Shaykh Muhsin Qara’ati is a written compilation of lectures over three decades of teaching. This commentary offers concise lessons from each verse of the Qur’an, featuring explanatory points and lessons; the explanatory points are brief itemized notes to help the readers attain a glossary understanding of the aforementioned verses, while the lessons delve deeper into the verse to illustrate a more thorough hermeneutic analysis of the concept.
  • The Supreme Light and Created Lights: A Qur’anic Perspective

    Using the Qur’an and Islamic traditions, this article addresses some of the major aspects of the concept of light. Light is one of God’s qualities, and every being in the universe is endowed with it.
  • Mishkat ul-Anwar Fi Ghurar il-Akhbar, The Lamp Niche for the Best Traditions

    Many of the verses of the Quran and the concepts of Islam can be understood better using authentic traditions. The book The Lamp Niche for the Best Traditions is a translation into English of the book Mishkat ul-Anwar Fi Ghurar il-Akhbar. This book, which has been based on many authentic documents, is an authentic document on traditions. It is organized into several chapters and sections and contains almost all aspects of life and religion introduced through the maxims of the prophets and Imams.
  • A Probe into the Meaning of Light in the Qur’an and Hadith

    This paper aims to examine the most distinguished instances of light in the view of the Holy Qur’an and the narrations, and subsequently to uncover the connection between them. This paper has been translated from Farsi into English for the Message of Thaqalayn. The Farsi paper was published in Pajuhesh-e Dini, No. 8, Winter 2004, pp. 86-99.
  • An Introduction to the Collection of Warram

    In addition to the biography of the author and various names of the book, this paper presents a general outlook of its authenticity and content, and offers citations of its narrations in other Hadith collections.
  • A Probe into the Purport and Application of the Verse of Love

    There are several verses in the Holy Qur’an in which the members of the Household of the Prophet have been praised and acclaimed by the Almighty Allah and their position in the Islamic community has, thus, been clearly introduced to the Muslims. Among such verses is ‘the verse of love’ (mawaddah). What follows is a discussion on the meaning of this verse and its application.
  • Fatima Zahra in the words of the Infallibles

    This article introduces some of the facets of Fatima al-Zahra's status and personality by relying on the words of the Prophet, the Imams, and Lady Fatima herself. Some of her merits include her being a leader of all women who was infallible, an angel in the form of a human, and an intercessor on the Day of Judgment.
  • Qur’anic Themes in Minutes

    This article presents excerpts from Muhsen Qara’ati’s Qur’anic Themes in Minutes, a concise version of his renowned and award-winning Tafsir Noor – a 12-volume exegesis of the Qur’an. Qur’anic Themes in Minutes is a compilation of 200 subjects for readers to familiarize themselves with short-and-sweet subjects pertaining to morality in the Qur’an.
  • Sayings from Nahjul Balagha [Mohammad Ali Shomali] [Apr-Sep 2013] [Online]

    Series of 16 webinars by Dr Shomali on the tafseer of various sayings of Nahjul Balagha.
  • 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.
  • A Glimpse of Tafsir Al-Mizan: The Miracle of the Qur’an

    This article is a synopsis of Allamah Tabatabai’s interpretation of verse 2:23 in his Tafsir al- Mizan where he focuses on the five qualities that render the Qur’an a miracle: It’s a) knowledge b) unschooled recipient c) prophecies d) consistency and e) eloquence. Additionally, Allamah responds to objections raised about abrogation and the miraculous nature of speech.
  • 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 Qur’an As Reflected In Nahj Al-Balaghah

    This book is an excellent tool in understanding the Qur'an in the light of Nahjul Balagha (the words of Imam Ali (as)). It takes the reader into how the subject of understanding the Qur'an, how to interpret it in today's society and the cultural barriers to understanding it properly.
  • Merits of the Month of Rajab (Excerpted from Mafatih al-Jinan)

    Merits of the Month of Rajab (Excerpted from Mafatih al-Jinan) Afzal Sumar There are four sacred months for the Muslim community. One of them is the month of Rajab, This booklet highlights the benefits of fasting, praying and respecting this special month. ******************** It is narrated from the Prophet (saw) who said: ‘the month of Rajab is the greatest month of Allah. No month can come close to matching its sanctity and grace. Fighting the disbelievers in it is prohibited. Rajab is one of the four months of sanctity during which the Arabs would not fight. The other three months are Muḥarram, Safar and Dhū al-Ḥijja. This pre-Islamic custom was accommodated within Islam with some modifications. Indeed, Rajab is the month of Allah, while Shaʿban is my month and (the month of) Ramaḍan is the month of my community. Surely, the one who fasts (even) one day in (the month of) Rajab deserves the greatest pleasure of Allah. The wrath of Allah moves away from him, and a door
  • 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.
  • Imam Mahdi (a) in Chapter al-Qadr

    This paper discusses several aspects of the night of Qadr and its relationship to the Imam of our time (a).
  • Lady Mary as a Role Model in the Qur'an and Bible

  • Boundless Peace and Friendship in the Qur'an