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  • The Divine Word and Islamic Art

    This article analyses the development of Islamic arts showing how every form of art stems from the Divine Word of the Holy Qur'an and the continuous remembrance of God.
  • Abu Hanifah and the Transmission of Traditions

    This article examines the role that Abu Hanifah played in transmitting traditions and provides examples of a few of these narrations that are recorded in both the Sunni and Shia books of traditions.
  • Imam Khumayni’s Vision of Islamic Unity

    This article attempts to delineate the aims, objectives and scope of Imam Khumayni’s vision of Islamic unity. It also describes some of the practical steps Imam undertook in order to achieve this vision.
  • Al-Mahdi

    This book is a collection of a series of traditions, which have been narrated from the Holy Prophet (S), his progeny and companions - all taken from the sources of our Sunni brethren. It also contains sayings and writings of Sunni scholars about the Awaited Mahdi who is from the progeny of Muhammad (S).
  • Husein - Epic of Shaykh Asaf

    The present work is a collection of ten poems that bring in light the events of Karbala, the braveness of its heroes and the cowardice of Imam Husayn's enemies.
  • Jesus as Kalimat Allah, The Word of God

    This text explains why Jesus, peace be upon him is named Kalimat Allah, the Word of Allah. It also goes to explain the notions of people of the Book and the gospels (Injeel).
  • Mutahhari’s Encounter with Modern Science

    Mutahhari’s Encounter with Modern Science Mehdi Golshani Originally published in Islamic Studies 43:2 (2004) pp. 293–303 11 ***** Modern science found its way to the Islamic world in the beginning of the nineteenth century, giving rise to various reactions. However, it is the philosophical underpinnings of modern science, rather than science itself, that has mostly perturbed the Muslim intellectuals. We find among the exponents of science in the Muslim world people, with a wide variety of attitudes, including those wedded to a wholesale appropriation of the entire baggage of science to its positivist underpinnings. While some Muslim scholars were busy reconciling the Qur’an and the Islamic tradition with the findings of modern science, Mutahhari was concerned with those fundamental problems of science that were liable to cause friction between scientists and religious scholars. He believed that the source of conflict frequently lay in the philosophical underpinnings of
  • Some Important Questions Concerning Science-Religion Relationship

    This text analyzes the results of a survey about the relationship between science and religion. Fifty-eight scholars and scientists respond to eight fundamental questions which cover some of the most important areas of science-religion discourse. The results of the survey show a remarkable similarity between views of leading scholars in the discourse.
  • International Quds Day: Re-emergence of a Unifying Social Order for the Ummah

    Through the examination of internet sources, the paper surveys the present status of Quds Day, which seems to have gained momentum both qualitatively and quantitatively, overcoming ethnic and sectarian boundaries.
  • The Voice of Unity Part 1: Unity of the Islamic Community

    The present article investigates the concept of ‘ummah’ in Islam and its religious foundations. It alludes to the different forms of unity found within the Qur’an as well as its necessary conditions—ones which include affirming the essentials of the faith and acknowledging common responsibilities emerging from it.
  • Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah: A Contemporary Jurisprudent

    This biographical essay surveys the life of Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah and his thoughts on various key issues including the importance of unity, the need for reviewing the process of ijtihad and the task of enhancing the Islamic seminaries.
  • The Muslim Presence in America

    This article looks at the community of Muslims in America from a demographic, historical, organizational and socio-economic point of view and concludes with a discussion on the socio-economic status of the Muslims residing in America.
  • Quranic Methods of Propagation from the Viewpoint of Allamah Tabatabai

    This paper investigates the various methods and merits of Qur’anic propagation using Allamah Tabataba’i’s views.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 6

    This paper is based on part twelve of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London. Parts one to ten have been covered in previous issues. Part eleven was delivered on the Day of Ashura about Imam Husayn (a) and remembrance of God and will be published separately.This part delves further into the state of affairs after the return of Imam Mahdi, such as establishing universal brotherhood, peace and love.
  • From Medina to Sham: Lady Zaynab’s Commitment to Wilayah

    This article seeks to elucidate Lady Zaynab’s commitment to wilayah from Medina to Karbala, and then Sham (Damascus) by her obedience to - and protection and defense of - Imam Husayn.
  • Islamic Welfare and Muslim Unity in the Path of Imam ‘Ali

    The present article is the first part of a detailed study on the events of the period right after the demise of the noble Prophet (S) of Islam explaining the policies and principles that animated them from within, as well as expounding upon Imam ‘Ali’s (‘a) pivotal role with regards to them.
  • Rendering a New Aesthetic: The Development of Islamic Art and Architecture

    This article traces the development of Islamic art and architecture as seen in the early mosques of the seventh and eighth centuries. It concludes with a discussion on the relation between Islam and Europe, and the role of art in this relationship.
  • Courtesy to God: Exemplary Methods of the Arch-Prophets

    This article examines the method of the five Arch-Prophets (Ulul Azm), namely Prophet Noah, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus, and Prophet Muhammad, communicating with God through remembrance (dhikr), supplication (dua), and prayer (salat). Through defining the term ‘model’ and offering a glimpse into the character traits of these exemplary personalities, the author seeks to analyse the form of address of each of these prophets so as to offer a model for readers to follow.
  • Migration of Lady Fatima Al-Ma’sumah to Qum

    This article addresses the political and social conditions of the time of Imam al-Ridha and the reasons for Lady Ma’sumah’s migration from Medina to Qum-Iran. It examines the Shi’as’ conditions and migration as a method of protest to the status quo (the usurping Abbasid rule) and to investigate the role of Lady Ma’sumah as a migrant and its underlying causes.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 5

    This part of the series of articles further delves into the state of affairs after his return, such as the meeting the crucial needs of the people, the expansion of Islam, and establishing a culture based on the Qur’an. This series of papers is based on parts nine and ten of a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.