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  • 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.
  • Imam Jawad: A Blessed Newborn

    This article is a short biography that offers a glimpse of Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Musa's – also called al-Jawad (‘the generous’) and al-Taqi (‘the pious’)- life: his Imamate, marriage, offspring, and his wisdom implemented in his spiritual and social life.
  • The Religion of Human Rights and Other Religions Are They Compatible?

    The Religion of Human Rights and Other Religions Are They Compatible? Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Saeed Bahmanpour 2003 ***** This short text aims to present whether Islam and other religions are compatible with the Human Rights Declaration. It doesn't offer solutions but just presents the issue in great detail. ****** The concept I am trying to address in this paper is a dilemma faced by most people who are faithful to God and at the same time want to make sure that the basic rights of human individuals are safeguarded against those who have the power and the position to violate it. The paper is not seeking to provide an answer to the dilemma, but to state it as clearly as possible. It is rather unconventional to call the Declaration of Human Rights a religion since the central concept of a religion i.e. God and the pivotal figure of the religion i.e. the prophet are missing in it. However, putting God and prophets aside, there are many features in the Declaration that
  • Al-Mirza Al-Qummi, Revivalist of ‘Ilm al-Usul

    This book tries to shed light upon one of those stars that shone in the world of Islam, undertaking a remarkable role during the Thirteenth Hijrah Century; being a dignitary that managed, through his broad dimensions, in abundantly contributing to the Islamic thought and heritage, represented by al-Mirza Abu al-Qasim al-Qummi. He has been one of the renowned men of thought in modern history, having an all-inclusive and versatile character; he was an eminent ‘alim, laboring hard for God’s sake, the very incarnation of piety and asceticism, possessing all humane excellences, and the legend in uprightness and forbearance.
  • Famous Epic Prose

    This text is an explanation of Hazrat Zahra's sermon of Fadak with the original text in Arabic of the sermon.
  • The Dawn is Near

    The present text endeavors to rationally prove the belief in Imam al-Mahdi. Although brief, the present work is undoubtedly a necessary and useful reading material for both old and young Muslim Shi'a (to keep them steadfast in their way) and non-Shi'a (to discover the truth about the Imam of Our Time).
  • The Life of Imam Musa Bin Ja’far Al-Kazim

    This book tries to give its readers a full biography and overview of the life of Imam Musa al-Kazim, the Seventh Imam and the Ninth Infallible, peace be on him. He left an amazing legacy full of good and beauty and a brilliant guidance for the community. Among the unique aspects that marked his personality is the steadfastness in front of the difficult events and the ordeals showered upon him by his contemporary tyrants. Old and young have a amazing opportunity of learning how to deal with life's difficulties by reading the present book.
  • Was Muhammad (S) a Prophet of Terror?!

    Was Muhammad (S) a Prophet of Terror?! Sheikh Mansour Leghaei This brief text aims at clarifying the issue of some historical events regarding the assassination of certain individuals during the time of our Prophet (S). The issues of these recorded incidents are dissected according with the edicts of the Holy Qur'an. ***** Majority of Muslim historians have reported a few incidents in which the companions of the Prophet of Islam (S), apparently by his command have assassinated some of their adversaries. Historians have also reported at least an incident during which two prisoners of war have been executed by the command of the Prophet of Islam (S). This portrays the holy Prophet of Islam as the mastermind behind terrorism rather than a mercy for the world. This chapter aims at an analysis of these reports. Examples of Terrorist Activities Assassination of Ka`ab Ibn Ashraf: after the defeat of Qoraiysh in the battle of Badr, Ka`ab ibn Ashraf who was one of the chiefs
  • A Call to Divine Unity: Letter of Imam Khomeini to President Mikhail Gorbachev

    This text outlines the impact the letter of Imam Khomeini addressed to Mikhail Gorbachev had at the time of the sending. How it was hidden, then secretly copied and spread and how the ideas outlined in the letter came true years after.
  • Environmental Protection in Islamic Shari’ah

    This text underlines the importance of protecting the environment. It links all the issues of protecting the environment with the command of Allah in the verses of the Holy Qur'an regarding the environment. It also provides a short history of international effort that have been undertaken for the safety and health of all.
  • Imam Khomeini's Views on Ethics, Spirituality and Politics

    A collection of quotes by Imam Khomeini to illustrate his viewpoints on ethics, spirituality and politics
  • Shining Sun - In Memory of ‘Allamah Tabataba’i

    The book consists of two main parts. The first part includes an introduction and a memorial focusing on 'Allamah's life, and the second part is a series of discussions that the author of the book, Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tehrani had with the 'Allamah. The discussions are based on the Noble Qur'an. Even though both the author and 'Allamah Tabataba'i are among the top Shi'a figures of the twentieth century, the book is not based on Shi'a narrations in particular.
  • Our Responsibilities during the Period of Occultation of the Present Imam

    This text presents based on Hadith the two main duties of the Shi'a Muslims during the Occultation of our Present Imam (atfsh).
  • Introduction to Imamiyyah Scholars: Al-Shaykh al-Saduq and His Works