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  • Unclear (Mutashabih) Verses According to the Will of Lady Fatima Al-Zahra

    This article examines the personal requests and counsel in the will of Fatima Al-Zahra and offers an analysis of the events that revolved around socio-political issues.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 3

    This part of the series includes the people’s cultural, moral, and religious condition during the End of Times, explaining what will arise concerning family relationships, youth, women, mosques, Islamic law, and the general representation of Islam.This series of papers is based on a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.
  • The Practice of the Holy Prophet (S) and Muslim Leaders in Dealing with Ideological Opponents

    This article illustrates the practice of the Holy Prophet (S) and the first Caliphs in dealing with opponents, and demonstrates that using differences as a pretext to declare other Muslims as kaafir and justify their persecution and killing has never been a practice of these great personalities.
  • Imam Ali and the Caliphs: Their Relationship and Interaction

    This article presents briefly the relations that Imam Ali (as) had with the first three caliphs: instead of underlying their difference of opinions he always tried to counsel and cooperate with them in order to preserve the unity and well-being of the Ummah.
  • Islam and Just War Theory

    Islam and Just War Theory by Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute, Qom, Iran 7. Feb. 2008 ************** In this paper, it is argued that an Islamic ethics of war and peace may be interpreted to yield a just war pacifism that is analogous to that developed on the basis of Western just war theory. Abstract Just war theory is said to have begun with Augustine. The doctrine was developed further as a religious teaching, but after the Reformation, secular versions of just war theory became prominent. “Just war” is contrasted with “holy war”. Since the crusades were considered by many Christians as holy wars, it is often assumed that jihad is the Islamic equivalent. In what follows, I argue that jihad shares much in common with the just war tradition. Recent theorists have used the term “just war pacifism” or “contingent pacifism” to describe the view that under the conditions of modern warfare, just war theory leads to the
  • Islamic Just War Pacifism

    Islamic Just War Pacifism By Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen The Imam Khomeini Education And Research Institute, Qom, Iran 16. Feb. 2008 ************* The issue of war and its necessity and fairness is a very common discussion subject in today's world when every day a new conflict arises around the world. The present paper aims to make a comparison between the justness of the Islamic war conditions and the Western war conditions. When is war justifiable? What are the conditions and differences? What is the Islamic just war pacifism? These are some of the questions that are answered in this paper. At the end of the paper the example of Zaynab, the daughter of Imam 'Ali (peace be with them), is given as indicating the kind of resistance to oppression in harmony with the just war pacifism. Abstract It is common to contrast pacifism with the just war theory. Pacifism holds that all wars are wrong, while the just war theory holds that under certain conditions, war is just.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 2

    This part of the series expands on the quality of the people during this time, including their intellectual condition and scientific and technological advancements. This series of papers is based on parts three and four of a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/January 2007 in London.
  • Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 4

    This part of the text expands on the proofs for his authority over the companions that qualify him for leadership such as his extraordinary courage, deep insight, matchless asceticism and devotion, and boundless patience.
  • Spiritual Accounting Based on Muhasaba al-Nafs by Sayyid ibn Tawus

    This article introduces the work of Sayyid ibn Tawus called Muhasaba al-Nafs, offering a biography of the author, an overview of the book, and a summary of each chapter, which includes topics such as the recording of our deeds and its exposure to God, the Prophet, and the Infallibles; the importance of self-accounting, practical steps to self-purification, and the special days, times, and places for prayer and to fulfill one’s duties.
  • Prophet Muhammad (S), a Divine Mercy for the Worlds

    Prophet Muhammad (S), a Divine Mercy for the Worlds Sh. Mansour Leghaei Preface Each and every one of the Prophets (May peace and mercy of God be upon them all) is a manifestation of Divine Names and Attributes. As there is no repetition in Divine Manifestation, there is no repetition in the story of the Prophets. The story of every Prophet is unique in its style. What happened with Prophet Noah (as), Prophet Ibrahim (as), Prophet Moses (as), and Prophet Jesus (as) did not repeat for any other Prophet, nor did what happen with other Prophets happen for these Prophets. For, every Messenger of God demonstrates a particular divinity, unlike the man made stories in which their themes are nearly the same. We all know that Iranian and Indian movies must end with a marriage ceremony. The theme of Hollywood movies is nothing other than sex or violence. All Prophets are the Signs of Allah and the shadow of ‘The Light of the heavens and the earth’. Nonetheless, the holy
  • Lectures of Martyred Ayatollah Beheshti

    Ayatollah Beheshti, one of the helping hands of Imam Khomeini in the Iranian Islamic Revolution, has delivered along his life many lectures. The present work is a compilation of Martyr Ayatollah Dr. M. H. Beheshti's lectures, delivered on various occasions and covering different subjects including Islamic unity, Islamic politics, Islamic life, Islamic specialization and so on. Many lessons are to be learned by reading such a great book.
  • Anticipation: Anticipating the Savior of Humanity

    The present booklet is about the on Anticipation of the reappearance of the Imam of the Age, Imam Al-Mahdi (aj) and it is the translation of a chapter of a two-volume book called “Secrets of Success” by Hujjatul Islam wal Muslimin Sayyid Murtadha Mujtahidi Sistani
  • Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i, Philosopher, Exegete and Gnostic

    A detailed biography of the great scholar Allamah Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’i by Hamid Algar.
  • Unclear (Mutashabih) Verses According to Ibn Shahr Ashub

    This article offers an account of Mutashabih al-Qur'an wa Mukhtalafuh by Ibn Shahr Ashub; the work offers both his ideas and notable scholars' ideas and examples to explain the three groups of equivocal verses and the philosophy behind them.
  • Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 3

    This part of the text expands on the proofs for his authority over the companions that qualify him for leadership such as his extraordinary courage, deep insight, matchless asceticism and devotion, and boundless patience.
  • The Globe Before and After the Advent of Imam Mahdi, Part 1

    This series will offer a basic overview of the concept of the 'End of Times' from the viewpoint of the dominant world religions, as well as the Islamic perspective using the Qur'an and hadith as sources to envision what lays ahead of us, and with the purpose of increasing our knowledge on the advent of Imam Mahdi (aj), establishing a positive relationship with the Imam, and preparing for his return. This series of papers is based on a series of lectures delivered by the author in Muharram 1428/ January 2007 in London.
  • Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 2

    The previous part of this series displayed the responses to objections raised against Imamate from prominent scholar Allamah Hilli's Kashf al-Murad, expanded on from Nasir al-Din al-Tusi's Tajrid al-I'tiqad - the first treatise on Shi'i theology. Kashf al-Murad is one of the most widely read of Allamah al-Hilli's publications as it is the first commentary written on Allamah al-Tusi's work. This part continues with discussions on the proofs for the Imamate of Ali, his superiority to the companions, the Imamate of the eleven Imams after him, and rules concerning those opposed to his leadership.k
  • The Qur’an in the Words of Imam Sajjad

    This article offers a collection of sayings by Imam Zain al-Abideen al-Sajjad, the fourth Shi'a Imam, regarding various aspects of the Qur'an in his supplication "Upon Completing a Reading of the Qur'an" from his collection of supplications called Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya.
  • Imam Sadiq: Role Model for Humanity, Part 2

    This part of the series continues with material on Shi'a jurisprudence according to Sunni narrations, the Imam's hadith collections, his debates, and his political confrontations given the pressures facing the Shi'a during that time.
  • Human Unity for a Sustainable Peace

    Human Unity for a Sustainable Peace Sh. Mansour Leghaei This lecture was delivered in the Conference of “Meditations on the Modern Condition” 19-20 June 2004 at Sydney University; Cumberland Campus. Human Unity, Between Myth and Reality All intelligent people today have some understanding of the need for the spirit of unity in human affairs. It alone enables us to meet the great global challenges such as the pollution of the natural environment and the unjust inequality between people of different races, creed and countries. Discussion on human unity, which seemed a mere myth at the time of the ancient Greek philosophers, appears to be more of an achievable reality in the recent years. Formation of the UN, conversion of the Olympic Games from a national Greek game to an international sports competition and the European Union are just some examples of our way towards a global unity. Science is helping man with material comforts through her golden inventions. Science