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  • The Meaning of Salawaat

    The Meaning of Salawaat Sheikh Mansour Leghaei Introduction In the Name of God; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful “Allah and His Angels send blessings on the Prophet, O you who believe! send your blessings on him, and solute him a thorough salutation”. (33:56) One of the best ways to know the personality of great men is to study their literature and listen to their words. As Imam Ali states in Nahjul-Balagha: "Man is hidden behind his tongue” meaning by our words we introduce ourselves not with our certificates. Different people according to their job use different jargons. Politicians have their own jargons, as physicians do, as drivers do etc. The jargon of truck drivers are different from professors. Therefore, when people talk you can more or less depending on your skills in this field tell which class of society they belong to. Today, being the birthday anniversary of Imam Ridha’ (a.s.) I would like to present to you a very fragrant flower from the
  • Ramadhan With The Holy Qur’an, 30 Lessons in 30 days

    Thirty lessons for youth written as an easy but comprehensive guide throughout the Holy Month of Ramadhan in order to give them a gist of the great religion of Islam and its teachings produced from the words of the Holy Qur’an and exegesis as well as points from traditions and narrations from the Divine Purified Household.
  • 40 Questions on Islamic State

    The present work is a thorough examination of what the Islamic State should be, why it needs to exist and what differences are between opinions about the Islamic State. The author manages to achieve his goal by providing proof through verses of the holy Quran, ahadith and historical events.
  • Salatul Jumuah in the Thoughts and Words of Ayatullah Shahid Murtadha Mutahhari

    This brief text gives insight on the viewpoint of Shahid Mutahhari on Salatul Jumuah and its importance. This lecture was given in the year 1380 AH in Tehran, Iran.
  • In the Presence of the Beloved

    We live in a world in which the fight for the material is omnipresent. We fight to obtain everything material but no matter how much we are never satisfied due to the fact that we always want something that we do not know what it is but that causes us to feel empty and in need. This emptiness can only be filled by seeking Allah swt. The present book is a collection of lectures about dua delivered by Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi. It consists of four parts. The first part concentrates on the importance of supplication in general. The other three parts deal in detail about Dua al-Iftitah, Dua Abu Hamza at-Thumali and Dua Makarim al-Akhlaq.
  • Ta’qibat al-Salat - Rituals Succeeding the Ritual Prayers

    Ta’qibat al-Salat - Rituals Succeeding the Ritual Prayers Afzal Sumar Following a question from a gentleman about the sequence of the ta’qibat al-salat as practiced and taught by the Messenger of God (saw) and the Imams (as), the author has embarked on the journey of giving the best answer. In order to help answer the question the author has used works of demonstrative law (al-fiqh al-istidlal) which are taught and studied at the inter-mediate level of the Hawza curriculum. *********************************** A couple of months ago, a certain gentleman from Mombasa Jamaat (Kenya) asked an interesting question on an email list-serve to which I belong. He wished to know the sequence of the ta’qibat al-salat as practiced and taught by the Messenger of God (saw) and the Imams (as). Though the question was very specific and clear but to discern the authentic practice and teachings of the Prophet and the Imams from their sunna, would require a researcher to delve into the
  • Islam and the Rights of Privacy Territory

    Human rights have always been an interesting and challenging issue of every community. In this book the author has done a wonderful job in dissecting the issues regarding privacy. Whether we talk about privacy on an individual level, social, territorial Oradea any other type of privacy you will find explanations and examples that will help you understand it's importance.
  • Maintaining a Just Economy through Belief in the Hereafter

    This article expounds on the effect of Qur’anic belief in the hereafter on stabilizing a community in its economic development and social justice, as well as its spiritual condition.
  • 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.
  • Legal Rulings Derived from Qur’anic Stories, Part 2

    This second part includes the implications or inspirations drawn from the Ahlul Bayt’s method of interpretation of Qur’anic stories.
  • 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.
  • Legal Rulings Derived from Qur’anic Stories, Part 1

    The first part of this article demonstrate that legal rulings can be based on narrations from Qur'anic stories, using topics such as the permissibility of self-praise and dissimulation (taqiyya) and justifying punishment for the disabled and ill wrongdoers.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrisy and its Levels

    This article expounds on the definition of hypocrisy, its levels, its connotation in the Qur'an and hadith, and the differences between both hypocrisy and falsehood, and hypocrisy and dissimulation (taqiyyah).
  • 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.
  • The Core of Islam

    The aim of this work is to guide Muslims, especially youths, giving clear answers to many commonly asked questions, in order to replace bewilderment with the clarity that comes from profound study of the primary sources of Islamic thought - the Holy Qur’an and ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and error-free Imams of his progeny. Thus, it examines contemporary issues, fundamentalism, extremism, radicalism, etc., through researched insights into Muslim personality, moral behavior and Islamic teachings of justice and fairness.
  • Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part 1

    This is a chapter on 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.
  • Tawassul in the Conduct of Great Scholars

    This article offers a brief explanation of tawassul, its levels, and focuses on examples of scholars' emphasis on calling on to the Infallibles as a source of spiritual upliftment and a key solution to their problems by visiting their shrines, holding occasions on their births and mourning sessions on their death anniversaries. Some of these scholars include Ayatullah Baha'ul-Dini, Allamah Tabataba'i, Ayatollah Boroojerdi, and Ayatullah Bahjat.
  • Zakat in Shi‘a Fiqh

    Zakat in Shi‘a Fiqh Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa Al-i Muhammad Introduction A sister from Toronto had sent questions to me in 1999 about zakat and I had written a detailed response to her explaining the Shi‘i perspective on zakat. Recently an article appeared in Federation Samachar (Tanzania) on issue of poverty and it was critical of the Shi‘a jurists (mujtahidin) for not making zakat obligatory in all wealth as it is done by the Sunnis. Since my 1999 response deals with the issues raised in that article, I have decided to publish it with revisions and additions for the benefit of the general audience. The Items of Wajib Zakat Question: “Zakat as we Shia calculate is payable on 9 items only. These items were the measure of wealth in those times and therefore should we not apply the principle to our wealth in general, as the Sunnis do, and not just to those 9 items?” The Islamic shari‘ah (code of