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  • Aspects of Religion in Nahjul-Balaghah

    In this text the author explains several aspects of Shi'a Faith in the light of the words of Imam Ali (as) examining the Nahjul Balaghah.
  • Righteousness is the Elixir of Eternal Happiness

    This text attempts to interpret that the attractive world and its wonderful creations on earth created by Allah (s.w.t) will give temporary happiness to a believer unless he walks on the path of righteousness and serves God to attain perpetual happiness.
  • Death, An Excerpt from Murtadha Mutahhari's Divine Justice

    This text explains in detail the meaning of death. It also touches subjects like why we are born, why we live, why some fear death and how understanding death is in itself a part of developing your spirit.
  • Importance of Salat in its Prime Time (Awwal-e-Waqt)

    Importance of Salat in its Prime Time (Awwal-e-Waqt) Compiled by Arifa Hudda (www.al-mubin.org) ***** The Salat is the time when the meeting with Allah and the ascension (Me'raj) of the believer takes place. We all know the importance of this obligatory act, and thus, we do not wish to delve into that area. Rather, we want to look at the greatness and rewards of performing the Salat in its ' appointed time' - meaning right when the prime time for it sets in. There are numerous verses of the Qur'an and countless ahadith relating the merits of a punctual Salat, however, we will just take a look at some of them. We should note that we have omitted most of the 'Arabic text and references for brevity. The selection of ahadith presented have been translated from the book entitled, “Reward of Actions : The eward for Performing the Salat when it’s Time Sets in”, compiled by the well-known Iranian scholar, 'Abbas 'Azizi. Importance of Salat at its Appointed Time 1) The
  • Ensoulment and the Prohibition of Abortion in Islam

    This article identifies ways in which philosophical ideas of personhood influence rulings concerning abortion.
  • Fast

    A short but comprehensive text by Ayatullah Sayyid Abul Qasim al-Khui concerning all the aspects of fasting: physical, spiritual and ethical and concludes with a list of the most important rulings about the fast.
  • Some Thoughts on the Road to Islamic Solidarity

    In this paper the author calls for a return of mutual familiarity and acceptance of all Muslims within the ummah towards education, travel, the hajj and language. The article concludes with some political and economic recommendations to pave the way for Islamic solidarity.
  • The Witnessing and Recording of Deeds

    This article analyses the verses of the Qur’an that describe the Day of Judgement, reminding us that that we are being watched by our guardian angels, our organs, and all beings surrounding us, and that all our deeds are being recorded and during that Day every single action and thought will be judged, so we need to take responsibility to every single thing we do or think.
  • Religious and Scientific Views on Mental Illness

    This paper addresses the issue Mental Illness from two perspectives: the psychological perspective and that of the Qur’an and hadith. To prevent and treat mental disorders, religious leaders have provided necessary training in correct knowledge of – and attitude towards – oneself, God, life, the world and others.
  • Greatness of the 27th of the Month of Rajab

    Greatness of the 27th of the Month of Rajab Translated from Al-Muraqibat by Saleem Bhimji (al-mubin@al-mubin.org) This article can be found on www.al-haqq.com [ Please note that we have not included the translation of all the Supplications due to lack of space. For those wishing to read the English as well, you can refer to the book, 'A'maal of Rajab and Sha'ban' published by Tayyiba Publishers and Distributors. ] ***** The present article explains in detail the benefits of praying in the night of 27 of Rajab and fasting during this day. As our Prophet (sawaws) is the last and the greatest of all the Prophets of Allah SWT, we his followers should be aware of the importance of this night and day and the blessing it might bring to our lives. ***** In the book Iqbal al-A'mal, it has been narrated from Muhammad ibn 'Ali al-Tarazi from Imam al-Jawad (peace be upon him) that the Imam (peace be upon him) said: "In the month of Rajab, there is a night which is better
  • Prayer, Worship and Education

    The aim of the text "Prayer - Worship and Education" is to make the readers become better acquainted with the significance of the prayer and its marked influence on psychological, social and ethical affairs and also to make better understood the unique devotional role of prayer in comparison with other Islamic obligations.
  • What is Ghuluw?

    What is Ghuluw (غُلُوّ)? By: Seyyid Mohsen Rizvi In the name of Allah, The most Beneficent, The most Merciful. With the advent of social media the doors of information, perception, interpretation and analysis of religious text has become a common practice of the public. Where such issues were restricted to academic curriculum only, they are now discussed by everyone. Religion is discussed and argued by anyone who has access to social media and inventory of opinions, irrespective of his or her interest or aptitude in understanding the religion. The definite outcome of such religious discussions is deep ideological divisions among the believers, creating an impression that there are different sub-sects among the Shiites themselves. The final nail in the coffin of judgment that a believer maneuvers to hammer is the label of “Ghali” (غالِي) or “Muqassir” (مُقَصِّر) on another believer. What we are trying to share here is a basic understanding of these words and its
  • 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.
  • Medical Ethics in the views of Imam Khomeini (ra)

    Medical Ethics in the views of Imam Khomeini (ra) Dr Mohsen Reza Haydari MD PhD Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences drmohsinraza2012@yahoo.com Abstract This text presents views of Imam Khomeini (ra) on various aspects of medical ethics. Imam (ra) with his divine insight, sublime ethical values and taqwa, opens new avenues for the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in caring for the patients and performing their duties towards God, their own profession, their fellow human beings, their religion and their country. Imam’s (ra) viewpoint on different aspects of doctor-patient relationship and its malakuti aspect reveals yet another hidden characteristic of his multidimensional personality and his compassionate spirit. In essence, Imam (ra) views the medical profession as an invaluable means to worship God and serve creatures of God. According to Imam (ra), seeking divine pleasure should be the primary aim of physicians and nurses caring for the
  • Quench Not Thine Own Light

    Quench Not Thine Own Light W. B. Basbir Pickard (B.A. Cantab) The present article presents in short the disadvantages of consuming intoxicants and dallying in activities such as gambling and the advantages of staying away from such activities. ***** "Guard thyself against the insidious evils of intoxicants and games of chance.” As stated in several Verses of the Holy Qur’an such as: 2:219; 4:43; 5:90-91. In a few brief sentences I am called upon to strengthen the bulwarks of humanity against an insidious, fair-seeming evil, that, armed with the shining nets of pleasure, entangles and ensnares the unsuspecting. The victim once ensnared, an onlooker can recognise the poisonous nature of the evil, can see the poison eating its ways into the reason, corroding the sources of vitality and corrupting the sense of proportion, beclouding the clear judgement of what is good and what is evil, of what is right and what is wrong. With this brief exordium, let me proceed in
  • A Plea for Islamic Unity

    A Plea for Islamic Unity Yasser Madani This brief article recognizes that currently the Islamic community (Ummah) is far from unity and urges all to strive and work hard to achieve the ideal unity as depicted in the Holy Qur’an ***** “Surely, this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me (and no other).” (21:92) The above verse points to an ideal, which is currently not being met. If we look at the current state of the ummah (the global Islamic community), we can clearly see that generally speaking, it is far from a “community”. The disunity within the ummah is very apparent for all to see; Muslims are making false claims against one another, creating hostility, preaching hatred and even killing one another, as we can see from the ongoing sectarian violence in countries like Pakistan and Iraq. The ummah is in a desperate situation and in dire need of reform. Defining Islamic Unity It is essential that we define what is meant by “
  • 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.
  • 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.