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  • 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.
  • 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