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  • 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
  • Woman’s Value and Role

    This text discusses the status of women in Islam and sheds some light on a lot of important issues which the woman is exposed to in her daily life, such as her value and role, her rights, her learning, the veil, marriage, divorce, chastity, woman’s work and so on.
  • God’s Mercy through Fasting

  • Imam Sajjad’s Advice on Upbringing

    In his advice to his son, Imam al-Sajjad emphasises on specific etiquette, good conduct, and various acts of worship. Examples of such conduct include the proper etiquette during birth, prayer for children, and involving children in enlightening Islamic discussions. Moreover, advice on how to teach religion and social skills, as well as how to resolve difficulties is also described.
  • Reasons for the Prohibition of Specific Foods in the Quran

    God has created man in a way that whatever he eats and drinks has an influence on his mind, body and soul. Hence, God declared certain edible materials as prohibited (haram) and others permissible (halal). This paper lists the foods that are impermissible as mentioned in the Quranic Chapters al-Baqarah and al-Maidah.
  • How to make the most of Ziyarah of the Ahlul Bayt (a)

    The present booklet is a summarization of a lecture delivered in Qum, it explains the meaning and the manners in which Ziyarah should be performed. It also outlines the etiquette of performing Ziyarah and the many blessing that come from performing such an act. *********** How to make the most of Ziyarah of the Ahlul Bayt (a) Salim Yusufali (yusufali@cs.stanford.edu) Outline of class delivered on this topic in July, 2008 in the Holy City of Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran. Definitions Ziyarat What is the definition of ziyarah? Some people will say that it means to read something. Others will say that it means to go in person to visit someone. The reality is that ziyarah is an action of the heart, and involves turning to someone with his heart. We can do ziyarah of people like the ma'asumeen (a). We can also do ziyarah of Allah, and in some du’as we refer to the zuwwar of Allah (swt) (اللهم اجعلني من زوارك) Mazoor One who is being turned to in ziyarat
  • Eating and Drinking Conduct of Prophet Muhammad

    Considering all the narrations (hadiths) regarding the etiquette and conduct of the Prophet with regards to eating and drinking, we find answers to questions such as: When, why, and how did the Prophet eat? How much and what types of food did he have? Did he eat alone or with others?
  • The Meanings and Addresses of Salam in Prayer

    This article first identifies and summarizes the most important meanings of Salam on the basis of authentic Arabic and Persian dictionaries and then, on the basis of these meanings, the philosophy of Salam in Prayer will be investigated.
  • Forgiveness in the Munajat Sha‘baniyyah

    This paper gives a glimpse of the concept of forgiveness in the whispered prayer, and a description of its various forms: the various types of seeking forgiveness and accepting an apology, as well the reasons for why people accept apologies from one another and lastly, how to address Allah when seeking repentance will be addressed.
  • The Beginning of Servitude: Contemplation on the Spiritual and Epistemic Aspects of Fasting

    In this paper, some narrations will be analyzed to demonstrate the importance of fasting and its effects on people in this world and the hereafter followed by a brief analysis on how fasting functions in one’s spiritual progress as well as in gaining wisdom and better understanding.
  • Waqf, Hajr and Wasaya according to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. The present book, volume 8 of 8, is dedicated to the issues of waqf, hajr and wasaya. How they occur, what are the rules, what invalidates them and so on, all presented from the viewpoints of the five Schools of thought.
  • Inheritance according to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. The present book, vol. 7 of 8, is dedicated to dissecting the intricate ways of Inheritance, the conditions and situations that may occur. The issue is presented according to the five Schools of thought.
  • Divorce according to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. The issue is divorce is discussed in this present book, volume 6 of 8. The three main criteria for divorce are: adulthood, sanity and free volition. As with other legal issues there are a lot of similarities and differences between the five Schools of thought.
  • Marriage according to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. This book, volume 5 of 8, presents the similarities and differences in the issues regarding marriage from the viewpoints of the five Schools of thoughts.
  • Hajj (The Islamic Pilgrimage), According to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. This book, volume 4 of 8, presents the similarities and differences in the issues regarding Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage from the viewpoints of the five Schools of thoughts.
  • Fasting and Zakat (Alms), according to the Five Schools of Islamic Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. This book, volume 3 of 8, directs the important issues regarding fasting and the payment of zakat from the viewpoints of the five Schools of thoughts.
  • Prayer (Salat), According to the Five Islamic Schools of Law

    This work on the Shariah or Islamic Law offers a comparative study of the Divine Law that, according to authentic Islamic doctrines, embodies the Will of God in society. In the Islamic world view, God is the ultimate legislator. The five major schools that are used in the comparison are: Hanafi, Hanbali, Shafi’i, Maliki and Jaf’ari. This book, volume 2 of 8, deals in minute detail about the issue of ritual Prayer, from the viewpoints of the five Schools of thoughts.