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  • 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
  • An Unpleasant Demeanor

    An Unpleasant Demeanor By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi This text examines the traits of a bad character and the effects of it on the person and who’s around and it explains the importance of having a good demeanor in light of the behavior of the Holy Prophet (S) ***** قَالَ رَسُولُ اللٌّهِ: يَا عَلِيُّ! لِكُلِّ ذَنْـبٍ تَوْبَةٌ إِلاَّ سُوءُ الْخُلْقِ فَإِنَّ صَاحِبَهُ كُلَّمَا خَرَجَ مِنْ ذَنْبٍ دَخَلَ فِي ذَنْبٍ. The Prophet Muhammad (S) has said, “O' ‘Ali! There is repentance for every sin except for having a bad demeanor, since every time a person who has an unpleasant demeanor leaves one sin, he will enter into (another) sin.” Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 74, pg. 46 In this tradition, the Noble Prophet (S) has pointed to the dangerous effect of having an unpleasant demeanor and has stated that, “People are able to ask repentance for all sins, however the person who has the characteristic and sin of an unpleasant demeanor will not be able to repent for this act as this
  • Brotherhood and Fellowship in Islam

    This text discusses about the importance of brotherhood and fellowship and what a Muslim should do regarding his relationship with the rest of the Muslims regardless of race, nationality or location. All the advice provided is according to the edicts present in the verses of the Holy Qur'an.
  • Divine Purpose

    Divine Purpose By Syed Nadeem Ahmed Jafri This article explains that Allah SWT created everything with a purpose, the purpose being to worship Him. It also talks about how the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) are the medium through which our prayers will reach Allah, that by ignoring them and their rights, bestowed on them by Allah SWT. The objective of our life is to worship Allah SWT, but by forgetting the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them) we forget His Purpose. ***** In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful A tourist who wishes to go to a hill station to spend his holidays after reaching his destination is happy to be there. His purpose is fulfilled and hence he enjoys every moment he spends there. In contrast if a business manager is taken forcibly to a beautiful tourist destination which offers every luxury which he seeks, may not enjoy anything since he is worried about a missed business opportunity. His purpose is not solved and hence he considers the time
  • Islam The Best Motivator

    Islam The Best Motivator Dar Ra-E-Haqq PO Box 5, Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran In a world ruled by material needs here comes this book to remind us about the true principles of Islam, how they should be observed and how they affect our lives. The author does this using as example the life of our Prophet (S) and the life of Imam Ali (as). Islam, the Best Motivator for Doing Good and the Best Obstructor for Doing Evil Along with the advancement of materialism which has confronted with the spirituality and religions, the materialists introduced religion as a stupefying and stagnating factor that would stop the scientific and industrial advancement. But by studying the history and social and political conditions of the Middle Ages, one will find that the main reason for this accusation was the feeling of frustration about Christianity; because they had seen or heard that thousands of scientists and intellectuals had been put to death by the order of the church. About five
  • 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 Metaphysics of Interfaith Dialogue: Sufi Perspectives on the Universality of the Qur’anic Message

    This comprehensive paper is a presentation of the key verses relating to the universality of the Quranic message from a particular point of view, that adopted by those most steeped in the spiritual and mystical tradition of Islam, the Sufis or the ‘urafa’.
  • Community Building in Islam, Part 5

    This article studies status of rationality, knowledge and experience in an Islamic community. This series is based on a nine-session course conducted by the author on Community Building at the Islamic Centre of England in London in 2009.
  • 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.
  • Stages of the Hereafter, the Path to Eternity

    This text, based on the book Manazil al-Akhira by the Late Marhoom Abbas al-Qummi will take the reader step by step from the moment the soul departs from the body up to the gate of either Paradise and salvation or Hell and damnation.
  • 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.
  • Community Building in Islam, Part 4

    This series of papers studies the importance of community-building and Prophet Muhammad’s efforts to implement it. Part 4 of the series expands on Allah’s justice in the Qur’an, early controversy on the meaning of Allah’s justice, the Shi‘a view of justice, the necessity for establishing social justice, having just leaders, and examples of justice observed by the Ahlul Bayt. This series is based on a nine-session course conducted by the author on Community Building at the Islamic Centre of England in London in 2009.
  • Hegel’s Ethics

    The aim of this text is to offer a brief overview into Hegel’s ethics. The author compares Hegel’s views with the communitarian critique of liberalism. Following this, there is a brief account of the relation between Hegel’s ethical and religious thought. Hegel’s philosophy is one of reconciliation.
  • 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
  • Can Science Dispense With Religion?

    This text comprises eight questions and answers on the subject of whether or not science can or not be completely separated from religion. Some of the issues mentioned are if science and religion can coexist, when the division appeared between the two and if the two concepts can be completely separated one from the other.
  • Does Science Offer Evidence of a Transcendent Reality and Purpose?

    In this paper, the author elaborates on several crucial theological problems which have to do with the role of science in providing some evidence for the existence of God and purpose in nature.
  • Science for Humanity: an Islamic Perspective

    This paper deals with the ethics of Science concluding that Science has to serve humanity and moral ethics in order to improve human condition and should not be used as a mean of domination and destruction.
  • Values and Ethical Issues in Science and Technology: A Muslim Perspective

    In the past, ethical considerations were a concern of all believing scientists, both in the Islamic and the Western world. This perspective has dramatically changed in our age. The development of science and technology under a secularist-materialist worldview has led to grave consequences for humankind. The only hope for a better future for humankind is to keep Ethics as a central concern in order to avoid misuse of discoveries that can create destruction and not improvement for humankind and its condition.
  • Does God Have a Mind?

    In this paper, the history of the concepts of soul, mind, and spirit are reviewed in order to deny that such terms correctly apply to God. The positions taken on the nature of mind and divinity are reviewed through the Greek philosophical tradition to Augustine and Islamic philosophy. In Islamic philosophy God is not understood as having a mind, but is nevertheless knowing, willing and living.