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  • Community Building in Islam, Part 6

    This article expands on the depth of our relationship with God, love for God’s creation, acting as a channel for God’s mercy in our daily lives in doing charitable work, being hospitable, and caring for the ill in the 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.
  • Introducing Imam Husayn to Humanity: Spiritual Advice for Organizations

    In this lecture, Huj. Sh. Mohammad Ali Shomali praises the representatives of the WhoIsHussain global campaign for their efforts, and acknowledges this project as an exceptional one, due to the importance of reaching out and making Imam Husayn known and beneficial to humanity. He also gave gentle and thought-provoking ideas and reminders to the group regarding the importance of being far-sighted in our approaches, being genuine in our love for people, being sincere and disinterested in power and position, uniting the Ummah rather using our institutions to divide it, increasing in our humbleness when we witness success, and focusing on moving towards the truth and serving it rather than egotistically bringing it to our side. In this way, we uphold Imam Husayn’s principles, which is ever more needed as we approach the time of Imam Mahdi (aj).
  • Imam al-Jawad’s Spiritual Advice to One of His Companions

    This paper is a brief explanation of one narration by the ninth imam, Imam al-Jawad (a), wherein a man asks him for advice, and the Imam advises him to five things: to rely on patience, welcome poverty, abandon desires and whims, and to have God-wariness.
  • Gems From Heaven: Rings & Stones [AhlulBayt TV]

    This documentary allows us to reach Allah and ponder upon one of his greatest creations - Stones. We travel to the holy city of Najaf to understand the wisdom behind this precious creation and to why the Ahlulbayt place much emphasis on certain stones on rings.
  • Your Health: Consult Experts, Your Deen: Consult Google? [Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    - In our lives, whenever we don’t know something, then it is very normal to refer those who know. Referring to an expert is a given; there no need to prove its validity. (16:43)   - However, we should know whom to refer to. When we feel sick, there are different level of people who have some knowledge of medicine: a nurse; a pharmacist or a doctor or a specialist - Even when it to comes to the doctor, we would like to be sure that he is certified to do what he is claiming to do. - When it comes to medical science, it is not enough that the person has completed his medical school and has a MD degree – he must go through internship program under guidance of a qualified doctor - There are two fields of knowledge which are highly respected in Islam: ‘ilm abdan and ‘ilm adyan. One deals with the body of human beings while the other deals with their souls - If a young person who has just finished the elementary levels or the secondary level of hawza comes into the
  • Gratitude to Allah (SwT) – Shukran lil-Lah [Sheikh Khalil Jaffer]

  • Human Nature According to the Qur’an [Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali]

    Human Nature According to the Qur’an - Dr Mohammad Ali Shomali Mennonite-Shia Dialogue, Round V Venue: CMU, Great Hall, Winnipeg, Canada Dates: June 1-4, 2011
  • The Story of Khizr & Musa- 13 Lectures [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    A series of 13 Lectures about the verses of the Holy Qur'an of Surah al-Kahf (18), from verse 60 to Verse 82,  narrating the story of hazrat Khizr and prophet Musa (as) and the many moral lessons that can be learned from this story
  • Managing Your Day Effectively; Climbing the Levels of Imaan [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    Managing Your Day Effectively; Climbing the Levels of Imaan - Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi - A reminder of the levels (darajat) of Islam and Imaan - The important connection between Imaan and Taqwa as demonstrated by 5:91-93 - There is no end to the process of becoming a better Muslim, Mu'min and good-doer - Narrations of Imam Musa al-Kazim related to this subject - The recommendations of time management from the Imam splitting the day between worship, livelihood, community, and family with certain percentages and advice MP3: https://f001.backblazeb2.com/file/Jaf... Friday Juma Khutba Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi Date: April 13th, 2018 www.facebook.com/IslamiCentre.org www.twitter.com/sayyidmrizvi www.islamicentre.org
  • Are you Shi'a by Name Only? - Modesty in All Things [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    Are you Shi'a by Name Only?; Modesty in All Things - Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi - Muslim and Shia are not simply our 'identity cards', rather they have meanings and come with expectations of commitment - It's become customary to start marriage ceremonies with Qur'an, Hadith-e-Kisa, & zikr of the Ahlul Bayt. However after that, at functions outside the mosque, it is all forgotten - Modesty is an important quality in Islam. Haya of the eyes, speech, clothing, walking style, & interactions - Discussing examples of Bibi Fatima in this regard "We start marriage ceremonies with Qur'an, Hadith-e-Kisa, & zikr of the Ahlul Bayt. However at other functions, it is all forgotten. It seems Allah, Rasul, & the Ahlul Bayt are only confined to the mosque!" MP3: https://s3.amazonaws.com/JCC/Fridays/... Friday Juma Khutba Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi Date: February 2nd, 2018 www.facebook.com/IslamiCentre.org www.twitter.com/sayyidmrizvi
  • Don't Be Basic; 3 Stages of Belief, Action, & Taqwa [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    Don't Be Basic; 3 Stages of Belief, Action, & Taqwa - Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi  - Discussing the 'levels' and darajat for us to strive towards - The difference between basic rulings and higher darajat - Generally 3 sets of levels containing belief, actions, and taqwa, one higher than the next - The importance of constantly working towards the next level - The importance of not putting down those who are at lower levels, considering yourself to be superior - Physical vs spiritual effects of our actions The famous question I always get: 'Are tattoos halal or haram?'. This is where I say don't stay at the basic level of allowed/not allowed. Lift yourself higher. Look at the importance of your self as an insaan. Give value to your being. Look at the mujtahid who says that it's permissible for you, but still wouldn't do it himself. If you have sincere belief & do good deeds, then taqwa enters the picture. That is when your imaan grows. It will no longer be a 'cultural
  • How do you 'enjoy' ibadat?; Tips for Creating Enthusiasm & Interest [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    - Be aware of what you're going to do. Learn the understandings of what you're about to do, prepare mentally for it. - How do you 'enjoy' ibadat? Or have enthusiasm? - As a child or a new Muslim, you memorize Sura al-Fatiha, another sura, and other phrases for prayers. - However don't stop there once you grow older. Learn the meaning behind the words, and connect with Allah. - Some sins create barriers from feeling enthusiasm regarding ibadat. The same way an ill individual with a stuffy nose may not sense the fragrance of perfume, similarly various sins prevent you from feeling joy of ibadat. - Time and space is also important. If salat is simply an item in your schedule which you 'must do and get over with it' so you can get back to 'important' business, then you won't feel joy of the ritual. MP3:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/JCC/Fridays/... Friday Juma Khutba Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi Date: February 9th, 2018 www.facebook.com/IslamiCentre.org www.
  • Tawassul Series: The Reality of Tawassul, 9 Parts [Sheikh Saleem Bhimji]

    A series of lectures about Tawassul, a throughout explanation of the meaning, reference about it from the Holy Qur'an and ahadith and its application.
  • Imam Ali: Defining Taqwa (5 lectures) [Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

  • Fulfilling the Rights of a Fellow Believer [Sheikh Saleem Bhimji]

  • Choosing Between Family & Faith; Conflicts of Wealth & Morals [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    Friday Juma Khutba Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi Date: April 21st, 2017 - Islam is a faith which expects total loyalty, especially in cases when a person finds himself at a crossroads decision - This is especially challenging when the choice is between faith and family, or faith and wealth - God discusses this in the Qur'an, 9:24 - Islam doesn't say family isn't to be loved, or wealth shouldn't be appreciated, rather it discusses the choice to be made when they are a pressure against your faith - You cannot say 'it is family' so I had no choice - Examples during the Prophets life - The choice between Islam, and creating wealth in this lifetime - Means of income should be halal and legitimate - The story of the 6th Imam, and his trial of financial struggles, turning away wealth that he felt was not morally gained
  • The Various Dimensions of Tawalla [Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi]

    Speaking at the shahadat majlis held for Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [as], Hujjatul Islam Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi talks about the multiple levels of Tawalla and how we can implement them in our relationship with fellow believers.
  • The Psychological Effects of Loving the Transient World

    The Psychological Effects of Loving the Transient World This is the translation of a lecture given by Ayatullah Makarem Shirazi Ali Imran An internet marketer by profession and founder of Iqra Online. Currently in the post-graduate stage of studies in a seminary in Qom. *** This is from a small booklet that I have titled The Touch Of Grace, a compilation of lectures followed by various questions and answers by one of my favourite scholars, Ayatullah Makarem Shirazi. The short booklet was compiled and edited by Syed Ajaz Mehdi Naqvi. Below is one of the sections where Ayatullah Makarem presents points on the psychological effects of loving temporary world – some Arabic portions were removed by me due to some formatting issues I was encountering. ***** عن ابن عباس قال: سمعت رسول الله (صلي الله عليه وآله و سلم) يقول: انه ما سكن حب الدنيا قلب عبد الا التاط فيها بثلاث: شغل لاينفد عناؤه و فقر لايدرك غناه و امل لا ينال منتهاه، الا ان الدنيا و الاخرة طالبتان و مطلوبتان،
  • Inner Peace in Islam [Br. Khalil Jaffer]

    Lecture by Br Khalil Jaffer on how to find inner peace. In the lecture, he shows techniques one can use to become more mindful and aware of the present moment, removing anxiety of the future and depression caused by the past.
  • Tolerance in the Teachings of the Great Prophet and in Liberalism: A Contrastive Analysis

    This paper addresses the issue of tolerance in Islam and the teachings of the holy Prophet (S) in this regard and the fundamental differences between the views of Islam and liberalism regarding tolerance will be contrastively analyzed.