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  • Search for Truth

    This text contains the detailed minutes of a Muslim lecturer's discussion with Mr. Joseph and his teacher and mathematics professor about the basic doctrines of Christianity as well as about Islam. The object of this publication is to arm young Muslim minds with the truth so they can defend the unreasonable criticisms against Islam.
  • Evolution of Man

    In this book, Ayatullah Mutahhari discusses the social, historical and technical evolution of man, also discussing the interesting aspect of man's future evolution.
  • Evils, An Excerpt from Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari's Divine Justice

    Evils, An Excerpt from Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari's Divine Justice Translated from the Persian by Murtaza Alidina Three Aspects of the Discussion What we have discussed so far has been about disparities and discriminations. As we mentioned previously, the objections and problems related to “Divine Justice” are of several types: discriminations, annihilations and non-existences, faults and defects, and afflictions. Earlier we promised that out of these four typesof objections, we would discuss the first under the heading "Discriminations" and the remaining three under the heading "Evils." Now that we have completed the discussion about discriminations, we will begin the discussion of evils. The answer that philosophers have given to the issue of evils includes three parts: What is the essence of evils? Are evils real, existential things, or are they non-existential (‘adami) and relative? Whether evils be existential or non-existential, are good and evil separable
  • Investigations And Challenges

    The link between the theological seminary and the university is a blessed phenomenon which bears significant and numerous wholesome fruits. Along this line, for more than a year, a number of concerned and committed scholars in the university has set up a center with the aim of holding cultural activities. One of its activities is to hold monthly sessions in the presence of Ayatullah Misbah Yazdi. In these sessions, the distinguished professor tackles issues suggested by the other professors. Nine of these lectures are presented in this book.
  • Spiritual Discourses

    Criteria for humanity, spiritual freedom, nobility, worship and prayer, repentance, migration and jihad, and belief in the unseen.
  • Lubb al-Lubab (The Kernels of Kernels) - A Short Treatise on Wayfaring

    This treatise (entitled Risaleh ye lubb ul­lubab dar sayr wa suluk e uli al albab) is based on the lectures on practical 'irfan of 'Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i, quddisa sirruh, the great contemporary exegete of the Qur'an and philosopher, delivered by him during the years 1949-1950. Its fourth impression (Tehran: Intisharat e Hikmat,1366 H. Sh. [1987] has been used for this translation. This work has also been published by the State University of New York press, titled as Kernel of the Kernel Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect (Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubab dar Sayr wa Suluk-i Ulul Albab) A Shi'i Approach to Sufism, with Mohammad H. Faghfoory as the translator. The foreword has been given by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • Reflections on the Munajat of Imam Ali in the Mosque of Kufa

    Reflections on the Munajat of Imam Ali (a) in the Mosque of Kufa Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran Spiritual Quest Winter and Spring 2013. Vol. 3. No. 1 ************ This Munajat ("whisper prayer") is very similar to a monologue, recited by Imam Ali (a) addressing God. The Imam (a) highlights and emphasizes that God is the only one who can bestow on us mercy, as He is the Creator, the Infinite, and the Great, whilst we are the created, the finite, and the lowly. It is a very moving and heart- trembling supplication. Sources This supplication has been narrated in following sources: • Al-Balad al-Amin by Ibrahim ibn 'Ali al-'Amili al-Kaf'ami ( 4 -9 A.H), pp. 19- • Bihar al-Anwar by 'Allama Majlisi (1 7-111 A.H), vol. 91 pp. 1 9-111 • Ibid., vol. 97 pp.419-4 Concept of Munajat Munajat is derived from the root n-j-w, which denotes speaking to someone while being very close to them. Munajat is a type of
  • Reflections on the Supplication of Kumayl

    Reflections on the Supplication (Dua) of Kumayl Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran Spiritual Quest, vol. 2, no. 1, Winter and Spring 2012, Issue 3, pg. 69-81. ******* According to Allamah Majlsi, Du'a Kumayl is the best du'a. This du'a, narrated from the prophet Khidr (a), has been taught by Imam 'Ali (a) to a prominent companion of his named Kumayl ibn Ziyad Al- Nakha'i. Although apparently prophet Khidr (a) is the one who initially composed this du'a, it can be claimed that because he is still alive and is with the Hujjah of every age and era, he may indeed have been inspired by Imam 'Ali (a). According to Sayyid ibn Tawus, Kumayl had attended an assembly at the Mosque in Basra which was addressed by Imam 'Ali (a) during which the night of the 15th of Sha'ban was mentioned. Imam 'Ali (a) said, "Whosoever keeps awake in devoutness on this night (15th Sha'ban) and recites the du'a of Prophet Khidr, undoubtedly that person's
  • Reflections on Dua Jawshan Kabir

    Reflections on Dua Jawshan Kabir Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qom, Iran Spiritual Quest Summer and Autumn 2012. Vol. 2. No. 2 ************ Dua Jawshan Kabir, literally Great Armor, has been narrated from Prophet Muhammad (s). In his beautiful introduction to this dua, the late Shaykh 'Abbas Qummi writes, [This dua] is mentioned in the books, al-Balad al- Amin and al-Misbah of al-Kafa'mi. It is related from Imam 'Ali ibn al-Husayn Sayyid al-Sajidin from his father from his grandfather, the Prophet of Allah, who received it from the Angel Gabriel during one of the battles. [In that battle] the Prophet had a very heavy coat of armor on to protect himself. The coat was so heavy that it was hurting the Prophet's body. In this state, the Angel Gabriel came to the Prophet and said, "O Muhammad! Your Lord conveys his salutations to you and tells you to take out this coat of armor (jawshan) and to recite this dua [instead], as it is a
  • Reflections on the Supplication of Al-Iftitah

    Reflections on the Supplication of Al-Iftitah Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qum, Iran Spiritual Quest Summer and Autumn 2011 . Vol. 1 . No. 2 Abstract Supplication of Al-Iftitah is generally recited during each night of the month of Ramadan. This article is to explain some of its main themes such as: praising of Allah, salutations to the prophet and his household, and special salutations to Imam Mahdi (a). These themes are explained according to some verses and hadiths. Keywords supplication, praising of Allah, salutation, Imam Mahdi. Du'a al-Iftitah is a very well-known supplication and generally is recited during each night of the month of Ramadan. It is called "Du'a al-Iftitah" because it begins with: اللهم إني أفتتح بحمدك "O Allah, I begin (or open) the glorification with praise of Thee." Thus we say that we begin or open praising Allah (SwT) by remembering all the great qualities that He (SwT) possesses and all the
  • Reflections on the Supplication of Abi Hamzah al-Thumali

    Reflections on the Supplication of Abi Hamzah al-Thumali Mohammad Ali Shomali Published in Spiritual Quest Winter and Summer 2011, Vol. 1, No. 1Published in Spiritual Quest Winter and Summer 2011, Vol. 1, No. 1 ************ This is the transcript of a lecture given on the topic by the author in Toronto in the month of Ramdan in 2010. The transcription is made by Mr Morteza Karimi. ************* The Supplication of Abi Hamza al-Thumali is narrated from Imam Sajjad (a) and is one of the most precious and well-known of prayers, enjoying a high status amongst great scholars. Abi Hamza al-Thumali, the narrator of this beautiful du'a, was one of the prominent students of Imam Zayn al-'Abidin (a) and this du'a has been named after him. We should acknowledge and appreciate the great role of the narrators of hadiths and du'as from the Prophet Muhammad (s) and his household (a) such as Abi Hamza al-Thumali, Kumayl al-Nakha'i and so on and ask God, the Almighty, to cover them
  • A Journey from Darkness towards Light Part 1

    A Journey from Darkness towards Light: the Quranic Perspective on the Concept of Light - Part 1 Mohammad Ali Shomali Published in: Spiritual Quest, vol. VII ************* Spirituality has a significant role in man’s life without which life will become monotonous and unsatisfying. Everyone seeks spirituality in his life, even though he may not be aware of this fact. A question rises at this point as to what can be achieved through spirituality. The Quran being the word of the Creator of the universe is of great help in understanding the answer to this question. It can be understood from the Quran that the whole point in spirituality and piety is the purification of one’s heart and mind from all deficiencies and impurities.impurities. The Quran, however, uses a special terminology about spirituality. There are verses in the Quran where God talks about moving from darkness towards light. This movement from darkness towards light, indeed, is the same reality as the
  • Eternal Manifestations: 80 Stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra)

    A collection of eighty spiritually uplifting stories from the life of Allama Tabatabai (ra) showing his dedication to Islam and his striving at attaining nearness towards Allah.
  • Principles of Sociology in Islam

    This valuable and interesting book, familiarizes the esteemed reader, in the background of Islamic unity and brotherhood, with the humble but firm advice and commands of the holy verses and honorable traditions of the Holy Prophet (S) and the infallible Imams of his household (a.s.), and puts at his disposal the original text of many of these verses and traditions also so he presents, as well, examples of interesting and effective actions of these leaders. In this way, he gives worthy help to the direction of the esteemed readers development on this road to unity. The reader is able to strengthen himself in the direction of human development, once, every few days, for a few minutes, put the common every day problems out of yours, for mind and in a moment of rest and comfort, repeat the study of this book and put your spirit at heavenly prompting and pure verses and traditions disposal.
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 2, Book 8

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: Modern Renaissance (Covering both the Early and the Later Centuries).
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 2, Book 7

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: The Dark Age  (1111/1700-1266/1850).
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 2, Book 6

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: Influence of Muslim Thought on the West and East.
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 2, Book 5

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book:Other Disciplines (Covering Both The Early And The Later Centuries).
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 2, Book 4

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: Later Centuries (From the Fall of Baghdad [656/1258] TO 1111/1700).
  • A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 1, Book 3

    A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: Early Centuries (From The First/Seventh Century To The Fall Of Baghdad)