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  • Love for the Believers as a Sign of Piety [Mohammad Ali Shomali] [July 2nd 2011] [Qom, Iran]

    In this lecture delivered by Sheikh Shomali at the shrine of Lady Masuma (a), he discusses the love for the sake of Allah and love for the believers.
  • Friendship - (The Spiritual Message of Islam) [Mohammad Ali Shomali]

    In this series of 23 short videos, Sheikh Shomali explores various dimensions of "Friendship" as explained in the Islamic teachings.
  • Introduction to Islamic Sciences Part 3

    This article - Introduction to Islamic Sciences, Part 3 – delves into four additional subjects: Hadith Sciences, Qur’anic Sciences, the Science of Exegesis and the Science of Islamic Ethics.
  • Introduction to Islamic Sciences, Part 1

    This article introduces the most important Islamic sciences that have long been studied in Islamic seminaries. A brief definition as well as the nature and history of each of the widely studied disciplines by Islamic scholars will be offered, namely theology (kalam), philosophy, mysticism (irfan), and jurisprudence (fiqh).
  • Merits of the Month of Rajab (Excerpted from Mafatih al-Jinan)

    Merits of the Month of Rajab (Excerpted from Mafatih al-Jinan) Afzal Sumar There are four sacred months for the Muslim community. One of them is the month of Rajab, This booklet highlights the benefits of fasting, praying and respecting this special month. ******************** It is narrated from the Prophet (saw) who said: ‘the month of Rajab is the greatest month of Allah. No month can come close to matching its sanctity and grace. Fighting the disbelievers in it is prohibited. Rajab is one of the four months of sanctity during which the Arabs would not fight. The other three months are Muḥarram, Safar and Dhū al-Ḥijja. This pre-Islamic custom was accommodated within Islam with some modifications. Indeed, Rajab is the month of Allah, while Shaʿban is my month and (the month of) Ramaḍan is the month of my community. Surely, the one who fasts (even) one day in (the month of) Rajab deserves the greatest pleasure of Allah. The wrath of Allah moves away from him, and a door
  • Moral Governance of the Prophet Muhammad (s) Part 2

    In this part, Prophet Muhammad’s ethical management of the economy in the Islamic state will be studied. He sought various ways of solving the economic difficulties of the Muslims by maintaining fair distribution of property and wealth through sources of income for Muslims such as zakat (legal charity), spoils of war, khums (the Islamic tax), and tribute.
  • Moral Governance of the Prophet Muhammad (s) Part 1

    The prophets’ aims in spreading the message were to teach monotheism, ethics, and religious law. Since ethics is a means for achieving monotheism, Prophet Muhammad placed significant emphasis on morality and character building. This paper studies the meaning of morality and the various facets of the Prophet’s socio-political life from a moral perspective.
  • The Islamic Understanding of Prayer

    Du‘a, the Arabic word for prayer or supplication, is the calling of a servant to his Deity. Summoning to God is highly encouraged in Islam, as prayer is considered to be the essence of worship.
  • Justice as a Virtue of the Soul

    This article explains the idea of justice as a virtue of the soul and as the supreme virtue in ethics, as opposed to justice as a mere social action. Individual justice takes precedence over social justice since, through training man, the society will naturally include trained individuals; as a result, society will have a healthy political structure. This is discussed in virtue ethics in which virtues are held to have inherent value.
  • Boundless Peace and Friendship in the Qur'an

  • Taqwa, Part 2

    In part 1 of this article, Ayatollah Mutahhari elaborated on the definition, meaning, value, and effect of taqwa, or Godwariness, and self-restraint. In this article, he offers an additional description of taqwa: it gives a person insight, or the ability to make correct decisions, and the strength to overcome difficulties
  • Simplified Islamic Laws for Youth and Young Adults

    Condensed version of the Islamic Laws in accordance with Ayatollah al-Uzma Seestani. The text has rulings on Islamic Jurisprudence, all basic topics have been covered including: - Taharat - Salat- Fasting- Khums- Rules related to trading- Eating & Drinking- Marriage. These topics have been discussed in detail with all common rulings that are required by people.
  • Religious, Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Happiness

    The main purpose of this research was the extraction of the philosophical and religious foundations of the most important philosophical-religious and psychological subjects which is Happiness, and its difference to Pleasure.
  • Understanding the Qur’an, Part 1

    Understanding the Quran is important for every Muslim as the Quran influences a Muslims religious, social and economical life. The present text starts with the ways the Quran can be understood and it comprises of two main parts: Understanding the Quran analytically and Reason in the view of the Quran. Very thorough and interesting work.
  • Fasting in Ramadhan: A Simple Guide To Ritual, Social & Spiritual Dimensions

    A collection of articles written & speeches given by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi on the various dimensions and significance of the Holy month of Ramadhan.
  • Al-Khisal, A Numeric Classification of Traditions on Characteristics

    Translation of Al-Khisal. A first book of its kind, Al-Khisal is a collection of religious and moral precepts from reliable works on the subject compiled by Sheikh Sadooq. The present work demonstrates the importance of numbers in the traditions. This has led to a valuable collection of traditions that is very interesting to study. Each part of this book contains several traditions on various issues. His main theme in this book in on ethics, manners and good characteristics. This book covers numbered characteristics starting with one and ends at one million. The traditions are presented with a complete record of transmission. As Sheikh Sadooq mentions himself that the reason for the compilation of such a book was when he saw that none has been written on numbers and good and bad characteristics. Al-Khisal is a great encyclopedia on Islamic knowledge, the forbidden and the allowed acts, historical topics, interpretations on the Holy Quran, philosophical points and political issues. It
  • The Merits of Patience (The Spiritual Message of Islam) [Mohammad Ali Shomali]

    In this series of short videos, Sheikh Mohammad Ali Shomali discusses merits and rewards of patience in the times of suffering.
  • Ramadhan Lectures [Mohammad Ali Shomali] [Ramadhan 1426 / Oct-Nov 2005]

    Lecture series in Ramadhan 2005 by Dr. Shomali on the topic Riyadha (Spiritual Practice).
  • Whisperings of a Mystic

    This presentation is a selection from the mystical poetry of Imam Khomeini [ra]. It was prepared in the memory of this great personality.
  • What he did for Him

    In this presentation, a narration from Imam Ali (a) has been quoted in which he talks about the qualities of the God-fearing and pious people.