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  • Social Relations In Islam

    In what way does Islam shape the social relationships? How does it limit them and why? This present book compares Islam with the western civilization and with various schools of thought. There are a lot of differences but the most striking are the fact that Islam bases its teachings on the search of truth while the other bases their teachings on the opinion of the majority; and the fact that Islam does not believe in geographical and racial frontiers which separate human beings into small communities and nations. The writer believes the frontier is belief, a fact which makes possible a universal community.
  • Morals in the Light of Islam

    Living in a world that is under the continuous torrent of corruption, it is very easy to lose sight of the important things. This text ponders on the importance of following the Islamic Code of laws that purges the mind, purifies the soul and refines the human nature. it also gives examples of the major group of immoralities and why standing on the moral ground and behaving accordingly to the code of law (not fighting, explaining things in a peaceful and polite manner, seeking knowledge, use rational proofs, etc.) could benefit us and our counterparts.
  • Islamic Unity and Happiness

    The text consists in two sections. In Section One the writer discusses the contribution of scholar Amini in his book "Al-Ghadir" towards Islamic unity and its urgent need in the world of today. In Section Two the writer discusses about happiness and analyses the issue from a religious and philosophical point of view.
  • Forgiveness in Islam

    Forgiveness in Islam refers more often to restraining anger and punishment when you are able, have power, to administer punishment. In this text you will find brief statements from religious leaders regarding forgiveness and examples of situations and incidents in which the Prophet (S) and the Imams (as) put in practice this concept of forgiveness.
  • The Bright Lights of Guidance

    The present book is a collection of sermons delivered by the well known religious scholar Mr Hajj Sayyid Muhammad Ali ibn al-Ridha Khansary. The lectures include important issues like: the intellect, knowledge, the oneness of God, the need for the existence of the divine proofs (the prophets and the imams), the common and special prophets, the need for the existence of the imam of our time (atfs), the miraculous aspects of the Quran, the resurrection, ethics and giving advice, the benefits of a mosque, the supplications, asking for forgiveness and gratitude, the servitude if God, the Lord's recommendations to the Prophet (s), four important recommendations of the Prophet (s), honesty and spreading justice. All of the above mentioned sermons have been delivered in accordance with the Holy Quran and the hadith of the Ahlul Bayt (as).
  • Al-Abrar, The Righteous Ones

    Al-Abrar is a collection of stories for character building and ethical guidance for young readers. The main theme in these stories is to present human role models that perform righteous actions for the worship and pleasure of God.
  • Let’s talk about: Screaming

    This booklet aims to teach children all about screaming and the effect that this may have on the people around them. By using pictures and examples it also shows them what the alternative to screaming is.
  • Let’s talk about: Self-Conceit

    This booklet uses pictures and words to describe situations in which we might be self-conceited and how this may affect the people around us. It also teaches children about sharing and taking turns and minding other people's feelings.
  • Let’s talk about: Making Fun of Others

    This booklet aims to teach children by using pictures and examples a very important principle in Islam and a very well-known advice given to us by our Prophet sawaws: "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all". It also give examples of how people might feel and how you should react to other people making fun of you.
  • Let’s talk about: Backbiting

    This booklet with the help of pictures and simple examples aims to teach children what backbiting is, how it affects the people around us and how you can avoid being in a backbiting situation and how we can make a bad situation good.
  • Seeking Assistance from Prayer and Fasting

    Seeking Assistance from Prayer and Fasting Mohammad Ali ShomaliThis is the transcript of the first lecture of a series of lecture on "Secrets of Prayer and Fasting" by the author in London in July 2001. The transcription is made by Mrs Aliya Azam and Mrs Zaianab Rezavi. Published in: Spiritual Quest, Winter and Summer 2011, Vol. 1, No. 1 ******************* In Islamic scriptures, prayer and fasting are considered to be two precious gifts offered by God to His servants. Prayer is a form of worship designed by God in a very special way. Prayer, being a very beautiful act of worship, is full of profound meanings and, simultaneously, an artistic masterpiece in the way in which it has been devised. Thus, prayer is not only a matter of uttering some words and performing various movements; rather, it is a mixture of thoughts, words and actions. It is also related to timing, social relations and so on. Fasting holds a similar position in Islam. In this series of papers, we will
  • Secrets of Prayer, Part VI: Recitation of Surat al-Hamd, Ruku' and Sujud

    Secrets of Prayer, Part 6: Recitation of Surat al-Hamd, Ruku' and Sujud Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qum ****************************************** It is an essential part of prayer to recite Surat al-Hamd, as indicated by several narrations, the most famous of which is the following Prophetic hadith: No prayer is valid without (reciting) Surat al-Hamd. (Nuri 1408 AH, 4:158) Prayer with all its various parts has been designed by God in the most beautiful way. The person who is performing prayer is in fact talking to God, and, interestingly, the words he uses in such a great conversation are God's own words. This conversation begins with بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِln the Name of God, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful. Based on many narrations, this verse, which is called basmala, is the greatest verse of the Holy Quran and a part of every sura (except surat al-Tawba). Some scholars hold that the basmala of each sura
  • Place, Direction and Beginning of Prayer

    Place, Direction and Beginning of Prayer Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qum, Iran Spiritual Quest, Winter and Spring 2013. Vol. 3. No. 1 Place of Prayer The place where someone says their prayer is of great importance and various conditions pertaining to it have been enumerated in manuals of Islamic law. The area where we place our forehead for prostration must be ritually clean. The whole place of prayer must also either belong to the person who is saying his/her prayer or, if it belongs to another person, the owner's permission should have already been obtained. A more important permission is the one referred to in a narration from Imam Sadiq (a) in which he reminds us that when we reach the gate of a mosque we should not simply go in without seeking permission. We should remember that we are going to enter the house of Allah (swt), and we need His permission to enter. Now, only those who remember God have such permission, since His
  • Intention as the Spirit of Prayer

    Intention as the Spirit of Prayer Mohammad Ali Shomali International Institute for Islamic Studies, Qum, IranInternational Institute for Islamic Studies, Qum, Iran Spiritual Quest, Summer and Autumn 2011. Vol.1. No. 2 Abstract Intention is the most important aspect of the prayer. Intention is not a part of prayer and other worships; rather it is the spirit of every act of worship. Comparing between intention and action, the author, according to the Qur'anic verses comes to this conclusion that Allah (swt) rewards His servants for the good intentions they have, even if they cannot actualise them. Also, quantity of the acts is not the main factor for being successful in Allah's test; rather, the quality of acts is very important here. A very important feature of intention is awareness. Intention does not only mean that one should know what he is doing at the moment. Indeed, we need to be aware of what we are doing and to have a good reason. One who does something good without
  • Moral System of Islam

    Moral System of Islam Mohammad Ali Shomali In this paper, we will try to develop an acquaintance with aspects of the Islamic moral system while taking a glance at the fruits and outcomes of living a life of faith and embarking on the spiritual journey. Moral teachings of Islam can be classified as follows: • Instructions about one’s relationship with God; • Instructions about one’s relationship with oneself; • Instructions about one’s relationship with other people including family, relatives, friends, neighbours, strangers, clients, teachers, students, fellow-human beings, and so on; • Instructions about one’s relationship with the environment including, animals, plants, air, water and other living and non- living beings. There is very rich literature pertaining to each category. Some examples from each category will be discussed in this paper. 1. Relationship with God Remembrance of God Many verses the Holy Qur’an command the believers to
  • Islamic Bioethics: A General Scheme

    This paper discusses about Islamic bioethics on an Islamic perspective. It is divided in three parts: The first part studies the value of life in Islam. It helps to understand why life must be appreciated and respected. The second part sheds some light on the nature of the Islamic bioethics. Discussing the sources and authorities in the Islamic bioethics, in this part we will study the way of life protection which is regulated by the Islamic law and bioethics. Part three reflects on some important issues in bioethics from an Islamic perspective. Concerning the Islamic believes, physical health maintenance and disease treatment are two important aspects of the Islamic teachings. In respect to the beginning of human life; firstly, we will see that reproduction must occur in the context of a legitimate and stable family. Secondly, we will study family planning and abortion. With respect to the end of life, issues such as suicide and euthanasia will be studied. Finally organ
  • Human Nature and Nature of Morality

    Human Nature and Nature of Morality Mohammad Ali Shomali, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Imam Khomeini Education
  • Aspects of Environmental Ethics: An Islamic Perspective

    Aspects of Environmental Ethics: An Islamic Perspective Mohammad Shomali 11 November 2008 ************* Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Religious Studies at the Imam Khomeini Education
  • Islam and War: Sayyid Sistani on the Ethics of Conflict [Sayyid Sulayman Ali Hasan]

    In this interview, Sayyid Sulayman Ali Hassan Abidi discusses some of the main issues addressed in Sayyid Ali al-Sistani’s 2014 letter to the Iraqi forces battling ISIS. The issues range from what role warfare and violence have in Islam, to how one can derive and stay true to Islamic values and virtues during these conflicts. Sayyid Sulayman Hasan provides insight into these questions and more, gleaning from both the verses of the Qur’an and the lives and words of the Ahl al-Bayt.
  • Religion and Freedom