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A Shi'ite Encyclopedia

A vast collection of information that addresses Shi'a/Sunni inter-school related issues. An effort of the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project Team

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Facts about the Qur'an

Facts about the Qur'an

Simple facts about the Qur'an, including the importance of its daily recitation.

M.A. Shakir 62,747 3

Forty Hadith, An Exposition, Second Revised Edition

Islamic scholars, motivated by a tradition from the Prophet Muhammad, which promises Divine Rewards for scholars who collect forty traditions, compile hadith narrations in groups of forty.

What is the Qur'an?

What is the Qur'an?
By Anwer Ali.
Preface to the Holy Qur'an.

Anwer Ali 45,324 0

Peace and Jihad in Islam

A short text that discusses the various facets of "Jihãd" according to the Qur'an, and addresses the issues raised by critics who quote Qur'anic verses to argue that Islam is intrinsically non-peac

Man and Universe

Man and faith, man and animals, knowledge and thought, monothesitic conception of the world, revelation and prophethood, man and the Holy Qur'an, society and history, Imamate and khilafat, and eter

Islam the First and Last Religion

Islam the First and Last Religion
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

Mansour Leghaei 30,509 0

The Hereafter (Ma'ad)

A detailed account of humanity’s experience of death, and the stages beyond it, including the status in one’s grave, Barzakh, the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah), and the final recourse in Heaven or Hell

Personalities: What Non-Muslims Say About Muhammad, The Prophet of Islam

A brief text on what non-Muslims have said about Prophet Muhammad (as), Islam's prophet and final messenger.

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Divine (Allah’s) Judgment (Hokm) versus Human Judgment (Hokm)

Divine (Allah’s) Judgment (Hokm) versus Human Judgment (Hokm)
Written by: Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba
Translated by: Jerrmein Abu Shahba

Islamic Teachings in Brief

This book, written in a relatively simple language, presents a summary of the teachings of Islam.

Differences between Islam and Iman

Differences between Islam and Iman

Beliefs: What Non-Muslims Say About Islam, The Fastest Growing Religion in the World

A brief text on what certain renowned non-Muslims have said about Islam.

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Ain-Al Hayat, The Essence of Life

‘Ain-Al Hayat عين الحياة

Selections from Usul al Kafi

Usul al-Kafi is the first part of al-Kulayni's al-Kafi that deals with themes of doctrinal and ethical significance in a systematic manner.

Philosophy Of Islam

Fundamental Islamic topics such as principles of religion, man, Iman (faith), definitive knowledge, monothesim of the Qur'an, name and attributes of God, guides of humanity, evolution, history, sel

A Shi'ite Anthology

Especially selected for the Western reader by the renowned Islamic scholar Tabataba'i, a collection of sayings, sermons, prayers and writings that represent cross section of Shi'ite religious thoug

Fifty Lessons on Principles of Belief for Youths

This text contains fifty chapters, each containing an important lesson on the fundamental beliefs of our faith that are especially relevant for the youth of today.

An Introduction to Ilm al-Kalam

The main doctrines of kalam (theology) and their subsequent modifications with special reference to Mu'tazilah, Asha'irah and Shi'ah schools of kalam.

Inquiries about Islam

An exchange of letters that took place between the Muslim scholar, Imam Muhammad Jawad Chirri, and Dr. Wilson H. Guertin, that led Dr. Guertin to accept Islam. Writes Dr.

Goal of Life

This text contains five lectures that revolve around God, as the ultimate Goal of Life, discussing about topics such as the goal of creation, individual and social ethics, human perfection and Isla

Discovering Islam

An introductory text on the fundamentals and spirit of Islam from a Shi’a perspective describing the basic principles as well as the common practices.

An Introduction to Islam

An Introduction to Islam
by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

The Qur'an in Islam, its Impact and Influence on the Life of Muslims

The book, although short, distills many volumes into its pages and is like the synopsis of a major commentary.


This book is an invitation to a journey, an interior journey of discovery in quest of a lost treasure containing the most precious jewels of the whole of creation.

Faith and Reason

Answers by Ayatullah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani to a series of questions often asked by young Muslims growing up in Western societies.

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Islam: Faith, Practice & History

An introductory treatise on Islamic beliefs, laws and ethics as well as the early history of the faith in fifty lessons.

Elements of Islamic Studies

A greatly beneficial text book for students of all ages who wish to learn or review the basic fundamentals of Islamic studies.

Islam and Nationalism

An analysis showing how far Islam and Nationalism are compatible. Some questions that are answered "Can an individual be a Muslim believer and a faithful nationalist at the same time?

Invitation to Islam

An excellent introduction to 'What is Islam?', the main Islamic beliefs and practices, religious texts, as well as other Islamic issues such as marriage, social life, women and law.

A Commentary on Prayer

This text explains in detail the meaning of Worship and Intention, as well as how different stages of worship are acquired.

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A Shi'ite Creed

This text is a translation of one of the most important works of Shayh Saduq; it presents a summary of all of the core tenets of the Shi'ite creed.

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The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message

Belief in God, His existence, and His attributes. Belief in the Messenger Prophet Muhammad (s) and in prophethood. Belief in the message Islam.

Self-Recognition for Self-Improvement

In this book, Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi goes into the enlightening subject of self-development and acquiring spiritual perfection through the tool of self-knowledge and introspection.

Islam and the Question of Violence

Definition of violence in Islam, its role in Islamic Law, and whether Islam condones violence.

Muhammad in the Mirror of Islam

Islam and other religions, importance of the individual, Islamic world view, equality, realism, knowledge and wisdom, and the spiritual path.

Principles of Faith (Usul al-Din)

This book contains both logical and textual proofs for the tenets and principles of Islam.

Mushaf Fatimah (a.s)

A detailed and thoroughly referenced text shedding light on what has been referenced in numerous Shi'a Hadith as "Mushaf Fatimah [a]" and "Mushaf Ali [a]".

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Rationality of Islam

Role of religion, its need and impact on human life. A short history of the lives of the leaders of Islam and a basic guide to administration according to principles of Islam.

Discovering Shi'i Islam

Discovering Shi’i Islam is a brief introduction to main issues related to Islam in general and Shi’i Islam in particular.

History of Shi'ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation

This text discusses how Shi'ism has been an integral and inseparable part of Islam from the time of the Holy Prophet (sa).

Contemporary Topics of Islamic Thought

The essays presented by the author here were written in Iran over a period of about ten years (1989-1999).

What Everyone Should Know about Islam

This book focuses on the principles of religion which are relevant to the thought and soul of human beings, reason and intellect follow it, and deeds and movement of human beings spring forth from

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Fundamentals of Islamic Thought: God, Man and the Universe

In this text Ayatullah Mutahhari discusses Islamic thought on topics such as "Man & Faith", “The Worldview of Tawhid”, “Philosophy” & "Spiritualism" to clarify matters and resolve problem

The Roots of Religion

A book that explains the Usul al-Deen (Roots of Religion). It helps resolve questions and doubts in relation to God, Prophethood, Imamate, Death and Jugement Day.

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Islam and the Contemporary Man

This text titled "Islam and the Contemporary Man" discusses how Islam is a universal religion that can be applied in the modern day.

The Mystery of Life

This book deals with a myriad of subjects related to human life: philosophy, mysticism, anthropology, cultures, arts, history and much more.

Man and Faith

This text authored by Martyr Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari aims to shed light on the relationships between man and animal, knowledge and faith, and explain the distinctions of religious faith, kinds

82 Questions

This text attempts to answer modern challenges to Islamic positions; it begins with an exposition of the five Usool-e-deen (roots of religion) and continues by giving answers from the Islamic tradi

Human Nature and Nature of Morality

Human Nature and Nature of Morality

Living in Harmony - Islamic Perspective

Living in Harmony - Islamic Perspective
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei


Mansour Leghaei 8,772 0

Our Belief

This text presents a summary of the Islamic principles and commandments emphasizing some specialties on the Shi'a sect.

Discursive Theology Volume 1

This text deals with a set of ideological and scholastic questions based upon Islamic theology from the perspective of Shī‘ah Imāmiyyah school of thought.

Islam and Religious Pluralism

Liberalism and Pluralism, religious pluralism in the Qur'an and Islam.

Islamic Thought (Ma‘arif Islami) Book One

This text is the first book presented surrounding Islamic thought and theological topics and the concept of resurrection.

Islamic Systems

Short introductory summaries of the various systems involved in the governance of a nation according to the Islamic perspective.

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A History of Muslim Philosophy Volume 1, Book 2

A Compendium of articles on the History of Muslim Philosophy. In this book: Advent Of Islam, Fundamental Teachings Of The Qur'an

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Simplified Islamic Laws for Young Adults

Condensed version of the Islamic Laws in accordance with Ayatullah al-`Uzma al-Hajj ash-Shaykh Lutfullah as-Safi al-Gulpaygani.All basic topics have been discussed in detail with all common rulings

Principles of the Shi’ite Creed

A brief and concise text about the primary principles of the Islamic beliefs to familiarize themselves and their acquaintances with them.

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What A Muslim Should Know and Believe

This text, although brief and simple, is a comprehensive and detailed exposition of the main articles of Faith and all the dos and don’ts of Islam.

Simplified Islamic Laws for Youth and Young Adults

Condensed version of the Islamic Laws in accordance with Ayatollah al-Uzma Seestani.

History and Human Evolution (Lecture I of II)

Man's historical and social evolution, evolution of history, human relationships, role of Prophets in evolution, and the concept of Bada' (Divine revision).


A transcript of a series of lectures on the fundamental roots of Islam.

An Introduction to Islam

An introductory text describing the basic tenets of the Islamic faith

Religion of Mercy

This text presents commentary discussions by the honorable Marja' Grand Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi which examines the religion of Islam and highlights the concepts of clemency which is are analyzed

The Final Conclusion- Your Journey to Certainty

This text is directed to everyone; those who are looking for the Right Path, those who are lost and who need spiritual guidance, and also those who have already identified the true path but would l

Islam and the Modern Age

The way of nature, Islam and the needs of every epoch, Islamic approach to law, the natural man, fixed and flexible laws.

Islamic Way of Life

This book presents in a simplified manner what the Islamic way of life should be, how to build a life following the shari'a and the Qur'an, how the spiritual, economic and political life should loo

The Radiance of the Secrets of Prayer

In this text, Muhsin Qara'ati explains in detail the meaning of Worship and Intention, as well as how different stages of worship are acquired.

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The Emendation of A Shi‘ite Creed

This text is a translation of Tashihu 'l-I‘tiqad of Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Nu‘man, Known as ash-Shaykh al-Mufid (336/948 or 338/950 – 413/1022)

Shaykh al-Mufid 7,078 0

Pioneer Culture to the Rescue of Mankind - An Introduction to Islamic Culture

This book was written by late Allamah Muhammad Taqi Ja’fari.

Shiite Islam: Orthodoxy or Heterodoxy?

In this text, Luis Alberto Vittor clearly explains the essence of Shi'ite Islam on its own.

Freedom, The Unstated Facts and Points

In this text, Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi explains the different kinds of freedom in great detail.

What is True Success? Excerpts from Peak of Eloquence (Nahjul Balagha)

Nahjul Balagha, the Peak of Eloquence, is a collection of 239 sermons, 79 letters, and 489 sayings of Imam Ali (a.s.).

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The Politics of Using the Qur’an

The Politics of Using the Qur’an

Need for Religion

Allamah Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi explains in depth a question we are often faced with today; why is there a need for religion?

Four Californian Lectures

The transcript of four lectures delivered by Allamah Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi in California regarding Islam's true nature and it's perception in the West.

On the Shore of Contemplation, Volume 1

This text is a response to some inquiries about the nature and role of the Governance of the Jurist (Wilayatul Faqih).

Islamic Thought (Ma‘arif Islami) Book Two

This text is the second of two books and it analyzes the concept of prophethood and Imamate.

The Qur’an and Hadith

This text is an extensive examination that starts off by explaining what revelations mean, how they happened at the time of the Prophet sawaws and how they happened at the time of the Jewish and th

The Image of God in the Qur’an

The image of God as presented in the Qur’an is one that speaks of Him in personal terms. God has a personal relationship with every individual.

Tenets of Islam

Short passages on numerous Islamic beliefs, including God, Prophethood, Imamate, and the Day of Judgement

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A Brief Introduction to Islam

A Brief Introduction to Islam

Islam is the only religion in the world that says that its precepts are natural. The Holy Quran says:

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Repentance: The Cradle of Mercy

This book before you is a memorandum of more than twenty meetings filled with moral teachings from those Tuesday nights, nights that bring good and beautiful memories.

Lessons about Allah, Prophethood and the Prophet of Islam, Justice, Leadership (Imamate) and Resurrection

This text contains important lessons on the fundamental beliefs of Islam that should be the bases of Islamic knowledge of our youth: God, Prophethood and the Prophet of Islam, Justice, Leadership (

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.

An Analysis of the Causes of Mental Illness

This paper delves into some of the general symptoms of mental illness, symptoms mentioned in the Qur’an and hadith, and the stages of mental illness according to the Qur’an.

Introduction to Kitab al-Irshad

This text is an introduction to Kitab al-Irshad written by Shaykh al-Mufid which covers the topics of Imamate and the different Shi'ah Sects.

Ramadhan With The Holy Qur’an, 30 Lessons in 30 days

Thirty lessons for youth written as an easy but comprehensive guide throughout the Holy Month of Ramadhan in order to give them a gist of the great religion of Islam and its teachings produced fro

Muhsin Qara'ati 5,626 0

Revelation and Salvation Towards an Islamic View Of History

Revelation as a relationship of intense involvement of God in human history and of man in the divine challenge as God's viceregent (khalifa) in the earth.

Introduction to Islam

Introduction to Islam

by Masooma Beatty

Parables: Important Questions – Simple Answers

Hujjat Al Islam Mohsin Qara’ati in his televised program Lessons from the Quran is using parables and similes, which has been a very successful method of getting the message of understanding across

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Immigration and Jihad

This booklet is a record of a series of lectures the late author had delivered in gatherings held in Tehran for the annual commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (a.s.).

Divine Revelation, Human Reason and Science

The role of knowledge, method of reasoning, reasoning and revelation, and instances of harmony between revelation and reason.

Types of Unity in the Quran and Fundamental Causes of Disunity

Types of Unity in the Qur’an and Fundamental Causes of Disunity Ustadh Muhammad Wa’idh Zadeh Khurasani, Director, World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Translated by Salim S.

The General Pattern of Islamic Thought in The Qur'an

This book is a collection of speeches delivered by Ayatollah Khamene’i in 1974, 1353 AH.

History and Human Evolution (Lecture II of II)

Man's historical and social evolution, evolution of history, human relationships, role of Prophets in evolution, and the concept of Bada' (Divine revision).

Science and the Muslim Ummah

What appears here is also available in book form titled The Holy Quran and the Science of Nature published by Global Academic Publishing at Binghamton University.

An Introduction to Islam

An Introduction to Islam
by Dr Liyakatali Takim

My journey to Islam

Experience of discovering Islam.

Laila Bigelli 4,795 0

Theocracy and Democracy

Theocracy and Democracy in Islam, includes discussion of Shura (Consensus)

Miracle or Mirage? The Paradox of Miracles & Science

Miracle or Mirage? The Paradox of Miracles & Science
Sheikh Mansour Leghaei

Mansour Leghaei 4,375 0

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.

An Introduction to the Emendation of A Shi‘ite Creed

This text is an introduction to the Book Tashihu 'l-I‘tiqad of Abu ‘Abdillah, Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Nu‘man, Known as ash-Shaykh al-Mufid. (336/948 or 338/950 – 413/1022)

Shafa’at, Intercession

This book explains the concept of Intercession in the light of the Holy Quran and Narrations.

The Core of Islam

The aim of this work is to guide Muslims, especially youths, giving clear answers to many commonly asked questions, in order to replace bewilderment with the clarity that comes from profound study

Teach Yourself Islamic Ideology

Teach Yourself Islamic Ideology contains various lessons with the aim of getting a better and thorough understanding of Islamic Ideology at 360° degrees.

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How to Become Better Muslims PowerPoint Presentation

An interactive presentation for youth of all ages which tries to get kids to ask questions such as Why are you here? Why were you created? What is the goal of life? And Where are you going?

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A Brief Introduction to Islam

A Brief Introduction to Islam

by M.A. Shakir

Taken from: Islamic History

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Islam and Nationalism: A Theoretical Point of View Part 2

In this paper, the author examines the position of nationalism in Islam and whether or not it prevents Islam from fulfilling its role in developing a just society.

Repentance as Demolition and Reconstruction

This book explores the true meaning of repentance and guides on how to achieve it.

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Islamic Doctrines Simplified

Simple passages on Islamic beliefs about God, Prophethood and the Day of Judgement.

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Who is the Law Maker?

This study aims to provide a clear vision and present in its true perspective the thought and position of the Muslim individual about the law and the law maker.

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A Journey To The Fact

This book tries to answer some serious questions and respond to related doubts concerning faith and belief in God. It also discusses the reasons why some religious people let others go astray.

Onto The Right Path

It is well known that people in the era of our Prophet (S) were attracted to Islam due to the truthfulness and righteousness of our Prophet (S).

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A Plea for Islamic Unity

A Plea for Islamic Unity
Yasser Madani

Elements of Unity

This text argues that the elements of unity are essential to the human condition and are aplenty. It enumerates these elements and elucidates the Quranic basis for them.

Islamic Culture and Religious Education (For pupils)

This book is a compilation of lessons children learn that connect them both to the science and religious fields of knowledge.

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.

Islam and Nationalism: A Theoretical Point of View, Part 1

In this paper, the author examines the position of nationalism in Islam and whether or not it prevents Islam from fulfilling its role in developing a just society.

Divinely Inspired Scientific Observation

This is an extract from the hadith of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a) narrated by his companion Mufaddal on the creation of human beings, animal kingdom, environment and natural disasters.

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A small collection of Ahadith (Traditions)

A small collection of Ahadith on various topics.

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Civilizational Dialogue and Mysticism: The Holy Qur’an and the Metaphysics of Ibn al-’Arabi

This text explains how it is possible to reconcile the dawa with dialogue with other faiths without denying one’s religious identity by recognizing the underlying common ground that is the universa

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.

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.

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 locatio

Miracles and the Principle of Causality: Christian and Shi’a Perspectives

Miracles have always been a controversial issue, both in theology, philosophy, and science.

Hanieh Tarkian 2,279 0

Inner and Outer Beauty in Islam: An Introduction

This article expounds on the importance of inner and outer beauty in Islam by using verses from the Qur'an and narrations from the Ahlul Bayt.

Jesus as Kalimat Allah, The Word of God

This text explains why Jesus, peace be upon him is named Kalimat Allah, the Word of Allah. It also goes to explain the notions of people of the Book and the gospels (Injeel).

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 des

Man and the Formation of Social Life According to Tafsir Al-Mizan

This article investigates the viewpoint of Allamah Tabatabai on the characteristics of man, particularly his social life, the origin of the human society, and man's tendency to establish social jus

Muhammad Akwan 2,053 0

Religious and Scientific Views on Mental Illness

This paper addresses the issue Mental Illness from two perspectives: the psychological perspective and that of the Qur’an and hadith.

Islam The Best Motivator

Islam The Best Motivator
Dar Ra-E-Haqq
PO Box 5, Qum, Islamic Republic of Iran

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An Inquiry into Intercession (Shafa‘ah)

Intercession (shafa‘ah), the act of an intercessor when he asks God for forgiveness and help on behalf of sinners, is of two types: generative and legislative.

Asiyah Banu 1,871 0

Intercession and Intermediation

Shafaʿah and tawassul can be compared to the links, connections and networks that people use in this life to acquire what they seek.

Tawus Raja 1,735 0

Adl- Justice and Decree

This text explains notions like: divine justice, individual choice, individual justice, family justice, social justice and Islamic justice through examples from the Holy Quran and ahadith from the

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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

Religion And The World

Our daily life is undoubtedly related and filled with religious decisions.

A Few Words on Knowing Allah

This text presents Islamic introduction regarding Allah, the ways of knowing Allah, the Oneness of Allah in the Holy Qur’an and the individual and social effects of monotheism.

Divine Purpose

Divine Purpose
By Syed Nadeem Ahmed Jafri

Aspects of Religion in Nahjul-Balaghah

In this text the author explains several aspects of Shi'a Faith in the light of the words of Imam Ali (as) examining the Nahjul Balaghah.

The Spirit and the Word: of the Command of My Lord

This text discusses the meaning of the term Ruh (Spirit) in the Qur’an analyzing several verses where this term has appeared.

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Righteousness is the Elixir of Eternal Happiness

This text attempts to interpret that the attractive world and its wonderful creations on earth created by Allah (s.w.t) will give temporary happiness to a believer unless he walks on the path of right

Basic Teachings Of Islam

A very short introduction to the Islamic Principles of Islam Shi'a Itha-'Asheri and its sources

A Living Religion with Exalted Teachings

A Living Religion with Exalted Teachings

Translated by: Mr. Mahmood Dahavati

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An Introduction to Islamic Precepts

A very short introduction to the Islamic Principles of Islam Shi'a Itha-'Asheri and its sources