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Nahjul Balagha Part 1, The Sermons

The English translation (accompanied with original Arabic text) of the supremely eloquent sermons of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him).

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Nahjul Balagha Part 2, Letters and Sayings

The English translation (accompanied with original Arabic text) of a collection of letters and sayings of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) that provide divi

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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.

Light Within Me

Introduction to Irfan, stages of the spiritual journey, guidance and perfection, Interpretation of Sura al-Hamd, and the Invocation of Sha'baniyah.

Adab as-Salat: The Disciplines of the Prayer Second Revised Edition

A detailed explanation of the strict disciplines and moral secrets of prayer, written by Imam Khomeini for the general public.

Diseases of the Soul: Envy (Hasad)

A short article that discusses the sin of envy (hasad), its causes and effects, and presents a cure for it.

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Merits of the Soul: Struggle against the Self (Jihad al-Nafs)

A brief text about the greatest jihad: the struggle against one's self.

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Self Building

A detailed description of special deeds as performed by God's most devoted sincere servants during their lives, the self-restraint and asceticism practiced by them during these worships, and the sp

Hajj (The Pilgrimage)

Underlying philosophy of every stage of Hajj. A wonderful spiritual preparation for those intending to perform the Pilgrimage

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Mi’raj, The Night Ascension

Mi'raj in the Qur'an, physical ascension, traditions relating the events which occurred during Mi'raj.

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Diseases of the Soul: Backbiting (Gheebah)

A short article that discusses the great sin of backbiting (gheebah), and suggests a cure for it.

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Merits of the Soul: Patience (Sabr)

A short article discussing the types of patience (sabr) and its merits, its relation to divine gnosis, and ways of attaining it.

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One Hundred And Fifty Lessons For Life

In this wonderful book compiled by Ayatullah Nasir Makarim Shirazi, the reader learns many beautiful and beneficial narrations from the Ahlul Bayt (as) that teach us how to live a successful life b

Lantern of the Path

A collection of Hadith by the 6th Imam on knowledge, behavior, remembrance, prayer, and fear of God.

Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Suluk al-Arifan)

Etiquette and codes of special deeds performed by Allah's most sincere servants during the Holy Month of Ramadhan; the self-restraint and asceticism practised by them during these worships and the

Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self

The internal struggle. Recommendations for religious students and seminaries. Importance of purifying the soul. Knowledge and faith.

An Introduction to Irfan

'Irfan (Shi'i spiritual teachings) as compared to tasawwuf (Sufism), its beliefs, practices, different parts (Shari'ah, Tariqa, and Haqiqa), as well as its major practitioners throughout Islamic Hi

Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities)

Meaning and Origin of Akhlaq, Moral Virtues and Vices, Diseases of the Soul and their Treatment, and Vices of Power and Passion.

Spirituality in Modern Philosophy: Hegel’s Spirituality

More than any other modern philosopher, Hegel explicitly addressed what he saw as the problems of modernity, especially the challenges he saw being made to religious life.

Perfect Man

What makes a man perfect? This text discusses the spiritual reality of man and the relationship of man with nature.

The Elixir of Love

Spiritual lessons on the love of Allah (swt) from the life of the 20th century spiritual exemplar, Shaykh Rajab Ali Khayyat.

Diseases of the Soul: Anger

A short article discussing the nature and reality of anger, and suggesting ways to control it.

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Merits of the Soul: Sincerity (Ikhlas)

A brief text highlighing the beauty and importance of sincerity in action along with tips for achieving it.

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Islamic Gnosis (Irfan) and Wisdom (Hikmat)

The Concepts of 'Irfan, Sufism, Hikmat and Philosophy

Reflections on Dua Jawshan Kabir

Reflections on Dua Jawshan Kabir

Mohammad Ali Shomali

Isti'adha: Seeking Allah's Protection from Satan

An explanation of Istiadha through its five aspects namely, piety, remembrance of Allah, resignation on the wishes of Allah, honesty of purpose and humility in supplication.

A Journey from Darkness towards Light Part 1

A Journey from Darkness towards Light: the Quranic Perspective on the Concept of Light - Part 1

The Spiritual Significance of Jihad

Definition of Jihad, its spiritual importance.

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.

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Du`a Kumayl, A Translation & Commentary

Arabic text, English translation, commentary, and audio recitation of this famous supplication that Ameer al-Mu'mineen Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a) taught to his companion Kumayl ibn Ziyad (r).

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I’tikaf, The Spiritual Retreat

I’tikaf, The Spiritual Retreat

Merits of the Soul: Trust in God (tawakkul)

A brief text about tawakkul (trust in Allah SWT), its degrees and merits.

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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 gr

The Interior Life in Islam

Function and duty of man, outward and inward dimensions of life, supplication of Khwaja Ansari, prayer, hajj, jihad and goals along the journey to God.

Adab al-Suluk: A Treatise on Spiritual Wayfaring

Translation of one of Shaykh Najm al‑Din Kubra's treatises in Arabic entitled Adab al‑suluk ila Hadrat Malik al‑Muluk, which consists of two sections.

Secrets of the Hajj

Secrets, subtle points, and attitudes with which each action of Hajj must be carried out, enabling the Hajj to become more than a physical journey; a journey of the inner soul towards self-purifica

Merits of the Soul: Repentance (Tawbah)

A brief text explaining the significance of repentance, exploring into the essence of true, sincere repentance and how it can be achieved.

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Inner Secrets of The Path

A valuable resource for the students of Irfan (Gnosis). Discusses how spiritual travellers should walk on the path taking to their Lord using the Sharia (Law).

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

Al-Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty

A guide for spiritual wayfarers on ethics and ways to strengthen one's faith, with the goal to reach Allah (swt).

Perspectives on the Concept of Love in Islam

This work is an introduction to the subject of love.

Discourses On Patience

This text analyzes the topic of patience in light of traditions, Islamic code, and history while shedding light on the advantages and effects of patience.

Wilayah, the Station of the Master

This text is a detailed study of the different meanings of the word Wilayah.

Spiritual Discourses

Criteria for humanity, spiritual freedom, nobility, worship and prayer, repentance, migration and jihad, and belief in the unseen.

Soaring to the Only Beloved

This concise treatise is aimed at making us realize the necessity, possibility, and methodology of attaining this vital spirit of prayer (Salat).

Merits of the Soul: Pursuit of Knowledge

This article discusses the different types of knowledge, the merits of pursuing true knowledge, and the benefits of acquiring this knowledge.

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Spirituality of the Shi‘ism and Other Discourses

This text presents a series of twenty-one discourses related to the spirituality of Shi'ism and various key interesting topics in Islam.

A Short Treatise on The Divine Invitation

This book discusses why the Holy Month of Ramadān described by the Holy Prophet (s) as ‘The Banquet of Allāh’ and what it means to be his special Guest.

Heart Comforter

This text deals with how a believer can console his or her heart after suffering calamities and adversities.

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

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

Key Concepts in Islamic Spirituality: Love, Thankfulness and Humbleness

In this paper the author discusses the three major qualities that everyone needs to acquire for their spiritual progress, namely love (which has been described as the strongest foothold in Islam),

Hadith Unwan al-Basri

Hadith Unwan al-Basri
حدیث عنوان البصری

In the Name of Allah

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Awsaf al Ashraf - The Attributes of the Noble

Treatise about the Spiritual journey, its starting point, the removal of obstacles, states of the wayfarer, and attainment of the goal.

Diseases of the Soul: Self-admiration (ujb)

A brief description of 'ujb or self-admiration, its levels and its harms.

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Inner Voice

Allamah Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi aptly explains the need for man to understand his purpose in life and to be able to ponder over some of the important aspects of our journey in reaching nearness

Irfan and Tasawwuf (Sufism)

'Irfan (Shi'i spiritual teachings), its beliefs, practices, different parts (Shari'ah, Tariqa, and Haqiqa) and some doctorines of of `Irfan

Reflections on the Supplication of Al-Iftitah

Reflections on the Supplication of Al-Iftitah

Tasawwuf the Meeting Point of Tashayyu and Tasannun

This text introduces the idea that Sufism is the meeting point of the Shia and Sunni schools of thought, suggesting unity of these sects.

Diseases of the Soul: Prejudice (asabiyyah)

A short article that discusses the types of prejudice (asabiyyah), the evil effects of sinful prejudice, and ways to cure it.

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The Concept of Love in the Shi'i Creed

The concept of love in Shi'ism plays a fundamental and profound role. Love for Allah, the Prophet, and the Prophet's household.

The Fusion of the Gnostic and Politics in Life of Imam Khomeini

An insight into the Personality of Imam Khomeini.

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Reflections on the Supplication of Kumayl

Reflections on the Supplication (Dua) of Kumayl
Mohammad Ali Shomali

'Amal for The Last Jumu`ah and the Last Three Days of the Month of Sha`ban

'Amal for The Last Jumu`ah and the Last Three Days of the Month of Sha`ban

How to Bridge the Generation Gap?

A Comprehensive Dialogue about the importance of Religion between a son and father

Reflections on the Supplication of Abi Hamzah al-Thumali

Reflections on the Supplication of Abi Hamzah al-Thumali

Mohammad Ali Shomali

Spiritual journeying in the Words of Shi’a Mystics

In the Islamic mysticism and ethics, ‘wakefulness’ (yaqzah) is the first stage of journey to God and the first phase of spiritual journey.This text explores the way to wakefulness with the word and

Different Methodological Approaches to Spirituality

In this paper, the author discusses, in brief, the methodologies used by scholars in studying spirituality.

The Wine of Love, Mystical Poetry of Imam Khomeini

The book is Dr. Ghulam-Reza Awani and Dr.

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The Perfect Arif

This presentation is about the great gnostic (Arif), Muhammad Ali Shahabadi, who was also a teacher of Imam Khomeini.

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Different Treatments of Spirituality

This article studies the ways the Qur’an and hadiths have treated the process of self-development and described man’s effort and struggle to achieve piety and spirituality.

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 1

Part 1: The Divine Plan for Human Salvation

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.

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Reflections on Munajat Sha'baniyyah

This paper is based on a lecture delivered by the author in the Shrine of Lady Masumah (a) in Qum on 15th June 2013 and another in the Hawzah Ilmiyyah of England in London on 20th May 2016.

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 3

Part 3: How True Mourning Can Lead to the Goodly Life

Spiritual Dimensions of Mourning for Imam Husayn (a) Part 2

Part 2: The Role of Hardship and Suffering in the Spiritual Progress

Indicators of Piety Part 1

This series of articles elucidates the merits and consequences of piety as seen in the Qur’an, hadith, and the lives of the Ahlul Bayt, and introduces indicators by which one can examine one’s own

Good-Naturedness in Islam: Its Signs and Effects

The present article offers a glimpse into the concept of good-naturedness as defined and emphasized in the Qur’an, hadiths, and as practiced by believers.

Attitudes of Passengers

This is an extract from the Sermon of Imam Ali (a) explaining the attitudes of those who fear God and lead their lives in this world as passengers in this temporary world.

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Indicators of Piety, Part 5

This series focuses on the advantages of piety (taqwa) in Islam.

Indicators of Piety, Part 2

This series of articles elucidates the merits and consequences of piety as seen in the Qur’an, hadith, and the lives of the Ahlul Bayt, and introduces indicators by which one can examine one’s own

Indicators of Piety, Part 3

This part of the series further illustrates the qualities of the pious according to the Qur'an, that the pious are those who have faith in the unseen, establish prayer, give charity, believe in the

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.

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Forgiveness in the Munajat Sha‘baniyyah

This paper gives a glimpse of the concept of forgiveness in the whispered prayer, and a description of its various forms: the various types of seeking forgiveness and accepting an apology, as well

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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.

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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

Indicators of Piety, Part 4

This part further defines the faithful as those who will achieve true success and offers an illustration of who the faithful are, and what they will achieve in this world and the next.