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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Orientalism & Colonialism

This essay concerns the ways in which the West conceived of the East, and how history and the academic scholarship contributed to the understanding and estimation of the ‘Orient’. We shall see how the Orient was represented in the Western discourse from antiquity until now, and how various events (colonialism, …

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The Shi’ite Doctrine & Beliefs

Since the earliest times of human history, man had attained faith in God, worshipped Him alone in sincerity and manifested a deep relationship with Him. This took place before man reached any stage of purely philosophical reasoning or the comprehension of the methods of demonstration. This faith was not the …

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Imam Zainul Abidin’s Wording of Admonition and Wisdom

Just as many of the pious deeds begin with a hearty motion-which is superior in rank to action-like jihad, which originates from the love of sacrifice for a cause, and the attention during meditation, which originates from the love of meeting with The Divine, likewise many forbidden practices begin with …

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A Meeting with Sayyid Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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Belief in God, the Exalted

Since the earliest times of human history, man had attained faith in God, worshipped Him alone in sincerity and manifested a deep relationship with Him. This took place before man reached any stage of purely philosophical reasoning or the comprehension of the methods of demonstration. This faith was not the …

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A Study in the Philosophy of Islamic Rites

Rites enjoy an important role in Islam. Their injunctions represent an important part of jurisprudence and a worshipping conduct which formulates a noticeable phenomenon in the daily life of the pious. The system of rites in Islamic jurisprudence represents one of its static facets which cannot be affected by the …

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A Discussion Concerning the Mahdi (a)

The concept of the Mahdi is not just the embodiment of an Islamic doctrine possessing a religious character but rather signifies a universal aspiration of mankind with the variety of its religions and creeds. It represents an innate aspiration through which people, despite the variety of their beliefs and their …

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Muhammad in Early European Sources

Today academics have no problems in admitting the fact that the image of Muhammad often given in the West prior to the last century and a half; has been one of pure speculation and slander. In fact many scholars in the west of the past century such as Karen Armstrong …

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The Holy Prophet’s Masjid in Madina

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) came out from Makkah on 27th of Safar (SEP.10, 622 A.D.) in the first year of Hijrah and reached Quba after ten days. He stayed there for four days and on 12th of Rabi-al-Awwal (Sep. 24) his Highness went to Madinah. The Prophet (S.A.W.) announced that …

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Exemplary Life of the Messenger of Allah

All tribes in Mecca were related to each other, thus they created treaties between each other to insure the security from attacks. However, for a stranger this was not the case. There was no one to protect a stranger if he had been oppressed. A man came to Mecca from …

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Holy Prophet in his Youth

All tribes in Mecca were related to each other, thus they created treaties between each other to insure the security from attacks. However, for a stranger this was not the case. There was no one to protect a stranger if he had been oppressed. A man came to Mecca from …

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The Teachings of Imam Al-Sadiq (a)

The Imam (A.S.) said: Our followers in secret and openness enjoy a number of indications with which they are realized. As the man asked about these indications, the Imam (A.S.) said: These are certain characters the first of which is that they knew monotheism perfectly, they excelled in the rules …

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