Monthly Archives: January 2014

How Can One Defeat Laziness?

Question: Most youth suffer from idleness, which is the source of corruption, melancholy, and boredom. What is the way to get out of this impasse? The answer: The case, in its first point, is connected with the economic state of countries and this is not in our hands. As for …

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The Politics of Using the Qur’an

Lessons from the use of the Qur’an by Muslims who wish to profit from it whenever sanctimoniousness increases and it becomes fashionable to display one’s piety. Excerpted from Polarization around the Character of Ali ibn Abi Talib. It is now some thirteen centuries that the politics of “holding the Qur’an upon …

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Introduction to ‘Istikhara’

The Istikhara is an Islamic tradition which is strongly rooted in the culture of the Shi’a especially those of Iran, India and Pakistan. Unfortunately however, it has been noticed that most people have an incorrect view of the Istikhara and the usage of it. When an important issue comes up in their lives, without …

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The Concept of Love in the Shi’i Creed

Love is one of the most sublime and most appealing of concepts in Shi’ism in particular and Islamic culture and belief in general. In Shi’i belief, mahabbah or hubb, and related words like mawaddah and waliyah, play a very significant and profound role, to the extent that, to cite one instance, it is asserted to be …

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The Fellowship of Faiths

As a teenager I used to attend a local mosque in Tehran for congregational  prayers,  called “al-Anbiyaa”  (the  Prophets). As recommended in Islamic narrations, the last two verses of the second chapter of the Qur’an were frequently recited in our mosque and for many days I listened  and  reflected  on  …

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Victory of Grief over Happiness

  It is natural and normal for humans to experience different emotions at different heights and degree across our lives depending on the circumstances and experiences faced. There is no person who never tasted sadness and grief in one’s life due to any mishap or misfortune such as loss of …

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How The Quran Shapes The Brain

  “If it wasn’t for their political problems and constant fighting between each other, the Muslims would have been on the moon by the 1400’s” was the statement made by a non-Muslim professor in a 400-level undergraduate class on the history of science. It seems that the rate of discovery …

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Atheists; critical thinking and tradition

In  a  debate  last  year  (2012)  with Rabbi Lord Sacks, Richard Dawkins was  asked  by  a  member  of  the audience if he brought his children up  in  “the  atheist  tradition.”  To  this, Dawkins  replied:  “There  is  no  atheist tradition.   The   atheist   tradition   is: ‘Think for yourself. Be critical’.’’ In other words,  …

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