Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Method Not the Message

We often experience the challenge of communicating with other individuals in our lives, whether they are our coworker, family member, spouse, or our child. In some cases, we deliver an idea which is just informational, and it reaches the listener without problem. However, often times we stand in the position …

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Merits of the Soul: Pursuit of Knowledge

  Pursuit of Knowledge ..And fear God, (so that) He will teach you… (Holy Qur’an, 2: 282) The Holy Prophet (s) of Islam said: “Seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim, male and female.” [Al-Majlisi Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 1. p. 177] According to the teachings of Islam, seeking knowledge is one of …

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Spirituality is Intoxication

Spiritualism   has   been   metaphorically  considered  to  be  a form  of  intoxication  throughout history. As with any metaphor, this overshadows a large portion of what true spirituality actually entails. Many  famous  poets  have  referred  to wine and drunkenness to express how one  feels  when  in  a  spiritual  state. Shouldn’t   one   feel   …

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The Moon is Also busy

I bow to God in gratitude, And I find the moon is also busy Doing the same. I bow to God in great happiness, And I learn from where the suns And the children And my heart All borrow their Light. I bow to the Friend in deep reverence, And …

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‘Islam’ and ‘Iman’ from the Point of View of the Qur’an

In verse 14 of Suratul Hujurat, we read: قَالَتِ الأََعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُلْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَ لٌكِنْ قُولُوا أَسْلَمْنَا وَ لَمَّا يَدْخُلِ الإِِيْمَانُ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ “The dwellers of the desert say: We believe. Say: You do not believe but say, We submit; and faith has not yet entered into your hearts.” …

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Poem on Islamic Revolution

A cultural country Ancient lasting landmarks It had an exciting, well-spread empire The soil is truly blessed. Cruelty was overcome As the mighty Islamic revolution aroused The bleeding wars of the past Did not put this strong country down Phenomenal traditions Are still embedded in its’ powerful heart The majestic …

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Trial – Patience – Reward

We were talking about the trial in the life of the person, and we said that the trial is not considered a Divine punishment, but rather it is an experience that the person goes through, throughout his life. When God creates life, He does not make one that is full …

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Man and Animal; The Distinction

Man himself being a kind of animal, has many things in common with other animals. At the same time he has many dissimilarities which distinguish him from other animals and make him superior to them. The main and basic features distinguishing man from other living beings, on which his humanity …

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Seasonal Change: A sign of God

The  advent  of  Spring  is  the turning  of  another  page  in the  book  of  creation  and  is a golden opportunity to learn lessons  that  are  constructive  for  our lives.  The  changes  that  the  beginning of  every  solar  year  brings  are  opportunities  for  human  beings  to  also make changes to spiritual …

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Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt: The Importance of Work

Work not- Just Pray An extremely anxious and perplexed man visited Hazrat Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (‘a), and begged him to pray that Allah would increase his sustenance and relieve him of all financial stress. The Imam (‘a) answered, ‘I shall certainly not pray for you.’ The poor man sighed and asked, ‘But why not? …

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Poem on Love for God

Happy are those devoted to their God, Whether He smiles or shakes the threatening rod, Though destitute, despising kingly state, Their hope in Him, though poor content to wait; Often the cup of misery they drain, And though ’tis bitter they do not complain. Wine gladdens, but brings troubles in …

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