Faith & Beliefs

Alcohol in Islam

  Everyone knows, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, that drinking alcohol is considered a sin in Islam. Consuming alcohol is listed as one of the major sins; one of greater sins for which eternal punishment is promised. There are traditions by Imam Musa Kazim (a), Imam Rida (a), and Imam Muhammad …

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Mercy to the Universe

    Assalamu alayka ya Ya Rasool Allah Assalamu alyaka ya habibi Ya Nabiyya Allah Many salutations be sent upon you O Messenger of God Many salutations be sent upon you O my Beloved O Prophet of God   Upon hearing about the films maligning Prophet Muhammmad (S), my first …

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Islamic Government According to Imam Ali [a]

Upon appointing Malik Al-Ashtar as the governor of Eygpt, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [a] sent a letter advising Malik in his post. This letter is an invaluable document highlighting the Imam’s outlook towards government, societal needs and the value and rights of a human being in society. It is …

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Ramadan: A Training Ground for the Soul

Trends are what shape and guide the lives of the civilized world. Chances are that if you don’t have to worry about food, shelter, education, security or other necessities of life, then you are at leisure to contemplate luxuries. The most popular and controversial of recent fads is that of …

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What is the month of Ramadan?

The Holy Month of Ramadhan is a month of reflection, self-refinement and worship. In the modern-world marked by its endless and exclusive attention to material needs, little or no thought is spared to the higher needs of human beings. Islam on the other hand, has made the conciousness and attainment …

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Imam Al-Mahdi: The Awaited Hope for Humanity

The belief in the Mahdi is not only an essential doctrine deep-rooted in Islamic faith but rather it is an embodiment of human nature regardless of one’s religious affiliations. For it is the universal desire of humans as a whole to try to achieve or at least witness the realisation …

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Imam Al-Mahdi, the Promised Saviour

The belief in the Mahdi is not only an essential doctrine deep-rooted in Islamic faith but rather it is an embodiment of human nature regardless of one’s religious affiliations. For it is the universal desire of humans as a whole to try to achieve or at least witness the realisation …

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Imam Hasan al-Askari (a): Faith, Vision and Firm Will

The fourth month of the Islamic calendar coincides with one of the reported dates of birth of the eleventh Shi’i Imam, Imam Hasan al-Askari (a). Ambiguities concerning the life of the Imam extend not only to relatively meagre issues like historical dates, but unfortunately, much of his life—just as with …

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A Closer Look at Worship

Worship {‘ibadah} is the purpose behind our creation. The Qur’an states: “I did not create the jinn and humans except that they may worship Me.” [1] If the work we are doing is for the sake of seeking the pleasure of God, then it is an act of worship. It …

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Karbala: A Revolution of Hearts and Minds

The event of Karbala always evokes strong emotions and deep intellectual thoughts which touch and affect the whole existence of those who seek to find a path through it. But the significance of this event goes much beyond the mere unveiling of the corruption and deviations perpetrated by Banu Umayya. …

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Muslim ibn Aqeel: Principle, Loyalty and Sacrifice

Whenever mention is made of Muslim ibn Aqeel (a), one is immediately reminded of loyalty, courage and sacrifice. Integrity, valour and steadfastness still shine upon the pages of time with pride at the achievements of this great personality. Indeed, he stands as an eternal symbol of fortitude, faith and virtue …

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Imam Hussain’s Revolution: An Analytical Review

This survey of the unique revolution of Imam Hussain (p.b.u.h.) is analytical in essence. The purpose of this essay is to give a qualitative rather than quantitative account. It has dealt with the causes, policy and results of this eternal revolution. This is done in the hope of unveiling the …

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