Faith & Beliefs

The Two Types of Taqwa (Part 1)

Shaheed Mutahhari in his “Dah Goftar” discusses a profound concept that should be subject to attentive examination by all believers– especially those seeking spiritual refinement. He says taqwa is of two types: A taqwa of weakness (تقوای ضعف) and a taqwa of strength (تقوای قوت). Sometimes a person has taqwa …

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Responsibility of Hijab for Man and Woman

Let us scrutinise the required important matters for both sexes in order to specify the difference in responsibility between them concerning this framework of Islamic hijab. Both man and woman are responsible according to the following verse of the Holy Qur’an: “Say to the believing men that they cast dawn …

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But surely there are 313 ready for the Imam?

Often we ask the question, why hasn’t the Imam returned or risen yet? Surely there are more than 313 ready to sacrifice for the Imam! But how many of us would have submitted like Haroon al-Makki, the companion of Imam al-Sadiq (as)? The story is as follows: Al-Ma’moon al-Raqi said: “I was …

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Faith in God

Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – their Lord will guide them because of their faith (Surat Yunus verse 9) Imam Khomeini defines Faith, as the “divine light that makes the heart a subject of divine manifestations, as narrated in the Hadith al-Qudsi “Neither can the earth …

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12 beautiful sayings by Imam Ali (as)

As 2016 draws to an end, here are 12 beautiful sayings by Imam Ali (as) that we can collectively reflect on, to help us feel motivated and empowered for 2017!   “How can one become intimate with Allah when he has not separated himself from the creation?” (Ghurar Al-Hikam)   2. …

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Merits of the Month of Rajab

Excerpted from Mafati al-Jinan Translated / Edited by Afzal Sumar It is narrated from the Prophet (saw) who said: ‘the month of Rajab is the greatest month of Allah. No month can come close to matching its sanctity and grace. Fighting the disbelievers in it is prohibited.[1] Indeed, Rajab is …

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Following the Awaited Saviour

“Certainly this rule [of the Mahdi] will not come to you but after having despaired. No by Allah, in order that you may be [tried] and differentiated from one another” Imam Al-Sadiq (as) It is said that the awaited Imam’s occultation is a test for us, and the way which Allah …

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The Martyr will free you

Every act of the human being has a spiritual reality to it. All your decisions leave an impression on your soul. Narrations tell us that when we sin, a black dot appears on our hearts and when we partake in good deeds, a white dot appears. If we sin too …

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