Faith & Beliefs

Knowing Allah (swt)

Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, has said, “One among you who knows Allah best is the one who fears Him most, and I fear Him even more than him.” Ibn `Abbas1 says that a bedouin once came to the Messenger of Allah and said, “O Messenger of Allah! Teach me of …

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Karbala: A Struggle That Is Still Alive

As we enter into the months of Muharram and Safar, each one of us begins to experience a state of gloom that engulfs our hearts. Leaving aside their busy schedules and routines our children, youth and elders come together to mourn the oppression that befell on the martyrs of Karbala. …

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Enquiries into Islam: If Every Person’s Sustenance has been Decreed, then why are Some (found to be) Hungry?

Verse 6 of Surat Hud says: وَ مَا مِنْ دَابَّةٍ فِي الأَرضِ إِلاَّ وَ عَلـى اللٌّهِ رِزْقُـهَا “And there is no animal in the earth but on Allah (s.w.t.) s the sustenance of it.” In view of the above verse, the question that comes to mind is: Why it is …

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The Truth about Al-Husayn’s (as) Revolt

Different phenomena vary as to their realities. Similarly, every uprising or revolt is unique as to the truth/s underlying its eruption [and eventual success or otherwise]. In order to understand a particular matter, or a state of affairs, you should know the deeper reasons underling its existing form and the …

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Ashura: Understanding the True Concept

There are several questions related to Karbala or the movement of Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.), as well as other questions concerning the method adopted by the “weepers” and the “bereaved” for studying Ashura tragedy, which was far from the scientific methodology in reading history, mainly when it comes to the contradicting …

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Islam and Racial superiority: A commentary of Surah Al-Hujurat (verse 13)

( Verse 13 ) يٌا أَيُّهٌا النٌّاسُ إِنٌّا خَلَقْنٌاكُم مِّنْ ذَكَرٍ وَأُنـثَى وَجَعَلْنٌاكُمْ شُعُوباً وَقَبٌائِلَ لِتَعٌارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِنْدَ اللٌّهِ أَتْقٌـكُمْ إِنَّ اللٌّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ “O’ Humanity! Without doubt We have created you from a male and a female and have made you into various nations and tribes, so that …

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Belief in the Unseen

Those who believe in the unseen and perform the prayer, and expend of that we have provided them … (2:3) It is customary for us to call an individual believer a mumin by which is meant that he is a devout person who has faith in that he performs all the obligatory acts …

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*Eid al-Ghadir*

It was in 10 A.H. and the time for Hajj. The Hijazi deserts witnessed large crowds of Muslims who unitedly chanted the same slogans and proceeded towards the same holy end. That year the sight of tie Hajj pilgrimage was much more exciting and moving than ever before. Muslims most …

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Enquiries into Islam: The reality of ‘Injury by an Evil Eye’ & ‘Good omen and bad omen’

In verse 51 of Suratul Qalam, we read: وَ إِنْ يَكَادُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَيُزْلِقُونَكَ بِأَبْصَارِهِمْ لَمَّا سَمِعُوا الذِّكْرَ… “And those who disbelieve would almost smite you with their eyes when they hear the reminder…” In view of the above verse the question that arises is: Does injury by means of …

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Eid al-Adha: The Sacrifice of Ismail

The story of the sacrifice:  The Sixth holy Imam, Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq is reported through correct or rather authentic traditions that he said: Archangel Gabriel came to Ibrahim on the 8th of Dhu’l-hijjah at the time of zawaal (decline of Sun from its zenith) and said, “O Ibrahim, procure water for …

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