Islamic Personalities

Imam Khomeini: A Short Biography

Twenty years after the Islamic Revolution swept Iran and brought forth a wave of social reform unrivaled in the 20th century, the first comprehensive English biography of its founder, Imam Khomeini, was published. Thirty-one years have passed since the Revolution, and Imam Khomeini: A Short Biography by Hamid Algar remains …

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The Truthful One

Theologian, scientist, philosopher, jurist, a man of letters, teacher, and religious leader: these are just a few of the terms used to describe Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) by both historians and his contemporaries. The knowledge and teachings of Imam as-Sadiq were beyond reproach and earned him visitors …

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Allamah Mohamed Baqir Majlisi

Mohammad Baqir Majlesi, known as "Allamah Majlesi" was born in the city of Isfahan in 1037 (A.H.) [1616 A.D.]. Mohammad Baqir Majlesi, known as "Allamah Majlesi" was born in the city of Isfahan in 1037 (A.H.) [1616 A.D.]. His father named Mohammad "Taqi Majlesi" was one of the great Islamic …

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The Generous and Pious

Forty years of the life of Imam Ali ar-Ridha (peace be upon him) had passed, and he still had no son to inherit the Imamate. On the tenth of Rajab, in the year 195 AH, the followers of Imam Ridha were blessed with the auspicious birth of the sole heir …

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Biography of Ayatollah Behjat

By his deeds and words, this great scholar has always directed himself to God alone. A great mujtahid has said about Agha Behjat, “It cannot be just said about him that he is a man of piety; in fact he is the true essence and a manifestation of taqwa.” From …

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Enduring Legacy of a Leader

I know that these demands will cost me dearly, perhaps even my life, but these are not demands that could die out with a person’s death. They are the yearnings of an Ummah, the will of an Ummah, in whose psyche the spirit of Muhamad, Ali and the chosen descendants …

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Last Will of Imam Khomeini

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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Lifestyle of Imam Khomeini

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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A Meeting with Sayyid Muhammad Baqir Al-Sadr

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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A Glimpse from the Ray of Imam Hussain

Imam Hussain (a) is distinguished amongst other martyrs and revolutionaries by characteristics that excel all other martyrs; he became the master of all martyrs – from the first to the last – and this is not because he is an infallible Imam, nor is it because he is the grandson, …

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The First Imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib (a)

This is an account of the Commander of the faithful, peace be on him, the first of the Imams of the believers, of the rulers of the Muslims and of God’s appointed successors in religion after the Apostle of God, the truthful one and the trusted one, Muhammad son of …

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Lady Zaynab (a)

The following ziyarat (verbal salutation) for Bibi Zaynab (AS) is traditionally recited to obtain divine blessing while visiting her shrine (in this case, in Damascus, Syria). It can also be recited at any other time in remembrance of the example of courage and submission that she presented to the world, …

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Life and Times of Sheikh Murtadha Ansari

Shaykh Murtada bin Muhammad Amin Ansari was a descendent of the Holy Prophet’s (S) noble companion, Jabir bin `Abdullah Ansari. He was born on 18th Dhul Hajj (the day of `Id ul-Ghadir) 1214/1799 in Dizful, Iran. For 20 years, he studied in Iran before leaving for Iraq. After a brief …

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Khadija, the Wife of Prophet Muhammad

Although the society in which Khadija was born was a terribly male chauvinistic one, Khadija earned two titles: Ameerat-Quraysh, Princess of Quraysh, and al-Tahira, the Pure One, due to her impeccable personality and virtuous character, not to mention her honorable descent. She used to feed and clothe the poor, assist …

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