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Nine Rules For Happiness By Imam Ali (as)

Everyone aspires to be happy in his life. Imam Ali (as) provides you with a nine-point canon to reach this goal thus: قَوَاعِد الْسَّعَادَة الْتِسع لِأَمِير الْمُؤْمِنِيْن عَلِي عَلَيْه الْسَّلَام: Nine rules for happiness by the Commander of the Faithful Ali : أولاً: توكل على الله في السراء والضراء FIRST: …

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The Sun Behind the Clouds

Al-’Allama al-Majlisi ’s Thoughts on the Ahadith Identifying the Twelfth Imam as “The Sun Behind the Clouds”. Translated by Afzal Sumar One of the common narrations relayed to convey the role of Imam Mahdi (AS) during his occultation is the analogy of the ‘Sun behind the Clouds’. In this text, …

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Lady Fatima, the Night of Power

Lady Fatima, the Night of Power Lady Fatima, one of the purest of women in all of the earth Little will we ever know about her true worth The Prophet (pbuh) called her Umme Abiha, the mother of her father not any ordinary father, a father who got closer than …

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The Greatest Blessing; Islam

 Commentary of Surah al-Hujurat ( Verse 17 ) يَمُنُّونَ عَلَيْكَ أَنْ أَسْلَمُوا قُلْ لاٌّ تَمُنُّوا عَلَيَّ إِسْلاٌمَكُم بَلِ اللٌّهُ يَمُنُّ عَلَيْكُمْ أَنْ هَدٌاكُمْ لِلْإِيـمٌانِ إِنْ كُنْـتُمْ صٌادِقِـينَ (The Bedouins tell you O’ Muhammad that) you owe them (a great deal) for their embracing (the religion of Islam). Say to them (O’ …

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Analogy: the heart of human intellection

Modern scientists believe that analogical reasoning is at the core of human cognition. Hannah Smith finds parallels with divine guidance which explains everything from ethics to the unseen in this innate natural language What  do  the  dream  of Prophet  Joseph (a)   about seven  ears  of  grain  and the  phrase  ‘life  …

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The Art of Contemplation

In Madrasah (Weekend Islamic School), we were taught that Islam is the way of life. Growing up, I paid little attention to that saying and viewed Islam as an entirely separate entity from life. Many young Muslims of today may have at one point or the other, been in the …

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The Quran’s Most Controversial Verse – Beating Women

QUESTION: Can it be understood from the following verse that Islam is a male-chauvinistic religion?: “…As for those [wives] whose misconduct you fear, advise them, then, keep away from them in the bed, and then, beat them…” (Quran, 4:34) —————————— Answer: This is surely one of the most misinterpreted and …

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Living as a Muslim with Disability

We live in a world in which people are increasingly facing various challenges, many of which affect their well-being and lifestyles. Unfortunately, Muslims with disabilities are sometimes faced with barriers within their own Muslim communities. Recently, the Muslim Social Research Network launched a global study to understand the needs of …

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My Hijab – Why do I wear it?

Hijab… A covering. A piece of cloth, a sense of protection.  But what does it mean to me personally? I’m 21 now, I’ve been a university student in  Cyprus, Malaysia and  now South Africa, I’ve been wearing the hijab ever since I reached Buloogh1. But now that I’m far away …

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Acculturating our faith

There have been frustratingly many definitions of  culture,  but  perhaps  in  distilling  all  those meanings  we  can  say  that  culture  is  the behavioural and cognitive patterns generated from  the  interactions  between  a  society’s  beliefs  and its  environment.  This  environment  could  include  such things as the physical, social, ethnic or historical …

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