Islamic Articles

Poem on Islamic Revolution

A cultural country Ancient lasting landmarks It had an exciting, well-spread empire The soil is truly blessed. Cruelty was overcome As the mighty Islamic revolution aroused The bleeding wars of the past Did not put this strong country down Phenomenal traditions Are still embedded in its’ powerful heart The majestic …

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Trial – Patience – Reward

We were talking about the trial in the life of the person, and we said that the trial is not considered a Divine punishment, but rather it is an experience that the person goes through, throughout his life. When God creates life, He does not make one that is full …

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Man and Animal; The Distinction

Man himself being a kind of animal, has many things in common with other animals. At the same time he has many dissimilarities which distinguish him from other animals and make him superior to them. The main and basic features distinguishing man from other living beings, on which his humanity …

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Seasonal Change: A sign of God

The  advent  of  Spring  is  the turning  of  another  page  in the  book  of  creation  and  is a golden opportunity to learn lessons  that  are  constructive  for  our lives.  The  changes  that  the  beginning of  every  solar  year  brings  are  opportunities  for  human  beings  to  also make changes to spiritual …

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Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt: The Importance of Work

Work not- Just Pray An extremely anxious and perplexed man visited Hazrat Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (‘a), and begged him to pray that Allah would increase his sustenance and relieve him of all financial stress. The Imam (‘a) answered, ‘I shall certainly not pray for you.’ The poor man sighed and asked, ‘But why not? …

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Poem on Love for God

Happy are those devoted to their God, Whether He smiles or shakes the threatening rod, Though destitute, despising kingly state, Their hope in Him, though poor content to wait; Often the cup of misery they drain, And though ’tis bitter they do not complain. Wine gladdens, but brings troubles in …

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Music from the Islamic point of view

Question: Why has Islam prohibited music, and what is the philosophy in prohibiting it? Answer: Music has become so common that most people are not ready to think about music in its proper perspective (about the bad evil effect of the music) and follow ferociously this wrong way of thinking according to …

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Euthanasia Examined

The issue of euthanasia or ‘mercy killing’ continues to divide opinion across the world but Islam is clear about its impermissibility, says Hamid Waqar Sometimes  for  terminally  ill patients,  as  well  as  their families  and  friends,  with  no apparent  medical  hope  for survival, putting an end to their misery seems …

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A Match made in Heaven

It has always been fashionable to regard religion as something  belonging  to  the  past,  to  a  time  when man  was  ignorant,  lacking  in  knowledge,  incapable of understanding, and incapable of properly analysing  the  course  of  events.  Human  beings,  from  the  very inception  of  history,  started  to  learn  from  nature  and …

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The Politics of Using the Qur’an

Lessons from the use of the Qur’an by Muslims who wish to profit from it whenever sanctimoniousness increases and it becomes fashionable to display one’s piety. Excerpted from Polarization around the Character of Ali ibn Abi Talib. It is now some thirteen centuries that the politics of “holding the Qur’an upon …

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Introduction to ‘Istikhara’

The Istikhara is an Islamic tradition which is strongly rooted in the culture of the Shi’a especially those of Iran, India and Pakistan. Unfortunately however, it has been noticed that most people have an incorrect view of the Istikhara and the usage of it. When an important issue comes up in their lives, without …

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The Concept of Love in the Shi’i Creed

Love is one of the most sublime and most appealing of concepts in Shi’ism in particular and Islamic culture and belief in general. In Shi’i belief, mahabbah or hubb, and related words like mawaddah and waliyah, play a very significant and profound role, to the extent that, to cite one instance, it is asserted to be …

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The Fellowship of Faiths

As a teenager I used to attend a local mosque in Tehran for congregational  prayers,  called “al-Anbiyaa”  (the  Prophets). As recommended in Islamic narrations, the last two verses of the second chapter of the Qur’an were frequently recited in our mosque and for many days I listened  and  reflected  on  …

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