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The Legacy of Mubahala

“If anyone disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge has come to you, say: ‘Come! Let us gather together – our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke the curse of Allah on those who …

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“Al-Ghadir” and its Relevance to Islamic Unity

The distinguished book entitled “al-Ghadir” has raised a huge wave in the world of Islam. Islamic thinkers shed light on the book in different perspectives; in literature, history, theology, tradition, tafsir, and sociology. From the social perspective we can deal with the Islamic unity. In this review the Islamic unity …

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The Status of Reason

Islam regards reason as one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on human beings. It is by means of reason that we understand ourselves and the world around us. It is by means of reason that we realise the necessity of investigating our origin and the One who has …

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The Islamic Viewpoint of the World

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تُلْهِكُمْ أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَلَا أَوْلَادُكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَن يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ “Oh believers! Do not Let your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. If any one acts this way, the loss is his own.”[1] وَأَنفِقُوا مِن مَّا رَزَقْنَاكُم …

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The Results of Patience

You should know that patience (sabr) produces many results, among which is the soul’s training and discipline. If a human being bears patiently with misfortunes and calamities for some time, if he seriously endures the hardships entailed by worship and rites and the bitterness arising from the renunciation of carnal …

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Beginnings of Bitter Struggle

As the chiefs of the Quraish had failed in their attempt to get back the immigrants, they malevolently poured their ill-will on the Muslims in Mecca. They arrived at a decision which was that the Quraish would boycott the clan of Bani Hashim if Abu-Talib did not withdraw his protection …

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The Line of Demarcation between Monotheism and Polytheism

What constitutes the line of demarcation between monotheism and polytheism (including both theoretical and practical forms of them)? Which idea is monotheistic and which is polytheistic? What kind of action constitutes practical monotheism and what kind of it constitutes practical polytheism? Is it polytheistic to believe in the existence of …

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The Selection of a Reasonable Worldview

Every activity engaged in by man, whether on the level of individual or social life, is undoubtedly a result of particular psychological drives and inclinations, and is fashioned with the aid of sense perception and bodily skills and powers under different temporal and spatial conditions. For example, man is driven …

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Islam and the Modern Age

The Way of Nature In view of the present state of marvellous rate of progress, can one really believe that Islam can cater to the needs of the modern world? Today, when man, by the means of his power of reason, is conquering the planets and is able to journey …

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Dangers of the Tongue

It has been narrated from Nafi from Ibn Umar that he said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) said, “May (Allah) have mercy on that servant who gives benefit when he speaks or who is protected through maintaining silence. Surely the tongue is the …

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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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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 …

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The Lady of Light: Fatima Daughter of the Prophet

Fatima appears as a halo in the visages of all of the oppressed who later be­come the multitudes of Islam. All of the usurped, extort­ed, oppressed, sufferers, all of those whose rights have been destroyed and sacrificed by pressure and have been deceived, had the name of Fatima as their …

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