Islamic Articles

Islam and the Question of Violence

Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more than any other religion with violence. The Muslim conquest of Spain, the Crusades – which were …

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Imams – Clear and Coherent Policy

The period under discussion (95-148 A.H /712-765 A.D.) began and ended in the times of the fifth and sixth Imams. The persecutions of the Shi’is continued unabated from Mu’awiya’s time to almost the very last days of the Umayyads, although this dynasty in its latter days was considerably weakened by …

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The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams – 95 to 148 A.H.

The period under discussion (95-148 A.H /712-765 A.D.) began and ended in the times of the fifth and sixth Imams. The persecutions of the Shi’is continued unabated from Mu’awiya’s time to almost the very last days of the Umayyads, although this dynasty in its latter days was considerably weakened by …

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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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