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Shaykh Mansour Leghaei: Ramadhan Awareness (Part 1)

Definition of Ramadhan Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month during which Muslims observe fasting from morning twilight (Fajr Prayer) to the evening twilight (Maghreb Prayer). The term Ramadhan is literally driven from al-Ramd which means ‘burning heat of the sun’.[1] It is believed …

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Q&A: Ways to Establish the New Lunar Month

Are the beginning and end of Ramadan determined through sighting the crescent or by means of the calendar, even if Sha‘bān was not thirty days?   A: Deciding the beginning of any lunar month is possible through one of the following methods: sighting the new moon by the mukallaf himself; …

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The Treatise on Rights by Imam Zain Al-Abideen (as)

In the Name of Allah, the All-merciful, the All-compassionate Know – God have mercy upon you – that God has rights against you and that these encompass you in every movement through which you move, every rest through which you rest, every way-station in which you reside, every limb which …

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Who is Shaheed Mutahhari? (Part 1)

Ayatullāh Murťadhā Muťahharī, one of the principal architects of the new Islāmic consciousness in Iran, was born on February 2nd, 1920, in Farīmān, then a village and now a township about sixty kilometres from Mashhad, the great centre of Shī`a pilgrimage and learning in Eastern Iran. His father was Muhammad …

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Listening: The key to life

‘Only those who listen will respond [to you]. As for the dead, Allāh will resurrect them, then they will be brought back to Him’ (6:36) The verse points out two categories of people. Those who listen and respond are placed in opposition to those who are dead, the implication being …

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A stepping-stone to Islamic activism

‘Then did you think that We created you without use and that to Us you would not return?’ (Qur’an 23:115) Allah (swt) created humanity and did not leave them to wonder on the face of this Earth aimlessly. Instead, Allah has constantly sent Messengers and Prophets to guide humanity. These …

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Where Are The Rajabiyyūn?

That heavenly breeze returns once more, carrying with it the fragrance of hope and love. Hardened hearts begin to open, as softened ones prepare to blossom with all their splendour. It is as if the curtain of the Heavenly Kingdom begins to slowly be parted, permitting the inhabitants of the …

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Occasions in the Islamic calendar

There are numerous Holy occasions within the religion of Islam which have been subject to both celebration and commemoration. These occasions all hold unique reasons for their observance, and it should be highlighted that Shi’a Muslims differ from their Sunni brothers in that they observe many days of mourning, sadness and …

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