Islamic Articles

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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Can a Sayyida marry a non Sayyid?

Often it is the case that cultural tendencies take a precedent over Islamic jurisprudential and social norms. An example of this is the cultural practice of not marrying a Sayyida woman to anyone but another Sayyid man. This practice is usually witnessed more frequently in the Indo-Pakistani community. Although the …

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Is Islam against desire and pleasure?

‘They ask you what is permitted to them? Say: all good things are permitted for you…’ (Qur’ān 5:4) Islām is here to show man the way to prosperity. The Creator of man – who knows him better than he knows his very own self – gave man religion (Islām). By …

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The Two Types of Taqwa (Part 1)

Shaheed Mutahhari in his “Dah Goftar” discusses a profound concept that should be subject to attentive examination by all believers– especially those seeking spiritual refinement. He says taqwa is of two types: A taqwa of weakness (تقوای ضعف) and a taqwa of strength (تقوای قوت). Sometimes a person has taqwa …

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Responsibility of Hijab for Man and Woman

Let us scrutinise the required important matters for both sexes in order to specify the difference in responsibility between them concerning this framework of Islamic hijab. Both man and woman are responsible according to the following verse of the Holy Qur’an: “Say to the believing men that they cast dawn …

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