Faith & Beliefs

Martyrdom of Imam Hasan Al-Askari (a)

Imam Hasan Al-Askari (a) spent his short life in sufferings and distresses. The Abbasid kings spared no effort in oppressing him. They moved him from a prison to another. They subjected him to confinement and imposed on him an economical blockade. They prevented him from meeting with his followers as …

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Where Do We Find God?

Someone wrote to me: "I need to find God. Where can I find God?" And I thought, "I need to find God too. Don’t we all? Where can we find Him?" This is what came to mind – fourteen places to find God. Of course, there are many more, maybe …

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Islamic Ethics: Anger is an Animalistic Trait

It is He who has sent amongst the unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in scripture and Wisdom, although they had been in manifest error. (Holy Qur’an) One should know what the carnal desires are and then …

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Why Does Bad Stuff Happen?

With the recent earthquake in Haiti which has devastated that country, taken an astonishing amount of victims, and left many, many lives in ruin, many people ask the questions: why does God make us suffer so much? Why are there pain, natural disasters, illness, disease and so many hardships in …

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The Islamic Perspective on Adoption

When looking at the issue of adoption from Islamic point of view, we must separate two things: first, the concept of helping orphan and poor children; second, the implications of such a help. As far as the concept of helping the poor and the orphan is concerned, Islam not only …

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The Impact of the Day of Ashura on the Muslim Ummah

Imam Husain’s (a) uprising was certainly a great one, with unlimited impact and without divergent objectives. It was not confined purely to taking power, though political power was of extreme importance in the view of Imam Husain (a) for positively changing the social conditions and reforming the community. His mission …

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Role of Religious Deviation in Leading to Karbala

The Islamic community in the year the event of Karbalā took place, had greatly differed from that in the last year of Prophet’s life. The trend of deviation had been however gradual, according to many of researchers, the basis thereof was established from the first years after the Prophet’s departure. …

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Peace and Justice on the Social Level

The Prophet of Islam was ahead of his times in promoting peace and justice in society. It would be worthwhile to look at how he dealt with non-Muslims minorities and with the enemies during the war time because the true worth of a society manifests when it is put under …

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The Need to Cultivate Ethics

Be informed, may Allah assist you, that the Prophet (‘s) has said: ‘I was sent (to mankind) in order to perfect the virtues of ethics’ (Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 68, p. 382). There is no confusion in this statement, for anything relevant to the Hereafter and to our sustenance cannot be …

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The Capacities of the Intellect

The intellect is one of the greatest gifts of God to man and with which man has been blessed. God says in the Holy Qur’an: (It means:) O Prophet, declare that it is God Who has brought you out of non-being and given you existence and bestowed upon you hearing, …

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An Internal Messenger: The Ethical Consciousness

"However Allah has made true belief something that is loved by you and He has made it alluring to your hearts and He has made disbelief (Kufr), evil deeds and disobedience hateful to you. Such people (those who have true faith and keep away from these evil traits) are those …

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