Islamic Articles

Imam al Hassan al Mujtaba

Imam al Hassan al Mujtaba The first son of Ali al Murtadha The son of the one who was born in holy Ka’aba The son of the ayaatal kubra The first grandson of the final Messenger Taha The first grandson of the one who came closer than qaaba qawsayni aw …

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Hijab: A Personal Choice?

‘Hijab’ literally means a veil or cover. Islam requires men and women to observe Hijab in their own ways. The question arises to whether Hijab is just a personal deed or does its observance or violation affect the society. In other words, can we really say that Hijab is one’s …

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The Magnificence of Lady Fatimah [pbuh]

By Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei According to the predominant [historical] accounts, the noble daughter of the Prophet [p] was born in the fifth year preceding the biʿthah1. Therefore, the age of Faṭimah al-Zahrāʾ (upon whom be peace [p]) at martyrdom would be eighteen years. It is also mentioned that the …

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A Month of Bounties and Blessings

The first week of Sha’ban is home to the birth anniversaries of some of the most important figures in Islamic history. By Masooma Beatty 3rd Sha’ban: Imam Hussain ibn Ali (peace be upon him), born 4 AH 4th Sha’ban: Abbas ibn Ali (peace be upon him), born 26 AH 5th …

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The Spiritual Season – Q&A With Sheikh Salim Yusufali

  Interview with Shiekh Salim Yusufali on the significance of the blessed months of Rajab, Sha’ban, and Ramadan. 1) Why are the three Islamic months of Rajab, Sha’ban, and Ramadhan considered as the “spiritual season?” Allah has created the physical universe in a way that throughout the year, we typically …

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Sayyidah Zaynab: For those who do not know

The recent events of violence between Muslims have led towards a new focal point: the shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab (a). This occurs within the context of a simmering stand-off between two outlooks. On the one hand, the ‘takfiri’ Muslim who is intent on destroying Islamic symbols that connect the conscience …

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A Life of Service: Honouring Imam Ali (as)

The English vocabulary while expansive suddenly finds itself too poor to produce sufficient words to describe the character of Imam Ali (as). The examples of his piety are an endless ocean that scholars have devoted their time to seeking. His worship remains the summit of submission to God and his …

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We are Equal, but not the Same

The Islamic tradition states that men and women are equal, but different, in the eyes of Allah. The term equality is a loaded term that has been used by politicians and social activists to support their own personal agendas. What does it mean when Islam states that the two genders …

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Love for the Prophet’s Household

By Sayyid Muhammad Rida Hijaz As part of the love for the Prophet, love for the Household of the Prophet is also necessary for all believers. In fact, it is a test of the genuineness of one’s love for the Prophet, and it is declared in traditions that it is …

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Levels of Submission

By Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari The most basic condition of soundness of heart is to be submissive to the truth.  Submission has three levels: submission of the body, submission of the intellect, and submission of the heart. When two opponents face each other in combat and one of them feels likely …

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Fatima is from Me

  The purest lady of all ladies in the universe Daughter of the prophet, their enemies we eternally curse She was like his mother, closer than no other Pure in every aspect, by the Almighty from any defect Her mother gave her wealth, for Islam to flourish and be perfect …

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Lady Fatima: the Manifestation of Kawthar

By Jerrmein Abu Shahba Sura Kawthar is one of the shortest chapters in the Holy Qur’an, yet it is one of the richest ones too. It carries a fountain of knowledge for those who seek to extract its deeper meaning and wisdom. The interpreters of the Qur’an in the different …

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Gratitude

By Sheikh Hamid Waqar A Muslim’s gratitude towards Allah is of such importance that he should strive night and day to be thankful of the Lord’s bounties. Being grateful is expressing one’s satisfaction of Allah’s blessings, either verbally or through action. There are many verses of the Quran and traditions …

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The Splendor of the Prophet of Islam

The Splendor of the Prophet of Islam

Previous Prophets mentioned some of the characteristics of the Prophet of Islam in their heavenly books, giving their followers the glad tidings of his future appearance. As the Quran says: “Those to whom We sent books (the Jews and the Christians) know well of Muhammad and his truthfulness, just as …

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Spirituality is Intoxication

    Spiritualism has been metaphorically considered to be a form of intoxication throughout history. As with any metaphor, this overshadows a large portion of what true spirituality actually entails. Many famous poets have referenced wine and drunkenness to express how one feels when in a spiritual state. Shouldn’t one …

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