Islamic Articles

The Selection of a Reasonable Worldview

Every activity engaged in by man, whether on the level of individual or social life, is undoubtedly a result of particular psychological drives and inclinations, and is fashioned with the aid of sense perception and bodily skills and powers under different temporal and spatial conditions. For example, man is driven …

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Islam and the Modern Age

The Way of Nature In view of the present state of marvellous rate of progress, can one really believe that Islam can cater to the needs of the modern world? Today, when man, by the means of his power of reason, is conquering the planets and is able to journey …

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Dangers of the Tongue

It has been narrated from Nafi from Ibn Umar that he said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) said, “May (Allah) have mercy on that servant who gives benefit when he speaks or who is protected through maintaining silence. Surely the tongue is the …

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Imam Khomeini: A Short Biography

Twenty years after the Islamic Revolution swept Iran and brought forth a wave of social reform unrivaled in the 20th century, the first comprehensive English biography of its founder, Imam Khomeini, was published. Thirty-one years have passed since the Revolution, and Imam Khomeini: A Short Biography by Hamid Algar remains …

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Belief in the Unseen

Those who believe in the unseen and perform the prayer, and expend of that we have provided them … (2:3) It is customary for us to call an individual believer a mumin by which is meant that he is a devout person who has faith in that he performs all …

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The Lady of Light: Fatima Daughter of the Prophet

Fatima appears as a halo in the visages of all of the oppressed who later be­come the multitudes of Islam. All of the usurped, extort­ed, oppressed, sufferers, all of those whose rights have been destroyed and sacrificed by pressure and have been deceived, had the name of Fatima as their …

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The Truthful One

Theologian, scientist, philosopher, jurist, a man of letters, teacher, and religious leader: these are just a few of the terms used to describe Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (peace be upon him) by both historians and his contemporaries. The knowledge and teachings of Imam as-Sadiq were beyond reproach and earned him visitors …

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Taqwa is Immunity, Not Restraint

Taqwa is one of the most frequent motifs of the Nahj al-Balaghah. In fact it would be hard to find another book which emphasizes this spiritual term to the extent of this book. Even in the Nahj al-Balaghah, no other term or concept receives so much attention and stress as …

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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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