Islamic Articles

The Imamate of Imam Zayn Al-Abidin (a)

No Imam began his Imamat in a more tragic atmosphere. The first day of his Imamat saw him seriously ill and a captive of the army of Yazid in Karbala. His father and predecessor had sacrificed all he had on the altar of truth; and Imam Zayn al-‘Abidin found himself …

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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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Allamah Mohamed Baqir Majlisi

Mohammad Baqir Majlesi, known as "Allamah Majlesi" was born in the city of Isfahan in 1037 (A.H.) [1616 A.D.]. Mohammad Baqir Majlesi, known as "Allamah Majlesi" was born in the city of Isfahan in 1037 (A.H.) [1616 A.D.]. His father named Mohammad "Taqi Majlesi" was one of the great Islamic …

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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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Spiritual Freedom

The greatest damage of our time is speaking of freedom and confining it to social freedom. Spiritual freedom is never spoken of and, in consequence, social freedom is not secured. A great crime is committed in our time in the form of philosophy and philosophical schools totally ignoring the human …

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Tendency of Rationalizing the Laws of the Shariah

"Why do we have to pray five times a day?" "Why are dogs and hogs regarded unclean (najis)?" "Why is an animal slaughtered in a non-Islamic way forbidden (haram) and unclean?" These are but a few of the many questions asked by our youngsters about the laws of the Shari’ah. …

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The Generous and Pious

Forty years of the life of Imam Ali ar-Ridha (peace be upon him) had passed, and he still had no son to inherit the Imamate. On the tenth of Rajab, in the year 195 AH, the followers of Imam Ridha were blessed with the auspicious birth of the sole heir …

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Practical Tips for Self-Refinement

One of the most important obstacle for achieving the self-refinement is negligence. If round the clock we are submerged in worldly affairs, running away from remembrance of death, are not prepared for thinking about dying even for a moment, and if incidentally this thought enters in our minds, we try …

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Goal of Creation

In Islam everything revolves round the axis of God, including the goal in the mission of prophets and individuals’ goal of life. According to the Qur’an, man gains his happiness only from God, and it is He who fills all the gaps in his life, and satisfies him. The Qur’an …

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Reality of Taqwa

The word ‘Taqwa’ is derived from the root ‘waqaya’ which means ‘to safeguard’ or ‘to abstain’. In the Islamic terminology it is defined as the action of restraining oneself from disobeying the commands of Allah (S.w.T.). When Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) was asked to elaborate on the meaning of the …

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