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Sunday 20th of September 2020
Kalam and Beliefs
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Justice in All Islamic Laws

Justice in All Islamic Laws
    After we have dealt with the Justice of Allah we now switch over to social justice. Since the subject of social justice has a wider range we confine ourselves to quoting relevant matters from the Holy Qur'an, the traditions, and Nahjul Balaghah, and have at the same time given explanation of every verse and tradition because these will help project our view-point on relevant matters and their knowledge will be beneficial to the ...

MU'TAZILITE NOTIONS AND BELIEFS

MU'TAZILITE NOTIONS AND BELIEFS
Whatever we said in the last two lectures was related to the basic doctrines of the Mu'tazilah. But as we mentioned before, the Mu'tazilah raised many an issue and defended their opinions about them. Some of them were related with theology some with physics, some with sociology, and some with the human situation. Of the theological issues, some are related to general metaphysics (umur 'ammah) and some with theology proper (ilahiyyat bi al-ma'na ...

Is becoming forgetful a type of spiritual disease? What kind of solutions can attenuate it?

Is becoming forgetful a type of spiritual disease? What kind of solutions can attenuate it?
What is the spiritual (Irfaani / akhlaaqi) connection, if any, in regards to forgetfulness (memory)? Is a person who constantly forgets things, whether worldly or religious, suffering from some form of the spiritual disease? Is there any evidence for this? Any remedies?Concise answerAs it is mentioned in the following Dua (prayer), undoubtedly forgetfulness is an undesirable state in which we should seek refuge with Allah ...

Arabia before Islam

Arabia before Islam
Arabia before Islam   In writing the history of Islam, it is customary to begin with a survey of the political, economic, social and religious conditions of Arabia on the eve of the Proclamation by Muhammad (may God bless him and his Ahlul-Bait) of his mission as Messenger of God. It is the second convention of the historians (the first being to give a geographical description of the region). I shall also abide by this convention, and will ...

Muharram and Safar a time of Mourning

Muharram and Safar a time of Mourning
Muharram and Safar - A Time of MourningFor the followers of the Ahlul Bayt (as), the first two months of the Islamic year are a time for grief and mourning. It was on the 10th of Muharram, 61 A.H/680 C.E that Imam Husayn (as) the grandson of the Holy Prophet (saw) was martyred in Karbala, "Ashura", meaning the tenth day. The Holy Imam went through great difficulties even after Ashura, and their grief and pain is remembered by their followers for ...

DIFFERENCE OF OPINION

DIFFERENCE OF OPINION
by Ibrahim Sallehuddin 1. Introduction   ---------------  The most talked about topic amongst the Muslims is undoubtedly the issue of unity. The manifestation of disunity and proliferation of problems is there for all to see. Difference of opinion is seen by some to be the  main cause for this. It is reckoned that until and unless Muslims can not agree on simple matters like prayers, unity can never be achieved. The question, "If ...

That Mysterious Wisdom and Consciousness Called Revelation

That Mysterious Wisdom and Consciousness Called Revelation
The laws which can guarantee the happiness of human society cannot be perceived by reason. Since according to the thesis of general guidance running throughout creation the existence of an awareness of these laws in the human species is necessary, there must be another power of apprehension within the human species which enables man to understand the real duties of life and which places this knowledge within the reach of everyone. This ...

Tawhid (monotheism)

Tawhid (monotheism)
According to the Imamiyah faith, every sane thinking person has a moral duty to know his Creator. He should believe in His Oneness and Divinity, and should ascribe no partner to Him in His Actions. He should also believe that creation, sustenance, life and death are governed by Him alone. He is the All-pervading, and if somebody ascribes sustenance, creation, or the giving of life and death to anyone else except God, he will be considered an ...

The Continuity and Succession of Creation

The Continuity and Succession of Creation
The Continuity and Succession of Creation This world of creation which we observe does not possess an endless and perpetual life. A day will come when the life of this world and its inhabitants will come to an end as confirmed by the Holy Quran. God says, "We created not the heavens and the earth and all that is between them save with truth, and for a term appointed." (Quran, XLVI, 3) One could ask if before the creation of this world and ...

Origin of Shí'ism: Political or Religious?

Origin of Shí'ism: Political or Religious?
  In the polemical writings of the Sunnis, it is asserted that Sunni Islam is the "Orthodox Islam" whereas Shí'ism is a "heretical sect" that began with the purpose of subverting Islam from within. This idea is sometimes expressed by saying that Shí'ism began as a political movement and later on acquired religious emphasis. This anti-Shí'a attitude is not limited to the writers of the past centuries, even some Sunni writers of the present ...

The world view of the Holy Qur’ªn

The world view of the Holy Qur’ªn
Seventh LectureThe world view of the Holy Qur’ªn As a prelude to our discussion, we should discuss the environment in which the Holy Qur’¡n was nurtured. In the opinion of all historians, the land of °ij¡z was one of the most retarded and backward sections of the world of antiquity. For this reason, the pre-Islamic Arabs were considered as savage or semi-savage. Ideologically, they enthusiastically worshipped idols and these stone and ...

Third Incident that Projected Shi'ah Versus Sunnah

Third Incident that Projected Shi'ah Versus Sunnah
This incident was represented by the perilous stance adopted by most of the Companions in the Saqifah, in which they expressly contradicted the Prophetic texts in appointing 'Ali (A) for the post of caliphate, and were attended by all of them on al-Ghadir Day after the farewell pilgrimage (Hijjat al-Wada').Despite the difference between the Emigrants (Muhajirun) and helpers (Ansar) concerning the caliphate, but they finally agreed upon deserting ...

The Study of the Creed and Sciences of the Shi'ah

The Study of the Creed and Sciences of the Shi'ah
    From a scientific point of view, the first conflict of all religions, civil and ethical laws would be against two basic human forces, viz. reason and the will. Reason without any restriction accepts whatever it understands, and, the will without any reservation and obligation can do whatever it wishes. Owing to their specific principles, religion and law restrict reason, and by their commandments and prohibitions obligate the will, ...

The Book of Partnerships

The Book of Partnerships
Sharikat is that a property or a right belongs to more than one person. For example, if some brothers inherit their father's property, then, for as long as they do not divide it, they are partners in that property. Or, for example, two people together buy an automobile or a house or a piece of land. Or it may happen that a group of people together take possession of a piece of land that belongs to no one by reclaiming, say, and restoring a part ...

Is Death the End of the Soul?

Is Death the End of the Soul?
By:Sayyid Saeed Akhtar RizviWhat is death? Does a man become 'nothing' after death? Is death the end of the soul as well as the body?In the eyes of those who believe that life is just an evolution of matter, death is The End; nothing remains, there is no life-hereafter.In the eyes of those who believe that the soul and matter are not created by God, death is just a means of re-emerging in a new form - either better or lesser than the previous ...

Science and the Muslim Ummah

Science and the Muslim Ummah
IntroductionOne of the distinctive features of Islam is its emphasis on knowledge. The Quran and the Islamic tradition (sunnah) invite Muslims to seek and acquire knowledge and wisdom and to hold men of knowledge in high esteem. Some of the Quranic verses and relevant traditions will be mentioned in the course of our discussion.At the outset we may recall a famous hadith of the Holy Prophet upon whom be Allah's peace and benedictions that has ...

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)

The Importance of the Islamic concept of having self-restraint (Taqwa)
By: Murtada Mutahhari“Is he who founds his building on God wariness and [the pursuit of Allah's] pleasure better off or he who founds his building on the brink of a collapsing bank which collapses with him into the fire of hell? And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing lot.” (9:109)Taqwa is the Islamic concept of having self-restraint. It is used 251 times in the Holy Qur’an as either a noun or a verb. The term taqwa comes from ...

The Reasons behind the Burgeoning of the Shi‘ah during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate

The Reasons behind the Burgeoning of the Shi‘ah during the Period of ‘Abbasid Caliphate
By: Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami Shi‘ism experienced ever-increasing expansion during the period of the ‘Abbasid caliphate. This fact had some reasons and factors, some of which are the following: 1. The Hashimis and ‘Alawis during the Period of Umayyad Caliphate During the Umayyad period, the Hashimis—including both the ‘Abbasids and the ‘Alawis—were united, and from the time of Hashim when the ‘Abbasid campaigns started and ...

The Generalities of Jihad

The Generalities of Jihad
By: Allamah Syed Muhammad Husain Tabataba'iEvery creature defends his life as well as his interests. Like others, every creature is equipped with a defensive power that enables him to combat with his enemies. With his Allah-given instinct and nature, man believes that he must defend himself and destroy the enemy who wants to destroy him and who never gives up his animosity.He also believes that he should defend his rights if someone transgresses ...

Ilmu 'l-Ghayb of the Prophets

Ilmu 'l-Ghayb of the Prophets
The Qur'an not only talks about the possibility of others having access to the ilmu 'l-ghayb, it actually gives vrious examples of those who had been given the ilmu l-ghayb by Almighty Allah.1. While counting the miraclous powers that he possessed, Prophet 'Isa (as) says:"I will inform you of what you are eating and what you storing in your houses ... ."(3: 48)2. In reference to Prophet Yusuf, we have the following verses:"And thus does your ...