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Kalam and Beliefs
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The Holy Qur’An and Imamate

The Holy Qur’An and Imamate
The Holy Qur’An and Imamate The Holy Qur’¡n provides the best answers to the problems in our daily lives; it is the best guide for everything, especially on the issue of Imamate. It has dealt with this problem from different dimensions. 1. The Holy Qur’An considers Imamate as an Appointment by God As we have already read about Abraham(s), the idol-breaker, the Holy Qur’¡n considers Abraham’s imamate as a significant advancement ...

Who has the Responsibility to Appoint the Imam?

Who has the Responsibility to Appoint the Imam?
Who has the Responsibility to Appoint the Imam? The Sunnis contend that when the Prophet of Islam(s) died he did not appoint a successor and he left the responsibility of appointing a successor upon the shoulders of the Muslims. According to the Sunnis, this was done and the first caliph was appointed. The first caliph then appointed the second caliph for the Muslims. And subsequently, the second caliph appointed a council of six persons to ...

The Philosophy behind the Existence of the Imams

The Philosophy behind the Existence of the Imams
The Philosophy behind the Existence of the Imams The reasons we advanced for the necessity of prophethood will make us familiar to a large extent with the necessity for the existence of the Imams after the demise of the Prophet. This is because these two have a lot in common. Here, however, some other topics will be discussed as well. Spiritual perfection with Divine Leaders Let us first consider the objectives behind the creation of man, the ...

When was Imamate first discussed?

When was Imamate first discussed?
When was Imamate first discussed? We know that after the passing of the Prophet of Islam, Muslims were divided into two groups. One group, called the Sunnis, believed that the Prophet of Islam had not selected a successor and that he had left it up to the people to assemble and choose a leader for them. A second group believed that the Prophet’s successor should be as pious as the Prophet himself and should be competent to have the ...

There are numerous narrations, as well, which irrevocably prove the fact that the Prophet of Islam is the last prophet.

There are numerous narrations, as well, which irrevocably prove the fact that the Prophet of Islam is the last prophet.
There are numerous narrations, as well, which irrevocably prove the fact that the Prophet of Islam is the last prophet. Some of these narrations are as follows: In an authentic narration from J¡bir Ibn `Abdull¡h An¥¡r¢, the Prophet(s) said: “Among the prophets I am like the last brick in the construction of a building. Everybody who looks at the building admires it. They say: this building is beautiful except for the fact that one ...

The Prophet of Islam: the Seal of the Prophets

The Prophet of Islam: the Seal of the Prophets
Tenth LectureThe Prophet of Islam: the Seal of the Prophets The Real Meaning of the Seal of the Prophets The Prophet of Islam is the last of God’s prophets and with him the cycle of prophethood comes to an end and this is one of the “essential beliefs of Islam.” The true meaning of “essential” here is that anybody who enters the rank and file of the Muslims would soon realize that all followers of the Prophet believe him to be the ...

Another Proof for the Legitimacy of the Prophet of Islam

Another Proof for the Legitimacy of the Prophet of Islam
Ninth LectureAnother Proof for the Legitimacy of the Prophet of Islam In order for us to realize the legitimacy of a Prophet’s claim to prophethood and in order to find out if he is truthful or a pretender, apart from observing his miracles, we have the following set of methods available to us: His ethical traits and his past social activities; The conditions which govern and dominate the time of the claim; The temporal conditions; The ...

A Brief Look at the Miracles of the Holy Qur’An

A Brief Look at the Miracles of the Holy Qur’An
Sixth LectureA Brief Look at the Miracles of the Holy Qur’An Why the Discontinuous letters? We know that at the start of most Surahs of the Holy Qur’¡n we will find discontinuous letters, such as Alif, L¡m, M¢m [ALM], ALMR, and Y¡s¢n [YS]. In accordance with some Islamic narrations, God has used these letters to show that one eternal miracle of creation, i.e., the Holy Qur’¡n, is simply composed of letters and it is constructed in ...

The Best Way to Recognize the Prophet

The Best Way to Recognize the Prophet
              Fourth LectureThe Best Way to Recognize the Prophet It is, no doubt, against wisdom and logic to accept the claim of just any claimer. A person who claims to be a Prophet might be telling the truth, but there is always the chance that an opportunist might also claim that he is a Prophet. For this reason, it is necessary for us to have definitive criteria to evaluate such claims. There are different ways for us to ...

Our Need for Divine Leaders

Our Need for Divine Leaders
First LectureOur Need for Divine Leaders The Limitations of our knowledge Some people might raise this question: Are prophets needed to lead men? Isn’t our wisdom sufficient enough to grasp the realities? Hasn’t the advancement of human knowledge and science assisted man in discovering the truth? The structure of this argument continues something like this: Our wisdom either comprehends what the prophets have to offer to us, or is unable ...

The Clearest Proof

The Clearest Proof
Seventh Lecture Man’s Conscience Categorically Rejects Determinism Despite the fact that philosophers and religious scholars have advanced arguments and proofs of various kinds concerning man’s free will, we shall resort to the shortest and easiest argument in this regard, which is man’s conscience. It is worth mentioning that everybody, theist and atheist alike the easterner and the westerner, the ancient and the modern, the affluent ...

The Reasons for God’s Justice

The Reasons for God’s Justice
Second LectureThe Reasons for God’s Justice Rational Goodness and Unseemliness It should be pointed out that our wisdom realizes the goodness and unseemliness of things to a certain degree. For instance, we know that justice and kindness are good and admired characteristics and injustice and jealousy are bad and repulsive. We know all this without religious instruction. However, there are things we could not understand through the sciences ...

A True Story

A True Story
We have already mentioned the fact that those who deny the existence of God do  only superficially: there is faith in God deep in their very souls and consciences. No doubt, worldly success could create false pride in shallow, superficial individuals and this pride then leads to negligence to the extent that at times man ignores his true innate nature. However, when he is faced with terrible events he puts aside his false pride and his natural ...

The Quranic Multimedia Encyclopedia

The Quranic Multimedia Encyclopedia
Program Contents Complete Text of the Holy Quran in 'Uthman Taha style of calligraphy Complete recitation of the Quran Two complete recitation by M. S. Manshawi and Sh. parhizkar Option of repeating the recitation of each ayah up to 5 times for memorizing of correcting one's recitation. Accessibility to "Play" option on all pages Hadiths Interpretative hadiths respective to each ayah The hadiths related to the ayahs Advantages and ...

The Life of the Founder of Wahhabism

The Life of the Founder of Wahhabism
Wahhabism is ascribed unto Shaykh Muhammad, the son of ’Abd al-Wahhab of Najd. This ascription has been derived from the name of his father ’Abd al-Wahhab. And as some scholars put it, the reason why this creed has not been attributed to Shaykh Muhammad himself and has not been called Muhammadiyyah is for fear lest the followers of this creed would find a kind of association with the name of the Holy Prophet (s) [1] and would misuse this ...

tahif

tahif
Source of the Allegation [Nafahat al-Azhar fi Khulasat 'Abaqat al-'Anwar, Sayyid Hamid Husayn Lakhnawi, translated into Arabic by Sayyid 'Ali al-Husayni al-Milani, Qum, vol. 12, p. 124]   The Evidence Al-Tirmidhi lived between the years 209 AH and 279 AH.  Several authors of books of hadith, sirah, history and kalam who came after him acknowledged that he has quoted this hadith - in the exact wording stated above - ...

The Sahih of al-Tirmidhi and the hadith,

The Sahih of al-Tirmidhi and the hadith,
Synopsis: The well-known and reliable hadith of the Prophet - "I am the city of knowledge and 'Ali is its gate" is not present in the current editions of the Sahih (alternatively called Jami` or Sunan) of al-Tirmidhi (d. 279 AH).  This book is one of the Sihah Sittah or Six Authentic hadith books for the Ahl al-Sunnah. This case study will investigate the allegation that this hadith was included by al-Tirmidhi and used to be in his Sahih ...

"The Righteous Imam"

"The Righteous Imam" Another area where revision was carried out was to delete references to the term 'righteous Imam' although the author, being Sunni, is clearly not using the term in the sense it is used by the Shi'ah.  A couple of examples are given below: Chapter 2, Verse 191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them ...

Free Will

Free Will
The proponent of this school say that man is automatically aware that he possesses freedom in his actions; he can decide as he wishes and fashion his own fate in accordance with his own will and inclinations. The existence that decrees responsibility for man, the regret man feels for certain acts he commits, the punishments the law provides for criminals, the deeds men accomplish in order to change the course of history, the foundation of ...

A General View of the Problem

A General View of the Problem
One of the questions that has always attracted the attention of thinkers concerned with the nature of human life and been the subject of eternal controversy is whether man is free to choose his aims and implement his wishes in all his deeds and activities, in all the affairs of his life, whether material or otherwise. Are his desires, inclinations and will the only factor determining his decisions? Or are his acts and his conduct imposed ...