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What is the meaning of ownership and kingdom of Allah, the Lord of the Universe? Why is said that God is the king?

What is the meaning of ownership and kingdom of Allah, the Lord of the Universe? Why is said that God is the king?
Please explain God”s attribute of being the owner and master? Why is he described as "king"?Concise answerOne of the attributes of Allah is "Mālik" which literally means "being powerful" and "having something in one's exclusive possession". This word has sometimes been translated into "king" in other languages including Farsi and English. If this term "king" is applied or ascribed to Allah, it definitely has a broader meaning consistent ...

Doctrine Concerning the Position of mujtahid

Doctrine Concerning the Position of mujtahid
We believe that a fully qualified mujtahid is a representative of the Imam, in the case of the latter's absence. Thus he is an authority over Muslims and he performs the functions of the Imam as regard judgement and administration among the people. Because of this, Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq said: To deny the authority of mujtahid is to deny the authority Imam, and to deny the authority of the Imam is to make an objection to the authority of Allah, ...

Earth as a Big Cradle

Earth as a Big Cradle
The Earth is the place of living, rest and comfort for mankind. The Beneficent God has created, on the earth, all the necessary means, and has left them at man’s disposal: Suitable soil for growth of various plants, air for breathing, water by which everything is alive, various resources and mines, the mountains which like pins hold the earth in place and cause its surface to be safe from severe storms and quakes. The Earth’s gravity ...

The Place of Knowledge

The Place of Knowledge
In Book Two of the noble Mathnawi-, Jala-l ad-Di-n Muhammad Mawlawi- [Balkhi- ar-Ru-mi-] has a short and elegant story. An ignorant desert Arab has a sack full of grain and he wants it to load on top of his camel. But instead of dividing it into two, he takes another sack full of sand so as to balance the weight of the sack full of grain and load the two on both sides of the camel. Along the way, a sage man becomes his co-traveler and talks with ...

heirs of the Messenger of Allah

heirs of the Messenger of Allah
A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Hakam from al-Muthanna al-Hannat from abu Basir who has said the following. "Once I went to see Abu Ja‘far (as) and asked him, "Are you the heirs of the Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Yes, we are his heirs." I then asked, "Was the Messenger of Allah the heir of the prophets and knew all that they knew?" He said to me, "Yes, it is true." I then asked, "Do you have ...

The Quran on Mountains

The Quran on Mountains
A book entitled Earth is a basic reference textbook in many universities around the world.  One of its two authors is Professor Emeritus Frank Press.  He was the Science Advisor to former US President Jimmy Carter, and for 12 years was the President of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. His book says that mountains have underlying roots.1  These roots are deeply embedded in the ground, thus, mountains have a shape ...

Little about Hadhrat Abu Dharr al-Ghaffari (ra)

Little about Hadhrat Abu Dharr al-Ghaffari (ra)
Abu Dharr al-Ghaffari (ra)'s name was Jundab ibn Junadah. He was an inhabitant of ar-Rabadhah, a small village on the east side of Medina. When he heard about the proclamation of the Prophet (saw), he came to Mecca and after making enquires saw the Prophet (saw) and accepted Islam whereupon the unbelievers of Quraysh gave him all sorts of troubles and inflicted pain after pain, but he remained steadfast. He was among the first people to convert ...

The virtues of clay from Karbala

The virtues of clay from Karbala
1. Ahmad ibn Hanbal narrates from ‘Amir Shatibi, “I once accompanied ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib on a journey. He was traveling to Siffin. When he reached the valley of Naynawa, he shouted out, ‘O Aba ‘Abd Allah! Bear patiently near the River Euphrates.’ ‘Amir Shatibi says, ‘I asked him: why?’ ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) answered, ‘One day I went to visit the Holy Prophet and found him crying. ...

Defense - The Spirit of Jihad

Defense - The Spirit of Jihad
Defense - the Spirit of Jihad One of the points that now comes into question is the Islamic view of the essence and spirit of jihad. On this point there is complete agreement amongst researchers; the essence of jihad is defense, meaning that not one of them even suspects jihad, or any kind of fighting, that is motivated by aggression, by lust for the wealth and riches and other resources of the other side, for an aggressor's harnessing of a ...

Nahjul Balagha Depicts the Enemies of Islam

Nahjul Balagha Depicts the Enemies of Islam
"The sway of tyrants was long, so that their tyranny and oppression could be fully exposed and their infamy and disgrace could be disclosed. They deserved the revolution which overtook them. They were destroyed and annihilated, and the people were rescued from calamities and destruction, were relieved of war, and bloodshed, which were brought about by the tyrants."The pious people, who bravely passed through those days, patiently bore the ...

What Happens After Death? Life in the Grave

What Happens After Death? Life in the Grave
In his will to Imam Hasan (A.S), Imam Ali (A.S) said, "My son, know that you have been created for the next world and not for this world, and for annihilation and not for stay, for death and not for life; you are in a transient place, a place which is a path to the Hereafter... You are driving away a death from which no one can run away and which none of its seekers can miss. It has to be experienced, so beware lest it catches up with you while ...

In Search of the Object of Devotion

In Search of the Object of Devotion
History of Worship Believing in a Divine Origin and worshiping Him is one of the oldest aspects of human life. Historical research conducted by archaeologists and anthropologists has revealed that even primitive humans who lived thousands of years before the first civilization was formed had deep religious and metaphysical beliefs, such as belief in divine spirits and life after death. It seems that from the dawn of history humanity has ...

A Few Words about Principles of Religion' (Usul-e-Deen)

A Few Words about Principles of Religion' (Usul-e-Deen)
The Last-Will of Ayatullah Abdullah Al-Mamaqani CHAPTER 1 : A few words about ‘Principles of Religion’ (Usul-e-Deen) My son! May Allah guide you to the right path and protect you from all sins and mistakes. Remember, your first Islamic duty is to think and ponder deeply about the principles of religion (Usul-e-Deen). Make the foundation of faith strong by forceful arguments, have implicit faith in the Creator of the Universe, prophets and ...

The False Shia

The False Shia
A man from Khorasan (a city in Iran) suggested to Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (the sixth leader for the Shia and the grandson of the prophet Muhammad) to make an armed campaign as the Imam had with him 100,000 followers.  In order to test the man's quality of faith, the Holy Imam said:Just get down into this burning oven.He, the man, became so hesitant to obey the command of the Holy Imam. Meanwhile, a person came and greeted the Imam and the ...

The Knowledge of Allah

The Knowledge of Allah
With a continuous chain of authorities reaching up to Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni, from ‘Ali ibn Muhammad, from someone who reported it, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa, from Muhammad ibn Humran, from al-Fadl ibn al-Sakn, from Abu ‘Abd Allah (A) who said: The Commander of the Faithful (A) said, “Know God through God, the Messenger through the Messengership, and the wali al-amr by his commanding to what is right ...

Taqwa (Piety) Advice of Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.

Taqwa (Piety) Advice of Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.
1) What Is Piety (Taqwa) The word Taqwa or piety (to fear Allah and to guard against evil) is frequently used by laymen and experts and recommended by one group or the other. But what does it really mean? Each group has a special meaning of piety in mind. To clarify its meaning, we need to discuss the views of the lexicographers and scholars as well as those of Ahl al-Bayt and some of the mystics. Allamah Tarihi, may his soul rest in peace, has ...

The Twelve Holy Imams (A.S.)

The Twelve Holy Imams (A.S.)
The Traditions on the Twelve Imams After proving imamate and the caliphate of Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him, we will mention the Traditions in relation to the other imams. l. These are repeated Traditions in the Sunni and Shi'ite books in our hands today which speak about the caliphate of the twelve imams and caliphs after the Holy Prophet. These can be found in many of the famous Traditions of the Sunni, like Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Tarmadi, Sahih ...

Courtesy to God: Exemplary Methods of the Arch-Prophets

Courtesy to God: Exemplary Methods of the Arch-Prophets
Abstract This article examines the method of the five Arch-Prophets (Ulul Azm), namely Prophet Noah, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus, and Prophet Muhammad, communicating with God through remembrance (dhikr), supplication (dua), and prayer (salat). Through defining the term ‘model’ and offering a glimpse into the character traits of these exemplary personalities, the author seeks to analyse the form of address of each of these ...

Martyrdom of Ammar Ibn Yasir

Martyrdom of Ammar Ibn Yasir
On the other hand the traders and the rich of Quraish had spite against Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his message of Islam. Hence, they plotted against Islam and the Muslims. Abu Jahl was the most spiteful polytheist; he mistreated Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers very much. Initially Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) met the believers secretly in al-Arqam's house. He wanted to keep his religion Islam a secret so that Abu Jahl, Abu ...

Anniversary of the destruction of the Jannatul-Baqi by Ale-Saud

Anniversary of the destruction of the Jannatul-Baqi by Ale-Saud
The demolition of Jannatul-Baqi on 8 Shawwal,1345AH(April 21,1925) at the hands of Al-e-Saud was a great tragedy in the history of Islam. Jannat-ul-Baqi is simply a graveyard but Muslims all over the world attach it a high importance because it is situated in Madinat-ur-Rasool Where besides great companions of prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h)his infallible progenitor Imam Hasan Ibn Ali (2nd Imam), Imam Ali Ibn Al-Husayn (4th imam), Imam Muhammad Ibn ...