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Cultural Relations Between Christianity and Shi'i Islam

Cultural Relations Between Christianity and Shi'i Islam

The history of the Shi`ah and Christian cultural relations is comparatively old. Of these relations may be mentioned inter-religious dialogue in the area of Kalam that took place in a spirit of complete mutual understanding. In the works of the Shi`ah this is discussed in detail.

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Saqifa: The First Manifestations of the Emergence of the Shi'i Viewpoint

Saqifa: The First Manifestations of the Emergence of the Shi'i Viewpoint In any attempt to determine the origins of Shi'i feelings in Islam, one must try to examine in detail the earliest incident in which such feelings manifest themselves. The history of a people in every branch, be it political, cultural, religious, or constitutional, is an unbroken continuity. No religious or political organization nor any particular viewpoint within a religious tradition can be properly understood without due reference to its first tangible appearance.

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Conceptual Foundations of Shi’i Islam

Conceptual Foundations of Shi’i Islam The division of the community of Islam into Sunni and Shi'i branches has commonly been explained in terms of purely political differences. Its origins have been attributed to basically political partisanship with regard to the leadership of the Umma, a partisanship which later exploded into conflict in the civil war between 'Ali and Mu'awiya.

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The Re-emergence of the 'Alid Party

The Re-emergence of the 'Alid Party The sixteen-year period beginning with the caliphate of 'Uthman (24/644) and ending with the assassination of 'Ali (41/661) represents a marked difference from the preceding period of the caliphate of Abu Bakr and 'Umar in the development of Shi'ism in Islam. It was a turning point in many ways. Firstly, this period created an atmosphere which encouraged Shi'i tendencies to become more evident and conspicuous. Secondly, the events which took place gave an active and sometimes violent character to the hitherto inactive Shi'i movement. Finally, the circumstances which prevailed involved the Shi'i outlook, for the first time, in a number of political, geographical, and economic considerations.

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Intellectual, Political and Social Status of the Shi'ites on the Verge of Occultation

Intellectual, Political and Social Status of the Shi'ites on the Verge of Occultation In the period prior to the beginning of occultation (260 A.H), Shi'ites were fortunate to have outstanding intellectual scholars who were trained by Imams (A.S) and to whom the principles were taught.

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What is Raj‘ah “Return” and why do the Shias believe in it?

What is Raj‘ah “Return” and why do the Shias believe in it? Reply:  In Arabic, raj‘ah literally means “return” but it is used to mean “the return of a group of people after death and prior to the Day of Resurrection”. This truth is contradictory to neither reason nor the logic of revelation. From the viewpoint of Islam and other divine creeds, the essence of man consists in his absolute soul, which is also described as the “self” {nafs}, and after the extinction of the body it continues to exist forever.

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The Shi‘ah-Populated Places during the Second Century Hijri

The Shi‘ah-Populated Places during the Second Century Hijri At the beginning of the second century AH, Shi‘ism extended beyond the frontiers of the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq as it encompassed the entire Muslim domain. In view of the scattering of the Shi‘ah and ‘Alawis in the Muslim territories, this matter can be discerned. From the time of Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, the migration of the Shi‘ah and ‘Alawis to the other regions had begun.

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Characteristics of the Shia

Characteristics of the Shia The main area of discussion of volume 65 of the compilation of traditions entitled Bihar al-Anwar is in regards to elucidating on the characteristics of the Shia (Sifatush Shia). How helpful it would truly be if we would all read this section (of Bihar al-Anwar) and truly comprehend what a massive responsibility we have been given by being referred to with the sacred title of being the Shia of the Ahlul Bait (as).

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Shia Muslims Cultural and Educational Institutions

Shia Muslims Cultural and Educational Institutions A great need to unite the Muslim sisters, led to the formation of the United Muslim Women of Canada, in October of 1995. The UMWC, a subsidiary of the Islamic Humanitarian Service, is comprised of active and dedicated sisters - serving in various chapters that have been established throughout Canada.

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Why Do the Shi‘ah During the Ziyarah Seek Blessings?

Why Do the Shi‘ah During the Ziyarah Seek Blessings? Reply: Seeking blessings {tabarruk} through the remnants (and symbols) of the saints {awliya’} of God is not a new phenomenon among Muslims; rather, this behavior can be traced back to the Prophet’s life account and to the life of his Companions.

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How do the Shi‘ah view the Sahabah {Companions}?

How do the Shi‘ah view the Sahabah {Companions}? Reply: According to the Shi‘ah, those who happened to meet and accompany the Prophet (S) can be divided into some groups. Before explaining this statement in detail, we had better define the word, “sahabi” {companion}.

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Islam Keeps the Concept of the Scales of Justice in the Forefront

Islam Keeps the Concept of the Scales of Justice in the Forefront As humans, we should always be aware of the scales of justice. If you ask a dictator why he is oppressing people or doing a certain “evil” action, he will always give you a reason or justification. He will say that he is not doing anything wrong. However, everyone else may clearly claim that he is definitely committing atrocities and wrong doings. How do we know what is right or wrong?

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Islamic Brotherhood

Islamic Brotherhood There are different forms of brotherhood in Islam, just as there are various forms of unity in Islam. The first form of brotherhood is familial brotherhood like two brothers or two sisters. Or any two people who are related through their mothers and fathers, they are all sisters and brothers. The second form of brotherhood has to do with nursing. If two infants who do not have familial relations breastfeed from one woman for a specified time, with the conditions that are mentioned in jurisprudence, they will become brother and sister, two brothers, or two sisters due to suckling. When the people whom it is forbidden to marry are mentioned in the Qur''''an, the following phrase is mentioned: ...

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The Historical Roots of Wahabbism

The Historical Roots of Wahabbism If we go back to our history and look up its painful events, some of those events shall attract our attention to reveal to us that Wahabism, which we have known in this century, had ancient roots since the very beginning of Islam. They were apparent at one time and hidden at another. One time they appeared daringly, and at another they time hid because of fear and dissimulation, until the time that Islam had regressed and its pillars and great personalities were afflicted. Then colonialism came to feed and strengthen this new thought.

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Nationalism and Islam: Clash or Reconciliation?

Nationalism and Islam: Clash or Reconciliation? The phenomenon of ‘nationalism in religion’ according to S. W. Baron is considered to be an obstacle that prevents religion from fulfilling its role in human life. The necessary balance between organized humanity’s social responsibility and the right of each state would be gained through organized religion.

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The Five Schools of Islamic Thought

The Five Schools of Islamic Thought Schools of Islamic thought (madhahib) are the paths people follow to the Noble Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad. Obviously, these schools of thought were founded considerably after the death of the Prophet;

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A Call for Muslim Unity

A Call for Muslim Unity Discussing historical facts or jurisprudential differences should not in any way discourage Muslim unity, since the majority of Muslim historians from all schools of thought agree on similar historical facts.

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The Role of Religion in the Formation of the “Ummah Wahida”

The Role of Religion in the Formation of the “Ummah Wahida” Ever since Islam was first revealed, Muslims have been encouraged to live together and to work towards establishing a single Muslim nation embracing all Muslims around the world. The Qur’an, in explaining the role of the prophets, goes beyond the concept of one Muslim nation and explains how humankind used to be one community, but because of internal disputes became divided: (All) people were a single nation, so Allah raised prophets as bearers of good tidings and as warners; and with them He revealed book with the truth, so that it might judge between people in that in which they differed and struggled; and none but the very people who were given the book, after clear signs (and arguments) had come to them, differed about it, due to their selfish contumacy.

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What does Islam say about Jesus?

What does Islam say about Jesus? In the Qur'an, stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic) are abundant. The Qur'an recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God.

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Are Other Religions Right?

Are Other Religions Right? Question: Since Islam had canceled all other religious, in some verses of Qur’an why does it considers all the people and communities of the world - whether Muslims, Jews and Christians etc. if they believe in Allah and do virtuous deeds they are people of salvation and says: whoever believes in Allah and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

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