Alhassanain(p) Network for Heritage and Islamic Thought

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Night of Majesty / The Night of Power (Laylah al-Qadr)

Night of Majesty / The Night of Power (Laylah al-Qadr)

The Night of Power is full of blessings because the Eminent Quran descended in it. The Quran is peace by itself. It distinguishes between the good and evil and shows the path of eternal Peace and Bliss to all Mankind forever. This being so, the Night in which this Divine Book was sent down is worthy of great esteem. During this night, as explained in the verse quoted above, the Angels and the Heavenly spirit (Hazrat Gibreel Alai-his-Salam) descend.

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Islamic Economy: Its Ideological and Legal Foundations

Islamic Economy: Its Ideological and Legal Foundations Every system, intending to achieve certain goals, must be designed in a realistic manner. Therefore, if the system is supposed to be implemented in order to serve human life, particularly in the long-run, it must serve man's goals and be consistent with his fitrah (primordial nature).

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The Status of Prayer from the Perspective of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith

The Status of Prayer from the Perspective of the Holy Qur’an and Hadith We have discussed the acts of worship and their conditions and philosophy. After stating those generalities, we shall now deal with their manifestations and examine the most apparent form of servitude which is prayer {salah}. First of all, we need to know the status of prayer from the perspective of the (Qur’an and hadith). Thereafter, we shall touch on its details and secrets. Let us recall some of the views of the school of revelation {maktab-e wahy} regarding prayer:

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The Goals of Islamic Education

The Goals of Islamic Education Prosperous is he who purifies it, and failed has he who seduces it. (91:7-10) The mission of the Holy Prophet (S) marks the beginning of a historical movement for fashioning godly human beings and for founding great human societies on the basis of the sublime criteria of Islam.

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On Shiite Characteristics

On Shiite Characteristics Imam Sadiq (a.s) said: "Once a group of people started walking behind Ameer al-Momineen (a.s). He asked them who they were. They said that they were his followers. He asked them why they did not have the signs of his followers. They asked him what the signs of the Shiites are. He said: "Paleness due to shortage of sleep, being slim due to fasting, dried lips due to extensive praying and humbleness."

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Did Abu Talib die a believer on account of which you visit {ziyarah} his shrine?

Did Abu Talib die a believer on account of which you visit {ziyarah} his shrine? Reply: From the viewpoint of the Shi‘ah, Abu Talib, the son of ‘Abd al-Muttalib, the eminent father of the Commander of the Faithful ‘Ali (‘a) and the uncle of the Holy Prophet (S), is among the people who believed in the apostleship {risalah} of the Messenger of Allah (S), and among his helpers and confidants in time of tribulations and adversities during the early period of Islam.

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The Characteristics of the Person with Double-facedness: Hypocrisy (Nifaq)

The Characteristics of the Person with Double-facedness: Hypocrisy (Nifaq) Thiqat al-Islam Muhammad ibn Ya’qub al-Kulayni, from Muhammad ibn Yahya, from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa, from Muhammad ibn Sinan, from ‘Awn ibn al-Qalanisi, from Ibn Abi Ya’fur, who reports Abu ‘Abd Allah (Imam al-Sadiq) (A) to have said, “One who meets Muslims with a double face and a double tongue, on the Day of Judgment he will come with two tongues of fire.”

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If the ruling of a Mujtahid goes against the ruling of the jurist guardian, which one must be followed?

If the ruling of a Mujtahid goes against the ruling of the jurist guardian, which one must be followed? The ruling of the guardian jurist is the one that should be followed in issues that relate to the management of the Muslim nation and the general affairs of the Muslims. As for issues which are purely individual, it is possible for every person to follow their own Marja’.

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Prayer (Salah)

Prayer (Salah) We have discussed the acts of worship and their conditions and philosophy. After stating those generalities, we shall now deal with their manifestations and examine the most apparent form of servitude which is prayer (salah). First of all, we need to know the status of prayer from the perspective of the (Qur’an and hadith). Thereafter, we shall touch on its details and secrets. Let us recall some of the views of the school of revelation (maktab al-wahy) regarding prayer:

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Visiting the Shrines of the Prophets, Imams and Saints

Visiting the Shrines of the Prophets, Imams and Saints Some people accuse the Shias of believing that it is permissible to visit the shrines of the Prophets, Imams and saints, building them, to seek blessings through them, to pray and make supplications around them whereas it is prohibited to consider tombs as mosques or to build mosques upon tombs.

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Self-Sacrifice in Order to Reach One’s Objectives

Self-Sacrifice in Order to Reach One’s Objectives “Without doubt the true believers are only those who have faith in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) and then do not change their belief into doubt, and (the believers are those) who struggle with their wealth and their lives in the way of Allah. Surely it is these people alone who are the truthful ones.”

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What Is The Purpose Of Creating The Heavens And The Earth In Six Days?

What Is The Purpose Of Creating The Heavens And The Earth In Six Days? The reply is this that basically the word 'Yawma', synonymous in English to 'a day', which is having special meaning according to the place and situation at different times. Generally this word is used in the sense as a day, which is a proof of night. And in the Holy Qur’an also mostly it is used in the same meaning, but sometimes it comes in the meaning of a period, then on every period the word 'Yawma' is applied. For example, an aged person says: One day I was a child - one day I was a young man also - but for today I have become old. Although these three periods are connected (linked) with each other like the links of a chain that is why he interprets those three different periods of his life with the word 'day'.

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Why do the Shi‘ah perform the five daily prayers in three periods?

Why do the Shi‘ah perform the five daily prayers in three periods? 1. All Muslim groups agree that in ‘Arafah 1 one may perform both noon {zuhr} and afternoon {asr} prayers successively without any interval between them, and in Muzdalifah 2 it is also permissible to say sunset {maghrib} and night {‘isha’} prayers at the time of ‘isha’ prayer.

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The True Believer is the most alert and attentive to the next world

The True Believer is the most alert and attentive to the next world “…if he (the true believer) is in the company of those (attached to the) material world, then he is the most alert and attentive (to the next world); if he is in the company of those (who love the) next life, then he is the one who possesses the most consciousness (of Allah). He does not entertain any form of doubt in relation to his earnings (they are all from the permitted) and he does not allow any leave or departure from his beliefs. If his brother in faith makes a mistake, he forgives it, however he does not forget the good deeds which have been done in the past by his close friends.”

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Is to swear by other than Allah regarded as a kind of polytheism?

Is to swear by other than Allah regarded as a kind of polytheism? Reply: The interpretation of the words “monotheism” {tawhid} and “polytheism” {shirk} must be in consistency with the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (S) because the Glorious Qur’an and the conduct of the Messenger of Allah (S) are the most valuable criteria for distinguishing the truth from falsehood as well as monotheism from polytheism.

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8th of Rabi al-Akher, Food for Thought

8th of Rabi al-Akher, Food for Thought “O You, Whose light covers darkness, O You, by Whose holiness rugged mountain passes are lit, O You, to Whom all the inhabitants of the earth and the heavens submit, O You, to Whom every insolent tyrant surrenders with obedience, O You the Aware of hidden consciences. You are Merciful to everything and Aware of everything, forgive those who repent and follow Your path; protect them from the torment of Fire, give them soon Your victory that You have promised them of and You do not fail the promise! Devastate the people of evil and take them to the worst abode in the worst punishment and the ugliest retreat.”

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The Angel of Death Visits Every House Five Times a Day

The Angel of Death Visits Every House Five Times a Day Zuhri has narrated from Anas b. Malik that he said “I heard the Messenger of Allah (S) say, 'There is not a single house which exists except that the Angel of Death visits it five times a day. If the lives of any of the people who live in the house or those who are within the house are written to come to an end, then he brings death upon that person.

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What are the sources of Shi‘i jurisprudence {fiqh}?

What are the sources of Shi‘i jurisprudence {fiqh}? Reply: Following the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (S), the Shi‘ah infer religious laws from four fundamental sources: 1. The Book of Allah (Qur’an); 2. The Sunnah of the Prophet (S); 3. Consensus {ijma‘}; and 4. Reason {‘aql}.

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Is asking the rightful intercessors for intercession {shafa‘ah} tantamount to polytheism {shirk}?

Is asking the rightful intercessors for intercession {shafa‘ah} tantamount to polytheism {shirk}? Therefore, turning for intercession to any other than God means asking for God’s absolute right from His servant and seeking such a need is, in reality, worshipping other than God which is inconsistent with “monotheism in worship” {tawhid fi’l ‘ibadah}.

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Fault-Finding, Ignorance of One’s Own Faults

Fault-Finding, Ignorance of One’s Own Faults One of the greatest behavioral weaknesses of man is the ignorance of his own faults. In many instances the soul ignores an unwanted quality which results in the subconscious adopting of such a trait as a basis of misery. When a person becomes the slave of his ignorance, he kills the spirit of morality in himself. Thus becoming the victim of his inclinations and various lusts, which isolate him from happiness and comfort. Under such conditions, neither guidance nor constructive advice can be productive.  

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