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What Have We Gained From Ramadan?

What Have We Gained From Ramadan?

We leave the blessed month of Ramadan, its beautiful days and its fragrant nights. We leave the month of the Quran, Taqwa, patience, jihad, mercy, forgiveness and freedom from hellfire…

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Spiritual Fitness

Spiritual Fitness The faith of Islam strongly promotes a healthy lifestyle; however, it does not make a healthy body the ultimate goal in life. In the 80th chapter of the Qur’an, Surah Abasa, Allah says So then let the person look towards his food…(8024) One of the meanings of this short, yet profound verse is that do we consider WHAT we eat and WHERE it comes from (how it is grown, under what conditions, etc…)

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The Authenticity of Ziyārat ʿĀshūrāʾ

The Authenticity of Ziyārat ʿĀshūrāʾ The following is a translation of Sayyid Musa al-Shubayrī al-Zanjānī’s response to a question regarding the authenticity of the widely-recited Ziyārat ʿĀshūrāʾ. The version of the ziyārat that Sayyid al-Zanjānī speaks to, and that is found in by Shaykh ʿAbbās al-Qummī’s Mafātīh al-Jinān, is originally cited in Shaykh al-Ṭūsī’s compilation of prayers, entitled Miṣbāḥ al-Mutahajjid. This response is particularly noteworthy for the expertise and nuance brought to bear on questions of authenticity, which simultaneously establishes a place for spiritual validity. The translation was provided by Shaykh Haziq Sheikh, and has been emended for clarity.

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What Does Karbala Teach Us?

What Does Karbala Teach Us?

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Whose New Year Is It?

Whose New Year Is It? These depravities, coupled with the diabolical policies of the revelers in the White House and their accomplices in the Old World, who relish lies, threats, sanctions, torture, wars, bloodshed, occupation, usurpation, state terrorism, ethno-religious discrimination, nuclear weapons proliferation, economic exploitation and the resulting recession, family disintegration, spread of narcotics, promiscuity, sodomy, blasphemy, and every conceivable crime against humanity, warrant us to open our eyes to the realities of January 1 and the Gregorian New Year on which the height of hypocrisy is evident in the messages released by 'world leaders'.

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Concentration and Attention of Mind in Prayers

Concentration and Attention of Mind in Prayers Attention of the mind means that a person should be aware as to what he is reciting and what he is doing. He should be conscious of the greatness of the High and Mighty Allah and be in awe of Him and he should realize that Allah (S.w.T.) deserves total and complete attention. He should consider himself an accused in the fulfilment of his duty of worship and slavery of Allah (S.w.T.).

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Importance of Salat: 40 Ahadith

Importance of Salat: 40 Ahadith For the introduction for the 40 ahadith on prayers, we could not think of anything that could be more complete, interesting and profound than what appears in the beginning of the chapter on prayers in the Tawdhihul Masail of Ayatullah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hence we have selected it with the hope that all those who love the AhlulBayt (peace be upon them) and that great gnostic may derive abundant benefits from their invaluable words and statements.

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Importance of Prayer

Importance of Prayer Imam al-Sadiq (AS) narrates that it is written in The Torah: “O’Son of Man, if you empty yourself, i.e. disengage yourself from all other pre-occupations to make yourself available for My worship, I will fill your heart with richness and I will not abandon you to what you seek and long for. And it will be upon Me to close the door of poverty upon you and to fill your heart with awe for Me.

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In Search of the Object of Devotion

In Search of the Object of Devotion 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 inherently known that they have not been forsaken in this vast existence; rather, they are under the influence and authority of metaphysical entities and powers that preside over their existence and have a part in their destiny.

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The 23rd Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances)

The 23rd Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances) According to Hadith, Laylatul Qadr is either on the 19th, 21st or 23rd night of Ramadhan. More emphasis is laid on the 21st and the 23rd, particularly the 23rd.

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The 21st Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances)

The 21st Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances) According to Hadith, Laylatul Qadr is either on the 19th, 21st or 23rd night of Ramadhan. More emphasis is laid on the 21st and the 23rd, particularly the 23rd.

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The 19th Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances)

The 19th Night of Ramadhan: A'mal (Performances) According to Hadith, Laylatul Qadr is either on the 19th, 21st or 23rd night of Ramadhan. More emphasis is laid on the 21st and the 23rd, particularly the 23rd.

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Ni’mah (Bounty) Always Refers to Wilayah (Guardianship)

Ni’mah (Bounty) Always Refers to Wilayah (Guardianship) This is an excerpt from the book Shining Sun: In Memory of Allamah Tabataba’i; page 127-131 . The book was written by a close friend of Allamah Tabatabaee as a tribute to him. The style of the book is a bit distinct, in the sense that part of it is the various transcriptions of conversations and discussions Allamah had with the author or other students. Below is a passage from the book where Allamah Tabatabee explains the relationship between the word ni’mah and wilayah; text written in red were additions by me.

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Apologizing to Others and Accepting an Apology

Apologizing to Others and Accepting an Apology The Prophet Muhammad (S) has said, “O' ‘Ali! My intercession shall not reach the person who does not accept the apology from another person - whether the apology is truthful or untruthful.” Asking forgiveness and also accepting the apology of a person who has come to you are both ethical and Islamic values.

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The Dhikr of Allah in All States

The Dhikr of Allah in All States Of the things which all people are responsible for enacting, however not all are able to, is to remember Allah (SwT) in all states. The remembering of Allah (SwT) should only be done for one reason which is to remember Allah (SwT) and this act should have no other incentives associated with it.

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The Expansive Earth

The Expansive Earth One of the branches of the ever-increasing knowledge of mankind in contemporary times is the methodology of exploiting the earth’s natural resources and God-given treasures. Scientists have always been apprehensive that unplanned tapping of the existing resources would engender problems for future generations. For this reason, elaborate and extensive programs and projects have been designed by experts to optimally utilize the natural resources, which are an influential factor in the determination of the wellbeing of human societies.

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Prying Into the Secrets of People

Prying Into the Secrets of People Obviously, when one starts to spy and pry into others’ personal lives, he would not be able to prevent himself from speaking to others about what he has seen – in fact, he would openly and frankly discuss with others what he knows and thus, he would have no choice but to speak bad and back-bite them. It is because of this reason that the Qur’an mentions these three negative traits in the order that it has, so that the natural relationship between them is made clear.

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Training of the Soul

Training of the Soul It has been narrated from b. 'Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (S) said, “That which is sent forth will be seen and that which is left behind will have the least benefit, and woe upon those people who have left things behind (which will be of no use to them in the next life) - that which they left behind was either an entitlement which they prevented others (from using) or was something worthless which they had collected (to make use of) but it had no benefit.”

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Importance of Good Advice

Importance of Good Advice Mufazzal bin Qais ran into financial problems, debts and consequent stress. He came to Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (‘a) and shared his deplorable circumstances with him. ‘I am in great debt and can not figure out how to raise money to cover the daily expenses of my family. I cannot help myself in any way and have asked almost everyone for a loan, but now, when people see me coming they close their doors in my face.’ His condition was pathetic.

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Inner Voice

Inner Voice Tomorrow all nations will be observing Labour Day, to remind them-selves that a laborer deserves to be respected because he earns his bread by his sweat. The example set by the religious leaders of Islam have established the dignity of labor beyond any doubt.

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