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Kalam and Beliefs
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Veil and Chastity

Veil and Chastity
By: Mahdi Mahrizi Issue of veil “covering” being one of self¬ evident truths of Islamic jurisprudence, having multifarious and extensive arenas. Before broaching it, I find it necessary to give a bright image of the matter on hand, and the terms used in these subjects of discussion. The words that are used in this field being: Covering, veil “hijaab”, sitr, chastity, limits of relations between woman and man. It is possible that what ...

Salawat is the symbol of love, friendship and devotion to the family of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)

Salawat is the symbol of love, friendship and devotion to the family of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.)
By: Hojjat al-Islam Muhsin Qara’ati “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad.” “O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad and his progeny.” After bearing witness to tawhid and the risalah, we invoke blessings for Muhammad and his progeny (‘a). Salawat is the symbol of love {muhabbah}, friendship {muwaddah} and devotion to the family of the Holy Prophet of Islam (S), which the Qur’an regards as the reward for the apostleship of ...

The Saga of Islamic Philosophy

The Saga of Islamic Philosophy
Between Truth and History: The Saga of Islamic Philosophy   The present state of the notion of Islamic philosophy is surrounded by a number of lingering difficulties. First of all, there is the problem of the orthodoxy or islamicity of Islamic philosophy. The Orientalist reading of Islamic thought was based on the firm conviction that Islamic philosophy is not an 'Islamic' philosophy but Greek philosophy in the garment of Arabic language and ...

The Name "'Ilm al-Kalam"

The Name
  Another point is why this discipline has been called " 'ilm al-kalam", and when this name was given to it. Some have said that it was called "kalam" (lit. speech) because it gives an added power of speech and argument to one who is well-versed in it. Some say that the reason lies in the habit of the experts of this science who began their own statements in their books with the expression "al-kalamu fi kadha". Others explain that it was ...

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 ...

Apologizing to Others and Accepting an Apology

Apologizing to Others and Accepting an Apology
By: Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi 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. There are many people who perform wrong actions, however in their eyes, it is shameful to ask for ...

ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE IMAM (IMAMOLOGY)

ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE IMAM (IMAMOLOGY)
CHAPTER VII  ON THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE IMAM (IMAMOLOGY) (part-1)   The Meaning of Imam Imam or leader is the title given to a person who takes the lead in a community in a particular social movement or political ideology or scientific or religious form of thought. Naturally, because of his relation to the people he leads, he must conform his actions to their capabilities in both important and secondary matters. As is clear from the ...

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 ...

Origin of Shi'ism :

Origin of Shi'ism :
Chapter OneOrigin of Shi'ism :Political or Religious? 1. Introduction    In the political writtings of the Sunnis, it is asserted that Sunni Islam is the "Orthodox Islam" whereas Shi'ism is a "heretical sect" that began with the purpose of subverting Islam from within. This idea is sometimes expressed by saying that Shi'ism began as a political movement and later on acquired religious emphasis.     This anti-Shi'a attitude is not limited ...

Middle Resurrection - Al-Raj'ah or the return of selected dead persons to life

Middle Resurrection - Al-Raj'ah or the return of selected dead persons to life
"Or (bethink thee of) the like of him who, passing by a township which had fallen into utter ruin, exclaimed: How shall Allah give this township life after its death? And Allah made him die a hundred years, then brought him back to life. He said: How long hast thou tarried? (The man) said: I have tarried a day or part of a day. (He) said: Nay, but thou hast tarried for a hundred years.Just look at thy food and drink which have not rotted! Look ...

The Concept Of Freedom In Islam

The Concept Of Freedom In Islam
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. "And those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel, bidding them to do what is right and forbidding them what is wrong, making lawful for them the good (things), and forbidding for them the corrupt (things) and relieving them of their burdens, and the fetters that were upon them. Those who believe in him and honour him, and help ...

Faith

Faith
Faith Faith and Science In relation to faith and science, one can discuss this from two points of view.  One is whether there is an interpretation which would increase ones faith and ideals and at the same time be logical.  The other is whether all thoughts which science and philosophy inspire, are against faith, hope and optimism?  The second aspect is the influence of science upon man on the one hand, and faith on the other.  Does ...

Cultural Relations Between Christianity and Shi'i Islam

Cultural Relations Between Christianity and Shi'i Islam
This paper was presented at the conferences of Islam and Orthodox Christianity in the month of Sharivar 1373 (September 1994), in Tehran by the Center of International Studies and Culture.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 ...

Holy Prophet's Miracle

Holy Prophet's Miracle
Divine Prophets have always been sent with clear signs, so that men might be convinced that they had come from God. For this reason those who have souls like polished mirrors and like clear transparent springs, glistening and pure so that they can recognize these signs commit themselves and have faith; like the magicians of Pharaoh's time who, when they saw the amazing miracle of Musa (A.S.), how the staff became a poisonous serpent, and ...

Belief in the Reality of the Unseen Involves More than God

Belief in the Reality of the Unseen Involves More than God
One of the characteristics of the unique God to the knowledge and worship of Whom Prophets and religious leaders summon us is that He is utterly inaccessible to sense perception. In addition, He possesses the attributes of pre-eternity and post-eternity. Existing everywhere, He is nowhere. Throughout the world of nature and sensory being His manifestations have an objective existence and His will is everywhere manifest in the world of ...

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 ...

God - Mindedness

God - Mindedness
God - Mindedness "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful."  Holy Qur'an This phrase occurs at the beginning of every surah of the Qur'an except one.  It is used by Muslims before starting every work - before reading, before eating, before starting their work, before sleeping.  Islam teaches man to start every good effort with the holy name of God Who is Beneficent and Merciful, invoking His mercy to bless his efforts with ...

Shaban & His New Interpretation

Shaban & His New Interpretation
4. Shaban & His New Interpretation    Among the latest work by Western scholarship on the history of Islam is M.A. Shaban's Islamic History AD 600-750 subtitled as "A New Interpretation" in which the author claims not only to use newly discoveredt material but also to re- examine and re-interpret material which has been known to us for many decades. Shaban, a lecturer of Arabic at SOAS of the University of London, is not prepared to even ...

The meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship (ibadah)

The meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship (ibadah)
By: Muhsin Qara’atiBefore embarking on the discussion of prayer, I shall deal with the meanings, philosophy and dimensions of worship {‘ibadah} and servitude as they are the spirit of prayer.Why worship {‘ibadah}?Worship {‘ibadah} means the expression of abasement {dhillah}, the highest form of humility and homage, before God. As to its importance, it is enough to state that worship is the purpose behind the creation of ...

Knowing Scholastic Theology (Kalaam)

Knowing Scholastic Theology (Kalaam)
The science of scholastic, or speculative, theology (kalaam) is an Islamic science. It is concerned with discussing Islamic beliefs, or what should be upheld of such beliefs from an Islamic perspective. Thus, kalaam seeks to explain the matters relating to these beliefs, advancing the evidence in support thereof and defending the same. Muslim scholars divide the body of Islamic teachings into three categories: 1. Beliefs: This category deals ...