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The Resurrection and the Philosophy of Creation

The Resurrection and the Philosophy of Creation
The Resurrection and the Philosophy of Creation Many people might ask: Why did God create us? Sometimes they go beyond this and ask: What is the philosophy of the creation of this world? A gardener plants trees to reap their fruits later on. A farmer plows the ground and plants seeds. Why has the Gardener of Creation created us? Did God have any shortcomings and wanted to make up for them by creating us? If so, He would have been in need of ...

Why Pray in Arabic?

Why Pray in Arabic?
he question sometimes is asked as to why a Muslim should pray only in Arabic language and not his mother tongue.It may first seem logical that every Muslim should pray through his own mother language, so that he may understand what he say; but a little more thinking and study, we shall find that there are strong arguments in favor of only one common language and that also Arabic.Arabic: A deep and vast LanguageIt is a fact recognized by the ...

In Search of God

In Search of God
We are all born with a free spirit (God given free will over mankind). And with the free spirited attitude that I have, I chose to go about my conversion to the path of I in an unusual way. I chose not to let my struggles with the non-Muslim community, in which I live, affect me. This is because of my confidence in the tradition that the Prophet Mohammad advises us: If one does what the creator loves, than the creation will love it, although ...

Shahabuddin Suhurwardi: A Story Of A Young Philosopher Who Had The World Of Capabilities

Shahabuddin Suhurwardi: A Story Of A Young Philosopher Who Had The World Of Capabilities
There was a small town near Zanjan. Shahabuddin Yahya ibn Habash Suhurwardi, known as Shaykh Ishraq was an inhabitant of this town. He was born there and became famous for his knowledge and intelligence. It is said that he was born before 550 A.H.When he had entered his youth he traveled to Muragha and there he studied medicine and science of principles under Majduddin Habili. In that same period he visited Isfahan and studied the best books of ...

Why Do We Fear Death?

Why Do We Fear Death?
The fear of death, for most of the people, is not a matter which requires any evidence because it is totally obvious and we also see that a lot of people manifest extra-ordinary sensitivity with respect to the term "death" and its reality. Thus the actual matter is self-evident. That which requires proof and an answer is the reason for this fear and alarm as to why we fear death?Reasons for the Fear of DeathIn answer to this question, it is ...

Imaamah

Imaamah
5. Imaamah Only the Shiahs believe in the institution of Imaamah. Literally "imaam" means a leader. In Shiah belief an Imaam is the person appointed by God and introduced by the Prophet and then by each preceding Imaam by explicit designation (nass) to lead the Muslim community, interpret and protect the religion and the law (shariah), and guide the community in all affairs.An Imaam is first and foremost the Representative of God and the ...

People of the Cave

People of the Cave
One of the most interesting stories in the Holy Quran is the story of the People of the Cave. The Merciful Allah says to His Messenger, in Surah Kahf:Or, do you think that the Fellows of the Cave and the Inscription were of Our wonderful signs? [1]Kahf means a cave; it was in the mountain called Raqeem. This cave is situated in the outer part of the city of Afsus to the north of Byzantine, which is now known as Turkey.In those days King ...

Who is Allah?

Who is Allah?
Allah is an Arabic-word for: The One and Only Deity/ God,Islam is the only religion that can describe themselves as True-monotheists, why?In Islam, we do not believe in anthropomorphism (i.e. attributing human-facets to The Divine One)In the Old Testament, in Genesis it says:26 And God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness : and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, ...

Science and the Muslim Ummah

Science and the Muslim Ummah
IntroductionOne of the distinctive features of Islam is its emphasis on knowledge. The Quran and the Islamic tradition (sunnah) invite Muslims to seek and acquire knowledge and wisdom and to hold men of knowledge in high esteem. Some of the Quranic verses and relevant traditions will be mentioned in the course of our discussion.At the outset we may recall a famous hadith of the Holy Prophet upon whom be Allah's peace and benedictions that has ...

Is it true that Shia scholars say that the prophet wanted to consummate his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old?

Is it true that Shia scholars say that the prophet wanted to consummate his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old?
I am from Egypt. Here Sunni scholars claim that Shia scholars say the prophet wanted to consummate his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old, but Abu Bakr said for the marriage contract to be when she was six, and consummation to take place when she turned nine. Is this true?Concise answerWe couldn’t find anything that supports this idea in our sources; as a matter of fact, our hadiths tell us that intercourse with a girl before ...

Dhikr: Remembrance of Allah

Dhikr: Remembrance of Allah
Imagine a storm that catches you off guard. Surely you will seek refuge inside until it has passed. Now, imagine a different type of storm. Every day we are faced with emotional and spiritual struggles that are caused by our actions and those of others. How do we seek shelter from our own vices and those of others that seek to destroy us?Dhikr (remembrance of God) is an act which brings us closer to Allah and our faith, while also helping us ...

Reasons of Husaini Revolution

Reasons of Husaini Revolution
Reasons of Husaini RevolutionAll those who are familiar with the Imam's life do certainly realize that his role in serving Islam had started very early in his life. He has contributed to the rising Islamic movement when he was a boy, and played a significant role, when his father was the Commander of the faithful, taking part in all three wars that his father fought along with the rest of the faithful companions and followers. When his brother ...

Receiving one’s Record from Behind the Back

Receiving one’s Record from Behind the Back
Then he who is given his Record in his right hand,”‌“Soon will his account be taken by an easy reckoning,”‌“And he will turn to his people, rejoicing!"“But he who is given his Record behind his back,”‌“Soon will he cry for perdition,”‌“And he will enter a Blazing Fire.”‌ (Al-Inshiqaq: 7 to 12)The Qur’an has talked about people who get their Records with ...

Qualities of an Ideal Scientist – An Islamic Perspective

Qualities of an Ideal Scientist – An Islamic Perspective
By: Prof. Dr.Mohsen Reza HayderiBaqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, TehranScientists are people with several extraordinary qualities. However, these qualities differ among scientists of various disciplines and depend on the nature and type of research a scientist is engaged in. The impact of scientific research is reflected in a society and the entire humanity at large and scientific research can make human life better or even bring a ...

Given the fact that the religion of Islam is the only right religion, why does the Quran speak of the possibility of the followers of other religions being saved from the Fire?

Given the fact that the religion of Islam is the only right religion, why does the Quran speak of the possibility of the followers of other religions being saved from the Fire?
What is the interpretation of verse 69 of Surah al-Maedah? Can we deduce with the help of this verse that Christians will also go to Paradise? Isn\'t such an interpretation opposed to the rightfulness of Islam?Concise answerIt has been stated clearly in Islamic doctrines and in the most sacred book of Islam, i.e. the Qur'an that those non-Muslims who stay on their pure God-gifted nature and do good deeds while Islam is not made known to them, ...

Who are the Shi‘a?

Who are the Shi‘a?
The fifth imam of the school of the Ahlul Bayt, Imam Muhammad al-Baqir once told his student by the name of Jabir, “Is it enough for a person to embellish himself as our Shi‘a (follower) by professing love for us, the Ahlul Bayt? Nay! By Allah, a person is not our follower unless he fears Allah and obeys Him. Our followers are only recognized, O Jabir, by their humility, submission, honesty, abundant praise of Allah, fasting, ...

Discussion Concerning Origin of Creation is Natural

Discussion Concerning Origin of Creation is Natural
By: Allamah Syed Muhammad Husain Tabataba'iWith his Allah-given instinct, man searches for the reasons and causes leading to the appearance of any phenomenon or occurrence that he sees. He never thinks it probable that they have come into existence automatically and without any cause, i.e., accidentally.A driver whose car stops functioning gets off to check where he suspects it is impaired in order to find the cause for the halt. He never ...

The superiority of some lands over others in hadiths

The superiority of some lands over others in hadiths
From the viewpoint of both Sunni and Shi‘ah traditions, it can be inferred that certain parts of the earth, and likewise the people dwelling therein, are endowed with qualities of either wickedness or prosperity and salvation:1. On his own chain of transmission, Bukhari recounts that ‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Umar said, “When the Holy Prophet (S) was passing through the land of Thamud, he said, ‘Do not enter lands whose ...

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 ...

Is according to Islam religion separate from politics?

Is according to Islam religion separate from politics?
By: Sayyid Rida' Husayni NasabReply: First of all we had better clarify the meaning of “politics” so that its relationship with religion may become clear. There are two interpretations for the word “politics”:1. Sometimes, politics is interpreted as “trickery, ruse, and the use of every possible means to reach a particular objective”. In other words, the end justifies the means.In fact, this interpretation of ...