The Ideal Leadership (Part 3)

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SHAFAQNA-An ideal leader of a society is the one who ever remains aware and concious of the problems afflicting his people.The one who feels deeply concerned of their poverty,sickness and lack of means for their upliftment. Despite himself having…

Identifying and recognising Nasibi ideology

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SHAFAQNA- Several authoritative Sunni works are being relied on for this section. Al Muhaddith Shah Abdul Aziz states in "Taufa Ithna Ashari" states: "Marwan was a Nasibi and was in fact its leader". Taufa Ithna Ashari" page 95…

Proof of God in Greece

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SHAFAQNA - Before entering into this discussion, we remind you of two points. First, we shall provide a general outlook over Geek culture, then present some of the similarities of opinion between the Greek and divine beliefs. 1) A possible…

Life of the Next World

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SHAFAQNA-The principle of belief in the eternal life of the next world is one of the important points of Islamic conception of cosmos and a fundamental tenet of Islam. A belief in the next world is an essential condition of being a Muslim and…

The Ideal Leadership (Part 2)

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SHAFAQNA-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (as)  is reported to have said: “The means of securing leadership is a generous heart” What it means is that a good leader needs to have a kind and munificent but discerning heart whereby he…

Attitude of a Muslim Scholar at Human Embryology

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SHAFAQNA- Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, KY 40292, USA [Presented at the ISLAMIC ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE seminar, Organized by the INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR ISLAMIC THOUGHT,…

Fiqh Jafri is a legitimate Islamic Sect

SHAFAQNA- Imam of Ahlul Sunnah Allamah Shaykh Sharawi Azhari in his famous Egyptian Risala Al Ahraam ul Sunnah page 103 periodical number 32932 wrote: The Imam of the Shia Imamiya is Hadhrath Imam Jafer Sadiq who was the teacher of Imam…

Gnosis and Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Both the practical and theoretical aspects of gnosis are closely related to Islam, for like every other religion or rather more than any other religion Islam determines and explains man's relation to Allah, to the universe and to…

The Ethos Of Epoch (Prophet Idris )

SHAFAQNA - Idris was the son of Bard, son of Mahail, son of Kenan, son of Anoosh, son of Sheth, son of Adam. He was called triple-blessed, for he had three positions, namely, reign, wisdom and Prophethood. He was born in Manf, the capital of…

Misconception of the Similitude of God to His Creation

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SHAFAQNA- The first to come across in researching the hadith narrated by Imam al-Rida (A.S.) in the subject of tawhid is this one: "Anyone who makes a similitude of God with His creation is a mushrik (polytheist), and anyone who attributes…

Taqlid in the Qur'an and Ahadith

SHAFAQNA - The Qur'an instructs Muslims to seek guidance from people of learning in matters about which they lack knowledge: "Question the people of remembrance if you do not know." (21:7) It is an obligation in Islamic law to study everything…

Enjoining what is Good and Forbidding what is Evil

SHAFAQNA - Whoever has not thrown off his anxieties, been purified of the evils of his self and its appetites, defeated Satan, and entered under the guardianship of Allah and the security of His protection, cannot properly enjoin what is good…

Role of the Imams in the Reconstruction of Islamic Society

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shafaqna-Transalated by M.A.Ansari. Allah who brought prophethood to an end with Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W.), decreed that he should be followed by his vicegerents who would carry out the task of leadership and succesion after the termination…

Belief in Plurality of the Essence and Attributes is Shirk

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shafaqna- In another hadith reported by Muhammad ibn Arafa, the Imam (A.S.) explains to us how one will be committing shirk if he considers the Essence of the Almighty and His Attributes as separate from each other. Muhammad said, "I…

Divine Blessings

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SHAFAQNA - Because He favors His servants, God the Blessed and Supreme gave them intellect, He gave them the power to refine and purify themselves, He sent the prophets and awliya [the friends of God, saints, holy men] to guide people and to…

Ayatollah Shaheed Mutahhari: Two Types of Responsibilities

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SHAFAQNA- In the speech that I had given in this same venue under the topic of “Amr bil Maʿruf wa Nahi ʿAnil Munkar” (commanding to that which is right and forbidding from that which is evil), I alluded to a point which I will repeat…

Seeing God

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SHAFAQNA- The discussion of "seeing" God is one of the subjects of the science of kalam in which views of Islamic schools of thought differed since the battle and argument on kalam started, shattering the unity of the Creed's interpretation…

Miracle or Mirage? The Paradox of Miracles & Science

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SHAFAQNA- What are miracles? Do they exist? Are miracles a form of magic? What is the scientific take on miracles? This and more in this very educative and thorough text. Introduction The first issue after proving the existence of God is…

Islam and Just War Theory

SHAFAQNA- In this paper, it is argued that an Islamic ethics of war and peace may be interpreted to yield a just war pacifism that is analogous to that developed on the basis of Western just war theory. Abstract Just war theory is said…

How are Prophets chosen?

SHAFAQNA - What are the Prophets' responsibilities towards God? What is the social, cultural and intellectual background in which the Prophets appear? To answer these questions, we analyze the following statements of the first Sermon of the…

Benefits of the recitation of the chapters of the Holy Qur’an

SHAFAQNA - The Verse “Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim” If we were to give an exhaustive account of the benefits of the recitation of “Bismillah…” we would need more than a single volume to do justice to it. Apart from being part of…

Temet Nosce (Know Thyself)

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SHAFAQNA- Despite Satan’s deliberate disobedience and efforts to lead man astray, the scope of his influence is certainly limited. There are some who ‘rise above the influence’.  “…God has treasures there which are neither gold…

Seeking the Straight Path: Reflections of a New Muslim

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SHAFAQNA - As a child growing up in America, my education about Islam was very poor. There were one or two times when Islam was presented briefly in a history book at school. What I remember from those readings is that Muslims had a god called…

ALLĀH AND THE MASCULINE PRONOUN

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SHAFAQNA- Question Why does Allāh [God] use the masculine pronoun when referring to Himself in the Qur’ān? Why has the masculine pronoun taken precedence over the feminine pronoun? Answer The language of the Qur’ān is ʿArabic and…

God's "Hand" is His Might

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SHAFAQNA- There are other verses the superficial meaning of which gives the impression that God has limbs just as humans do which He uses to achieve His purpose, such as His statement addressing Iblis when the latter refused to prostrate…

A few sayings of Imam Hassan

SHAFAQNA - When asked what piety is, Imam Hassan (A) replied, "yearning for virtue and not longing for this world." When asked what generosity is, Imam Hassan (A) replied, "donation before request and feeding people during drought." When…

Apostasy is Equal to Treason

SHAFAQNA- Why does Islam not allow apostasy? Apostasy or irtidād in Islam is equal to treason. The Western world limits treason to political and military terms. In the USA, treason consists "only in levying war against Americans, and…

Importance of Marriage in Islam

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SHAFAQNA-The Holy Quran says, And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves; if they are needy, Allah will make them free from want out of His grace; and Allah is Ample-giving,…