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Tuesday 17th of January 2017
Kalam and Beliefs

Is Jesus Really God?

Without a doubt, you have often heard the claim that Jesus is God, the second person in the "Holy Trinity." However, the very Bible which is used as a basis for knowledge about Jesus and as the basis for doctrine within Christianity clearly belies this claim. We urge you to consult your own Bible and verify that the following conclusions are not drawn out of context:1. God is All Knowing...but Jesus was not.When speaking of the Day of Judgement, ...

The Meaning of Muawiyah's Name

Hafez ibn Asaker has written in his historical book: 'Jaryat ibn Ghodameh Saedi was with Muawiyah. Muawiyah asked him: 'Who are you?' He said: 'Jaryat ibn Ghodameh.' Muawiyah said: 'Are you more than a bee?' Jaryeh said: 'You compared me with a sweet mouth, but I swear to God that Muawiyah does not mean anything except a bitch (a female dog) which barks and calls the male dogs toward itself, and Omye (Muawiyah's ancestor) is the extended of Omeh ...

The virtue of “Kursi”‌ verse

Our Holy Qur’an is a universal book that covers all sorts of themes and subjects. While some of its verses are anecdotal, relating the stories of Prophets; others are allegorical, endowed with two levels of meanings; literal and metaphorical. Other verses illuminate the excellence and reverence of our Creator.Among the 6346 verses of the Holy Qur’an, one is described as “the most virtuous”‌ as itwas revealed from a ...

What is the precise meaning of Alhamdulillah and Subhan’Allah

HamdHamd literally means praise, the opposite of condemnation and dishonor. [1]Praise is a sort of action, not just an utterance of words. We praise an object, person, action or event that we approve of and are satisfied about. Therefore, praise is the result of satisfaction which makes it an existential act or phenomenon. When we are satisfied of somebody we adore them. This love is what inclines us to a set of actions, sayings, qualities and ...

Gender responsibilities in the light of Allah’s Divine Attributes

In commenting on Allah’s saying in the Holy Qur’an, “It is We who have distributed among them their livelihood in the life of this world.” (Q 43:32) Imam Ali (as) is reported to have said:“Allah the Exalted told us that employment is one of the means of people’s livelihood. He, in His wisdom, diversified their aspirations, motivations, and other such states. Thus He made man’s employment of one another ...

Fighting Bad Habits

AngerThe state of anger is one of the most dangerous states that overtake man and if he is unable to control himself in this condition he is likely to become almost a lunatic whereby he fails to check himself. Consequently he commits such serious deeds that can put him to a life long shamefulness and restlessness. Islamic traditions have censured this state of mind. We suffice here with the following few: Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: Anger destroys ...

Knowledge of Allah (S.W.T)

It is mentioned in reliable traditions that Imam Jaafar as-Sadiq (A.S) said, Dawood (David) arrived for hajj, attended Arafat, saw the huge gathering of people there and went on top of a hill and engaged him in supplication in solitude. When he concluded the hajj rituals, Archangel Gabriel came to him and asked, “Why had you gone to the hill? Your Lord asks did you think that your voice would not reach Him due to the noise of the ...

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?

t 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, they remain protected against the Fire.  Reference has been made to this fact in different parts of the Qur'an.  Obviously, that does not at all mean that Islam is not the right religion; rather, according to the ...

Is questioning pervasive and all-encompassing? What does questioning of prophets mean?

The Holy Quran says, "Most certainly then We will question those to whom (the messengers) were sent, and most certainly We will also question the messengers." (Al-A\'raf: 6) Elsewhere the Quran again says, "And most certainly you will be questioned as to what you did." (Nahl: 93) When it comes to these two verses, two important questions seem to be of considerable significance: 1. It is inferred from the foregoing two verses that questioning is ...

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, ...

Tawhid

Tawhid (Arabic: تَوحيد, monotheism) is the belief that there is only one God. It is the most basic and central belief, and the most important slogan, in Islam. The first doctrine that the Prophet (s) taught people was monotheism expressed with the slogan: "La Ilah Illa Allah" (Arabic: لا إله إلّا ألله, There is no god except Allah). All ideological, moral and jurisprudential (fiqh) doctrines of Islam go back to Tawhid. Every ...

Why Shi’ism is named Jafri religion?

For the sake of the propagation of the Shiite constitution in the shadow of the knowledge, political sacrifices, and devotion, the Shiite school was attributed to him and this religion was named as the Jafri religion. We belong to the Jafri religion and take pride in this name. The message of the true Islam of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H&H.P) can be sought in the blood of Imam Hussain (A.S) and its explanation and description in the ...

Preparing for what is to come

The Holy Prophet said: “Verily, the month of Rajab is the Great Month of Allah. No other month can be as sacred and as virtuous as this month…Therefore, if one observes fasting on one day of this month, he will bindingly win the grand pleasure of Almighty Allah and will be taken away from the displeasure of Almighty Allah, and the gates of hellfire will be closed in his face.”Rajab and Sha’ban serve as spiritual ...

The Glory of the month of Ramadan

It was reserved for Islam to prescribe and perfect a formula for spirutual purification for every one of its followers, notwithstanding the state of society he may belong to, and which can be followed without interfering with his normal avocations and callings in every day life.Whatever calling or vocation a Muslim may be engaged in, it does not hinder him from obeying this divine commandment which is one of the five fundamental tenets of ...

An Exemplary Human Being

The subject under discussion is the perfect man from the viewpoint of Islam. A perfect man means an exemplary human being, who is superior and exalted, or any other interpretation that one can make. Like everything else, a human being may be perfect or imperfect, and sound or defective. A sound person, too, may be both sound and perfect or sound and imperfect. To know a perfect or exemplary human being from the viewpoint of Islam is necessary ...

Perfecting Man's Faith and Conviction

Human beliefs, like man's knowledge, science and technology, advance with the centuries. Religion predates history, and has always engaged mankind's particular affection and attention. Language, writing, and means of livelihood have all progressed in parallel with man's mental and spiritual growth. They wax and wane, as is the human condition. Religions multiplied; deities proliferated. Some were represented as imaginary beings, some as animals, ...

Teachings of Qur’an: How to avoid sins of tongue

Faith calls upon us to bring out the best in ourselves and in others. Treating other people with integrity and respect is a sign of a believer.It is not permissible for a Muslim to spread rumors, gossip, or engage in backbiting one another.Teachings of the Qur’anIslam teaches the believers to validate their sources, and not engage in conjecture. Repeatedly in the Qur’an, Muslims are warned about the sins of the tongue.“Do not ...

Defense - The Spirit of Jihad

Defense - the Spirit of Jihad One of the points that now comes into question is the Islamic view of the essence and spirit of jihad. On this point there is complete agreement amongst researchers; the essence of jihad is defense, meaning that not one of them even suspects jihad, or any kind of fighting, that is motivated by aggression, by lust for the wealth and riches and other resources of the other side, for an aggressor's harnessing of a ...

Scholars' Rebuttals on the Wahabbis' Corporalism

AL­HAFIZ IBN HAJAR Ibn Hajar's Fetihul­Bari Fi Sharhi Sahihil Bukhari, part 3 page 23: Adopters of trend of God's having a locality cited the Prophet's saying, "Our Lord descends to the lowest heavens," as their evidence. Majority of scholars denied so, since it leads to the Lord's demarcation. Allah be exalted against so. Various opinions were cited in respect of meaning of the Lord's descending. Anthropomorphists rested upon its ...

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 ...