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The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams 2

The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams 2
Part II    In part I we examined the prominence of the school of the Imam Ja'far as- Sadiq in the religious sciences, and discussed the reasons for its pre-eminence. Now we shall see how it also contributed to other branches of knowledge, those of the natural sciences.  (a) CHEMISTRY. Jabir b. Hayyan (the Geber of the Latins), who has been called one of the 'fathers of chemistry' and 'the most famous Arabic alchemist' [23], was one of the ...

The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams

The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams
Sayyid Saeed Akhtar Rizvi  Vol IX No. 1 and 2 The period under discussion (95-148 A.H /712-765 A.D.) began and ended in the times of the Vth and VIth Imams. The persecutions of the Shi'is continued unabated from Mu'awiya's time to almost the very last days of the Umayyads, although this dynasty in its latter days was considerably weakened by internal strife. Zayd, the grandson of Husayn, rose up to establish the rule of religion and justice ...

Conditions for Allah’s Special Blessings

Conditions for Allah’s Special Blessings
  To gain Allah’s special blessings, the mystic servant should prepare the necessary grounds for it by: 1.      Avoiding the accompaniment of people with a weak faith who do not try to strengthen their belief and accompanying the favorite servants and divine scholars instead. 2.      Avoiding eating doubtful meals, let alone unlawful meals, in parties and feasts of people with unlawful wealth. 3.      Purifying the soul ...

Sahifeh Sajjadieh: A Panacea for Man

Sahifeh Sajjadieh: A Panacea for Man
Inovactions included in Sahifeh Sajjadieh are so rich and valuable that this book is refered to as “ heal all”. What is the content of this book ?and what are the special qualities of this book ? are well-answered by the words of professor Hossein Ansarian in “ The land of lovers”. “ Sahifeh Sajjadieh contains the most precious and useful invocations and supplications under fifty four titles. Sahifeh has created these lively and ...

Pilgrimage - Hajj

Pilgrimage - Hajj
Hajj is a worship act.  It means to visit the holy house of Allah in Mecca at a certain period of time - in the month of Dhil-hajj and complete certain rituals according to the Islamic Laws. WHO HAS TO HAVE HAJJ One who has the following qualifications must necessarily visit the house of Allah and complete hajj rituals: 1.  MATURITY  That is being fifteen complete lunar years old in the case of a male and nine years in the case of ...

Quranic, Rational and Historical Basis of Islamic Jihad

Quranic, Rational and Historical Basis of Islamic Jihad
  A- AbrogationOur discussions have been about Islamic jihad. Tonight, there are three issues that I wish to speak about, one of which has a Quranic basis, the other, reason as a basis, and the third, has both a Quranic basis and a historical one.The issue that has the Quranic basis is in connection with the Quranic verses about jihad. Before, we had said that some of the verses about jihad are unconditional while others are conditional. ...

Jihad and Shahadat

Jihad and Shahadat
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to God, the cherisher and sustainer of the worlds, creator of the heavens and the earth. May divine peace and greetings be bestowed upon all the righteous apostles, particularly upon the seal of the prophets, the one who raised the flags of truth and the true religion, and divine greetings upon his noble family and companions and upon the infallible imams, martyrs, and truthful ones. ...

SINS AND THE HISTORY OF REPENT

SINS AND THE HISTORY OF  REPENT
  “And most surely I am most Forgiving to him who repents and believes and does good, then continues to follow the right direction.” Qur'an, 20:82. Sins and the ability to repent Mothers do not give birth to sinful children, and children do not come to this world defiled with sins. When a baby comes to this life for the first time, his mind is empty of any knowledge, intellect and information. He is completely ignorant of what is around ...

The technical and practical treatment of Greed

The technical and practical treatment of Greed
One of those  destructive factors that is stressed in Sahifeh Sajjadieh is “ greed”. This issue is also from those that are avoided both in Quran, Tradition and sayings of Infallibles (a). In Sahifeh Sajadieh as a source of light and guid, men are provided with a treatment for greed. In “ The Land of lovers” Professor Hossein Ansarian elaborates on this issue.  Technical treatment Always remind yourselves of the good feelings, ...

5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read
Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning to value knowledge but are unable to distinguish between preaching and thinking.What we need today are critical thinkers who force Muslims to think and not feel-good ...

A few short stories of the divine prophets and the imprortance of self-estimation

A few short stories of the divine prophets and the imprortance of self-estimation
Josef and Zulaykh¡ Some scholars have quoted that as Zulaykh¡[1] misused her power and accused Josef to adultery, in order to acquit herself, Josef was imprisoned. But out of her intense affection toward Josef, Zulaykh¡ wished to hear his voice and weeping. So she ordered one of her servants to wipe Josef. Seeing Josef’s divine and enlightened face, the servant could not obey the order. He thus put a thick piece of cloth on Josef and then ...

Benefits of Fasting

Benefits of Fasting
In Islam, the spiritual, social, economic, political and psychological benefits of fast are interrelated, each affecting the other. Rituals regulate the Muslims' social and individual life and bring them closer to their Creator. A combination of fast, prayers, and meditation may be the very best dose for any and all psychological, financial, and spiritual ills from which one may be suffering. They purify the soul, cleanse the intention, and ...

The Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)

The Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)
The Principles of Jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh)Introduction The subject under consideration here is the 'ilm, or knowledge of the principles of jurisprudence, usul ul fiqh. The two studies of jurisprudence and its principles are interconnected. They are interconnected in the same way, as will become clear, as the two studies of logic and philosophy are interconnected. The study of the principles is tantamount to a preparation to the study of ...

The Merits of pardoning:

The Merits of pardoning:
  Pardoning some one who has wronged us due to his ignorance or bad-manners is among the traits of the Prophets and God's men; it is a fact which is beloved to God. Professor Hossein Ansarian in “ Land of lovers “ touches this divine manner too.  The sacred verses of the Holy Quran ask people to take pardoning seriously. The narrations handed down to us on pardoning are significant for us to observe seriously. In one of his sermons, the ...

How to treat anger

How to treat anger
Repressing anger is from those good qualities that brings about worldly prosperity and prosperity of the other world. On the other hand, anger is a blameworthy quality that brings about wretchedness in this world and that of the other. Considering Quranic perspectives as well as other Islamic resources, specially Sahifeh Sajjadieh, in “ The land of lovers “ Professor Hossein Ansarian investigates the treatment of this bad habit. The text to ...

Various kinds of intersection existing that each one could make any body happiness in the hereafter

Various kinds of intersection existing that each one could make any body happiness in the hereafter
وَأَسْتَشْفِعُ بِكَ إِلَي نَفْسِكَ I seek intercession from You with Yourself This part of the valuable supplication denotes two facts. First, the supplicant has reached the peak of detachment from his Lord. Thus he ignores every worldly means and turns his heart to Allah and His Mercy. Because an intercessor should be one who is acceptable, and there is no doubt in acceptance of Allah’ intercession, the ...

Salat (Prayers)

Salat (Prayers)
Prayer is one of the most important acts in the Branches of Islam (Furooa-a-Deen).  It is way to worship Allah showing love and devotion to Him.  It keeps the soul and mind free from any pollution such as paganism.  Prayer is also a cleansing agent for our hearts and soul.  It brings spiritual happiness and prevents our souls from becoming depressed, dull, or sad.  When making prayer a habit, it discourages carelessness and helps to ...

A Meeting with the Ulama of Najaf

A Meeting with the Ulama of Najaf
My friend took me to a mosque next to the mausoleum, where the floors were covered by carpets, and around its Mihrab there were some Qur'anic verses, engraved in beautiful calligraphy. I noticed a few turbaned youngsters sitting near the Mihrab studying, and each one of them had a book in his hand.I was impressed by the scene, since I had never seen Shaykhs aged between thirteen and sixteen, and what made them look so cute was their costumes. My ...

A Healthy Guide To Fasting

A Healthy Guide To Fasting
  First please note: Consult your health practitioner for confirmation that you are fit to fast, especially if you are taking prescription drugs, are diabetic, have heart & circulatory problems, epilepsy or you are breastfeeding or pregnant. The information provided is not intended as medical advice and I am not responsible for the decisions you make and the steps you take. It is my dearest wish that your fasting may be very special and ...

Al-Zakat

Al-Zakat
The literal meaning of zakat In defining zakat, it is said to have both the meaning of cleansing and nurturing. If zakat's definition is taken from the root Arabic word, tazkiya meaning cleansing, the sense of zakat becomes attached to property, i.e. cleansing one's property from God's share of the work and others' past efforts, or primary materials and investment. Zakat in practice From the perspective that the rights of every manufacturer and ...