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Abu-Talib: The Greatest Guardian of Islam

Abu-Talib: The Greatest Guardian of Islam
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Why Do We Pray?

Why Do We Pray?
Why do we do it? As societies worldwide flourish and Islam stands to be the fastest growing religion of the world, we sometimes see a disturbing deviation within the Muslim Ummah. Forget society, forget those who are converting and reverting, forget those who are just introducing themselves to Islam. I'm talking about us: those born and raised into Muslim families and taught the values of Islam and the teachings of the Prophets and Imams (peace ...

Revert to the path of virtue

Revert to the path of virtue
    The people with the 'blackened heart' are totally unaffected by any counsel because their sins have caused the darkness to spread all over their heart. The loss of the inner eye prevents them from perceiving truths nor can they recognise the truth when they see it. They cannot accept any exhortation and revert to the path of virtue. It is in this connection that Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) explains: "A man resolves to perform a sinful ...

Thoughts on Eid Fitr

Thoughts on Eid Fitr
Many people wonder why we celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan. Are we happy that Ramadan has finished? How can we be happy that such a great month of Allah, with all its blessings and mercies, has gone away?The actual reason we celebrate Eid is not because we are glad the holy month is over, but because we are thankful to Allah for giving us the chance and the strength to carry out His commands in the blessed month. We are happy that we were ...

One for the action itself, and second for the benevolence

One for the action itself, and second for the benevolence
  First: To carry out the Wajib acts which they did not perform during their life time, like Namaz, Roza, Hajj and repayment of debts. Second: To Act on their will and testament. Third: To perform various good deeds for their salvation, i.e., to give Sadaqah, to perform charitable acts, and to carry out recommended acts on their behalf. In short, one should strive to the utmost in doing good deeds on their behalf so that Allah may shower His ...

The Meaning of Sileh Rahmi and Qat-e-Rahmi

The Meaning of Sileh Rahmi and Qat-e-Rahmi
Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.) states: Sileh Rahmi (kindness to relatives) purifies deeds. Purification of deeds means, that the shortcomings in all the good deeds of a person practicing Sileh Rahmi are naturally compensated and all his good deeds are accepted by Allah. It increases wealth, wards off difficulties and calamities. The accounting of your actions on the day of Qiyamat is made easy. Even the ordained time of death is ...

Al-Husayn ibn 'Ali Sayyidu'sh-Shuhada (Peace be Upon him)

Al-Husayn ibn 'Ali Sayyidu'sh-Shuhada (Peace be Upon him)
Name: al-Husayn. Title: Sayyidu'sh-Shuhada'. Agnomen: Abu 'Abdillah. Father' s name: 'Ali Amir al-Mu'minin. Mother's name:Fatimah (Daughter of the Holy Prophet). Birth: In Medina on Thursday, 3rd Sha'ban 4 AH. Death: Martyred in Karbala' (Iraq) at the age of 57, on Friday, 10th Muharram 61 AH and buried there. In the House of the Holy Prophet, which presented the best image of both the worlds - the heaven and the earth- a child who ...

Along with Imam Husain (AS), From Medina to Karbala (1)

Along with Imam Husain (AS), From Medina to Karbala (1)
Salaam and welcome to the first part of our special program for the month of Moharram "Along with Imam Husain (AS), From Medina to Karbala."The month of Moharram has started. It is the month of mourning for the martyrs of the greatest ever tragedy the world has ever seen. It is the month on whose advent the faithful don black clothes and put up black banners on roofs, walls and streets, highlighting the words and objectives of the Chief of ...

Allah show their greatness and position

Allah show their greatness and position
  Intercession Should not Prompt one to Commit Sins There is hardly any doubt regarding the reality of Shafa'at (intercession). Actually it is the right bestowed upon the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and the purified Imams (a.s.), by Allah, to show their greatness and position. The other aim of intercession is to make their respect evident. The people who have committed Greater Sins shall be entrusted to them. By the grace of their ...

The Unfixed Wages

The Unfixed Wages
  That day Sulayman bin Ja'far Ja'fari and Emam Reza (A.S.) had gone out together for some work. It was sunset when Sulayman wanted to return home. Emam Reza (A.S.) said to him: "Come to my house and be with us tonight." Sulayman agreed and with Emam (A.S.) he went to his house.Emam (A.S.) saw his servants busy in gardening. By the way, he saw a stranger, who was also busy in gardening with them. Emam (A.S.) asked: "Who is he?"The servants ...

The pond of Khumm of Ghadir

The pond of Khumm of Ghadir
Upon receiving the verse, the Prophet [s] stopped on that place (the pond of Khumm) which was extremely hot. Then he sent for all people who have been ahead in the way, to come back and waited until all pilgrims who fell behind, arrived and gathered. He ordered Salman [r] to use rocks and camel toolings to make a pulpit (minbar) so he could make his announcement. It was around noon time in the first of the Fall, and due to the extreme heat in ...

The enjoining of good and the prevention of evil

The enjoining of good and the prevention of evil
This is one of the most important of the compulsory acts prescribed by religion and the basis of the Muslim's moral duties; moreover, it is the most effective means of demonstrating the truth and reality of Islam and is a successful weapon against infidelity and paganism. Any nation which ignores this holy law is doomed to ruin; indeed it will become the haven of oppressors and cheats. It is for this reason that the Prophet (s.a.w.), who ...

Hazrat Zainab (S.A) in Karbala

Hazrat Zainab (S.A) in Karbala
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GREATER SINS AND SMALLER SINS

GREATER SINS AND  SMALLER SINS
Abstaining From the Greater Sins Cause the Lesser Sins to be Overlooked If one avoids the Greater Sins, the Lesser sins shall be overlooked. Allah, the Almighty, by His grace, excuses the Lesser sins. As it is mentioned in the following verse of the Holy Qur'an "If you shun the Greater Sins which you are forbidden, We will do away with your smaller sins and cause you to enter an honourable place of entering." (Surah Nisa 4: 31) The Gates of ...

Quranic verses denounce lying

Quranic verses denounce lying
Allah the Almighty says in Surah Nahl, verse 105: "Only they forge the lie who do not believe in Allah's communications, and these are the liars." And in Surah Zumar it is mentioned: "Surely Allah does not guide him aright who is a liar, ungrateful." (Surah Zumar 39:3) It can be understood from the verses of the Quran that a liar calls for divine curse and invites the anger of Allah. For example: "... and pray for the curse of Allah on the ...

Immediate Death on Embracing Islam

Immediate Death on Embracing Islam
  Realisation Before Death It is known that there have been people so much involved in sins that their salvation appeared impossible. But in their last moments, realisation dawned on them and they prayed for pardon. Due to their sincere repentance all their sins were pardoned and the Mercy of the Merciful Allah came to their rescue. Thus, they were able to achieve salvation and happiness in the hereafter. They shall be among the ...

Helping the oppressors and bending (leaning) towards

Helping the oppressors and bending (leaning) towards
The twenty-ninth sin, that is classified as a Greater Sin is 'Helping the oppressors'. Fazl Ibne Shazaan has narrated from Imam Reza (a.s.) that he said concerning the Greater Sins: "And helping the oppressors and bending (leaning) towards them." In the narration of Amash from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) the following is mentioned, "Not helping the oppressed people is a Greater Sin." In other words helping the oppressors is also a Greater Sin. Imam Musa ...

CONSUMPTION OF HARAAM

CONSUMPTION OF HARAAM
The twenty-fifth Greater Sin is Consumption of Haraam. In the Quranic ayat 'Akal-e-soht' is translated as eating of what is unlawfully acquired. Hence the word "eat" is not restricted to consumption of edibles but includes the use of any and every article, which has been acquired unlawfully or by illegal means. Consumption of haraam is listed as greater sin in the Holy Quran and the tradition of Imam Reza (a.s.) from the book Oyoon-e-Akhbare ...

Evolution of Man as a Reason for Dvine Trial

Evolution of Man as a Reason for Dvine Trial
Divine trial is an unchangeable and constant divine tradition. God tries all humans at all times. Therefore the prophets and divine authorities are not only exempted from this rule, their trial is harder. Because God afflicts those who are beloved are closer to Him with harsher tests[1]. Let us review the mysteries of divine trial. According to verses and narrations related to affliction, it seems that God afflicts people with harsh trials for ...

The duty of the believers

The duty of the believers
The needy person is that one whom need and poverty have disabled and who has lost every means of living. The duty of the believers and their legal and human responsibilities are to help this needy person with their money to solve his problems, to keep his dignity and to satisfy his needs. The Qur'an has made obligatory on the believers to take care of the needy and to satisfy their needs. The Qur'an considers satisfying the needs of the needy ...