Celebrating the birth of Christ while preserving
our Islamic identity
We live in these days the occasions of Christmas
and the New Year. How do we celebrate these two
occasions? Celebrating the birth of Christ should
be in the same manner that the Quran celebrated
The value of the mind in our life
To discuss the topic of the value of the mind
in our life, we cannot but go back to the Holy Quran
and the Sunnah to determine the view of Islam from
the mind; the mind that we have neglected and resorted
instead to our instincts, which became the bases
of our politics and relations..
Treating excessive concern
In the first sermon, His Eminence, Sayyed Jaafar
Fadlullah, talked about concern and worrisome. He
explained that it mainly has to do with falling
short in work, which might be caused either by loving
to rest, or when the projects one embarks on are
beyond his capacity or by loving the pleasures of
this world in a way that one is overwhelmed by them....
Self-admiration and lust: Factors that weaken
It is narrated that Imam Ali (a.s.) said: “The
intellect and lust are opposite to each other; knowledge
supports the intellect while the lust is supported
by the passions and inordinate desires. Self is
a battlefield where a war is waged between the intellect
and lust; whoever becomes victorious in this fight
takes control of the self”. This Hadith by Imam
Ali depicts the state of psychological struggle
between the intellect and lust over the things that
the mind is able to differentiate whether they are
beneficial or harmful....
The role of the mind in knowing Allah
With regards to the mind’s ability to reach the
level of appreciating the Greatness of Allah, the
Most Exalted, we believe that Allah granted the
mind enough freedom to open up to all the horizons
it can reach in the universe, in life, in man and
The majales, or Husseini congregations, has been
going on for as long as we can remember. However, the
themes, methods of narrations and stories have not developed
yet. The concept of Ashoura is one that has untimely
significances and connotations...
Ashoura can be regarded as a school that balances
theMuslim personality, because it manifests all the
greatness of its individuals in their relationship with
God, and in their high spirituality, in that prophetic
attitude with each other and towards their enemies,
and in their demonstration of the Islamic concepts,
whether on the political level regarding the question
of who should become the ruler, or on the religious
level in general....
Historically, female leaders have been overshadowed
in the mainstream Muslim world. In fact, Islam would
not have survived all that time if it were not for the
phenomenal female figures who propagated the message
of Islam including Lady Khadijah, Lady Fatima (a.s.),
and Lady Zeinab...
Probably, the utmost form of self-sacrifice for the
sake of Allah is in the case of Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.).
The event of Karbala itself marks a landmark in Islam,
as it shaped the history of the Islamic nation....
“O you who believe! When it is said to you, Make
room in (your) assemblies, then make ample room, Allah
will give you ample, and when it is said: Rise up, then
rise up. Allah will exalt those of you who believe,
and those who are given knowledge, in high degrees;
and Allah is Aware of what you do.” (58:11)..
- The wife has the right to defend herself when she is offended, whether
by the husband or any other person, since she enjoys, according to Shariah,
the legal right to defend herself.
-The man who does not allow himself to open up to the others is a man whose
arguments are weak.
- When the wrongdoer continues to commit more and more crimes only to be
met with pardon, it will only make him feel that he can get away with his crimes.
Thus, he will commit more crimes and transgress on the society around him.
Q: What is the ruling of the prayer if the
one performing it carries in his pocket something that has blood on it or other
A: Carrying something impurified does not affect the validity of the prayer,
provided that the impurity is not transmitted to the body or the clothes of
the one performing the prayer.
Q: What is your advice to the obsessed?
A: He should not care about his obsession, and he should fill his heart and
mind with the meaning and spirit of the worship rites, so as not to waste his
life with useless matters.
Q: What is hypocrisy?
A: Hypocrisy is to claim that you are doing something for Allah’s sake, while
it is not.