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 principle of preserving dignity
His Eminence, Sayyed Ali Fadlullah delivered
the two Friday sermons. In the first sermon, he
talked about dignity as a religious and human value
that man ought to preserve. In the second sermon,
he called for standing with the Palestinians instead
of condemning their acts, for a people that suffers
daily cannot be expected to abide by the criteria
that the others have formulated. In Lebanon, the
Sayyed called on the citizens to be active and exercise
their rights of holding the officials responsible
and not watch the evolvement of the crisis from
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
- As much as Imam Al-Hassan (a.s.) stood with humility before Allah, he was
strong, firm and steadfast in the stands he took for maintaining the right.
- The value of knowledge lies in how much it is benefitted from in man’s
mind, heart and life.
- I call on all the researchers to get to know well the personality of Imam
Al-Hassan (a.s.) represented by the will of power he enjoyed and the Islamic
dignity that marked all his behavior.
Q: Is it permissible to recite the Basmalah
when the Imam leading the prayer is reciting the [second] Surah?
A: The one who joins a congregational prayer should not recite any of the two
Surahs, including the Basmalah, in the first two Raka’s.
Q: Is the urine of an infant deemed pure, and
consequently it is permissible for the mother to pray while wearing clothes
that have this urine on?
A: An infant’s urine is impure; thus, it is impermissible to pray whilst wearing
clothes impurified by it, knowing that these clothes ought to be changed or
purified before praying while having them on.
Q: Is it permissible to sell medical samples?
A: If those samples are not for sale, then it is impermissible to sell them.