Self-admiration and lust: Factors that weaken the intellect

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.... Details ›

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 sidelines... Details ›

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 in himself... Details ›

The Hussaini platform

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: An Islamic rather than a sectarian event

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....

The immortal Sayyeda Zeinab (a.s.)

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...

Al-Hussein (a.s.) in the eyes of non-Muslims

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....

The Majales in their religious and social context

“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)..


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- 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.