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Raising a righteous generation

Before we cite the Ayahs that talk about the “righteous child”, we would like to point out that parenthood, which represents the family’s role in producing generations, is not a subjective matter that aims at making the parents realize themselves, but it is rather an issue of responsibility. It is the responsibility of bringing up a new generation that could achieve for humanity what raises its intellectual, practical and spiritual levels…

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 his birth.

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…

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…

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…

Anger: What is it… how does it erupt?

It is narrated in some Hadiths that: “Verily, anger is a burning coal lit by Satan in the heart of the son of Adam; when anyone of you becomes angry, his eyes will redden, his veins will become swollen and he will be possessed by Satan.” It is also narrated that the Prophet (p.) said: “Verily, anger corrupts faith as the juice of bitter plants corrupt honey.” It is also narrated that Imam As-Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Anger is the annihilation of the heart of the wise,” and: “Anger is the key to all evil,” and: “He who does not control his anger does not control his mind.” These are some (five) Islamic texts that touch upon the issue of anger and its impact on man’s spiritual, mental and practical life...

Pondering over the nature of creation strengthens the relation with Allah

Allah says in His Glorious Book: “It is He Who created for you all that is in the earth, and then He directed Himself to the heaven, so He made them complete seven heavens, and He knows all things.” (02: 29). This Ayah points out the feature of grace that does not move the greatness of creation away from man’s life and needs, which is manifested by the expression “for you” which indicates that Allah has made the earth and all its potentials and capabilities, be they apparent or hidden, available for man…

Experience in the Quran inspired from Cain and Abel’s story

Allah says in His Glorious Book: “Then Allah sent a crow digging up the earth” hollowing the earth out as if searching for something, “so that he might show him how he should cover his brother’s dead body,” (05: 31), signifying the ugly state of his brother after his death, who would become a fetid corpse or food to predators, which he would hate for him. Apparently, this Ayah clarifies that Cain (Qabil) was naïve and inexperienced as he had no on-the-ground experience

'Let there be no compulsion in religion': Its sense and signification

“Let there be no compulsion in religion,” what does this expression mean? Does negating compulsion mean that one should absolutely not be forced into religion by giving him full freedom to choose whether to believe or not, considering that it is a personal matter of choice the result of which has no repercussions, as in the cases where man chooses to eat or not, or chooses to do something or abstain from it? Or does it mean that one is given the opportunity to choose after presenting all the evidences and arguments which reveal that belief signifies the right while disbelief signifies falsehood…

An interview with Sayyed Ja’far Fadlullah

The question of religion is as old as antiquity itself. It is directly related to our everyday life. The issues of religious institution vs. the individual, in addition to science vs. religion have always been brought to the table. Their direct and indirect impacts on the several aspects of our lives will always be a matter that arises man’s curiosity and stimulates his critical thinking abilities.

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