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Taqiyyah or Dissimulation

One of the most misunderstood aspects of Shi’ism is the practice of dissimulation or taqiyyah. With the wider meaning of taqiyyah, “to avoid or shun any kind of danger,” we are not concerned here. Rather, our aim is to discuss that kind of taqiyyah in which a man hides his religion or certain of his religious practices in situations that …

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The Spiritual Message of Shi’ism

The message of Shi’ism to the world can be summarized in one sentence: “To know God.” Or in other words, it is to instruct man to follow the path of Divine realization and the knowledge of God in order to gain felicity and salvation. And this message is contained in the very phrase with which the Holy Prophet commenced his …

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Reciting Quran Great Way for Purification of Heart

If you want a heart that yearns for its Creator and is attracted to all that is good, then these are some recommendations of things that we can do to purify our hearts. Recite the Quran When we seek to purify our heart and endear it towards that which is pleasing to Allah, few things work like reciting the Quran. …

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Another Testimony to Islam’s Universality

In 6 A.H., the Holy Prophet of Islam dispatched several representatives to rulers and kings of different parts of the world, each with a letter in which he invited them to become Muslims and submit to God’s faith. All these letters had the same purport, that is, the invitation to monotheism and Islamic fraternity. Since the Holy Prophet’s mission was …

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Islam in Spain

Islam in Spain has a remarkable presence. Muslims in Europe in general and Spain in particular have always been categorized as immigrants. In recent years, however, there is a notable number of native Spaniards who have converted to Islam in Spain and they are recognized publicly as new Muslims. This may raise many questions on the nature of the Islamic …

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The Location of Ascent الإسراء والمعراج

Among the writers of history and the elucidators of the Holy Qur` an there is a dispute in regards to the place of commencement of the Mi’raj of the Noble Prophet (S). Did it start from the house of Umm Hani (the sister of Amir al‑Mo’minin ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib) or from Masjid al‑Haram ‑ since the complete city of …

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Lung cancer tumor growth halved with new approach

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), lung cancer caused around 25.9 percent of all cancer-related deaths last year and accounted for 13.2 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the United States. But the prognosis for this and other cancer types may be looking up; researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have conducted a …

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Islamic Brotherhood in the Present Age

In our age, Muslims need real unity more than ever. God has endowed Islamic countries with invaluable resources which others intensely covet. Thus, they try every means possible to divide Muslims and distract them from their critical situation. It goes without saying that dispersion, lack of unity, and negligence are extremely effective causes of ruin and slavery, and obviously the …

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Is Revelation a Kind of Hysteria?

Some western writers who are no doubt prejudiced have been dubious about the descent of revelation upon our Holy Prophet 75and have considered it a sort of disease called hysteria. Fortunately, this false accusation is so vain and baseless that it calls for no arguments to prove its falsehood. It is well-known that hysteria has certain moods and indispositions, none of …

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Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) and Religion

The prime factor for the disappointment of the Shia was the lack of a uniform or coherent ideology; and this continued to be so till the time of the great Imam of the Shias, Jafer al-Sadiq. This is what the writer says. We do not know what he actually means. If he means, positively, that the uniform ideology of Shia …

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