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Category: Occasional Letters

Destruction of Baqi: A New Cult

Eighty nine years have passed from that tragic incident; one whose bitter consequences still affect the Muslims… After occupying Mecca, they attacked Medina; but the defenders of the city did not have the power to face them. They occupied the city of Medina as well. Then, they entered the cemetery of Baqi and destroyed the […]

On the Occasion of Insult to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and Desecration of the Holy Shrines

O Lord! It is hard on us to experience the absence of our Prophet, the occultation of our master and Imam, the abundance of our enemies…, and the severity of our trials.  (Phrases from Iftitah supplication)  News about the insulting caricatures naturally shocked and disturbed us. We found ourselves asking the question, “How can a […]

The Prophets and Ka’ba

Pilgrims who circumambulate the house of Allah enter a mosque in which the Ka’ba is located. They must begin circumambulating the Ka’ba from the same spot all monotheists throughout history agreed upon. Prophet Adam (PBUH), father of mankind, (2) learned the rituals of Hajj with the help of Gabriel, and experienced such blessing by going […]

Practicing Obedience

“O, you who believe, fasting is compulsory for you, similar to the peoples prior to you, may you become pious.” (The Holy Quran 2:183) There are verses in the Torah and the Bible about fasting(1). There are contemporary Jews and Christians that fast some days in different variations during a year. They either abstain from […]

Wise Worshipping

“Many people get nothing out of their fasts but hunger and thirst; many people get nothing out of their night prayers but exertions and sleepless nights. Bless be to the sleep and eating of the wise ones!”(1) In our religion, the acts of worship have a body and a soul, just like human beings. In […]

The Spring of the Quran

And the Messenger will say, ”O my Lord! Surely my people have treated this Quran as a forsaken thing (1)”. Based on the verses of the Holy Quran, this is how the Messenger of Allah (PBUH&HP) will complain to Allah (SWT) about his nation. Since the Holy Quran is the manifest of personal and social […]

Lessons of Freedom

There are many who expound libertarianism, and encourage others to freedom; however, they are, obliviously, enslaved and bounded, and do not have any determination by themselves. Many who violate others’ freedom and rights for the sake of their desires, and count themselves as the sole ruler of nations and societies are dispossessed of freedom, as […]

Educational Aspects of Fasting

There are many aspects in fasting as it has many material and spiritual effects on mankind, but perhaps the most important effect is the “moral aspect”‌ and “educational philosophy”‌. One who fasts should prevent eating and drinking despite hunger and thirst in addition to control lustful desires. One has to prove that he is different […]

The Way of Benevolence

According to the narrations from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) and the Infallible Imams (PBUT), the month of Ramadan is the best of months and its hours are the best hours (1).” Thus it is proper that everyone hold this month in great esteem and spend the precious time of this month performing the best deeds. However, […]

Ramadan and Our Habits

We, as human, wander among certain moods and desires. Despite our fluctuant life and uncertainties we face, we remain in a constant struggle to achieve calmness.  But after enduring years of suffering and difficulty in work, study, and scheduling, we realize that we are faced with an even greater problem in our way: “the routine”.  […]