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Keep Us on the Straight Path

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At this point, the first question that comes up is, what is the Straight Path? And secondly, if we are constantly seeking guidance to the Straight Path from Allah, does that mean we are currently misguided? Furthermore, supposing that these words of ours are true, then what about the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them all), who are the examples of the perfect human being? What does it mean in relation to them?

The Characteristics of a Righteous Servant of Allah

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There is one group of people who do not commit certain sins since deep down in their heart, those are detested acts. Thus, every person must look deep within himself and see what prohibited things he has a desire to perform so that he can refrain from those things.

The Islamic Sciences and the Philosophy of Science

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How do theories in the Islamic sciences grow, develop, and change? What sorts of questions are answered through the development of theoretical religious sciences?

The Necessity of Self-Vigilance and Its Meaning

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It is possible that because of self-vigilance, even if it is just for a moment, the veils are lifted from one's soul, something that cannot take place even for thirty years of struggle and spiritual self-mortification.

How Did Islam Spread: By Sword or By Conversion?

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Sayyid Muhammad RizviThere can be no force in accepting Islam; Islam wants sincere believers, not hypocrites. By forced conversion, you only increase the numbers of hypocrites, not the number of true believers.

The True Followers of Ali ibn Abi Talib

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Our entire life, our house, our marketplace, our religious programs, our travels, our entire presence must all take on the aroma of Wilayat of the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them).

The Night of Qadr

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Imam Baqir was asked: "Do you know which night is the Night of Qadr?" He replied, "How could we not know, when the angels circle around us on that night?"

Ramadan: Spring of the Holy Qur'an

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Sayyid Jawad NaqviWe think fasting is an obstacle to understanding Qur'an, when it is in fact simply a prerequisite to understanding the Qur'an! Allah has made fasting obligatory to enable us to understand the Qur'an better and also make others understand better. 

Ask the Experts

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The "difference of opinion" comes about due to the fact that each scholar understands the Qur'anic injunctions and traditions in his/her own way; however, we should also note that the differences amongst the Maraja are very small, and these "differences of opinion" should not become an issue amongst the believers such that they hurl insults or accusations against the followers of one Marja over the other!

Religion and the Material World

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Ayatollah Nasir Makarem Shirazi

Islam tells us that we should not busy ourselves too much with the life of this world, and in reality, we are commanded that we must spend most of our time in the remembrance of the next life

Purification of the Soul

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Shaikh Mohammad Ali ShomaliOne of the main tasks of all the prophets and a major aim behind all their endeavors in teaching the divine message was to help people to purify their souls. Referring to the mission of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny), the Glorious Qur'an says: