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Prisoner of Samarra

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Bombed Samarra shrineFor us today, it is specifically important to reflect on some of the Imam's words, which are directed to his followers, "My will to you is that you have Taqwa (righteousness) for Allah; be careful in matters of your religion; be honest in your speech; return trusts to those who entrust them to you, whether they be kind or wicked; prolong your Sujood (prostration) and be good neighbors…."

Exemplary Shia Women: Madam Zohreh Sefati

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Madam Zohreh SefatiMadam Sefati actively participated in Islamic propagation against the Pahlavi regime. She faced many hardships in the course of her anti-Shah activities, and her brother was martyred by that regime. She was also in communication regularly with Islamic thinkers, such as Ayatollah Murtadha Mutahhari, Ayatollah Beheshti and Ayatollah Qoddousi.

The Prophet's Legacy

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The Prophet's Mosque in MedinaIt was only logical for the Prophet to appoint a vanguard who would lead the believers socially and politically after the Prophet. When this leader was abandoned, things spiraled downwards. By forsaking their Divinely-chosen leader, the Muslims had essentially created an authority vacuum in the Muslim world.

The Lunar Eclipse and the Prayer of Signs

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Islam teaches its followers to remember Allah at all times, and when one witnesses such events occurring, they should serve as a reminder of God's power and might. Hence, the Prayer of Signs is mandated.

Preparing for the Afterlife

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ImageThe Infallibles are our best examples in this world to prepare ourselves for the next. They have shown us through their teachings that we must be in a constant state of worship. Imam Baqir once said, "I would indeed fear if death came to me while I was in the state of committing a sin."

Forty Days Later

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ImageThe 40th day commemoration of Imam Husain (peace be upon him) should be a time for us all to reflect on our situation as individuals, as a community and as a Muslim nation. Indeed, we should try our best to attend the 40th day commemoration programs at the Islamic centers.

Patience in Islam

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ImageWe need to examine and adopt the examples the All-Merciful Allah has provided for us through our Prophets and Imams (peace be upon them), as well as the Quran.  Let us not react right away to sudden situations.

Ashura: Mourning and Reform

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I heard someone ask, "Why is the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and the tragedy of Karbala considered a sad event?" Why aren't we joyous that the heroes achieved martyrdom and saved Islam? Is the purpose of Muharram to get sad or compete in mourning rituals?

The Seventh

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Shrine of Imam Kadhim [as] near Baghdad, IraqIt is narrated that the prominent Sunni jurist Abu Hanifa said to Imam as-Sadiq, "I saw your son Musa praying, and people were walking right in front of him, and he didn't forbid them from that."

Twenty-Nine, Going on Thirty: In Honor of the Islamic Revolution

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ImageFor 29 years now, we have sat back and taken the lies, accepted the critiques, the misinterpretations, the ignorance. Imam Khomeini was a figure who gave his all to make people feel proud of their beliefs, making it unbearable to just sit back."

Allegiance to the Authorized Ones

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Ship of Salvation, The AhlulBayt [as]From the explanation of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), we know the Ulil Amr are those appointed by Allah, particularly the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt.