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The Concept of Seven Heavens

Question: What is the purpose of the Qur’an in pointing towards ‘seven heavens’? Answer: Islamic scholars and commentators have narrated some clarifications regarding ‘seven heavens’ (towards which indication are made in the Holy Qur’an also). 1. Here, seven is meant to be multiplication (to be more). It means that He …

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The Etiquette of Fatimiyya

The following inquiry was directed to His Eminence Ayatollah Lutfullah Saafi Gulpaygani by a group of believers: With condolences on the heart-rending martyrdom of the Prophet’s only daughter Lady Fatima Zahra (peace be upon them both), we would like to inquire that since we don’t know the actual date of …

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An Era of Insanity

There are very few age groups mentioned in the Qur’an. In fact, in the 114 chapters of the final Word of God, He speaks about some people in the infancy stage, such as the great prophets Moses, Jesus, and John (peace be upon them all); and he speaks about “seniors” …

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The Wise Counsel of Luqman

Human life is governed by a system of personal responsibility. Duties begin from the earliest stages of life and continue till its end; at no moment can an individual claim freedom or separation from some form of obligation. As long as ability exists, it has an associated responsibility attached to …

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A Noble End

At the end of the Ziyarat of Lady Fatima Masooma b. Musa al-Kadhim (peace be upon them) we address Allah and pray: “O God, I ask you for a noble end (to my life) and do not take away (the true faith, security and Your consciousness) which I possess.” Based …

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Who Are the 99 Percent?

The word mustadhafeen (the downtrodden/oppressed) comes from the Arabic root da-aa-fa, meaning weak or feeble. However, when put onto the Arabic pattern of “Istif’aal” and becoming the word “mustadhafeen”, it takes on an entirely different meaning of: someone who has been pulled towards oppression or weakened and one who has …

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