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Unwise Conduct in Islam

Sectarian violence has been on the rise in the past few decades across the Muslim world. There has been an increased effort to create sectarian divisions and instigate mischief between the two major schools of thought in Islam, Sunni and Shia. Takfiri (a Muslim who accuses another Muslim or an …

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The Orientalist in His Ivory Tower

For over a century, Eurocentric orientalists, living in ivory towers, decided to take up a sustained interest in Islam. These men labored diligently for decades, studying, researching, and writing tons of “scholarly” books and articles about Islam. Finally, they arrived at the most ingenious revelation: the Islamic tradition was a …

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Mawla: Friend or Guardian?

Studying the old lexical, literal, and commentary texts shows that Mawla means “guardian”, “being more appropriate than the believers”, and “having more authority upon the believers than themselves”. Some statements in which Mawla is used with these meanings are as follows: Abu Ubaydah Ma’mar ibn Mathna has explained the meaning …

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The Shia of Al-Baqir

Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him) was born on the first day of Rajab, in the year 57 AH. As Shias, we take great pride in the religious and academic contributions of our Imams, in particular Imam al-Baqir, who laid the foundation for Shia jurisprudence in the holy city …

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Our Islamic Knowledge

“The one who seeks knowledge is like a warrior in the cause of religion for the way of Allah,” said Imam Ali (peace be upon him). Hands up, by this definition, who thinks (s)he is a warrior of Islam? If you didn’t raise your hand, you’re most likely grouped with …

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