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An Era of Insanity

An Era of Insanity

“We relate to you their account in truth. They were indeed youths who had faith in their Lord, and We had enhanced them in guidance.” (18:13) Syndey J. Harris, an American journalist has stated: “There’s something amazing about the passion of youth and its power to sustain. If there’s a more powerful energy source, I don’t know about it.” There are very few age groups mentioned in the Qur’an. In fact, in the 114 chapters of the final Word of Allah (God), He speaks about some in the infancy stage…

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Spiritual Power of Women

Spiritual Power of Women

“God draws an[other] example for those who have faith: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, ‘My Lord! Build me a home near You in paradise, and deliver me from Pharaoh and his conduct, and deliver me from the wrongdoing lot.’ And Mary, daughter of Imran, who guarded the chastity of her womb, so We breathed into it of Our spirit. She confirmed the words of her Lord and His Books, and she was one of the obedient.” (66:11-12) Washington Irving, the American author, biographer and historian of the 19th…

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Degrees

Degrees

“[There] they found one of Our servants whom We had granted a mercy from Ourselves, and taught him a knowledge from Our own. Moses said to him, ‘May I follow you for the purpose that you teach me some of the probity you have been taught?’ He said, ‘Indeed you cannot have patience with me! And how can you have patience about something you are not in the know of?’ He said, ‘You will find me, God willing, to be patient, and I will not disobey you in any matter.’…

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Best of Stories

Best of Stories

“Indeed We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an so that you may apply reason. We will recount to you the best of narratives in what We have revealed to you of this Qur’an, and indeed prior to it you were among those who are unaware [of it].” (12:2-3) Sallust (86 bc to 34 bc), the Roman historian and politician, has been quoted as saying: “They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.” As…

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Spiritual Migration

Spiritual Migration

“He (Abraham) said: ‘Indeed I am going toward my Lord, who will guide me.’” (37:99)   “Say (O’ Abraham): Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are (all) for Allah, the Lord of the worlds; No associate has He; and this am I commanded, and I am the first of those who submit.” (6:162-163)   The late Martin Luther King has said: “I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, then he isn’t fit to live.” As…

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Each One Teach One

Each One Teach One

Allah has said in the Qur’an: “He (Prophet Noah) said, ‘My Lord! Indeed I have summoned my people night and day, but my call only increases their evasion. Indeed whenever I have summoned them so that You might forgive them, they would put their fingers into their ears and draw their cloaks over their heads, and they were persistent [in their unfaith], and disdainful in [their] arrogance. Again I summoned them aloud, and again appealed to them publicly and confided with them privately…”   “Education’s purpose is to replace an…

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

“Certainly We created you, then We formed you, then We said to the angels, ‘Prostrate before Adam.’ So they [all] prostrated, except Iblis (Satan): he was not among those who prostrated. Said He, ‘What prevented you from prostrating, when I commanded you?’ ‘I am better than him,’ he said. ‘You created me from fire and You created him from clay.’” (Al-Qur’an 7:11-12)   “Pride, the result of not remembering our status in relationship to our Creator, can take various forms. In each of these, it is an attempt to be…

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The Narratives

The Narratives

People live in the present. They plan for and worry about the future. History, however, is the study of the past. Given all the demands that surround and challenge us while living in the present and planning for and anticipating what is yet to come, why bother with what has been? Given all the available branches of knowledge which exist in the world today such as medicine, chemistry, IT, law, journalism and thousands of other fields of study, why insist, as the Qur’an does, on a good dose of history?…

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Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

“If after the occultation of your Qa’im there were not to remain a person from amongst the scholars who: invite towards him (the Imam); guide others to him; defend his religion by the proofs of God; rescue the downtrodden servants of God from the snares of Satan and his hoards and the traps of the enemies (of the Ahlul Bayt), then there would not remain a single person (on Earth) except that he would have left the religion of God. However, these scholars take it upon themselves to be the…

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Just Do It!

Just Do It!

“O you who have faith! Why do you say what you do not do? Indeed it is very despicable in the sight of God when you say that which you do not do.” The above quoted passage, interestingly enough, is actually a verse of the Noble Qur’an. Imagine that! In a book which has been sent as a code of guidance and which some think, raises the believers to the level of being “untouchables” and “the chosen ones of God” – rather than incessantly heaping praise on the believers, God…

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