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The book of Intelligence and ignorance

H 2, Ch. 1, h 2 Ali ibn Muhammad has narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad, from ‘Amr ibn ‘Uthman, from Mufaddal ibn Salih from Sa‘d ibn Tarif from Asbagh ibn Nabatah, from Ali (a.s) who has said the following. “Once Jibril came to Adam (a.s) and said, ‘I am ordered ...

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Do All Muslims Pray the Same Way?

Do all Muslims pray the same way?   No. There are many different denominations within Islam, and the mothod of offering prayers by certain denominations may differ from that of others. For example, the Ja’fery Shia method of offering prayers is different from that of Hanafi Sunnis. These differences arise ...

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Lesson One The Place of Leadership* in Islam

The Imam is, with respect to the masses composing the ummali, the leader and exemplar from whose intellectual power and insight those travelling toward God benefit, whose conduct and mode of life they imitate, and to whose commands they submit. Imamate has a broad and comprehensive sense that includes both ...

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The book of Intelligence and ignorance

H 1, Ch. 1, h 1 Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ya’qub has narrated from a number of our people of whom one is Muhammad ibn Yahya al-‘Attar who narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Hassan ibn Mahbub from ‘Ala’ ibn Razin from Muhammad ibn Muslim from abu Ja’far (a.s) who ...

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The book of Intelligence and ignorance

H 1, Ch. 1, h 1 Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ya’qub has narrated from a number of our people of whom one is Muhammad ibn Yahya al-‘Attar who narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Hassan ibn Mahbub from ‘Ala’ ibn Razin from Muhammad ibn Muslim from abu Ja’far (a.s) who ...

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How Often do Muslims Pray?

How often do Muslims pray?   There are five daily obligatory prayers. These are the dusk prayer (Maghrib), night prayer (Ishaa), dawn prayer (Fajer), noon prayer (Zuher), and the afternoon prayer (Asr). Besides these there are a few other prayers that should be performed only on certain occasions, but not ...

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Is It ‘Revert’ or ‘Convert’?

Is it ‘revert’ or ‘convert’?   Both terms are correct. However, often people who convert to Islam often call this a “reversion” as opposed to a “conversion”, because of the understanding that Islam is simply the extension of our innate human nature (fitrah). Because of this, these converts feel that ...

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Who are the Ahlulbayt?

Who are the ahlulbayt?   “Ahlulbayt” literally means “People of the House” (‘Ahl’ means “people”, while ‘bayt’ means “house”). Its meaning in context of Islamic vernacular is “members of the household of the Prophet”. The Ahlulbayt are one of the two most important sources of Islamic guidance after the demise ...

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Iqbal, the Poet-Philosopher of Islamic Resurgence

The Muslim ‘ulama’ and religious leaders were isolated from the freedom movement (after their initial defeat) and were alienated from it (except those who were in the vanguard of the movement, leaders like Mawlana Muhammad ‘Ali). Political isolation and economic deprivation ruled supreme. The Muslims were reduced to the state ...

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