Notes

Goal of Life

One of the fundamental problems to investigate is the goal of life. Man always asks questions like what he lives for and what his objective in life should be. From the viewpoint of Islam, one would as well ask: "What is the objective and purpose of prophetic missions?"

The Amazing Qur'an

Calling the Qur'an amazing is not something done only by Muslims, who have an appreciation for the book and who are pleased with it; it has been labelled amazing by non-Muslims as well. In fact, even people who hate Islam very much have still called it amazing.

The Importance of Self-Accounting

It is that time of the year when we have to take the time to fill out our tax forms. Some of us hire an accountant to take care of that job, some of us plan early and submit our yearly forms ahead of time, while others wait till the last minute to do our taxes. Painful as it is, none of us looks forward to this time of the year, when we have to review our financial records for the past year. But whether we like it or not, it has to be done, and the consequences of not doing so are grave, both state-wise and federal.

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful

by no means! for to our signs he has been refractory!*  soon will i visit him with a mount of calamities!* for he thought and he plotted;-* and woe to him! how he plotted!-* yea, woe to him; how he plotted!-* then he looked round;* then he frowned and he scowled;* then he turned back and was haughty;* then said he: "this is nothing but magic, derived from of old;* "this is nothing but the word of a mortal!"* soon will i cast him into hell-fire!* and what will explain to thee what hell-fire is?* verses 16-27, chapter 74 Almuddaththir, the holy Quran

God and His Attributes

Among the fundamental intellectual topics that concern human life, religious questions enjoy a particular importance. They have always been regarded, in fact, as the most basic concern for the well- being and destiny of man and have produced profound insights and extensive knowledge.

Lessons from Quran (Social Justice)

After we have dealt with the Justice of Allah we now switch over to social justice. Since the subject of social justice has a wider range we confine ourselves to quoting relevant matters from the Holy Qur'an, the traditions, and Nahjul Balaghah, and have at the same time given explanation of every verse and tradition because these will help project our view-point on relevant matters and their knowledge will be beneficial to the people in general.

The purpose of our discussion on social justice is to mention those verses of the Holy Qur'an and the traditions through which the Holy Qur'an and our infallible Imams have given lessons of equality of mankind in the eyes of the law and of preservation of their rights. They have also forbidden undue discrimination, cruelties and exploitation. Apart from this we have cited the examples of just distribution of wealth, Islamic brotherhood and fraternity set by the Holy Prophet of Islam and his Holy Ahlul Bayt (peace be on them).

Philosophy of Occultation (ghaybah) Imam Mahdi (A.J)

With the acceptance of Imamate as one of the principles of Shī‘ah faith, the following questions are raised: According to the Shī‘ah viewpoint and ideological foundations, Imamate is an essential principle, therefore what is the justification for occultation [ghaybah]? Since divine wisdom demands the existence of an Imām in every period, how is the long deprivation of the Muslim society from Imamate justified and analyzed?