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11 رجب 1434 - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Lying: the Destructive Weapon (Part 2)
Now that the true face of a lie has been exposed, what remains is to know where lying will lead the individuals and society. First and foremost, from a religious standpoint, Allah ...
Lying: the Destructive Weapon (Part 1)
Do not lie! From a religious perspective, lying is wrong. From an ethical perspective, lying is wrong. We continue to be warned against lying. While there are many who never lie, there are many of us who find it very hard to not lie. Even worse, ...
“It is Allah Who has created the heavens and the earth, and He sends down water from the sky and with it He brings forth crops for your sustenance. And He disposed the ships so that they may sail at sea by His command, and He disposed ...
Yazid Is Still Alive
Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) did not give allegiance to Yazid. This is the generic message that most of us have been taught as kids, whether at ...
Live Like Imam Ali (A.S)...or Imam Sadiq (A.S)?
We are taught that things in life are not always what they appear to be and to not judge a book by its cover. We are also taught to be wary when hearing rumors until we have verified them ourselves. We are taught these things because ...
Alcohol in Islam
Everyone knows, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, that drinking alcohol is considered a sin in Islam. Consuming alcohol is listed as one of the major sins; one of greater sins for which eternal punishment is promised. There are traditions by ...
Confessions of a Pencil (Part 2)
We need that sharpener alongside the pencil. At different times, we will peel the skin of the pencil. Be it the most expensive or the cheapest, it is bound to be sharpened. The pencil has to endure the pain. Why? ...
Confessions of a Pencil (Part 1)
Everything around us speaks to us. But how often do we hear what they say? A moment of contemplation can go a long way. If we pay closer attention, we can ...
The Human Dignity and the Spiritual Healing of the Heart: Part 2
Thus, human dignity requires “becoming humane” and not becoming “the lowest of the low”. We become the lowest of the low when we reject faith in God. “Those who reject faith, whether they are followers of the book or idolaters, are the worst of ...
The Human Dignity and the Spiritual Healing of the Heart: Part 1
The Holy Qur’an mentions “We have honored the progeny of Adam” (17:70). God did so, first by “making him the best of creation” (95:4) and then blowing into him His own spirit (Qur’an; 15:29, 32:29) Adam was created from clay. What is common between ...
Orderliness, Key to Success
The person who arranges his/her programs in various walks and phases of life on the basis of a carefully designed order is most likely to achieve the desired level of success in the fulfilment of the goals. No doubt, through ...
Finding Faults in Others
Islam places great emphasis on each individual taking account of one’s actions. Setting aside some time during the end of the day to evaluate ourselves and work on our weaknesses is highly commendable and is ...
Crisis of contemporary human beings and the way out (Part 2)
Today’s world is a raucous world. Sometimes one feels as if he has lost his self and lacks any will. We move along the current to any direction either up or down. Everything depends on the circumstances. It can be ...
Avarice, the enemy of life’s comfort
Imam Ali says: “It is amazing to see a miser who rushes to what he escapes from and loses the wealth which he is seeking. He lives ...
Contentment and effort
Those who consider wealth as a source of prosperity are entangled in greed to earn more money on the one hand, and on the other, they take ...
Greed, unnecessary pain
Some people believe that human beings should gain more to enjoy more. This mentality gives birth to greed. This mentality maintains that by traversing this path, we can enjoy more and gain more provisions and comfort. But, ...
Why to worry about future provisions?
Man normally imagines that he has a long life and then thinks how to provide provisions for himself. His main mistake is that he thinks that his lifetime provisions should be available to him at present to ...
God has guaranteed man’s provisions
Human beings are always worried about their provisions, while in three different stages, God has already sent our provisions. It is not fair to suspect God. The first stage is when man is ...
Life provisions: Concern about sustenance
Sustenance is one of the basic necessities of human life. Therefore, fear of future and how to provide provisions is a public concern. This concern would be useful if it is at a moderate level, but if it ...
Meaning of life and the Hereafter
Those, whose meaning of life is confined to these worldly objectives, are satisfied with achieving those objectives. Just like a kid who becomes unutterably happy with small chocolates. Explaining the situation of such people, the Holy Qur’an states: ...
The art of being satisfied with your life
Human beings are perfectionist and purposeful and strongly avoid banality, meaninglessness and purposelessness. Banality and vanity does not satisfy such a being, therefore if life does not have meaning and purpose, being alive has no value, even if ...
Donation and Generosity
The infallible Imams provided the needy persons with their needs in case of having surplus and in addition to this as superior humans and models for the whole humanity in the course of history; they even offered ...
Caring about Others and Observing the Values
Another aspect of a proper consumption model from the Islamic perspective is that instead of merely seeking to meet the demands of one’s family, the consumer must also ...
Some verses of the holy Qur’an consider gratefulness to God as a requisite for having faith in God and serving Him. Other verses have in different ways encouraged or recommended people to ...
Austerity and strictness
Limiting the consumer in an excessive manner or strictness towards costs of life is an extreme aspect that has been censured by the holy Qur’an and the infallible Imams. Both strictness and extravagance are deviated forms compared to ...
Different types of extravagance
There are new instances of wastefulness and extravagance taking shape based on new circumstances. To name some instances one can refer to ...
Wastefulness and extravagance
If a person makes use of God-given blessings in an excessive manner he has conducted an act of wastefulness and extravagance and he will be accountable for his performance. This is not something merely related to individual life, but
Create Great Memories
When you look back in life, only great memories are left for you. So it’s very crucial to create wonderful and happy memories in life. There are most often times when we take everything for granted, don’t care or consider all the ...
Moderation in Consumption
Moderation in consumption: One should make use of the God-given blessings in a moderate manner. By moderation one means to consume in such a way so as to refrain from both strictness and wastefulness. Of course such a limit differs ...
Observing the Limits of Consumption
A Muslim consumer seeks to follow the holy Qur’an which is a divine revelation as well as the tradition of the infallible Imams as a model for finding the logical path in life that guarantees his happiness and prosperity in this world and afterlife and ..
Forgetting God will cause hardships in livelihood
One who forgets God and merely seeks to maximize his wealth and enjoyments will never feel satisfied and will cause hardships for himself due to ...
Remembering the Creator of all blessings
Human beings have an advantage over other creatures and that is their power of intellect, mind and will. Human beings will be distinguished from ...
Desire to use divine blessings in Islamic perspective
Enjoying the divine blessings by humans in order to preserve their health and life and performing their individual and social duties with exuberance is not only a desirable action but also obligatory and necessary from the view of Islam. Islam has ...
The theoretical foundations of consumption model: Recognizing forbidden and permissible commodities
One of the means for applying a rational and logical model for performing any duty is to create the necessary insight and recognition concerning that particular duty as well as its limits and rules. Hence, it is necessary to ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind: Conclusion
First, in this Sermon (No. 191) the emphasis is mostly on the spiritual aspects of the ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 33)
It is narrated that the believer is always in a state of struggling in some way or ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 32)
The Believer Status Before, After and at the Time of the Prophets ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 31)
The completion of prophethood speaks of the end of the line through which humanity connects itself ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 30)
Among them was either a predecessor who would name the one to follow or the ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 29)
In Sermon No. 1 of the Nahj-ul-Balagha the Commander of the Faithful says, These ...
The Message of the Prophet (PBUH) for Today’s Girls (Part 2)
Unobtrusiveness is the source of every beauty, and in the absence of unobtrusiveness no beautiful deed takes place and no immoral deed get avoided. Unobtrusiveness is chastity and modesty and avoidance of immoral deeds, especially when ...
The Message of the Prophet (PBUH) for Today’s Girls (Part 1)
Those are the teachings of the Book and wisdom on the one hand, and the purification of the souls of the people on the other hand, the way the Holy Qur’an says “Allah certainly favoured the faithful when He ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 28)
This is also true with the Quran. That is to say that there is a considerable ...
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 27)
Continuity is one of the main points in the discussion of prophethood. In the first Sermon of ...
Hajj: The Ulema of Islamic Countries and The Hajj Worship (part 2)
Is it not humiliating for the clerics of the Islamic countries to ....
Nahjul Balagah and its Lessons for the Mankind (part 26)
He continues with the phrase facahiluhaqqah (thus they ignored His Position), meaning that ...
Hajj: The Ulema of Islamic Countries and The Hajj Worship (part 1)
It is necessary for the learned (ulema) who convene at this congregation, from whatever ...
Hajj: The Remedial and Problem-Solving Occasion for The Muslims (part 3)
In this magnificent congregation that can not be convened except by ...
Some other points in regard to model consumption
If a country enjoys revenues gained from the exports and sale of oil, the consumption model must direct the economy so that in case of ...
Proper model of consumption, theoretical and strategic foundations in the holy Qur’an and religious
The consumption model in every society has a determining role in the allocation of production resources, type of products and the method of distribution. This is due to the fact that ...
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