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  1. [MOD NOTE: The project of adding PDF links for every book will continue.] (bismillah) (salam) People want to discuss and learn. Here is a list of books, in no particular order, that might be useful. Akhlaq e-A'imma, Morals & Manners of the Holy Imams AS. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/akhlaq-al-aimma-morals-manners-holy-imams-maulana-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Ethics and Spiritual Growth. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/ethics-and-spiritual-growth-sayyid-mujtaba-musawi-lari Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jami-al-saadat-the-collector-of-felicities-muhammad-mahdi-ibn-abi-dharr-al-naraqi Moral Values of Qur'an, a Commentary on Surah Hujurat. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/moral-values-of-quran-tafsir-hujurat-ayatullah-dastaghaib Code of Ethics for Muslim men and women. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/code-ethics-muslim-men-and-women-sayyid-masud-masumi Qalbe-Saleem, Immaculate Conscience. Get PDF https://www.al-islam.org/qalbe-saleem-immaculate-conscience-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi Adabus Salat, The Disciplines of the Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/adab-as-salat-disciplines-of-prayer-second-revised-edition-imam-khomeini Self Building, An Islamic guide for Spiritual Migration towards God. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/self-building-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Spiritual Discourses. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/spiritual-discourses-murtadha-mutahhari al Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-siraj-the-lantern-on-the-path-to-Allah-almighty-husain-ibn-ali-ibn-sadiq-al-bahrani The Elixir of Love. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/the-elixir-of-love-muhammad-rayshahri Awsaf al Ashraf, The Attributes of the Noble. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol11-no3-no4/awsaf-al-ashraf-attributes-noble-shaykh-khwaja-nasir-al-din-al-tusi Concentration in Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/concentration-in-prayer-jameel-kermalli Last Will & Testament. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/wasiyatnama-last-will-testament-ayatullah-shaikh-abdulla-mamkani Diseases of the Soul. (No PDF link. Can download at the site.) https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/diseases_soul/ Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-ahlul-bayt-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jihad-al-akbar-the-greatest-jihad-combat-with-the-self-imam-khomeini Struggle against the Self (jihad al-nafs). [PDF only] https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/jihad.pdf Du’a (Supplication). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/dua-supplication-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/sexual-ethics-islam-and-western-world-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Principles Of Marriage & Family Ethics. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/principles-marriage-family-ethics-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Rafed.net Ethics articles. https://en.rafed.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=78&Itemid=843
  2. Salam, Is it okay to download a torrent for a software? I require Matlab for one of my units at University and it is very expensive If I were to buy it. What are your opinions? (from an Islamic perspective)
  3. Asalam-o-Alaykum brothers and sisters. This has to be the least talked about topic throughout the whole Muslim community, including the Sunni and other sects. We can simply look up matters and rulings for Abortion, Euthanasia, IVF, etc. That's all well and good, a well-known Mujtahid can easily provide answers for these matters. However, there are still some things that need addressing, as they will become common in the future. Matters not addressed or they are addressed briefly: - Cloning: I understand that Ayatollah Sistani provided an answer to cloning animals (which is permissible), but what of Humans? Am I allowed to have a double? And if I do, then was it Allah's will that another me was created or a creation of my own? - Genetic Modification --> An answer was provided by Ayatollah Sistani that, as long as it is beneficial, it is permissible as long as there are no side effects. If anyone is able to (I've tried) then could you help me go into more depth with this? - Designer Children Now this is what the main controversial topic of the future will be. Children born under IVF that enables their parents to choose his/her eye colour, skin colour, hair colour. Parents can also decide how tall and what body type they will be, and even decide what their facial feature will look like. Parents may even decide how smart, and how athletic their child will become. Already there are big countries like Australia that have banned having children like that because they believe such children will be at such a significant advantage over the other normal children. Other religious traditions have already made rulings on these matters. The Catholic Church prohibit it, as God is the one and only creator. Therefore, by deciding essentially all the child's features, the parents are then acting "in the place of God". If we are to successfully transition into the future, then we must seriously be thinking of the matters above. Not only will this help our future generations, but it will also help non-Muslims to have a clear understanding of what our deen says about this, rather they have some fuzzy idea that they might share with other like-minded people who look into these matters.
  4. British Medical Journal (BMJ) Abstract: Objectives To assess the risk of on-screen death of important characters in children’s animated films versus dramatic films for adults. Design Kaplan-Meier survival analysis with Cox regression comparing time to first on-screen death. Setting Authors’ television screens, with and without popcorn. Participants Important characters in 45 top grossing children’s animated films and a comparison group of 90 top grossing dramatic films for adults. Main outcome measures Time to first on-screen death. Results Important characters in children’s animated films were at an increased risk of death compared with characters in dramatic films for adults (hazard ratio 2.52, 95% confidence interval 1.30 to 4.90). Risk of on-screen murder of important characters was higher in children’s animated films than in comparison films (2.78, 1.02 to 7.58). Conclusions Rather than being the innocuous form of entertainment they are assumed to be, children’s animated films are rife with on-screen death and murder. http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7184
  5. I believe there should be no reason to elaborate further, it is as the title asks; What is your concept or idea of bad? and how do you define it?
  6. One has a question that "How would you, as a Muslim man, react if your wife or daughter decided to remove her hijab?" My Humble Response was as follows: On Hijab One Since you have promised to appreciate sincere answers and try to be a better practicing Muslim, the following material is provided: Had we accepted that Allah, the most Beneficent Being, is our Creator, Possessor and all-Knowing, we would have relied on His absolute Wisdom and Will more than on our own intellect. For He is the creator of our intellect as well. His commands will be beneficial in all areas, particularly in the field of legislation; because they stem from pure wisdom and benevolence. The Muslims are called Muslims because they have willingly accepted the Sovereign Authority of Allah. The Quran, the reflecting mirror of the legislative will of Allah, has declared certain objects and actions lawful or unlawful. Thus, every practicing Muslim observes those various legislative pronouncements on a daily basis. One among the obligatory acts is to keep modesty and observe Hijab. Observing Hijab is a must on both man and woman; for they both have their respective Hijab. Man are primarily commanded to lower their sight and avoid gazing at strange women whereas women are ordered to avoid wearing revealing cloths and attires. In terms of laws and regulations, it is to be kept in mind that wherever Allah has an explicit say, the human beings in general and the Muslims in particular, have nothing to say contrary to Allah. For it will run counter to their submission to Allah. Anyhow, neither you, nor your husband or other family members have the right to say something contrary to Allah’s Will and Law. For sure, the form of Hijab is something geographical, cultural and based on human made customs but the very concept of modesty is something divine and rooted in everyone’s primordial nature. The conclusion is that the Muslims are required to obey the divine laws and regulations; for their obedience will serve their worldly interests; leaving aside that they will be rewarded in the hereafter as well. The best way to convince our sisters, daughters and etc. to observe Hijab is to win their satisfaction through intellectual arguments and persuasion. Moreover, defying the Divine Commands will never win one’s prosperity and felicity. Thanks May Allah, Bless Us all to Remain Committed to the Divine Laws and Values.
  7. I will be attending a talk this weekend which will address the Muslim's role (if any) in politics. I'm assuming the talk will limit itself to British politics, but what I've written below applies to (secular) Muslim majority countries as well. There are three aspects to answering this question: Religiously, we need to asses the role of one's world view viz his/her interaction with society The intellectual foundations of political activity of Muslims living in the West/East What I call the 'Clash of the Paradigms', which deals with the religious movements' failure to provide practical solutions to society's needs. I will touch on the first aspect in this post, the rest will follow after I've attended the event. The Religious Aspect Society plays a direct role in the spiritual development of a believer, since there are a number of existential perfections¹ that are unattainable unless one cooperates and interacts with others. An individuals' worldview is key to correct behaviour that will ensure those spiritual stations are achieved. For the materialists, however, technological development and pursuing worldly pleasures is the only perfection, and his behaviour will reflect that accordingly. A religious person with a superficial faith in God, will have his eyes set on pleasures in the afterlife. He is motivated to adhere to religious laws, because he knows it's his key to enter paradise and avoid hell-fire². True perfection, however, lies in attaining nearness to God. This worldview encourages the believer to search out and attain behaviours that will bring him nearness, and avoid everything that might create a barrier and veil between him and his Lord. Therefore, correct religious knowledge is essential to correct behaviour, in turn ensuring correct faith. As a person progresses in this path, he will realise that higher levels of perfection will require bigger sacrifices and harder struggles. Only those with strong resolve, patience and a true yearning for that closeness to God will ensure he evolves spiritually³. The articles of faith ('aqeedah) are essential to shaping a person's world view and behaviours. A person who believes in the separation of religion and political activity, will not be motivated to pursue the establishment of social justice in this world. He has his eyes set on the afterlife, and will focus on the personal religious duties (to the minutest details) to ensure he avoids hell-fire. He will tell himself that it's the religious establishment's responsibility to sort out all his problems. Unfortunately, he would have most likely inherited this worldview from said religious establishment (his parents would ensure this reactionary vision is ingrained in his mind). In order for us to contribute to society and interact at the socio-political levels, we will have to correct this superficial view of our faith, and move towards a deeper understanding of its concepts. The one-dimensional understanding of Islamic doctrines, where the emphasis is on juristic laws and personal religious duties (which have become rituals in most cases), is limiting us as individuals as well as communities in the diaspora. Ideologically, western concepts have taken over and dominated our thinking, where Islamic doctrines have failed to fill that gap, that yearning for a deeper understanding of the world. And once a person's worldview is confused with neo-liberal concepts, it becomes an uphill struggle to 1) change that worldview, and 2) for that person to live by an Islamic understanding of the world. Even in Muslim majority countries, you will find this to be the dominant trend. Individual Muslims performing their obligatory religious duties, yet refrain from social contributions and cooperation, not due to any physical hindrances or lack of talents, but because their worldview is focused on 'material' gains in the afterlife! In short, if we are serious about a revival of the stagnant state we are in, and are keen to contribute positively at the socio-political level (in the UK or elsewhere), we need to correct our worldview first, move away from legends, falls concepts and outright fabrications, and truly believe that with sincerity we can change the world ('O ye who believe! If ye help Allah, He will help you and will make your foothold firm' -47:7). Once we, as a collective, appreciate that this isn't utopian fantasy talk, that our purpose is to evolve in the 'arc of ascent' towards perfection, we'll start to realise that this is only achievable if we characterise ourselves with the divine Names. Once this mindset is widely accepted, and becomes part of the collective subconscious, the idea of social justice will manifest itself naturally and organically, as each individual will have become a physical manifestation of the divine Name 'The Just'. ¹ I have spoken about this in detail in my other blog here. ² '..., and a group worshipped God out of desire for paradise, and that is the worship of tradesmen;...' - part of a narration by Imam Ali (as) in Nahjul Balaghah, Vol4, pg53 (Arabic edition) ³ Some people are willing to dedicate some of their time, usually at a personal level, however refrain from spending their money when the need arises. That is because his docility is limited, which in turn is due to the low goal he has set himself.
  8. Salam alaikum I'm putting together a list of very concrete rules for living in any society. I'm not looking for religious rules or abstract ideas like "be kind". I'm looking for quantifiable absolute things like "don't take things that aren't yours". This is for my son who has autism. 1. Don't take things that aren't yours. 2. Don't look through people's things without their permission. 3. Don't hit people who are weaker than you. 4. Don't hit people who are stronger than you unless they hit you first. 5. Tell people "thank you" when they do something nice for you. 6. Do not shout unless it is an emergency. 7. Choose your words appropriately. 8. Keep yourself healthy with the right food and exercise and enough sleep. 9. If you see someone who looks like they need help, offer help without being asked. Is there anything else I should add, or can I word anything more clearly? What are the rules that are essential in ANY society?
  9. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1634311.ece As a theory of ethics Utilitarianism is very flawed, so yes, it's good to give money to guide dog charities, but the article makes a good point that we need to pay more attention to the impact our charity will have and try and give charitably in an effective way.
  10. salam I shall be reviewing a series of published/yet un-published books by his eminence Seyyed Kamal Al Haydari, on the topic of ethics. However this series is structured in such a way to aid academics and seminary teachers/students to use them as study guides, so most have exercises/questions at the end of each chapter. The series includes these books: 1) Our Ethics (Akhlaquna) - published 2) Self correction and refinement - unpublished 3) Truthfulness in intention, words and actions - unpublished 4) The spiritual dimension of worship - published 5) Ethics of visitations - unpublished 6) Unity of the goal and how to reach it - unpublished The first book I will read/review is called 'Our Ethics / Akhlaquna', published recently, which looks at the reality of ethics from a quranic, narrative, philosophical and gnostic perspectives, its flux through time and space, the meaning of the embodiment of divine ethics, and clarifying some ways of self-development and refinement. All of this is looked at from an individual and a social perspective. Contents: 1) The meaning of ethics, and its importance to (seminary) students 2) Individual and social ethics 3) Quranic dimension of ethics 4) Hadith dimension of ethics 5) Philosophical dimension of ethics 6) Gnostic/Irfani dimension of ethics 7) The movement of ethics through time and space 8) Embodiment of Godly ethics 9) Defining true happiness 10) Ethics and Divine hospitality 11) The individuals' capacity and Godly ethics 12) Paths to spiritual refinement - part 1 13) Paths to spiritual refinement - part 2 14) Human ethics and his characteristics in the Quran - part 1 15) Human ethics and his characteristics in the Quran - part 2 16) Positive and negative emulation 17) Conclusions and advice ws
  11. Random Advice

    What occupies your mind can eventually influence your actions, so fill your mind with things that are clean, pure, and wholesome.
  12. From the 8th Imam (as) from his grandfather the Prophet (s): 6 acts are from Chivalry: 3 acts whilst travelling and 3 for other times. Muslims must have one programme for travelling and another for other times. Don't get into conflicts, eat what others eat and be easy going. After the journey don't speak negatively of your travelling companions. Now lets look at the 6 chivalrous acts: 3 for when not travelling: 1. Reading Qur'an - Our Sunni brothers read a good amount of Qur'an, we don't read Qur'an as much as we should do, especially if you are a Talaba. A Qur'an that is left closed and not read will complain on the day of judgement. 2. Go to Mosques - We must attend Mosques and Congregational prayers, but do the recommended acts and prayers at home, don't be like the Jews who only prayed in the presence of others whilst outside but never prayed at home. A Masjid which is not attended by its local residents will complain on the day of judgement. During Reza Shah's era a lot of Masjids were destroyed because they had no prayers in them. There are many Mosques in which there is a scholar but not a single person goes to see them and learn from them and ask their questions. Those who don't go to Mosques are the ones who destroy mosques, not physically with a hammer but their absence is what destroys the mosque. 3. Make friends with those who's sight reminds you of Allah for the sake of pleasing Allah - Make close friends whom become your companions, with whom you debate, attend Mosques and gatherings, approach Scholars with and bring happiness to each other. Friends who help you reach a better level in the next world. Show good ethics and provide a pleasant and enjoyable company to those around you, especially your wife and children. A woman with a husband who has bad Akhlaq is a stranger and foreigner in her own home and the same for men, then good for the couple in which both the man and woman have good Akhlaq, they live a long life together, those couples who are friends with each other. Don't be serious all the time, laugh with your family and friends. Help your wife at home and don't ask her to work at home, she isn't obligated to and the man has no right to ask her, God bless the Fathers of those women who work for their husbands out of love. They did not marry for being your domestic workers. If you don't find a friend for Allah then it is better to be alone than to be with bad people. 3 for whilst travelling: 1. Share what you have with your fellow travellers - If you have food, genuinely offer them, give them what you have, share with them. Don't do things alone. E.g. in a train, don't start reciting Qur'an or making Dua etc, its not the time and place for that, share things, eat together. 2. Husn-ul-Khoolq = Good natured, show good character, be happy, be kind, makes jokes etc. 3. Make some jokes and try to make others laugh whilst travelling - The prophet and some companions were eating dates and then the Prophet pushed his seeds from the dates in front of Ali and said "O Ali you have eaten a lot of dates" Imam Ali replied "The one who has eaten more dates is the one who has swallowed it with its seed". Makes jokes but make only jokes which are not against Sharia, even the Marja make jokes, they don't always act seriously, even Marjas make jokes. Note* translation is not 100% correct, my best effort to make his speech's message available in English. Signs of the end times: 1. People's belly becomes their God. 2. Women become their Qiblah 3. Money becomes their religion 4. Respect comes from only wealth 5. The only thing left from Islam is its name 6. Nothing is learnt from the Qur'an except recitation and memorisation, its teachings will not be practised. 7. Masjids become beautiful (made of Marble etc) but empty of spirituality 8. Hearts are not guided 9. Ulema (scholars) become the worst of people 10. In this time people will face 4 points: - People will suffer from the smell of Tyrants - There will be drought in the world - Ghulat will oppress - ? The Sahaba asked: Will there be a time when they worship idols? The Prophet replied: Every Dirhim (money, coin) will be an Idol for them.
  13. In the name of God. Salam. Dear brothers and sisters. While googling shiachat to browse it, I realized the search term suggestions of google. Here is the result on my pc: Ismailism or black magic, etc.? For God's sake! We have more important topics and discussions on the website. And I thought that before browsing shiachat, it would be better to access it while promoting certain subforums over other search terms, like ethics and self development subforum of shiachat. If you agree, would you please search for important terms like "shiachat ethics" before accessing the website? Thank you so much. May Allah bless you.
  14. (bismillah) Salam, everybody. This is an absolutely fantastic speech by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on food and our attitudes towards it. I sincerely recommend all of you to watch it and implement some of what he says in your own lives and witness the change! I speak to myself first. Enjoy! Take care. Mithrandir. ws.
  15. (Salam) A brilliant paper by Sheikh Shomali: (Bismillah) "In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful Prophet Muhammad: If Resurrection is starting and one of you has a sapling in his hand which he can plant before he stands up he must do so.[1] (d. 148/765) Imam Sadiq: There is no joy in life unless three things are available: clean fresh air, abundant pure water, and fertile land.[2] One of the most important problems in today’s world is the environmental crisis. It seems that this problem started when modern man stopped understanding himself as the vicegerent and trustee of the All-Merciful God who must channel divine mercy to everything at his disposal or within his reach, and stopped understanding nature as a sacred sign and valuable trust from God. For the same reason, it seems that the best way to protect the environment from destruction and, indeed, to improve its condition is to revive these forgotten understandings by referring back to the teachings and instructions of divine religions and reviewing and readjusting our policies regarding the application of modern technology and in using natural resources appropriately. In this paper, I will try to briefly present some aspects of the Islamic perspective on environmental ethics in the light of Qur’anic verses and Islamic narrations (hadiths). The paper consists of four parts: nature; governing rules in Islamic environmental ethics; virtues related to human treatment of the environment; and vices related to human treatment of the environment." A very important and insightful read, The rest of which can be found here: https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20081111_1.htm Strongly recommend. We neglect our duties towards the environment all too often and a lot of the time engage in activities that are damaging to the environment which we don't tend to realise are ultimately haram.
  16. In the name of Allah. Salam. Please read the article here: Humility in the Conduct of Great Muslim Scholars.pdf
  17. (bismillah) Im posting directly from http://www.youtube.com/user/WISELEARN1 Some Lectures are missing but inshAllah, they will add them. Please Please Please! Watch these lectures, they are magnificent, surreal, and eye opening. Parallels In History - A Great Lesson Muharram 2013 Night 1 The Cause of Problems - Muharram 2013 Night 3 Being Aware of Your Power - Muharram 2013 Night 4 (wasalam)
  18. (bismillah) (salam) Here's a good hadith on the relationship between intelligence and virtue. Those who have previously studied the topics of virtue and intelligence may appreciate this tradition more than those who haven't. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ Enjoy, and I look forward to reading your feedback. (salam)
  19. (bismillah) (salam) It has been a while. I have been quite busy and not able to make any new posts. Sorry about that. Here's a short post regarding the changing of someone's will. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ Let me know what you think. God Bless Soroush
  20. (Bismillah) (salam) It's been quite a while since my last blog post. I finally made some time to make a post during this holy Month of Ramadhan. Most of us have most likely heard about these traditions, however, only a few of us may follow them. Why? because a lot of times, it's not easy to do so. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ If you find any more points that I could add to this post, please let me know. Also, if you think the translation could improve, please let me know how. Thank you and enjoy reading. :) (salam)
  21. (bismillah) (salam) The importance of patience cannot be over-emphasized. In this post, I try to portray its significance from another angle. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ If you can think of any other additional points, please let me know. Eltemase Dua :) (salam)
  22. Must see!!! http://www.maaref-foundation.com/english/index.htm
  23. (bismillah) (salam) In this post, I am hoping to bring to attention the physical and worldly effects of obeying or disobeying religious laws and duties. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca Enjoy :) (salam)
  24. (bismillah) (salam) It seems to me that more and more are quite relaxed about passing religious rulings nowadays without being certain about what they are saying. I made a post that warns against doing so. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ Enjoy :) (salam)
  25. (bismillah) (salam) Here's a very short post to replenish our patience. http://unveilingthelight.blogspot.ca/ Enjoy :) (salam)
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