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    1. 1. Of most major battles and wars in world history, could they have been prevented from ever occurring?


      • Yes, it is possible and realistic, given the proper initiative. War can always be prevented. The inclination of people towards peace is proof of this.
      • No, events are firmly set in motion, and there's often no turning back. Most wars are inevitable, and we have no option but to play them out. The countless wars in history is proof of this.

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      Salam, 
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      According to Sheikh Hurr al-Amilli the word ''Intellect" in the terminology of scholars and wise men, has been used to mean various things. Through the course of research, we know that, in traditions, it has been ascribed three meanings:
      1. The faculty enabling one to tell right from wrong, and to distinguish them, and the knowledge of the cause of things. This is what has been charged with religious obligations.
      2.The state and disposition that incites one to choose good and advantageous things, and to avoid evil and harm.
      3. Intelligence, i,e., knowledge. This is why its opposite has been referred to as ignorance, and not folly or madness.
      The intellect which is referred in most of the traditions refers to the second and third meanings and Allah is the most Knowledgeable
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      Imam Ali Amir ul-Muminin(as) said: 'The angel Gabriel(as)  descended upon Adam (as) and said to him: "O Adam, I have been commanded to give you a choice of three things, of which you must choose one and leave the other two." 
      Adam replied: "O Gabriel, what are these three things?"
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      So Adam said :"I choose Intellect." 
      Then Gabriel told Modesty and Belief to leave. However, they beseeched him and said: "O Gabriel, we have been commanded to be wherever the Intellect is."  
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      Imam Musa al-Kazim(as) said to one of his companions, Hisham b.al-Hakam: 'O Hisham, indeed Allah has given glad tidings to the people of intellect and understanding in the Quran saying : "Therefore give good news to My servants,those who listen to the word, then follow the best of it; those it is whom Allah has guided, and those it is who are the men of understanding." (39:17-18) 
      Then he said: 'O Hisham, verily Luqman said to his son: 'Humble yourself to the truth and you will be the most intelligent of men. My son, this world is a deep sea in which many a scholar may drown, so let piety be your boat, and faith your provision, and reliance on Allah your sails, and intellect your captain, and knowledge your steer, and patience the shipmates.'
      'O Hisham, every single thing has an authority and the authority of intellect is thinking and the authority of thought is silence. Every thing has a riding beast(tool) at its disposal, and for the intellect it is humility, and you would have to be a fool to mount a prohibited and unstable beast.
      'O Hisham, verily Allah has two authorities over His creation, one manifest and the other hidden. The manifest authority is the prophets, messengers and divine guides, whereas the hidden authority is the intellect.
      'O Hisham, how can your expect your actions to be purified by Allah when your heart is preoccupied with matters other than the command of your Lord, and you obey your whims in spite of your intellect?
      'O Hisham, the intelligent person contents himself with a meagre portion of this world along with wisdom, and does not content himself with a meagre portion of wisdom along with this world.This is why their businesses flourish. The intelligent people have abandoned the extravagances of this world, so how can they sin?; for abandoning this world is a virtue and abandoning sin is a duty.
      'O Hisham, The intelligent man looks at this world and at its people, and he knows that this world is acquired only by toil. And he looks at the Hereafter, and he knows that it too is acquired only by toil, so by means of toiling, he acquires the more permanent of the two.'     al-Kafi,v.1,p.10,no.12.
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      Imam Jafar al-sadiq (as) said: 'The intellect is the authority of the believer.'                                     al-Kafi, v.1,p.19,no.24. 
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      Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) quoted the Prophet(saw) as having said : ' 'O Ali, there is no poverty worse than ignorance, and no wealth more profitable than the intellect.'    al- Kafi, v,1,p.20,no.25.
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      Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said: ' There are five things that if a person lacks, he will also lack in enjoyment[of anything]. They are: the intellect, good manners, belief, generosity and a good nature.'  al-Mahasin,p.191,no.1. 
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      Amir al-Muminin (as) said: 'The intellect is a chaste covering, and virtue is a manifest beauty, so cover the flaws of your character with your virtue, and kill your desires with your intellect - compassion will submit to you and love will manifest itself to you.'     al-Kafi, v.1, p.15,no.13.
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    • By starlight in Combat With The Self
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      Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) said : 'When Allah created the intellect, He gave it the faculty of reason and then commanded it,'Come forward', so it came forward, then commanded it, "Go back"' and it went back. Then He said to it:"By my Honour and Sublimity,I have no created anything as dear to Me as you, and I have bestowed you only upon one whom I love. It is you that I command, and you that I prohibit from things, and you that I punish and you that I reward."'  - al- Kafi,v.1, p.8, no.1: al-Mahasin,p.192,no.6 & 7
       
      Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (as) was asked by someone what the intellect was, to which Imam(as) replied: 'It is that with which a servant worships the Beneficent and that with which he attains Paradise.' So the man asked:'So what about that which even Muawiyah possessed?' Imam(as) replied:' That is a vicious thing, that is devilry, and resembles intellect, though it is not so.'  - al-Kafi,v.1, p.8, no.2; al-Mahasin, p.191, n0.2; al- Faqih, v.4, p.298,no.902 
       
      Imam Ali al-Rida(as) said; 'Every man's friend is his intellect, and his enemy is ignorance.'   al-Kafi v.1,p.8,no.4; al-Mahasin, p.194, no.12; Illa al-Shara'i, p.101, no.2; Uyun Akhbar al-Rida(as), v.2,  p.24, no.1; and v.1, p.258, no.15
       
      Imam Jafar al-Sadiq(as) said; 'Whoever uses his intellect will have belief, and whoever has belief will enter Paradise.'  al-Kafi, v.1,p.9, no.6; Thawab al-A'mal, p.29,no.2 
       
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