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hassan_ibn_ali

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  1. I agree, it is a pity to read that someone's faith in our community, the community of reason and truth, is shaken and broken by reading a few citations! This book is transparently clear to be an historical account of the early Shi'a community and not a critic of any religious dogma. But even if we assume that it were such a work, wouldn't it be a shame if our community could not stand and tolerate a single scholarly review of a couple of its tenets? Every single day, re-evaluations and critics of traditional ways of thinking and religious thoughts appear in all denominations, including so many coming from the Sunni al-Azhar, even from Saudi Arabia and in particular from Medina where religious scholars openly debate and question the authority of different tenets of their own Salafi Wahhabi creed, but no one ever says that this or that scholar harmed anyone's faith or condemns him as unfaithful or traitor. Why then we, the followers of a holy doctrine that encourages and values reason and freedom of thought, should feel threatened by a few old citations reproduced in an academic book composed for a completely non-polemical purpose?
  2. Does anyone know if the "Prophets" series of clay animation for children was extended to the Ahl-al-Bayt? JazakAllah khayr.
  3. This is not how I read the book. The book tries to show how the community’s lack of support and due respect for the position of Imamate and their internal rifts, caused by worldly desires and lack of faith, contributed to the advent of Occultation. All of the references quoted above cite what the unfaithful “Shi’ites” of the time said against the Imam al-Askari a.s.. It is transparently clear that these are not viewpoints or suggestions of the author, but citations from al-Kafi and other sources of hadith. The book is obviously an essay of social history and not about theology or on the life of the Imams. In other words, it is about the history of the Shi’ite community and not about the Imams or the Shi’ite creed.
  4. BismillahirRahmanirRahim Does anyone know of any good books in English about Islamic theology and law that would serve as appropriate and accurate introductions to the faith in order to help a person thinking about reverting to Islam? I have been told to recommend Murata and Chittick's The Vision of Islam. Are there any others that are good for this purpose? JazakAllah khayr.
  5. BismillahirRahmanirRahim I was wondering if anyone has the original Farsi version of Ayatullah Mutahhari's book translated into English as An Introduction to the Islamic World View [3] Revelation and Prophethood. I have heard there are a few small but important mistakes in translation in the first few pages of Chapter 1. As you know, in theological matters, such mistakes can be dangerously misinterpreted. JazakAllah khayr.
  6. I can't seem to get the Al-Hoda and Al-Khoei sites to work. Is anyone else having trouble with this?
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