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The Purpose of Our Existence

The Purpose of Our Existence

The Qur’an in Chapter 51 verse 56, says that God created humans to worship or serve Him. Whereas, in Chapter 11 verse 119, it defines the purpose of creation as...

Who are the Ulu’l-Amr? (Verse 4:59)

Who are the Ulu’l-Amr? (Verse 4:59)

O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger,...

The Reality of the Human Being

The Reality of the Human Being

This discussion appears in the recent published English Volume 39 and it is a discussion of rare excellence by Allamah Tabataba’i. Below is the gist of the discussion. Is the...

The Qur’anic Story of al-Khidr and Moses

The Qur’anic Story of al-Khidr and Moses

The Qur’anic story of al-Khidr and Moses (peace be upon them) is one of the stories which is very difficult to comprehend as it seems against rational and moral principles.  The...

Are Prophets of God not Sinless?

Are Prophets of God not Sinless?

The rational proof for the sinlessness of prophets is as follows: The sending of the prophets and the showing of miracles in their lie. Also, it is an endorsement that they...

Divine Favors and the Favor of Wilayah

Divine Favors and the Favor of Wilayah

The English language does not do justice to the Arabic word Niʿmah which appears in the Qur’an in many places. However, the common words used interchangeably are bounty, favor, grace, blessing...

The Parable of the “Spider”

The Parable of the “Spider”

In Chapter 29 of the Qur’an, named as “The Spider”, God invokes the stories of seven prior prophets and their nations to illustrate that testing people and subjecting them to...

The Qur’anic Parable of Truth & Falsehood

The Qur’anic Parable of Truth & Falsehood

He sends down water from the heavens, then the valleys flow according to their measure, and the torrent bears along the swelling foam, and from what they melt in the...

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