Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (peace be upon her)

Ali (PBUH), an Eternal Role Model

The life of Imam Ali (PBUH) is filled with immense examples of high virtue and deep educational lessons for the human life. While it impossible to truly comprehend his character, it is possible to learn from and understand certain corners

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The Principle of Oath Keeping

The principle of oath keeping is considered one of the highest virtues in Islam. The teachings of the Holy Quran and the Ahl al-Bayt (PBUT) regard oath keeping as a fundamental requirement of faith (1); where neglecting one’s oath has been considered alongside irreligiousness

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A Justice-Promoting State

Once, during the reign of Ali (PBUH) in Kufah, his armor was lost. After a while it was found at the possession of a Christian man. Amir al-Mu’minin (PBUH), who was the ruler of the society, took the Christian to the judge and

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Criteria for Selection

We are each faced with the concept of “choices” in life, where we must choose among two or more options. Being faced with the options to choose a partner, spouse, or friend is an unstoppable phenomenon for all. The important factor however

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A Kind Father

 “I was perplexed and bewildered; my patience was over; it was as if my soul was exiting my body; I left immediately, and did not realize how I got to Daar al-Hukumah (governor’s seat). Can I see him one

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Who is Right?

During the Battle of Jamal (1), a companion of Imam Ali (PBUH) was in deep doubt. He would observe both sides. On one side he would see Imam Ali (PBUH) and great figures of Islam who were gathered round him striking away with their swords;

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Ali and his Attitude to Adversaries

When we review history, we can see how kings and governors and those in power reacted to those in disagreement with them. They not only prevented others to express their opposing views, but also suppressed as many as they

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How was He Like?

The martyrdom of Amir al-Mu’minin (PBUH) is far from our understanding unless we know more about the Imam. And it is such that we cannot even comprehend what it means to lose such a magnanimous person.  Indeed speaking of

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The Secret of Amity and Animosity

The alchemists believed that there is a material called elixir which can transform one material into another. They looked for it for centuries, but could never find it. The Persian poets affirmed that the true elixir is love, and love is what

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This is How We Became Orphans…

Amir al-Mu’minin, Ali (PBUH), says, “As I was sitting on the ground, I fell asleep and saw Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) in my dream. I told him that I have seen so much bitterness and animosity from his followers. The Prophet said, ‘Curse them.” (1)

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Ali (PBUH) as Ever Just and Trustworthy!

Ali (PBUH) is the first Imam of Shiites and the first successor of the final messenger, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). According to the historians, he was a man who possessed all the Islamic and humane virtues, a man who, despite his tremendous courage and

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Amir al-Mu’minin School

Islam pays great attention to keeping promises. The Holy Quran and the Infallibles regard one’s loyalty to promises to be a crucial aspect of faith.  Similarly breaking promises is considered as an act of disbelief. This principle is

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Mapping Words with Practice

Among the many verses in the Holy Quran regarding those who seek help, Allah (SWT) has paid special attention to helping orphans. In one such verse, Allah (SWT) addresses the great Prophet (PBUH): “And they ask you concerning the orphans Say: To set right

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A Fascinating Role Model

The life of Amir al-Mu’menin (PBUH) is so appealing that it brings about feelings of either utmost infatuation or utmost envy in both friend and foe. The Prophet of Allah (PBUH&HP) has said regarding Ali, “Two groups, regarding you, will be annihilated: extremist

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A Different Motivation

Amir al-Muminin (PBUH) began his economic activities from point zero.  It was so extreme that he didn’t have enough to eat in the first few years of the Hijrah.  But holding steadfastly to the power of faith, thought and effort, Amir al-Muminin (PBUH) attained great

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Ladder to Proximity

One of the foundational teachings of all prophets has been to worship Allah (SWT), to the extent that none of their teachings were void of an act of worship.   However, people’s perception of worship are not necessarily the same. Some view

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A mysterious attraction

The words and logic of Imam Ali’s (PBUH) Nahj al-Balaghah, like its main source the Holy Quran, remains fresh and vibrant for the current world despite the passage of various political and moral ideologies.   One thing that

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