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Shiites are attached to their Imams not only by belief, but also by their strong emotional attachment.  This is why in various situations, especially in times of hardship, Shiites turn to the Imams to pour out their hearts. But in

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The Habit of Kindness

Unfortunately the dynasties, such as the Umayyads, Abbasids, the Ottomans in Turkey and today’s Wahhabis, which ruled under the pretext of Islam, showed a dark image of Islam and paved the way for others to blame Islam. These administrations, bearing

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Unforgettable Advice

Abu Saalt Hirawi was one of the close companions of Imam Reza (PBUH). He narrates that one day when he was with Imam, the Imam started the following: The Almighty Allah (SWT) sent a revelation to one of his messengers

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Neatness

The bases of human life have been founded on “fondness and sociability”. There are some material and spiritual issues that make attractions and repulsions in human’s relationships. Immorality, greediness, malice, apathy, anger and etc. are some examples of moral and

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Sunshine of Kindness

“He was never verbally crude with anyone. He never interrupted anyone, and always waited for them to finish talking. He never refused to fulfill anyone’s needs that he was capable of fulfilling. He never stretched his legs out in front

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A Big Claim

Compassion and love for Ahl al-Bait (PBUT) (Prophet’s progeny) is without a doubt one of the gems that Shiites are proud of. But is it enough to simply love the Prophet’s progeny and consider ourselves as their followers? When we

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Seeing Allah (SWT)

Abu Qurrah was one of the Sunni narrators at the time of Imam Reza (PBUH). Safwan ibn Yahya, one of the students of Imam Reza (PBUH), says, ”Abu Qurrah asked me to take him to Imam Reza (PBUH). I asked

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Difference in Miracles

Imam Reza (PBUH) has said: “Wisdom is man’s friend, and ignorance is his enemy.” (Reference: Al-Kafi, vol. 1, p. 10) Ibn Sekkit, a great literary scholar of his era, once asked Imam Reza (PBUH): “Why did Allah appoint different miracles

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The Art of Generosity

Kuleini and a number of great narrators have narrated this story from Yasa’ ibn Hamzah – one of the companions of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (PBUH): I and many others were once present in the house of Imam Reza

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Pure Islam

What constitutes our beliefs as a Muslim?  How well do we know our faith? During the lifetime of the eighth Imam, the Caliph, Ma’mun, summoned a written summary of Islam from Imam Reza (PBUH).  In response, the Imam wrote: “Pure

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The Kind Helper

An Imam has various characteristics (1), among which the most important of them is the guidance of people.  In addition to the apparent guidance the Imam has for the people, he has a specific kind of guidance and spiritual pull,

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Answer My Prayer

Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Nasr, similar to many other people, kept on praying for a need, but his prayers seemed to never be answered. Slowly he was beginning to doubt the mercifulness of Allah (SWT). The feelings of anxiety

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The Bible Judges…

Ma’mun set various trials for Imam Reza (PBUH), so that he would overpower the Imam (PBUH) by defeating him in those trials. One of the most important among those trials was technical debates with scholars of other religions. Ma’mun ordered

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My Identity

The highest wisdom is the knowledge of oneself. (1) (Imam Ali bin Musa al-Reza (PBUH)) Paying attention to one’s parlance, behavior and actions or more accurately knowing ourselves and our actions, and the art of self-awareness is the duty of

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A Solid Belief

It has been narrated by Muhammad ibn Abdullah al-Khurasani, a servant of Imam Reza (PBUH), that one of the atheists entered into the presence of the Imam when there were some people with him. He asked the Imam (PBUH), “Tell

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A Gem or a Rock

Do you really think like this? I was not expecting that from you… These are sentences that we may have heard them in our social conversations. Perhaps we have been in a situation in which, we had every reason and

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Ideal

Imam Reza (PBUH) says in a narration: “An hour of thinking is worth more than a year of worship.” He was asked about the meaning of this narration. Imam replied: “When you see ruined and abandoned homes you might ask

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