Roots of Religion: Prophethood

In the series of lessons related to the ‘Roots of Religion’, we commenced our discussion with ‘Tauheed’ the first and most basic principle of Islam. Therein, we stated that the Allah’s recognition and His worship are the foundations of Islam and the source of belief. We then discussed about the second principle viz. ‘Adl’ – … Continue reading Roots of Religion: Prophethood

Religious Terms: A simple glossary

Hadath-e-Akbar: The acts after which Ghusl or both Ghusl and Wudhu become obligatory for performance of namaz etc. For instance sexual intercourse, haiz, menses, discharge of semen, etc. Qasr: While travelling beyond the city limits, reduction of four rakat namaz to two rakats. Also, fasting is not obligatory in this condition. Farsakh Shar’ee: A distance … Continue reading Religious Terms: A simple glossary

Taharat and Najasat

PURIFICATION (TAHAARAT) Islam is the religion of purity and taharat as it is mentioned in the Holy Quran: "Surely Allah loves those who repent and those who are purified." (Surah Baqarah: 222) According to the Ahle Bait (a.s.), "Purity is an integral part of the faith." (Behaarul Anwaar, vol. 62, p. 291, H.72) IMPURE THINGS … Continue reading Taharat and Najasat

Gambling and Chess

In today’s so-called advanced age, gambling and playing cards are common. People are very comfortable with these two pastimes, especially while travelling in trains and buses. Some play, while others watch intently. The Holy Quran declares: "They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is a great sin … Continue reading Gambling and Chess