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What is the Quranic perspective about the People of the Book?

What is the Quranic perspective about the People of the Book?

The Quran, like many other eloquent speeches, have organized its words on the basis of their audience’s needs. In this connection, the personality, conducts, belief etc. of the audience have been taken into consideration. The Holy Quran has addressed the People of the Book in the same manner. Hence, the verses regarding them have different literatures depending on the type of the audience and the occasion in which the verses ... Read More »

What is the meaning of God’s devising?

What is the meaning of God’s devising?

Imam Rida (AS) was asked about the attribution of deceit and ridicule to Allah, which the Quran has mentioned, his excellency replied: “Allah Almighty neither ridicules nor deceives or devises against anyone; what He does is requite ridicule, devising and deceit.”[1] Therefore, Allah devises against those who devise against Him, and this is nothing but a proportionate retribution of their own act. This devising has different degrees that one should ... Read More »

whats the five qualities of the Imam according to Quranic ayahs?

whats the five qualities of the Imam according to Quranic ayahs?

Subsequent to mentioning the story of rescuing Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Lut and granting Ibrahim (as) righteous children,[1] the Quran reflects on the imamah and leadership of this great Prophet and a number of values, plans and qualities pertaining to this divine position: “And we made them leaders, guiding (mankind) by our command, and we inspired in them the doing of good deeds, performing salat, and the giving of zakat ... Read More »

Is Imam Ali capable of reviving the dead?

Is Imam Ali capable of reviving the dead?

DAsserting that someone can independently do so without God’s assistance is in absolute contradiction with tawhid af’ali (oneness in action), for death and life is solely in God’s hand. However, if one were to carry out this act with God’s consent, it would then be considered probable and possible. As stated in the Quran, God mentions Jesus (A.S.) saying: “I can make see thee who has been born blind and ... Read More »

What is the definition of “Muslim” according to the Quran?

What is the definition of “Muslim” according to the Quran?

According to the Quran a Muslim is one who has absolutely surrendered to Allah and his commands and believes in pure Tawhid (the oneness of God) that isn’t tainted with any Shirk and this is why the Almighty has introduced Prophet Abraham as a true Muslim in the Quran. According to the Quran the true religion is Islam (surrender) (ان الدین عندالله الاسلام) and therefore all who have accepted religions ... Read More »

Can God bring into existence a stone so large that he himself is not able to lift?

Can God bring into existence a stone so large that he himself is not able to lift?

One of the attributes of God is his unlimited and boundless power and omnipotence. This question has been asked and answered in fields such as philosophy and scholastic theology. It has also been explained multiple times in the Holy Quran. Yet, this belief in the unlimited power of God has brought up, since ancient times, certain issues and questions. One of these, is this very same question which is being ... Read More »