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What are the signs of weakness of true faith?

They are many signs of weakness of true faith. Some of them can be felt by the person himself in his heart (inner signs), and others can be seen on his behavior (outer signs). The inner signs include: 1. Less remembering Allah in heart before doing things or talking. 2. Less remembering the Aakhirah(the Hereafter) and the result of our deeds. 3. Less remembering death, grave, Barzakh, Paradise and Hellfire ... Read More »

What are the ways for drawing Allah’s (swt) affection and love?

Allah’s (swt) affection for people doesn’t mean what is normally understood from this concept; because it entails deficiencies that Allah (swt) is pure of and theology has proven false.  What Allah’s (swt) affection for others truly means is that this affection stems from His love for Himself.  Allah loves His own actions and since His creations are the results of His actions, He loves them as well. Different things that ... Read More »

Is, according to Islam, religion separate from politics?

First of all we had better clarify the meaning of “politics” so that its relationship with religion may become clear. There are two interpretations for the word “politics”: 1. Sometimes, politics is interpreted as “trickery, ruse, and the use of every possible means to reach a particular objective”. In other words, the end justifies the means. In fact, this interpretation of politics, apart from its being inconsistent with the real ... Read More »

Is religion compatible with politics?

A religion that has come in order to explain the path to felicity from now until the end of time cannot remain indifferent to a matter that all societies need, that is, government. In other words, the rules and regulations of Islam are such that they depend on a government and without which Islam cannot remain alive. Imam ‘Ali b. Musa al-Rida (a.s) has said the following in one of ... Read More »

Why should religion interfere in politics?

The theory of the separation of religion from politics is a viewpoint that supports marginalizing religion from different fields of human life. According to this viewpoint, man is able to discover the true rules to culture, politics, judgment, economy, commerce, manners, social relationships, etc., and legislate them with the help of science and knowledge, and does not need religion to intervene in his life. Roots of the prevalence of this ... Read More »

What is God’s purpose for man’s creation?

a) His ability to create called for Him to create. b) The order of creation is one based on aim and wisdom. c) The ultimate goal and aim of creating all things, is the emergence of man; the reason being that everything has been created for his purpose and he is the most noble of all creatures, as his creator is the most noble of all creators. d) Since God ... Read More »

What is the wisdom behind creation?

Allah is a transcendental entity and possesses all excellences. At the same time, creation is a means of grace and Allah is graceful. His unlimited grace calls for him to create whatever has the potential to be created. Therefore, Allah created because he was graceful, meaning that the reason behind creation lies in his grace and mercy. Moreover, knowing that Allah’s attributes of essence are in oneness with his entity, ... Read More »

I believe in God and pray to Him, but sometimes I don’t know how to picture him. This matter is bothering me.

Essentially, picturing God and moving towards embodying and picturing God is wrong, because God isn’t physical and cannot be pictured or imagined. God is a reality and at the same time, in all realities. He is One, but not like any other thing. He is present everywhere, and sees everything, but cannot be imagined or pictured.  Man can only see Him with the eyes of the heart, not by picturing ... Read More »