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Why was only justice, from among all Divine Attributes, selected as one of the five pillars of religion?

In this article, I would like to make this point clear as to why the great ‘ulama consider justice, one of God’s Qualities, to be a principle among the five pillars of religion. God is the Knower (Alim), Powerful (Qadir), Just (Adil), Wise (Hakim), Merciful (Rahman), Compassionate (Rahim), Primordial (Azali), Eternal (Abadi), Creator (Khaliq) and Sustainer (Razzaq). Why was only justice selected from among all of these and it became ... Read More »

Guidance and Error are in God’s Hands

Guidance and Error are in God’s Hands

1. Means of Guidance A traveller has an address in his hand. He meets you and asks you to help him find the address. You have two choices before you: First, to go with him and complete your good deed by a accompanying him to his destination and then say goodbye and leave him. Second, indicate with your hand and giving various signs guide him towards his destination. It is ... Read More »

The Middle Way

The Middle Way

  1. The Opposite of Fatalism Of course, opposing the belief in fatalism, which is one kind of an extreme, is the school of ‘conferring’, which is at the other extreme. Those who accept this school believe that God created us and then put everything at our disposal and that, in general, He is not responsible for anything that we do and in this way, we are completely independent in ... Read More »

Reasons for Belief in Free Will

Reasons for Belief in Free Will

1. The Collective Conscience Philosophers and divine scholars give different reasons for free will of the human being. The clearest reason given by the supporters of free will: The ‘universal’ or ‘collective’ conscience of human beings. That is, no matter what we deny, we cannot deny the reality that in all human societies, including both the worshippers of God and the materialists, East and West, ancient and modern, wealthy and ... Read More »

The Social and Political Factors for Belief in Fatalism

The Social and Political Factors for Belief in Fatalism

The truth is that the issue of predestination and free will has been misused throughout history. A series of factors have increased the belief in fatalism and the denial of free will of the human being. Among them: 1. Political Factors Many of the despotic and selfish politicians in order to extinguish the fire of revolution among the deprived and in order to assure the continuation of their illegal rule ... Read More »

Why Believe in Predestination?

Why Believe in Predestination?

All people, within their being, sense that they are free to make decisions. For examples, whether or not to give a loan to such and such a friend or whether or not to drink a glass of water placed before oneself. If another person commits an error in relation to this person, this second can forgive or not forgive the error. Everyone can tell between a hand which shakes because ... Read More »

Nurtured Through Facing Difficulties

Nurtured Through Facing Difficulties

We again repeat that we should not create difficulties for ourselves, but, at the same time, it often happens that difficulties increase our willpower just as iron is strengthened when placed in hot smelting pots. In the smelting pot of difficulties, we become experienced and more persevering. War is basically not good but sometimes a difficult and long war causes the abilities of a nation to blossom and transforms dispersion ... Read More »

Turning Back to God through Facing Difficulties

Turning Back to God through Facing Difficulties

In the previous discussion, we have seen that our being has a goal or purpose. Our eyes are for a purpose; our ears are for a purpose; our hearts, brain and nerves each have been created for a purpose. Even our finger tips have a philosophy behind them. Thus, how is it possible that our total being be without a purpose? One should look at one’s sins and transgressions in ... Read More »

Value of Life through Facing Difficulties

Value of Life through Facing Difficulties

Perhaps it is difficult for some people to understand that if life were only filled with blessings, it would lose its value. It has been proven today that if you place an object in the middle of a room and you give it a strong, uniform light from all directions and the object and the room are both completely smooth, we will not be able to see the object due ... Read More »