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Islam is a
complete way of life that addresses every aspect of the human life ranging from
personal and family matters to social, economic, political, and spiritual
issues. The teachings of Islam are devised to aid mankind attain prosperity in
this life and in the hereafter.
As part of the
measures to attain that prosperity, an adult Muslim needs to conduct his or her
affairs, behave and respond according to the teachings of Islam in all aspects
of life. These issues range from matters concerning acts of worship to other
matters such as family, culture, current affairs, financial transactions,
etiquettes, and ethics.
Muslim therefore has a duty to learn the teachings of Islam on those issues
that he or she may come across in life. Some of those teachings may be readily
available, and if not, he or she must endeavour to learn or seek the answers to
conduct that an adult Muslim does according to the teachings of Islam
constitutes an act of worship, no matter what aspect of life it may concern,
traditionally by ‘acts of worship’ it is meant issues such as ritual
cleanliness, daily prayers, fasting, hajj, and zakah.
This compilation covers all topics that are normally covered in a traditional Risalah ‘Amaliyyah, but presents a selection of materials, which are frequently needed by a broad spectrum of users, and in particular the non-expert and novice user. Book One of this work covers issues such as idjtihad and taqleed (emulation), ritual cleanliness, daily prayers, fasting, hajj, khums and zakah.
In addition to the classical structure of such work, new topical chapters are also added that are not normally found in the traditional Risalah. These are topics such as culture and development, freedom, human rights, social and personal reform, peace and non-violence, medicine, immigration, morality and ethics. These topics are covered in Book Two.
Furthermore, some of the questions that have been submitted by the faithful to the office of the marje‘ together with their corresponding answers are also presented in this work. Such Q&A are not normally given in the traditional Risalah.
This work therefore combines the essence of the traditional Risalah together with benefits of contemporary additions.
The Shi'a and their beliefs
In this concise yet succinct and informative work, detailed outline of the Shi'a belief is presented. While the book introduces the novice reader to the basic beliefs of the Shi'a, the work also addresses every issue concerning this belief. Furthermore, in the process of presenting and discussing the Shi'a belief and its origin, the book also shows the precise compatibility of every single aspect of the Shi'a belief with the teachings of both the holy Qur'an and the holy Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and his impeccable progeny. Extensive references are given citing major references such as the sihah and masanid . In this way the reader can see that none of the Shi ‘a belief deviate from any one of the teachings of the holy Qur'an or of the prophet.
Principles and Teachings
In the first part of this brief discourse the author outlines and briefly discusses Os}ool al-Deen (the fundamental principles of Islam), which are Tawh}eed (the indivisible Oneness of Allah), ‘Adl (the Divine Justice), Nobowwah (Prophethood), Ima>mah (leadership of mankind) and Mi‘a>d (resurrection). The author also addresses the subject of the Prophet's eternal miracle – the glorious Qur'an.
In the second part the author addresses Foroo‘ al-Deen (the rulings and practices of Islam), which are the well-known ten acts of worship such as prayers, fasting and hajj as well as the teachings of Islam on politics, economics, the armed forces, the justice system, culture, media, education, health, and social freedoms. Through this discussion the author establishes that a government based on the teachings of Islam provides the most favourable system of government for mankind.
In the final part the author discusses the third component that a Muslim must adhere to; Islamic morals and etiquettes (Akhla>q) and (A<da>b).
The Prophet Muhammad
A Mercy to the World
This book offers an easy introduction to the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. It endeavours to convey a glimpse of those illuminating moments in the life of the Prophet that helped bring about one of the greatest transformations in the history of mankind. The book highlights what kind of a person the Prophet was, and how his conduct with friends and foes, in peace and war, provided an impeccable example for generations to come.
222 pages, 5"x7.5", ISBN 1-903323-17-7
The Qur'an made simple
The Noble Qur'an is the greatest of the books of God. It is the most outstanding book ever to appear on the face of the earth. It is not merely a compilation of chronicles of an ancient people, nor yet of a group of Prophets, or even of all Prophets. Nor is it solely a book of morals. It is certainly not just a book of science, and it is not simply a book of rules and laws. Rather, it is a set of arguments in the divine tongue setting out exactly why the reader should recognize Allah, glorified be He, submit to Him, and follow the divine religion. These arguments are both rational, addressed to the mind, and spiritual, addressed to the heart. In the divine words the Noble Qur'an is a book of guidance, guiding man from darkness to light, from evil to good, from ignorance to knowledge, from uncertainty about the origin and the end, and about mans' role in the world, to certainty and conviction.
This volume is a translation of the last three parts of the Noble Qur'an, and of the associated commentary by the late Ayatollah al-Udhma Imam Muhammad Shirazi, elucidating the Qur'anic text to produce a clear, succinct, and easy to follow explanation of the divine scripture.
388 pages, 6.5"x8.8", ISBN 1-903323-29-0
If Islam were to be established
This book can serve as the Muslim's guide to the Islamic government. If an Islamist opposition group has a plan for an Islamic government, this book would help to check various aspects of the plan. In the absence of such a plan, this book would present one. To the non-Muslims, the book presents a glimpse of a typical Islamic system of government. The book would also serve as a yardstick for anyone to check the practices of any government that claims to have implemented an Islamic system of government. In this book the author outlines the basic policies that must be adopted if a government were to establish a system of government based on the teachings of Islam. Some of the most important issues which the government address are general amnesty, gradual implementation of the teaching of Islam, the prerequisites for implementing the penal system, provision of freedom in all aspects of life, party-political pluralism, social justice, modesty of leaders, etc.
76 pages, 4.5"x8", ISBN 1-903323-03-7
What is Islam?
Beliefs, Principles and a Way of Life
In this book the author outlines the basic aspects of Islam in a concise but clear manner. He presents his discussions in the form of questions and answers about the various issues of concern. The discussions cover different topics that have been categorised in fourteen chapters. These discussions range from basic Islamic doctrines, Islamic etiquette, Islamic morals and ethics, Islamic worship, to the concept and role of freedom, economy, politics, society, and peace in Islamic teachings. The aim is to show the reader that Islam is not just a set of fixed rituals that must be followed blindly. The book shows that Islam is designed around the needs of mankind, be it material and spiritual. It shows that Islam deals with every aspect of man's life, it addresses all issues of concern in this world and in the hereafter.
124 pages, 6"x8" ISBN 1-903323-09-6
The sacrifice for mankind
This is a collection of articles about a totally unique individual who, through his remarkable sacrifices, managed to change the course of history and the direction that mankind was heading for. He is none other than Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Husayn stood up to tyranny and oppression and gave everything he had, including his life and the lives of his most beloved sons and brothers as well as those of his closest allies, in order to awaken the masses, reform society and rectify the distortion that has been inflicted on Islam.
The articles in this work cover some aspects of the aims and objectives of Husayn's movement, the examples he set, and the lessons that are learnt from the events that lead up to
fourteen centuries ago. Besides the benefits of his movement, the personality of Imam Husayn is also discussed. Included in this work are a number of questions and answers about the commemoration ceremonies observed by the Muslims around the world on the occasion of Ashura.
96 pages, 6"x8" ISBN 1-903323-08-8
The Islamic System of Government
In this introductory book the author outlines the basic principles of government based on the teachings of Islam. The author begins with the aim and objectives of the government according to Islam and the extent of its authority. He then addresses, from the Islamic viewpoint, the significance and fundamental nature of such issues as consultative system of government, judicial system, freedoms, party political pluralism, social justice, minorities, foreign policy, etc. The author also outlines the policies of a government, based on Islamic teaching, on issues such as education, welfare, health, crime, services, etc. as well such matter as the government's income.
72 pages, 5"x8", ISBN 1-903323-02-9
The Rights of Prisoners According to Islamic Teachings
In general, Islam considers imprisonment as a case of last resort in many circumstances, however, according to Islamic teachings there are only a few offences that would lead to imprisonment, for the value that is attached to freedom of the individual. Under non-Islamic system, of course the offender should be reprimanded, but any chastisement prescribed by Islamic teachings may only be implemented if all the criteria and the preconditions prescribed are also met. If the criteria may not be met, then the prescribed punishment may not be executed. In that condition the judge would consider a lesser means of admonishment.
In this book the author addresses such issues as the fundamental nature of freedom, the rights of prisoner, and the harmful effects of imprisonment on the individual concerned as well as those on society, and the kind of offences that would lead to imprisonment under an Islamic system. The author also cites a few cases to demonstrate the attitude the Islamic ruler should take towards offence; to try to find reasons to waive the punishments in any particular case. The author then addresses the issue of torture in general, and mental and physical ill treatment that is carried out under the guise of interrogation and extracting confession from a detainee or a suspect.
64 pages, 6"x8" ISBN 1-903323-07-X
War, Peace and Nonviolence
An Islamic Perspective
In this work the author addresses three controversial issues, which have come to be associated with Islam. Through his extensive knowledge of the teachings of Islam, the author presents the Islamic stand on war, peace and nonviolence, as found in the traditions and teachings of the Prophet of Islam, which could serve as exemplary models for the Mankind. Detailed accounts of the traditions of Prophet in his dealings with his foes during war or peace times are presented in this book, which gives the reader a clear insight into the way and the basis upon which the Prophet of Islam used to conduct his affairs in this respect.
138 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-04-5
Aspects of the Political Theory of Imam Muhammad Shirazi
Muhammad Ayyub is a well-known Islamist political activist within the Iraqi circle who has established a long history of political struggle behind him. He was attracted by the views of the Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Shirazi in the fields of social and political sciences. This prompted the author to write this book - originally in Arabic - to introduce the reader to these views that have remained relatively unknown to the Muslim activists and reformists. This book deals with politics in general and the politics of Muslim countries in particular. In it the author presents the political views of one of the leading religious scholars in the Islamic world. It covers such aspects on politics and political-liberation movements as freedom of expression, party-political pluralism and organization, social justice, peace and nonviolence, consultation system of government and collaboration and unity of the various sects of the Muslim community.
82 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-01-0
When was it compiled?
In this book the author addresses the issues of when the Holy Qur'an was compiled, on what and whose instructions was this task carried out and who accomplished its compilation in the form that it is available today. In this work the author presents indisputable evidence as to address these crucial questions. Through historical, methodical and logical analyses, the author establishes how and when the compilation of the Holy Qur'an was achieved. In the latter half of the book the author cites many Prophetic traditions on the significance of the learning and recitation of Holy Qur'an.
64 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-05-3
Fundamentals of Islam
In this book the author presents the basic issues of Islamic teachings, which not only are important to Muslims, but they could also be of interest to the non-Muslim who seek to find out more about Islam. The topics covered are the Islamic doctrine or the five fundamental principles of Islamic belief, a brief look at the system of government based on Islamic teachings, traditions on the significance of the learning and recitation of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam.
112 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-06-1
Islamic Beliefs for All
In this book the author discusses the five fundamental principles of Islam. These principles are Tawheed (the indivisible oneness of God), Divine justice, Prophethood, Imamah (the leadership of mankind after the prophet), and Resurrection. What distinguish this book is the author's subtle approach in addressing the issues concerned and the simple examples given to illustrate the discussion. This authoritative work is not only important to Muslims, but it would also be of interest to the non-Muslims who seek to explore Islam and its doctrine. This easy to read book would be a valuable reference for Religious Education.
183 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 0-9539260-2-8
The Guide to Hajj Rites
The book consists of two main parts;
the Hajj rulings, and
the Hajj procedure.
For the English translation, a third part - the glossary - has been added for the benefit of the reader.
PART 1 deals with the Hajj rulings in general and also addresses such topics as the eligibility of an individual for the Hajj, and defines "the ability" one is required to attain in order for him/her to be considered eligible. In addition this part also addresses the issues and Hajj rulings of Hajj by Proxy, Hajj by Grant, etc.
PART 2 of this work presents detailed procedures for performing the Hajj in a step-by-step fashion, starting from the rite needed and the site at which it must be performed, up to the final one. To begin with, a brief overview of the entire process is outlined such that the reader would obtain an overall idea of the process involved. Specific issues concerning women are also dealt with where applicable.
PART 3 is a glossary of the technical terminologies and Arabic words used in this text, which has been compiled by the translator. This has been included, at the end of the book, to help the reader easily find the meaning and explanation of the Arabic terms and words used in this text.
134 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-11-8
The Duties and Rulings
In this concise Hajj guide the author presents the various categories of Hajj. In the cases of Hajj and Umrah, the author details the practices of each kind of Hajj and then goes on to outline the obligatory duties and of the person performing the Hajj. Towards the end of the guide the author presents the Islamic rulings and criteria of the Hajj program and the responsibilities of the Muslim individual in this respect.
34 pages, 4.5"x6"
The Bible and Christianity
An Islamic view
This book consists of two separate works. In the first part, the author presents his experiences, and the debates he had with the Christians. The debates concerned their impression of Islam and its doctrine and therefore the questions / objections they had, and the issues they raised, or on the other hand some of the discussions circled around their own religious beliefs. In this presentation the author shows how he invited non-Muslims to Islam through calm but rational and intellectual debates with them. The book makes an interesting read, especially when the reader can see the simple arguments put forward in these debates. In the second part, the author surveys and presents some of the immoral and absurd features and traits that are attributed to God and His prophets in the Bible. The author refutes those false attributes given to messengers of God, concluding that these point to the distortion that have resulted - perhaps intentionally - in the Bible.
112 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-10-X
In this book the author highlights the problems he sees primarily in Islamic societies and particularly in the west today from the phenomenon of unmarried young men and women through to birth control and contraception. He surveys the idea of marriage in various religions and schools of thought. The author also discusses polygamy from the Islamic perspective. He calls for simplicity in the process of marriage and draws our attention to the Islamic teachings and laws in this vital area of life. As well as being a call to the Muslim world to revert to the true teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, this book can also be of use as an introduction to others who seek some answers to the social problems of today. This is because Islam has detailed teachings, which promise success in every area of human life on individual and societal levels, and what's more their practicality has been historically proven.
84 pages, 6"x8", ISBN 1-903323-00-2