Belief: General

Belief: General

A Commentary on Prayer, by Muhsin Qara’ati Views
In this text, Muhsin Qara'ati explains in detail the meaning of Worship and Intention, as well as how different stages of worship are acquired. He then goes on to explain the different actions of Prayer in detail, such as the first Takbir, and the recitation of the Suras. The author explains each step thoroughly, outlining its importance and our understanding of the action.

A Shi'ite Anthology, by 'Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Tabataba'i
A collection of sayings, sermons, prayers and writings that cover the three basic dimensions of Shi'ite tradition: 1. The Unity of God 2. The political, social and moral teachings and 3. The spiritual life. Translated by William Chittick, and Introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Ahl al-Bayt And Caliphate, by Murtaza Mutahhari
This text distinguishes the exclusive position of the Ahl al-Bayt in Islam as well as amongst the people. After establishing their precedence in Islam, the text dedicates a chapter to the Caliphs appointed by the people after the death of the Holy Prophet (s). It also further outlines the silence of Imam Ali (a.s.) and the lessons we learn from it.

An Introduction to 'Ilm al-Kalam, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
The main doctrines of kalam (theology) and their subsequent modifications with special reference to Mu'tazilah, Asha'irah and Shi'ah schools of kalam.

Divine Revelation, Human Reason and Science, by Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli
The role of knowledge, method of reasoning, reasoning and revelation, and instances of harmony between revelation and reason.

Faith and Reason, by Ayatullah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani
Answers to a series of questions often asked by young Muslims growing up in Western societies. The questions are on diverse topics ranging from Divine will, marriage, the role of women and the 12th Imam.

Fifty Lessons on Principles of Belief for Youths, by Ayatullah al-Uzma Shaykh Nasir Makarim Shirazi
This text contains fifty chapters, each containing an important lesson on the fundamental beliefs of our faith that are especially relevant for the youth of today. Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi presents these lessons using both philosophical reasoning as well as Qur'anic verses, and concludes each lesson with a few relevant questions which are intended to increase understanding of that particular lesson.

Goal of Life, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
Including topics such as the goal of creation, Individual and social ethics, human perfection and Islamic monotheism.

History of Human Evolution, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
Man's historical and social evolution, evolution of history, human relationships, role of Prophets in evolution, and the concept of Bada' (Divine revision).

History of Shi‘ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation, by Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami
This text discusses how Shi'ism has been an integral and inseparable part of Islam from the time of the Holy Prophet (sa). The text provides several resources to show how Shi'ism began with the companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) and how its legacy still stands.

Introduction to Islam, by Sayyid Muhammad Ridha Gulpaygani

Introduction to Islam, by Masooma Beatty

Invitation to Islam, by Sayyid Moustafa al-Qazwini
An excellent introduction to 'What is Islam?', the main Islamic beliefs and practices, religious texts, as well as other Islamic issues such as marriage, social life, women and law.

Islam, by Sayyid Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi
A transcript of a series of lectures on the fundamental roots of Islam.

Islam (views by Non-Muslims)
An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.

Islam and Religious Pluralism, by Shahid Ayatullah Murtadha Muttahari
An in-depth discussion on the Islamic perspective of Religious Pluralism. This book offers rational answers to questions such as: will the great inventors and scientists, despite their worthy services for humanity, go to Hell? Will the likes of Pasteur and Edison go to Hell whilst indolent people who have spent their lives in a corner of the Masjid go to Heaven?

Islam and the Modern Age, by Allamah as-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn al-Tabataba'i
The way of nature, Islam and the needs of every epoch, Islamic approach to law, the natural man, fixed and flexible laws.

Islamic teachings in brief al-shia.com, by 'Allamah Tabataba'i
This book, written in a relatively simple language, presents a summary of the teachings of Islam.

Islamic Teachings in Brief, by Allamah Tabataba'i
This text lists and elaborates on some of the core principles and beliefs in Islam that are important for all followers of the Ahlulbayt to be familiar with. Each principle is explained using references from the Qur'an, hadith, and priactices of the Ahlulbayt .

Lessons From Qur'an, by Professor Muhsin Qara'ati
Compilation of series of lectures on monotheism, justice, social justice, Prophethood, Imamate, and the day of resurrection.

Man and Universe, by Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari
Man and faith, man and animals, knowledge and thought, monothesitic conception of the world, revelation and prophet-hood, man and the Holy Qur'an, society and history, Imamate and khilafat, and eternal life.

Philosophy of Islam, by Dr Husayni Behishti and Dr. Jawad Bahonar
Fundamental Islamic topics such as principles of religion, man, Iman (faith), definitive knowledge, monothesim of the Qur'an, name and attributes of God, guides of humanity, evolution, history, self-making, family, economy and social system.

Tendency of Rationalizing the Laws of the Shari'ah, by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
The tendency towards the rationalization of Islamic laws, and the attitude of a Muslim towards the shari'ah. Includes the story of P.Musa and Khidr from the Qur'an.

Tenets of Islam, by Shaykh Tusi
Short passages on numerous Islamic beliefs, including God, Prophethood, Imamate, and the Day of Judgement.

The Faith of Shi'a Islam home.swipnet.se, by Shaykh Muhammad Ridha al-Mudhaffar
This is a highly authentic account of the principal beliefs of that school of thought within Islam known as 'Shi'ism' in the West. This important branch of the Islamic tradition has produced some of the most profound theological, philosophical and spiritual literature to be found in any religious tradition. The main theological tenets that have guided this dimension of Islam are presented here in a clear and concise way; anyone wishing to become acquainted with the essential theological world view of Shi'a Islam will find this small book extremely valuable. Written by a leading 20th century scholar and educational reformer.

The Hereafter - Ma'ad, by Ayatullah Dastghaib Shirazi
A detailed account of humanity’s experience of death, and the stages beyond it, including the status in one’s grave, Barzakh, the Day of Judgment (Qiyamah), and the final recourse in Heaven or Hell.

The Principle of Ijtihad in Islam, by Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari
Brief biography of Ayatullah Mutahhari, definition, types, permissibility and history of Ijtihad, Akhbarism, and Taqlid.

The Radiance of the Secrets of Prayer, by Muhsin Qara’ati
In this text, Muhsin Qara'ati introduces the Secrets of Prayer by explaining different reasons and dimensions for worship. Several other texts outline the physical method of prayer and worship. However, in this text we find how to spiritually prepare ourselves and recognize if our prayers have been accepted. The text also discusses preliminaries of prayer, the prayer itself, and acts after the prayer.

The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message, by Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr
Belief in God, His existence, and His attributes. Belief in the Messenger Prophet Muhammad (s) and in prophethood. Belief in the message Islam.

Tradition of Myrobalan Fruit (Hadith-e-Halila), by Imam Ja'afar al-Sadiq
A thought provoking dialogue between Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a) and an atheist physician from India. Using logical arguments and the Myrobalan fruit as its theme the Imam convinces the atheist beyond doubt of the existence and attributes of Almighty Allah.

Wahhabism, by Ayatullah Ja'far Subhani
The author provides an introduction to the life of the founder of Wahhabism and an in depth analysis of the beliefs of Wahhabi School of thought in the light of Quran, Hadith, and logical reasoning. The title deals with following topics: Construction of graves, Ziyara, Tawassul, Shafa’a, Nadhr, Commemorating the birth and death anniversaries of Awliya Allah, and Political and Social dimensions of Hajj.

Why Shi'ah?
An Islamic Factsheet: Short and concise articles on a single subject in numerous languages. Excellent for quick reading, Muslim centers or places of learning, da'wah purposes, or to give to your friends and coworkers. Part of the Beliefs Factsheets.