Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among yourselves, male or female: if they are in poverty, Allah will give them means out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all, and he knoweth all things. (24:32)
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Tags: Christianity, faith, friendship, God, heaven, Life, Love, religion, spirituality, suplication
I was there the day you were born
And I gave you special gifts to last a lifetime.
I touched you, made you smile,
Helped you grow and watched you take your First step.
I even reassured you that every
Thing would be okay when you lost your first tooth.
I saw you off on your first day of school…
And I lingered by your side the whole day.
I was there to console you every
time you cried and I held you every
time you fell and scraped your knees.
I was there every day all through the
years and I always strived to give you direction.
I helped you every step of the way
into adulthood, bringing you daily
gifts of inspiration, hope and love.
And I gave you trials so that you
could grow into the warm and
beautiful person that you are…but I
never abandoned you to them.
I’ve never for a single second, turned
My back on you when you needed
Me – even when you thought that
you didn’t need Me.
I heard you every time you spoke
and I answered every prayer though sometimes… for your best
interest, I didn’t answer them the
way you hoped I would.
I’m still with you through your joys,
your hopes, your tears, your
dreams… through the bad day, the
good days – through every day of your life.
And I will be there in the end to
give you comfort and see you safely
home where you will sit beside Me
in all the glory of heaven.
Tags: Allah, Christianity, does god exists?, family, friends, God, Islam, Ja'far al-Sadiq, learning, lesson, Life, Shia, students, teacher, The sixth Imam
A teacher had many good students in his class but had particular regard and high respect for one of them. Some of the students one day asked the teacher the reason for this. In reply he said, I shall tell you tomorrow.”
The next day, he handed to each of those students one live chicken. He asked them to take the chickens to a place where they would not be seen by anyone and then slaughter them. After a while, they returned with their chicken duly slaughtered. But his favourite student came back with his chicken alive.
The teacher asked him why he had not slaughtered it. He replied. “You had asked me to go to a place where nobody would see me. I tried hard to find a place where God Almighty could not see me. But I failed. Everywhere went I was sure that God could see me and I could not hide from Him. So I could not carry out your instructions.
On hearing this, the teacher turned to the other students and remarked, “The reason why I respect this student more is because of his constant awareness of the existence of God who can always see him, no matter where he is. Consequently, he does not commit any sin”.
The sixth Imam, Ja’far al-Sadiq (a), said to one of his friends, lshaq Bin Ammar, “Fear God as if you are able to see Him because He sees you. And if you think that He is not able to see you, then you become a non-believer. And if you believe that He sees you and you commit a sin in His presence, then you consider Him as the lowest of those seeing you”.
Tags: Christianity, God, Islam, Life, moral stories, religion, shi'ite
A Bedouin approached Imam Ali (as) and asked if he asserted that God was one? In answer, Imam Ali (as) said: To say that God is one has four meanings; Two of these meanings are false and two correct.
As for the two incorrect meanings, one is that one should say ‘God is one’ and be thinking of number and counting. This meaning is false because that which has no second cannot enter into the category of number. Do you not see that those who said that God is the third of trinity [i.e, the Christians] fell into infidelity? Another meaning is to say that so and so is one of this people, namely as a species of this genus or a member of this species. This meaning is also not correct when applied to God, for it implies likening something to God and God is above all likeness.
As for the two meanings that are correct when applied to God, one is that it should be said that God is one in the sense that there is no likeness unto Him among things. God possesses such uniqueness. And one is to say that God is one on the sense that there is no multiplicity or division conceiveable in Him, neither outwardly nor in the mind nor in the imagination. God possesses such unity.
Also Imam Ali (as) said:
To know God is to know His Oneness.
This means that to prove that the Being of God is unlimited and infinite suffices to prove His Oneness, for to conceive a second for the Infinite is impossible.
Tags: creation, gole, Islam, Life, perfection, prophet, quran
One of the fundamental problems to investigate is the goal of life. Man always asks questions like what he lives for and what his objective in life should be.
Going one step further, we could ask: “What is the goal of creation, of man as well as other creatures? “
We cannot t assume a goal for God, and believe that He wishes to attain something by His acts. Such a supposition implies a shortcoming in the doer of an action, which may be true of creatures with a potential power, but not of the Creator; since it would mean that He intends to move towards perfection and secure something which He does not have. But sometimes by the goal of creation is meant the goal of the created action, not of the Creator. This would involve the movement of the created towards perfection, not the perfection of the Creator Himself. In this sense, if we think that the nature of creation has always been movement towards perfection, then there is a motive in creation.
This is actually the case, that is, each thing that is created has an independent stage of perfection ahead of it to be attained; and so for everything there exist stages of deficiency or perfection until the maximum limit is reached. The question of the ‘motive in the creation of man’ is basically one that refers to the ‘nature of man’. It pertains to whatever talents are inherent in him, and whatever individual perfections are possible for him. Once perfections are accomplished by one, we may say he was created for them, There is apparently no need to elaborate on the purpose and goal of the creation of man as a separate topic. It will be sufficient to see what kind of a creature man is, and what abilities are inherent in him. In other words as our discussion concerns the Islamic aspect of the matter, and not a philosophical one, we must see how Islam regards man and his abilities .
Naturally the mission of the prophets, too, is believed unanimously to facilitate man’s perfection and to aid him to remove the deficiencies which neither he, as an individual, nor his society is able to remove. It is only with the aid of their divine revelations that he can advance towards enhancing perfection .
Accordingly, every individual must see what he can be after identifying his potentialities, so as to bring them to fruition. That is the goal of our life.
So far, the subject is treated in general, Now we must go into detail: Whether the Qur’an has discussed the goal of man, and whether it gives the reason for his creations as well as the mission of Prophets .
Concerning the reason for the mission of prophets, the Qur’an offers several explanations. In Sura Ahzab, Verses 33, 45 and 46 it says: “O, Prophet, We sent you as witness, harbinger and giver of warning, to invite towards God by his leave, and to be a bright light.” Thus a prophet is a witness to the people’s deeds; a harbinger of the good deeds recommended by the prophets; an agent of warning against evil acts, and a man who calls human beings towards God, which is by itself an ultimate goal. In another verse another point is mentioned as the goal in the mission of the prophets: “Truly we sent our prophets with clear proofs and with them we sent the Book and true measure, so that the people rise in justice, and we sent iron in which there is great firmness and benefits for people …” [The Qur’an, 57:25 ] In this verse by measure is probably meant law, so that justice will prevail. Thus, the prophets have come to establish justice, and this is another aspect of their objective…