Turban of Iblees

Broadly speaking (based on the hadith literature) there are two styles of tying the turban: Tahannuk: Allowing the ends of the turban to...

Definition and Scope of Bid’ah

Definition of bid'ah (innovation in religion) Although the definition of bid'ah is simple and straight forward, people are often confused and are unable to differentiate...

Aalim-e-Rabbani (Divine Scholar)

The word 'knowledge' in the scientific sense means the information or skills gained through experimentation, learning and experience. In the religious sense it means...

The Obligatory Taqleed

Abstract Taqleed demands absolute submission to the dictates of a Mujtahid. Whereas, only those appointed by God qualify for unconditional submission. Yet the Mujtahids have...

Aql as explained by the Imams (as)

Aql is normally translated as "reason" or "intellect". However, the traditions of the Imams, present Aql as a very different concept. It is a...

Fallacy of Ilm-al-Rijal

Ilm-al-rijal means "Knowledge of Men" and is also referred to as the "Science of Narration". This science is a founding pillar of Ijtihad and...

Evolution of Taqleed

Over the centuries, as Usulism evolved so did the definition of Taqleed and its practical implications. Had this definition been based on hadith it...

Dangers of Bid’ah

Most people don't take bid'ah seriously and are not aware of its disastrous consequences. In many instances, bid'ah is extremely difficult to detect as...

Wearing Black Clothes In Muharram

Summary There are no hadith in any of our canonical collections (kutub-e-araba, wasail-us-shia, bihar-ul-anwar) where the Ahlul bayt (as) have recommended that Shias wear black...

Who are the Ulama?

This article discusses one particular hadith from Basa’ir ul Darajat (see brief note on this book at the end of the article) under the...

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