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Imam Khamenei, tradition

3 key duties of a believer, recommended by Imam Mohammad al-Baqir (as)

The narration is from Imam Baqir (a.s.): "There are three things which are among the most important obligations of believers." One of these things is that one should treat other people in a fair way. That is to say, when one has to decide between observing justice at the cost of sacrificing oneself and not sacrificing oneself at the cost of ignoring justice, one must opt for the former. Whenever your opponent is in the right and you are wrong, act justly and accept that you are wrong although this means you have to swallow your pride. This is very difficult, but very important. Imam Baqir (a.s.) says that this is among the most important things that must be done and of course it is difficult. And no good deed and great work is possible without going through a certain amount of hardships. The second thing that is important is helping one's religious brothers in all matters. One should consider it a responsibility to offer help in intellectual and physical matters and in matters relating to honor. The third thing that is important is "divine remembrance in all states". One should always remember God. This is divine remembrance.

In the same narration, Imam Baqir has interpreted "remember God in all states" in the following way: "He who remembers Allah the Exalted when committing a sin, divine remembrance stops him." Divine remembrance prevents people from committing sins - different kinds of sins, including lying, backbiting, hiding the truth, being unjust, insulting people, appropriating what belongs to others and to weak people and treating other people in a careless way. These are different types of sins. In all these things, one should pay attention to God. One should engage in divine remembrance in order to avoid these sins.

"... and divine remembrance comes between him and the sin and this is the meaning when Allah the Exalted says, 'Surely those who guard (against evil), when a visitation from Satan afflicts them, they become mindful.'" Imam Baqir (a.s.) says that this is the interpretation of the ayah which says, "Surely those who guard (against evil), when a visitation from the Satan afflicts them, they become mindful." [The Holy Quran, 7: 201] When Satan visits them - that is to say, when Satan has not yet permeated their entire being - they immediately remember God. "... and then they see." This divine remembrance opens up their eyes and makes them insightful. This is the meaning of "remember God in all states."

Ayatollah Khamenei , the supreme leader of Islamic revolution of Iran, Sep 22, 2007


Infallibles, tradition

Prophet Muhammad's quotes on charity

The Holy Prophet of Islam says:
Charity averts impending calamities.
The tax of Charity should be collected from the rich and given away to the poor.
A man giving in alms one piece of silver in his lifetime is better for him than giving one hundred when about to die.
To meet friends cheerfully and invite them to a feast are charitable acts.
To extend consideration towards neighbours and send them presents are charitable acts.


Infallibles, tradition

Beautiful pictures of excerpts from Kumail prayers by Imam Ali (a.s.)

Islamic posters: here you can see some extracts of beautiful Kumail prayer by Imam Ali (a.s.)


And your Lord hath said: "Call on me, I will answer your call"


But now I have turned Thee, my Lord, after being guilty of ommisions



O' (Thou who art) the last hope and resort of those who acknowledge Thee and have faith in Thy clemency and kindness



(O' Allah) fill my heart with your love



O' Thou unto whom I express my distress



Where art Thou O' friend of the believers



O Allah, Accept my apology


Islam, Infallibles

General Aamal (rites) in Shaban month

What should we do in Shaban month?

First: It is recommended to say the following imploration for forgiveness seventy times each day in Sha’ban:
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ وَ اَسْاَلُهُ التَّوْبَةَ
Second: It is recommended to recite the following imploration for forgiveness seventy times each day in Sha’ban:
اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ الَّذِي لا اِلَهَ اِلا هُوَ الرَّحْمَنُ الرَّحِيمُ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ وَ اَتُوبُ اِلَيْهِ.
However, some narrations have mentioned this imploration with some difference in the order of the statements, by preceding the phrase, “alhayyu alqayyumu” to “arrahmanu arrahimu”. At any rate, any form of the supplication is acceptable.

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the holy month of shaban

The holy month arrived: Importance of the month of shaban

This holy month is ascribed to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) who used to observe fasting in it and connect it to the obligatory fasting of Ramadan. He (s.a.w.a.) used to say, “Sha’ban is my month; hence, Paradise will be incumbently decided for one who observes fasting on one day of my month.”
Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (‘a) is reported to have said: Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn Zayn al-’Abidin (‘a) used to gather all his companions at the beginning of Sha’ban and say to them, “O my companions, do you known what this month is?

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