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'Let there be no compulsion in religion': Its sense and signification

“Let there be no compulsion in religion,” what does this expression mean? Does negating compulsion mean that one should absolutely not be forced into religion by giving him full freedom to choose whether to believe or not, considering that it is a personal matter of choice the result of which has no repercussions, as in the cases where man chooses to eat or not, or chooses to do something or abstain from it? Or does it mean that one is given the opportunity to choose after presenting all the evidences and arguments which reveal that belief signifies the right while disbelief signifies falsehood…
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The Messenger of Allah (p.) in the eyes of international intellectuals and writers

The Messenger of Allah (p.) was not sent for a certain nation, race or people; he was sent as mercy to the two worlds. He embodied this mercy throughout his life both in his sayings and deeds. He called on the people to believe in Allah with wisdom and goodly preaching. He worked with full devotion and dedication to build man at the moral and civilizational levels to promote his existence. The Messenger (p.) rejected all the racial, religious and national barriers which drive people apart and segregate them. He even fought these barriers,
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The proofs of belief stem from reality

The way the Quranic verses handle dialogue, on proving the existence of God through cosmic phenomena and secrets, is indicative of the practical approach the Quran espouses. It has chosen not to discuss the issue in an abstract philosophical manner, which can turn it into a none-figurative one: This is an approach that would leave the intellect inanimate. It has chosen to debate the issue as a living being, i.e. a dialogue that fills life with the dynamism and renewal it is capable of. With this in mind, it calls upon man to give thanks to God and worship Him to try to know Him through man's need to be thankful for His graces. This can make the process of identifying with God an end in itself and a means to thanksgiving and worship. Man cannot give thanks to or worship something he is not familiar with, albeit the universe and all the magnificent things that are in it are proofs pointing to the existence of God on the one hand. On the other hand, these magnificent things are blessings man ought to show appreciation for.
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“Seeking assistance through patience and prayer”

Allah says in His Glorious Book: “And seek assistance through patience and prayer, and most surely it is a hard thing except for the devout who believe that they shall meet their Lord and that they shall return to Him.” (02: 45-46).
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Value of praise to Allah and its impact on man

Truly knowing Allah plays an important role in man’s awareness with regard to believing in Allah, fearing Him, obeying Him, opening up to His love and mercy, understanding the secret behind being His servant, and depicting His magnificence and completeness in all His sublime traits and beautiful names and in all what He should be thanked and praised for. Allah made us aware of all that, through the means he bequeathed to us and instilled in our senses and minds, as well as the Divine messages He sent along with His prophets. Thus, all the doors to knowledge were widely open before us…
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Nominal faith vs. true faith

When it comes to the responsibility of faith they ought to shoulder in their lives, the believers are like the swimmers swimming amid a strong and rip current before which only the strong, who master swimming in turbulent uproarious waves and who have strong muscles that enable them to force their way through the aggressive current bearing all its strikes, can hold. As for the weak who got used to swimming in the calm waters and with the flow, not bothering about the points of weakness in their anxious personalities or weak muscles, they will fall right into the core of waves that will push them into the depth of the sea
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Islamic Politics should be ethical

We would like to talk about some of the practices that have been lately adopted by Muslims in the domain of politics and that deviate from the course of justice that is asserted by the Holy Ayah which says: “No soul burdened with sin can carry the burden of another.” (17:15). It has recently become a common practice to abduct an innocent human being or detain him, just because someone who belongs to the religious sect or political party of the abducted had abducted someone who belongs to the sect of the abductor.
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Resurrection and the deepening of faith

In this article, His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), discusses the issue of resurrection and the deepening of faith. He begins by citing the Ayah that says: “And verily the hour will come; there can be no doubt about it,” (22:07); and discusses it “not in the sense of discussing the possibility of its existence, since the ability of creating what is similar to it is a proof on the ability of creating it, and not in the sense of its occurrence, since Allah is the ultimate truth that confirms the truth that takes place in the reality just as He confirms it in His revelations to His messengers, and: “Allah will raise up all who are in the graves,” (22:07), to hold them accountable for their deeds.
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Glorifying Allah: An essential element in the makeup of the believer’s character

An extracted article from the book “(Interpretations) inspired from the Holy Quran” in which His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), interprets the concept of glorifying Allah in the Holy Book: Allah says in His Glorious Book: “There glorify Him therein in the mornings and the evenings,” (24:36), i.e. glorify Allah at the sunrise of a new day and at its sunset, for this glorification reveals the connotations of the Divine magnificence to the human soul that is meant to interact with this magnificence in the line of full compliance and obedience to Allah. In this way, the entire day, from its beginning till its end, would be dedicated to Allah as a means of dressing oneself with the spirituality and magnificence of Allah in all the positions of His mercy.
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Is belief entirely founded on the unseen?

When religion lays so much emphasis on belief in the unseen, does that mean that it is only based on this belief and that there is nothing other than [believing in] the unseen when it comes to the core of faith and to explaining the social and cosmic phenomena and events, as some feel like saying, thinking and explaining? Thus, they would subject all or most of the natural phenomena to metaphysical interpretations that no human mind can perceive, which made the human mind, at certain phases, look into the causes and explanations of the natural phenomena, such as health and illness, and defeat and victory, and into the causes of the economic and political problems outside the practical reality of things, settling for referring all that to metaphysical factors or to Allah, without exploring the natural laws Allah has set in the universe to form the bases of its system (the cosmic system) and the system of life in accordance with the natural principle of cause and effect.
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