Creation, Eternity, and Modern Cosmology: A Critique of Dr. Hawking’s Views

Compiled by: Saiyid Hasan Ali Rizvi [Hasan.A.Rizvi@gmail.com] When we enter college or the workplace, or any place in the modern world, we are oftentimes pummeled with various difficult questions to our beliefs.  It can be tough sometimes to maintain our identity in the face of these attacks.  Without satisfactory answers and replies to these objections, Read more about Creation, Eternity, and Modern Cosmology: A Critique of Dr. Hawking’s Views[…]

The Transfer of Kufa’s Hadith Heritage to Qom | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (5)

During the Imamate of Imam Baqir (s) and Sadiq (s), there was a lot of encouragement from the Imams to their students and companions to begin recording down traditions. As this shift from oral to a written tradition became a culture amongst them, there was naturally a large output of written works over the next Read more about The Transfer of Kufa’s Hadith Heritage to Qom | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (5)[…]

The Ash’ari Family II | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (4)

In this post we will continue with the list of scholars from the Ash’ari family who have been categorized into the second and third group, post-migration to Qom. Second Group Zakariyyah bin Idris bin ‘Abdullah al-Ash’ari: Considered a companion of Imam Sadiq, Imam Kadhim and Imam Ridha. Zakariyyah bin Adam bin ‘Abdullah al-Ash’ari: Considered a Read more about The Ash’ari Family II | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (4)[…]

The Ash’ari Family | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (3)

With the decline of intellectual theological discourse in Kufa, Qom had become the base for the Shi’as and would remain influential during the course of the 3rd and 4th century. Before we begin discussing any further, it is important to take a brief glance over how and why Qom became to be such an important Read more about The Ash’ari Family | History of Imami Shi’i Theology (3)[…]

The Traditionalist-Theologian Phenomenon | History of Shi’i Imami Theology (2)

The earliest distinct Shi’i Imami school was that of Kufa’s, which began taking form in the beginning of the 2nd century Hijri during the time of Imam Baqir (s). This era itself is worthy of being studied and as a matter of fact has been studied extensively by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars alike. The various Read more about The Traditionalist-Theologian Phenomenon | History of Shi’i Imami Theology (2)[…]

Resemblance of Imam Mahdi (as) to the Prophets (pbut)

This is a summary I wrote up from the volume 1 of the book Mikyalul Makarim Fee Fawaaid ad-Duaa Lil Qaaim by Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Musawi Isfahani. The title of the book translates to Perfection of Morals Among the Benefits of Praying for Al-Qaim (meaning the 12th Imam al-Mahdi). The author goes into details Read more about Resemblance of Imam Mahdi (as) to the Prophets (pbut)[…]

Qur’anic Verses About the Rise of Imam al-Mahdi (as)

A while back I was gifted an English copy of volume 51 (which is volume 13 old edition) of Bihar al-Anwar by Allamah Majlisi, titled Kitab al-Ghaibah (The Book of Occultation). The book includes various traditions pertaining to different topics related to Imam al-Mahdi (ajtf). This translation is done by Hassan Allahyari and he omits Read more about Qur’anic Verses About the Rise of Imam al-Mahdi (as)[…]

Ni’mah (Bounty) Always Refers to Wilayah (Guardianship)

This is an excerpt from the book Shining Sun: In Memory of Allamah Tabataba’i; page 127-131. The book was written by a close friend of Allamah Tabatabaee as a tribute to him. The style of the book is a bit distinct, in the sense that part of it is the various transcriptions of conversations and Read more about Ni’mah (Bounty) Always Refers to Wilayah (Guardianship)[…]

Tajseem (Anthropomorphism) in Ibn Taymiyah’s Teachings

The views of the forefather of the Salafi school of thought, Ibn Taymiyah, have long been beautified. Blurring out many historical aspects of his life makes it easy to present him as a reformer and many laymen Sunnis have fallen for this propaganda in recent history. The propaganda has been backed up by the Petro-Dollars of the Aal-e-Saud and has spread like wild-fire in the last hundred years or so. What often gets undermined is that the Salafi/Wahabis who throw accusations of Shirk on others, rely on someone who himself had disturbing views.

Below are some excerpts I came across while reading Explanation of a Summary of al‐‘Aqeedatul Hamawiyyah of ibn Taymiyyah, by Ibn Uthaymeen. They are filled with anthropomorphism (attributing human-like characteristics to God) and it is thus absurd for the Salafis to accuse others of Shirk when their own forefather resorted to such nonsense. […]