The practice of Bidaa (innovation) is forbidden

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologySource: Ain-al-Hayat, By: Allama Muhammad Baqir MajlisiThe superior Prophets (as) were all endowed with their own Shariah (Jurisprudence) that was relevant to their times. The Prophet of Islam (S) too brought with him the perfect Shariah. If there was juridical change with each Prophet (S), it doesn’t mean that the earlier laws were defective in any manner.Since the followers of Prophet Musa (as) were very mischievous, stringent punishments were prescribed to reform them. It was the rule, for...

About the Sufferings of the Pious in the World

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologySource: Ain-al-Hayat, By: Allama Muhammad Baqir MajlisiIt is narrated from Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) that the prophet of Islam (S) said: For great suffering, man gets equally rewarded by Allah. When Allah considers a person His friend, he puts him to severe test too. If the person confronts those hardships with patience and forbearance, he would receive Allah’s Help. If the person doesn’t resign to the Will of Allah, his suffering will be the more.Abdallah bin Bakr asked Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq...

?What the World Means

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologySource: Ain-al-Hayat, By: Allama Muhammad Baqir MajlisiAny person with average intelligence knows that this transient world is not worth getting attached to! But Satan presents the world to people with false embellishments and puts curtains on their eyes that they are not able to see the actual facts. Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (as) had said that Allah has accumulated all the virtues in a vault and its key is in the hands of piety. Whoever wishes to be virtuous, he must adopt piety.Amir’ul-Mu’mineen...

Allah’s Knowledge and the Infallibles’ (A.S.) Knowledge of the Unseen

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologyQUESTION: Shed some light on the knowledge of the unseen of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) and the pure Imams (peace be upon them). And in this regard, considering the principle that Allah has no partner in His knowledge and other attributes of perfection and beauty, explain the difference between Allah’s and the Imam’s knowledge and between the Imam’s and the Prophet’s knowledge.ANSWER: Anyone who studies the books of history, traditions, and biographies will not doubt the...

The Number of the Shi‘a Imams

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologyQUESTION: As we know, the true Twelver Imami sect is called "twelver" (ithna `ashariyya) since its followers believe that after the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family), his successors were twelve people. And among all of his ‘ummah (community), they are the sole group who hold this belief; thus, the traditions about the twelve Imams which both Shi‘a and Sunnis have narrated – and whose origin from the Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) is undeniable – can only be applied to...

The Greatness of the Shia

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200px-No_image_available.svg shia TheologyOur ethical discussion today is a continuation of the topic on the Greatness of the Shia(فضائل الشيعة). The late 'Allamah Majlisi has presented a very detailed discussion in relation to both the Greatness of the Shia (فضائل الشيعة) and the Characteristics of the Shia (صفات الشيعة) and he narrates many traditions in regards to these two issues.It is very important that all of us read these traditions and know for ourselves - and then convey to others - the meaning of these traditions so that...