The Challenge of Religious Pluralism

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In these lectures Shaykh Rizwan Arastu shows that Pluralism is incompatible with Qur'anic guidance. In particular, he examines many of the verses often cited by pluralistic Muslims to show that the Qur'an's message is not in fact pluralistic but exclusivist. Furthermore, he shows that being exclusivist is perfectly compatible with humility, self-deprecation, compassion, and tolerance.

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The Political Life of Imam al-Sajjad

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Shaykh Rizwan Arastu discusses the importance of studying history in general and then delves into the 34 years of Imam al-Sajjad's imamate, especially examining the political strategies through which he was able to rebuild the Shi'i community in the post-Karbala' world.

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Poverty: A Challenge for Humanity

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In "Poverty: A Challenge for Humanity" Shaykh Rizwan Arastu discusses poverty in its various forms and how it challenges all of humanity, those who experience it directly and those who are mere observers; how it challenges us through the suffering it engenders, and how it challenges our faith in God as the Provider.

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Decision-Making: An Islamic Perspective

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In "Decision-Making: An Islamic Perspective," Shaykh Rizwan Arastu discusses general principles of decision-making and then turns to some of life's critical decisions and offers an Islamic perspective on ways to approach them.

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Topics in the Qur'an

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In "Topics in the Qur'an," Shaykh Rizwan Arastu discusses what the Qur'an has to say about God and his attributes.

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The Concept of Taqleed

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Shaykh Hamza Sodagar addresses 3 questions pertaining to taqlīd, the practice of referring to a jurist on practical Islamic matters.

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Introduction to Al-Kafi

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An introduction to the book Al-Kafi, its author Shaykh al-Kulayni, and more generally to the study of traditions (ḥadīth).


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Islamic Literacy Promo

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A quick overview of this site.

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Commentary on Imam ʿAlī's letter to Imam al-Ḥasan

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Commentary on Nahj al-Balāghah (Proverbs and Letter 33) in 33 episodes.


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Commentary on Duʿāʾ Makārim al-Akhlāq

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Commentary on the famous supplication called "Makārim al-Akhlāq" from al-Ṣaḥīfah al-Sajjādiyyah in 20 sessions.

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