The History of Adam and the Case for Prehistoric Humans in the Scripture and Ḥadīth

بسمه تعالى Current scientific literature dates the appearance of modern human species, namely the Homosapiens, to anywhere between 65,000[1]-300,000[2] years ago.[3] Do these findings contradict religious teachings about the creation of Adam (p)? In answering this question, I will present two potential scenarios: A. Adam as the first member of the Homosapiens. B. Adam asContinue reading “The History of Adam and the Case for Prehistoric Humans in the Scripture and Ḥadīth”

Is God unjust for placing people in different families and environments?

(The main ideas of this writing are derived from a lecture given by Sayyid Munīr al-Khabbāz with additions and deletions. The last section was produced after critical remarks brought forth by TheMuslimTheist) Why does God place some people in believing families and communities and others in disbelieving ones? More generally, why does He place someContinue reading “Is God unjust for placing people in different families and environments?”

Why do Prophets and Imāms ask for forgiveness if they are infallible from sin?

This dilemma puzzled me as a child: from one side, we are taught that Prophets and Imams did not commit any sins and from the other we read of their conversations with God that are filled with deep regret, sincere repentance and heart felt desire for the Almighty to forgive their sins. They are eitherContinue reading “Why do Prophets and Imāms ask for forgiveness if they are infallible from sin?”

Salvation of non-Muslims in the view of contemporary Imami scholars

In this writing, I will present the views of Imam Khomeini, Shahid Mutaharri and Sayyid Munir al-Khabbaz on this matter. Imam Khomeini (d. 1989): Deficient disbelievers (qāṣir) are those who did not subscribe to God’s religion because external factors outside their control prevented them from doing so. These factors range from living in a closedContinue reading “Salvation of non-Muslims in the view of contemporary Imami scholars”

An inquiry into the possibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb (unseen knowledge)

(Reading time: ~10 minutes) With the grace of Allah (s), we will cover the following headings (click to navigate): Defining ‘ilm al-ghayb The problem of ‘ilm al-ghayb in the Qurʿān The problem of ‘ilm al-ghayb in traditions The scope of ‘ilm al-ghayb The incompatibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb with Prophets/Imāms not avoiding death Sections 2 andContinue reading “An inquiry into the possibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb (unseen knowledge)”