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Interpreting Qurʾanic Stories: An Interview with Sayyid Sulayman Hassan Abidi

In this interview with Sayyid Sulayman Hassan Abidi, we discussed how to approach the Qur'an and its stories. What do these stories mean and how can we contemplate their meaning?

Lumʿah and Its Sharḥ: A Fiqh Resource

In this student resource, the seminal fiqh work, al-Lum'ah al-Dimishqiyyah is updated to include the opinion of some modern jurists, along with other relevant issues.

LIFE 2017 – Gate to Prophetic Wisdom: Imam ʿAli & Nahj...

Join the Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary July 1st through 8th, for its 3rd Annual intensive course. This year, we will explore Nahj al-Balāghah as a means of understanding the life of the Imam ʿAli ibn Abi Talib (ʿa) and the sacred wisdom he inherited from the Noble Prophet Muhammad (ṣ).

Announcement: New Resources Site

The Sidrah team has launched a new "Resources" website, dedicated to the study and dissemination of the numerous sciences studied in the Islamic seminary. Currently, the website includes a glossary on Arabic Morphology (sarf).

Sunan (Practices) of the Prophet and Ahl al-Bayt: Sitting in Salāh

How do we emulate the Prophet's prayer? This article explores one recommended act in the daily canonical prayer, an act instated by the Prophet and continued by the Imams.

Towards the Sacred Text: The Importance and Value of the Qurʾan in the Life of a Believer

Mulla Fayd al-Kashani, in this translated introduction to his Tafsir al-Safi, explains the profound role the Qur'an plays in the life of a believer.

Exemplary Women in the Qurʾan: Part I

This guest translation discusses how the Qur'an portrays pious women as universal role-models. An excerpt from Ayatullah Jawadi Amuli’s Women in the Mirror of Divine Beauty and Divine Glory, translated by Ustadah Fatemah Meghji.

Tadwīn al-Ḥadīth: Introduction and Preliminary Discussions

A lightly-edited selection and translation from the lectures of Sayyid Aḥmad Madadī, dealing with the history of the writing and circulation of hadith (tadwīn al-ḥadīth) in the Muslim world.

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Who was Imam ʿAli? – Sunni Islam, Theological Boundaries, and Imam ʿAlī: An Interview...

In an interview with Professor Nebil Husayn, we discuss how early Muslims, both Shi'a and non-Shi'a, viewed Imam Ali ('a).

ʿIyādat al-Marīḍ, or “The Etiquette of Visiting the Sick” in Hadith-Narrations

Sayyid Sameer Ali, resident alim at the House of Wisdom Center in Wisconsin, discusses the sacredness and etiquette of visiting the sick in Islam, as understood by the teachings of the Prophet and the Ahl al-Bayt.

Ahl al-Bayt Islamic Seminary Reading-List

The beginning of a larger project, here is a list of books that are particularly insightful on various topics. This first list contains books that introduce Islam and an Islamic perspective.

Legal Prohibitions Relating to God, Self, and Society

A selection of legal prohibitions that relate to a person’s relationships with Allah ﷻ and others, in accordance with the rulings of Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani.
A piece discussing the legalities of ideal prayer times

The Best Time for Prayers

This article discusses legal opinions regarding the ideal times for ṣalāh (ritual prayer).