13 November, 2018 | 4 Rabi al-Awwal, 1440 H

"Silence saves you from regret"

- Imam Ali (as)

Further Readings

Core Curriculum

 
 

1 God, Religion and Islam: An Introduction


 
1.1 The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain Download Topic
 
1.2 God, Allah and Religion Download Topic

Religion of Mercy by Nasir Makarem Shirazi

150 Lessons for Life by Nasir Makarem Shirazi


 
1.3 Introduction to Islam Download Topic

180 Questions by Nasir Makarem Shirazi
Al Bab al Hadi Ashar by Allamah al-Hilli


 
1.4 What is “Religion” and What’s the Point of it Anyways? Download Topic

Shiite Islam by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai 


 
1.5 A Brief Introduction to the Prophet Muhammad (s), the Prophet of Islam Download Topic

The Message by Jafar Subhani 

The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr. 


 
 

2 Foundations of Islam - Theology


 
2.1 Entering Islam: The Shahada Download Topic

Fundamentals of Islamic Thought by Murtaza Mutahhari
Glimpses of Certain Aspects of Islam by Nasim A. Jafarey
He, His Messenger and His Message by Muhammad Baqir al Sadr
Invitation to Islam by Thomas McElwain


 
2.2 The Usūl al-Dīn: The Fundamental Beliefs of Islam Download Topic

The Roots of Religion by Anonymous 

 

Basic Beliefs of Islam by Qasim Kamoonpuri 

 

Day of Judgment Sayyid Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi 

 

The Gardener of the Gardens of Tawheed by Sadeq Musavi Garmaroodi 


 
2.3 Tawhīd: The Unity and Oneness of God in Islam Download Topic

Allah: The Concept of God in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri

Fundamentals of Knowing God by Reza Berenjkar  

God and His Attributes by Mujtaba Musawi Lari  

God in Islamic Traditions: A Glance at Al-Tawhid by Shaykh al-Saduq, by Karim Aghili  

God of Islam Sayyed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi 

God in the Quran by Muhammad Hosseini Beheshti 


 
2.4 Adala: Divine Justice in Islam Download Topic

Divine Justice by Mujtaba Musawi Lari  

Divine Justice and the Problem of Evil by Ghulam Husayn Adeel  

Justice of God by Naser Makarem Shirazi  

Let’s Learn About Divine Justice by Naser Makarem Shirazi  

Justice of God by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi 


 
2.5 Nubuwwa: The Purpose of Prophethood in Islam Download Topic

He, His Messenger and His Message by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr  

Prophethood by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi 

A Glimpse of the Character Traits of the Prophet Part 1  2 by Ayatollah Mujtahid Zanjani 


 
2.6 Imāmah or divinely guided leadership in Islam after the Prophet Muhammad. Download Topic

Imamate: The Vicegerency of the Prophet by Sa’eed Akhtar Rizvi (Ridhewi on Islamiclibrary.com) 

 Imamate and Wilayah (part I to part VII) by Ali Shomali 

Let’s Learn about Imamate by Naser Makarem Shirazi 

Shi’ism: Imamate and Wilayat by Muhammad Rizvi 

 


 
2.7 Maʿād: The Day of Judgment in Islam Download Topic

Let's Learn about the Resurrection by Naser Makarem Shirazi
Resurrection Judgement and The Hereafter by Mujtaba Musawi Lari


 
2.8 The Sharīʿa: Purpose and Practice Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani 

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi  

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah 


 
2.9 The Islamic Concept of the Nafs: Battling the Human Ego Download Topic
 
2.10 Satan, Jinns and Angels: Their Influence in the World Download Topic

Suratul Jinn by Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi

Ethics and Spiritual Growth by Mujtaba Musawi Lari


 
2.11 The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain Download Topic

 
 

3 Foundations of Islam - Obligatory Acts


 
3.1 Accepting Islam: Putting Faith into Action Download Topic

Further Reading from Islamiclibrary.com

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah


 
3.2 Jihād in Islamic Law and Spirituality Download Topic

Immigration and Jihad by Murtaza Muttahari 

 

Jihad: Holy War in Islam by Murtaza Muttahari 

 

Jihad al-Akbar by Imam Khomeini 

 

Jihad and Shahadat by Ayatollah Taleqani

 

The Scholarly Jihad of the Imams by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi


 
3.3 Salāt: Obligatory Ritual Prayers in Islam Download Topic

Adabus Salat by Imam Khomeini 

 Salat al-Jumah by Murtaza Mutahhari 

 Sound of Salat by Amir Khorooshi 


 
3.4 Ritual Purity in Islamic Law: Understanding Tahāra and Najāsa Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah


 
3.5 The Five Categories of Islamic Law Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah


 
3.6 Tawalla and Tabarra, its Basics and Purpose Download Topic
 
3.7 The Purpose of Zakat and Khums in Islamic Law Download Topic

Bayt al-Mal and the Distribution of Zakat by Mahmood Namazi 

 

Zakat in Shia Fiqh by Muhammad Rizvi 

 

Khums by Muhammad Rizvi 

 

Khums – A support for Financial Independence by Naser Makarem Shirazi 

 


 
3.8 The Hajj Pilgrimage Download Topic

A Guide Book for Women on Rites of Hajj by Razia Batool Najafi 

Al Hajj by Imam Khomeini  

Hajj by Ali Shariati  

Hajj – The Duties and the Rulings by Sayyed Muhammad Shirazi  

Hajj Rituals by Seyed Reza Hosseini Nasab 


 
3.9 The Furūʿ al-Dīn: The Fundamental Practices of Islam Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah


 
3.10 Fasting in Islam, its Purpose, Dos and Don’ts Download Topic

Fasting Rules from Islamic Laws by Sayyed Ali Sistani

Philosophy of Hajj and Fasting by Mushtaq Hussein Shahidi 

Fast of the Month of Ramadan by Yasin T. al-Jibouri


 
3.11 Other Obligatory and Forbidden Acts in Islam Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah


 
3.12 Niyya: Religious Intention as the Foundation of Islamic Practice Download Topic

slamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani 

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi 

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah 


 
3.13 Commanding the Good and Forbidding Evil in Islam Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi

The Five Schools of Islamic law by Muhammad Jawad Maghniyyah


 
 

4 Prophethood in Islam


 
4.1 A Brief Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (s): The Prophet’s Childhood (PART I of III) Download Topic
 
4.2 Bio: The Prophet Muhammad as a Prophet of God (PART II of III) Download Topic
 
4.3 A Brief Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (s): The Prophet’s Character (PART III of III) Download Topic
 
4.4 The Prophet Muhammad (s) as Messenger and Teacher Download Topic

A Glimpse of the Character Traits of the Prophet by Sayyid Mujtahid Zanjani  

Infallibility of the Prophet by Sayed Murtaza Askari  

Mission of the Prophet of Islam by Muhammad Raza Hakimi  

Prophethood and the Prophet of Islam by Ibrahim Amini  

Sayings of the Prophet by Anonymous   

Seal of the Prophet His Message by Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari  

The Life of Muhammad the Prophet by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi  

The Prophet and Messenger of Allah by Yasin Jibouri  

The Prophet Muhammad A Mercy to the World by Muhammad Shirazi 


 
4.5 The Prophet and his Relationships Download Topic

A Glimpse of the Character Traits of the Prophet by Sayyid Mujtahid Zanjani  

Infallibility of the Prophet by Sayed Murtaza Askari 

Mission of the Prophet of Islam by Muhammad Raza Hakimi 

Prophethood and the Prophet of Islam by Ibrahim Amini 

Sayings of the Prophet by Anonymous   

Seal of the Prophet His Message by Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari  

The Life of Muhammad the Prophet by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi  

The Prophet and Messenger of Allah by Yasin Jibouri  

The Prophet Muhammad: A Mercy to the World by Muhammad Shirazi 


 
4.6 The Prophet’s Sunnah and Hadith Download Topic
 
4.7 Ghadīr and Arafah: The Two Last Sermons of the Prophet Download Topic

Aayatul Ghadeer by Sayyed Ali Sistani 

Ghadeer Khum by I.H Najafi 

Essay on Ghadir by Zulfiqar Ali 

Forty Traditions on the Ghadir by Ansariyan 

The Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir Khumm by Vahid Majd


 
4.8 Jesus and Mary in Islam Download Topic

Jesus through Shiite Narrations by Muhammad Legenhausen  

At the Presence of Jesus Christ by Muhammad Hussein Shahri

 

 


 
 

5 The Qur'an and Hadith


 
5.1 Islam and Other Religions Download Topic

Islam and Christianity by Hamid Reza Alavi

The Bible and Christianity by Muhammad Shirazi


 
5.2 What is the Qur’an? A Short Introduction to Islam’s Holy Book Download Topic

Al-Mizan by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai

Authenticity of the Quran by Shaikh Muslim Bhanji 


 
5.3 The Structure of the Holy Qur’an Download Topic

Al-Mizan by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai

Authenticity of the Quran by Shaikh Muslim Bhanji 


 
5.4 The Quran and Islamic law Download Topic

Al-Mizan by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai

Authenticity of the Quran by Shaikh Muslim Bhanji


 
5.5 The Qur’an, Allah and Humankind Download Topic

Al-Mizan by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai

Authenticity of the Quran by Shaikh Muslim Bhanji


 
5.6 Hadith and Sunnah, difference and variations Download Topic

 

40 Ahadith of Prophet Muhammad by Anonymous 

 A Probe into the History of Hadith by Murtaza al-Askari 

 Abu Hurayra and the Falsification of Traditions by Yasin al-Jibouri 

 Al Hadith al Qudsi by Hassan Shirazi 


 
5.7 The Reliability of Hadiths Download Topic
 
5.8 A Reflection on Verses of the Holy Qur’an Download Topic

Al-Mizan by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai 


 
5.9 Hadith al-Thaqalayn Download Topic

Aayatul Ghadeer by Sayyed Ali Sistani 

 

Ghadeer Khum by I.H Najafi 

Essay on Ghadir by Zulfiqar Ali 

 Forty Traditions on the Ghadir by Ansariyan 

The Sermon of the Prophet Muhammad at Ghadir Khumm by Vahid Majd 


 
5.10 Imam Ali (as) and Nahj al-Balagha. Download Topic

Aspects of Religion in the Nahj al Balagha by Sayyid Jawad Mostafavi 

 Nahjul Balagha by Murtada Mutahhari 

 Nahjul Balagha Arabic and English Part 1 and Part 2  


 
5.11 Taqlid and Tawḍih Al Masail Genre of Literature Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani (Tawzīh al-Masārsquo;il)


 
 

6 Measuring Good and Bad in Islam


 
6.1 The Effects of Our Actions in this World Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastghayb Shirazi 

 

Forty Hadiths by Imam Khomeini


 
6.2 The Gray Areas of Islamic Law and Morality Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani

Philosophy of the Islamic laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi 


 
6.3 Heaven and Hell in Islam Download Topic

Let's Learn about the Resurrection by Naser Makarem Shirazi

Resurrection Judgement and The Hereafter by Mujtaba Musawi Lari


 
6.4 Life and Death in Islam Download Topic

Death by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi 

 

Eternal life by Murtada Muttahari 

 

Journey to Unseen World by Najafi Quchani 


 
6.5 Guidance According to Islam Download Topic

The Straight Path by S. M. Moin Qureshi 


 
6.6 Fate and the Consequences of our Choices in Islam Download Topic
 
6.7 The Effect of Culture and Environment in Shaping our Religious Choices Download Topic
 
6.8 Major Sins in Islam Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastghaib Shirazi


 
6.9 Why Allah Allows People to Sin Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastghaib Shirazi


 
6.10 Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins in Islam Download Topic
 
6.11 The Three Kinds of Rights in Islam Download Topic

Treatise on Rights by Imam Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn


 
6.12 Sinning Against Others and their Delayed Punishment Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastghaib Shirazi

Forty Hadith by Imam al-Khumayni


 
6.13 Kufr in Islam Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastghaib Shirazi


 
6.14 Trivializing the Harām Download Topic

Further Reading From Islamiclibrary.com


 
6.15 Benefits of Islamic Law in this World Download Topic

The Philosophy of Islamic Law by Nasser Makarem Shirazi


 
6.16 Good and Bad Deeds: The Spiritual Consequences of our Choices Download Topic

Further Reading : islamiclibrary


 
 

7 The Legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (s) and his Ahl al-Bayt (as)


 
7.1 Islam and Knowledge: the Importance of Islamic Education Download Topic

Al-Kafi Vol 1: The Book of Excellence of Knowledge by Muhammad al-Kulayni

Self Knowledge by Mohammad Ali Shomali


 
7.2 The Ahl al-Kisa Download Topic

Commentary on Hadeeth al Kisaa by Abu Sahba


 
7.3 Imamah in the Qur’an Download Topic

mamate by Akhtar Ridhewi

Imamate and Twelve Imams by Muhammad Hussein Tabatabarsquo;i

Imamate and Wilayah by Mohammad Ali Shomali

Letrsquo;s Learn about Imamate by Nasser Makarem Shirazi


 
7.4 Fatima al-Zahrah (as) Download Topic
 
7.5 A Brief Look at the Lives of the Imams (Imam al-Hasan until Imam Muhammad al-Baqir) Download Topic
 
7.6 A Brief Look at the Lives of the Imams (Imam Jafar al-Sadiq until Imam Hasan al-Askari) Download Topic
 
7.7 A Brief Look at the Life and Importance of Imam al-Mahdi (aj) Download Topic
 
7.8 Salawat and Atonement in Islam Download Topic

Supplication in the Eyes of the Ahl al-Bayt by Muhammad Mahdi al-Asifi


 
7.9 The Companions (Sahaba) of the Prophet According to the Qur’an Download Topic
 
7.10 Clerical Hierarchies in Muslim Communities Download Topic

 

Questions on Taqleed by Bashir Alidina  

Questions on Titles by Bashir Alidina 


 
7.11 Mosques in Islam Download Topic

Further Reading from Islamiclibrary.com


 
7.12 The Philosophy of Karbala and Majalis Download Topic

Excellence of Muharram Imam-e-Hussain by Shakir Ali Noorie

Karbala and Beyond by Yasin al-Jibouri


 
7.13 A Brief Biography of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) Download Topic

100 Virtues of Imam Ali (as) by Ibn Shazan 

1000 Virtues of Imam Ali (as) 

The Brother of the Prophet Muhammad: Imam Ali by Muhammad Jawad Chirri 

Nahjul Balagha by Murtada Mutahhari 

Nahjul Balagha (vol 1 and 2) by Sayyid Husayn ar Radi al-Musawi 


 
7.14 The Battle of Karbala: A Brief History Download Topic

islamiclibrary.com


 
 

8 Islamic Relationships, Sects and Conflicts


 
8.1 Misconceptions about Shi’ism Download Topic

The Emergence of Shi’ism by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr 

The Shia Under Attack by Sayyed Muhammad Jawad Chirri 


 
8.2 Major Sects of Islam Download Topic

Further Reading From Islamiclibrary.com 


 
8.3 Islam and Religious Conflicts Download Topic

Further Reading from Islamiclibrary.com 


 
8.4 Islam and Rights Download Topic

A divine perspective on rights by Imam al-Sajjad (as) 

A Study in the Philosophy of Islamic Rights by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr 

Human Rights by Muhammad Ali Tashkiri 

 


 
8.5 Sunnism and Shi’ism, beginnings and historical developments. Download Topic

 

 

Shiism And Its Types During The Early Centuries by Rasul Jafariyan 

 The Emergence of Shiism by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr 

 Imamate and the Twelve Imams by Muhammad Hussein Tabatabai 

Special Topics

 
 

9 Independent Topics


 
9.1 Muslim Converts – Welcome to Islam! Download Topic

Converts to Islam by Ansaryian


 
9.2 Basic Dos and Don’ts of Being a Muslim Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Sayyed as-Seestani (Tawzeeh al-Masa’il) 


 
9.3 Halal Food and Zabiha Download Topic

Islamic Laws by Ali Sistani  

Islamic Laws by Naser Makarem Shirazi 

Simplified Islamic Laws by Safi Gulpaygani  

Islamic Laws by Sayyid al-Khui 


 
9.4 Family, Parents and Marriage in Islam Download Topic
 
9.5 Marriage in Islam Download Topic
 
9.6 Islam and Sex Download Topic

Greater Sins by Dastaghaib Shirazi


 
9.7 Modesty in Islam Download Topic

Hijab by Murtada Mutahhari

Hijab by Muhammad Rizvi

Hijab and Family Life by Mohammad Ali Shomali


 
9.8 Women’s Menstruation in Islam Download Topic

The Ritual Ablutions for Women by Muhammad Rizvi 

 

Women Issues Made Simple by Batul Arastu


 
9.9 Music, Alcohol, Drugs and Pork in Islam Download Topic

The Status of Music in Islam by Saleem Bhimji 

Alcohol by Akhtar Rizvi


 
9.10 Islam and Science Download Topic
 
9.11 A Reading List of Islamic Knowledge Download Topic

Same list of books outlined in the lecture. 


 
9.13 Ritual Prayers and Supplications in Islam Download Topic

Further Reading from Islamiclibrary.com 


 
9.14 Death & Burial Rituals in Islam Download Topic

Eternal life by Murtada Mutahhari

Burial Rituals by Muhammad husein Kermali


 
9.15 The Battle of Armageddon: An Islamic View Download Topic

The Day of Judgment by Akhtar Rizvi


 
9.16 The Muslim Calendar Download Topic

Further Reading from Islamiclibrary.com


 
9.17 Muslims and non-Muslims in the Shariah Download Topic

N/A (controversial, better not add)


 
9.18 A Timeline of Major Events in Islamic History Download Topic
 
9.19 Introducing the Qur’an: Why it is the way it is Download Topic
 
9.20 The School of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq Download Topic

Imam al-Sadiq by Muhammad al-Muzaffar

Imam al-Sadiq as The Sixth Star by Muhammad Reza Hakimi


 
9.21 Major Fields in Islamic Studies Download Topic

Elements of Islamic Studies by Akhtar Rizvi 


 
9.22 The Caliphate in Sunni and Shia Islam Download Topic

Ahl al-Bayt and Caliphate by Murtada Mutahhari


 
9.24 Islam, Racism and Anti-Semitism Download Topic

Further Reading  islamiclibrary.com


 
 

10 Islam, Religion, and Modern Controversies


 
10.1 Modern Fallacies about God: where Theists and Atheists Agree Download Topic

Damon Linker, “Memo to atheists: God’s not dead yet” in The Week,

David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. Yale: Yale University Press, 2014.

 

Ayatullah ʿAbdullah Jawādī Āmulī. A Commentary on Theistic Arguments.  

Karim Aghili. God in Islamic Traditions: A Glance at al-Tawhid by Shaykh al-Saduq. 

Sayyed Mohammad Beheshti. God in the Quran.  


 
10.2 Tawhīd: The Muslim God according to the Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl al-Bayt (as) Download Topic

David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. Yale: Yale University Press, 2014.

Shaheed Murtaza Mutahhari. Theology and Metaphysics in Nahjal Balaghah

Sharif al-Radi. Nahjul Balagha Arabic amp; English (Part 1 and Part 2): Sermons

Ayatullah ʿAbdullah Jawādī Āmulī. A Commentary on Theistic Arguments.

Karim Aghili. God in Islamic Traditions: A Glance at al-Tawhid by Shaykh al-Saduq.

Sayyed Mohammad Beheshti. God in the Quran.


 
10.3 God’s Existence: The Argument From Being (Wujūd) Download Topic
 
10.4 God’s Existence: The Kalam Cosmological Argument Download Topic

The Kalam Cosmological Argument by William Lane Craig


 
10.5 God’s Existence: The Argument From Design Download Topic
 
10.6 The Problem of Evil, Suffering and Pain Download Topic
 
10.7 Why did God Create Us? The Purpose of our Creation Download Topic

Faith and Reason by Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani


 
10.8 Why Humans Need Religion according to Islam Download Topic

Need for Religion by Saeed Akhtar Rizvi 

 

A Shi'ite Anthology by Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai


 
10.9 Jahl and Spiritual Ignorance in Islam Download Topic
 
10.11 Do Non-Muslims Go to Hell? Download Topic

Faith and Reason by Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani