A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ISLAM, AS THE SHIITE BELIEVE
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH THE COMPASSIONATE THE MERCIFUL
(A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF ISLAM, AS THE SHIITE BELIEVE)
BY. HIS HOLINESS, AYATULLAHELOZMA
N. MAKAREM SHIRAZI
TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH
BY. MANSOOR AMINY - BAGHBADORANI
ª WRITER: N. MAKAREM SHIRAZI
ª TRANSLATED BY: MANSOOR AMINY
ª DATE PUBLIHSED: 1377 / 1998
ª PRINTING-HOUSE: AMIR-AL-MOMENIN GOM
ª EDITION: FIRST
ª COPIES PRINTED: 3000
1- In our era we witness a great deal of changes that are caused by Islam, which is the greatest of all the Divine Religions. It has obtained a new birth. Muslims have waken up and are returning to their origin. They are now seeking to remove their difficulties through the Islamic commandments, for they do not find the solutions elsewhere.
As for the reason for these changes, one needs to discuss that separately. It is now important to know that, the traces of these great changes are seen throughout the Islamic world, and also in the NON-Islamic countries! Now the world wants to know what does
Islam say. And what new MESSAGE it may have for the people? In such a critical condition, it is our duty to present Islam as what it really is, without any embellishment, by clear and plain language, so we are understood by all, and to quench the thirst of those who need to know more about Islam.
We ought to speak for ourselves (Muslims), and not letting anybody else to speak for us, or to decide for us. .
2- It can not be denied that, Islam too, like other major religions consists of different sects.
Each sect, has its own peculiarities, and yet, the differences are not such as to prevent cooperation and joint ventures among the groups. On the contrary, they may protect themselves through such mutual aids and co-operations, and stand firmly against the storms that are blown from West and East, preventing their enemies from doing their tricks, and accomplishing their purposes. .
Developing such a mutual understanding and co-operation needs to be based on especial guide lines to be followed. The most important of these guide lines is that; different sects should know each other well, so as to remove suspicions and prepare the path for collective actions.
The best way for the sects to know each other, is to know the root and branches of their faith, and to obtain the knowledge by first hand from the well versed and learned who are known and accepted by all among the sects. If we take our knowledge about one sect from someone who is not learnt enough, or from someone who is an enemy, love for one sect and hatred for another will prevent our truthful understanding. .
3- Owing to the two above mentioned points, we have decided to summarize the Islamic principles and commandments with our stress on some specialties on the SHIITE SECT; to provide a writing with the following objectives:
A- That it may consist of a concise of the whole, so as to make the readers free of want of reading voluminous books. .
B- That the discussions be clear cut, and void of difficult technical words used by the experts without diminishing the main subjects. .
C- That our main object is to mention the beliefs but not to ignore giving reasons if necessary. .
Our proofs are taken from the Qur'an, traditions and logical reasoning.
D- That the book may be free of concealments, flattery courtesies and pre-judgments. .
E- That modesty and the rules of etiquette be observed in relation to all religions and sects. .
I wrote this pamphlet during my pilgrimage to Mecca, in which the spirit has more purity and pleasantness. It was discussed in several meetings with the scholars and learned. And after much investigation it was finalized for publication. .
We hope to reach the goals mentioned above and have this book a protection on the resurrection day. .
"Our lord! We have heard the call of one calling us to faith;" "Believe you in the lord." and we have believed.
Our lord! Forgive us our sins. Blot out from us our iniquities, and take to yourself our souls in the company of the righteous. .
Qur'an chapter 3:193.