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Important Blogs and Youtube Channels

*Shiiticstudies - Ammar Muslim

*IqraOnline - Sayyed Ali Imran


*Ahlulsunnah Polemics

*Discover Shia Islam

Islam in General

The Revealer - Shaheed Baqir al Sadr

Islam - Inheritor of The True Shia of Jesus

Relevant Issues

Speakers and Querying Hadith Authenticity

Why is Mutah Allowed?

Foundation of an Islamic State

Islamic Pulse, Taqiyyah, etc.

Philosophy and Logic

Formal Logic

Summary of Fi Mujaz al Mantiq

Falsafatuna - Shaheed Baqir al Sadr

Logical Foundations of Induction - Shaheed Baqir al Sadr

Sayyed Ali Abul Hasan - Is it Correct to Relate Religion and Science? - Translation by HakiNinth

Epistemology In Sharif Murtadha's Dhakhira

Lessons on Epistemology and Badihiyyat - HakiNinth (Part 1)(Part 2) (Part 3)

Kalam and Aqeeda

*Usul al-A’immah - HakiNinth

Bab al Hadi al Ashar - Allamah Hilli

Commentary of Bab al Hadi al Ashar - Sheikh Shomali

Sharh al-Itiqadat by Ayatollah Hossein Najafi

I'tiqadat - Sheikh Saduq

Tashihul I'tiqadat - Sheikh Mufid

Doctrines of Shi'i Islam - Ja'far Subhani

Imami Aqida in One Answer by Shaykh Saduq

Thomas Aquinas' Rejection of Infinite Regress

Divine Justice - Ayatollah Murtedha Mutahhari

Existential Inertia and the Five Ways - Edward Feser

God Created Evil?

Allah Chose Prophets & Leaders With Consultation

Can We Disagree With the Ulil Amr?

Salvation of Non-Shia

Reconciling between Divine Justice and the role of environment of the Mukallaf - HakiNinth

Free Will - HakiNinth

Answer to the Problem of Evil - HakiNinth

"Loving Us Ahlul Bayt Removes Sins" - HakiNinth

Were the Imamiyyah Influenced by the Mu'tazilah? - HakiNinth

Why Did God Create Us? - HakiNinth

Is Allah Completely Dissimilar From His Creations? - HakiNinth

Why the First Cause Must be God - Robert Koons


Just a Housewife - The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America 

The Issue of Slavery in Contemporary Islam - Mohsen Kadivar

Slavery and Islam - Johnathan AC Brown

*The Gnostic Heresy's Political Successors - Edward Feser

Works by Sayyed Ali Sistani (H)

Sayyed Sistani on Usul al Fiqh in Twelver Shi'ism: Its Importance and Historical Phases

Sayyed Sistani on the Meaning of Ijtihad

Sayyed Sistani on Why Shi'a Hadith Contradict

Sayyed Sistani on Why Shi'a and Sunni Hadith Differ

Sayyed Sistani on the Prophet's Legislative Authority (Part 2)

Sayyed Sistani on Evaluating the Impact of Taqiyya (Dissimulation) On Shi’i Narrations

Sayyed Sistani on Reason and Sharia

Sayyed Sistani on The Verse of Ikmal al Din

Usul al Fiqh and Fiqh

An Introduction to Shi'i Law - A Biographical Study

Law and Tradition in Classical Islamic Thought - Hossein Modarressi

Five Schools of Islamic Law - Jawad Mughniyya

Lessons in Usul al Fiqh - Shaheed Baqir al Sadr

Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence - Allamah Hilli

Shara'i al-Islam Fi Masa'il al Halal Wal Haram by Allamah al Hilli (Volume 1 of Allamah Hilli's Resala)

The Manhaj of Sayyid al-Burujerdi

Ilm al Fiqh

Principle of Leniency in Deducing Proofs for Recommended Acts (Al Tasamuh fi Addilat al-Sunan)

From Bid'ah to Sunnah - The Third Shahada in the Adhan - Liyakat Takim

Qiyas - Another Perspective

Inevitable Doubt: Two Theories of Islamic Jurisprudence - Robert M Gleave

Eid of 9th Rabi al Awwal - HakiNinth

Khums: Islamic Tax - Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi 

Ritual and Spiritual Purity - Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

A Glossary of Shiite Methodology of Jurisprudence - Alireza Hodaee

Mukhtasar Muhimmat fi Usul al A'immah - Hurr al Amili

The Principle of Istishab and Its Types - Seth Carney

Has Khums Been Forgiven During the Absence of Imam Zaman? - Nasser Makarem Shirazi

On Saying 'Ramadhan' Without the 'Month' Prefix

Salat al Layl: Narrations Regarding it and its Excellence - HakiNinth

Compendium of Reliable Du'as

The Use of Sirah al-Mutasharri’ah (Custom of Religious People) as Evidence for the Impermissibility of Shaving the Beard - Sayyed Muhammad Ridha Sistani 

Introduction to Procedural Principles (Usul Amaliyyah) - Seth Carney

Introduction to General Legal Principles - Seth Carney


*Crisis and Consolidation in the Formative Period of Shia Islam - Hossein Modarressi

A History of the Twelver Shiite Jurisprudence and Jurisprudents - Ja'far Subhani

*Origins of the Shi'a - Identity, Ritual and Sacred Space in Eighth Century Kufa - Najam Haider

Tarikh Tabari

The Message - Ja'far Subhani

The Life of Prophet Muhammad - Sayyed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi

The Memory of Ali b. Abi Talib in Early Sunni Thought - Nebil Husayn

Ilm al Rijal 

The Need for 'Ilm al Rijal

*Intro to Rijal Studies - Sayyed Hossein Qazwini

*Usul al Rijal - Sayyed Shubayri Zanjani, Translated by HakiNinth

Basic Rules in Ilm al Rijal (According to Al-Muhsini)

The Application of the Rijali Methodology - Sayyed Ali Abul Hasan

Tradition and Survival - A Bibliographical Survey of Early Shi'ite Hadith Literature - Hossein Modarressi

Kitab al Du'afa - Syed Asdaq Naqvi

Reviewing Ghizzi's Lectures Against Ilm al Rijal (Part 2)

Shia & Sunni Ahadith Grading Methods?

Response to Hadith Rejecters [sic]

*Rijal al Kashshi

Did Ayatollah Khamenei Really Reject Our Rijal Books?

Preliminary Topics in Ilm al-Rijal

Essays on Rijal

Fallacy of Ilm al Rijal

Status of Hadith With a Majhul Narrator

The Authenticity of Ziyarat Ashura - Ayatollah Shubayri Zanjani

Baheth Fi Wathaqa Mashayikh Muhammad ibn Abi Umayr wa Safwan bin Yahya wa Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Abi Nasr al Bazanti - Sayyed Muhammad Ridha Sistani

Technical Terminology (Mustalahat) For Rijal Criticism


Mufadhal b. Umar Sinner or Saint?

Qiyas & The Mysterious Case of Ibn al-Junayd

Muhammad b Sinan - A Controversial Narrator

Did the Imam Curse Zurarah?

Hisham b. Hakam: Arch Heretic? - Alexander al Khaleeli

Bilal b. Rabbah - Noir

Al Baheth - Defence of Zurarah - Translated by HakiNinth

al-Mukhtar - Noir


Mu'tabar Kamal ad-Deen

Tusi's Ghayba Selections

Jesus in Shia Hadith

The Hijab and the Divine Cloak

Dietary Advice of the Ahl al-Bayt

The Movement of Aql in Sunni Hadith

A Comprehensive Compilation of Reliable Narrations

Did the Sahaba Become Kafir?

Mu'tabar Hadith from Al-Kafi

Translation of Ma'rifat Al-Hadith by Behbudi

Al Kafi Mentions: Imam Died When They Wanted [Re?] [sic]

Nass al-Ridha

Al Sahih Wal Mu'tabar (Authentic and Accepted Hadiths About Imam Mahdi)

Ramadan or Month of Ramadan? - Hasan al Qadri

Al Sahih Wal Mu'tabar - 40 [Authentic] Hadith on Imam Mahdi

Imam Sadiq and the Ghulat - Selim Salhab

40 Short Hadith - HakiNinth

Ghadir: Twelver Tawatur - Noir

Shiite View and the Holy Books - Noir

Nuh and the Flood - Noir

The Torah in Our Narrations - Noir

Heart and Intellect - Noir

Hadiths of Believer and Disbeliever Clays - HakiNinth

“Say about us whatever you like, and excuse us from Divinity” – Hadith Analysis -

Kamalludin Wal Tamaman al Ni'ma (Part 1) (Part 2)

Do You Pray Like Imam Sadiq? 

Divisions of a Day: Reconstructed Narration 

Did the Sahaba Become Kafir? - Ammaar Muslim

Hadith Studies

The Need for 'Ilm al Rijal

Some Thoughts on the Number of Reports from Imams

Why do Some Narrations Differ?

Al-Mufeed on Kitab Sulaym

Belief in the Authenticity of Al Kafi

Conflicts Between the Jurists and the Ghulat in the Time of Imam al Sadiq

*Hadith - Johnathan AC Brown

In Praise of the Few - Etan Kohlberg

*Contested Boundaries The Reception of Shia Narrators in Sunni Hadith - Michael Dann

The Four Hundred Usul - Sayyed Ali Shahristani

Preface to Al Kafi - Rizwan Arastu

Contradictions in Hadith - Informing the people about what has been claimed from the saying of ʾAbū Jaʿfar - Abu Hadi al Dolisty, Translated by Asyuti

Qara'in Method of Hadith Verification - Noir


Quranic Verses Compilation List - Anonymous

Guidance: Qur'an's Methodology - HakiNinth

Al Bayan Fi Tafsir al Qur'an - Ayatollah Khoei

Trends of History in the Qur'an - Shaheed al Sadr

Introduction to the Science of Tafsir of the Qur'an

Early Debates on the Integrity of the Qur'an - Hossein Modarressi 

Materials for the History of the Text of the Qur'an - Arthur Jeffreys

Hijab in the Quran - HakiNinth

Freedom of Belief in the Quran - HakiNinth

Sayyid Abu Al Hassan - What is the meaning of the Quranic Ayah:  “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) - Firespin

Guidance and Misguidance in the Quran - HakiNinth

*Anthropomorphism in the Qur'an - HakiNinth

Uzair the Son of God? - Yahya a.k.a Waeizullah

Was the Quran Revealed All at Once? - HakiNinth

Imam Khomeini’s Fearless Attack on Muhaddith Nuri’s Scholarship

Important Tafsirs of Selected Verses

An In-Depth Analysis of the Verse of Tathir: Who are the Ahl al-Bayt? (Part 1) (Part 2)

Tafsir Noor al-Thaqalayn: The Verse of Purification (33:33)

A Detailed Analysis of Ayah Tabligh 

A Detailed Analysis of the Verse of al Muwaddah fi Qurbah 

Imamah in the Qur'an (Ayat al-Wilayah) - HakiNinth

Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

Did the Messenger Die a Natural Death?

How Many Daughters Did the Prophet Have?

[Video] How Many Daughters Did the Prophet Have?

Prophet Muhammad a Mercy to the World - Sayyed Sadiq Shirazi

Proving the Prophethood of Muhammad (s) - HakiNinth (Part 1) (Part 2)

Imam Hussain (AS)

Karbala: Sacrifice, Suffering, and Beauty

Ashura: Misrepresentations and Distortions - Murtadha Mutahhari (Part 1) (Part 2)

Chronicles of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain - Ayatollah Rayshahri

The Maqtal of Imam Hussein (as) Narrated by Imam Al-Sajjad (as) - From the chain of Sheikh al Sadooq in his book Al-Amali - Abdul Zahraa

Safeguarding Azadari against Wrong Practices

Imam Mahdi (AS)

The Minor Occultation

The Mahdi's Secret Birth

The Light Behind the Clouds

Hadith of Twelve Imams in Books Prior to Ghayba

Wiladat al-Qaim al-Mahdi

The Occultation of the Twelfth Imam (A Historical Background) - Jassim Hussein

Twelver Tawatur: Imam al Mahdi (AS) - Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani

*Predictions in Hadith - Contemporary Doubts About Imam Mahdi - Al Baheth

*Existence of Al-Qa'im - Ibn Mukhtar (Sirius)


Shaykh al-Tusi's Argument Against Waqifism

Twelve Imams vs. Seven Imams

"The Righteous Servant"

Who Washed Musa al-Kadhim

Will the Mahdi be Imprisoned?

Perpetual Guidance


Refuting LeftShiism - HakiNinth

*Proof that Imam Ali (AS) Was the Foremost in Knowledge After the Prophet (SAW)

Mutah in the Fiqh of Ahlus Sunnah - Hafiz Ibn Farooq

Modern Muslim Objections to Bukhari - Nebil Husayn

Ibn Jawzi and the Cursing of Yazid

In Praise of the Caliphs: Re-Creating History from the Manaqib Literature

Aspects of the Creed of Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Study of Anthropomorphism in Early Islamic Discourse

Was Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal an Anthropomorphist?

The Authenticity of the Book "Kitab as Sunnah" of Imam Abdullah Ibn Ahmad ibn Hanbal

The Prophet's Seating on the Throne

The Evil Consequences of Taqleed, Hizbiyyah and Partisanship

Mut'ah in the Fiqh of Ahlus Sunnah

Saduq's Polemical Sunni Chains

Answering the Response to the 17000 Hadith

Imamate in the Quran

Virtues of Imam Ali

Tirmidhi's Chapter on the Virtues of Ali

Response to Narrator Criticism in Sunni Rijal

Abu Hanifa and the Permissibility of Alcohol

Criticism of Sunni Kalam

Bugdh of Ibn Taymiyya

Necessity of Imamah (An Intellectual Argument)

Shia Authorities Relied Upon by Sunnis

Attack on the House of Fatima

Imam Ali (as) and Shura Consultation

If Mawla=Leader/Caliph Then Ali is Not Your Mawla

Imam Ali Said for Guidance Prophet Left Only Quran

Ghadir Was Not About Caliphate or Leadership

Belief of True Shia Concerning Bibi Aisha

Beware of Ghulat/Exaggerators/Boasters

Rules for Understanding Quran: A Task for Shias

Was Ibn Taymiah From the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama'ah? - Abu Bakr Ghazipuri al-Ansari

Mass Apostacy of Companions?

Origins of Sunnism - Ahab Bdawai

Response to the Claim That All the Sahaba Besides Three Apostated

Marja Resalas

Sayyed Sistani (Main)

Sayyed Saeed al Hakeem

Sayyed Sadiq Shirazi

Wahid Khorasani

Makarem Shirazi

Sayyed Al Khoei

Sayyed Sadeq Rouhani

Taqi Modarressi (Includes Narrations and Proofs)

Greater Sins - Sayyid Abdul Husayn Dastghaib Shirazi (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

New Convert Resources

Welcome To Shia Islam (Prayer, Fasting, Wudhu, etc.)

Rationality of Islam - Ayatollah Khoei

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