Glimpses of Al-Mizan

The Scale of Deeds

...the standard for measuring deeds on the Day of Judgment will be "the truth." Good deeds will be heavy on the scale because they include the truth while evil deeds will have no weight because they have falsehood and vanity. We can also say that in the case of prayers, the standard unit would be "perfect prayer." The same can be said about other obligatory acts. Likewise, the unit for weighing speech would be "truthfulness" in the speech.

Philosophical Discourses in al-Mizan

‘Allamah Tabataba’i, regarded by many as a discerning philosopher, has made valuable contribution to the science of exegesis by elaborating the Qur’anic metaphysics thus giving us important information about the realities of life. One of such discourses is on the immateriality of the soul.

Divine Favors and the Favor of Wilayah

The Qur’an shows, through many verses, that the things which are counted as Divine favors or bounties would really be bounties when they conform with the Divine purpose for which they were given to man. They have been created to serve as a Divine help to man in order that he could use them in the way of his real felicity; in other words, when they help the man get nearer to Allah through worship and submission to His Mastership.

Why the Qur'an contains Ambiguous Verses?

The presence of ambiguous verses in the Qur'an is one of the objections leveled against the Book. Those who object say: "Had this Book been made clear and kept free from this maze of ambiguous verses, it would have served its purpose in a better way, and there would not have been any chance of controversy and perversity."

Prayers according to the Qur'an

...when the human being persists for a while in offering prayers with sincerity, this creates a fixed indisposition (malaka) in his soul in the form of an aversion to all kinds of indecency and wrongdoing. And had you been left to your own devices, who could have nurtured your soul to be so righteous or to be adorned with the etiquette of servanthood?

Reality of Repentance

The reality of repentance (at-tawbah) and its significance and the rules governing it is among the most sublime Islamic realities and among the highest Qur’anic teachings not found in any other religions or books.

The Garden of Adam (AS)

The most frequently asked question about the story of Adam & his Garden is whether he made a mistake or committed a sin in partaking from the tree which he was forbidden to approach. According to al-Mizān, the story of Adam may have been used by God to represent the rise, fall and rise again of the whole mankind. Adam was the first representative of humanity, and his life was a symbol of the life span of human beings in this world. Therefore most people seem to have missed this Qur'anic reality.

Are Prophets of God not Sinless?

The sending of the prophets and the showing of miracles in their hands is the confirmation of their words. It means that they cannot tell a lie. Also, it is an endorsement that they have the ability to communicate the message of God to their people. But a man who indulges in sins and such actions as would harm a project, cannot be said to be qualified to preach the usefulness of that project or to invite the people to participate in it.

The Principle of Imamah

An Imam is a leader who guides by a Divine Command. Imamah in its esoteric sense is al-Wilayah (guardianship) over the people in their actions and affairs; its guidance entails conveying them to the final destination by the command of God.

God is Always Known to Everyone

Al-Mizan says: ...God is known to any creature that has any share of knowledge of anything. This knowledge is not a sort of contemplative knowledge that one acquires through instruments, indications and data. 

Man's Bird of Omen (Fate)

Every person has something linked to his ultimate fate that would indicate whether it will be good or bad. Making it cling to a person's neck means making one's action inseparable from him. The neck is part of the body which cannot be separated from the person. The good or bad actions of a person do not leave him for anyone else, but they return to him, by a decree from God.

The Meaning of Glorification

Glorification (tasbih) means to purify something by speech, that is, stating and claiming the purity of something verbally. The essence of speech is the unveiling of what one holds within by some way of conveying it and referring to it. In other words, anything that serves as a means of conveying an intended message is a speech or word.