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  • Why do some Shiite mystics and scholars renounce the world and divinely gifted halāl pleasures and bounties?
    1576 Practical 2012/06/28
    The divine bounties and pleasures are not restricted to worldly and material things; rather they also include spiritualities which for many people entail greater pleasures. The mystics and pious ones have availed themselves of spiritual pleasures rather than worldly possession and advantages. They reached high spiritual and scientific ranks by ...
  • How can one explain how the killing of the Egyptian man by Prophet Musa (pbuh) isn’t in conflict with his infallibility?
    2229 Traditional 2008/11/04
    All divine prophets, regardless of their different degrees and ranks, are infallible and at the peak of nearness to Allah (swt), and all of them have responsibilities that surpass those of normal people to the extent that any attention they give to anything other than Allah (swt) is a great ...
  • What are the different kinds of murder? Please, explain in detail.
    7487 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/22
    Murder can be studied and classified into different categories from different perspectives which we shall mention as under:1. Justified and unjustified murder;2. Time of murder;3. Murder through implementation of capital punishment such execution, hanging, stoning and various other kinds of carrying out death punishment;4. Intentional and unintentional murder or voluntary ...
  • Do the Holy Prophet’s parents enter Paradise?
    2548 Traditional 2012/06/19
    Based on the verses of the Holy Quran, belief in God and good deeds are generally the most important requirements for entering Paradise. Shia scholars and also a number of Sunni sects believe that the Holy Prophet's parents and ancestors were monotheists and good doers. Shaykh Saduq writes in ...
  • Is it true that if there is a picture on the wall of a building, the angels do not enter that place?
    1445 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/06/21
    There are traditions in our hadith books according to which angels do not enter houses where portraits of animate beings are kept.[1] It is necessary to mention a few points in regards to such traditions:A) The word "portrait" in the traditions includes pictures as well as statues of animate beings.[2]B) ...
  • What is zina muhsanah?
    1893 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/04/14
    Zina denotes copulation with other than one’s legal spouse (permanent or temporary), which the Quran labels as a grave sin, about which Allah has said: “Do not approach fornication. It is indeed obscene and an evil way.”[1],[2] If this act is committed by a married man or woman, it will be ...
  • Where are the cities of Jabalqa and Jabarsa located?
    3177 تاريخ کلام 2010/05/26
    The names of these two cities haven't been related in any of the authentic Shia sources (Kafi, Tahzib, Man La Yahdhuruhul-Faqih, Istibsar), but from the other sources that they have been mentioned in, assuming the reliability of these hadiths, it can be concluded that these two cities are in the ...
  • Is the reality of the Commander of Faithful, Ali (a.s.) eternal?
    1467 Traditional 2013/01/24
    Eternity is endless and unending time. It is a state to which time has no application. Something which is eternal is not moving, and is beyond time.[1] That is to say, it has always existed. As for the reality of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (a.s.), if you mean his ...
  • Who was the first mujtahid and who did people perform taqlid to while the doors of ijtihad were closed?
    2773 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/04/08
    Ijtihad is an important and old issue in Islam. In the Shia perspective, ijtihad has been popular from the age of the infallibles up until today amongst their companions. Many good changes and improvements have been achieved through this method.The Noble Prophet (s) sent companions such as Mas’ab bin Umayr ...
  • What is the ruling on listening to modern revolutionary rap music?
    3188 Fiqh 2006/11/26
    Hazrat Grand Ayatollah Khamenehie:Any type of mutrib[1] music which befits carouse gatherings is haram.  Hazrat Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani:Any type of mutrib music which befits carouse gatherings is haram. In any other instance then there is no problem, and the place from which it is broadcasted does not affect the ...

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  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    46220 Exegesis 2010/04/06
    According to the Quran a Muslim is one who has absolutely surrendered to Allah and his commands and believes in pure Tawhid (the oneness of God) that isn't tainted with any Shirk and this is why the Almighty has introduced Prophet Abraham as a true Muslim in the Quran.According to ...
  • Why hasn’t Imam Ali (a.s.) been mentioned in the Holy Quran?
    44800 Exegesis 2008/05/11
    One should be aware that although the imam’s names, )especially Imam Ali’s(, haven’t been mentioned in the Quran, nevertheless, their names, )especially Imam Ali’s(, can be found in the Prophet’s sayings. One very good example is the hadith of Ghadir which is considered the official announcement of the appointment of ...
  • How do you prove that Imam Ali (as) was imam and khalifa after the Prophet (pbuh)?
    23115 Traditional 2008/07/21
    There is no doubt that in order for Islam to survive, it needs a keeper and guardian and individuals to deliver and express the teachings and guidelines of religion for the people, and carry them out. Since one of the reasons of creation is the guidance of mankind, Allah’s wisdom ...
  • What is meant by Sidratul-Muntaha that the Quran has mentioned?
    18415 Exegesis 2010/04/07
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • Why are shrimps halal and crabs haram? What makes one of them halal and the other halal despite the fact that both of them are from the same category?
    17695 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/03/18
    Although all Islamic laws are a result of the benefits or disadvantages and harms that back them, and there is a particular reason behind each and every one of them, discovering the exact reason in detail for every one of them is extremely difficult. The most we can do is ...
  • Is lobster, clam, oyster and octopus halal?
    15996 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/18
    Eating lobster, clam, oyster and octopus is haram. According to religious resources regarding halal and haram meat, there are general rulings and numerous standards; for instance, a set of rulings has been given for land animals, sea creatures, birds and so on.The condition for halal meat sea creatures is to ...
  • What is Shirk?
    15901 Traditional 2007/01/21
    Literally, shirk means to allocate; technically, in Quranic terminology, shirk – in contrast to hanif – signifies the process of allocating someone/thing as the Almighty Allah’s partner or equal. Hanif means being inclined towards righteousness and moderation; hence, the term has been coined onto those who have disassociated themselves from ...
  • Who are the Ahlul-Bayt?
    14384 Traditional 2007/05/24
    The Prophet of Islam’s (s) Ahlul-Bayt are the same as the people of the cloak: Prophet Muhammad (s), ‘Alī, Fātimah, Hassan, and Hussayn (a). The proof for this is numerous traditions narrated by Shia and Sunni scholars. These traditions are found in more than seventy famous Sunni and Shia sources. ...
  • Why do Shias believe in the Imams and their Imamate?
    13362 Traditional 2010/04/08
    I believe that you are asking how we can find out if someone is really an Imam or not. However, before answering this question, we should first understand why we need to believe in the concept of Imamate.Imamate is an important issue in Islam, and it is the last stage ...
  • What is Islam’s view on dinosaurs?
    13275 Exegesis 2007/02/26
                The Quran is a book of guidance and everything which supports this goal [of guidance] has been mentioned in this Holy Book. The method used in expressing matters is: focusing on the general aspects and less on the details and particulars, and the reason for that may be the ...

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