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  • Why is it not permissible to do taqlid to a deceased Mujtahid?
    1970 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2006/11/26
                Scholars of jurisprudence which say that it is not permissible to do taqlid to a deceased Mujtahid, have a basis for this reasoning and in order to understand it we must refer to legal manuscripts. However, this question can be presented in another way and that is; what is ...
  • In my opinion, the only thing that true reasoning calls for, is for the marjas to be references when it comes to Islamic information,...
    1321 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/01/20
    Taqlid means for one to refer to an expert in a certain field for enlightenment. The ulema have comprehensively explained all of the reasoning for their judgments in their detailed books. Also, the fact that everyone is responsible for his/her own actions is in no way in conflict with referring ...
  • Knowing that the Quran is a clear book, what are the conditions/prerequisites of comprehending it?
    2203 Exegesis 2010/04/08
    The Quran is the Prophet's miracle for all times and can not be compared to common books. Although the Quran is clear, explains matters and has conveyed the meanings through simple words as delicately and beautifully as possible, but it contains some issues and describes certain realities that we are ...
  • Was Hazrat Adam (P.B.U.H.) Black?
    3216 Exegesis 2006/11/25
                There are several interpretations in the Quran on the creation of man, which show that the creation of man had several stages, which were as follows:[1]  Creation from dirt:O people! If you are in doubt of the resurrection, [consider that] we indeed created you from dust…[2] Mixing dirt with water ...
  • What is the ruling on shaving the beard and body hair?
    2883 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/17
    Only shaving or trimming facial hair (beard)[1] with shaving machines in a way that people say there is no beard anymore, is impermissible based on obligatory precaution.[2] Also, shaving a portion of the beard has the same ruling as shaving all of it.[3] Thus, shaving the hairs on the cheeks ...
  • Are there any women who reached the rank of ijtihad in religious seminaries?
    2264 Exalted scholars 2007/11/04
    A worthy interaction of Islam with science, and requiring that from every Muslim man and woman, has resulted in women always studying the sciences in Islamic communities and finally some of them reached the rank of ijtihad.As an example, lady Mujtahideh Amin who passed away in 1403h. Lady Mujtahideh Sefati ...
  • Is it possible to get distance education and learning in the Islamic seminaries?
    1230 Practical 2011/01/16
    Dear brother in Islam, Salamun alaikum, You can attend level one classes of the Islamic seminary freely and without enrollment. Then you should prepare yourself for the admission tests which are held annually by Hawzah Management Center (Markaz-e Modiriyat Hawzah). In case you get through the exams, you can follow ...
  • Why are apostates executed in Islam? Doesn’t that contradict freedom of belief?
    2544 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/12/10
    In Islamic terms, apostasy means for one to openly express and show his/her renouncement of religion and usually ends up in others being encouraged to do the same. The punishment for apostasy doesn’t apply to one who has turned away from religion but doesn’t announce it. Therefore, it is correct ...
  • What is Chelleh Neshini (worshipping for a forty day period)? What is the viewpoint of the Shia on this practice?
    2016 Practical 2011/09/22
    The meaning behind Chelleh Neshini  (worshipping for a forty day period) in the field of spiritual wayfaring is for one to be cautious in regards to one’s self for a period of forty days. Through these means, the self becomes capable of receiving divine wisdom. Many of the Urafa and ...

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  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    38724 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?
    37735 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)?
    20451 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?
    17233 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?
    15389 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?
    14730 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?
    13391 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 ...
  • What is Islam’s view on dinosaurs?
    12849 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 ...
  • What are the signs of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (atf) and the events that shall take place thereupon?
    11960 Traditional 2012/01/28
    Your question concerning the reappearance of the Imam of Time can be investigated around four focal points:First: The signs for his coming are categorized into different groups, one of them being their classification into “certain” and “uncertain” signs: According to some hadiths, five signs are considered “certain” and they are ...
  • Who are the Ahlul-Bayt?
    11931 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. ...

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