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  • Is there any punishment for touching and hugging a non-Mahram?
    40903 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/03
    It is haram (forbidden) for a non-mahram man and a non-mahram woman to seek any kind of pleasures from each other (it is even forbidden for them to cast lustful look at each other). It is for the same reason that, according to Islam, it is not permissible for a ...
  • Are the Imams witnessing our actions?
    6548 Traditional 2011/04/11
    The Quranic verses and also narrations (revayāt) indicate that the Imams (a.s.) are aware of our actions throughout the day and night, and that our deeds are presented to them. As for why one Imam gives advice to another Imam, ...
  • What does Shia doctrine say about the awaited Mahdi?
    9922 Traditional 2012/01/17
    Since the above question is too vague and general, we decided to have a brief introduction of Imam’s (AJ) lifestyle, assertions from the unseen (akhbar ghaibi) and signs of his reappearance.His name is the same as the prophet of Islam’s, and ...
  • When and by whom did idol worshipping start in Mecca?
    35529 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/02/15
    After the tribe of Khuza’ah gained authority of the Kabah, the first person in charge was Amr ibn Lahiyy. His name was Harith ibn Amir. Amir changed the religion of Ibrahim (A.S.) and prompted people to worship statues. According to a narration, he went to Syria and witnessed a ...
  • can you please tell me about the life of (Imam) Bukhari?
    9863 تاريخ بزرگان 2008/02/13
    Abu Abdullah, Muhammad Ibn Ismael Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Mughaireh, Ibn Bardzih, Jafi Al-Bukhari is one of the most celebrated Sunni Narrators [of Hadiths].He was born in 194 Hijri (Lunar Calendar) in one of ...
  • What is the ruling on shaving the beard and body hair?
    16687 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 ...
  • What is Islam for?
    6693 Traditional 2009/03/04
    Religion is a set of beliefs associated with practical and moral principles delivered to humankind by God's messengers, for the guidance of man and his eternal prosperity and salvation.According to religious teachings, the necessity of religion is rooted in the fitrah (nature) of man. In the holy Quran, ...
  • What is meant by the prostration of the herb and tree in the verse: “و النجم و الشجر یسجدان”?
    12492 2012/04/17
    Najm (النجم) means 'star' or a plant that doesn't have a stem. In the verse, considering that shajar or 'tree' has been mentioned before najm, it can be concluded that what is meant by najm is 'herb' and not 'star'. Essentially ...
  • What are the secrets and philosophy of prayer in Shiism?
    6163 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/01/15
    Without doubt every divine ruling has its philosophy and reason(s), but we do not have to investigate every ruling and find its philosophy. A true Muslim must surrender before the message of revelation. This character of submission and acceptance creates perfection in ...
  • If soft music is played in a wedding, what is the Islamic law on a woman dancing in front of other women?
    6043 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/10/04
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life): If a woman's dancing for women is considered to be lahw (frivolity) such as when a female gathering changes into a dancing party, there is problem in it and the obligatory precaution is to avoid it, ...