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  • What is the view of the majority of scholars regarding Wilayah Faqih during the major Occultation?
    2041 Traditional 2012/01/17
    For over a thousand years, Shi’a scholars have been cultivating the concept of Wilayah Faqih, its bounds and its privileges. Some, such as Abu al-Salah Halabi and Ibn Idris Hilli , have addressed the issue of qualifications for a representative to the infallible Imam (PBUH) in specific sections of their ...
  • Does an angel that has taken on the form of a human have lust and desire?
    1584 Traditional 2009/11/25
    What is meant by an angel taking on the form of a human is that an angel is visually perceived by humans as having taken on the physical shape of a person. This does not mean that the essence of the angel has changed or that it has become something ...
  • Can you please tell me how long it takes to study kharij lessons in Islamic seminaries?
    1384 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/07/22
    This is the current curriculum that the Howzah follows:1- The introductory level or Level 1 of the Howzah which takes six years to complete. The first three years are usually spent for studying Arabic literature and other lessons, and the next three years are spent for studying general fiqh (using ...
  • Why do Shiite Muslims, who worship the One God, prostrate on a stone towards the Ka'bah?
    1725 Traditional 2011/02/12
    Shiite Muslims are monotheists and they worship the One God and prostrate only for Him. However, according to Islam, there are certain conditions for Sajdah in the prayers. One of those conditions is that the Sajdah should be performed in the direction of Qibla (Ka'bah) and the forehead should be ...
  • What is the Shia’s opinion on the tribe of Bani Quraidhah?
    1727 تاريخ کلام 2009/07/19
    The Bani Quraydhah was a Jewish tribe in residing in Medinah and one of the signatories of a multilateral treaty, living alongside the Muslims. This tribe abided by the terms of the treaty, violating it during the battle of Ahzab by practically becoming one of the forces of the enemy ...
  • Who has full custody of the children after divorce?
    1426 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/08/18
    According to Islam, the expenditures of the children are the responsibility of their father, although who has custody may vary depending on their age and gender.Imam Khomeini says: “The custody of the son until two years of age and the daughter till seven years of age is the right of ...
  • When one hears the prophet’s (pbuh) name or hears the ‘verse of salawat’, is it wajib to recite a salawat or mustahabb?
    1380 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/12/16
    It is the verdict of all marja’s and mujtahids that it is mustahabb to recite salawat when hearing the blessed name of the prophet (pbuh), and this verdict also covers when one is in prayer as well.Imam Khomeini says: “Whenever one hears/says one of the names of the prophet (pbuh) ...
  • What is the ruling on wearing makeup in public?
    1826 Fiqh 2007/01/10
    1 & 2 : It is not permissible and there is no difference between the various means employed for beauty or make-up purposes.3 : Assuming laity (urf) deems it as ‘beauty’ (zeenat), it is not permissible. Summary Notes by ‘Porch of Wisdom’Assuming laity regards a given woman as ‘beautifying’ herself, appearing ...
  • Who was Prophet Daniel?
    2938 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/11/24
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • What is Shirk?
    3375 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 ...