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  • Is the reality of the Commander of Faithful, Ali (a.s.) eternal?
    1299 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 ...
  • What are the conditions for one to be considered Muslim or a believer?
    1596 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/09/15
    Islam and Iman or faith (which are two terms referring to two different things) have different levels and degrees. The first degree, which is referred to as “Islam”, can be reached when one says the shahadatain (the two statements of “There is no God but Allah” and “Muhammad is the ...
  • Please explain the concept of Hurul ‘In and if they relate to women as well.
    2775 Traditional 2009/11/24
    One of the blessings that Allah (swt) grants to people who do good deeds and have faith in Him is paradise and the bliss and blessings therein. For entering into heaven there isn’t any difference between men or women; and one of the rewards that Allah (swt) gives to people ...
  • What are the main characteristics of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (S) that make them superior to other religions and other prophets respectively?
    3261 Traditional 2012/01/30
    Islam has two special and distinctive features in the light of which the need for prophethood ceases to exist and there is no room for another prophethood:1. Islam is the last religion; it is the most perfect religion in the sense that it features all things should have been explained ...
  • Is Wali al-Faqih infallible according to you?
    1070 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/11/08
    According to traditions and sayings of the Infallibles (a.s), infallibility is restricted to 14 people including the Prophet (s), Hazrat Zahra (s.a) and the 12 Shiite Imams. Therefore, Wali al-Faqih is not among them. However, according to the verses of the Holy Quran and traditions, it is mandatory to obey ...
  • Is conditional divorce effective?
    1340 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/06/21
    One of the conditions of the validity and effectiveness of the divorce formula is for it not to be made contingent upon any condition. Consequently, if the husband says “If Zayd comes you are divorced”[1] or “If the sun rises you are divorced”, it will not be effective. Of course, ...
  • What are the “Arsh” and “Kursiyy”?
    1969 Exegesis 2009/08/15
    With help from other Quranic verses and traditions of the imams, commentators of the Quran have presented several possible meanings for these terms. Some say the two are metaphorically referring to the same thing, which is the rank of Allah's (swt) command and governing of this world’s affairs.Others believe:1- What ...
  • If the horn of a sacrificial animal is broken, can we sacrifice it on Eid al-Adha?
    923 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/14
    If what you mean by sacrifice, is the sacrifice performed as one of the rituals of Hajj where animals are sacrificed in the land of Mina, then according to the fatwa of the majority of jurists, if the animal originally had a horn in its creation (even if it might ...
  • Conditions and Method of Friday Prayer
    1471 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/11/08
    Friday prayer is one of the acts of worship about which an entire Sura has been revealed denoting its significance. The prayer consists of 2 sermons which begin with praise and glorification of Allah. The prayer leader should exhort the people to observe piety. Friday prayer consists of 2 Rak’ats ...
  • What is the essence of the Ruh (Soul/Spirit) and why doesn’t the Quran explain much about it?
    3062 Exegesis 2010/09/05
    The term "Ruh" has different meanings in different fields of science, referring to a different meaning in each one. In the Quran, this term also has its own special meaning and has been mentioned in different ways.Regarding the verse there are various opinions about which Ruh's essence the prophet is ...