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  • What are the political thoughts of Imam Khomeini?
    2735 2012/05/12 Philosophy of Politics
    The political thoughts of Imam Khomeini (blessed be his soul) are a part of his macro ideas being influenced by different aspects of his thought. Given the fact that Imam Khomeini is a multi-dimensional ...

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  • What was Imam Sadiq (AS)'s argument about God's existence in his debate with Abu Shaker Daysani?
    303 Contextual study 2014/12/10
    During the lifetime of Imam Ja'far Sadiq (AS), theological debates and discussions invovling the Imam himself were carried out quite often. One of the most serious topics around which discussions and debates took place was the existence of God. Due, mainly, to the free atmosphere prevailing in Arabia, the discussions ...
  • Where does the Imam of Time (atf) live during the occultation?
    1955 Traditional 2010/11/22
    There are three categories of reports in regards to the domicile of the Imam of Time (atf): The first category of reports does not introduce a special residence for the Imam. Although some of the narrations in this category consider the deserts and mountains as his residence, on the whole, ...
  • Is ‘Apprehension’ a quality that can be attributed to God?
    1576 Traditional 2012/04/17
    Taking into consideration the verse “لا تُدْرِكُهُ الْأَبْصارُ وَ هُوَ يُدْرِكُ الْأَبْصارَ وَ هُوَ اللَّطيفُ الْخَبيرُ”[1], Mudrik (being apprehensive) is one of God’s names.[2] In the Quran and traditions, this attribute (Mudrik)[3] has been mentioned explicitly, thus making Him ‘one who apprehends’, as the verse also asserted. Regarding the meaning of ...
  • How can we differentiate between a divine test and a divine punishment?
    3182 Traditional 2012/05/26
    Some of the calamities and hardship we endure in our lives are definitely a part of divine trial and tribulations that are aimed to make us choose our path and adopt our strategy and position against them.  Adopting a position will, in turn, lead to the formation of our ...
  • What is the essence of death and can one delay it?
    2786 Traditional 2012/10/20
    According to Islamic philosophy, death means that the soul no longer manages the body and simply leaves it. This viewpoint can be traced back to the ahadith and Quranic verses that negate death being annihilation and the end of life. When observing Islamic literatures, one can find many descriptions of death. ...
  • Why is it not permissible for girls to shape their eyebrows?
    1729 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/08
    The ruling of the grand jurists about girls removing or shaping their eyebrows is as follows:All grand jurists: There is no problem in it per se (although it is not befitting of girls to do so), and in case they shape their eyebrows, they should cover them from non-mahram (strangers).[1] ...
  • What is the occasion of the revelation of Surah al-Nahl? What is meant by "Allah's commandment has come, therefore do not desire to hasten it?"
    540 Exegesis 2014/09/23
    God, the Exalted, says in the beginning of Surah al-Nahl: «أَتىَ أَمْرُ اللَّهِ فَلَا تَسْتَعْجِلُوهُ سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالىَ‏ عَمَّا یُشْرِکُونَ»[1] "Allah's commandment has come for criminals and culprits, therefore do not desire to hasten it; Glory be to Him, and highly exalted be He above what they associate (with Him)." There are two ...
  • where did secularism or the belief in the separation of religious and civil affairs emerge from?
    1724 Modern 2008/11/19
    During the renascence Christian believers came to the realization that their religion, with all the shortcomings it had, could not meet the modern social and political needs; therefore, secularism took shape.Secularism can be considered as the legitimate child of western civilization since Christianity, having gotten distracted and intermingled with worldly ...
  • What are the ruling and conditions for marrying a non-Muslim woman?
    1835 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/04/19
    Non-Muslims are of two types: 1. People of the Book 2. Not People of the Book. According to the view of all Shia jurists, a Muslim man cannot get married (neither temporarily nor permanently) to a non-Muslim woman who is not of the People of the Book. In this regard, Imam ...
  • Is the prayer performed in the Imams' shrine right? Though the grave is in the direction of the prayer?
    2216 Exegesis 2011/12/21
    Considering the verse mentioned at the surface level, we deduce that it is permissible to build mosques over graves. In the exegesis of the Quran, it is mentioned that a mosque has been built over the cemetery of the people in the cave (Al-Kahf).In the related tradition, there is a ...

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  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    45914 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?
    44479 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)?
    23064 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?
    18346 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?
    17520 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?
    15925 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?
    15866 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?
    14349 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?
    13329 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?
    13251 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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