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  • Is it halal or haram to sell and deal in imitation jewelry?
    1752 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/09/27
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life): If the purchaser has knowledge of the item being imitation, there is no problem in the transaction by itself. However, if there is a law existing in this regard, it should be respected. Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant ...
  • Is it permissible to eat food cooked by the Aghakhanis (an Isma’ili denomination)?
    1226 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/07/20
    Those who aren't of the Twelver Shia sect, whether they are of the Shia sect, such Zaydis and Ismailis, or of the Sunni sect, are all considered Muslims and pak, making the food they cook and the meat they might sell halal and pak. Imam Khomeini says: “One of the ...
  • If the pleasures and joys of Paradise are not humdrum and boring, why do the dwellers of Paradise give up one pleasure for another?
    1702 Traditional 2011/12/01
    It seems that the reason for this question originates in a kind comparison or similarity drawn between worldly and heavenly features. The questioner is presumably under the impression that Paradise has features as those of the world whereas it is quite the opposite.  Deficiency, defect, disease, death, lethargy and shortcomings ...
  • Why has Fatimah Ma’sumah been given the titile ‘Ma’sumah’; is she an infallible?
    1572 Traditional 2012/04/18
    The name of Lady Ma’sumah, is Fatimah. In historical books and hadith sources, her eminence is referred to as Fatimah bint Musa ibn Ja’far. She wasn’t technically an infallible, the way the prophets and imams were, although she was at a very high level of spiritual purity and perfection. It ...
  • What are the traits of the “mursal” religion?
    1681 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    1- The number of “mursal” religions is always in correspondence with the number of messengers sent by Allah (swt).2- The mursal religion is a result of man’s need towards the message of Allah (swt) to the people.3- The way of getting acquainted with the mursal religion is through reliable narration ...
  • Is the Nahjul-Balaghah an authentic, trustworthy and reliable Islamic source in the view of scholars?
    1985 Contextual study 2010/06/21
    The Nahjul-Balaghah is a vast and never-ending sea of Islamic teachings and knowledge about the Origin, resurrection, revelation, angels, the non-material world, the realm of malakut, politics, teaching, training, mysticism, ethics, spiritual virtues, justice, piety, asceticism, spiritual journey, jihad, supplication, etc.This great and invaluable book is only a small portion ...
  • Why did Islam expand and spread in Asia more than it did in Europe?
    2218 Traditional 2012/04/02
    Islam emerged in Asia and it spread across the Arab world and Asia. There are multiple factors behind the fact that Islam did not spread in Europe. Those factors include the internal discord and conflicts among Muslims themselves and their failure to introduce the true and beautiful image of Islam ...
  • What is the meaning of ‘moon in the Scorpio’?
    5246 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/03/07
    It has been narrated from Imam Sadiq (a.s.) that he said: “Whoever embarks on a journey or marries when the moon is in the Scorpio (qamar dar aqrab), he will not see any good.” The subject of ‘moon in the Scorpio’ is something according to which fatwas (verdicts) have been issued ...
  • Who is responsible for the sustenance of a one’s jobless son?
    1315 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/04/19
    The following is the response of the maraji’ to this question:[1] If one’s child is poor and currently cannot earn his sustenance through a means befitting his status and state, his father is responsible for his (the son) and his (the son’s) children’s sustenance, given that he (the father) is financially ...
  • What is the ruling on cat hair?
    2081 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/04/07
    This question does not have a detailed answer ...