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  • Is it permissible to steal from internet websites?
    1334 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/15
    Since you want the Islamic law about the question in your email, we deemed it necessary to forward the same question to the offices of some of the living prominent jurists. The answers which we have received from them are as under:Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him ...
  • In my opinion, the only thing that true reasoning calls for, is for the marjas to be references when it comes to Islamic information,...
    1316 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/01/20
    Taqlid means for one to refer to an expert in a certain field for enlightenment. The ulema have comprehensively explained all of the reasoning for their judgments in their detailed books. Also, the fact that everyone is responsible for his/her own actions is in no way in conflict with referring ...
  • Why do Muslims shake hands?
    1915 Practical 2009/03/02
    Greeting others by saying “salam” and shaking hands are all signs of sociability and good manners and conduct. The prophet of Islam (pbuh) and the imams are at the pinnacle of sociability and good behavior and our role models, therefore we must follow them in this matter.Anas ibn Malik narrates ...
  • Is there any special importance in roosters' crow?
    2413 Traditional 2010/11/09
    All the creatures of the world praise and glorify God. The seven skies, the earth and all of their inhabitants are glorifying God, the Exalted. Animals including roosters are not an exception. Therefore, the fact that all species and creatures glorify and praise God is one of the accepted and ...
  • Did angels and jinns come to the help of Imam Hussein in Karbala? Why didn’t the Imam accept their offer?
    3214 تاريخ بزرگان 2010/04/20
    Some of our hadith sources contain hadiths narrated from the ma'sumin mentioning how Allah (swt) sent help for Imam Hussein by the jinns and angels.Of course, this isn't something unusual and has happened before; jinns, angels and any other means of help have been sent down by Allah for the ...
  • What advice does Ayatollah Khomenehie give to the Muslims in America?
    1851 Exalted scholars 2007/02/10
    Asalaamu Alaikum,Other than the topics which he has conveyed in his public announcements (which are available on his website[1]) the Supreme Leader has not expressed anything else in particular.[1]www.leader.ir      ...
  • Is Dua Kumayl authentic?
    2429 History 2012/09/27
    Kumayl Ibn Ziyad Nakha’i was a confidant amongst the companions of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) and his son Imam Hasan Mujtaba and this sublime Du'a was first heard from the beautiful, though anguished, voice of Imam Ali (as). This dua has been narrated in Mesbah al-Mutahajjid[1] of Shaykh ...
  • How are Shia beliefs about Aisha consistent with the Quranic verse, which forbids us from accusing chaste women?
    4743 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/02/04
    Following Aisha's falling behind the caravan, the hypocrites and some other individuals who were also perhaps some of the proponents and supporters of the first caliph spread gossips and slanderous lies accusing Aisha of having an affair with another man. This event was later known as the event of Ifk ...
  • What are the ruling and conditions for marrying a non-Muslim woman?
    1727 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 ...
  • Why did it take God to create the world in six days instead of in a few moments? Why did God not create the world instantaneously?
    2298 Traditional 2011/09/22
    God's power is infinite. Whatever He desires to do, He does it, and whatever He does not desire to do, He does not do it. Nothing falls out of the premises of God's power and command. Without doubt, God's creation of the universe in six days or six stages does ...

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  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    38289 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?
    37313 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)?
    19864 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?
    17165 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?
    15253 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?
    14637 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?
    12911 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 ...
  • What is Islam’s view on dinosaurs?
    12824 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 ...
  • What are the signs of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (atf) and the events that shall take place thereupon?
    11920 Traditional 2012/01/28
    Your question concerning the reappearance of the Imam of Time can be investigated around four focal points:First: The signs for his coming are categorized into different groups, one of them being their classification into “certain” and “uncertain” signs: According to some hadiths, five signs are considered “certain” and they are ...
  • Who are the Ahlul-Bayt?
    11467 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. ...

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