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  • If someone becomes Junub while asleep, what kind of Ghusl should they make?
    2352 Fiqh 2007/01/07
    In both instances, one is required to execute the janabah ghusl. Note that such a ghusl is obligatory whenever semen is ejaculated (as well as in other situations) – be it during sleep or whilst awake (as in the case of masturbation). Moreover, ghusls of a non-janabah genre – such ...
  • Why has Fatimah Ma’sumah been given the titile ‘Ma’sumah’; is she an infallible?
    1862 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 do the separate letters (Huruf Muqatta’ah) in the Quran mean?
    5318 Quranic Studies 2009/10/22
    The ‘Huruf Muqatta’ah’ are the separate letters located in the beginning of some surahs of the Quran that have no independent meaning. There are different viewpoints regarding these letters; the best one being that they are a secret between the prophet (pbuh) and Allah (swt) that only the prophet (pbuh) ...
  • Do the discrepancies among religions have something to do with people’s personal and environmental capacity?
    1984 Modern 2012/11/01
    Considering the terminologies used in this question, the accepted Islamic viewpoint is the evolutionist approach. Islam is a religion which addresses man’s God-gifted nature and encompasses all nations and tribes in the eras after the emergence of Islam. For this reason, the followers of all previous religions have also been ...
  • How should one resist the temptation to commit sins?
    2454 Practical 2011/08/10
    The temptation to commit a sin is a disease like the sin itself. Like all other diseases, protection against this sin involves two stages e.g. prevention and cure. When it comes to the prevention stage, it should be noted that a person can eradicate all those things that may lead ...
  • Doesn’t the occultation of the twelfth imam undermine the whole concept of "imamate"?
    1880 Traditional 2009/05/06
    Since the question is vague and general, without specifying which dimension of the concept of imamate the occultation of Imam Mahdi (aj) contradicts, we will have to list some of the imam's major responsibilities and see if there actually is any contradiction or not.Imamate, which is the continuation of prophethood, ...
  • How can I counter spells?
    1850 Theoretical 2012/02/15
    Even though spells aren’t superstitious and may have substantial effects, not every person has the power to cast spells. Moreover, most individuals who claim to have the knowledge of casting spells are bogus; they look at this skill as a tool to trick people and make money.The best way to ...
  • Did Adam commit a sin? What about the question of the infallibility of the Divinely sent prophets?
    2522 Traditional 2011/08/15
    In order to arrive at the answer, a few preliminary points must be considered. It must first be pointed out that the Divine prophets and their deputies enjoy lofty spiritual and existential stations in the order of existence. They are the hidden rays of Divine effusion; the complete manifestations and ...
  • If a person sings among some people dancing, will this singing be an instance of ghina?
    1396 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/19
    Ghina denotes a kind of singing accompanied by vocal undulation and tarab (rapture) so that it is suitable for gatherings of lahw and sin – it is haram and both singing and listening to it is haram.[1]According to this definition of ghina, the singing mentioned in the question falls under ...
  • Did the Ansar believe in the caliphate of Abu Bakr and is that why they did bey’ah with him?
    2864 Exalted scholars 2011/05/08
    In our view, doing bey’ah and pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr without the presence of Imam Ali (as) and without his consultation, who, compared to the prophet, according to the famous hadith of manzilah, was like Prophet Harun for Prophet Musa, doesn’t bear much value. Also, the initial opposition of ...

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  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    46899 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?
    45509 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)?
    23544 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 ...
  • 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?
    19180 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 ...
  • What is meant by Sidratul-Muntaha that the Quran has mentioned?
    19044 Exegesis 2010/04/07
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • Is lobster, clam, oyster and octopus halal?
    16935 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?
    16317 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?
    14800 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?
    13730 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?
    13520 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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