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  • Did the companions of the Holy Prophet (S) give Imam Ali (A.S) and Fatima Zahra (S.A) a wedding banquet and gifts?
    292 History 2014/05/14
    There is a narration according to which some of the companions of the Holy Prophet (S) brought gifts for the daughter of the Prophet (S), Lady Fatima Zahra (S.A) on her wedding ceremony. Abdur Rahman was also amongst them. Like many other companions, he also gave Imam Ali and Fatima ...
  • What is the Islamic law concerning marriage between a Sayed and a non-Sayed?
    1801 History of Fiqh 2010/11/28
    There is no problem in the marriage between Sayed girls or women with non-Sayed Shiite men as it is not necessary for Sayed girls and women to marry Sayed men[1]. None of the jurists have forbidden such a marriage.For instance, Grand Ayatollah Saafi Gulpaigani says in this regard as such:“No, ...
  • When Allah created material things from absolute nothingness, does it mean that His Power was converted into material power and material form?
    1222 تجلی ذاتی 2013/01/19
    If you mean conversion of divine power into material power, there is no doubt that such a notion is false and it is never true with God. If you mean by the word “conversion” reflection of God’s power, indeed creation from absolute nothingness gives such a meaning because ‘nothing’ was ...
  • What is the significance of words in divine revelation?
    1285 Exegesis 2011/10/08
    Everything has four modes of existence: verbal existence, written existence, mental existence and external existence. Revelation also has these four modes of existence: For example, when we speak of the external existence of the Quran we say that this Quran was received with these same words by the Prophet through ...
  • Who is Dhul-Qarnayn?
    2877 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/07/19
    The name “Dhul-Qarnayn” has been mentioned in surah Kahf.As for who exactly Dhul-Qarnayn was in history, there are differences of opinion amongst historians and commentators of the Quran.Yet, taking into consideration the attributes of Dhul-Qarnayn that the Quran has mentioned, one can conclude that Dhul-Qarnayn was actually Cyrus the Great.Most ...
  • Is it permissible for a woman to dance in a wedding?
    1165 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/10/04
    There is no doubt that it is forbidden for a woman to dance for men.[1] As for a woman's dancing for women in parties or weddings which are not likely to be frequented by men, the opinions of the grand jurists are as under: Grand jurists like Ayatollah Bahjat, Ayatollah ...
  • Why does the prophet's character change when he comes to power?
    1416 The infallibles 2011/12/20
    Although no proof was mentioned for such a question, but we must pay attention that a change of approach does not indicate a change of character and maybe the prophet did have an apparently different act regarding different issues depending on the time, place and situation, but we can not ...
  • What is the relationship between wilayah and marja’iyyah?
    1274 System 2011/12/20
    In Shia thought, marja’iyyah is comprised of two responsibilities; the issuance of legal verdicts, and wilayah (i.e., leadership and authority). Throughout history, the grand marja’s have both explained and preached the general divine laws of Islam, and in particular social issues, have taken up the role of leading the people. ...
  • Who is responsible for the sustenance of a one’s jobless son?
    1212 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 ...
  • Why are apostates executed in Islam? Doesn’t that contradict freedom of belief?
    1966 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/12/10
    In Islamic terms, apostasy means for one to openly express and show his/her renouncement of religion and usually ends up in others being encouraged to do the same. The punishment for apostasy doesn’t apply to one who has turned away from religion but doesn’t announce it. Therefore, it is correct ...