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  • What is the meaning of being infallible?
    1567 Modern 2008/05/11
    Allamah Tabatabai states: "Infallibility" means the presence of a quality in the infallible person that protects him or her from doing what is not permissible (e.g. sin or error)".[1] It should be noted that from his viewpoint God's prophets (and all of the imams and specially guided people) possess the ...
  • Is tacit agreement which is not in writing considered and treated as partnership?
    933 Laws and Jurisprudence 2013/02/02
    The answers received from the offices of two of the grand religious authorities are as under: Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him long life): If the purchase and sale transactions had been carried out by the buyer as an agent of the partner, the transaction are in order (valid). ...
  • What is the meaning of abjad letters, especially in relation to Imam Ali?
    3559 Theoretical 2012/05/21
    The abjad letters are the alphabet (الف ب ت...), which have been systemized based on a specific order, meaning: abjad, hūz, ḥatī, kalamn, sa'afṣ, qarasht, thakhdh, ḍaẓgh. A number has been assigned for every one of these letters, in following order: الف 1 ب 2 ج 3 د ...
  • Is it permissible to open and close tap several times during Wudhu so as not to waste water?
    1006 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/09/22
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life): There is no problem in it. Generally speaking, there is no objection in opening and closing tap before washing the left hand completely. However, if one touches a wet thing (such as a wet tap) and external water gets mixed ...
  • Why is Lady Fatimah’s (as) grave still concealed, while Imam Ali's (as) grave was discovered?
    1236 Modern 2009/09/23
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • What are the political thoughts of Imam Khomeini?
    1781 Philosophy of Politics 2012/05/12
    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 personality who authored numerous works in mysticism, jurisprudence, philosophy, theology and politics and in view of ...
  • Who are the Ismaeili Bahreh Shias and what do they believe in?
    1344 تاريخ بزرگان 2010/04/19
    The "Bahreh Davoodis" are a branch of the "Ismaili" sect. The "Ismailis" believe Ismail, the son of Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) which passed away during his father's lifetime, to be the seventh Imam. The followers of this sect have unique beliefs that we will explain in the detailed answer. Of ...
  • What is Shirk?
    2685 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 the theological basis of Mahdiism?
    1349 Traditional 2008/10/22
    The necessity of Allah’s (swt) grace, the existence of a khalifatullah and vicegerent of Allah (swt) and his protection from any calamities and bad incidents can be counted as a portion of the theological basis of Mahdiism. ...
  • In Islam can we confess our sins to another person?
    2482 The infallibles 2010/08/14
    In the religion of Islam nobody has the permission to disclose their sins (small or big) and unveil their secrets to anybody. The reason why is, to begin with, man’s honor and respect is so valued and significant he should only confess to his lord as a gesture of repentance ...