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  • Is there a possibility of evolution being considered true by Islam? In one of your answers about proof of God’s existence, the argument about "Order of Creation" or "Design Argument" was presented. Is there a contradiction between this argument and the theory of evolution?
    1577 Islamic Philosophy 2011/12/20
    Some believe that Darwin’s theory of Evolution which explains the evident order of creation in a special way undermines Tawhid and the fact that there is an intellectual, wise and knowledgeable creator for the order in this world.This argument cannot be accepted due to several reasons.First: The theory of Darwin ...
  • Is Wali al-Faqih infallible according to you?
    1069 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/11/08
    According to traditions and sayings of the Infallibles (a.s), infallibility is restricted to 14 people including the Prophet (s), Hazrat Zahra (s.a) and the 12 Shiite Imams. Therefore, Wali al-Faqih is not among them. However, according to the verses of the Holy Quran and traditions, it is mandatory to obey ...
  • What is the Islamic law about smoking cigarette or hookah?
    2299 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/06/21
    Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani's opinion regarding the foregoing question is as under: "Smoking tobacco (cigarettes and hookah) is absolutely haram because it is injurious to health."It should be noted that the jurisprudential argument of the verdict of Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani concerning the prohibition of smoking tobacco is based on ...
  • Considering the many verses in the Quran that praise the Sahabah, why do the Shia scold them?
    2003 Modern 2009/08/22
    Without a doubt, the verses you have mentioned and other verses have all been revealed in praise of the true followers and companions of the prophet (pbuh), nevertheless, if one focuses more on them and the verses that sometimes scold some of the Sahabah, and if one looks into the ...
  • What is the meaning of being infallible?
    1866 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 ...
  • What color should one wear? What is the ruling on wearing black?
    3336 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/03/08
    Wearing different colors is a personal matter, as Islam has allowed Muslims to choose for themselves what colors they wear. However, some guidelines have been mentioned by the Prophet and the Imams in law books pertaining to certain colors. It has been narrated from Imam Sajjad’s son that when my grandfather, ...
  • How long is a mother allowed to breastfeed her baby?
    1616 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/12
    In regards to the above question, we will make mention of the verdicts of some of the jurisprudents as under:According to a well-known view, the jurists say that the duration of breastfeeding is twenty one months.[1] However, some jurists allow breastfeeding for two years and they consider it as recommended. ...
  • What is ghulu (exaggeration) and how is it possible to avoid it?
    2742 Traditional 2012/11/17
    Ghulu (exceeding proper limits) means an increase or doing something more than what is ordained by Allah (Exalted be He). The Arabic word 'ghala' (boil) denotes the rise of water because of fire. Therefore, ghulu means exceeding proper limits by doing something more than what is legally ordained. Ghulu or ...
  • What are the secrets and philosophy of prayer in Shiism?
    1700 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/01/15
    Without doubt every divine ruling has its philosophy and reason(s), but we do not have to investigate every ruling and find its philosophy. A true Muslim must surrender before the message of revelation. This character of submission and acceptance creates perfection in the human being and essentially some rulings are ...
  • Were ancient cavemen also descendants of Prophet Adam (pbuh)?
    7320 Quranic Studies 2009/06/22
    Adopting caves as homes by the descendants of Prophet Adam (pbuh) is something the Quran confirms. Yet, since there is substantial evidence that there have also been people before him and we are sure there have been ancient people who have lived in caves, it is up to different clues, ...