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  • What are the conditions of Mut'ah (fixed –time marriage)?
    1208 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/07/23
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • Who are the infallibles (ma’sum)?
    1322 Traditional 2008/08/23
    Infallibility is a spiritual power and inner virtue that restrains one from even imagining and thinking of sinning, let alone committing sin and in Islamic terms, means for one to be protected from sin, mistake and forgetfulness.Infallibility can be divided into two general groups of: 1- Absolute infallibility 2- Proportional ...
  • Is there a hadith that reads: “When there remains only one day till the end of the world, a hand will appear in the sky”?
    1313 Traditional 2010/04/20
    Before engaging in answering your question, a few considerations need to be made:Since Islamic hadiths (both in Shia and Sunni sources) are a mixture of authentic and unauthentic ones and many hadiths have been forged, these hadiths need seriously be analyzed and ‘refined’ (you can refer to Question 3187 of ...
  • Please explain the concept of infallibility. Is it possible for anyone besides the infallible imams (as) to be infallible?
    1509 Traditional 2009/06/22
    In a theological dictionary, one the possesses infallibility would be defined as an infallible. An infallible is one who, by the grace of God, is free from all forms of mistake and error, and does not commit even the smallest of sins. However, one who is infallible isn't forced to ...
  • Why is a salawat without the end part of “آل محمد” considered an incomplete one?
    2008 Exegesis 2009/12/28
    Not only isn't adding the household of the prophet (pbuh) to the end of the salawat bid’ah, but it is in total accordance with what the Quran, hadiths, the mind and irfan tell us, the reason being:1- Bid’ah refers to when something that isn't part of religion is considered part ...
  • If a non-Muslim gives us salaams saying “Assalaamu Alaykum”, how should we respond?
    1338 Theoretical 2012/04/17
    One of the issues that has been emphasized in our religious teachings is greeting other believers with salams. There are exceptions to this teaching though, greeting non-Muslims being one of them. In jurisprudential books, greeting non-Muslims has been deemed as makruh: "When responding to the greetings of a non-Muslim, ...
  • Is it permissible to receive interest from Iranian banks?
    1194 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/09/27
    The nature of the deposits made by the clients in the banks of the Islamic Republic of Iran is such that the clients deposit their money with the bank on short or long term basis. The bank acts as an agent of the client using his savings in [business] transactions. ...
  • Does the angel of death take the life of all living things?
    1571 Traditional 2008/08/23
    Traditions imply the fact that the angel of death (Isra’il) is at the top of the list of those divine creatures who take the lives of living things and is the one to take the lives of living things.What is important to know is that the true one who takes ...
  • What is Shirk?
    2693 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 ...
  • Why should religion interfere in politics?
    1135 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/11/21
    The theory of the separation of religion from politics is a viewpoint that supports marginalizing religion from different fields of human life. According to this viewpoint, man is able to discover the true rules to culture, politics, judgment, economy, commerce, manners, social relationships, etc., and legislate them with the help ...