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  • What color should one wear? What is the ruling on wearing black?
    3426 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, ...
  • Is the repentance of a person who has committed sodomy accepted?
    1704 Practical 2011/05/08
    From the Islamic viewpoint, sodomy is a very inferior and ugly act and is one of the great sins for which heavy punishments have been determined, namely execution.[1]What various verses of the Quran tell us is that no matter how great and numerous one’s sins are, he shouldn’t lose hope ...
  • In a letter to Mu‘awiyah, Imam Ali (AS) speaks of the rule of Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman as being pleased by God. Is not this in contradiction with the Shiite perspective?
    2084 تاريخ بزرگان 2011/06/21
    In debating, sometimes one side makes an argument against the other side based on the premises that the other side accepts. The purpose of such argument is to show that the other side is wrong even based on what he/she maintains. Usually this kind of argument has a condition which ...
  • What is the philosophy behind ziarah of Imams?
    1764 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/12/01
    The inward tendency and attraction toward someone or something, along with respect and honor, is called ziarah. Since the reality of a human is his soul which is never annihilated, a za'er [pilgrim] who makes ziarah of a demised dignitary has in fact made ziarah of a living person, respected ...
  • Is it a sin to curse someone in one’s mind?
    2003 Theoretical 2012/08/06
    Sins are sometimes committed outwardly and other times they may have and inner and intellectual aspects. When a person tells a lie or backbites someone or commits such prohibitions, he is said to have committed a sin in the outside world but when he associates someone with God (commits shirk) ...
  • How old are the angels? Do the high angles die? How?
    2330 Modern 2007/11/12
    According to narrations, the angels were created after the creation of prophet Mohammad’s (s) and the imam's divine spirit. All of them, even Gabriel, Israfil, and other high angels, will die before Judgment Day. About how the angels die, possibility, they will die by breaking the relationship between their soul ...
  • Is a girl who pays for her own education considered independent and rashidah?
    1140 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/04/10
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • When Maghrib and Isha prayer become Qaza?
    7208 Fiqh 2007/01/10
    The answer given to the question by the office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei is as follow: The last time for performing Maghrib and Isha prayer is at canonical midnight. (i.e: 11 ¼ hours after, the canonical noon). The precaution states that if one hasn’t performed one’s salat before the above deadline, one ...
  • There is a hadith that says: “The believers should encounter each other with cheerful faces”, is this true about the husband and wife as well?
    1357 Practical 2011/05/08
    One of the characteristics that hadiths have mentioned about a believer, is that when encountering others, they should have cheerful faces and conceal their sorrow; this characteristic brings about inclination and friendship and warmth. It is noteworthy that this matter is different when it comes to marriage life, because the ...
  • What is the ruling regarding taking injections during Ramadhan?
    1746 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/02/09
    There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars regarding this issue. To get a more precise answer, you will have to specify your marja’. Nevertheless, we will list the opinions of different marja’s below:Ayatullahs Bahjat, Imam Khomeini and Khamenei: If an injection is nutritional or a tonic (taken for strengthening ...