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  • Why aren’t the imams able to protect their shrines from terrorist attacks?
    4603 Traditional
    In addition to Wilayah Tashri’i (legislative authority of making things haram or halal), Allah (swt) has given the Prophet (pbuh) and imams (as) Wilayah Takwini (the authority and power of making changes in our material world eg. splitting the moon). They have the ability to make any changes ...
  • Do all the clerics say that smoking is forbidden?
    5113 Laws and Jurisprudence
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  • What is Shirk?
    27290 Traditional
    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 creatures are haram?
    10614 Laws and Jurisprudence
    In general, haram meat creatures are divided into several categories:1. All sea creatures which do not have scales.2. Among land creatures, dogs, pigs, predatory creatures which have sharp teeth and claws and talons, like lions, foxes, rabbits, wolves, elephants, etc. are haram. But all types of ...
  • In Shi’a narrations have some Muslim individuals been called Fir’aun (Pharaoh) or Hamaan?
    2631 Hadith
    Considering some of the similarities that exist between individuals, sometimes one person’s name may be used figuratively for someone else. This custom is prevalent in all languages and may be a reference to a positive or negative aspect. This is also not limited to human beings.
  • If the imams are essentially infallible, can we follow them as role models?
    2363 عصمت
    This question emanates from incorrect notion about the concept of infallibility that considers it something mandatory and gifted by God without a cause or reason. Obviously, if we are to consider infallibility as something forced, then we would consider the infallibles as people lacking free will and ...
  • What are the methods for distinguishing between the authentic ḥadīths and the unauthentic ones?
    4719 Contextual study
    Unfortunately, the phenomenon of forging and altering (dass) the text of the ḥadīths by the hypocrites and enemies started from the early periods of Islamic history. They always intended to attack Islam in this dangerous way. However, the Prophet (PBUH) and the Imams (AS) -- and following ...
  • What are the sources for derivation and issuance of legal verdicts?
    1474 بیشتر بدانیم
    Ijtihad literally means "to endeavor, strive, put oneself out, work hard." In Islamic legal terminology it is defined as the total expenditure of effort by a mujtahid, in order to infer, with a high degree of probability, the rules of Shari’ah from the detailed evidence that is ...
  • Is Khums payable on money which has been deposited free of interest only to be used in future for buying a house?
    4396 خمس پس انداز
    Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei, may Allah grant him long life, says in response to the following question: There is a person who does not have a house of his own to live in. He has saved some money to buy a house or to buy his ...
  • What is the Mi'raj? Have other prophets other than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ever had such an experience?
    6511 Traditional
    In Arabic, mi’raj means anything that helps one ascend and go up. In hadith and tafsir terms though, this term refers to the materialistic journey of the prophet (pbuh) from Mecca to Jerusalem, and from there, to the skies and back home again. What can be deduced from ...