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  • What does Islam mean?
    3320 Traditional 2009/04/29
    Islam literally means to submit and surrender to another's will and in the Quran, it to one who is in total submission to Allah (swt) and is free from any form of shirk and polytheism. It is on these premises that the Quran refers to Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) ...
  • What is the “sharaban tahuran” mentioned in the Qur`an (sometimes translated as “pure wine”)?
    17258 Traditional 2011/08/15
    “Sharab” means something which can be drunk and “tahur” means that which is in itself pure and uncontaminated and also makes other things pure. We can gather from various verses that in heaven there are various kinds of drinks that are pure and refreshing. ...
  • Please provide a hadith on the najasah of the dog and pig.
    5375 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/17
    Regarding the najasah of the dog and pig, the hadiths that have reached us can be divided into two categories; ones that contain the term ‘najis’ in them and others that don’t have the exact term but nonetheless necessitate their najasah. In these hadiths, the najasah of the ...
  • Is it permissible to enter into a sisterhood/brotherhood contract with a male cousin and shake hands and speak with him?
    3266 برخی احکام 2012/06/28
    According to Islamic Shari’ah, it is not permissible for a girl and a boy to have any kind of relationship with each other before marriage regardless of whether the relationship is direct or indirect (e.g. speaking), if it is with the intention of seeking pleasure or when ...
  • What is the Islamic law about chocolates or other products containing alcohol or gelatin?
    4475 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/07
    We forwarded the above question to the offices of some of the grand jurists and the answers which we have received are as under: Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life): Generally speaking, the alcohol which ...
  • What is teyyul-ard?
    2852 Theoretical 2010/07/20
    There are different views on the true essence of teyyul-ard. One would be the theory of “اعدام و ایجاد” or “Existentiation and Elimination” of the renowned mystic, Ibn Arabi. According to this theory, the person eliminates his existence in one place and existentiates it in ...
  • What is the meaning of self-consciousness according to the Holy Quran?
    4530 انسان شناسی 2015/04/18
    According to the Quran, self-consciousness means realization of one's own self through nourishing or nurturing and reviving one's own inner and inborn talents and potentialities followed by a profound understanding of the realities of the universe and divine attributes. Self-consciousness has various degrees and it is of ...
  • What is the interpretation and reward of reciting chapter al-Fil of the Holy Quran?
    2934 Exegesis 2014/08/23
    The Prophet of Islam (S) and Muslims in Mecca were an absolute minority and pagans would pressurize them because of their beliefs. In many verses of the Holy Quran, God Almighty has supported the Holy Prophet (S) and Muslims and has warned pagans for their actions. The ...
  • What is the ruling on a Shia man marrying a Sunni woman and are the children considered Sunni or Shia?
    2956 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/04/06
    The Grand Ayatullahs say:It is okay for a Shia man to marry a Sunni woman, but if he fears to be misguided by her, it isn't permissible.[1]As for where to contract the marriage, it doesn’t make a difference, although some might do it in a holy ...
  • Why aren’t the Imams’ names clearly mentioned in the Quran?
    5355 Traditional 2011/06/21
    We must pay attention that even though the Imams’ names are not mentioned in the Quran, but they have been clearly mentioned in the words of the Prophet, especially Imam Ali. The most prominent example of this would be the hadith of Ghadir that is deemed as the ...