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  • What is the position of Islam on democracy?
    4256 System 2010/03/13
    Democracy is a method of organizing society and respecting the majority vote while maintaining individual and civil rights.Although the majority is not necessarily always right[i], the majority can be determining[ii] and can accomplish ...
  • What is the Islamic law about the Christians, Jews and non-Muslims? Are they ritually pure or impure?
    2356 کافر 2014/08/04
    Almost all Shiite faqihs agree on the nijasah of the kuffar (non-believers), but the impurity of Ahlul Kitab (People of the Book) is an issue of dispute amongst them. You are, however, advised to turn to and act according to the verdict of the Mujtahid whom you ...
  • Why did Imam Ali depose Qays bin Sa'ad as the governor of Egypt?
    3127 رفتار امام علی ع 2014/06/23
    Qays bin Sa'ad bin Ibadah, head of Khazraj clan, was one of the renowned companions. He was a clever man, a skilled manager and one of the close friends of Imam Ali (A.S) fighting alongside him in many battles. Qays remained faithful to Imam Hasan after the ...
  • Does spending the expenses of Hajj and Umrah on charity, have the reward of Hajj and Umrah?
    5226 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/12/17
    Hajj to the ‘House of God’ is obligatory to people who have the means once in their lifetimes. Not doing this obligatory action (wajib) has no excuse, just like other obligatory actions. Now in relation to the whole of recommended actions (mustahabaat), such as a mustahab Hajj or ...
  • What are the Wahabi beliefs and their criticisms against Shia?
    9691 Traditional 2011/09/11
    Wahabis are the followers of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab who was the follower of the school of Ibn Taymiyah. His student, Ibn Qayyim, established and introduced new beliefs in the Arabian Peninsula. Wahabism is one of the newly-invented Islamic sects with followers in Saudi Arabia and some other countries ...
  • Considering verse 70 of Surah al-Isra, is mankind superior to all other beings or to only some of them?
    3576 Exegesis 2015/09/14
    God, the Exalted, says in the Quran regarding the status of mankind in the universe that He granted the offspring of Adam dignity and made them excel other creatures. As for whether or not man is superior to other creatures, a lot of discussions have taken place ...
  • Is stem-cell research haram?
    3749 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/11/25
    Since we are looking for the fiqhi ruling on this issue, we asked the question from the offices of the grand Ayatullahs (may Allah protect them) and also from Ayatullah Hadavi Tehrani, the following are the responses we received:The office of ...
  • Is lobster, clam, oyster and octopus halal?
    65483 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/18
    Eating lobster, clam, oyster and octopus is haram. According to religious resources regarding halal and haram meat, there are general rulings and numerous standards; for instance, a set of rulings has been given for land animals, sea creatures, birds and so on.The condition for halal meat sea ...
  • Will there be a new creation after the end of this world?
    6390 Traditional 2010/02/09
    Since Allah (swt) is the All-Emanating and All-Graceful, and His grace is never-ending, grace calls for Him to continuously create, and He creates everything that deserves to be created. His grace manifests through creating, therefore it is correct to say that His grace necessitates creation.Allah (swt) can ...
  • Exactly how much time has passed from the immediate and gradual revelation of the Holy Quran?
    6022 Quranic Studies 2010/05/20
    The immediate revelation of the Holy Quran upon the blessed heart of the Holy Prophet (s) happened on the Night of Qadr (one of the nights of the Holy Month of Ramadhan). By referring to some of the traditions and their context, the possibility becomes ...

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