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  • I believe in God and pray to Him, but sometimes I don’t know how to picture him.
    2486 Traditional 2012/02/15
    Essentially, picturing God and moving towards embodying and picturing God is wrong, because God isn't physical and cannot be pictured or imagined. God is a reality and at the same time, in all realities. He is One, but not like any other thing. He is present everywhere, and ...
  • What is the Sunni viewpoint regarding the Mus’haf of Imam Ali (as)?
    7166 Contextual study 2010/04/06
    What is meant by the Mus’haf of Imam Ali (as) is the Quran in which he compiled after the passing of the prophet (pbuh). In this Quran things like the exact order of the verses and surahs according to the time of their revelation have ...
  • Does divine infinity mean that He is ambiguous?
    2713 Philosophy of Gnosis 2012/02/08
    Divine infinity does not signify mathematical and numerical infinity; rather it means absoluteness and possession of all attributes of perfection. Knowing the One God, as the most perfect being with the most perfect attributes and devoid of any imperfection and deficiency and understanding His relationship with the world which is ...
  • How do plants and inanimate objects glorify God, the Exalted?
    13858 بندگی و تسبیح 2012/10/15
    Man's knowledge about creatures of the world is truly restricted and unmentionable. How Dif y restricted and unmentionable. nanimate objects testiory? different creatures glorify God is still unknown to humans. In several Quranic verses and in traditions it has been stated that all parts ...
  • What is the principle of no domination over Muslims?
    638 مبانی فقهی و اصولی 2017/01/24
    The concept of the principle of no domination over Muslims [nafy sabil] is that God, the Glorified, has legislated such rule in the Islamic Shari’ah that prevents non-Muslims from getting hegemony and control over Muslims’ fate and affairs. There is no rule in Islam to allow them ...
  • What was Imam Sadiq (AS)'s argument about God's existence in his debate with Abu Shaker Daysani?
    5334 امام صادق ع 2014/12/10
    During the lifetime of Imam Ja'far Sadiq (AS), theological debates and discussions invovling the Imam himself were carried out quite often. One of the most serious topics around which discussions and debates took place was the existence of God. Due, mainly, to the free atmosphere prevailing in ...
  • Is there any problem in sweeping and cleaning one”s house at night?
    18145 Hadith 2015/06/07
    1. Having conducted a research into Hadith (scriptural) sources, we found out that the narrations about cleaning, dusting and sweeping a house are absolute and unrestricted in the sense that they include both day and night. There is nothing to indicate that dusting and cleaning are forbidden ...
  • What is the precise meaning of mockery? Do caricatures qualify as ridicule as well?
    5329 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/01/15
    Most philologists and interpreters of the Holy Quran consider istihza (ridicule) and tamaskhur (mock) to have the same meaning. The meaning of this term is to humiliate someone and bring their dignity and degree down, or to demean the value of foundational humanitarian and ...
  • Is it true that Imam Shafi\'i, the Sunni Imam of the Shafi\'i sect, used to like Ahlul-Bayt (as) and in fact recited poems saying that he himself was a “Rafedhi”?
    13537 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/10/20
    Abu ʿAbdullah Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i is the leader of the Shafi’i school of fiqh (jurisprudence). He was born in Gaza, Palestine and died in Egypt. He was active in juridical matters and his teaching eventually led to the Shafi’i school of fiqh (or Madh’hab) named after ...
  • What does Fana mean in Irfan (Mysticism)?
    4748 Theoretical 2011/04/20
    Fana’ is an Arabic word and literally means non existence and being annihilated. In the words of the Urafa’, it means for a servant to utterly abide in Allah in a way that the humanistic aspect of the servant fades away in the ...

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