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  • What is the precise meaning of mockery? Do caricatures qualify as ridicule as well?
    5563 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 ...
  • Before the Islamic Revolution who was the Wali Faqih?
    3807 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/09/06
    The concept of Welayat al Faqih (Authority and Governance of the Jurist) is a long known, well-established and original one in Shiite ideology. With the start of the major occultation in the year 326 hijri great scholars, i.e. Sheikh Saduq (381 H.), Sheikh Mofid (413 ...
  • Is it true that when the Dajjal appears, all his followers are lovers of Uthman?
    3930 Traditional 2009/07/19
    After analyzing Shia and Sunni sources, one comes to the conclusion that such a hadith with the following wordage: “إن خرج الدجال تبعه من کان یحب عثمان” has only been narrated by Zayd ibn Wahab in the rijali book Mizanul-I’tidal. Although this narrator is considered a ...
  • I wish to know what the seven paradises are. Can you explain them for me?
    28045 Traditional 2012/04/07
    Dar al-Salam (Abode of Peace), Dar al-Jalal (Abode of Glory), Jannatul Mava (Garden of Refuge), Jannatul Khuld (Garden of Eternity), Jannatul Adan (Garden of Eden), Jannatul Firdous (Garden of Paradise) and Jannatul Naeem (Garden of Bliss) (or Delight) are names for the seven paradises which have been ...
  • What is the meaning of the government of Islamic Republic?
    2927 Philosophy 2006/07/15
    The word "government" means order and command.In the present terminology, it consists of the aggregate of the organized members and the ruling group that control the affairs of society.It consists of three powers, viz, legislative, executive and judiciary.As regard the word "jomhoori" (republic), it was first adopted ...
  • What is Shirk?
    26349 Traditional 2007/01/21
    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 ...
  • Who are the people of Gog and Magog? Where did they end up? What were the actions taken by Dhul-Qarnayn against them?
    7471 یأجوج و مأجوج 2012/12/16
    It is inferred from the Quranic verses, the information provided by Torah and historical evidence that these people lived in north Asia. They were known for their atrocious and barbaric attacks creating catastrophe by ruthlessly killing people in the south and west. However, Dhul-Qarnayn built the wall ...
  • What is the starting point for purifying the soul?
    4158 Practical 2009/09/23
    Purification means to clean your soul of impurity. The Quran has mentioned purifying the soul in various verses but one should know that the basis and starting point of purification varies from person to person.  For a person that is not Muslim, the first essential step will be ...
  • 1-How is it possible for fruit and food to come to Lady Maryam from heaven? 2- Is it possible for residents of heaven to return to this world?
    5028 Exegesis 2010/02/09
    Considering the clues and evidence in Quranic verses and hadiths, Lady Marayam’s food would come straight from Allah (swt) and heaven without the mediation of any material thing or person from this world. What Islamic teachings tell us is that those in heaven will remain ...
  • Who is Dhul-Qarnayn?
    10777 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/07/19
    The name “Dhul-Qarnayn” has been mentioned in surah Kahf.As for who exactly Dhul-Qarnayn was in history, there are differences of opinion amongst historians and commentators of the Quran.Yet, taking into consideration the attributes of Dhul-Qarnayn that the Quran has mentioned, one can ...

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