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  • What does it mean to choose one’s death from the perspective of the Holy Quran and traditions?
    7465 Practical 2010/05/27
    It is possible to say that the original source of the term ‘death by choice’ or ‘voluntary death’, which is used in Islamic Irfan (gnosis), first came up in this tradition from the Holy Prophet (s) where he said: "موتوا قبل ان تموتوا"[i], ...
  • What is the limit of freedom in Islam and Shi’ism?
    3718 Traditional 2010/10/13
    Depending on the contexts, freedom has different meanings and the limits of freedom are different with the difference of its meanings:1- Freedom in the sense of existential independence, something exclusive to an absolute being and to God, the Exalted who ...
  • How is Imam Mahdi’s food and clothing?
    3281 Traditional 2010/11/22
    The imam (aj) lives a normal life just like everyone else. What can be concluded from hadiths about his food and clothing, is that they are at a minimum.Nu’mani, in his book of Gheybah, narrates a hadith from Imam Sadiq (as) and Imam Ridha (as) about Imam Mahdi ...
  • Do the believers receive any rewards or divine bounty in the grave and do the disbelievers receive punishment therein?
    4078 Traditional 2011/05/18
    In his book Awael al-Maqalat, Shaykh Mufid sorts out human individuals based on their beliefs and deeds into four groups:1. Pious believers;2. Disbelieving, stubborn and grudging sinners;3. ...
  • Were the heavens and the earth created in six days or eight days?
    3995 Quranic Studies 2011/05/14
    God, the Glorified, has used the word 'qaddara' (measure) for sustenance and the term 'khalaqa' (created) for the heavens and the earth. That is, within these four days, sustenance needed for life on earth was measured, not created. With this explanation the confusion concerning the creation of ...
  • Why does the Quran say that you can beat your wives?
    3465 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/11/09
    Perhaps one may think about the third tactic or remedy at the first glance (after admonition and banishing wives to bed apart) that Islam wants men to be free to exercise power and force on women in any manner they want and that they are allowed to ...
  • Can a woman recite Quran in front of non-mahrams?
    5209 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/15
    The Grand Ayatullah Khameneni (may Allah prolong his life):If it gets their attention and arouses them or causes any other corruption then it will be impermissible, or else, it is permissible.The Grand Ayatullah Sistani (may Allah prolong his life):If she knows that a non-mahram man hears her voice ...
  • How is the existence of good and bad compatible with monotheism?
    3061 Traditional 2012/03/07
    1 – This world has been created in a manner where no being is independent from the other. If we observe the world around us carefully, we would discover the beings within it connected, much like the individuals links of a chain. Together, they create a ...
  • If someone becomes Junub while asleep, what kind of Ghusl should they make?
    3653 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/01/07
    In both instances, one is required to execute the janabah ghusl. Note that such a ghusl is obligatory whenever semen is ejaculated (as well as in other situations) – be it during sleep or whilst awake (as in the case of masturbation). Moreover, ghusls of a non-janabah genre – such ...
  • What are the conditions that guarantee the fulfilment of a prayer?
    5002 Practical 2011/08/15
    The word du’a (supplication) literally means “to call”, “to request a favour”, “to seek help” and in some cases it is used to denote the general meaning of calling. But in its [popular and] technical sense, it refers to the act of making a request from Allah (awj). ...