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  • Are there hadiths that say when Imam Zaman’s (aj) name is heard, one should stand and put his hand on his head?
    4862 Traditional 2009/07/19
    The reason for why the Shia do such, can be the following two hadiths:1- In the famous hadith of Di’bil Khoza’i, the poet of the Ahlul-Bayt, it has been mentioned that when he was reciting his famous poem for Imam Ridha (as) and he reached the part that ...
  • Is it problematic to work in a place where alcoholic beverages are sold?
    3634 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/09/09
    Since you were looking for the fiqhi ruling on this issue, we saw it necessary to ask your question from the offices of the grand maraje’; this is what we received in response from them:The Office of the Grand Ayatullah Sistani:
  • What is religion?
    5614 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    Many different viewpoints and details have been presented regarding the explanation of religion by Westerners. In the holy Quran, the word “din” (religion) has been used for two meanings: 1- Any type of belief in an unseen power, regardless of whether such a belief is right or not: ...
  • What is meant by the prostration of the herb and tree in the verse: “و النجم و الشجر یسجدان”?
    7062 2012/04/17
    Najm (النجم) means 'star' or a plant that doesn't have a stem. In the verse, considering that shajar or 'tree' has been mentioned before najm, it can be concluded that what is meant by najm is 'herb' and not 'star'. Essentially ...
  • Can something emerge from nothing?
    3121 پاسخ به شبهات 2012/12/15
    Based on philosophical and mystical principles, creating something out of nothing means that the universe and the entire divine attributes are, in the level of divine essence, vanished in God’s essence with no name, accident or distinction or any quality existing. The level of God’s essence, before ...
  • Is it correct to recite salawat when hearing Surah Yasin, and is there a reason for it?
    5747 Exegesis 2011/04/20
    Reciting salawat when mentioning or referring to the Prophet (sa) has been recommended in the ahadith. A hadith reveals that the Prophet has ten names, five of which have been mentioned in the Quran. One of those names is Yasin and accordingly the Ahlul-Bayt (as) would be Aal-Yasin ...
  • When are nafilahs to be performed?
    4248 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/08/16
    Performing nafilahs prepares one for performing the wajib prayers and brings a tendency and desire for performing Islamic obligatory acts and wajib prayers.The most important outcome of praying nafilahs is what the famous hadith of Qubul-Nawafil discloses to ...
  • What is Chelleh Neshini (worshipping for a forty day period)? What is the viewpoint of the Shia on this practice?
    3692 Practical 2011/09/22
    The meaning behind Chelleh Neshini  (worshipping for a forty day period) in the field of spiritual wayfaring is for one to be cautious in regards to one’s self for a period of forty days. Through these means, the self becomes capable of receiving divine wisdom. Many of the ...
  • What happened to Imam Hussein's horse in Karbala?
    5502 تاريخ بزرگان 2010/02/20
    The writers of books on what happened on Ashura (these books are referred to as ‘maqatil’) have not mentioned much about what happened to Dhuljanah. What is mentioned is that he made his mane bloody with the blood of the Imam and returned to the tents neighing very ...
  • Can a soul or Jinn bother a human being?
    8046 Traditional 2009/11/24
    We know very little about Jinns, but hadiths say that Jinns are responsible for their acts and have different beliefs, some are obedient towards Allah while others are not, the same as humans. Although Jinns are not clever, they do possess the power ...

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