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  • What is absolute existence? What is indeterminate existence?
    4937 Islamic Philosophy 2011/12/20
    Absolute existence has different meanings and usages; sometimes it means ‘unconditional’; that there is no condition limiting it, not even the condition of absoluteness (one of its conditions isn't absoluteness). Sometimes, this isn't the case, and although it is absolute, it is still limited to the condition of ...
  • Were Imām Sajjād and Imām Bāqir present in Karbalā?
    3328 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/04/16
    In the event of 'Āshūrā which took place during the month of Muḥarram in 61 AH, three noble Imāms were present. Imām Ḥusayn (as) who headed this revolution and was martyred in Karbalā. Imām Sajjād (as), [who] for reasons could not participate in the battle, and ...
  • What is the meaning of Dābat al-Ardh in Surah Naml?
    6519 Exegesis 2012/04/16
    The word Dābat pertains to a moving animal and it can be applied to both human beings, as well as other creatures. Now, the question remains as to what kind of animal has been mentioned in the Quranic verse, as well as its purpose. The Quran ...
  • How is Imam Mahdi’s food and clothing?
    3282 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 ...
  • What is the meaning of the tradition attributed to Abu Basīr which mentions seeing God before the Day of Judgment?
    3019 Theoretical 2012/04/14
    There is no way to see God for He is all encompassing and cannot be encompassed. Nonetheless, in a manifestational sense, He can be seen in every single being, as the Quran has mentioned the following in this regard: “To whichever direction you turn, there is the ...
  • What foods did the prophet like?
    6019 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/03/10
    The prophet would usually eat from anything that was halal, without restricting himself. Meat was his favorite food. Out of the different cuts of meat, he liked the foreshank the most. Out of condiments, he liked vinegar and olives. He also liked dates and honey very much, ...
  • Why is a salawat without the end part of “آل محمد” considered an incomplete one?
    5388 Exegesis 2009/12/28
    Not only isn't adding the household of the prophet (pbuh) to the end of the salawat bid’ah, but it is in total accordance with what the Quran, hadiths, the mind and irfan tell us, the reason being:1- Bid’ah refers to when something that isn't part of religion is ...
  • Can you explain how one can reach the “nafsul-amr” religion?
    2988 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    There are three ways for reaching the nafsul-amr religion:1- Revelation2- Narration3- IntellectNormal people can only reach true religion using the second and third method, while special people can also reach it via the first. ...
  • What are the arguments to prove that the wilayah (guardianship) of the Infallibles, peace be upon them?
    3416 Traditional 2012/04/16
    The wilayah of the infallibles, peace be upon them, can be proved through the four authoritative and valid sources such as the Quran, Sunnah, reason and consensus. Shia scholars have a consensus about the guardianship of the Infallibles and it is so clear and manifest ...
  • What is the Jews’ belief concerning the return (raj’ah) of Imam Mahdi (a.s.)?
    3940 Traditional 2010/11/09
    Similar to other faiths and people, the Jews definitely believe in the coming of a savior at the end of time. In the current Torah, there are many glad tidings of the coming of a universal reformer. In the Psalms of David titled “Mazamir”, among the books of the Old ...

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