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  • Do we have to recite surah Fatihah in prayer?
    2191 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/08/01
    In the first and second rak’ahs of the daily prayers, one must recite surah Fatihah and another entire surah after it; there is no difference between men and women in this ruling.[1] (Of course, this is when one is praying by himself, but ...
  • How can supernatural acts be explained and proven?
    5304 Quranic Studies 2012/04/21
    “Miracles” in Islamic theological terms are acts that surpass normal limits that challenge others to do the same and are in accordance with the claims of the person performing them. What is meant by surpassing normal limits is that it seems contrary to the laws of nature.
  • Why did Ali (a.s.) not lead even a single prayer when the Prophet (pbuh) was ill?
    3448 Traditional 2011/04/09
    Firstly, we have no reliable evidence to prove that Abu Bakr led the prayers after the incident of Ghadir Khum and during the Holy Prophet's illness.Secondly, the qualities and specifications which qualify a person for Imamate (leadership) are: knowledge, infallibility or inerrancy and immunity to sins in ...
  • Can you introduce some books on marriage in Islam?
    3501 Theoretical 2010/01/21
    Dear sister, there are many books on this subject but unfortunately, only a few have been translated to English. There is one book that we recommend that has been translated as well with the title of “نظام خانواده در اسلام” (The Islamic Family Structure) by Hosein Ansarian. This ...
  • Is it permissible to name a village mosque and the only mosque in a village as central mosque?
    1064 احکام مساجد و مکانهای مقدس 2015/05/03
    There is no problem in doing so. In case the mosque does not belong to a particular group of people or ethnicity, it would be considered as the central mosque. Index: Some grand religious authorities have responded to this question.[i] Grand Ayatollah Khamenei ...
  • In Shi’a narrations have some Muslim individuals been called Fir’aun (Pharaoh) or Hamaan?
    1937 Hadith 2014/09/23
    Considering some of the similarities that exist between individuals, sometimes one person’s name may be used figuratively for someone else. This custom is prevalent in all languages and may be a reference to a positive or negative aspect. This is also not limited to human beings.
  • Which of the prophets are still alive?
    4532 Miscellaneous questions 2015/06/09
    Dear User, Allamah Tabatabai (RA) interpreting the verse 65 of Surah al-Kahf (Then they found one from among Our servants whom We had granted mercy from Us and whom We had taught knowledge from Ourselves[1]) appertained to Prophet Moses (AS) and Prophet Khidr (AS) quotes narrations ...
  • Does God, the Exalted, forgive an adulterer?
    2908 Practical 2012/09/25
    Dear User, God, the Compassionate and the Merciful, has promised to forgive all the sins of the penitent, even the sin of associating with Him a partner.[1] It is necessary to note that repentance from adultery or fornication is not ...
  • Has divorce ever taken place in the life of the prophet and imams?
    3520 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/09/06
    This issue can be looked at and analyzed from different perspectives, but in short, what can be said about it is as following:Firstly: Although marriage has been encouraged in Islamic sources, and divorce has been looked as the most hated halal act in Allah's (swt) eyes, but in ...
  • According to a Sunni scholar, this verse "O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Apostle and…" proves the invalidity of the belief in Imams. What is your opinion in this regard?
    4787 Quran 2012/10/21
    The verse in question is comprised of two parts. In the first part the infallibility of those in authority can be inferred from the absoluteness of the verse about obeying God, the Prophet (s) and those who are in authority. The command is unrestricted and unconditional. Since ...

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  • Why are shrimps halal and crabs haram? What makes one of them halal and the other halal despite the fact that both of them are from the same category?
    67443 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/03/18
    Although all Islamic laws are a result of the benefits or disadvantages and harms that back them, and there is a particular reason behind each and every one of them, discovering the exact reason in detail for every one of them is extremely difficult. The most we ...
  • What is the definition of "Muslim" according to the Quran?
    61356 Exegesis 2010/04/06
    According to the Quran a Muslim is one who has absolutely surrendered to Allah and his commands and believes in pure Tawhid (the oneness of God) that isn't tainted with any Shirk and this is why the Almighty has introduced Prophet Abraham as a true ...
  • Why hasn’t Imam Ali (a.s.) been mentioned in the Holy Quran?
    59806 Exegesis 2008/05/11
    One should be aware that although the imam’s names, )especially Imam Ali’s(, haven’t been mentioned in the Quran, nevertheless, their names, )especially Imam Ali’s(, can be found in the Prophet’s sayings. One very good example is the hadith of Ghadir which is considered the official announcement of the appointment of ...
  • Is lobster, clam, oyster and octopus halal?
    58163 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/18
    Eating lobster, clam, oyster and octopus is haram. According to religious resources regarding halal and haram meat, there are general rulings and numerous standards; for instance, a set of rulings has been given for land animals, sea creatures, birds and so on.The condition for halal meat sea ...
  • What is meant by Sidratul-Muntaha that the Quran has mentioned?
    46161 Exegesis 2010/04/07
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • How do you prove that Imam Ali (as) was imam and khalifa after the Prophet (pbuh)?
    36549 Traditional 2008/07/21
    There is no doubt that in order for Islam to survive, it needs a keeper and guardian and individuals to deliver and express the teachings and guidelines of religion for the people, and carry them out. Since one of the reasons of creation is the ...
  • Why do we the Shia pray at three times while the Quran tells us to pray at five times?
    32235 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/08/14
    The reason the Shia perform their prayers in three times is the Quranic verses and traditions on the matter. Although the Quran has mentioned that prayer is wajib several times and hasn’t gone into the details, it has spoken of its times: “Maintain the prayer from the sun's ...
  • Which animals and insects have been named in the Quran?
    30668 Exegesis 2009/12/16
    Approximately 35 animals have been named in the Quran; the birds and insects of which are:Salwa (سلوی)=The quail (Baqarah:57), Ba’uth (بعوض)=Mosquito (Baqarah:26), Dhubab (ذباب)=Fly (Hajj:73), Nahl (نحل)=Honeybee (Nahl:68), Ankabut (عنکبوت)=Spider (Ankabut:41), Jarad (جراد)=Grasshopper (A’raf:133), HudHud (هدهد)=Hoopoe (Naml:20), Ghurab (غراب)=Crow (Ma’idah:31), Ababil (ابابیل)= probably ‘Swallow’ (Fil:3), Naml (نمل)=Ant ...
  • What are the rewards and benefits of wearing rings with valuable stones on them?
    30223 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/08/20
    Wearing a ring of aghigh, firoozah, yaqut and…is permissible for men and according to hadiths, wearing them has thawab and rewards, and wearing them in prayer causes one’s prayers to be of higher virtue and of more rewards, given that the ring isn’t made of gold (for men ...
  • What is the Maqam Ibrahim? What is its purpose?
    28672 Traditional 2010/02/14
    One of the clear signs in Makkah (as a verse in the Quran tells us) is the Maqam Ibrahim where Prophet Ibrahim stood.Regarding the meaning and interpretation of “Maqam Ibrahim”, some believe that it is equal to all of Hajj. Others ...

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