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  • Do we have to recite surah Fatihah in prayer?
    2425 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 ...
  • Is there a correspondence between different acts of worship and the rewards Allah has promised for them?
    3101 Traditional 2010/12/21
    Promising such rewards does not contradict Allah's justice and doesn’t negate the correspondence between acts and rewards; because if justice means to place everything in its appropriate position, which means that there should be a correspondence between acts and rewards, regarding the examples mentioned, there ...
  • How is it possible to tell the difference between taqiyah on the one hand and telling the truth, hypocrisy and enjoining good and forbidding evil on the other?
    2525 تقیه 2015/04/18
    Taqiyah (dissimulation or quietism) is a strategy for emergency situations and it is meant to protect human forces and not to endanger momeneen [believers] in petty and trivial matters. The principle of taqiyah is a part of the religion of Islam; it is rational and initiated by ...
  • Where and when did Maryam and Asiya die and where is their burial location?
    21189 تاريخ بزرگان 2011/09/20
    When Pharaoh learned that Asiyah, his wife, had embraced Moses' religion, he told her persistently to give up his religion and abandon his God but she never surrendered herself to Pharaoh's demand. Finally, Pharaoh ordered his men to tie her up under the scorching sun and put a ...
  • What is Shirk?
    26463 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 ...
  • Why is polygamy permissible for men in Islam, yet impermissible for women?
    4618 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2008/09/18
    Before Islam, polygamy was considered normal and lacked any rules or limitations. As one of man’s essential needs, Islam has limited it, giving it specific conditions and terms. Islamic laws are all based on true needs and the benefit of society as a whole. The following needs are ...
  • What is Islam’s ruling on listening to music?
    6334 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/11/21
    Music is essentially sound, and watching it (without listening) has no ruling; the only ruling there is, has to do with producing and the sale of instruments, teaching and learning, playing, and listening to it. Most scholars consider listening to and producing lahwi music to be haram and ...
  • What causes jello to become haram or halal?
    9509 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/02/14
    There exists different types of jello; some are deemed halal, others haram. The criterion which classifies jello as being either halal or haram to consume, is that of its initial ingredients. Assuming the latter are all ‘herbal’, all jello types – domestic/foreign – are halal and permissible to consume. However, ...
  • When put in the grave what can we do to better our surroundings?
    3369 Traditional 2010/08/14
    The feelings a person might experience when lying in his grave is completely contingent upon the environment he has arranged and prepared with his deeds and acts in this world, thus this feeling may differ from person to person.
  • Is it permissible to trade wild animals to be used for a zoo or for other entertainments?
    2601 نگهداری و شکار حیوانات 2012/05/02
    Such matters have something to do with the law of the country or place where you are living. If there is no legal restriction in this regard and there is also a rational benefit in trading wild animals, there would be no problem. Appendices: ...