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  • I am in Saudi Arabia. Here at time of Salah, I feel afraid of offering my prayers in Shia way. Can I fold my hands during prayers?
    3970 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/09/11
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him long life):If Taqiyah (dissimulation) requires you to fold your hands, you can fold them during prayers.Office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi (may Allah grant him long life):If a person ...
  • What does Islam say about suicide?
    3271 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/04/19
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  • What are Nafilah prayers and how are they to be performed?
    13737 Practical 2009/08/29
    The term Nafilah or Nawafil refers to all mustahabb prayers; in other words, mustahabb prayers, which are all prayers other than the obligatory daily prayers (seventeen rak’ahs), are all nafilahs. Many different mustahabb prayers or nafilahs have been taught and pointed to ...
  • Which animals and insects have been named in the Quran?
    39047 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 ...
  • Is it okay to smoke while fasting?
    4479 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/08/22
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  • Is chest beating for Imam Hussein an act endorsed by Islam?
    8480 Traditional 2010/09/04
    The concept of mourning for Imam Hussein is among the furu’ or branches of the Shia school of thought and there are many reasons that support it.  But regarding the way of mourning one must say that as long as it does not contradict a principle or a ...
  • Is paying khums obligatory on my wife’s dowry?
    1278 آنچه خمس بدان تعلق می گیرد 2017/01/25
    According to most of maraja’, since dowry is considered as gift or it will be used in the future, payment of khums is not obligatory on it. However, it is regarded as those things on which payment of khums is obligatory, according to some of maraja’
  • Which one of the holy Imams (AS) recited Dua Faraj?
    1604 Contextual study 2017/05/20
    The term “faraj” means remedy or improvement or relief from grief and sorrow. [1] The hadith books which include this term and also duas and deeds (a’amāl) have referred to the same meaning. We suffice to mentioning a few examples of duas which have ...
  • Was Aristotle a messenger of God?
    5026 تاريخ بزرگان 2008/07/02
    The great Greek philosopher, physicist and scientist, Aristotle, was born in 384 b.c., in Stageira, north of Greece. His father, Nicomachus, was the personal physician to the King of Macedon. At the age of 17, Aristotle left Greece for Athens in order to continue his ...
  • If there are brown spots on one’s skin, can that individual eliminate them through laser surgery with the permission of his/her spouse?
    2979 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/11/21
    The following are the opinions of some of the Maraj’i in regard to undergoing surgery to remove brown spots from the skin through laser technology:Grand Ayatollah Khamene’i (May Allah prolong his life):It is permissible if it does not involve haram looking or touching and does not cause ...