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  • Is it permissible for a person to pay his Khums dues to a marja (jurist) other than the marja whom he follows?
    3539 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/10/29
    As you know, according to the verdicts of some of the grand jurists, payment of khums to a marja other the marja whom the payer is a Muqallid of should be in accordance with certain rules and criteria as shall be mentioned below: If a ...
  • Why do they call Prophet Isa “The Spirit of God”?
    16035 Traditional 2011/12/20
    Although certain characteristics are shared by different individuals or things and can be found in numerous places, but sometimes for certain reasons, a certain thing or person is identified with that characteristic, despite it not belonging exclusively to it. For ...
  • Which animals and insects have been named in the Quran?
    36073 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 ...
  • Why does Allah hate divorce so much?
    7613 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/02/15
    Considering the antithesis between divorce and marriage, in order to learn of the reason why Allah hates divorce so much, we must first see why marriage bears so much significance in His eyes.[1]In the Quran, the creation of people in pairs has ...
  • Do the Shia believe that Lady Fatimah was higher than many other men?
    3193 Traditional 2010/01/21
    The answers to your first and second have already been given in Questions 458 (website: 492) and 455 (website: 489) respectively, please refer there.As for the answer to your third question:Although the prophets and imams, for reasons mentioned where needed, have been chosen from amongst other ...
  • What will Prophet Isa’s (pbuh) role be during the return of Imam Mahdi (aj)?
    4774 Traditional 2009/09/23
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • What is the ruling on not knowing how many days one has to make up for his fasts?
    3626 قضای روزه و کفارات 2012/10/20
    1- If one is not sure whether or not he has missed prayers, he does not have to make up for any.[1] However, if he is sure that he has missed prayers, but he is not sure how many he has (and cannot guess either), ...
  • Why do the Shia consider temporary marriage (sighah/mut’ah) permissible?
    7917 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/07/02
    First of all, we must say that this issue is a fiqhi one, calling for fiqh experts to analyze it in the right place. Here we will mention some points regarding the issue and leave the rest to the detailed answer that is to come.1) Temporary marriage ...
  • What are the different stages and levels of religion?
    3715 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    The main stages of religion are as follows:1- The “nafsul-amr” religion: What exists in the knowledge of Allah (swt) regarding the guidance of man to his eternal prosperity and salvation, is the “nafsul-amr” religion. In other words, the nafsul-amr religion is the way of life for man from ...
  • Who are the Ahlul-Bayt?
    24725 Traditional 2007/05/24
    The Prophet of Islam’s (s) Ahlul-Bayt are the same as the people of the cloak: Prophet Muhammad (s), ‘Alī, Fātimah, Hassan, and Hussayn (a). The proof for this is numerous traditions narrated by Shia and Sunni scholars. These traditions are found in more than seventy famous Sunni and Shia sources.

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