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  • What is the starting point for purifying the soul?
    3786 Practical 2009/09/23
    Purification means to clean your soul of impurity. The Quran has mentioned purifying the soul in various verses but one should know that the basis and starting point of purification varies from person to person.  For a person that is not Muslim, the first essential step will be ...
  • 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.
  • What is the significance of words in divine revelation?
    2800 Exegesis 2011/10/08
    Everything has four modes of existence: verbal existence, written existence, mental existence and external existence. Revelation also has these four modes of existence: For example, when we speak of the external existence of the Quran we say that this Quran was received with these same words by the Prophet through ...
  • How is it possible to see the messenger of Allah (s) in one’s dreams?
    3666 Practical 2007/05/01
    Supplications and actions have been mentioned in Mifātīh al-Jinān for seeing divine people in one’s dreams, but it must be noted that these actions are not sufficient in and of themselves for seeing the desired person. What is meant is that it is not ...
  • How is possible to ward off bad thoughts and improve my relationship with God?
    4547 Practical 2011/08/10
    The relationship is always mutual. Our relationship with God is sometimes severed and cut off or tend to become weak; but He is always and everywhere with us. God, the Exalted say, "And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ...
  • Is it possible to perform good deeds on behalf of our live parents?
    2843 Practical 2008/07/28
    Every person can do good deeds on behalf of others especially one’s parents. In such a case, not only will the reward of that deed go to the one that has been gifted the good deed, but the person doing the good ...
  • Is it permissible to sell impure things like pork to non-Muslims?
    2614 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/11/27
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi (may Allah grant him long life): If you are certain that they contain pork ingredients, buying and selling of them are a matter of objection. Office of Grand Ayatollah Saafi Gulpaigani (may Allah ...
  • Have a group of jinns transformed into stone?
    4685 Traditional 2009/11/24
    From the Quran's perspective, jinns are material beings. According to what is popular among Islamic scholars, jinns have a delicate and transparent body and are mainly composed of air and fire and are quick just like the two, thus they are capable to appear in any form they ...
  • Which is the verse that says that our knowledge is just a small drop in an ocean?
    7916 Exegesis 2013/07/15
    The point in the question has been mentioned by a number of the verses of the Quran. In some of its verses, the Quran says that if all the oceans were ink, God's knowledge would not be exhausted and the oceans would run dry. God says, ...
  • What is the Raj’ah? Which people are subject to it and when will it take place?
    4206 Traditional 2009/08/17
    Raj’ah is a Shia Imamiyyah doctrine, which refers to the return of some of the dead to this world before the Day of Judgment and a little after the rise and emergence of Imam Mahdi (as) and before his martyrdom.The Raj’ah isn't something general that takes place for ...

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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?
    61355 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?
    46160 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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