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  • Is the following hadith correct: This verse was added to Surah Inshirah: “And we made Ali (a.s.) your son-in-law.”?
    5997 Exegesis
    No hadith with such meaning was found, although there are some hadiths about the last two verses of Surah Inshirah, فإذا فرغت فانصب وإلی ربک فارغب that have been mentioned in hadithic-tafsir books (books that have collected hadiths that explain and interpret quranic verses) such as Tafsir-al-Burhan, Tafsir-al-Thaqalain, etc. These ...
  • What are the secrets and ways to success in life?
    6950 دستور العمل ها
    Most writers and scholars have endeavored to present an inclusive definition of success. Success, according to Islamic doctrines, means happiness and prosperity. Practically, absolute happiness and prosperity are the same. A happy and successful person is one whose actions and aspirations are in the way of Allah, ...
  • I would like to know the methods of religious thought.
    5745 Traditional
    There are three methods of religious thought in Islam. The Holy Quran in its teachings points to three paths for Muslims to follow in order to comprehend the purposes of religion and the Islamic sciences: (1) the path of the external and formal aspect of religion (the ...
  • What is the relationship between the formation of the government of the Prophet (s) with the inner God seeking nature of human beings?
    4188 System
    From our perspective, the formation of the government of the Prophet (s) was in reality a divine matter. Furthermore, the matter of governance permeates into every aspect of human life. Imam Baqir (a) is narrated to have said: (...وَ لَمْ یُنَادَ بِشَیْ‏ءٍ کَمَا نُودِیَ بِالْوَلَایَ
  • I believe in God and pray to Him, but sometimes I don’t know how to picture him.
    3168 Traditional
    Essentially, picturing God and moving towards embodying and picturing God is wrong, because God isn't physical and cannot be pictured or imagined. God is a reality and at the same time, in all realities. He is One, but not like any other thing. He is present everywhere, and ...
  • Is it okay to say kazalikallahu rabbi in the second rak'at after any sura or only Sura-e Ikhlas?
    4075 Laws and Jurisprudence
    It is Mustahab (recommended) to say “Kazalikallahu Rabbi” after Sura-e Ikhlas once, twice or thrice, in every rak'at in which Sura-e Ikhlas is recited after Sura al-Hamd. Therefore this zikr (recital) is recited only after Sura-e Ikhlas.[1]
  • What is God’s reason for creating man?
    4739 Traditional
    a) His ability to create called for Him to create.b) The order of creation is one based on aim and wisdom.c) The ultimate goal and aim of creating all things, is the emergence of man; the reason being that everything has been created for his purpose and he ...
  • Why is polygamy permissible for men in Islam, yet impermissible for women?
    5536 Philosophy of Religion and Law
    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 ...
  • Why do we have to wear Iḥrām during Hajj?
    3827 Philosophy of Religion and Law
    Hajj is [a pilgrimage] filled with mysteries and signs that provoke man into deep thought and guide him [back] towards his fitrah (his inner essence and nature). Therefore it is appropriate that at every step, one pays attention to both the apparent ...
  • Is ‘Apprehension’ a quality that can be attributed to God?
    3436 Traditional
    Taking into consideration the verse “لا تُدْرِكُهُ الْأَبْصارُ وَ هُوَ يُدْرِكُ الْأَبْصارَ وَ هُوَ اللَّطيفُ الْخَبيرُ”[1], Mudrik (being apprehensive) is one of God’s names.[2] In the Quran and traditions, this attribute (Mudrik)[3] has been mentioned explicitly, thus ...