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  • What is the Islamic law about smoking cigarette or hookah?
    4873 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/06/21
    Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani's opinion regarding the foregoing question is as under: "Smoking tobacco (cigarettes and hookah) is absolutely haram because it is injurious to health."It should be noted that the jurisprudential argument of the verdict of Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani concerning the ...
  • What is the meaning of Allah’s (awj) misguidance in the Qur`an?
    4146 Exegesis 2011/08/15
    Misguidance is a non-existent entity. Since guidance means to lead someone to a goal, then misguidance is the absence of guidance. In the parlance of the logicians, the relation between guidance and misguidance is privatives and positives (‘Adam wa malakah). In other words, if guidance were to ...
  • Which surah is Surah Bani Israel?
    4497 Quranic Studies 2009/11/25
    The seventeenth surah of the Quran, is Surah Bani Israel which contains 111 verses. This surah is also known as surah ‘Isra’ and ‘Subhan’. The reason for naming this surah ‘Bani Israel’ is because in this surah, the different stages and states of Bani Israel have been mentioned ...
  • What is the timing of fast, when does it start and when does it end?
    4677 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/08/29
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • Is the word ‘jahannam’ (hell) a Farsi word, and do those who reside in hell speak in this language?
    6753 Traditional 2009/12/28
    The first part of your question is answered in question 2945 (website: 3174). Please refer to the website in order to see the appropriate response. In regards to the second part of your question, if you ...
  • Do the Holy Prophet’s parents enter Paradise?
    6883 Traditional 2012/06/19
    Based on the verses of the Holy Quran, belief in God and good deeds are generally the most important requirements for entering Paradise. Shia scholars and also a number of Sunni sects believe that the Holy Prophet's parents and ancestors were monotheists and good doers. Shaykh ...
  • How do we interpret the attributes just, most compassionate and one for God?
    2865 پروردگار. نامها و ویژگی ها 2012/10/20
    Justice means to place everything in its appropriate place. This said, divine justice can have two types. First: takwini justice which means that every existing being including the skies and earth are based on justice (and that there is a special balance between the different parts). Second: tashri’i ...
  • What is the philosophy behind ziarah of Imams?
    4842 زیارت قبور و بنای مراقد 2012/12/01
    The inward tendency and attraction toward someone or something, along with respect and honor, is called ziarah. Since the reality of a human is his soul which is never annihilated, a za'er [pilgrim] who makes ziarah of a demised dignitary has in fact made ziarah of a ...
  • Are there any rules, guidelines, and restrictions when it comes to adopting children?
    3393 فرزندان پرورشگاهی و یا نامشروع 2012/09/01
    There is no objection in providing care and protection to a child who is without protection or whose guardians are unable to protect it and who surrender their child with full consent to another person to protect and take care of it. When it comes to taking ...
  • What is the meaning of the tradition attributed to Abu Basīr which mentions seeing God before the Day of Judgment?
    3157 Theoretical 2012/04/14
    There is no way to see God for He is all encompassing and cannot be encompassed. Nonetheless, in a manifestational sense, He can be seen in every single being, as the Quran has mentioned the following in this regard: “To whichever direction you turn, there is the ...