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  • When Maghrib and Isha prayer become Qaza?
    25291 Fiqh 2007/01/10
    The answer given to the question by the office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei is as follow: The last time for performing Maghrib and Isha prayer is at canonical midnight. (i.e: 11 ¼ hours after, the canonical noon). The precaution states that if one hasn’t performed one’s salat ...
  • Is conditional divorce effective?
    3112 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/06/21
    One of the conditions of the validity and effectiveness of the divorce formula is for it not to be made contingent upon any condition. Consequently, if the husband says “If Zayd comes you are divorced”[1] or “If the sun rises you are ...
  • Who is Dhul-Qarnayn?
    11621 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/07/19
    The name “Dhul-Qarnayn” has been mentioned in surah Kahf.As for who exactly Dhul-Qarnayn was in history, there are differences of opinion amongst historians and commentators of the Quran.Yet, taking into consideration the attributes of Dhul-Qarnayn that the Quran has mentioned, one can ...
  • Is it permissible to cut your nails at night time? If it is abominable to cut them, what is the reason?
    12794 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/09/22
    One of the recommended acts which Islam has emphasized upon is cutting of nails in whatever manner or way it may be. Cutting of nails on Friday is better and it is also better to start cutting the nails with the left hand little finger and finish ...
  • If someone becomes Junub while asleep, what kind of Ghusl should they make?
    4194 Fiqh 2007/01/07
    In both instances, one is required to execute the janabah ghusl. Note that such a ghusl is obligatory whenever semen is ejaculated (as well as in other situations) – be it during sleep or whilst awake (as in the case of masturbation). Moreover, ghusls of a non-janabah genre – such ...
  • Please explain the features the Quran mentions for an Imam.
    6295 Traditional 2012/01/17
    There are two types of Imamate (leadership of a society) mentioned in the Quran; First: “The Imams of light” who are the pious and righteous leaders and second: “The Imams of fire” who are the heads of Kufr (disbelief) and deviation. Many features have been mentioned ...
  • How do we interpret the attributes just, most compassionate and one for God?
    3233 Traditional 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 ...
  • Is there any tradition (hadith) regarding octopus?
    3098 Laws and Jurisprudence 2014/08/04
    We haven’t found any tradition in which using octopus as food be considered impermissible. However, we can infer this forbidden from other traditions (ahadith) in which the main rules have been stated in this regards. This means, any types of marine animals which haven’t scale are being ...
  • Which verse in the Holy Quran is a confirmation of tawassul (seeking means) and how is justified?
    8052 Quranic Studies 2010/11/09
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • What is the relationship between wilayah and marja’iyyah?
    4145 System 2011/12/20
    In Shia thought, marja’iyyah is comprised of two responsibilities; the issuance of legal verdicts, and wilayah (i.e., leadership and authority). Throughout history, the grand marja’s have both explained and preached the general divine laws of Islam, and in particular social issues, have taken up the role of leading ...

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