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  • Is there any tradition (hadith) regarding octopus?
    2998 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 ...
  • Did Satan have children, and if so, are they cursed as well?
    9296 Exegesis 2007/01/01
                Satan has a number of children which help him and almost all of his children have chosen the same path as he has and thus have been cursed and rejected as well, except for a few of them; ...
  • Can Satan and angels know our thoughts or only Allah knows them?
    6104 فرشتگان 2014/06/23
    Knowledge of the unseen is prerogative of God. None other than God has knowledge of the unseen independently of God. However, every existent that has been allowed by God to have knowledge of the unseen can read our mind and can see the unseen. In other words, ...
  • Why is the dog a najis animal in Islam?
    12795 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2012/01/19
    One of the fundamental teachings of Islam is that all legal rulings are based on the real benefits and harms behind them. If there were no benefits or harms, there would be no commands nor prohibitions, and no ruling regarding the najasah and taharah of things in religion.
  • What is the relationship between Divine will and human will?
    3716 Traditional 2011/08/15
    The human being is a contingent existent who derives his existence and existential qualities from Allah (awj). Allah (awj) has, by His generative will (irada takwini), created him as a volitional creature and has thus distinguished him from all other creatures. Hence, the human ...
  • What is the ruling on a Shia man marrying a Sunni woman and are the children considered Sunni or Shia?
    3209 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/04/06
    The Grand Ayatullahs say:It is okay for a Shia man to marry a Sunni woman, but if he fears to be misguided by her, it isn't permissible.[1]As for where to contract the marriage, it doesn’t make a difference, although some might do it in a holy ...
  • Why do we the Shia pray at three times while the Quran tells us to pray at five times?
    40523 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 ...
  • What are the political thoughts of Imam Khomeini?
    6715 Philosophy of Politics 2012/05/12
    The political thoughts of Imam Khomeini (blessed be his soul) are a part of his macro ideas being influenced by different aspects of his thought. Given the fact that Imam Khomeini is a multi-dimensional personality who authored numerous works in mysticism, jurisprudence, philosophy, theology and politics and ...
  • Is it permissible to change a lavatory into a mosque?
    1967 Laws and Jurisprudence 2015/05/03
    If the land of a lavatory has not been endowed to be used as toilet, it is permissible to annex it to the mosque to be used by people who come to offer their prayers in the mosque. However, if it is used endowed to be used ...
  • Is the story of the wedding of Hadrat Qasim in Karbala true or false?
    12083 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/10/01
    One of the concocted stories regarding the epic of Ashura is the story of the marriage of Qasim bin Al-Hasan (as), a story which has no basis and which has not been related by any authentic and reliable sources. In addition, such a thing is not rationally ...

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