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  • Why is it necessary to follow a marja’?
    6595 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Taqlid means for someone who doesn’t have the required expertise in a field that calls for expertise, to go to an expert in that field for help. The most important reason behind the need for taqlid in religious issues is the same simple and comprehendible reason why inexperienced individuals in ...
  • What are the different dimensions of Lady Fatimah’s (as) character?
    4820 The infallibles
    The dimensions of Lady Fatimah’s (as) character are very vast and can only be understood through deep and profound thought and study. Reading and researching about her spirituality, knowledge and political struggles and the other aspects of her life, will help us in reaching our goal.
  • Why did Islam expand and spread in Asia more than it did in Europe?
    8003 Traditional
    Islam emerged in Asia and it spread across the Arab world and Asia. There are multiple factors behind the fact that Islam did not spread in Europe. Those factors include the internal discord and conflicts among Muslims themselves and their failure to introduce the true and beautiful image of ...
  • I am from the Philippines. I don’t have access to a mujtahid to pay my khums to him and I am not sure whether there are deserving Sayyids where I live. To whom am I supposed to pay my khums?
    3463 Laws and Jurisprudence
    These are the responses we received from the offices of the grand maraji’:The office of the Grand Ayatullah Sistani (may Allah prolong his life): You are allowed to keep your khums with you until you get the chance to pay it to the Grand Ayatullah’s representative.The office of ...
  • What are the features and privileges of Behar al-Anwar?
    3165 تألیفات شیعی
    Behar al-Anwa being a huge hadith collection is the most important work by Allamah Muhammad Baqir Majlisi. It is a big encyclopedia of Shiite traditions encompassing all religious issues and themes including exegesis of the Quran, history, jurisprudence, theology etc. Some of the most important features of ...
  • What is the meaning of the word "Allah"?
    5676 Traditional
    The word "Allah" which is translated into God is a particular and the most comprehensive name of God. Hazrat Ali (a.s.) explaining the meaning of "Allah" said, "Allah means the worshipped one, by Whom people are bewildered, and to Whom they are submissive. Allah is ...
  • Why are apostates executed in Islam? Doesn’t that contradict freedom of belief?
    6479 Laws and Jurisprudence
    In Islamic terms, apostasy means for one to openly express and show his/her renouncement of religion and usually ends up in others being encouraged to do the same. The punishment for apostasy doesn’t apply to one who has turned away from religion but doesn’t announce it. Therefore, it ...
  • Islam and Imam Khomeini’s viewpoint on fun, recreation and joking.
    5786 Laws and Jurisprudence
    According to Islam, the main purpose for creation is the perfection of man and all of the different creatures this world contains all have been created for this purpose (the perfection of man), and that is because man is the highest of all creatures. The holy Quran says: ...
  • Can I use the money which I have in Turkish banks to purchase savings bonds and receive interest?
    3156 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life): There is no problem in conducting transactions which are permissible according to Shari'ah rules. However, interest-based transactions and taking interest from Islamic banks and financial institutes is not permissible except for when the assets ...
  • Can reading the Quran’s translation be beneficial?
    3751 Quranic Studies
    From a fiqhi perspective, reading the Quran’s translation doesn’t count as the recitation of the Quran itself and it is for this reason that the ulema have stated: “Touching the writing of the Quran with any part of the body is haram for one who doesn’t have wudu. ...