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  • Who are the Akhbaris and the Osolis?
    6177 Philosophy of History
    The Akhbaris are the adherents of the ahadith whom the Shia call Akhbaris. They do not believe in Ijtihad and only follow the ahadith. On the other side there is a great group of Muslim scholars known as the Osolioon, they believe that the rulings of Islam should ...
  • What are the conditions for one to be considered Muslim or a believer?
    7698 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Islam and Iman or faith (which are two terms referring to two different things) have different levels and degrees. The first degree, which is referred to as “Islam”, can be reached when one says the shahadatain (the two statements of “There is no God ...
  • Does the “reception of Muharram” hold any meaning in the Shia school of thought?
    3821 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Holding commemorations and mourning ceremonies for Imam Husein (as) is a tradition established and encouraged by the imams (as).[1] There is no problem in carrying out these ceremonies in any method or format as long as haram acts aren't committed. Therefore, “receiving” Muharram and beginning mourning ...
  • Is Islam a religion of peace and brotherhood, or a religion of war and violence?
    5772 Modern
    The Holy Quran has verified the fact that Islam is a religion of peace and tranquility by saying: “Oh ye who believe! Enter into peace and tranquility altogether and follow not the footsteps of Satan; for he is to you a clear enemy”.But one must note that some ...
  • Which animals and insects have been named in the Quran?
    49132 Exegesis
    Approximately 35 animals have been named in the Quran; the birds and insects of which are:Salwa (سلوی)=The quail (Baqarah:57), Ba’uth (بعوض)=Mosquito (Baqarah:26), Dhubab (ذباب)=Fly (Hajj:73), Nahl (نحل)=Honeybee (Nahl:68), Ankabut (عنکبوت)=Spider (Ankabut:41), Jarad (جراد)=Grasshopper (A’raf:133), HudHud (هدهد)=Hoopoe (Naml:20), Ghurab (غراب)=Crow (Ma’idah:31), Ababil (ابابیل)= probably ‘Swallow’ (Fil:3), Naml (نمل)=Ant ...
  • If there are levels for heaven, are there levels for hell?
    5332 Traditional
    What is understood from Quranic verses and the ahadith is that, similar to heaven,[1] hell has different levels, and sinners will be put into these levels depending on the number and type of their sins. In a hadith from Imam Baqir about ...
  • Can the slaughtered meat of the Non-Muslims be used (lawfully)?
    1863 Laws and Jurisprudence
    The opinion of the Shia' jurists and the School of Thought of the Ahl al-Bayt (the family of the Noble Prophet of Islam (s)) is that meat that has not been slaughtered according to Islamic laws, the ruling is that it is like regular dead meat (animal ...
  • What is the difference between the word Allah, which is used in Islam, and God, which is used in Christianity?
    4355
    Although all religions in essence call upon the same Lord, one should closely consider which of these faiths have accurately described Him. Islam and Christianity hold differences of opinion in ‘Ilm al-Kalaam (the discipline of seekingtheologicalprinciples throughdialectic). In turn, these ...
  • What are the plans and goals of Shaytan?
    4601 Traditional
    1- To misguide man2- To invite the people to superstitious and innovative acts3- To cause them to bring about change in Allah’s creationThese are some of Shaytan’s plans and goals that have been mentioned in the Quran. ...
  • Why is the blood money of a woman half of that of a man?
    4127 Laws and Jurisprudence
    According to jurisprudential and historical studies, blood money is an economical matter. It has been legislated in order to compensate for the loss incurred by the injured. From another point of view, in an ideal society, which Islam attempts to create, most of the economic activity is ...

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