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  • Is it haram to look at or research magic?
    5547 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/01/23
    In Islam, learning, teaching, and or getting paid to do magic is unlawful and haram. However if learning magic or witchcraft is for the purpose of nullifying it then it is not haram. Therefore watching the actions of magicians ...
  • Why do Muslims shake hands?
    5651 Practical 2009/03/02
    Greeting others by saying “salam” and shaking hands are all signs of sociability and good manners and conduct. The prophet of Islam (pbuh) and the imams are at the pinnacle of sociability and good behavior and our role models, therefore we must follow them in this matter.Anas ibn ...
  • What is the correct and easy way of choosing the most learned marja’ for those Muslims who have recently converted to Islam and don’t have access to other scholars?
    6914 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/08/21
    What is meant when it is said that the most knowledgeable marja must be followed, is that those who aren’t experts in fiqh, need to refer to the most learned and knowledgeable fiqh expert and learn their religious duties from him. There are three ways of identifying the ...
  • Was Hazrat Adam (P.B.U.H.) Black?
    11261 Exegesis 2006/11/25
                There are several interpretations in the Quran on the creation of man, which show that the creation of man had several stages, which were as follows:[1]  
  • Is it okay to say "Ali is the inheritor"?
    3483 Traditional 2011/02/15
    An heir is someone who inherits, or is designated to inherit, the property or position of another without an external cause like purchase and sale, dedication etc. rather by descent and right of relationship.
  • What difference does Wilayah and the system of Wilayah have with a monarchial system?
    2929 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/09/22
    There exist fundamental differences between a Wilayi system of government and a monarchial system of government. These differences can be broken down into the following summary points:A- In terms of their legitimacy, Wilayi systems derive their authority from God, while monarchial systems derive their authority from the ...
  • Was the wife of Hazrat Abbas, Lady Lubaba, present in Karbala?
    2082 اهل بیت و یاران 2017/08/22
    1. Lubaba was the daughter of Ubaidullah bin Abbas[1] (the Prophet”s cousin) and the wife of Hazrat Abulfazl Abbas (AS). Following the event of Karbala and the martyrdom of Hazrat Abbas, she married Zaid bin Hasan[2].[3] It has ...
  • Are the prayers of someone who would masturbate without making a Janabat Ghusl correct if they were not aware of the ruling?
    5693 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/01/07
    No, his previous salats will be deemed void and he ought to compensate for those salats which were executed whilst in a stae of janabah. Being purified from states of hadath (state of impurity which is removed, in this case, by means of ghusl) is a prerequisite vis-à-vis the salat’s ...
  • Did the imams ever do anything supernatural in order to prove their imamate?
    3082 Traditional 2011/04/20
    “Miracles” in Islamic theological terms are acts that surpass normal limits that challenge others to do the same and are in accordance with the claims of the person performing them. What is meant by surpassing normal limits is that it seems contrary to the ...
  • Is it permissible to steal from internet websites?
    2925 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/02/15
    Since you want the Islamic law about the question in your email, we deemed it necessary to forward the same question to the offices of some of the living prominent jurists. The answers which we have received from them are as under:Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may ...