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  • What is the mission of the Ahlul-Bait?
    4396 Traditional
                The greatness of the Prophet’s (s) Ahlul-Bait, the five people of the cloak – namely Prophet Muhammad (s), Hazrat ‘Alī, Fātimah, Hassan, and Hussayn (a), have been mentioned in many traditions related by Shia and Sunni narrators alike. The reason that the Prophet (s) emphasized these people’s ...
  • What is the best verse in the Quran?
    5336 Exegesis
    Before dealing with the main question, we must say that the Quran itself is the best book and superior to all heavenly books. All of its verses (ayāt) are at the highest level of perfection and significance. Hence, we cannot differentiate between them by telling that a ...
  • Is it bad to be alone in a room with a non mahram girl?
    4304 Practical
    In religious teachings, one of the things man has been advised against in order to protect him from sin, is to be alone with a non-mahram. In his advice to Prophet Musa (AS), Satan says: “O Musa, never be alone with a non-mahram woman, for ...
  • We know that some angels do nothing but worship Allah (awj). Is this worship of theirs performed of their own freewill? If not, does Allah (awj) have need of such worship?
    4189 Traditional
    No benefit from any creature’s worship—whether it has freewill or not—reaches Allah (awj). Rather worship that is offered out of freewill is the cause for the spiritual advancement of the worshipper. However, for creatures that worship Allah (awj) without freewill, such as the angels, their worship is simply ...
  • What is the meaning of self-consciousness according to the Holy Quran?
    6157 انسان شناسی
    According to the Quran, self-consciousness means realization of one's own self through nourishing or nurturing and reviving one's own inner and inborn talents and potentialities followed by a profound understanding of the realities of the universe and divine attributes. Self-consciousness has various degrees and it is of ...
  • Are the prayers of someone who would masturbate without making a Janabat Ghusl correct if they were not aware of the ruling?
    6276 Laws and Jurisprudence
    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 ...
  • Please explain the intellectual and logical reasons that prove tawhid.
    7941 Traditional
    Tawhid, which is amongst the most prominent principles of all Abrahamic faiths, means to believe there is only one god, and is the opposite of polytheism (shirk). Tawhid also includes denying any parallel, resembling being or any sort of imaginative or physical composition for God.Many arguments have ...
  • What is E'tikaf?
    4625 Theoretical
    Literally, E'tikaf (cleave to a mosque) means to stay or remain at a place or to cleave to smething. E'tikaf in Islamic law is a pious practice consisting of a period of retreat at a sacred place for the purpose of seeking proximity and nearness ...
  • Is it permissible for a person to give Khums to his own son who is a religious student?
    3242 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life):You should pay Khums dues to Wali Amr (guardian of the affairs of Muslims) or his authorized representative. Spending Khums for whatever purpose requires special permission.Office of Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him long ...
  • What is the difference between Satan and the carnal soul?
    5649 Practical
    Man's real identity which is called soul has numerous aspects and layers. Quran mentions its three states (carnal, self-reproaching and peaceful). The carnal soul is formed when animalistic desires dominate man. It is a state of human soul that constantly commands human toward vices and to satisfy ...