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  • What is the philosophy behind ziarah of Imams?
    8903 زیارت قبور و بنای مراقد 2012/12/01
    The inward tendency and attraction toward someone or something, along with respect and honor, is called ziarah. Since the reality of a human is his soul which is never annihilated, a za'er [pilgrim] who makes ziarah of a demised dignitary has in fact made ziarah of a ...
  • What is sex change?
    7027 احکام تغییر جنسیت 2012/08/23
    Although dictionaries do not provide a definition for "sex change", it means any change and transformation in a male, female or genderless in such a way that the current state is different from the previous one. Medically speaking, sex change is different from "genetic modification" ...
  • What is the difference between Shia and Sunni?
    12044 Traditional 2010/12/06
    Although such a topic requires extensive discussion, we shall briefly mention, in two stages (beliefs and laws), those of the Shiite views which are opposed by Sunnis or a group of them:A) Beliefs: Shia holds that God’s ...
  • Had Imam Mahdi's mother been the granddaughter of Caesar, the King of the Romans?
    21052 تاريخ بزرگان 2012/01/11
    According to reports and traditions, the real name of the mother of the Imam of Time, Imam Mahdi (atf) had been "Malika" daughter of Yashoa, the son of Caesar the King of the Romans. From mother's side, she was the descendant of the disciple ...
  • What does Islam say about luxury houses? How can we guide people toward moderation in building a house?
    2041 Hadith 2021/03/30
  • What relationship do the believers have with the Quran during the Presence of a Masoom?
    8840 Traditional 2007/01/01
                The Quran is the word of God, and it is a book for studying, understanding, and acting in accordance with, in order for mankind to maintain a prosperous life. However, the comprehension and meaning of all ...
  • Is the following hadith correct: “The obedience of Ali (a.s.) is humility and modesty, and disobeying him is kufr.”?
    8641 Contextual study 2008/05/12
    What this hadith is conveying is completely correct because its meaning is mutawatir, meaning that a very high number of hadiths disclose the same meaning and confirm it, such that one becomes sure that the Prophet has said something with the same meaning even though it isn’t necessarily clear what ...
  • Why is it forbidden for men and women to use utensils and dishes made of gold?
    6256 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2011/12/07
    There are secrets and hidden wisdom in the Islamic laws even though we may not be able to discover them. Generally speaking, no law has been enacted without a reason or logic. God, the Wise and All-Knowing, does not command humankind to do an act unless there is a reason ...
  • What is religion?
    9419 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    Many different viewpoints and details have been presented regarding the explanation of religion by Westerners. In the holy Quran, the word “din” (religion) has been used for two meanings: 1- Any type of belief in an unseen power, regardless of whether such a belief is right or not: ...
  • What is the ruling on using books of supplication which contain tables and forms?
    6750 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/04/20
    Firstly, in regards to your question, it is difficult to recognize exactly what kind of science your book uses; this would require further explanation and expansion on the contents and subject of the book in question. Generally speaking, it seems that the book is about the occult sciences ...