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What is the purpose of Eidul-Fitr?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from Imam Ridha/Reza (AS) who said: The Day of Fitr has been declared as Eid in order that all Muslims come gather on this day and appear for the sake of God, and praise Allah (SWT) for Divine Blessings. Therefore, this day is the day of gathering (coming together), day […]

What is the ultimate reward of fasting?

SHAFAQNA – In a Divine Narration, Allah (SWT) said: “Fasting is Mine and I grant its rewards” [1]. This narration has also been reported by Ahlul Sunnah [2], and can be interpreted in three forms. The first is that, because God wanted to emphasize the importance of fasting, has stressed that the rewards will be […]

Who must be followed for determining Eidul-Fitr? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about who must be followed for determining Eidul-Fitr. Question: Must the followers follow their own Maraje’a for determining Eidul-Fitr, or accept the day declared as Eidul-Fitr in the country? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: It is Wajib for the followers to check the rules for affirmation of […]

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about Salaat of Eidul-Fitr

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered question about how to perform Salaat of Eid-ul Fitr by individuals and the Prayer leader. Question: How to recite Salaat of Eidul-Fitr in congregation (Jama’ah/Jama’at)? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: If it is performed in congregation, it is Mostahab (recommended) and according to Wajib precaution, must be with two […]

The ruling on Zakatul-Fitrah for breastfed and unborn child / the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about the ruling on Zakaul-Fitrah for breastfed and unborn children. Question: Who is responsible to pay Zakatul-Fitrah for breastfed child? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: Zakatul-Fitrah for a child who is breastfed by mother or nanny is payable by the person who pays for the expenses of […]

Must the religious ruler be followed for determining Eidul-Fitr? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about determining Eidul-Fitr. Question: Must the religious ruler be followed for determining Eidul-Fitr? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: The beginning of the month is not affirmed by the decree of the religious ruler unless it is certain that his decree or affirmation of seeing the moon by […]

Do all Muslims believe in Lailatul Qadr?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whoever stays awake at Lailatul Qadr (Night of Qadr/ Night of Destiny), and is a believer, and believes in the Day of Judgment, all his/her sins will be forgiven [1]. The exact time of Lailatul Qadr is not known, but in many […]

Is silence better than speaking?

SHAFAQNA – Imam Sajjad (AS) was asked: Is silence better or speaking? Imam (AS) replied: Each one of them has negative aspects. If both of them have no negative aspects, then speaking is better, because Allah (SWT) appointed the prophets and Imam (AS) to speak and not to be silent. No one deserves paradise and […]

The main points of Ayah 7 of Surah Al-Hadeed

SHAFAQNA – In Ayah 7 of Surah Al-Hadeed, Allah (SWT) said: “Believe in God and God’s Messenger, and spend of what God let you inherit.” Meaning, before you, others benefited from these wealth and properties which are in your possession now. This is not your wealth or property, and as your predecessors left them for […]

Is silence really valuable?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whoever adopts silence as his/her way, will be saved. And the Prophet (PBUH) also said: Whoever believes in Allah (SWT) and the Prophet of God (PBUH), whenever (he/she) speaks, his/her speech must be beneficial or stay silent. It is narrated from Prophet […]

Why purity of the heart matters?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from Imam Baqir (AS) who said: A human being, who intends to move towards Allah (SWT), surely can travel better and faster with his/her pure heart compared with the one who intends to do the same by bothering his/her body with difficult deeds [1]. An ill and damaged heart which […]

What is the ruling if a person follows the Friday prayer leader with the intention of performing Friday Salaat thinking the prayer leader performing Friday Salaat but then it becomes clear, the prayer leader is performing Asr Salaat?

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about changing intention from Friday Salaat to Asr Salaat. Question: What is the ruling if a person follows the Friday prayer leader/Imam with the intention of performing Friday Salaat thinking the prayer leader performing Friday Salaat but then it becomes clear, the prayer leader is performing […]

What is the connection between knowledge and action?

SHAFAQNA – Imam Ali (AS) said: A learned/knowledgeable person who acts opposite his/her gained knowledge is like an ignorant person who is in the state of perplexity and will not recover from the illness of ignorance; rather he/she will be left with no excuses, his/her regret and sorrow will be stronger, and is more deserving […]

Fasting in four places where Salaat can be performed in full or Qasr / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about fasting in places where Salaat can be performed in full or Qasr. Question: In four places of Masjidul Haram, Masjidu Nabi, boundaries of Imam Hussain’s shrine, and Masijidul Kuffah where Salaat can be performed in full or Qasr; if a person stays for less than […]

What is the simplest case of self-discipline?

SHAFAQNA – As long as the human being is not self-centred, that in itself is a kind of self-discipline. Meaning, not being self-centred is a kind of endeavour against the rebellious soul. It is like the person who is thirsty, and there is also water available, but has been told not to drink it; or […]

Does fasting cause modesty?

SHAFAQNA – Imam Ali (AS) said: God’s servants have been protected by Salaat, Zakat, and endeavour to fast in order that their organs and body parts rest, and their eyes become modest, and their body and soul become humble,and their hearts become submissive (to God), selfishness and arrogance leave them…and fasting, and sticking of the […]

How to find the right path?

SHAFAQNA – In a Divine Hadith (narration), Allah (SWT) revealed to Prophet Dawood (AS): O’ Dawood, I (God) placed five things in another five things, but people look for them in five other things and they cannot find them. I placed knowledge in hunger and endeavour, but people look for it in being full up […]