Can the believer benefit from material things of the world without any limit?

SHAFAQNA - Can we use material gifts and worldly life as much as we are able to? Or is there any limit in here? For example if we avoid “Harams”, can we now benefit from all “Halals” without any limitation? It must be said here: It is…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about Muharram commemoration gatherings

SHAFAQNA - Question 1: Is loud mourning and beating on the head and the face is allowed in gatherings to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS)? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: There is no problem. Question 2: Is it allowed to carry…

Can there be any certainty that our deeds are accepted by God?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) in Qase’ah Sermon said: Take lessons from what God did to Iblis. Because Allah (SWT) declared void many long-term deeds and efforts of Iblis despite six thousand years of servitude by Iblis. And it is not clear those…

Where is the start of the journey according to religious law? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the start of the journey according to religious law. Question: does the religious distance (for a journey) start when a person departs from his/her town (Haddul Tarakhos)? The…

Why God appointed teachers must be obeyed?

SHAFAQNA - Our top master is the one who gave us the religion; and that is Allah (SWT). And there are appointed teachers by God who are Prophets and Imams; and we do not have other teachers apart from them. Whatever they say we must act upon,…

What must the human being do to be saved from Satan?

SHAFAQNA - If the human being does not request help from God in difficulties and incidents which occur during the lifetime of a person, and does not seek refuge in God; Satan will shelter such a person and will take him/her to ways which Satan…

What is the ruling on narrow black veins in chicken meat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about narrow black veins in chicken meat. Question: In chicken meat there are narrow black veins which apparently are blood veins that have turned black; is it allowed to eat them? The…

How should a believer consider the materials of this world?

SHAFAQNA - Worldly life and blessings must be keys for the life of the hereafter, and be used for that purpose. Meaning, these keys and tools are there for reaching our main target. But for using these keys we must refer to instructions which…

Can a person be nominated to perform Hajj on behalf of few individuals? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about one person performing Hajj on behalf of a few individuals. Question: Can I perform Hajj once on behalf of few different individuals, and of course they cover the usual expenses? The…

Can Imams (AS) enter any place?

SHAFAQNA - Abasalt narrated: After Imam Ridha (AS) was poisoned by Ma’amoon, and wanted to leave his palace, Ma’amoon asked: Where are you going? Imam Ridha (AS) replied: To the place where you sent me. Then, Imam (AS) covered his head and…

Why must Torbah be used for Sijdah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about using Torbah in prostration (Sijdah). Question: Why must Torbah be used for Sijdah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: In Salaat, Sijdah must be performed on the earth (ground,…

Can wealth create power?

SHAFAQNA - The human being intrinsically seeks accomplishment, and the essence of his/her creation is mixed with this constructive and divine inclination. Therefore, the human being considers power as accomplishment and goes after it. But one…

Does the Khoms year starts according to solar or lunar year? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the start of the Khoms year. Question: Is there any problem if the start of the Khoms year coincides with a special day of the lunar year for example Eid-ul-Ghadeer? The…

Who is a servant of Allah (SWT)?

SHAFAQNA - Bishr ibn Harith Al-Hafi was from city of Merv and spent some part of his life in sin. One day Imam Kadhim/Kazim (AS) was passing the alley where Bishr lived, and the door of his house opened and one of the maids/slaves came out of…

Can Qadha Salaats for the parents be performed by the daughter instead of the eldest son? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about performing Qadha Salaats for parents by the daughter instead of the eldest son. Question: If for any reason, the eldest son is unable to perform Qadha Salaats and fast for…

Why a Muslim can never be ignoble?

SHAFAQNA - One day Imam Sajjad (AS) proposed to marry a believing lady. One of his close friends was worried about this marriage because he did not know about that lady and feared she may not have the right criteria to marry an Imam. Imam’s…

What is the ruling on buying and selling gold when its purity unknown? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about buying and selling gold when its purity unknown. Question: What is the ruling on buying and selling gold when its purity unknown? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Buying and…

What are God’s proofs for people according to Imam Kadhim (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Kadhim/Kazim (AS) who said: Indeed, there are two proofs from Allah (SWT) for people; apparent proof and hidden proof. The apparent proof include: The prophets and Imams; and the hidden proof is the wisdom…

Must the dowry of the woman who cannot have children be paid? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about paying dowry to a woman who cannot have children. Question: What is the ruling on a woman who cannot have children? Must the husband still pay dowry to a woman who despite having…

Can anyone ever change God’s Halal and Haram?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: O’ servants of God, beware; the believer is the one who considers God’s Halal as Halal now, and God’s Haram as Haram now. And whatever has been changed because of heresies by people, does not make anything…

Buying goods on credit / The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about buying goods on credit. Question: If in a deal on credit, the buyer says (to the seller), I will pay whenever I have the money; is this type of dealing correct? The Grand…

What did Imam Ali (AS) say about constant battle between the truth and the falsehood?

SHAFAQNA - After people paid their allegiance to him, Imam Ali (AS) said: The truth and the falsehood are in constant battle, and each has its supporters. There is no surprise if the falsehood is victorious; it has been the same from old days.…

Why Imam Ali (AS) stayed silent for 25 years?

SHAFAQNA - Mohammad ibn Ibrahim ibn Is’haq Taleqani narrated: Abu saeed Hassan ibn Ali Al Odwani narrated from Haitham ibn Abdullah Rammani who said: I asked Imam Ridha (AS): Please explain why Imam Ali (AS) for 25 years after the Prophet…

Is it Wajib to cleanse unclean electronic devices? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about cleansing the electronic devices. Question: Is it Wajib to cleanse/purify (Tat’heer) electronic devices which have become impure (Najis)? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei:…

What did Imam Ali (AS) say after becoming the Islamic Caliph?

SHAFAQNA - After people paid their allegiance to him, Imam Ali (AS) said: Swear to God who justly appointed the Prophet of Islam (PBUH), you will be tested seriously, like seeds poured in a sieve, or food which is placed in a dish. You will…

What did Imam Ali (AS) say about those who steal from public fund?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Swear to Allah (SWT), wherever I find the stolen public fund, I will return it to its original owners, even if they have married or have bought slaves with it. Because justice brings relief for all, and the one…

Can an intermediary in a marriage tell the faults of one side to the other? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about an intermediary’s duty to tell faults of one side to the other in a marriage. Question: About becoming an intermediary in a marriage; can an intermediary tell the faults…

Is Khoms or Zakat payable for Diyah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about Diyah. Question: Is Khoms or Zakat payable for Diyah (the financial compensation paid to the victim or heirs of a victim in the cases of murder, bodily harm, or property damage)? The…