Can Sadaqah be paid to disbelievers? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about paying Sadaqah to disbelievers. Question: Can Sadaqah be paid to disbelieving poor including those (who belong to religions with) book or without book; is there any reward for…

What is the benefit of meaningful silence?

SHAFAQNA - In a letter to his eldest son Imam Hassan Mojtaba (AS), Imam Ali (AS) wrote: What you lose through silence is much easier to lose through speech, because for keeping whatever is in a water vessel is only possible by closing its nozzle…

What is the ruling on nail planting for women? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani answered a question about nail planting for women. Question: What is the ruling on nail planting for women? The Grand Ayatollah Safi: There is a problem with planting nail if you cannot remove…

Why Pray in Arabic?

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SHAFAQNA- It may first seem logical that every Muslim should pray through his own mother language, so that he may understand what he say; but a little more thinking and study, we shall find that there are strong arguments in favour of only…

A woman must observe Iddah even when she knows she is not pregnant / The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about observing Iddah for women. Question: What is the religious reason or any other reason which make it necessary for observing Iddah even with the assumption that reliable condoms…

What is the ruling if the father is informed about the marriage of his daughter after Nikah? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered questions about temporary marriage. Question: Is the Nikah correct if I marry a virgin girl without her father’s permission in a temporary marriage, and then her father finds out about it and…

What is the ruling on fortune-telling and receiving money for it? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about fortune-telling. Question: What is the ruling on fortune-telling and receiving money for it? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi: These matters are not authentic according…

Only the oppressed can reveal the fault of the oppressor / The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about naming the oppressor. Question: A person has oppressed another one and no one knows about it. Is it allowed to tell the name of the oppressor to others? The Grand Ayatollah…

Is Istikharah appropriate? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about Istikharah. Question: Is Istikharah as it is carried out today, appropriate according to religious laws? Is it Haram to oppose Istikharah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Undoubtedly…

Non-religious acts do not cause maintenance payments to be dropped / The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about maintenance payments and non-religious acts. Question: If wife has lost his virginity before marriage and has committed non-religious acts, is paying maintenance to her Wajib? The…

Can the holy Quran cure all kinds of problems?

SHAFAQNA - O’ dear one, wake up from heavy sleep and cure all kinds of illnesses with the Quran and narration (Hadith) and grab hold of Divine Rope and Ahlul Bait (AS). The Prophet of Allah (SWT) has left these two for us (The Quran and Ahlul…

Is genetic test authentic according to religious laws to determine biological relationships? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sharoodi answered a question about genetic tests. Question: Is genetic test authentic according to religious laws to prove biological/blood relationships positively? The Grand Ayatollah Sharoodi: If genetic…

What did Imam Ali (AS) say about the efforts of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to establish Islam on the earth?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said in Nahjul Balaghah: O’ God, on your command the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) tried so much to display the glowing flame of the truth and lit the way for ignorant and those who are misled, as well the hearts which were…

How important is social relations in Islam according to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: If it is needed, walk for two years to do kind deeds for your father and mother; walk for one year for keeping in contact with family and relations; walk one mile to…

What is the ruling on shaking hands with a non-Mahram in non-Islamic countries? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about shaking hands of a non-Mahram in non-Islamic countries. Question: In European countries, shaking hands is considered as greeting, sometimes avoiding it can lead to exclusion…

What are the five elements of a pure life according to Imam Sadeq (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: There are five things which if one of them is missing, the person has deficiency in his/her life, and his/her wisdom fade, and his/her heart is worried. Health and welfare Security …

Which book’s narrations are all authentic? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about authentic narration books. Question: In our Shia sources, which book has all its narrations as authentic? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz: Shia sources like the noble book of…

The essential duties of the rulers according to Imam Sadeq (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: The government officials and rulers are not allowed to fail in three acts. Guard and protect the borders of the country against the threats from enemies. Selecting pious believers…

What were the most worrying characteristics of Ummah for the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)?

SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Sadooq (RA) in the book of Khisal narrated from Jaber ibn Abdullah Ansari (RA) who said: Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: Indeed the most frightening things which worry me about my Ummah (Islamic nation) are: Following false desires…

What did the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) say about breach of trust?

SHAFAQNA - In the 7th year after Hegira, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) together with 1600 soldiers departed to conquer Khyber Castle which was located 200 kilometers from Medina. Muslims stayed in deserts around Khyber and could not conquer the…

When is it Makroh for some people to enter the Mosque? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani issued Fatwa about going to the Mosque. The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Allowing a mad person to the Mosque is Makroh (inappropriate). And also allowing children who bother worshippers, and when it is probable…

What are the best and the worst deeds?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: There are two good deeds which there are no other deeds better than them: 1) Believe in Allah (SWT) and 2) To be beneficial to other servants of God. And there are two bad…

Is it allowed to eat in the house of a person who does not perform Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about eating in the house of a person who does not perform Salaat. Question: Is it allowed to eat in the house of a person who does not perform Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani:…

How do people deceive themselves?

SHAFAQNA - Every worldly enjoyment is a source of inside attachment and when it is spread this attachment gets stronger. These enjoyments condemn the bond between the heart and the nature, therefore the human being supposes that these enjoyments…

What were the recommendations of Imam Hassan Askari (AS) for Shia Muslims?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hassan Askari (AS) said: I recommend to you to adopt Divine Piety, devotion to your religion, endeavor in the way of Allah (SWT), telling the truth and give back whatever given to you in trust to its original owner whether he…

Why social interaction is necessary between relatives?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: O’ people, it does not matter how much money a human being may have, he/she still he/she still needs the relatives to defend him/her with their tongues and hands. The relatives are the largest group who can defend…

What is the aim of Satan according to Imam Ali (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Beware that Satan has mobilized his colleagues, and has prepared his army in every corner and area to place once again the oppression/cruelty in its place; and keep the unjust firm in its place [1]. [1] Nahjul…

What is the connection between too much wealth and cruelty of the heart?

SHAFAQNA - When the human being is focused on worldly life, his/her heart, soul, and wishes are centered on the life of this world. Naturally, his/her activities are in that direction, and the life of this world normally is not more than an…