Do true believers suffer in this world?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: O’ Ali, whoever loves you will be stricken with the enemy, whoever loves me will be stricken with poverty, and whoever loves God, will be inflicted with calamity [1]. It…

Does the effect of Haram act disappear?

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli pointed to the Quranic verses and said: The effect of the Haram act does not disappear by the lapse of time. It is not possible that a person commits wrong and his/her dignity is not suffered! Some…

Participating in Ahlul-Sunnah’s Friday prayers / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about taking part in Ahlul-Sunnah’s Friday prayers. Question: Due to my job situation, I am resident of a town where brothers of Ahlul-sunnah live; can I participate in their congregational…

What is genuine asceticism?

SHAFAQNA - In his commentary of the short eloquent saying number 28 in Nahjul Balaghah, the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said: Imam Ali (AS) said: Pretence of asceticism (high level of self-discipline and avoiding of all forms of indulgence)…

Is it important to respect good traditions of other nations?

SHAFAQNA - In his letter to Malik Ashtar (RA), Imam Ali (AS) wrote: Do not interfere with the normal arrangement of the appropriate traditions of the elders of this Ummah. Because due to them (the appropriate traditions) people have joined together…

What are the effects of different seasons on the body?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Seize the opportunity of the cold air of spring which actually what it does to your body, it does to the trees; and avoid the cold of autumn which actually what it does to…

How did Imam Ali (AS) define belief?

SHAFAQNA - In his commentary of the short eloquent saying number 31 by Imam Ali (AS) as mentioned in Nahjul Balaghah, the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said: Imam Ali (AS) was asked: What is belief (Imaan)? Imam Ali (AS) replied: Belief has four…

What is the greatest Jihad?

SHAFAQNA - When it is mentioned that Jihad of the soul (Jihaddu-Nafs) is the greatest Jihad, this is not a comparison or allegory, it is a reality, it is an inside alarm, a fight between the thought and the motive of the human being where (false)…

Is it Wajib for the ill person to pursue treatment? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about the need to pursue treatment for the ill person. Question: I have an incurable illness but have no wish to pursue treatment to lengthen my life. Is this considered…

Who is granted God’s mercy?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was invited to eat in a person’s house. When the Prophet (PBUH) came to the house of that person, he saw a bird who was laying an egg on the wall of the house.…

Why some believers face more difficulties in life?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: As the belief of the servant of God is increased, life will become more difficult for him/her. The human being will face calamities according to the level of his/her friendship with God.…

What is the real happiness in this world?

SHAFAQNA - In a letter to Abdullah bin Abbas the governor of Basra, Imam Ali (AS) wrote: Ibn Abbas, your happiness (in this world) must be with things which are beneficial to you in the hereafter; and your sorrow must be for the thing that is…

The Difference Between Prophet and Imam

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SHAFAQNA- The previous argument about the reception of Divine injunctions and laws by the prophets only proves the basis of prophecy, namely the receiving of Divine injunctions. The argument does not prove the persistence and continuity of…

Why the believers are tested by God?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Kazim (AS) who said: You will never become a believer unless you consider the calamity as a blessing; and consider comfort and easy life as a calamity. Because being patient in calamity is more valuable than…

What is the ruling on telling lies in trading? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about telling lies in trading. Question: If during dealing/trading, the seller had lied, does the deal become void as well as lying being Haram? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei:…

Is it possible to reach any target by any means?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain (AS) warned that choosing bad tools and causes which are against the religion do not lead to success but lead the human being into problems and hopelessness. It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: If anyone wants…

What is certainty in religion?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ridha/Reza (AS) who said: Belief (Imaan) is one degree higher than Islam, and piety (Taqwa) is one degree higher than belief, and certainty (Yaqeen) is one degree higher than piety; and nothing less than certainty…

What is Norooz?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Norooz is a day when: Gabriel (AS) was sent down to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). Ali (AS) stood on the shoulders of the Prophet (PBUH) to destroy the idols in Ka’aba. Also Prophet…

What is the ruling on using anti-filter to access the internet? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered a question about using anti-filter to access the internet. Question: What is the ruling on using anti-filter? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani: If you want to use anti-filter to access…

What is the point of difficulties and calamities in the believer’s life?

SHAFAQNA - One day Abdullah ibn Abi Ya’foor complained to Imam Sadeq (AS) that: I am always living with difficulty and illness. Imam Sdaeq (AS) replied: If the believer knew the size of rewards for standing firm against difficulties and calamities,…

What is the consequence of doing nothing about bad situations?

SHAFAQNA - When angels take back the souls of some people, they see that their records are very dark, black and unclean. The angels ask: Why are they like that? They will answer: We were a bunch of unfortunate people who used to live in an environment…

Why sometimes hot tempers must be tolerated?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) had a helper who was hot-tempered, but the Prophet (PBUH) tolerated him. One day the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) found out that he passed away and came to see the Prophet (PBUH)…

What is the effect of doubt on religious beliefs?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Clear Halal and clear Haram and in between those two there are cases that are doubtful ones. Whoever abandons those doubtful cases, will be relieved from Haram; and whoever…

What is Satan’s scheme in religious societies?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Verily, Satan displays his ways very easy to you (pretends satanic ways are very easy to adopt and follow) in order to open your religion’s tight knots one after another. And instead of unity and harmony add…

Where are the days and the nights taking the human being?

SHAFAQNA - In his commentary about the short eloquent saying number 29 in Nahjul Balaghah, the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli said: Imam Ali (AS) said: Your meeting with death will be very quick; there is a time when you see two people one from…

How can women enter paradise according to Lady Zainab (SA)?

SHAFAQNA - In the book of “Zendeganiyeh Hadhrat Zainab (SA) az Weladat ta Rehlat” by Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Kazim Qazvini, it is narrated from Lady Zainab (SA) who said: My dear grandfather, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: When a right-minded…

How did Imam Ali (AS) pray to God for rain?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS): O’ God, send a plentiful rain in order that the famine-stricken people receive lots of blessings as a result, and the effects of drought disappear. Indeed, You are the God who sends rain after people become hopeless,…

What are the signs of true belief?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The signs of true belief are: To tell the truth even if it harms you (even if it is against you); and do not lie even if it benefits you; and do not speak more than your actions (there must be a balance between…