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…

What is the yearly plan which is sent in one night to the Imam of the time?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Ali (AS) told Ibn Abbas: The Night of Qadr happens every year. At that night the yearly plan is sent down and after the Prophet (PBUH), there are those whom the plan is sent to them. Ibn Abbas asked: Who are…

Who must pay Fitriyah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about those who are eligible for Fitriyah (Zakatul-Fitr). Question: Who must pay Fitriyah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: It is Wajib for any Mokallaf (the one of responsible age…

Can the arrogant person be recognized by wearing certain types of clothes?

SHAFAQNA - If a person is really interested in wearing very chic and top brand clothes, must know that he/she is suffering from arrogance. If such a person is always interested in wearing new clothes and does not wear clothes worn before, must…

What is the correct way of slaughtering animals? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the correct way of slaughtering animals. Question: What is the ruling on cutting the head of animal in one go with machine and sword and things like them? The Grand Ayatollah…

Chewing gum during the fast

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SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatullah Seyyed Ali Sistani has answered some questions about chewing gum during the fast. Recently, a misquoted version of this fatwa was turned into a pretext for Wahhabi networks to slander the Shia righteous school.…

What are the effects of reciting the Quran at home?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The house which the Quran is recited in it, the blessings will be plenty in that house, and the sustenance of the members of that household will be increased, and that house…

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…

To make a vow to fast whilst travelling in the Month of Ramadhan / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about making a vow (Nadhr) to fast whilst travelling in the Month of Ramadhan. Question: A person who is travelling in the Month of Ramadhan; can he/she make a vow to fast? The…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What are the practical ways of entering paradise?

SHAFAQNA - Mo’adh ibn Jabal said: In the War of Tabuk, due to extreme hot weather, everyone went to a corner and I was next to the Prophet (PBUH), I went closer and said: O’ the prophet of Allah (SWT), guide me to a way which takes me to…

Can swallowing saliva make fasting void (Batel)? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about swallowing saliva when fasting. Question: the person, who is fasting and smells the food which causes the saliva to gather in the mouth; if the saliva is swallowed, will it…

Why Lailatul Qadr is the most important night of the year?

SHAFAQNA - We must prepare ourselves to enter the feast of Allah (SWT) which God willing we will enter with pure souls, with Divine Light of guidance. Compared with other months, we must be different in this blessed and great month (Ramadhan),…

What can Dua do to the human being?

SHAFAQNA - The interpretation by some of our great scholars about Dua is that, the Quran was sent down and Dua goes up. The spirituality in Dua wants to make the mankind into a real human being. If the mankind is left to itself will be more…

Why serving people is an essential characteristic of an Islamic leader?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The leader and head of any group is the servant of that group [1]. This Hadith (narration) is pointing to the fact that whoever serves his/her people, such a person is most…

What is the ruling on exchanging good quality rice with low quality one? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about exchanging good quality rice with low quality one. Question: If we exchange good quality rice with low quality one and receive extra money, what is the ruling on such dealing…

What to do for our Duas to be accepted in Lailatul Qadr?

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Prophet Moses (AS) told God: O’ God, I want to be near You (God). The reply came: To be near Me (God) is for the one who stays awake in Lailatul Qadr (the night of destiny). Prophet Moses (AS) said:…

Why fasting in the holy Month of Ramadhan is so special?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Allah (SWT) said: Fasting is for Me (God), and I Myself (God) will grant its rewards, and for the one who is fasting there are two happy times: 1) At the time of Iftar (breaking…

What are the three distinct characteristics of the world lovers according to Imam Ali (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The one whose heart is bonded with the love of the world, his/her life is tied up with three problems; inextricable grief, inseparable greed, and unattainable wishes/desires [1]. [1] Nahjul Balaghah, Wisdom…

What is the ruling on paying for goods later or sooner than the agreed date? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about paying for goods sooner or later than the agreed date. Question: 1) Is there any problem if after dealing with the customer, say to the customer that the price can be paid later,…

What is the night of destiny?

SHAFAQNA - In the night of destiny (Lailatul Qadr), the angel will come down to the Caliph of Allah (SWT) in order to take delivery of all the affairs signed by him and then depart to put those in action. In that night everything (every aspect…