Why we cry for Imam Hussain (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - Regarding Imam Hussain (AS), in fact the human being cries for the oppression of justice and wisdom. If justice wants to come out in a shape, it will be drawn in the most beautiful shape; if wisdom wants to come into a shape, it…

What are the effects of character assassination of a believer?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: If a person says words against a believer and the intention is to portray a bad image of the believer and destroy his/her social reputation, and disgrace him/her, Allah (SWT) will remove…

Mourning ceremonies in apartments which bother neighbours/the Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about mourning ceremonies in apartments which bother neighbours. Question: Living in apartment block, if in one of the apartments, mourning or Dua ceremony is held in a way that it…

Is it appropriate for individuals to call themselves dogs of Ahlul Bait (AS) in mourning ceremonies? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about using inappropriate poems in mourning ceremonies. Question: Those who in their poems or in mourning ceremonies call themselves dogs of Ahlul Bait (AS), is saying such…

Is it appropriate to perform Salaat wearing black for mourning Imam Hussain (AS)/the Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered questions about performing Salaat wearing black for mourning Imam Hussain (AS). Question: What is the ruling about wearing black for mourning Imam Hussain (AS) in the months of Muharram and Safar?…

What kind of eulogy is allowed in gatherings to commemorate Ahlul Bait (AS)? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the duties of eulogists in gatherings to commemorate Ahlul Bait (AS). Question: What kind of eulogy is allowed in gatherings for Ahlul Bait (AS), and what points eulogists…

Is wearing black in two months of Moharram and Safar Mostahab or Makroh? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about wearing black in two months of Moharram and Safar. Question: What is the ruling about wearing black in two months of Moharram and Safar, is it Mostahab (recommended) or Makroh…

Is temporary marriage necessary between the owner of the sperm and the donor of the eggs for in vitro fertilization (IVF)? The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli answered a question about temporary marriage for IVF. Question: As IVF is used to cure infertility in cases where the wife has no active eggs, the eggs from widowed or divorced women are used. So,…

A condition which makes it permissible working for non-Muslims/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about working for non-Muslims. Question: What is the ruling regarding working for Jews, Christians and other disbelieving sects and being paid by them? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei:…

Why the believer needs to prepare the provisions for hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - Wake up from deep sleep and take notice. Know that you are a passenger and have a destination. Your destination is the other world, and you will be taken from this world whether you want it or not. If you prepare provisions for this…

Autopsy of a Muslim for scientific progress/the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli answered a question about autopsy of a Muslim. Question: If there is no access to non-Muslim corpses, can the corpses of Muslim adult, non-adult and foetus be used for autopsy for tests and scientific…

The ruling about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat. Question: What is the ruling about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Avoid eating giraffe…

Why it is difficult to purify the corrupt soul?

SHAFAQNA - Even after repenting, that pure inherent light  and the spiritual purity do not remain with the repentant person. If a page of paper is blackened and it is decided to bring it back to its original shine, of course it cannot be done,…

The way to divide common assets of a couple between inheritors after the death of the husband/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about dividing common assets of a couple between inheritors after the death of the husband. Question: A husband and wife were civil servants and used to spend their money jointly…

Can repentance cause quashing of punishment? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about the effect of repenting on punishments. Question: Some of the accused, after their sentences are announced according to either religious law or criminal law, become regretful and…

Why stinginess must be avoided?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Avoid stinginess which destroyed your ancestors, stinginess made them lie, which they lied; it made them to oppress, and they oppressed; and made them to cut ties with their…

The way the foetus can inherit/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the way the foetus can inherit. Question: If a man dies whilst his wife is pregnant, can the foetus inherit? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: Whenever there is a child…

How to find concentration when performing Salaat?

SHAFAQNA - The Salaat which takes the human being to Meraj (ascension), which causes the human being to progress is the Salaat with heartfelt presence. If you want to have heartfelt presence when performing Salaat, listen to this advice: Whenever…

The ruling about ending the life of a patient with incurable illness by medicines given by doctor and patient’s agreement/the Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi answered questions about ending the life of a patient with incurable illness by medicines given by doctor and patient’s agreement. Question: Considering that in some cases those who suffer from…

Why self-improvement at young age is so important?

SHAFAQNA - Islam and all its teachings are there to reform and improve the individual. If you are reformed, everything else will be reformed; and if you are corrupt, then everything else will be corrupted. Try to rectify the ruins, you do not…

What is the message of the dead at the time of funeral ceremony?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: There is not a house exempt from being visited by the Angel of Death five times a day, to see if the life of the owner or residents of that house has ended or not. If the Angel…

In what conditions watching comedy programmes allowed? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about watching or listening to comedy programmes. Question: Is watching or listening to comedy programmes in television and radio allowed? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: There…

Is it allowed to pay back debt to usurer? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about paying back debt (loan) to usurer. Question: Is it allowed to pay back debt (loan) to usurer? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Paying back the original debt (loan) is Wajeb because…

What was the main aim of Ghadeer?

SHAFAQNA - The fact that in our narrations from its time of happening until now, Ghadeer has been honoured and commemorated, it is not because ruling (governing) others is an issue. The governance according to Imam Ali (AS) is what he said to…

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s view about ladies cycling

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question regarding ladies cycling. Question: It is a while that the news from your office has been published in cyber space that ladies are allowed to cycle by observing religious considerations.…

Two ways of proving a person is Seyyed / the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about ways of proving a person is Seyyed. Question: How to prove a person is Seyyed? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: There are two ways which can prove a person is Seyyed: …

Five cases where the present cannot be taken back/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about cases where the present cannot be taken back. Question: In what conditions the given present can be taken back? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: A person who gives a present…

Why some prayers are difficult to perform?

SHAFAQNA - Regular prayers and practices in Islam are for the preparation of the soul and some of these prayers are really difficult to perform. Jihad is one of those prayers, and clearly it is not easy. It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam…