Who are the best of people in this world and in the hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The best of people in this world are the most generous of them; and best of people on the Day of Judgement are the most pious of them [1]. [1] Meshkatul Anwaar, Page 232; and Beharul…

Who are Nasibis and what is the religious ruling about having connection with them? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about Nasibis. Question: Who is Nasibi and what is the religious ruling about having connection with a Nasibi? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi: The person, who has adopted…

Why marrying young is advised in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whenever a young person marries in his/her youth, Satan cries loud and says: Woe is me (despair)! Woe is me! He/she saved two thirds of his/her religion from my harms. Therefore,…

Is it appropriate to perform Istikharah? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about performing Istikharah. Question: Is performing Istikharah as is customary among us nowadays, religiously approved and appropriate? And is there any harm in repeating it if it…

What is the complete prosperity?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The complete prosperity is to protect and control all parts of your own body from any badness which maybe inflicted on them by yourself [1]. [1] Tohaful Oqool, Page 201, and Beharul…

Is it allowed to remain silent when it can be regarded as approval or strengthening the oppressor? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about remaining silent when it can be regarded as approval or strengthening the oppressor. Question: Is it allowed to remain silent when it can be regarded as approval or…

Is self-assessment really important?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: O’ the child of Adam (AS), you will always be blessed and remain magnanimous, as long as you have an (honest) advisor inside you, and self-assessment is one of your important tasks,…

What are the effects of vanity and selfishness?

SHAFAQNA - One of the corrupting effects of vanity and selfishness is to undermine sins; rather the arrogant human being never tries to purify his/her own soul, and considers himself/herself to be clean and pure. And such a person never thinks…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer about commemorating 7th of Safar as the martyrdom anniversary for Imam Hassan (AS)

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani emphasized the protection of the Shia tradition of 7th of Safar as the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hassan Mojtaba (AS). The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi: 7th of Safar as the day of mourning for…

The condition for prohibition of using offensive language/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the condition for prohibition of using offensive language. Question: Is it the condition for the prohibition of using offensive language that the addressee be present? The…

What is the right of stomach on the human being?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The right of stomach on you is that you must not consider it as a container to be filled with Haram things (food, drink and others) in small or large amounts, and also observe moderation…

Is it a sin not to take part in mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussain (AS)? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about not taking part in mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussain (AS). Question: Is it Wajib to take part in mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussain (AS)? If a person does not…

Considering that it is allowed to perform full Salaat in Karbala, is it possible to fast in Karbala without intending to stay there for 10 days? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about fasting in Karbala without having the intention of staying in Karbala for 10 days. Question: Considering that it is allowed to perform full Salaat in Karbala, is it possible…

How to form a beautiful and rewarding life in this world and the hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: If the following four characteristics are in a person, his/her belief is complete, his/her sins will be forgiven, and will meet God when Allah (SWT) is satisfied with him/her [1]. …

Is it backbiting if others faults are mentioned when consulting with someone? The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi Ardebili’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi Ardebili answered a question about mentioning faults of others at the time of consultation. Question: Sometimes some people ask us about a famous personality who is the author of many books or delivers…

Women crying loud in mourning ceremonies/the Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about women crying loud in mourning ceremonies. Question: Is it allowed for women to cry loud in mourning ceremonies of Imams (AS) especially Imam Hussain (AS) considering that non-Mahram…

Can the person who does not pay Khoms and Zakat from his wealth, spend from that wealth in the way of Imam Hussain (AS)? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered questions about spending in the way of Imam Hussain (AS) from the wealth which Khoms has not been paid for. Question: If a person does not perform Salaat, and does not fast, and spend for Imam…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s view about new style eulogies

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani expressed his views regarding the new style eulogies. Question: What is the ruling about the music in any style or various sounds including songs without music or new style eulogies? The Grand Ayatollah…

The boundaries of the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) where the Salaat of the passenger can be performed in full or broken/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the boundaries of the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS). Question: What are the boundaries for the Shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) where the Salaat of the passenger can be performed…

Is Ziarat Arbaeen special to the Day of Arbaeen? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about Ziarat Arbaeen. Question: Considering the large crowd gathering for Ziarat Arbaeen; is Ziarat Arbaeen special to the Day of Arbaeen or is it included in days before…

Cases which the woman can ask the religious authority for divorce/the Grand Ayatollah Sisatni’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about cases which the woman can ask the religious authorities for divorce. Question: When can the woman ask the religious authority for divorce? Can the woman whose permanent husband…

Who is the true successor of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) has trusted and revealed all the facts and information to me; and the place where that person will die, and the saving place of a person who will be saved; and the end of this rule,…

Why knowledge without educating the heart is harmful?

SHAFAQNA - Education (of the heart) is important, knowledge on its own is useless and dangerous. Sometimes when the rain which is the Divine Blessing fall on the flowers, their scent rise; when the rain fall on dirty places, bad smell rise.…

The ruling about giving the Quran as a present to a disbeliever/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about giving the Quran as a present to a disbeliever. Question: Is it allowed to give as present the Quran, special prayers (Zikr) for protection, sustenance, and health to disbelievers? The…

The personal duty towards someone who wants to commit apostasy/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about the personal duty towards someone who wants to commit apostasy. Question: One of my friends is serious about changing his religion from Islam to Christianity; by doing…

What are the reasons for downfall of Islamic societies?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali said: Know that, after Hegira, you have become like dessert Arabs, and after untity and brotherhood, have turned into different factions, you only know a name from Islam, and you only recognize a sign from the belief. You…

Is abortion allowed as a result of rape? The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi Ardabili’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi Ardabili answered questions about abortion in cases of rape. Question: As you are aware some of the reasons for abortions are due to rape where some girls or women unwillingly or by force such as: hypnotism,…

Condition women must consider when consulting a male doctor/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the condition women must consider before consulting a male doctor. Question: Are women allowed to consult a male doctor who is specialist in female illnesses when his expertise…