Doubt in Prayers

SHAFAQNA- Q 512: A person in the third rak‘ah of his prayer doubts whether he has performed the qunūt or not. What should they do? Should he complete the prayer or should he break it when the doubt occurs? A: The doubt should be ignored.…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about freezing the body of a Muslim

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about freezing the body (corpse) of a Muslim. Question: Is it allowed for the phenomenon of freezing the body of the human beings (cryonic) to be applied on the body of a…

Is flexibility a good characteristic for believers?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The condition of the believer is like a hyacinth that the quick wind moves it, sometimes it stands up and sometimes bends; but disbelievers are not flexible towards people,…

What are the effects of desires on wisdom?

SHAFAQNA - If wisdom and knowledge are together, a person can reach his aim because according to a narration, the wisdom is described as: The thing which with it, the servitude of God and the paradise can be attained [1]. Of course the wisdom…

What are the signs of hypocrisy?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 4 of Surah Al-Monafeqoon says: “When you look at them, their exteriors may surprisingly please you (attract you), and if they speak (because of their look) you listen to their words. They are like hollow pieces of the timber…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer to a question about asking people for forgiveness for the person who is passed away

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about asking people for forgiveness for the person who is passed away. Question: When a person is passed away, the relatives of the deceased address those who take part in…

Which of the two versions of Hadith Thaqalayn are more authentic?

SHAFAQNA- Shiites say that the Prophet of Islam (S) said in the last days of his life: "I am leaving two things among you, the Quran and my progeny" Sunnis say, "the Quran and my Sunnah". Which is correct? What are the sources they are relying…

Can Muslims celebrate non-Islamic holidays like the New Year and Christmas?

SHAFAQNA- Question: I’d like to hear about the intention behind an action according to Islam. If I for instance, wish others a happy new year, why am I considered a bad Muslim if my intention is to be humble and respect other people’s…

Music from the Islamic point of view

SHAFAQNA- Question: Why has Islam prohibited music, and what is the philosophy in prohibiting it? Answer: Music has become so common that most people are not ready to think about music in its proper perspective (about the bad evil effect…

The Quran’s Most Controversial Verse – Beating Women

SHAFAQNA- QUESTION: Can it be understood from the following verse that Islam is a male-chauvinistic religion?: “…As for those [wives] whose misconduct you fear, advise them, then, keep away from them in the bed, and then, beat them…”…

Has God promised to defend the real believers?

SHAFAQNA - God has declared in holy verses of the Quran that the Supreme Being defends some groups and people or will send help to defend them. For example, Ayah 38 of Surah Al-Hajj says: “Allah (SWT) defends those who believe because God…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about the duty of the husband and the father regarding internet connections

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about the duty of the husband and the father regarding internet connections (communications). Questions: With advances in science and technology and the spread of internet and social…

Who is the real friend?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: The real friend protects his/her friends in three occasions. 1. At the time of difficulty 2. At the time when his/her friends are not present 3. After death [1]. [1] Nahjul Balaghah, Wisdom 134.

How do the followers of Ahlul Bait (AS) behave?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Baqer (AS) narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Our Shias are those who give generously to each other because of our (Ahlul Bait (AS)) Welayat; they are kind to each other because of our (Ahlul Bait (AS)) friendship; and visit…

The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answer to a question about spending from orphans fund for abandoned children

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi answered a question about spending from orphans fund for abandoned children. Question: Can orphans fund be used for abandoned children? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi: The term orphan does not include…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about bond of brotherhood

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about bond (contract) of brotherhood. Question: Can bond (contract) of brotherhood be concluded with another person? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: The effects of real brotherhood…

Why old age is brilliant light on the Day of Resurrection?

SHAFAQNA- As in hadith below it is explained, why old age is brilliant light on the day of Resurrection? Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘I have never seen anything catch up with something faster than old age catches up with a believer, for verily…

Is there a tradition of Imam Ali (a.s) in which He says that a mixture of saffron, honey and So’d Kufi has a wonderful effect on memory?

SHAFAQNA- Is this tradition that is mentioned in Bihar al-anwar in which Imam Ali (a.s) said: “if one mixtures saffron and So’d Kufi and honey together and have it each day, the one will get a memory that all people think he/she is a magician”…

Is there any problem in sweeping and cleaning one”s house at night?

SHAFAQNA- I have heard mostly from old people that one should not dust, sweep or broom their house after sunset? Is it true? Concise answer 1.  Having conducted a research into Hadith (scriptural) sources, we found out that the…

What is a pure heart?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Allah (SWT) looks kindly to the pure (clean) hearts of the servants of God [1]. What is a pure heart? At the time of creation of the heart, God made it the place of Divine Kindness. Anything…

What is the consequence of steadfastness in religion?

SHAFAQNA - Asbaq ibn Nabateh one of the closest companions of Imam Ali (AS) narrated: I was reciting a Dua in Imam Ali's house, Imam (AS) saw me and asked: What are you doing? I replied: I am reciting a Dua. Imam Ali (AS) said: Whenever you…

What are the results of excessive praise?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) addressing Malik Ashtar said: As far as your are able, join the pious and truthful people (those who tell the truth, genuine people), and guide them in a way that they do not praise you a lot, and they do not encourage…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answers to questions about guiding and selling drugs for abortion

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi answered questions about guiding and selling drugs for abortion. Question: What is the ruling about guiding a person who intends to abort a foetus, practically (perform or abandon) and situational circumstances…

Were Imām Sajjād and Imām Bāqir present in Karbalā?

SHAFAQNA- Salām ‘Alaykum, I wanted to ask if our fourth Imam, Zayn al-‘Ābidīn (as) was present at the event of Karbalā? Where was Imām Muḥammad Bāqir (as) [during this time]? Was he [also] present at Karbalā? Did he travel to Karbalā…

Is it possible to throw some light on the life and messengership of Prophet Hud (a.s.)?

SHAFAQNA- Prophet Hud is one of the divine prophets whose name has been mentioned seven times in Surah al-Araf and Surah al-Shu’ara.  He is among the descendants (great grandsons) of Prophet Noah (a.s.) with seven generations away. He…

What does Islam say about arrogance?

SHAFAQNA - Islamic teachings stress and encourage courtesy which is opposite arrogance. Various verses in the holy Quran refer to the effects and blessings of courtesy so that people are encouraged to adopt courteous behaviour in their life…

What did Imam Kazim (AS) say about helping oppressors?

SHAFAQNA - Harun Alrasheed who was the ruler of the time, used all the tricks and oppressive ways to prolong his rule. Ziad ibn Abisalameh narrated: I went to see Imam Kazim (AS), Imam (AS) criticised and blamed me for working in Harun's government.…

Is it right to teach others how to apologise?

SHAFAQNA - The human being should learn the proper way of offering apology where and when necessary. The holy Quran teaches and encourages people to learn this important skill. For example throughout the Surah Al-Yusuf, the Prophet Yusuf (AS)…