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…

What are the signs of Divine Satisfaction?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated in a Divine Narration (Hadith) that Prophet Moses (AS) told God: O' my God, what is the sign of Your satisfaction from Your servant? God sent revelation to Moses (AS): Whenever you see that I have prepared My servant…

Do people whose mother or grandmother (from father or mother side) is a Seyyedeh, have the rights of other Sadaats? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the rights of people whose mother or grandmother is a Seyyedeh. Question: Do people whose mother or grandmother (from father or mother side) is a Seyyedeh, have the…

Have the children of Hazrat Abbas ibn Ali (AS) the same rights as other Sadaats? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about the rights of the children of Hazrat Abbas (AS). Question: Have the children of Hazrat Abbas ibn Ali (AS) the same rights as other Sadaats, for example can a theology student…

What are the reasons behind dignity and degradation of nations?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: When you study and think about the lives of the previous generations, undertake the factors which gave them dignity, and removed enemies from their path, and provided blessed lives for them, and granted them abundant…

Why believers must always be ready for death?

SHAFAQNA - A pious man went to the Mosque to pray, and the worshippers reconzied him and requested him to advise them after Salaat. He accepted and after Salaat, all the eyes were on him, so he sat on the preaching chamber and started his speech.…

Why Dua is important?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Baqer (AS) was asked: Which one of the prayers is the best? Imam Baqer (AS) did not answer this question but explained about a more fundamental issue. Imam Baqer (AS) said: There is no more likeable deed by Allah (SWT) than when…

Is it allowed to destroy animals after medical tests on them? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about destroying animals after medical tests on them. Question: If medical tests are carried out on animals and at the end the animals are destroyed, apart from the liability, are…

Sports or games which cause harm to animals/the Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered a question about sports or games which cause harm to animals. Question: Bozkashi is the sport where riders on horses follow the live animal (like a goat) aiming to catch and drop…

At what time the Salaat of Eid-ul-Adha (Eid Qorban) must be performed? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the time for performing Salaat of Eid-ul-Adha. Question: At what time the Salaat of Eid-ul-Fitr and Salaat of Eid-ul-Adha must be performed? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem:…

Permission for non-Muslims to visit historical Mosques/the Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi answered a question about non-Muslims visiting historical Mosques. Question: What is the ruling about non-Muslims visiting historical Mosques? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi: There is no problem…

Why it is important to find out about our own faults?

SHAFAQNA - How inappropriate it is when a human being who has thousands of faults, neglects them and pays attention to the faults of others to cover his/her own faults. If the human being reflects on his/her own situation, ethics and deeds,…

The conditions for burying Muslims in non-Islamic cemetery/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about burying Muslim in non-Islamic cemetery. Question: Whenever transferring the dead body of Muslim to an Islamic country costs a lot, can the body be buried in non-Muslim cemetery…

What to do in regard with burying deceased Muslims when the bodies must be burned in Japan/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about burying Muslims in Japan where bodies must be burned. Question: What is the ruling about a person who lives in Japan and his wife is also from that country and they are residents…

How to become the companion of the prophets?

SHAFAQNA - One day the Prophet Dawood (AS) in his prayers asked God to introduce his companion in paradise to him. Dawood (AS) was told: Go out of the gates of the town tomorrow, and the first person  you meet, will be your companion in paradise.…

Why the needy must be helped?

SHAFAQNA - A person asked Imam Hussain (AS): Why you never return a needy person disappointed, even when you are riding a camel? Imam Hussain (AS) replied: I am also needy and like God to help me. That is why I am ashamed to disappoint the needy…

Granting a Prayer

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SHAFAQNA- Does Allah (SWT) grant all our prayers? Is it possible that Allah (SWT) does not grant our prayers? How can we become confident that our prayer will be granted? May Allah (SWT) bless you. :Answer  As…

How can the holy Quran help us?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: A person who is (a constant) companion of the Quran is guided by it and his/her deviation from the right path, as well as the blindness of his/her heart will be diminished. Be aware that a person who has the Quran,…

The solution for the boy and the girl who are willing to marry but due to high dowry demanded by the girl’s family the marriage is cancelled

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered questions about high dowry. Question: Is it allowed to demand high dowry in Islam? In your opinion, is there a solution for the girl and the boy who are willing to marry but due…

The rights of the residents of the village from discovered mine within its boundary/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about the rights of the residents of the village from discovered mine within its boundaries. Question: There are many mines in the outskirts of our town. These mines are not…