Where and when excuses are not accepted?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: There are three occasions when excuses are not accepted from anyone; returning something that is left in trust to its owner whether the owner is good or bad person; to be faithful to one’s…

I drank Alcohol by mistake – have I sinned?

SHAFAQNA- Question: A beverage was served where i asked for just lemon lime. I drank from it and noticed it tasted funny, the waiter mentioned that it was in fact lemon lime bitters. it was literally a sip and had no idea that the beverage…

Do we have the right to ask about the Logic behind Islamic Laws?

SHAFAQNA- Now we discuss the most important topics about Islamic laws, its rules and regulations and their philosophy and most of the questions and answers are based on this. “Why should we pray Prayers is the question every person asks…

Is it important to accept others apologies?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: If a person insults me in my right ear and offers an apology in my left ear, I will forgive him; because my father Imam Ali (AS) narrated from my grandfather, the Prophet of Allah (SWT)…

What is the most immoral earning?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Baqer (AS) who said: The most immoral earning is from usury [1]. Also it is narrated: The usurer will be resurrected as a mad person on the Day of Judgment [2]. [1] Kafi, Vol.5, Page 147. [2] Tafseer…

Why Don’t I find Joy in Saying My Prayers?

SHAFAQNA- How to Feel the Joy of Worship?   It has been a while that I did not like to say my prayers. I find a lot of excuses in order not to say my prayers. For example, I tell myself that I will say my prayers after I watch a…

Why human being must try not to commit sin?

SHAFAQNA - Even after repenting, the purity of soul cannot be as before because when a white sheet of paper is blackened, cannot be returned to its original shine; or if a broken dish is repaired, is not easy to make it look like its original…

What are the effects of fairness and justice according to Islam?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: O' Ali (AS), whatever you do not want for yourself, do not wish for others; and whatever you like for yourself, like it for your (Muslim) brother as well. In this way, you…

Why did God choose to keep Himself, hell and heaven and angels hidden from human eye?

SHAFAQNA- Why did God choose to keep Himself, hell and heaven and angels hidden from human eye? Is it because if we would have seen it, we would have been more virtuous? Concise answer The angels, heaven, Hell and the reality of…

Which type of love, out of the many, is correct according to Islam?

SHAFAQNA- Philosophers and Gnostics have divided love into various categories; however as a general division they have divided love into two types: 1. True love which is the love for Allah, His attributes, and His actions. 2. Metaphorical…

What is the meaning of ownership and kingdom of Allah, the Lord of the Universe? Why is said that God is the king?

SHAFAQNA- One of the attributes of Allah is "Mālik" which literally means "being powerful" and "having something in one's exclusive possession". This word has sometimes been translated into "king" in other languages including Farsi and English.…

How long will the Imam of Time, Imam Mahdi (AS), will this world rule after he reappears?

SHAFAQNA- There are two categories of narrations in this regard which are apparently varied giving differing reports: 1.  The first category of narrations has, for the major part, been extracted from Sunni sources.[1]According to it, the…

Can lineage save a person from Divine punishment?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Reza (AS) was attending a meeting and in a corner he noticed Zaid (known as Zaidul Naar, Imam’s brother) was talking about the virtues of the descendants of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and how they are special. Imam Reza (AS)…

Who defends the rights of the oppressed people?

SHAFAQNA - There are various narrations which indicate that God will not ignore the rights of the oppressed ones and the Supreme Being defends their rights. In this regard, it is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Avoid the…

Is this world amusing?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 64 of Surah Al-Ankabut says: "What is the life of this world but amusement and play? Verily, the home in the hereafter is the real life indeed, if they but knew." As indicated in the holy Quran, the real life will be in the hereafter;…

Is this statement "Everyday is Ashura and every place is Karbala" a hadith? How reliable is its chain of narrators (sanad)?

SHAFAQNA- I have been told by several individuals that this hadith is invalid or that it is not a hadith: “Every day is Ashura and every place is Karbala”. I have also read on the internet that this is a hadith from Imam Sadiq (peace be…

What are the different dimensions of Lady Fatimah’s (as) character?

SHAFAQNA- The dimensions of Lady Fatimah’s (as) character are very vast and can only be understood through deep and profound thought and study. Reading and researching about her spirituality, knowledge and political struggles and the other…

Who is wise and logical?

SHAFAQNA - The passage of time and years of someone's life are not enough to make a human being wise and logical. This moral virtue like all other ones need practice and endeavour. First of all, scientific knowledge and thinking capacity are…

How did Imam Ali (AS) describe this world?

SHAFAQNA - Dharar, a close companion of Imam Ali (AS) arrived at Shaam (Damascus) and Moawiyeh asked him about Imam Ali (AS). Dharar replied: I saw Ali (AS) when it was night and he was standing in praying alter (Mehraab), holding his beard…

Why didn’t Allah miraculously prevent the killing of Imam Hussein (A.S.)?

SHAFAQNA- If everything is in Allah's hands then why didn’t he blunt the dagger that martyred Imam Hussein - by ordering it not to cut - the same way he did in the story of Prophet Ismail? Concise answer Everything takes place under…

In Islam can we confess our sins to another person?

SHAFAQNA- Why isn’t there a specified person or people in Islam to confess to, as seen in Catholicism where Catholics confess to a father but no one actually knows who he is? Concise answer In the religion of Islam nobody has the permission…

Why good and bad deeds must be rewarded appropriately?

SHAFAQNA - Addressing Malik Ashtar, Imam Ali (AS) said: Never consider the good-doer and the bad-doer in your mind as the same because the good-doers will become discouraged and the bad-doers will be encouraged. Therefore, reward each one of…

Can the wife use preventive methods to avoid pregnancy without her husband’s permission? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the wife using preventive methods to avoid pregnancy without her husband’s permission. Question: Is it allowed for the wife to use preventive methods to avoid pregnancy without…

Does the verse "فما استمتعتم به منهّن فاتوهن اجورهنّ فریضة" imply temporary marriage?

SHAFAQNA- Does the verse "فما استمتعتم به منهّن فاتوهن اجورهنّ فریضة" imply temporary marriage? Why didn’t Allah demand the prophet to do so when mentioning the verse of Surah Nisa by using an amr verb? Concise…

In which sermon (khutaba) does Imam Ali (a.s.) elaborate on how those who had preceded him as Caliphs reached the caliphate?

SHAFAQNA- In which sermon does Imam Ali (a.s.) elaborate on how those, who had preceded him as Caliphs, reached the caliphate? What is the title of the sermon? Concise answer Ali, the Commander of the Faithful, speaks about the…

Why is it necessary to look for your own faults?

SHAFAQNA - The best manifestation of proper education and wisdom is finding own faults. Meaning human being is able to sink into his/her own deep thoughts, tendencies, deeds and promises and find own faults, point at them and remove them from…

Is wealth good?

SHAFAQNA - Sometimes wealth can bring prosperity to some individuals because they are always careful not to sacrifice their religious duties for the sake of the world and these type of people are applauded. But there are who sacrifice their…

Can a nurse touch the opposite sex patient? A question answered by the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about a nurse touching the opposite sex patient. Question: A nurse, who is the opposite sex of the patient at the time of checking the pulse or other medical necessities which…