Fasting and weakness: The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting and weakness. Question: Can a person who is unable to fast in the month of Ramadhan and is weak, fast? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Weakness on its own even though…

The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer to a question about endoscopy whilst fasting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about carrying out endoscopy whilst fasting. Question: Endoscopy is a device which enters digestive tract and takes pictures without anything entering stomach. Can this operation make…

The Grand Ayatollah Vahid’s answer about the rules of fasting for breastfeeding women

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah vahid Khorasani answered a question about the rules of fasting for breastfeeding mothers. Question: What is the ruling about a woman (mother) who breastfeeds a child? The Grand Ayatollah Vahid: This question…

Timespan for fasting in a country without dawn or sunset/the Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about the timespan for a country which has no dawn or sunset. Question: I am in Sweden and do not know how many hours I should fast. The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz: If the country you…

Nose bleed and the blood entering the throat when fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered question about nose bleed and the blood entering the throat at the time of fasting. Question: When nose bleed happens, if a person looks up for the blood to stop, the blood may enter the throat; a)…

What are the effects of food on the soul?

SHAFAQNA - Eating a lot kills the heart, causes rebellion and lack of control. Hunger is one of the good characteristics of the believer. Yahya ibn Ma'az said: If you ask all the angels, the seven skies, 124000 prophets, any book, guardian and…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about fasting for those who travel a lot

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about fasting for those people who are always travelling. Question: How does a person like a driver fasts when he is always travelling? And who is considered as a person who travels…

Can a wife obey her husband who does not fast without any religious reason? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about obedience of a woman from her husband who does not fast without any religious reason. Question: When the husband does not fast and the wife not fasting due to breastfeeding,…

What are the benefits of learning, teaching and acting on the commands of the holy Quran?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: Learn the holy Quran which is the best of sayings and understand it well because it is the spring of the hearts. Request cure and wellness from its light, as it is the cure of the ill chests; and recite the holy…

Fasting in long days in countries like Denmark/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting in long days in countries like Denmark. Question: I live in Denmark, day is 20-21 hours and I am working, and I am not able to fast in these long days, what is the ruling…

If mother forces the child to break the fast at the time of fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about parents forcing their children to break their fast. Question: If I am fasting and my mother forces me to eat or drink, is my fast void (Baatel)? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei:…

Not fasting due to taking contraceptive pills/the Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani answered a question about not fasting due to taking contraceptive pills. Question: If a person is fasting during the day of the holy month of Ramadhan and to prevent pregnancy must take pills…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about the ruling for Salaat and fasting when stopping journey after about 25 kilometres

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about ruling for Salaat and fasting when stopping journey after about 25 kilometers. Question: If a passenger stops the journey after about 25 kilometers and does not want…

The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer to a question about marrying those with Haram incomes

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about marrying those with Haram incomes. The Grand Ayatollah Safi: But marrying a person whose job is Haram and his income is Haram, although intrinsically it is not forbidden, that…

9 year old girls who are not able to fast/the Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about adult girls who are not able to fast. Question: The adult age for woman has been mentioned as 9 years in Resalahs and it becomes Wajeb for her to perform religious duties, while…

Can Patience and forbearance lead to success?

SHAFAQNA - One of the elements which has great influence in the success of the human being and is a condition for achievements in especially big tasks, is having a lot of patience. Having less patience is an obstacle for success and makes the…

What will happen to believers when they pass away?

SHAFAQNA - Sadeer Sairafi narrated: I was with Imam Sadeq (AS) when the topic of discussion was about the believer. Imam (AS) faced me and asked: O' Aba Fazel, Don't you want me to talk to you about the position of the believer with God? I replied:…

Why it is not allowed to become a burden to others?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The one who makes an effort to manage his family (earning for his family), is like the swordsman in the way of God [1]. The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was against any kind of…

What is the criterion for sighting the new moon? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about sighting the new moon. Question: Considering big differences in sighting the new moon: What is the criterion for sighting? Is it enough to use the existing calendars…

How to combat Satan?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam who said: Prophet Moses(AS) was sitting down when Iblis (Satan) came to him. Moses (AS) said: Inform me of a sin that if it is committed by the human being, you will dominate that person. Iblis…

Can the night when full moon is evident be cited for determining the first day of month? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about determining the first day of month. Question: Can the night when full moon is evident be cited for determining the first day of month, so to clarify the situation of Youmal…

The inheritance aspect of life insurance payment/The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the inheritance aspect of the life insurance payment. Question: Is the life insurance payment to a beneficiary counted as the inheritance of the deceased? The Grand…

Why piety and justice are inseparable?

SHAFAQNA - According to the holy Quran, all Divine Commands are meaningful within the frame of piety (Taqwa) and the nearest deed which proves it (piety) to be true is justice, and this is clearly stated by Allah (SWT) in Ayah 8 of Surah Al-Ma’edah:…

Can the believer break the given promise?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whoever believes in Allah (SWT) and the Day of Judgment must fulfill his/her given promise [1]. It is also narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Do not promise your brother…

Why forgiveness is better than revenge?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: The right of the person who has done bad to you by words or by action is that, if that bad deed is on purpose, forgiving him/her is better for you because your forgiveness makes that…

What is the connection between creation and justice?

SHAFAQNA - The order of creation (existence) is based on the axis of justice and there is no oppression or deviation in Divine Creation by Allah (SWT). According to holy verses of the Quran for example, in a part of Ayah 25 of Surah Al-Hadeed,…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi answered a question about defending the person who is subjected to backbiting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about defending someone who has been subjected to backbiting. Question: Is it Wajeb for the listener to stand up and defend and remove the case of backbiting from the person…

What is the purpose of flattery?

SHAFAQNA - Flattery is mostly (carried out) for deceiving and capturing people and the human being flatters others for the sake of greed [1]. Subordinates for their bosses and those who seek positions for the sake of using ignoble people, flatter…