What is philosophy? Why is it bad?

SHAFAQNA- There is a hadith from Imam Hasan Askari (A.S.) which says that the scholars in the apocalyptic period turn to philosophy and Roman Sufism. I wish to know what philosophy is and why is it bad? Concise answer As for your…

Please let me get a short sketch of the life, children and grandchildren of Imam Musa Kadhim (AS).

SHAFAQNA- I am Iraqi originally and I am Shi\'ah. Since I have been living in Libya for a long time, I have lost my lineal tree and ancestral relation to Imam Musa bin Ja\'far. Therefore, I want to get enough information about the lives of the…

What is meant by inner rules in regards to recite the Holy Quran?

SHAFAQNA- Since the Holy Quran is Allah's words and the Prophet of Islam's (P.B.U.H) miracle, Muslims show the special respect to it even at the advent of Islam. According to the verses of Quran, recommendations and narrations of the Holy Prophet…

Why Halal earning is considered the most important part of the prayers in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - In Islam the most important and superior of the prayers is Halal earning. It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: “Prayers have seventy parts and the highest and the most important part is Halal earning [1].”…

What is the best deed after performing Salaat?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: The best of deeds after performing Salaat is making happy the heart of a believer without a sin being committed [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 44, page 194.

Can Imam Mahdi (AJ) hear and see us?

SHAFAQNA - What is embarrassing for us is that Imam Mahdi (AJ) knows and hears about everything. The infallibles are like the seeing eyes and the hearing  ears of God. If a word is said, even before others in a meeting can hear it, they (infallibles)…

The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about annulling a marriage due to addiction

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about annulling a marriage due to addiction. Question: After the marriage, the husband finds out that the wife has been an addict months before they marry. Considering that before…

What are the most important conditions for acceptance of Dua by God?

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) in Ayah 62 of Surah Naml says: "Who listens to the distressed (soul) when it calls on God, and Who relieves the sufferings, and makes the mankind inheritors of the earth? Can there be another God besides Allah (SWT)? Little…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer to a question about the conditions for the foetus of the slaughtered animal to be considered Halal

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about the conditions for the foetus of the slaughtered animal to be considered Halal. Question: What are the conditions that the foetus of the slaughtered animal can be considered…

What were Islam's propagation methods?

SHAFAQNA- Propagation means conveying a message and since the mission of all divine prophets particularly the holy prophet of Islam (S) was to bring humanity forth from darkness into light, propagation enjoys significant importance as a means…

What is the tafsir (interpretation) of Surah At-Tin?

SHAFAQNA- I was pondering on Surah Wat-Tin and want to know what do we make out with the swears of Allah. What does what does "Wat-Tin"ِ represent? Is it because of fruit's ingredients, or it is a symbol of the Prophet of that area that it…

How to plant trees?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: My brother Isa (AS) was passing through a town whilst the fruit trees in that place were pest stricken. People came to him and complained about the problem. Isa (AS) told people:…

The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s answer to a question about rules of spiritualism

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Hakim answered a question about the rules of spiritualism. Question: What is the ruling about spiritualism? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim: If it does not bother a believer, it is Halal. Although such an act has…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer to a question about the condition for dissection of body of a Muslim

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about the condition for dissecting the body of Muslim. Question: Some organisations (forensics) in order to find the cause of death or murder, want to dissect the body of the deceased,…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about doubting if an animal is alive at the time of the slaughter

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about doubting if an animal is alive at the time of the slaughter. Question: A sheep is slaughtered but there is a doubt if it was alive at the time of slaughter as no movement…

What is the best verse in the Quran?

SHAFAQNA- What is the best Ayah in the Quran? Can we say the best Ayah or we should say that all ayāt are best depending on purpose? Concise answer   Before dealing with the main question, we must say that the Quran itself…

What is meant by this saying of Imam Ali, "Do you suppose that you are only a small body, while the macrocosm is placed within you?"

SHAFAQNA- There is a narration of Imam Ali (as) which says: "You think you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire Universe". I don't really grasp the meaning of this saying. I assume that there is a deep significance behind…

What is the meaning of verse 61 and 62 in Surah Al Waqiyah

SHAFAQNA- What is the meaning of verses 61 and 62 of Surah al-Waqe'ah? Concise answer The verses 61 to 62 of Surah al-Waqe'ah make reference to the reason behind death and how it is ordained for man. In these verses, God says:…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about takeover of Haram inheritance

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about takeover of Haram inheritance. Question: A person who knows his father’s wealth has been gathered through Haram way; can this person inherit that Haram wealth from…

Is the son who does not inherit responsible for his father’s lapsed Salaats? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about the conditions for the son who is responsible for his father’s lapsed Salaats (obligatory Salaats which his father was not able to perform). Question: The eldest son is responsible…

What is the Philosophy Behind the Prohibition of Gambling?

SHAFAQNA- It is very rare to find someone who is not acquainted with the various harms of gambling, and in order to further explain this fact, we present here, briefly, some of its evil consequences: Gambling, the Premier cause of agitation…

Why Does Allah Subject People To Tests?

SHAFAQNA- Question: Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: Who created death and life that He may try you — which of you is best in deeds…1 Now the question is that testing is required by one who is not aware of something and one who is…

Who is the true Shia Muslim according to Lady Fatima Zahra (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - A man told his wife to go and ask Lady Fatima Zahra (AS) if I am one of her Shias or not? The woman went to see the daughter of the Prophet (PBUH) and asked the question. Lady Fatima Zahra (AS) replied: Tell your husband if he acts…

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer to questions about getting paid to teach religious obligations

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about getting paid to teach religious obligations (Wajebaat) Question: What is the ruling about teaching religious obligations? Is it allowed for clerics to be paid for teaching people…

If the imams are essentially infallible, can we follow them as role models?

SHAFAQNA- I have been asked about the infallibility or inerrancy of the imams and the Holy Prophet (S). I could not convince people with my answers. The main question put forth by them was that if the imams and the Prophet (S) were infallible,…

What is the tafsir (interpretation) of Surah At-Tin?

SHAFAQNA- I was pondering on Surah Wat-Tin and want to know what do we make out with the swears of Allah. What does what does "Wat-Tin"ِ represent? Is it because of fruit's ingredients, or it is a symbol of the Prophet of that area that it…

Aren’t we free in choosing our religion? Then why did the Prophet demand the people of Yemen to either become Muslim or pay Jizyah?

SHAFAQNA- Jizyah gives non-Muslims the freedom of choosing whether they want to be Muslim or simply be a non-Muslim citizen of an Islamic government without having to convert their religion and it is natural to expect them to contribute to the…

Who are the witnesses of the Fajr Salaat?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 78 of Surah Al-Isra says: “Perform Salaat at the decline of the sun (from its meridian) until the darkness of the night and (also) the Quran of dawn. Indeed the recitation of the dawn is ever witnessed.” The “Quran of dawn”…