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…

What are the most important and fundamental principles of all Divine Religions?

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SHAFAQNA - In reply to a question about the most important and fundamental principles of all Divine Religions, Imam Sajjad (AS) said: Inviting (people) to the truth, just judgement (acting on fair and unprejudiced judgment) and fulfilling the…

Why purification of soul is a priority for the wise person?

SHAFAQNA - Purification of soul and refinement of morality which are in fact exiting the dominance of Iblis and the rule of Satan is one of the greatest of deeds and the most essentials of wise acts [1]. If you open one door to the (inappropriate)…

What is the main aim and intention of the followers of Ahlul Bait (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Mahdi (AJ) who said: Your aim and intention in relation to your love and friendship towards Ahlul Bait (AS) must be based on acting on the Divine Tradition and Decrees. I have given the necessary advice and…

What did Imam Mahdi (AJ) say about Ahlul Bait (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Mahdi (AJ) who said: The truth in all cases will be with us and among us, the Ahlul Bait (AS). And any other person says such a thing (claims this) apart from the Ahlul Bait (AS) is a liar and slanderer; and…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer to a question about nominating a person to pay Kaffarah for fasting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about nominating a person to pay Kaffarah for Ramadhan on our behalf. Question: Can a person be nominated (by me) to pay Kaffarah of the holy month of Ramadhan (on my behalf) or not? The…

Is denying infallibility of Imams (AS) the proof of apostasy? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered questions about denying the Divine Revelation, the Quran and the infallibility of Imams (AS). Question: Is denying (Divine) Revelation and the Quran as the words of God,…

Why Salaat is the best type of worship of God?

SHAFAQNA - According to Islamic teaching, the one who performs Salaat regularly avoids many of the bad deeds. Ayah 45 of Surah Al-Ankabut says: “Recite what is sent of the Book (the Quran) by way of revelation to you, and perform regular Salaat;…

What is the consequence of exaggeration in praising others?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hassan Askari who said: Whoever praises a person who is not worthy of it, will find himself/herself in a position of accusation [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 75, Page 378.

What will happen to those who deny Imam Mahdi (AJ)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Mahdi (AJ) who said: There is no kinship between Allah (SWT) and any of God’s servants and every person is rewarded (by God) according to the measure of his/her deeds; whoever denies me (Imam Mahdi (AJ))…

How the followers of Imam Mahdi (AJ) must behave?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Mahdi (AJ) who said: every one of you must act in ways which result in your closeness to us and in attaining our friendship; and must stay away from behaviours which make us unhappy and angry; how often a…

What are the special features of the months of Shabaan and Ramadhan?

SHAFAQNA - The month of Ramadhan, is the month of prophethood and the month of Shabaan the month of Imamate. The month of Ramadhan has Laylatul Qadr and the month of Shabaan has the night of 15th of Shabaan (which is also important). The month…

Can Salaat Imam Zaman (AJ) be performed in congregation? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about performing Salaat Imam Zaman (AJ). Question: Can Salaat Imam Zaman (AJ) be performed in congregation or in a group? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: It (Salaat Imam Zaman (AJ))…

What are the benefits of waiting for the appearance of the Saviour of the humanity?

SHAFAQNA - Waiting for the appearance of God’s Proof indicates to the “existence” and ”appearance” of Imam Mahdi (AJ) and these are mentioned in the holy Quran and the narrations from infallible Imams (AS). In Ayah 93 of Surah Al-Hud,…

Who are the commentators of the holy Quran?

SHAFAQNA - It is known that the holy Quran speaks in general terms and for explanation and the commentary of the holy verses one must refer to experts and specialists in Quranic knowledge, i.e., the infallible Imams (AS). In another words, the…

What will happen to unjust regimes at the time of appearance of Imam Mahdi (AJ)?

SHAFAQNA - In commentary of Ayah 81 of Surah Al-Isra which says: "Say the truth has come and falsehood perished; for falsehood is bound to perish ", Imam Baqer (AS) said: When Imam Mahdi (AJ) starts his uprising, the unjust regimes will perish…

When smoking cigarette is Haram/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about smoking cigarette. Question: The medical advice says smoking is the main cause of heart problems and cancer and sometimes shortens life. Therefore, what is the ruling about smoking…

Are we allowed to hear anything from anyone?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 140 of Surah Al-Nesa says: “Already Allah (SWT) revealed to you that whenever you hear God’s signs disbelieved in or ridiculed, you must not sit with them unless they change to some other topic; if you did, you would be like…

The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi’s answer to a question about paying Zakat to cancer patients

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroodi answered a question about paying Zakat to cancer patients. Question: Is it allowed to pay Zakat to needy cancer patients? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi: On the condition of being needy,…

Why the sinner must not express happiness for committing sins?

SHAFAQNA - When a sin is committed, the sinner must repent to God and not be content with that sin because being satisfied with a sin is worse than the sin itself and will make the human being fearless of committing sins again and again. It…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer to a question about insuring trained dogs

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about insuring trained dogs for the benefit of the public. Question: A company which is a pioneer in developing and advancement of new insurance policies and for issuing insurance…

Why controlling the tongue is emphasized in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - Tongue can be used to cause friendship and integration or create disunity and dispute. Human’s speech can start enmity or remove differences and bring peace and reconciliation. The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who is the axis of unity…