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…

How to find peace of mind in this world?

SHAFAQNA - If you look at the situation in a bank, you will see that the bank clerk sometimes receives others money and at other times pays back people’s money back to them. The clerk is neither happy when receives the money nor unhappy when…

Is this world beautiful or ugly?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: May God bless the one who takes the steps to prepare the elevation of his/her own soul; and prepares himself/herself for the world of the grave; and finds out where he/she has come from,…

Is total comfort possible in this world?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: Those who go after wealth and accumulate possessions in this world, are looking for comfort and think the increase in wealth and property will bring greater comfort for them. Imam Sajjad…

Is there any saying from the Holy Prophet of Islam (S) about fasting on the day of Ashura? Is fasting recommended on this day?

SHAFAQNA- Is there any saying from the Holy Prophet of Islam (S) about fast (Sawm) being recommended? Is it really recommended to fast on this day? Also, please give your opinion on the following text about the day of Ashura and what it symbolized…

How old was Imam Ali (AS) on the day of Ghadir?

SHAFAQNA- The event of Ghadir took place on the tenth of the hegira year but there are different views about Imam Ali's date of birth. However, if we are to determine the Imam's date of birth, it depends on which report is considered to be…

How is it possible to lose this world and the hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sajjad (AS) who said: Among people there are those who incur loss in this world and the hereafter. These individuals give up the world but in order to attain the world! Imam (AS) explained further by saying:…

Why some people want to dominate others?

SHAFAQNA - Sometimes, the soul of a human being wants to dominate; meaning, the individual does not want to use position to fulfill other desires but he feels satisfied just by dominating others and is only after the "illusion of power". For…

What were the main causes of the crusades?

SHAFAQNA- The Crusades were a series of military attacks launched by Western Europe on Muslims and the Islamic world from 1095 to 1291. These wars which were sanctioned by Christian leadership and the Catholic Church, took place between followers…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi answered a question about creating pages on the internet (social networks) in the name of other people

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question regarding creating pages on the internet (social networks) in the name of other people. Question: Some individuals create pages on the internet (social network) in the name…

What are the manners of giving and receiving gifts according to the Holy Prophet (S)?

SHAFAQNA- Among the normative conducts of the Messenger of the Holy Prophet (S) is giving and receiving gifts. However, based on the narrations reported from him, exchanging gifts should not be coupled with difficulties and unnecessary efforts…

Can you please introduce some methods in which we can improve and optimize our memory according to the traditions (Ahadith)?

SHAFAQNA- We can classify those effective methods of enhancing and optimizing memory and comprehension into some divisions which are as follows: A) Spiritual methods: 1. Remembering Allah (by worshiping Him and doing the canonical duties…

How did Allamah Majlesi deal with the corrupt man?

SHAFAQNA - At the time when the late Shia scholar Mohammad taqi Majlesi was not famous, a man came to him and said: I have a neighbour who is bothering me a lot, every night he gathers his friends, they drink and play loud music and dance; can…

Why rebellious tongue must be controlled?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali said: Coordinate the tongue and the heart; human being must control his/her tongue because a rebellious tongue will lead his/her owner to destruction. Swear to God, I have not seen a devout person whose piety has been beneficial…

What are the signs of a penitent person?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: There are four signs to the penitent person and they are: Sincerity of deeds for the sake of Allah (SWT); avoiding falsehood altogether; adhering to the truth; and having enthusiasm…

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

SHAFAQNA- If we are to embark on describing and narrating the lives of Imam Musa Kadhim and his children, we would need to write many books. This article gives a cursory look into the Imam's life and if you would like to learn more, you can…