What is the main duty of those waiting for the appearance of Imam Mahdi (AJ)

SHAFAQNA - We are all waiting for the appearance (of Imam Mahdi (AJ)), and must do our best in the way of this waiting. Waiting for the appearance, is waiting for the power of Islam, and we must try for the power of Islam to materialize in the…

Ejaculation by looking at erotic scene whilst fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about ejaculation by looking at erotic scene. Question: A person whilst fasting has looked at erotic scene and ejaculated, does this act make fasting void? The Grand Ayatollah…

Getting rid of sputum at the time of performing Salaat whilst fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the duty of a person who is fasting when sputum enters his mouth whilst performing Salaat. Question: What is the duty of a person who is fasting and performing Salaat…

Breaking fast for supposing the monthly period started/The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about breaking fast for supposing the monthly period started. Question: If a woman breaks her fast supposing she is having her monthly period but later on finds out she was…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting and educational problems.

SHAFAQNA -The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting and education. Question: Can a person who has an important exam, not to fast so that he/she is able to take the exam well? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Continuing…

Doubt of pregnant woman if fasting is harmful to the foetus/The Grand Ayatollah Khamenie’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the doubt of pregnant woman if fasting his harmful to the foetus. Question: Is fasting Wajeb for a pregnant woman who does not know if fasting is harmful to her foetus or not? The…

The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer to a question about swimming whilst fasting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about swimming whilst fasting. Question: Is it possible to swim in the month of Ramadhan whilst fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz: There is no problem to swim but do not sink…

The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer to a question about chewing gums and fasting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about chewing a chewing gum whilst fasting. Question: What is the ruling about chewing a chewing gum whilst fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Safi: If it (chewing gum) has no flavour to…

Fasting and brushing teeth: The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about brushing teeth whilst fasting. Question:  Is it allowed to brush teeth whilst fasting? What is the ruling if the wet tooth brush touching saliva used again to clean…

Fasting and brushing teeth: The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about brushing teeth when fasting. Question: Can washing mouth and teeth with brush and paste, void fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Brushing teeth in the month of Ramadhan…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about correctness of fasting by wrongly attributing narrations to Imams (AS)

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about attributing a narration from one Imam (AS) to another (AS) by mistake whilst fasting. Question: If a person who is fasting, intentionally or unintentionally attributes…

The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer to a question about diving and fasting

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about diving and fasting. Question: Please explain the ruling about fasting for those individuals whose job is diving in deep waters. The Grand Ayatollah Safi: According to Wajeb…

What is the first Divine Torment?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Whenever Allah (SWT) wants to remove a blessing from the servant of God, the first thing that is taken away from him/her is his/her wisdom [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 1, Page 245.

What is the connection between the control of the soul and prosperity?

SHAFAQNA - The believer must know that the seed of all prosperity is the control of the soul. Control means supervising the soul, the child does not need as much attention as the soul [1]. One of the most important aspect of this supervision…

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…