What are Divine Commands for inviting people to the right path?

SHAFAQNA - In Ayah 125 of Surah Al-Nahl, Allah (SWT) sent down Divine Commands to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) to be used for inviting people to the right path: "Invite to the way of Allah (SWT) with wisdom, beautiful preaching and discuss with…

The ruling about begging/The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about begging without being poor. Question: A beggar who collects a lot of money, is he/she committing Haram act or not? And also is he/she the owner of the (collected) money? The…

What is the connection between apology and intercession?

SHAFAQNA - According to Islam, accepting others apologies is very useful because based on the principle of compassion; be compassionate so you can be compensated by Divine Mercy. Imam Ali (AS) recommended to his son Mohammad Hanafiyeh: Accept…

What is the covenant between God and the human being?

SHAFAQNA - Basically, religion is nothing but accepting the covenant and being bound by it because the most important covenant that the human being accepts, is the one with God. In Ayahs 60 and 61 of Surah Ya-Sin the covenant between God and…

Wealth or position?

SHAFAQNA - Wealth is a tool which is utilised to get to the unjust position and status. Human beings sacrifice wealth to get to a position and the position is preferred to wealth. Therefore, wealth can be used as a tool for misguiding and dominating…

The ruling about helping satellite channels financially for spreading Islamic education/The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about giving financial help to satellite channels. Question: Is it allowed to give financial help to satellite channels to spread Islamic education? The Grand Ayatollah…

What did Prophet of Islam (PBUH) say about eating?

SHAFAQNA - Human being must take care about eating, making sure the food is Halal and clean and suitable for individual health. Eating too much and waste must be avoided because the basis of healthiness is the observance of eating the right…

What deeds cause social cohesion and brotherhood in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - Feeding others is a good tradition which Islam has emphasized frequently in holy verses of the Quran and narrations. Regarding this important Islamic tradition, Imam Baqer (AS) said: Allah (SWT) loves feeding and greeting everyone…

What did Prophet Jesus (AS) say about eating and sleeping?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Prophet Isa (Jesus) (AS) who told Bani Israel: O’ Bani Israel! Do not eat too much because whoever eats too much, will also add to his/her sleep, and whoever adds to his/her sleep, will allocate less time for…

The ruling about maintaining ties with Sunni relatives/The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Rouhani answered a question about maintaining ties with Sunni relatives. Question: What is the ruling about maintaining ties with the following individuals? a) Those relatives who are Sunni. b)…

The boundaries of maintaining ties with family and relatives/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about maintaining ties with family and close relatives. Question: Who are considered as family (Rahem)? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: Considering that only brothers and…

How do I convince my teenage friend not to use makeup and perfume in public?

SHAFAQNA- Question: Sheikh, my teenage cousin has been trying to convince her friend not to wear makeup in public. Alhamdulillah, it seems like she has taken some heed, but she still seems to be wearing some makeup when out in public. From…

Is the Islamic conception of an ‘All-Loving’ God flawed and incorrect?

SHAFAQNA- Question: Dr William Craig is clearly one of the most prominent Christian philosophers today. He appears extensively in public and on YouTube. He has argued with famous atheists in public places such as in prestigious universities,…

What is the difference between Ahlul Bait (AS) and other people?

SHAFAQNA - The difference between the Prophet (PBUH) and his Ahlul Bait (AS) with other people is that they (Ahlul Bait (AS)) build the way (show the way) and others must follow them in the constructed way and remain in their straight path (which…

How to achieve the spiritual elevation?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Seyyed Mir Damaad paid great attention to ways of attaining spiritual elevation. He was truly a pious scholar and deeply interested in the holy Quran. He used to recite the Quran a lot and it is reported that he…

When is it allowed to cut ties? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about cutting ties. Question: When is it allowed to cut ties? The Grand Ayatollah Safi: Maintaining ties even with corrupt relatives is Wajeb and it is necessary to try to guide them.…

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:…