The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani answered a question regarding the Salaat of Ziarat Ashura

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani answered a question about performing Salaat of Ziarat Ashura. Question: Is it necessary to perform Salaat of Ziarat Ashura and what is the situation when it is performed after the recitation…

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer to a question about the boundaries of the shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) for pilgrims to perform Salaat

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about the boundaries of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) in Karbala, so the pilgrims can decide to perform their Salaat in full or broken (Qasr) within the set boundaries. Question:…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about shooting a bullet in the head of animal before slaughter

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about shooting a bullet in the head of an animal before slaughtering it. Question: In here, a bullet is shot into the head of animal and then they slaughter it. If before the animal…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about the intention of ablution whilst under shower

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question regarding the intention (Neeyyah or Neeyyat) of ablution (Qosl, Ghosl) whilst under the shower. Question: Can a person who is under a shower (taking a shower) declare intention…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer to a question regarding leather furniture in non-Islamic countries

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about the use of leather furniture in non-Islamic countries. Question: In rented a house in a non-Islamic country I have leather furniture which I am not sure that its leather is…

The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about the contaminated clothes of an ill person at the time of performing Salaat

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about the contaminated clothes of an ill person at the time of performing Salaat. Question: Can an ill person or anyone who for some reason cannot wash with water after urinating,…

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer to a question about looking at the childhood photos of a woman who is not Mahram

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about looking at the childhood photographs of a woman who is not Mahram according to Islam. Question: Is it allowed to look at the childhood photographs of a woman who is…

What are the obstacles for purification of soul?

SHAFAQNA - There are people who are sunk so deep in the world affairs that they have been kept away from thinking of correcting themselves and the excessive love of the world has captured them totally. I have also seen some of these people myself…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s view on using electric shock before slaughter of the animals

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the use of electric shock before slaughtering animals. Question: If electric shock is used on animals in a way that before or after the shock the animals do not move…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about performing Salaat inside the plane where Qiblah’s direction is unknown

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about performing Salaat inside a plane where the direction of Qiblah is unknown. Question: What is the ruling about performing Salaat inside a plane where there is no device to find…

How to have honourable life?

SHAFAQNA - The holy verses in Surahs Al-Asr and Al-Tin stress the belief in God and good deeds as the superior characteristics to have in life. Ayah 10 of Surah Al-Fatir describes how to have an honourable life: "For those who seek honour and…

What is sustenance?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) said: There are two types of sustenance (Rezq in Arabic), the one that you seek it, and the other is the one that seeks you [1]. According to this narration, the sustenance that human being seeks can be materialistic…

How to know if our deeds are for the sake of God?

SHAFAQNA - If you see that Satan has something to do with you, know that your deeds are not sincere and they are not for the sake of God. If you are sincere, then why the streams of wisdom from your heart have not been pouring out of your tongue?…

What is the ultimate aim of Allah (SWT) in creating human being?

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SHAFAQNA - In Ayah 56 of Surah Al-Zariat (or Al-Dhariyat), Allah (SWT) explained the ultimate aim of creating human being by saying: “And God created Jinn and human being only that they worship the Supreme Being.” Therefore, the ultimate…

Which part of the body commits more sins?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that, if speech is silver then silence is gold. Because it has been mentioned in narrations that most of the residents of the hell, enter there with their tongues. The learned scholars say: Because the sins of the tongue…

How to tackle jealousy?

SHAFAQNA - In a narration from Imam Sadeq (AS), has been mentioned that jealousy is mixed with the blood and flesh of the human being [1]; which may be referring to the point that envy is a characteristic. The Islamic scholar, Martyr Mortaza…

What did the Prophet (PBUH) suffer most from?

SHAFAQNA - The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) has come to guide people and in this way he suffered a lot when he used to see some people did not believe and hence they will be trapped in hellfire. The suffering of the Prophet (PBUH) is explained in…

Why keeping secret is important?

SHAFAQNA - Keeping secret is in two kinds: Keeping your own and the secret of other people. The secret of other people can also be in two forms; either they are related to their faults or their materialistic and spiritual achievements. Revealing…

How to avoid dying in a state of ignorance?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Anyone who dies without knowing the Imam of the time, his/her death is in a state of ignorance [1]. It is clear from this narration that the referred life here, is the life…

What kind of divine blessings exist in the heaven?

SHAFAQNA - The all knowing, powerful God has described the heaven and its blessings in the holy Quran by mentioning words such as garden, flowing river, fruit trees and similar phrases. But this does not mean that whatever exists in the paradise…

What is asceticism?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hassan (AS) who said: Asceticism (Zohd in Arabic) is to relish piety and be disinclined towards the word [1]. It can be realised from the narration by Imam Hassan (AS) that piety and love of the world are…

Why trying to earn Halal sustenance is so important in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: There is nothing good about someone who does not like to earn Halal income in order to preserve his dignity and pay his debts [1]. A close companion of Imam Reza (AS) requested Imam (AS)…

How to become independent in this world?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Kazim (AS) who said: Anyone who wants to become independent without being wealthy, wanting tranquility of the heart without jealousy, and asking for healthy religion must beseech Allah (SWT) to complete his/her…

What is the most obvious sign of being misled by Satan?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 17 of Surah Al-A’araaf describes the way Iblis (Satan) threatens to mislead human being: “I (Satan) will rush at them from in front of them and from behind them, on their right and on their left, most of them are not grateful…

What are the rewards for those who are killed for the sake of Ziarat of Imam Hussain (AS)?

SHAFAQNA - Hisham ibn Saalem narrated: A man came to Imam Sadeq (AS) and asked: What is the reward of a person who is killed for the sake of Ziarat of Imam Hussain (AS) by an oppressive ruler or enemies of Ahlul Bait (AS)? Imam Sadeq (AS) replied:…

Who is a Shia?

SHAFAQNA - According to Quran and narrations, description of a believer and a Muslim are not the same. A believer is someone who is under absolute divine guardianship and has passed tests. Such a person is always careful not to do anything that…

Can purification of the soul happen without God?

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) in Ayah 21 of Surah Al-Noor says: “O’ you who believe, do not follow in Satan’s footsteps, whoever does so, Satan will make him/her to commit bad and wicked deeds. If it had not been for the God’s grace and mercy…

How did Imam Hussain (AS) describe death?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sajjad (AS) said: On the Day of Ashura, when Imam Hussain (AS) was in great difficulty, some of his companions saw that his behaviour was different from others. As the enemy got closer to them, they became more anxious but Imam…