The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answers to questions about guiding and selling drugs for abortion

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi answered questions about guiding and selling drugs for abortion. Question: What is the ruling about guiding a person who intends to abort a foetus, practically (perform or abandon) and situational circumstances…

Were Imām Sajjād and Imām Bāqir present in Karbalā?

SHAFAQNA- Salām ‘Alaykum, I wanted to ask if our fourth Imam, Zayn al-‘Ābidīn (as) was present at the event of Karbalā? Where was Imām Muḥammad Bāqir (as) [during this time]? Was he [also] present at Karbalā? Did he travel to Karbalā…

Is it possible to throw some light on the life and messengership of Prophet Hud (a.s.)?

SHAFAQNA- Prophet Hud is one of the divine prophets whose name has been mentioned seven times in Surah al-Araf and Surah al-Shu’ara.  He is among the descendants (great grandsons) of Prophet Noah (a.s.) with seven generations away. He…

What does Islam say about arrogance?

SHAFAQNA - Islamic teachings stress and encourage courtesy which is opposite arrogance. Various verses in the holy Quran refer to the effects and blessings of courtesy so that people are encouraged to adopt courteous behaviour in their life…

What did Imam Kazim (AS) say about helping oppressors?

SHAFAQNA - Harun Alrasheed who was the ruler of the time, used all the tricks and oppressive ways to prolong his rule. Ziad ibn Abisalameh narrated: I went to see Imam Kazim (AS), Imam (AS) criticised and blamed me for working in Harun's government.…

Is it right to teach others how to apologise?

SHAFAQNA - The human being should learn the proper way of offering apology where and when necessary. The holy Quran teaches and encourages people to learn this important skill. For example throughout the Surah Al-Yusuf, the Prophet Yusuf (AS)…

What is the meaning of a ‘khums year’? And how is it established?

SHAFAQNA- Khums Year’s Starting Date Q: I have recently been employed in a government institution. On the 1st of August I was introduced to the institution for taking a five-month paid educational course and I started to receive a full…

What is the consequence of helping oppressors?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Whoever helps an oppressor knowing that person is an oppressor, has gone out of Islam [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 75, page 377.

Where and when excuses are not accepted?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: There are three occasions when excuses are not accepted from anyone; returning something that is left in trust to its owner whether the owner is good or bad person; to be faithful to one’s…

I drank Alcohol by mistake – have I sinned?

SHAFAQNA- Question: A beverage was served where i asked for just lemon lime. I drank from it and noticed it tasted funny, the waiter mentioned that it was in fact lemon lime bitters. it was literally a sip and had no idea that the beverage…

Do we have the right to ask about the Logic behind Islamic Laws?

SHAFAQNA- Now we discuss the most important topics about Islamic laws, its rules and regulations and their philosophy and most of the questions and answers are based on this. “Why should we pray Prayers is the question every person asks…

Is it important to accept others apologies?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hussain (AS) who said: If a person insults me in my right ear and offers an apology in my left ear, I will forgive him; because my father Imam Ali (AS) narrated from my grandfather, the Prophet of Allah (SWT)…

What is the most immoral earning?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Baqer (AS) who said: The most immoral earning is from usury [1]. Also it is narrated: The usurer will be resurrected as a mad person on the Day of Judgment [2]. [1] Kafi, Vol.5, Page 147. [2] Tafseer…

Why Don’t I find Joy in Saying My Prayers?

SHAFAQNA- How to Feel the Joy of Worship?   It has been a while that I did not like to say my prayers. I find a lot of excuses in order not to say my prayers. For example, I tell myself that I will say my prayers after I watch a…

Why human being must try not to commit sin?

SHAFAQNA - Even after repenting, the purity of soul cannot be as before because when a white sheet of paper is blackened, cannot be returned to its original shine; or if a broken dish is repaired, is not easy to make it look like its original…

What are the effects of fairness and justice according to Islam?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: O' Ali (AS), whatever you do not want for yourself, do not wish for others; and whatever you like for yourself, like it for your (Muslim) brother as well. In this way, you…

Why did God choose to keep Himself, hell and heaven and angels hidden from human eye?

SHAFAQNA- Why did God choose to keep Himself, hell and heaven and angels hidden from human eye? Is it because if we would have seen it, we would have been more virtuous? Concise answer The angels, heaven, Hell and the reality of…

Which type of love, out of the many, is correct according to Islam?

SHAFAQNA- Philosophers and Gnostics have divided love into various categories; however as a general division they have divided love into two types: 1. True love which is the love for Allah, His attributes, and His actions. 2. Metaphorical…

What is the meaning of ownership and kingdom of Allah, the Lord of the Universe? Why is said that God is the king?

SHAFAQNA- One of the attributes of Allah is "Mālik" which literally means "being powerful" and "having something in one's exclusive possession". This word has sometimes been translated into "king" in other languages including Farsi and English.…

How long will the Imam of Time, Imam Mahdi (AS), will this world rule after he reappears?

SHAFAQNA- There are two categories of narrations in this regard which are apparently varied giving differing reports: 1.  The first category of narrations has, for the major part, been extracted from Sunni sources.[1]According to it, the…

Can lineage save a person from Divine punishment?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Reza (AS) was attending a meeting and in a corner he noticed Zaid (known as Zaidul Naar, Imam’s brother) was talking about the virtues of the descendants of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and how they are special. Imam Reza (AS)…

Who defends the rights of the oppressed people?

SHAFAQNA - There are various narrations which indicate that God will not ignore the rights of the oppressed ones and the Supreme Being defends their rights. In this regard, it is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Avoid the…

Is this world amusing?

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 64 of Surah Al-Ankabut says: "What is the life of this world but amusement and play? Verily, the home in the hereafter is the real life indeed, if they but knew." As indicated in the holy Quran, the real life will be in the hereafter;…

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…