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Who is lower than you?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated that Allah (SWT) revealed to Prophet Musa/Moses (AS): Next time that you come for Dhikr/supplication (Munajat), bring someone with you that you think you are better than him. Moses (AS) searched for such a person and could not find anyone, because whoever he reached, he could not find the courage […]

Should Wajib Salaat be performed first if a person is obliged to perform Qadha Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about Qadha Salaat. Question: If a person is obliged to perform Qadha Salaat, can the person perform Wajib daily Salaat first and then Qadha Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: The person, who is obliged to perform Qadha Salaat, can perform Wajib Salaat which is due now; […]

What is the effect of preaching without practicing?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the sixth Shia Imam, Jafar Al-Sadeq (AS) who said: Indeed, if the scholar does not practice what he preaches, his words and preaching will slide from the hearts and pass from them (do not stay in the hearts), as the rain water slides on the shiny, smooth and impenetrable […]

What is Satan’s famous saying?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated that Allah (SWT) told Prophet Moses (AS): Take advice from Satan. Moses (AS) saw Satan and said: Advise me. Satan said: O’ Moses, I am the symbol of misleading (the human beings), and you are the symbol of guidance (guiding the human being), what advice can I give you? Moses […]

What happens if a person forgets to perform Salaatul Ayat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about Salaatul-Ayat. Question: If a person forgets to perform Salaatul-Ayat or realizes after the earthquake and similar to that; is it Wajib for the person to perform Salaatul-Ayat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Apart from solar and lunar eclipses if the person realizes about other incidents when […]

How can social freedom be established?

SHAFAQNA – In Ayah 23 of Surah Al-Jathia, Allah (SWT) said: ‘Then seest thou such a one as takes as his god his own vain desire? Allah (SWT) has, knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart (and understanding), and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will […]

What is the indicator of a free human being?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated that one day the holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH) went among Ashab-e-Suffah (companions of Al-Suffah; group of Muslims who moved to Medina with the Prophet (PBUH) and left behind their properties) and was talking to them. One of the companions said: O’ the Prophet of Allah (SWT), my soul has […]

Who is the most suitable adjudicator?

SHAFAQNA – In a letter to Malik Ashtar, Imam Ali (AS) wrote: For adjudicating between people, choose your best individuals! The one who is tolerant and various issues do not put him under pressure, and the enmity and vindictiveness of both sides does not make him angry or irritable. And he does not insist on […]

Can the father exclude his children from the inheritance? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Makarem answered a question about inheritance. Question: My late father has excluded the daughters from the inheritance due to lack of knowledge of religious matters; what is the ruling on this issue? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: The father cannot exclude any of his children from the inheritance; and his wealth […]

How to reform life affairs?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abitaleb (AS) who said: The one who reforms his/her inner self, Allah (SWT) will turn nice that person’s appearance. And the one who works for his/her religion, God will provide for his/her world accordingly. And the one who turns his/her relation with God […]

What is the ruling on designing clothes for Muslim women? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about designing clothes for Muslim women. Question: My job is to design clothes for women; is there any problem religiously about this job which is related to style and fashion? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Inherently there is no problem; but must not promote designs which are […]

Who is a discerning person?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abitaleb (AS) who said: A discerning person is the one who listens and thinks looks and sees and utilizes the lessons of life. Then moves on a bright and level path, and avoids falling into its precipices or getting lost in its twisted […]

What is the ruling on taking things from the workplace without permission? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani answered a question about taking things from the workplace without permission. Question: If an article is taken illegally from an office (workplace), is it enough to ask the manager for forgiveness? The Grand Ayatollah Safi: Asking for forgiveness from the manager is not enough. If the same article […]

What is the ruling on swallowing water unintentionally when fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answered a question about swallowing water unintentionally when fasting. Question: If a fasting person, rinses mouth for cooling down or for performing Wudhu, but the water goes down unintentionally; is the fasting invalidated and Qadha fasting must be done? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Apart from rinsing for Wudhu of […]

What are the effects of mistreating parents?

SHAFAQNA – Allah (SWT) in the holy Quran as well as the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and infallible Imams (AS) have emphasized respect and kindness for the parents. It is narrated from eighth Shia Imam, Ali ibn Musa Al-Ridha (AS) who said: I seek refuge in Allah (SWT) from sins which accelerate destruction, and bring […]

UNICEF: Poverty-stricken countries spend more on debt than on social services

SHAFAQNA – COVID-19 and the Looming Debt Crisis  notes that in 2019, 25 mostly poverty-stricken countries spent a higher proportion of government expenditures on debt services than they did on education, health and social protection combined.   “The personal and public costs are enormous, leaving children, their communities and their countries with little hope for sustainable economic […]

What is the ruling on destroying the environment? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about destroying the environment. Question: What is the ruling on dumping domestic and industrial waste in rivers, jungle and green spaces which causes environmental destruction? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani: Generally, harming the environment, if it violates the rights of others and leads to their […]

What is the ruling on Ramadhan Qadha fasting if a person intentionally stays religiously unclean till Dawn Adhan? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about Ramadhan Qadha fasting. Question: What is the ruling if a person who wants to do Ramadhan Qadha fasting, and he/she intentionally stays religiously unclean (needing to perform Qosl) till Dawn Adhan? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: The one who wants to do Ramadhan Qadha fasting, if […]

How self-denial is defined in the holy Quran?

SHAFAQNA – When the human being needs something and likes it and wants to have it, at the same time this person prefer others to himself/herself and at the time of neediness, gives that thing to another person. This kind of sacrifice has been described in the holy Quran, for example in Ayah 7 of […]

What is the ruling on performing Wudhu with nail extensions? The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani’s answer

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani answered questions about performing Wudhu with nail extensions. Question: Is nail extension allowed? What is the ruling on performing Wudhu with nail extention? The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani: Nail extension is not allowed if it prevents water reaching the skin or the main nail, and causes Wudhu and […]

What is the best Divine Blessing for the Islamic Ummah?

SHAFAQNA – In Sermon 192 of Nahjul Balaghah, the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abitaleb (AS) said: Beware! That you have relinquished the cord (strand, rope) of obedience by reviving the (inferior) values of the age of ignorance; whilst Allah (SWT) obliged the Islamic Ummah to live together under the Divine Blessings of ‘unity and […]