What is real fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: You must be humble before God in public or private in appropriate ways, and present your life to God in your fasting, and free your heart from everything for God’s sake, and appoint yourself to fulfill whatever…

Not fasting due to probable harm / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about not fasting due to probable harm. Question: If a person for the sake of a strong excuse, consider it probable for 50% that fasting is not Wajib for him/her, and does not fast…

What are the effects of overeating and over-drinking?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: Do not kill your hearts with overeating and over-drinking, because the heart of (the one whose stomach is full of food and drink) dies like a farm which if it gets too much…

What to consider when fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Do not oppress each other, and do not be unwise, and do not get annoyed with each other, do not neglect remembering God, and be the companion of silence, forbearance, truth, and stay away from evil doers. And…

Is it necessary for a convert to Islam to change his/her name? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered questions about changing names for converts to Islam. Question: My name is Cruz, and my Islamic name is Mohammad. If I decide to change my name into Islamic name, must I also change…

Which deeds affect fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Adopt humbleness for the sake of God whilst you are fearful and anxious of Divine Punishment, and hopeful and eager for Divine Mercy. And must cleanse your hearts from faults, and purify your souls from tricks.…

What are different forms of fasting?

SHAFAQNA - Regarding different forms of fasting, Khawjah Abdullah Ansari (RA) said: Fasting is in three forms: 1) fasting of the soul; which relates to shorten the worldly desires, 2) fasting of the wisdom; which is acting opposite the inappropriate…

What is the ruling on heated vinegar? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about heated vinegar. Question: Does vinegar become Najis (unclean) when heated and boiled in food industries? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: It is not Najis. Source: khame…

Why is it bad to walk arrogantly?

SHAFAQNA - Basheer narrated: We were with Imam Baqir (AS) in the Mosque when we saw a man passed us. When he was walking, he used to raise his shoulders and move them side to side. Imam Baqir (AS) said: He is arrogant. I said: He is poor. Imam…

What are the effects of entering the Month of God?

SHAFAQNA - You are all invited to God’s feast, you are all the guests of God and this is a party to leave behind (whatever improper). If there is a small amount of inappropriate desire in the human being, such a person has not entered this…

What is the ruling on those who join other religions from Islam? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered questions about joining other religions from Islam. Question: What is your Fatwa regarding those who join other religions from Islam? In your opinion, do they deserve to…

Is Purification of the soul important in the Month of Ramadhan?

SHAFAQNA - We need to be reformed in the blessed Month of Ramadhan; we need to purify our souls. We are needy until the last breath, the prophets are also needy, great prophets are also needy, but they have understood their own needs, and followed…

What is the ruling on forgetting to place the animal towards Qiblah at the time of slaughtering it? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about forgetting to place the animal towards Qiblah at the time of slaughtering it. Question: 1) Is the animal Haram if at the time of cutting its head, the person who is slaughtering…

What is Kaffarah?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: One of Kaffarahs (atonement) for big sins is to help the oppressed who is needy and asks for help and also removing discomfort from the distressed who is suffering [1]. Kaffarah is separate…

What is the ruling on using suppository when fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani answered a question about using suppository when fasting. Question: Can using medicinal suppository, opium suppository, and nutritional suppository make fasting void (Batel)? The Grand Ayatollah…

What is the ruling when a man converts to Islam but his partner does not? The Grand Ayatollah Hakim’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Saeed Hakim answered a question when a man converts to Islam but his partner does not. Question: I am a man in the third decade of my life and recently have converted to Islam, but my family…

Ablution with water is not possible and ablution with earth or sand is forgotten / the Grand Ayatollah Sobhani’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sobhani answered a question about ablution and fasting. Question: (For a person who needs to perform Wajib Qosl); ablution with water (Qosl) is harmful to such a person and he is supposed to perform ablution…

What is the ruling if a person decides to make void the fasting for the day but does not do it? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about a person deciding to make void fasting for the day but does not do it. Question: If a person definitely decides to make void that day’s fasting, but regrets the decision…

Fasting and exams: The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting and exams. Question: Can a person who must sit an important exam, not fast, in order that he/she is able to pass it well? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Continuing…

What is the ruling on dental restoration and extraction whilst fasting? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about dental works whilst fasting. Question: Does dental work such as extraction, root canal, local anaesthesia, filling, make fasting void (Batel)? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei:…

Fasting and weakness: The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about fasting and weakness. Question: Can a person fast when he/she is not able to fast in the Month of Ramadhan, and weakness dominates him/her, or due to young age he/she is weak? The…

Why fasting is Wajib in the holy Month of Ramadhan?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) was asked about the philosophy behind fasting and he replied: Indeed, Allah (SWT) made fasting Wajib in order to bring equality between the poor and the rich. The rich have never felt the pain of hunger and poverty,…

What is the ruing on filling teeth in the Month of Ramadhan? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about filling teeth in the Month of Ramadhan. Question: What is the ruling on filling teeth in the Month of Ramadhan? The Grand Ayatollah Safi: There is no problem for dentists to…

What is the ruling on filling tooth in the Month of Ramadhan? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani answered a question about filling teeth in the Month of Ramadhan. Question: Does filling tooth in the Month of Ramadhan make fasting void (Batel)? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani: No, it does not make…

What is the ruling if a woman does not fast because of thinking she may be pregnant? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about a woman who does not fast because of thinking she may be pregnant. Question: If a woman thinks she may pregnant and because of this probability does not fast, but later…

Going to dentist whilst fasting / the Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about going to dentist whilst fasting. Question: I live in an area where it is not possible to go to doctors at night during the Month of Ramadhan, and I need to go to dentist when…

Where does the timeless feature of the holy Quran come from?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) who said: O’ people, whatever is narrated from me for you, if it is in accordance with the Quran, know that it is my saying; and if it is against the content of the Quran, is not my…

What are the main elements of belief?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali (AS) was asked: What is belief? Imam (AS) replied: Belief has four main elements; 1) Patience 2) Certainty 3) Justice 4) Jihad [1]. Of course each element has also been described separately in Nahjul Balaghah…