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 from revenge; Kafarrah is like medicine, or like food supplement. A series of punishments have been mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah which they are retributions and torments; but Kaffarahs are constructive. Kaffarah is not religious jurisprudence, rather it is ethical [2].

[1] Nahjul Balaghah, Sobhi Saleh, Wisdom 24.

[2] Explanation by the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, Qom, 15 March 2018.

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