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Where and when did mourning for Imam Hussein (A.S.) start first?

Where and when did mourning for Imam Hussein (A.S.) start first?
When we look at the lives of the Holy Prophet (S) and the Imams (A.S.), not only we do not see anything about mourning and lamentation but there are evidence and sayings prohibiting such acts. For example, Hamza (A.S.) was martyred in the Battle Uhud or later when Ja'far bin Abi Talib was martyred, not only the Prophet (S) did not hold such ceremonies but he forbade others from doing so. Now, the question arises as to when and how these ...

If I start Ramadhan in one city and then I travel and finish the month of Ramadhan in another city, what is my duty especially in regards to Laylat al-Qadr or Eidul Fitr?

If I start Ramadhan in one city and then I travel and finish the month of Ramadhan in another city, what is my duty especially in regards to Laylat al-Qadr or Eidul Fitr?
question If I start Ramadhan in one city and then I travel and finish the month of Ramadhan in another city, what is my duty especially in regards to Laylat al-Qadr or Eidul Fitr? That is because in one city they started fasting on Monday and in another city they started Ramadhan on Tuesday. What should I do? Do I continue what I started or do I follow what the local city is doing? You must act according to the horizon of the place where you ...

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s view about new style eulogies

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s view about new style eulogies
Question: What is the ruling about the music in any style or various sounds including songs without music or new style ...

Keeping alive the remembrance of the Imam (pbuh)

Keeping alive the remembrance of the Imam (pbuh)
One of our important duties during the time of occultation is to remember our Imam (PBUH) more often in gatherings and in private, and to make gatherings for his remembrance:I heard Imam al-Sadiq (PBUH) saying, "Our Shia are compassionate among each other. When they hold a private meeting, they remember Allah. Verily, the remembrance of us is of the remembrance of Allah. When we are remembered, Allah has been remembered, and when our enemy is ...

Why the creature should be submissive of the creator?

Why the creature should be submissive of the creator?
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What is the Islamic law about taking off one's shirt and beating the chest in mourning for Imam Hussein (a)?

What is the Islamic law about taking off one's shirt and beating the chest in mourning for Imam Hussein (a)?
questionSalamun alaikum, I have a few questions which I would like to ask as under: 1. There are people from different walks of life taking off their clothes (shirts) during mourning for Imam Hussein (a). I would like to know whether or not such an action is endorsed and approved of by the religion. Is it not derogatory? What part of the body can be exposed during mourning for Imam Hussein (a)? 2. What is the Islamic law about self-flagellation ...

What is shafā‘ah [intercession], which you believe in?

What is shafā‘ah [intercession], which you believe in?
                                                              Reply: Shafā‘ah [intercession] is one of the principles confirmed by Islam which has been acknowledged by all Muslim sects and schools of thought which abide by the Qur’an and Sunnah regardless of their different views about the outcome of shafā‘ah. Shafā‘ah means that an honorable person who enjoys special ...

Ṣāliḥīn: ‘Umm Thābit cut off the mouth of the waterskin so as to keep for herself the place of the Prophet’s mouth whereby she sought blessing [tabarruk]. Similarly, the Companions would drink water from where the Prophet used to drink’.”

Ṣāliḥīn: ‘Umm Thābit cut off the mouth of the waterskin so as to keep for herself the place of the Prophet’s mouth whereby she sought blessing [tabarruk]. Similarly, the Companions would drink water from where the Prophet used to drink’.”
: ‘Umm Thābit cut off the mouth of the waterskin so as to keep for herself the place of the Prophet’s mouth whereby she sought blessing [tabarruk]. Similarly, the Companions would drink water from where the Prophet used to drink’.”[1] الغداة صلّى إذا – وسلّم [وآله] عليه الله صلى – الله رسول كان” غمس إلاّ بإناء يؤتى فما الماء فيها بآنيتهم ...

During ziyārah, why do the Shī‘ah kiss the doors and walls of the shrine of awliyā’ and seek blessings [tabarruk] whereby?

During ziyārah, why do the Shī‘ah kiss the doors and walls of the shrine of awliyā’ and seek blessings [tabarruk] whereby?
During ziyārah, why do the Shī‘ah kiss the doors and walls of the shrine of awliyā’ and seek blessings [tabarruk] whereby?                                                               Reply: Seeking blessings [tabarruk] through the remnants (and symbols) of the saints [awliyā’] of God is not a new phenomenon among Muslims; rather, this behavior can be traced back to the ...

Is seeking help from someone other than God regarded as a kind of polytheism [shirk]?

Is seeking help from someone other than God regarded as a kind of polytheism [shirk]?
                                                              Reply: From the viewpoint of reason and logic of revelation, just as all human beings, nay, all phenomena of the world, are in need of God in their creation, they are also in need of Him for their subsistence. In this regard, the Holy Qur’an states: ﴾ الْحَمِيدُ الغَنِىُّ هُوَ وَاللهُ ...

Gifts

Gifts
1 Question: If a person gives me a gift from which he has not paid Khums, is it necessary for me to pay khums on it? Answer: If a person gives a gift to a Shia Ithna Asheri, from which Khums has not been paid, one fifth of it is the liability of the donor himself, and one who gets the gift is not required to pay anything. 2 Question: A privately owned bank invited its customers to deposit money with the bank, say one thousand ...

Professor Hussein Ansarian: how to gain the divine Paradise

Professor Hussein Ansarian: how to gain the divine Paradise
Paradise is the result and product of the deeds and actions of the believing people which they themselves acquired it; but the divine paradise is a position which is granted to chaste and virtuous people like the master of the martyrs, Imam Hussein (peace be upon him). If someone gains such position, he has, in fact, gained the ultimate victory. For ordinary people, gaining the divine paradise is only fulfilled through following the Holy Quran ...

Questions about ladies make up/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers

Questions about ladies make up/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers
Question 1: Some ladies grow their nails longer for the purpose of beauty, and because sometimes they break, doctors recommend covers which stay on nails for a while during daytime, and considering that during ablution (Qosl) and Wudhu, these covers, vanishes, artificial nails prevent water to reach nails; is it allowed to use these covers, and what about performing ablution and Wudhu with them? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Ablution and Wudhu ...

Must a special saying be mentioned when taking a vow so that the vow becomes Wajib? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

Must a special saying be mentioned when taking a vow so that the vow becomes Wajib? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer
The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about taking a vow (Nazr). Question: Must a special saying be mentioned when taking a vow? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Yes, a special saying must be mentioned when taking a vow; it is not necessary to say it in Arabic; so if it is said (for example), if my patient is cured, I undertake to pay 10 Tomans (a currency) to the poor in the way of God, this vow is correct. And if it is said I undertake ...

Who washed ceremonially the body of Hazrat Zahra (SA)?

 Who washed ceremonially the body of Hazrat Zahra (SA)?
 Based narrations, Imam Ali (AS) washed ceremonially the body of Hazrat Fatima Zahra(SA). Imam Jafar Sadiq (AS) was asked: Who washed ceremonially the body of Hazrat Zahra He responded in an answer "Imam Ali (AS)!; because Hazrat Fatima Zahra(SA) was SIDDIQA (truth-teller) and nobody was allowed to wash her except Imam Ali (as) who was a truth teller himself as well. Although it has been mentioned in some narrations that Asma bint Umais ...

Are we allowed to attend the majalis (gatherings) of Imam Hussein (as) at the houses of those muslims who treat Imam Ali (as) as God?

Are we allowed to attend the majalis (gatherings) of Imam Hussein (as) at the houses of those muslims who treat Imam Ali (as) as God?
Concise answer Although holding mourning sessions and gatherings for Imam Husein (as) and his companions is a great act that brings one massive blessings and rewards, yet if these gatherings are used to strengthen and propagate false teachings that contradict true Islamic beliefs taught to us by the imams, not only will attending them not draw any blessings, it will most probably entail the anger of Allah (swt) as well. Detailed Answer Your ...

Could you provide me with the complete sermon of the Holy Prophet (s) at Ghadir Khum?

Could you provide me with the complete sermon of the Holy Prophet (s) at Ghadir Khum?
Glorification of God Allah is the Creator of everything; He dominates with His power the earth and the heavens. Holy, He is, and Praised, the Lord of the angels and of the spirits. His favours overwhelm whatever He creates, and He is the Mighty over whatever He initiates. He observes all eyes while no eye can observe Him. He is Generous, Clement, Patient. His mercy encompasses everything, and so is His giving. He never rushes His revenge, nor ...

What is the importance and philosophy of mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.)?

What is the importance and philosophy of mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.)?
[1] - Maryam, 41[2] - Maryam, 56 and 57[3] - Sad (The Letter Sad), 41 - 43[4] - Wasa’elul-Shia, vol. 2, pg. 922.[5] - Wasa’elul-Shia, vol. 2, pg. 398.[6] - Amali (Saduq), pg. 142.[7] - Mafatihul-Jinan, Sheikh Abbas Qummi, the section on the rituals and supplications of Muharram.[8] - Biharul-Anwar, vol. 24, pg. 284.[9] - «من سره ان یکون علی موائد النور یوم القیامة، فلیکن من زوار ...

After marriage, the mother of the husband claims that the bride has been breastfed by her and she was her wet nurse/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

After marriage, the mother of the husband claims that the bride has been breastfed by her and she was her wet nurse/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa
The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about the woman who is appointed to suckle another woman’s child. Question: If after marriage, the mother of the husband claims that she breastfed the bride and make an oath on her claim, what is the ruling regarding the marriage? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: Firstly, after marriage, it (the marriage) is considered as correct; unless an authentic reason is raised against it. Secondly, ...

The Spatial Arts

The Spatial Arts
This expression is inclusive of a number of creative efforts and products of the Muslim peoples, which have so many features in common as to make their conjoined treatment more suitable than an isolated presentation of each art form. What are the "Spatial Arts?" Space has sometimes been described as the opposite of mass, as the negation of the solid in architecture. According to that definiton, the spatial arts would include only those ...