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In view of the fact that Prophet Jesus (AS) is alive, why does the Qur\'an use the term "mutawaffik" which means "I will cause you to die"?

In view of the fact that Prophet Jesus (AS) is alive, why does the Qur\'an use the term "mutawaffik" which means "I will cause you to die"?
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The Ideological Basis of Economic Activity

The Ideological Basis of Economic Activity
The ideological basis in Islam may be summarized into six basic principles: The cornerstone is that everything has to start from the belief in God as the Creator, Lord, and Sovereign of the universe. This implies willingness to submit to God’s will, to accept His guidance, and to have complete and unqualified servitude to Him. This means that Muslims - individually and collectively - should not imitate or emulate any other system if it ...

What is the \'proof of the veracious\' (burhan al-siddiqin)? Is it the most correct, apposite and strongest proof for the existence of God?

What is the \'proof of the veracious\' (burhan al-siddiqin)? Is it the most correct, apposite and strongest proof for the existence of God?
 In the history of Islamic philosophy different explanations have been given for this proof [burhan] the first of which has been presented by Bu Ali Sina (Avicenna) in his Isharaat.  Meanwhile, one of the best of explanations has been established by Mulla Sadra, the founder of Transcendental Philosophy, albeit in coherence with the principles of this school. The explanation goes as under: “If existence, which according to ...

Is it recorded in history that Prophet Abraham (AS) and his wife Sara were brother and sister to each other?

Is it recorded in history that Prophet Abraham (AS) and his wife Sara were brother and sister to each other?
 It has not stated in the main authentic Shia sources that Abraham (AS) and Sara were brother and sister to each other. Indeed, it has been reported in some Sunni sources and then in some Shia books that when Nimrud threw Abraham into the fire due to the latter breaking and insulting the idols, Almighty Allah made the fire cold, safe and secure for the prophet enabling him to come out of the fire unhurt.[1] Nimrud was struck with fear ...

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE
SOCIAL ETIQUETTEWhen Prophet Muhammad (a) declared himself to be the Messenger of Allah, the people of Arabia were leading a very miserable life. They were rough and ignorant people who were not conversant with the decorum of a civilized society. So much so that they did not care even to seek permission before entering another's house and did not wish each other when they met. They considered themselves to be enemies of each other and spoke in a ...

Is it true that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his Dawn Prayers?

Is it true that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his Dawn Prayers?
I wish to know whether the report which says that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his morning or Fajr Prayers is true or not. (I had seen this topic being discussed in a book that contained Allamah Tabatabai\'s answers to questions.)Concise answerThis issue is among jurisprudential topics and has also something to do with theological themes. There are reports and narrations transmitted in this regard but jurisprudents are not unanimous ...

What is your advice for those youths who are on the verge of getting married?

What is your advice for those youths who are on the verge of getting married?
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the behavioral role model of nation. People who were not identical with him both in attitudes and manners and they had their own specail morality and behavior publically insulted the Holy prophet peace be upon him and his progeny, but Allah commands in Sura Al Imran and said to Holy prophet:  «فَاعْفُ عَنْهُم » (Al Imran/159) forgive them, it means leave the fight one sided, when the ...

Repentance

Repentance
called out, "There is no God but You. Glory be to You. I have done evil." So We answered him and delivered him out of grief even so do We deliver the believers. (Quran 21:87-8) In my last two discourses, I explained that worship and prayer, if correctly performed, eventually leads to a true affinity to God. The human being, through worship, will be a real servant of God and a real servant has a true affinity to God. In other words, to be a real ...

Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?

Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?
 1. The notion of 'wahdat al-wujud' [Unity of Being] is a monistic understanding of tawheed, the doctrine of oneness of God. It is considered one of the most fundamental concepts in mysticism and in mystical schools especially that of Ibn Arabi.  According to this principle, existence [wujud] is a single and eternal reality which is no one other than God. No one other God has real existence. Whatever comes to our sight are in reality ...

Did Mukhtar keep any love of Abu Bakr and Umar in his heart? Why didn’t he defend Imam Hussein in Karbala?

Did Mukhtar keep any love of Abu Bakr and Umar in his heart? Why didn’t he defend Imam Hussein in Karbala?
Is it true that Mukhtar Thaqafi kept love of Abu Bakr and Umar in his heart and it is said that he is going to fall down Sirat Bridge and Imam Hussein (AS) will save him. Where was he when Imam Hussein rose up against Yazid? Why didn’t he defend the Imam?Concise answerThe traditions about Mukhtar in our sources are divided into two categories; some of them praise and others simply reproach him.  The scholars who specialize in hadith ...

Main Ethical Questions In Islam

Main Ethical Questions In Islam
One of the definitions of the word “ethics” is the study and evaluation of human conduct. It is regarded as normative because it relates to certain basic ideals. Ethics can also be described as a field of study that focuses on the knowledge of good and evil, and the basis on which aspects of behavior should be evaluated. Ethics and Life Since the start of creation man has never ceased to contemplate the moral question of good and ...

The duty of a fasting person with continuous bleeding gum/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

The duty of a fasting person with continuous bleeding gum/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer
Question: What is the duty of a fasting person with continuous bleeding ...

The personality of Umm ul-Banin

The personality of Umm ul-Banin
.In the Sight of the Ahlul BaytUmm-ul-Banin had full knowledge of the actual standings and heavenly ranks of the Ahlul Bayt, therefore, she performed her duty towards them so perfectly. Historian have recorded that when she was carried to her husband,s house, al-Hasan and al- Husayn were sick. As soon as she noticed this, she willingly went on caressing them, using the nicest language. From that time onwards, she went on treating them very ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)
Question: Why did Imam Husain (a.s.) take his family with him to Karbala? He knew that their fate was death. Why did he not leave them and allow them to remain behind or stay in a safe place? Answer: The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission. The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)
Question: Why did Imam Husain (a.s.) take his family with him to Karbala? He knew that their fate was death. Why did he not leave them and allow them to remain behind or stay in a safe place? Answer: The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission. The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors ...

Is denying infallibility of Imams (AS) the proof of apostasy? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answers

Is denying infallibility of Imams (AS) the proof of apostasy? The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani’s answers
Question: The Grand Ayatollah Rouhani: Source: PERSIAN ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (8)

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (8)
One of the precepts strongly recommended by the divine law of Islam [shari‘ah] is holding ceremonies with the intention of paying homage to the signs of Allah. Upholding this precept is considered an act resulting from the piety of the hearts. There is no dispute or disagreement among the various schools of thought regarding the essential verdict pertaining to this precept. Disagreement, however, lies in the question of whether application of ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (7)

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (7)
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What is the timing of fast, when does it start and when does it end?

What is the timing of fast, when does it start and when does it end?
[1] - Tawzih al-Masail (with annotation by Imam Khomeini), vol.1, pg.88.[2] - Ibid, vol.1, pg.411[3] - Khomeini, Sayyid Rohullah Musavi, Tawzih al-Masail (by Imam Khomeini), pg.164, issue No.730, First, 1436 A.H.[4] - Tawzih al-Masail (with annotation by Imam Khomeini), vol.1, pg.440; Khamenei, Sayyid Ali, Answers to Jurisprudential Questions, pg. 73, Office of Grand Ayatollah Khamenei in Qom, Qom, Iran, First, 1424 ...

If mother forces the child to break the fast at the time of fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

If mother forces the child to break the fast at the time of fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about parents forcing their children to break their fast.

Question: If I am fasting and my mother forces me to eat or drink, is my fast void (Baatel)?

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Eating and drinking make fasting void (Baatel) even if it is due to the request and persistence of another person.