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  • Who are the Akhbaris and the Osolis?
    5405 Philosophy of History 2010/04/19
    The Akhbaris are the adherents of the ahadith whom the Shia call Akhbaris. They do not believe in Ijtihad and only follow the ahadith. On the other side there is a great group of Muslim scholars known as the Osolioon, they believe that the rulings of Islam should ...
  • What legal reference do we have for Eid Nowruz?
    16503 Contextual study 2011/05/22
    This eid is an ancient Persian holiday that was marked and celebrated before the emergence of Islam.There is a hadith from Imam Sadeq (as) in hadith sources regarding Nowruz which the popular vote has verified it to be reliable and therefore they have given the fatwa to the ...
  • Why does the verdict of a marja become invalid after his death?
    3320 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2007/04/08
    It must be known that ijtihad has different elements: some are firm (ex. Quran, prophetic traditions, intellect…) and others are changeable (ex. Subjects and their conditions, knowledge and the understanding of the marja himself). A mujtahid must always be aware of the changeable elements. Hence, it ...
  • Do we have free will and, if we do, what is it limited to?
    3894 Traditional 2012/10/20
    A lot of times we find ourselves in a path that we must take. This is the path of predestined things in our lives, such as our ethnicity, family, language and physical features like our height and weight. On the other hand, there are many times when we ...
  • What are the traits of the “mursal” religion?
    3717 Philosophy of Religion 2008/10/12
    1- The number of “mursal” religions is always in correspondence with the number of messengers sent by Allah (swt).2- The mursal religion is a result of man’s need towards the message of Allah (swt) to the people.3- The ...
  • Why is it necessary to give Sahm-e Imam to a qualified Mujtahid?
    4853 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/05/19
    Given the fact that qualified jurisprudents are the general representatives of the Imam of Time (atf) during the period of occultation and that, in order for the Islamic laws not to remain unperformed and the portion of Imam not to be wasted, they are allowed to spend ...
  • Does touching a religiously unclean substance make one religiously unclean? Does one have to perform ghusl to become clean?
    3831 Laws and Jurisprudence 2008/09/30
    Whenever a religiously clean item touches a religiously unclean one and both of them or either one of them is wet enough for the moisture to be transferred to the other item, the religiously clean item would become religiously unclean.[1] To make it ...
  • Is it the responsibility of a Muslim to inform the parents of a child who is engaged in an illegitimate relationship?
    3218 Practical 2010/05/26
    The case you have presented in your inquiry needs to be looked at from an “enjoining good and forbidding evil” perspective.Although enjoining good and forbidding evil (amr bil ma’ruf wa nahy anil munkar) is wajib for all Muslims, nevertheless it has different stages; the first of which is ...
  • Why do you limit the Ahlul Bayt (ع) to a few people?
    3626 Traditional 2011/08/15
    The limiting of the Ahlul Bayt (ع) to the fourteen infallibles is not a human decision; it is an exclusivity understood from the Divine words in the Verse of Purification and the traditions of the noble Prophet (ص
  • Is stem-cell research haram?
    4219 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/11/25
    Since we are looking for the fiqhi ruling on this issue, we asked the question from the offices of the grand Ayatullahs (may Allah protect them) and also from Ayatullah Hadavi Tehrani, the following are the responses we received:The office of ...