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  • Which heaven was the heaven in which Prophet Adam resided?
    10167 Traditional 2010/03/13
    There are different viewpoints regarding this matter amongst Quranic commentators:A number of them believe that Prophet Adam's heaven was simply a beautiful and thriving garden on earth.Some, unlike the first group perceive that it was in the seventh heaven, the reason being that it is said ...
  • What are the different types of kafir?
    6158 General Terms 2015/01/05
    Generally speaking, kafir can be divided into kafir from jurisprudential viewpoint and kafir from theological viewpoint, each having different types. Kafir from a jurisprudential perspective includes the original kafir, people of the book and murtadd [apostate]. People of the book are either at war with Muslim community ...
  • Can the slaughtered meat of the Non-Muslims be used (lawfully)?
    696 Laws and Jurisprudence 2019/06/11
    The opinion of the Shia' jurists and the School of Thought of the Ahl al-Bayt (the family of the Noble Prophet of Islam (s)) is that meat that has not been slaughtered according to Islamic laws, the ruling is that it is like regular dead meat (animal ...
  • What is the penalty for purposely breaking the fast in Ramadhan?
    4427 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/11/24
    One whom fasting has been made obligatory upon in the holy month of Ramadhan (one who bears all the conditions), yet doesn’t intend on fasting doesn’t have any punishment/penalty, unless he/she executes this intention and practically doesn’t fast, or breaks the fast (of course, one ...
  • Why is it forbidden for men and women to use utensils and dishes made of gold?
    3336 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2011/12/07
    There are secrets and hidden wisdom in the Islamic laws even though we may not be able to discover them. Generally speaking, no law has been enacted without a reason or logic. God, the Wise and All-Knowing, does not command humankind to do an act unless there is a reason ...
  • Who is Dhul-Qarnayn?
    11640 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/07/19
    The name “Dhul-Qarnayn” has been mentioned in surah Kahf.As for who exactly Dhul-Qarnayn was in history, there are differences of opinion amongst historians and commentators of the Quran.Yet, taking into consideration the attributes of Dhul-Qarnayn that the Quran has mentioned, one can ...
  • The philosophy as to why saying Āmīn in prayer is impermissible.
    5569 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/03/14
    In accordance to traditions narrated by the Ahlulbayt (as), saying Āmīn in prayer is not permissible; furthermore reciting it [intentionally] invalidates the prayer. In addition, there is no need for evidence to prove the impermissibility [of saying Āmīn], in the sense that prayer is an ...
  • Is it haram to get a tattoo?
    5673 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/12/01
    The answer given by Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani (may Allah grant him long life) is as under:If it is not harmful to your body and the tattoo shapes are not offensive and do not in any way degrade your personality, there is no objection.
  • Why aren't we allowed to commit suicide?
    5469 Practical 2009/09/23
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • Please list the reasons behind the impermissibility of music.
    5272 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/11/14
    Music and ghina differ from each other in fiqhi (jurisprudential) terms. Ghina refers to the singing voice which comes from the larynx and is turned up and down in the throat [like the chirping of birds] that somewhat excites the listener and brings him joy and is ...

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