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  • Should we maintain relations with relatives who act badly towards us in turn? If so, in what way should we do this?
    4430 Practical
    The concept of ‘Silah al-Rahem’ means to maintain a relationship based on goodness and love with ones near relatives. It is religiously obligatory upon everyone and many positive effects have been listed for it. Amongst these are the lengthening of one’s life, good naturedness, and an increase in ...
  • Did Imam Husein (as) have a son named 'Abdullah', thus being called Aba Abdillah?
    7687 تاريخ بزرگان
    Some sources have mentioned that the Imam's surname (Aba Abdellah) is because of the name of his infant child named Abdullah that was only six months old and was martyred in Karbala.[1] There is of course a different viewpoint that such nicknames were used even ...
  • Why did Allah (swt) create man, considering that He knew many of them would be bad and end up in the hellfire?
    4995 Traditional
    1) Punishment from Allah (swt) is a result of man willingly disregarding divine guidance and not listening to the call of the ''outer'' and "inner" messengers.2) The knowledge of Allah (swt) regarding the way His creatures will act in different situations, in no way results in them being forced ...
  • When the Quran is speaking of the times of ‘salat’, what is meant by ‘salat’, is it supplication and asking for forgiveness, or prayer?
    4741 Quranic Studies
    The term ‘salat’ in Quranic verses that are mentioning the times for prayer, refers to prayer. Quranic verses that state the times for prayer can be categorized into different categories in which we will list in the detailed answer. ...
  • Why did our imams practice polygamy?
    4947 Traditional
    There are many reasons behind marriage; spiritual calmness and tranquility, fulfillment of reproductive needs and desires, having a partner in life and the continuation of generations. Giving shelter and asylum to women without an abode, protecting society from corruption, and the conditions of the ...
  • What is the ruling on shaving the beard and body hair?
    10283 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Only shaving or trimming facial hair (beard)[1] with shaving machines in a way that people say there is no beard anymore, is impermissible based on obligatory precaution.[2] Also, shaving a portion of the beard has the same ruling as ...
  • Why did Allah create Satan?
    6157 Traditional
    First: Satan’s role in deviating and misguiding man is confined to tempting him. Second: Progress and development can only take place when there are opposite and conflicting forces, and therefore the creation of such a being in the Nezame Ahsan (perfect world system) is not considered in vain, ...
  • How can one cure jealousy?
    4246 Practical
    Jealousy is a low spirit and attitude in its possessor causing him/her to wish for another to lose something he/she has.In order to remedy this problem, the following points are prescribed:1) Thinking about the bad effects it can have on one's spirit, nerves, religion, and hereafter.2) Strengthening ...
  • Can one do Istikharah for marriage?
    4009 Practical
    Marriage has been one of the most important issues and foundations of human societiy since the beginning of human life on earth. Obviously such a critical issue should be dealt with wisely and with knowledge because it is the starting point of a new family. Marriage entails a ...
  • Is it bad to be alone in a room with a non mahram girl?
    4233 Practical
    In religious teachings, one of the things man has been advised against in order to protect him from sin, is to be alone with a non-mahram. In his advice to Prophet Musa (AS), Satan says: “O Musa, never be alone with a non-mahram woman, for ...