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  • Is there any saying from Imam Reza (a.s) in which eating grapes at night may have been discouraged?
    6508 Contextual study
    As per the research we have conducted, not only there is not such a saying in our textual sources (hadith books) but to the contrary, we came across narrations which expressly indicate that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and the imams (a.s.) ate grapes even at night. Example: 1. One ...
  • Is the term "Bridge of Sirat" mentioned in the Quran?
    13224 Quranic Studies
    Although the term the "Bridge of Sirat" hasn’t been used in the Quran, it has been mentioned in hadiths and traditions. For example Imam Sadiq (as) has mentioned this term while explaining the word "mirsad" in verse 14 of Surah Fajr, saying that it is a bridge that ...
  • Why do we have to perform prayers in Arabic?
    4110 Philosophy of Religion and Law
    This question doesn’t have a brief answer. Please click on the detailed answer. ...
  • What do the separate letters (Huruf Muqatta’ah) in the Quran mean?
    13737 Quranic Studies
    The ‘Huruf Muqatta’ah’ are the separate letters located in the beginning of some surahs of the Quran that have no independent meaning. There are different viewpoints regarding these letters; the best one being that they are a secret between the prophet (pbuh) and Allah (swt) that only the ...
  • How can one create harmony between religion and science?
    4108 Philosophy of Religion
    Those who consider religion and science as two separate ways aren’t truly familiar with divine religions particularly Islam and haven’t paid attention to the fact that the two are of completely different responsibilities that have nothing in common.Religion is of three parts; man’s relationship with himself, man’s relationship ...
  • Are Ali bin Ibrahim Qummi's tafsir and his masters (mashayikh) reliable?
    7101 تألیفات شیعی
    Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim Qummi is one of the great Shiite scholars. As per Najashi's and Sheikh Tusi's reports, he has a book titled "Tafsir Qummi". The book is available to all for the time being and some of its narrations are mentioned in some reliable ...
  • What is meant by the ‘Unity of Existence?’
    1296 Islamic Philosophy
    What the philosophers and the mystics mean by the ‘unity of existence’ is not that the whole existing world put together is God; because, the whole collection does not enjoy a ‘real existence and unity’ (wujud wa wehdat-e-haqiqi). Similarly it also does not mean the ‘union’ (ittehad) ...
  • Can a woman who hasn’t received her Nafaqah consider herself as divorced? If so, when does her waiting period of iddah commence?
    5421 Laws and Jurisprudence
    According to Islam, divorce can only be carried out by the husband[1], therefore, the wife cannot divorce herself and not paying the Nafaqah doesn’t give her the permission to be able to do so. Subsequently, there is no waiting period of iddah for her. However, ...
  • What does Shia doctrine say about the awaited Mahdi?
    6565 Traditional
    Since the above question is too vague and general, we decided to have a brief introduction of Imam’s (AJ) lifestyle, assertions from the unseen (akhbar ghaibi) and signs of his reappearance.His name is the same as the prophet of Islam’s, and ...
  • Please explain the basis of Shi'ite thought and its characteristics?
    4923 Traditional
    The Holy Quran is the basis of the Shi'ite thought and the source of all the Shiite teachings. It considers the apparent and outward meanings of the verses, the sayings, conducts, silence and assertions of the Messenger of God (pbuh) and those of the ...