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  • What is the Islamic law about having an affair or illicit relationship with a person from the opposite gender? If their relationships do not lead to adultery, are they still sinful?
    12470 Traditional 2012/02/15
    Adultery is a great sin according to the Quran. God, the Exalted, says: "Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils)."
  • Where and when did mourning for Imam Hussein (A.S.) start first?
    5833 The infallibles 2012/04/30
    The Holy Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him and his family, wept on the martyrdom of Hamza and Ja’far and also encouraged others to weep. The great Shia Imams, peace be upon them, have encouraged us to keep the memory of the event of Karbala alive ...
  • If the imams are essentially infallible, can we follow them as role models?
    2271 عصمت 2015/05/03
    This question emanates from incorrect notion about the concept of infallibility that considers it something mandatory and gifted by God without a cause or reason. Obviously, if we are to consider infallibility as something forced, then we would consider the infallibles as people lacking free will and ...
  • Is it permissible for men to listen to a woman’s singing?
    5532 Philosophy of Religion and Law 2013/01/24
    As you have rightly mentioned, men are different from women in a lot of ways. For this reason, different rules have been legislated for each group. When it comes to a woman reciting eulogies and narrating the sad stories of the infallibles, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei says: “If ...
  • How can supernatural acts be explained and proven?
    6188 Quranic Studies 2012/04/21
    “Miracles” in Islamic theological terms are acts that surpass normal limits that challenge others to do the same and are in accordance with the claims of the person performing them. What is meant by surpassing normal limits is that it seems contrary to the laws of nature.
  • What does it mean when it is said that Adam (pbuh) descended from heaven?
    4654 Traditional 2010/04/18
    "Hubut"means to come down and descend, and it is the opposite of Su’ud (ascension) and sometimes it means to settle down in a certain place.In order to explain the Hubut of Prophet Adam first we need ...
  • What is Islam for?
    3888 Traditional 2009/03/04
    Religion is a set of beliefs associated with practical and moral principles delivered to humankind by God's messengers, for the guidance of man and his eternal prosperity and salvation.According to religious teachings, the necessity of religion is rooted in the fitrah (nature) of man. In the holy Quran, ...
  • Is it permissible to invest in non-Muslim countries?
    3339 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/04/21
    In response to your inquiry, the grand Ayatullah Khamenei says: “Investing in the banks of countries with non-Islamic governments is permissible per se, given that it doesn’t strengthen them politically and economically such that they will use it against Muslims and Islam, and in ...
  • What is the principle of no domination over Muslims?
    1440 General Terms 2017/01/24
    The concept of the principle of no domination over Muslims [nafy sabil] is that God, the Glorified, has legislated such rule in the Islamic Shari’ah that prevents non-Muslims from getting hegemony and control over Muslims’ fate and affairs. There is no rule in Islam to allow them ...
  • Can a Muslim go in a church and offer prayers there?
    3590 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/12/31
    There is no problem in going inside a church except for when he who goes there is a well-known figure whose going to church leads to promotion of the church or when it is feared that he might be ideologically influenced and get misled in which case the ...

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