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  • Did the Imams battle for power and did they want a hereditary form of government?
    4585 Traditional
    Firstly, the seerah (biography) of the Imams shows that the Imams did not struggle for power nor did they have a craving for power. If at times they were defending their rights, it was because they believed it was their obligation to do so.This saying of Imam ...
  • What happened to Imam Hussein's horse in Karbala?
    7401 تاريخ بزرگان
    The writers of books on what happened on Ashura (these books are referred to as ‘maqatil’) have not mentioned much about what happened to Dhuljanah. What is mentioned is that he made his mane bloody with the blood of the Imam and returned to the tents neighing very ...
  • Why should religion interfere in politics?
    4942 Laws and Jurisprudence
    The theory of the separation of religion from politics is a viewpoint that supports marginalizing religion from different fields of human life. According to this viewpoint, man is able to discover the true rules to culture, politics, judgment, economy, commerce, manners, social relationships, etc., and legislate them with ...
  • Is it permissible to step or walk on graves? Is there a penalty in Islam for such an act?
    3611 Laws and Jurisprudence
    The office of the Grand Ayatullah Sistani:It is famous (amongst the scholars) that such an act is makruh (yet permissible and of no penalty). ...
  • What was the first fruit eaten by Adam on earth?
    16197 پیامبران و کتابهای آسمانی
    The story of Adam and Eve residing in Paradise and their expulsion from there occurs in the Holy Quran. For information about this topic, read the following answers on our website: "The Sin of Adam and Eve", question 203. "Angels Prostrating Themselves before Adam as Narrated in ...
  • Why do you limit the “Ahlul-Bayt” to five people?
    5977 Traditional
    The most important reason for allocating the title “Ahlul-Bayt” to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Ali (as), Lady Fatimah (as), Hasan and Husein (as), are the numerous traditions that narrators of hadith and both Shia and Sunni scholars have narrated from the prophet (pbuh), which have been listed and mentioned in over ...
  • What is the penalty for purposely breaking the fast in Ramadhan?
    5252 Laws and Jurisprudence
    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 ...
  • What are the rewards and benefits of wearing rings with valuable stones on them?
    35579 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Wearing a ring of aghigh, firoozah, yaqut and…is permissible for men and according to hadiths, wearing them has thawab and rewards, and wearing them in prayer causes one’s prayers to be of higher virtue and of more rewards, given that the ring isn’t made of gold (for men ...
  • What is the ruling on bank interest in non-Muslim countries?
    8375 Laws and Jurisprudence
    Concerning bank transactions in non-Islamic countries, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s verdict reads as follows:“Paying interest (usury [riba]) is haram (forbidden) i.e. borrowing money from a bank on the condition that one ought to repay an extra amount in excess of the originally borrowed sum is deemed haram save ...
  • According to Islam is it permissible for women to drive?
    18826 Laws and Jurisprudence
              The ruling for women driving must be derived from other laws and principals; meaning that we do not have a direct ruling on women driving in the Quran or Sunnah, because it is a ...