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Wednesday 18th of October 2017
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What is the Islamic law about taking off one,s shirt and beating the chest in mourning for Imam Hussein (a)?

Concise answer Perhaps the "old shirt" story contains a moral message relating to one,s guarding his chastity and dignity. It has nothing to do with what you have mentioned in your message. No jurist has ever considered it as a reason for the impermissibility of taking off one,s shirt during mourning for Imam Hussein (a). What has been mentioned with great emphasis in the verdicts of grand jurists and religious authorities is that mourning, ...

What is the reason for mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s)?

Concise answer Moreover, it is the duty of all people to express their gratitude and thankfulness to those who endeavored selflessly and sacrificed their lives for the awakening and prosperousness of human societies. Hence, lamentation for Imam Hussein bin Ali (a.s.) is a kind of thanksgiving and appreciation for the sacrifices Imam Hussein (a.s.) and his companions made to awaken the humanity. Detailed Answer Therefore, these great incidents, ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)

Question:Why did Imam Husain (a.s.) take his family with him to Karbala? He knew that their fate was death. Why did he not leave them and allow them to remain behind or stay in a safe place?Answer:The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission.The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors that ...

What is the importance and philosophy of mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.)?

In order for us to understand the significance and philosophy of mourning for Imam Hussein (a.s.), it is necessary to take notice of the following points:        Detailed Answer    Paying attention to lofty virtues and traits of elect and dignified men and religious leaders:God, the Sublime, says in Chapter Maryam: "And mention Ibrahim in the Book; surely he was a truthful man, a prophet."[1] ...

Questions Relating to Ashura/Karbala (1)

Question:Why did Imam Husain (a.s.) take his family with him to Karbala? He knew that their fate was death. Why did he not leave them and allow them to remain behind or stay in a safe place?Answer:The holy uprising of Imam Husain (a.s.) has two dimensions: 1. Martyrdom. 2. Accomplishing a Mission.The primary role of the women can be seen in the second dimension. Of course the women did have a role in upbringing and encouraging the warriors that ...

What is the meaning of Ghadir? And why is it called Eid al-Ghadir?

The word "Ghadir" is of several meanings in terminology, such as "pond", "a piece of water," and "rain water". Ghadir Khom is located in the middle of the two great cities of the Muslim world, Mecca and Medina, in the place called "Ja'fah"; and at the time of the messenger of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny), the Hajj caravans separated there and went toward their own country. There are several possibilities on why this place is named ...

Did the Holy Prophet (s) mean political authority or religious and mystical authority in the event of Ghadir Khum?

Considering that the Prophet (s) appointed the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (a.s) in an absolute and general way, the Holy Prophet's authority in its entirety, irrespective of whether it is mystical, religious or political, is also proven for Ali (a.s.). According to Shiites, there is no doubt that the Wilayah (guardianship/authority) of the Commander of the Faithful that was announced and stressed by the Holy Prophet (s) in the event of ...

Could you provide me with the complete sermon of the Holy Prophet (s) at Ghadir Khum?

Glorification of God Allah is the Creator of everything; He dominates with His power the earth and the heavens. Holy, He is, and Praised, the Lord of the angels and of the spirits. His favours overwhelm whatever He creates, and He is the Mighty over whatever He initiates. He observes all eyes while no eye can observe Him. He is Generous, Clement, Patient. His mercy encompasses everything, and so is His giving. He never rushes His revenge, nor ...

There are several reasons why the third ayah of Surah Al-Maidah cannot be about the event of Ghadir! Please share your viewpoint about this?

According to Shia scholars and Quranic commentators, “الیوم اکملت لکم دینکم” which is part of the third ayah of Surah Al-Maidah, has been revealed apart and separate from the rest of the ayah and is considered to describe the event of Ghadir and the caliphate of Imam Ali (as). However, this presumption seems to be irrational for four reasons: The first reason: When confronted with the question about why the ...

How old was Imam Ali (AS) on the day of Ghadir?

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How does staying at Arafat lead t self-knowledge?

Arafat is the name of a land near Mecca which is obligatory for Hajjis (pilgrims) to stay there on the 9th day of the month of Zilhajja during the Hajj pilgrimage. The word Arafat is derived from “Arafa” which means recognition such as to recognise self and to recognise the God. In this land a human will discover about his/her sins as well as the greatness and blessings of Allah (SWT) leading to confessions and repentance. Of course ...

Why the creature should be submissive of the creator?

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Is the tendency of the majority of people to infidelity compatible with the fact that religion is inborn?

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What is the meaning of trusting in Allah?

So, if human knows that Allah Almighty is the only one who is the true effective in the whole universe, his trust will get stronger and firm, and the one whose trust in Allah has reached to its highest point will be free of any kind of anxiety or excitement and will have the genuine serenity and calmness, as the divine prophets were like this.

What is the philosophy of observing veil (Hijab) while saying prayers?

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Do divine rules change over time?

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How did Imam Sadeq (AS) raise four thousand students?

However, you should pay attention to the following points: In the science of hadith, the narrator (the one who quotes) and the one who is quoted as saying are also referred to as student and teacher; therefore, It is likely that what is considered as four thousand students for Imam Sadeq (AS) is taken from this expression. So, four thousand students for him is specifically based on the above mentioned expression, but there is no reason to prove ...

Does Imam Mahdi (A.S) get depressed and shed tears because of the sins we commit?

It has been mentioned in the Holy Quran that says: and say do whatever you desire that Allah Almighty, his prophets and the believers will soon observe your deeds and you will soon be returned to the one who is all-knowing. Then you will be aware of what you used to do.it has been explicitly mention in a narration that the believers in this verse are the infallible ...

Is the time of reappearance of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) known?

 No one is exactly aware of the time of reappearance of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) except for Almighty Allah and Imam Mahdi himself and whosoever determines a time for his reappearance is certainly and undoubtedly a true liar and in various narrations from our infallible Imams they have denied those who set a time for Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) reappearance and cursed them and also ordered the shias ...

Is the Imam of the time married and have children?

 Although it appears from some of the narrations and claims of the infallibles that the Imam of the time has spouse and children, there are also some narrations with a degree of validity that specify he has no children. In any case, it is likely that he has a wife and children, but we also have not found any valid tradition to be sure of his marriage and children. And it is not necessary to pursue this issue because what is certain is that ...