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Thursday 19th of July 2018
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Intention (niyyah): The first essential element of prayer

Intention (niyyah): The first essential element of prayer
By: Hojjat al-Islam Muhsin Qara’atiThe first essential element {rukn} of prayer is the intention {niyyah}.Intention means that we have to know what we are doing, what we are reciting, and for whom and for what a certain movement is made.The value of every deed lies in the intention and motive behind it; not merely in the deed itself. Thus, the quality of the actions of a person who stops on a red traffic light in order to maintain order ...

The Ideological Basis of Economic Activity

The Ideological Basis of Economic Activity
The ideological basis in Islam may be summarized into six basic principles: The cornerstone is that everything has to start from the belief in God as the Creator, Lord, and Sovereign of the universe. This implies willingness to submit to God’s will, to accept His guidance, and to have complete and unqualified servitude to Him. This means that Muslims - individually and collectively - should not imitate or emulate any other system if it ...

Why did God let the devil live so that he can deceive people and make them commit sin? (Professor Ansarian's answer)

Why did God let the devil live so that he can deceive people and make them commit sin? (Professor Ansarian's answer)
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The Holy Quran and Hadith on Music

The Holy Quran and Hadith on Music
By: A. H. SheriffAfter briefly explaining the evil effects of Music and dance, now time has come to give here some of the ayats of the Qur’an and some of the traditions of the Holy Prophet (S) and Imams (a.s.) on this subject.Here are four Ayats of the Qur’an which forbid the Muslims from indulging into music."So abstain from the pollution of the idols and abstain from false vain words." [22:30].The Arabic word "Zoor" has several ...

The Holy Qur’an and Messianism (Mahdawiyyat)

The Holy Qur’an and Messianism (Mahdawiyyat)
QUESTION:Which verse of the Noble Qur’an can be cited regarding the authority (wilayat) of the twelve Imams (peace be upon them) and the just government of Imam Mahdi (may Allah hasten his return) and the supremacy of Islam over the world?ANSWER:The verses from whose purport it is understood that the twelve Imams—may Allah elevate their word—have authority and Imamah are many in number.Among them is the verse:إِنَّمَا ...

In contemplating the traditions of Ahlulbayt, what aspect of their life is meant?

In contemplating the traditions of Ahlulbayt, what aspect of their life is meant?
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Professor Ansarian: how many Rakats (units) the prayers used to be in the beginning of Islam?

Professor Ansarian: how many Rakats (units) the prayers used to be in the beginning of Islam?
Allah Almighty mentioned in the Holy Quran that people can decrease two Rakaats from noon and afternoon prayers in times of traveling and war, but when they are in their city they have to say two four Rakkaats of noon and afternoon prayers.  When Imam Hussein was born, three Rakaats were added to prayers; one Rakaat to evening prayers and two Rakaats to night prayers.  Allah Almighty said to the prophet: the two Rakaats that you added ...

Why did the holy Prophet used to cheer Imam Hasan (AS) when Imam Hussein (AS) and Imam Hasan (AS) were wrestling together? Was Imam Hasan liked more by Prophet?

Why did the holy Prophet used to cheer Imam Hasan (AS) when Imam Hussein (AS) and Imam Hasan (AS) were wrestling together? Was Imam Hasan liked more by Prophet?
" Imam Hussein (AS) and Imam Hasan (AS) were wrestling together before the messenger of Allah, and Prophet was cheering and heartening Imam Hasan (AS) and was telling him to take hold of Imam Hussein (AS). The messenger of Allah said: I am cheering Hasan, because the "Gabriel" is cheering Hussein, and he is telling Hussein to take hold of Hasan. ...

Professor Ansarian: Should we investigate about the foods and sustenance of the host family when we go to their house as a guest?

Professor Ansarian: Should we investigate about the foods and sustenance of the host family when we go to their house as a guest?
  There is no need to investigate and search regarding this issue, we basically judge human beings apparently; in other words, when a person is a Muslim, we consider his works and actions as proper and correct, and this is a religious and rational rule. So, there is no problem to go to the house of those people who are believers and Muslim as a guest and investigation and searching about whether their foods and sustenance are Halal or Harm ...

Some relatives insult people's beliefs and sanctities, should we stop visiting them?

Some relatives insult people's beliefs and sanctities, should we stop visiting them?
If there is an opportunity of enjoining good and forbidding wrong (Amr bil Maroof & Nahi Anil Munkar), it is incumbent upon you to do your duty, but if there is no efficacy in doing so, you are expected to restrict your relationship with such people but cutting and abandoning family Ties or “Silat-ur-Rahim” is not advisable. “Silat-ur-Rahim” which means maintaining the bond of kinship and visiting relatives is of the ...

The Islamic Opinion about Education

The Islamic Opinion about Education
Question: Western and eastern scholars have written many books and detailed studies on education, and Islamic scholars have also written much on this subject. Would you please give us a summary of the Islamic opinion in this concern?The answer: In spite of what has been said about education by scholars, whether concurring or conflicting, I think that what the Prophet (S) and his progeny (a.s.) have said is the most correct because they are ...

What is the difference between ascetic and romantic mysticism? And is romantic mysticism approved?

What is the difference between ascetic and romantic mysticism? And is romantic mysticism approved?
The ethics of the Ahlul-Bayt is based on virtue, as the main figures in this field were particularly pious. In this mysticism, love is for the truth and for the immortal source, but the mysticism which is based upon imagination of the mind and the dreams of others like the false mysticism such as the circle mysticism which never helps one's sublimity and improvement but makes one obsessed with imaginations and has no result but waste of ...

Why are the fans of truth more than the fans of the falsehood?

Why are the fans of truth more than the fans of the falsehood?

Because the tendency towards the truth is an innate issue and the original nature of all human beings as well as the whole creatures in the universe is inclined toward the truth and fact.

The original nature is a monotheistic nature and the very innate nature avoids the falsehood.

What makes a person not cry in the tragedy of Ahlulbayt?

What makes a person not cry in the tragedy of Ahlulbayt?
Postponing saying prayers or not saying prayers on time. Overeating or keep eating while one is already full Eating, sleeping and laughing in ...

What are the results of disrespecting the parents

What are the results of disrespecting the parents
Not being able to worship and abandon the sins, Imam Reza (peace be upon him) says regarding this issue: " Allah Almighty has forbidden disobeying the parents and not observing their rights, because it brings about incapability of being successful to obey the commands and orders of Allah ...

Can any evidence be found in Sunni sources that speak of the martyrdom of Lady Fatimah (as)

Can any evidence be found in Sunni sources that speak of the martyrdom of Lady Fatimah (as)
Concise answer Detailed Answer In this regard, we will cite some documents from Sunni sources, so that it becomes clear that the intrusion of Lady Fatimah’s (as) home and what took place after, is a clear historical fact, not a myth!! And although during the reign of the khalifahs, there was great censorship and prevention regarding writing about the virtues and merits of the Ahlul-Bayt, but this historical truth was ‘cast in ...

Is Fadak Sermon of Lady Fatima Zahra in Muhammad bin Jarir Tabari’s ‘Dalael al-Imamah’ authentic

Is Fadak Sermon of Lady Fatima Zahra in Muhammad bin Jarir Tabari’s ‘Dalael al-Imamah’ authentic
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Was the Fadak usurped before or after the burning of Lady Zahra’s home

Was the Fadak usurped before or after the burning of Lady Zahra’s home
Also, regarding the time in which the Fadak was usurped, it has been recorded that: “عَنْ حَمَّادِ بْنِ عُثْمَانَ، عَنْ أَبِی عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَلَیْهِ السَّلَامُ قَالَ: لَمَّا بُویِعَ أَبُو بَکْرٍ وَ اسْتَقَامَ لَهُ الْأَمْرُ عَلَى جَمِیعِ الْمُهَاجِرِینَ وَ الْأَنْصَارِ، ...

Where was Lady Fatima Zahra buried

Where was Lady Fatima Zahra buried
Since she had undergone much pain and suffering after the demise of her father[4], she asked Imam Ali (a.s.) to bathe and shroud her body, give her the coffin and bury her in the darkness of the night so that those who oppressed her might not attend her burial ceremony. She also asked that she be buried in an undisclosed location in Medina. Acting as per Fatima s will, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (a.s.) buried her in the darkness of the night and ...

Keeping alive the remembrance of the Imam (pbuh)

Keeping alive the remembrance of the Imam (pbuh)
One of our important duties during the time of occultation is to remember our Imam (PBUH) more often in gatherings and in private, and to make gatherings for his remembrance:I heard Imam al-Sadiq (PBUH) saying, "Our Shia are compassionate among each other. When they hold a private meeting, they remember Allah. Verily, the remembrance of us is of the remembrance of Allah. When we are remembered, Allah has been remembered, and when our enemy is ...