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Monday 20th of November 2017
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Is it religiously banned to propose in the month of Safar and Muharram?

Asking for marriage and proposing or providing marriage arrangements like talking has no religious problem in the month of Safar and Muharram.

Please explain about the Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (AS)

The signs of a true believer are five: Sayyid bin Tawas quotes: When the women and children of Imam Hussein (AS) returned from the Shaam town and arrived in Iraq, they said to their guide: take us from Karbala. When they got to the place where Imam Hussein and his companions were martyred, they saw Jaber Ibn Abdollah Ansari with a group of people from Bani Hashem and a man from the family of the messenger of Allah who had come to visit Imam ...

Whose saying is this: "Death is sweater to me than honey."

Concise answer This saying is widely ascribed to Qasim son of Imam Hasan Mujtaba (a.s.). It is said that when his beloved uncle, Imam Hussein (a.s.) asked him "My child, my nephew, tell me, how do you regard death and what do you think about getting killed?" He promptly answered: "Death is sweater to me than honey." This narration has been mentioned in Madinat Ma'ajiz al-Aemmah al-Ithna Ashar wa Dalael al-Hujaj 'alaa al-Bashar[1], vol.4, pg. 215 ...

Some of the incidents pertaining to the event of Karbala do not seem to be rational? How can they be justified?

complete question I am from Tehran. Today, March 26 2010 I received an email which raises doubts concerning the event of Karbala, one of the deeply rooted Shiite beliefs. Given the fact that your institute has some of the best researchers and experts in Islamic sciences and that replying to such questions is a part of its mission, I appeal you to deal with the question after you have studied it thoroughly. I pray to God, the Exalted, to grant ...

Where and when did mourning for Imam Hussein (A.S.) start first?

complete question When we look at the lives of the Holy Prophet (S) and the Imams (A.S.), not only we do not see anything about mourning and lamentation but there are evidence and sayings prohibiting such acts. For example, Hamza (A.S.) was martyred in the Battle Uhud or later when Ja’far bin Abi Talib was martyred, not only the Prophet (S) did not hold such ceremonies but he forbade others from doing so. Now, the question arises as to ...

Did angels and jinns come to the help of Imam Hussein in Karbala? Why didn’t the Imam accept their offer?

I have heard from a scholar that a number of angels and jinns came to Karbala to help Imam Hussein (A.S.), but he refused to accept their offer. Is it true that they came and offered their help (before the Imam had entered the battlefield)? Does this story have any confirmation in our sources ? 2. If such a thing is true, please explain why Imam Hussein refused to accept their help? Some of our hadith sources contain hadiths narrated from the ...

Why didn’t Allah miraculously prevent the killing of Imam Hussein (A.S.)?

Complete question If everything is in Allah's hands then why didn’t he blunt the dagger that martyred Imam Hussein - by ordering it not to cut - the same way he did in the story of Prophet Ismail? Concise answer Everything takes place under Allah's will and according to His traditions and the same way Allah had the power to prevent Prophet Ibrahim's blade from cutting he could have also disabled all of the enemies' weapons, and ...

Is chest beating for Imam Hussein an act endorsed by Islam?

Please explain the cause and reason of chest beating, and generally speaking, beating oneself for Imam Hussein. I did some research but I didn't come across a hadith from the prophet that recommended such an act. Has the prophet done what Shias do while mourning for Imam Hussein? If so, please mention the source that contains such a hadith. Concise answer The concept of mourning for Imam Hussein is among the furu’ or branches of the Shia ...

Was the wife of Hazrat Abbas, Lady Lubaba, present in Karbala?

Lubaba was the daughter of Ubaidullah bin Abbas[1] (the Prophet”s cousin) and the wife of Hazrat Abulfazl Abbas (AS).  Following the event of Karbala and the martyrdom of Hazrat Abbas, she married Zaid bin Hasan[2].[3] It has been said that she had two sons from Hazrat Abbas (AS) who were named Fazl and ”Ubaidullah.  It has been further added that Abbas” lineage and offspring continued through ”Ubaidullah ...

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 ...