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Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani answers a question on dreams

Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani answers a question on dreams
Grand Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani answers a question on dreams:   Acting upon the instructions given in a dream Question: My brother sees a man in his dream that gives him nice instructions, tells him good things and sometimes tells him about the near future. Recently he has told him in a dream that after a short while he would die and this has lead to my brother becoming depressed and uneasy. Are his words reliable and can his instructions ...

Further explanation

Further explanation
Further explanation The Byzantine Empire represented one side of the dangerous triangle. This great power, which was at the north of the Arabian Peninsula concerned the Prophet (ṣ) till the last moment of his life. The first military encounter of the Muslims with the Christian army of Byzantine was in 8 AH in Palestine. This encounter ended in a sorrowful defeat of the Muslim army and the killing of three commanders: Ja‘far ibn Abī ...

Gelatin

Gelatin
1 Question: What is your ruling on having foods that contain gelatin? Answer: It is permissible to eat gelatin if one doubts whether it has been extracted from an animal or vegetable. But, if it is known that it was derived from an animal, then it is not permissible to eat without ascertaining that the animal was slaughtered according to sharí‘a. This prohibition applies, as a matter of obligatory precaution, even if it was ...

What are the distinct criteria through which we can distinguish a lafdhi mutawatir report from an ijmali or ma\'anawi one?

What are the distinct criteria through which we can distinguish a lafdhi mutawatir report from an ijmali or ma\'anawi one?
1. How many isnads of a hadith should be authentic and correct in order for a hadith to be "lafdhi mutawatir"? 2. How many isnads of a hadith should be authentic and correct in order for a hadith to be "ma\'anawi mutawatir"? 3. How many isnads of a hadith should be authentic and correct in order for a hadith to be "ijmali mutawatir"?Concise answerMutawatir literally means for things to come one after another, without any interval between them ...

Azadari

 Azadari
1 Question: What is the philosophy of Azadari (mourning and lamentation) for Imam Husain? Answer: There is no doubt that the tragedy of Kerbala, when ascribed to the killers, is a criminal and terrible act. However when ascribed to Husain (A) himself, it represents a conscious confrontation and a courageous resistance for a sacred cause. The whole nation had failed to stand up to Yazid. They had succumbed to his will, and deviation and ...

Is the saying authentic that, "Satans are chained during the Holy Month of Ramadan”?

Is the saying authentic that, "Satans are chained during the Holy Month of Ramadan”?
Is the saying authentic that, "Satans are chained during the Holy Month of Ramadan”?Concise answerIn some authentic traditional sources like Al-Kafi and Tahzib, a tradition has been mentioned regarding the blessings of the Holy Month of Ramadan from the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as follows, “When the Holy Month of Ramadan enters, the outcast Satans are chained." Detailed AnswerIn some authentic traditional sources like Al-Kafi and ...

Birth Control

Birth Control
1 Question: What is Grand Ayatollah Sistani's fatwa on the use of IUD and pills by a woman to prevent pregnancy? Answer: It is permissible for a woman to use Intrauterine Devices (IUD) and other birth control devices provided that they do not pose serious harm to the woman’s health and that the insertion of the device does not involve a harãm act, such as the male touching or looking at the private parts of the woman’s body that are ...

Nose bleed and the blood entering the throat when fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

Nose bleed and the blood entering the throat when fasting/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer
a) Can this act make fasting void (Baatel)?b) Does it make a difference the blood enters the mouth or passes the ...

Eid Crescent

Eid Crescent
1 Question: What is the rulings of His Eminence Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Sistani (May Allah protect him) on sighting of the new moon crescent and determining the 1st day of the month? Answer: Sighting of the new moon is ascertained by knowledge of the actual sighting or through solid news of such sighting, or some other means. Certainty can also be achieved through common knowledge. Amongst other sources of ascertaining the ...

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

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 ...

S: Many Empiricists, especially partisans of the perception theory, argue that because the results of intellectual acumen and deduction are faulty and misgiving (it does not distingush right from wrong), the only sure method of finding truth is through s

S: Many Empiricists, especially partisans of the perception theory, argue that because the results of intellectual acumen and deduction are faulty and misgiving (it does not distingush right from wrong), the only sure method of finding truth is through s
S: Many Empiricists, especially partisans of the perception theory, argue that because the results of intellectual acumen and deduction are faulty and misgiving (it does not distingush right from wrong), the only sure method of finding truth is through s ense perception; for the sensses have a direct relationship with the external world based on experience. A: 1. This argument makes use of a thoughtful premise and rational judgment via ...

What is the difference between Satan and the carnal soul?

What is the difference between Satan and the carnal soul?
Man's real identity which is called soul has numerous aspects and layers. Qur’an mentions its three states (carnal, self-reproaching and peaceful).The carnal soul is formed when animalistic desires dominate man. It is a state of human soul that constantly commands human toward vices and to satisfy carnal desires.But Satan is literally and terminologically applied to any untamed and defiant creature whether human, jinn or animal.Iblis is a ...

The ruling about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

The ruling about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer
The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat. Question: What is the ruling about eating giraffe, kangaroo, and penguin meat? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Avoid eating giraffe meat according to Wajib precaution. According to Wajib precaution eating kangaroo meat is not allowed. Penguin is considered as a bird, so if it has maw or gizzard and/or thorn behind the heel is Halal, otherwise it is ...

The unity of the Divine creative power [khāliqiyyah]

The unity of the Divine creative power [khāliqiyyah]
2. The unity of the Divine creative power [khāliqiyyah] The unity of the Divine creative power is one of the degrees of monotheism which is acknowledged by both reason [‘aql] and revelation [naql]. In the parlance of reason, we in relation to God represent a ‘contingent’ [imkānī] order which is devoid of any sort of perfection [kamāl] and beauty [jamāl], and whatever a thing possesses originally emanates from the fountain of the ...

The baby who is born from a Muslim couple, primarily is he a Muslim or a human?

The baby who is born from a Muslim couple, primarily is he a Muslim or a human?
Of course, based on documented narration every child that come into existence, in his nature he is seeking Allah and if he is placed in a proper situation he would certainly accept Islam, but at times the parents and also the society with their incorrect teachings deviate him from the correct ...

The groundlessness of the chain of transmission of Ḥadīth aḍ-Ḍuḥḍāḥ

The groundlessness of the chain of transmission of Ḥadīth aḍ-Ḍuḥḍāḥ
The groundlessness of the chain of transmission of Ḥadīth aḍ-Ḍuḥḍāḥ As it has been stated earlier, the narrators of Ḥadīth aḍ-Ḍuḥḍāḥ are Sufyān ibn Sa‘īd ath-Thawrī, ‘Abd al-Malik ibn ‘Umayr, ‘Abd al-‘Azīz ibn Muḥammad ad-Darāwardī, and Layth ibn Sa‘d. Now, we will cite some statements of Sunnī scholars of ‘ilm ar-rijāl in order to have a clear idea of the personal records of these ...

Women and education

Women and education
Women and education Question:  Can women attain the position of mujtahid?[1][1]  Would you please elaborate.   Reply:  It is possible for a woman to become a mujtahid, however she cannot become a marja’ -i taqlid[2][2] for others.   Istifta’at Vol. 1, p. 21.     The men and women of Qum are exemplary in their learning and their willingness to act, as are the men and women of Iran on the whole. (107)   17 May 1979  (27 ...

A glance at the traditions-2

A glance at the traditions-2
4. Mālik ibn Anas thus narrates on the authority of Mu‘ādh ibn Jabal: – وسلّم [وآله] عليه الله صلى – الله رسول فكان . العِشاء و المغرب و العصر و الظّهر بين يجمع “The Messenger of Allah (ṣ) (on the Tabuk expedition) performed afternoon prayer immediately after noon prayer and ‘ishā’ prayer immediately after maghrib prayer.”[1] 5. Mālik ibn Anas thus narrates ...

Did Imam Al-Hussein have a daughter named “Ruqayyah” or “Sukainah” who passed away in Damascus while she was around 3-4 years old?

Did Imam Al-Hussein have a daughter named “Ruqayyah” or “Sukainah” who passed away in Damascus while she was around 3-4 years old?
questionDid Imam Al-Hussein have a daughter named “Ruqayyah” or “Sukainah” who passed away in Damascus while she was around 3-4 years old? As far as I know, it is not cited clearly anywhere in acceptable first-hand references (e.g. al-Irshad). Even the first narrator of the story, Imaduddin al-Tabari, the author of “Kamel Baha’i”, left it ambiguous by not mentioning the little girl’s name [assuming ...

Ejaculation

Ejaculation
1 Question: Whenever I am thinking about a beautiful woman, there comes out a liquid that is very similar to semen? Is it semen? How can I understand that it is semen or a clean discharge? Answer: The said liquid is clean. However, when one cannot ascertain whether the fluid emitted from one's body is semen, urine or something else, it will be treated as semen if it is thrown out with lust and if the body is slackened. If all or some of ...