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Sunday 22nd of January 2017
Q & A

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 ...

Is the tendency of the majority of people to irreligion incompatible with the religion being innate?

People are innately seeking Allah and the truth and the majority of people have answered this call. The people are innately seeking the truth but they fall short in applying the right path. As a matter of fact there are some internal and external factors for their deviation and not knowing the truth. The Devil and the carnal soul along with the heavy devilish advertisements have put the truth in disguise and caused them not to realize it. ...

Why is Surah Al-Baqarah called by this name?

The Surah Al-Baqarah is referred to by this name because the story of the cow of the Israelites in verses of 67 to 71 is repeated several times. (وَ إِذْ قالَ مُوسى لِقَوْمِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ یَأْمُرُکُمْ أَنْ تَذْبَحُوا بَقَرَةً قالُوا أَ تَتَّخِذُنا هُزُواً قالَ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَکُونَ مِنَ ...

The Harmful effects of Pork on the Health of a person

Question: What is the harm in eating pork, that Islam has prohibited it, whereas Christians consume it with delight?Answer: The present age has realized that pork has many unimaginable dangerous effects. One who eats pork is affected in a dangerous way. It is also bad from the ethical point of view, which comes into existence with the Hormones, and also many more health matters. Here we will point to one harm, a disease called Trichinosis; whose ...

The Secrets of the Quran oaths

  The term oath (ghasam- قسم) in the Arabic language is synonymous with swear (sogandسوگند-). In other word it means a confession and admission that a person says over his honor and counts Allah or someone great as a witness. Swearing is not  for a nation or a particular language but during all past eras it was commonly used among the nations and people. In the Qur'an, in the verse of  104, about 118 oaths have been ...

What is the best gift that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has given to human beings?

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The ruling for watching sex films without enjoyment/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about watching sex films without sexual pleasure.

Question: Can sex films be watched without sexual pleasure?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: It is not allowed if there is a fear of committing sin; even apart from that based on Wajib precaution, it is not also allowed.

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa about marriages for under 13 years of age

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about marriages for under 13 years of age. Question: Is marriage for under 13 years of age Haram? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: In the past parents were allowed to choose spouse even for minors, and usually there was no problem, but in our time it has been proved practically that these types of marriages are not beneficial to boys and girls, and are prone to misconduct; and considering that ...

Questions about ladies make up/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers

Question 1: Some ladies grow their nails longer for the purpose of beauty, and because sometimes they break, doctors recommend covers which stay on nails for a while during daytime, and considering that during ablution (Qosl) and Wudhu, these covers, vanishes, artificial nails prevent water to reach nails; is it allowed to use these covers, and what about performing ablution and Wudhu with them? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Ablution and Wudhu ...

If a person is Muslim in heart but pretending to be Christian (for obtaining residency), is such a person an apostate? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’sanswer

The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question about a person who is Muslim but pretending to be Christian to obtain residency. Question: If a person is Muslim in heart but pretending to be Christian (to obtain residency), is he an apostate? Due to family problems which my father also was killed due to those problems, I escaped from the country, and if I do not pretend to be Christian, they will return me to Afghanistan. The Grand Ayatollah ...

A question about wearing jewellery by ladies/the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about wearing jewellery by ladies. Question: Can a lady wear ornamental ring, or bracelet, or necklace for the purpose of dressing up, and is such an act Halal or Haram? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Such an act is Halal, but covering them from non-Mahram becomes Wajib, unless on the condition that bracelet and ring are safe from Haram act to happen or they are not shown for the purpose of ...

What is your opinion regarding Darwin\'s evolution theory?

I personally believe in Darwin\'s evolution theory and I want to know what your opinion in this regard is.Concise answerThere are two theories among biologists regarding the creation of living beings including plants and animals.A) Transformism: The doctrine that living organisms have evolved from previously existing forms of unicellular beings that existed in oceans or in the mud deep underwater. This change is also called mutation.B) Fixism: ...

Considering verse 70 of Surah al-Isra, is mankind superior to all other beings or to only some of them?

What is meant by the word "kathir" in verse 70 of Chapter al-Isra?Concise answerGod, the Exalted, says in the Quran regarding the status of mankind in the universe that He granted the offspring of Adam dignity and made them excel other creatures.As for whether or not man is superior to other creatures, a lot of discussions have taken place among scholars and exegetes of the Quran. What is inferred from the scholars' comments and arguments in ...

Bismillah Assalaamu Alaykum. Dear Hajj Agha Hadavi, This following question keeps coming up. I would like your guidance on the matter: Should Muslims in America be encouraged to vote in the upcoming presidential elections or is it better to avoid it?

Bismillah Assalaamu Alaykum. Dear Hajj Agha Hadavi, This following question keeps coming up. I would like your guidance on the matter: Should Muslims in America be encouraged to vote in the upcoming presidential elections or is it better to avoid it? Concise ...

A Pakistani government organization offers interest to their employee in exchange for some money the employee should invest, but with a term in which the probability of returning back their investments is small. Is it permissible to take such interest?

Salam. I am a government employee and the government organization offers interest based on incentive for its employee if they submit specific sum of money monthly. So, is this permitted or not? In its term and conditions, one clause says, in case of war your money will be used with no refund. So, can you please reply to my question with reliance on authentic references, if it is permitted or not? Wasalam.Concise answerAccording to some scholars, ...

Who is responsible to select endowment trustees? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about selecting endowment trustees (custodian). Question: Who is responsible to select endowment trustees? Is it the case for those who run the Islamic country or purely a personal issue? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi: The trusteeship and the supervision of the endowment is the responsibility of those who have been appointed by the one who endows, and must not be acted against that. Yes, ...

The ruling about the mix of dead and alive fish at the time of fishing/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about mixing dead and alive fish at the time of fishing. Question: At the time of fishing if it is noticed that some fish have been dead in water before fishing but are mixed with Halal and clean fish, and it is not possible to separate them due to large number of fish; what is the ruling in this situation? What is the ruling if the number is small? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Must avoid all ...

Can the one who endows change the custodian of the endowment? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about changing the custodian of the endowment (Waqf).

Question: Can the one who endows (Waqif) change the custodian of the endowment?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Cannot do so unless appointing the custodian has been mentioned as the responsibility of the one who endows at the time of writing the deed of endowment.

The way of touching a patient who is not the same gender as the nurse/the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about touching patients who are not the same gender as the nurses. Question: If for a nurse who is not the same gender at the time of checking patient’s blood pressure, and other things which require touching the body of the patient, is possible to wear gloves; is it allowed to do these acts without wearing medical gloves? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: With the possibility of touching over ...

What to do when the lender cannot be found? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

The Grand Ayatollah Shoabairi  Zanjani answered a question about not being able to find the lender.

Question: I have some debts to pay back and lost hope of finding the lenders, is paying to charity on their behalf is an immediate necessity or not?

The Grand Ayatollah Shoabairi: Yes, it must be paid in the first possible opportunity, with the permission of the fully qualified Mojtahid.