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The ruling about buying and selling misleading books/The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

The ruling about buying and selling misleading books/The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

Question: What is the ruling about buying and selling misleading books?

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: Buying and selling misleading books is not allowed, unless it is for responding to and rejecting their contents by someone who has the scientific ability.

Where was Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra buried?

Where was Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra buried?
Since Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra was oppressed after the demise of holy prophet (PBUH), she asked her husband Imam Ali(as) to wash her ceremonially at night, enshroud her at night and bury her at night so that those who oppressed her and caused her martyrdom do not attend her funeral ceremony, she also  decided that her grave be hidden, Imam Ali (as) did what he was asked and now her grave is not known. Although the place of her grave was known ...

Given the fact that the religion of Islam is the only right religion, why does the Quran speak of the possibility of the followers of other religions being saved from the Fire?

Given the fact that the religion of Islam is the only right religion, why does the Quran speak of the possibility of the followers of other religions being saved from the Fire?
 It has been stated clearly in Islamic doctrines and in the most sacred book of Islam, i.e. the Qur'an that those non-Muslims who stay on their pure God-gifted nature and do good deeds while Islam is not made known to them, they remain protected against the Fire.  Reference has been made to this fact in different parts of the Qur'an.  Obviously, that does not at all mean that Islam is not the right religion; rather, according to ...

In every case or instance of knowledge, the knower must be different from the known object. In order for myself to know the self, how can "I" know the self?

In every case or instance of knowledge, the knower must be different from the known object. In order for myself to know the self, how can "I" know the self?
 First of all, it should be mentioned that knowledge or recognition has several degrees and stages, so does self-recognition.  At every stage of recognition, it is not necessary that the knower be different from the known. For instance, man's non-detailed [ijmali] knowledge of his own self is knowledge by presence. In this kind of knowledge, the knower and the known are united and form a single entity.  There is no duality in this ...

Who are the Ahlulbayt?

Who are the Ahlulbayt?
Who are the ahlulbayt? "Ahlulbayt" literally means "People of the House" ('Ahl' means "people", while 'bayt' means "house"). Its meaning in context of Islamic vernacular is "members of the household of the Prophet". The Ahlulbayt are one of the two most important sources of Islamic guidance after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP). The holy Qur'an, when referring to them, states:" . . . . Verily Allah intends to keep off from ...

The way the foetus can inherit/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

The way the foetus can inherit/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa
The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about the way the foetus can inherit. Question: If a man dies whilst his wife is pregnant, can the foetus inherit? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: Whenever there is a child in the mother’s stomach from the deceased, and there are other inheritors in that level like children, and father and mother, at the time of dividing the inheritance, the shares of two sons must be put aside for the ...

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 ...

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 ...

What is the \'proof of the veracious\' (burhan al-siddiqin)? Is it the most correct, apposite and strongest proof for the existence of God?

What is the \'proof of the veracious\' (burhan al-siddiqin)? Is it the most correct, apposite and strongest proof for the existence of God?
 In the history of Islamic philosophy different explanations have been given for this proof [burhan] the first of which has been presented by Bu Ali Sina (Avicenna) in his Isharaat.  Meanwhile, one of the best of explanations has been established by Mulla Sadra, the founder of Transcendental Philosophy, albeit in coherence with the principles of this school. The explanation goes as under: “If existence, which according to ...

Does belching out what one has eaten invalidate the fast?

Does belching out what one has eaten invalidate the fast?
[1] Tawdihul-Masa’el (annotated by Imam Khomeini), vol. 1, pg. ...

What is the criterion for an action to be recommended and desirable?

What is the criterion for an action to be recommended and desirable?
What is the criterion for an action to be recommended and desirable? Does seeing it in a hadith book become a license for performing it as a recommended action?..Concise answer Every action that a person performs has a specific ruling in Islam. The various actions that we perform and which are related to our duty (to Allah) are divided into five categories: Wajib, Haram, Mustahab, Makruh, and Mubah. This classification is based on certain ...

Is it true that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his Dawn Prayers?

Is it true that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his Dawn Prayers?
I wish to know whether the report which says that the Messenger of Allah (S) once missed his morning or Fajr Prayers is true or not. (I had seen this topic being discussed in a book that contained Allamah Tabatabai\'s answers to questions.)Concise answerThis issue is among jurisprudential topics and has also something to do with theological themes. There are reports and narrations transmitted in this regard but jurisprudents are not unanimous ...

Rules of the lost property when found

Rules of the lost property when found
Any lost property other than an animal, which does not bear any sign by means of which it may be possible to locate its owner, irrespective of whether its value is less than a dirham (12.6 chickpeas of coined silver) or not, can be kept for himself by one who finds it, but the recommended precaution is that he gives it away as Sadaqah on behalf of the owner, whoever he may be. 2574. If a person finds a property whose value is less than a ...

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 Value of Friendship

The Value of Friendship
Love is a natural human feeling. It is for this reason we see every man is attracted by an internal power to other members of his kind. Thus, this instinctive need must be fulfilled and every one must establish brotherly relations with certain individuals or groups so as to benefit socially from such relations.Love is the foundation of security and comfort. It is the most enjoyable spiritual need which develops with time. There is not a more ...

What is your advice for those youths who are on the verge of getting married?

What is your advice for those youths who are on the verge of getting married?
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the behavioral role model of nation. People who were not identical with him both in attitudes and manners and they had their own specail morality and behavior publically insulted the Holy prophet peace be upon him and his progeny, but Allah commands in Sura Al Imran and said to Holy prophet:  «فَاعْفُ عَنْهُم » (Al Imran/159) forgive them, it means leave the fight one sided, when the ...

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. ...

Repentance

Repentance
called out, "There is no God but You. Glory be to You. I have done evil." So We answered him and delivered him out of grief even so do We deliver the believers. (Quran 21:87-8) In my last two discourses, I explained that worship and prayer, if correctly performed, eventually leads to a true affinity to God. The human being, through worship, will be a real servant of God and a real servant has a true affinity to God. In other words, to be a real ...

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE

SOCIAL ETIQUETTE
SOCIAL ETIQUETTEWhen Prophet Muhammad (a) declared himself to be the Messenger of Allah, the people of Arabia were leading a very miserable life. They were rough and ignorant people who were not conversant with the decorum of a civilized society. So much so that they did not care even to seek permission before entering another's house and did not wish each other when they met. They considered themselves to be enemies of each other and spoke in a ...

Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?

Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?
 1. The notion of 'wahdat al-wujud' [Unity of Being] is a monistic understanding of tawheed, the doctrine of oneness of God. It is considered one of the most fundamental concepts in mysticism and in mystical schools especially that of Ibn Arabi.  According to this principle, existence [wujud] is a single and eternal reality which is no one other than God. No one other God has real existence. Whatever comes to our sight are in reality ...