Questions about religious beliefs and their answers

 

 

 

 

1. Is it permissible to consider people except for prophets and Imams like his holiness Abu al-Fazl and Lady Zeinab (peace be upon all of them) to be infallible? Is infallibility hierarchical?

A: The claim which is made by someone who claims to have infallibility like The Fourteen Infallibles and prophets (peace be upon them) is invalid, but it can be said that the figures such as those you mentioned had self-mastery and they did not commit a sin intentionally.


2. Is love for Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) and hatred towards their enemies alone without making man to worship the God useful for people, or not?
A: Love for Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) itself is a kind of action that is worthy of God reward.


3. Is Raj'a one of the core beliefs of the religion, or not?
A: Belief in Raj'a is one of the certainties of Shia religion.


4. Are The Names of God (in Islam) Tofighi (a blessing that god give to particular people)?
A: The Names of God are Tofighi.


5. There is a well-known Hadith that says the sun came back for Amir al-Momenin Imam Ali (peace be upon him) to the sky after the sunset, and it is referred to as Radd ul-Shams. Please express your opinion about the following:
a. Is it a proven Hadith?
b. If the proof of the Hadith were valid, would the prerequisite of this event be The Restoration of The Nonexistent in spite of the fact that its impossibility has been proved?
c. If all of the above sentences were proved, would Imam (peace be upon him) postpone saying his prayer in such an extent that he may miss its deadline?
A:
a. Yes, it is proven.
b. This one is not one of The Restoration of The Nonexistent case.
c. According to Hadith-s, the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny) was in his lap, and maybe he was allowed to postpone it in view of promulgating the dignity of being prophet.


6. It has been said in the signed letter of Imam Zaman (a.t.f) to his fourth deputy Ali ibn Muhammad al-Samari "Your life is over, don't make a will, because the Great Absence has happened. It is not possible to openly visit Imam (peace be upon him), and whenever someone claims to visit him before the time of Zohur, impugn him", while in some books it has been mentioned names of so many people who has visited Imam (peace be upon him) and stories were narrated there. Please say how this Hadith accord with those historical quotations?
A: What is denied in this signed letter is visiting and it apparently means that the visit which you know Imam (peace be upon him) during the time of visiting, but the visit which they see his holiness and get to know him shortly after separation isn't denied. Yet visits which are quoted are mostly revelations, and the fact that it is a revelation was mentioned in some of these quotations, but the narrator and the viewer themselves didn't notice the revelation and they have thought this is a visitation. An A'lim told me that Muhammad Koufi was saying:
"I'm going to go to the holy city of Karbala when I was in the holy city of Najaf. I got into a car. A nomadic man was in the back seat and he was putting his hand on my shoulder until we made it to Najaf. I didn't say anything due to the fact that the man was pilgrim visiting Imam's (peace be upon him) holy shrine, but I felt a sharp pain in my hand when I got out of the car and it went numb.
I suddenly saw Imam (peace be upon him) in an open field that was over there. His holiness came to me and asked me: “Does your shoulder hurt?”
“Yes.” I said.
His holiness pulled his hand over my shoulder, the pain was killed.
After ending his speech, I said "Do you know that it's not a visitation, but it is a revelation?"
“Why?” He asked.
“Because there wasn't a field over there, but there was only a narrow meander.” I said.
His holiness was astonished by what I said; it seems that he has been waking up since he can't talk."
It turns out that many of the stories that are narrated by great scholars such as Bahreini, Bahr ul-O'loum and others need to be considered as revelation that is not a dream which is in a normal place and at a normal status. Thus it has been said "بین النوم و الیقظه" means something between dream and vigilance. I believe that this is one of the sayings of late first Majlisy.


7. Do we need the favored servant of his holiness Imam Zaman (May our souls be sacrificed for him) called Rokn-eRaabe' to connect to his holiness or seeking his holiness help, do we need to follow him?
A: We don't have any reason for the existence of Rokn-e Raabe' and seeking his holiness Imam Zaman (a.f) help doesn't need any intermediate.


8. Did his holiness the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny) make a mistake in saying prayers? Is this statement true?
A: Some Hadith-s were narrated in this regard and Sheikh Sadough (A.R) did agree with them, but it is well-known that the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny) didn't make a mistake.


9. Can genies have a relationship with humans, hurt them, or have sex with them?
A: They likely can hurt, but it's unlikely that they can marry and breed humans.


10. Is The Verse of Purification (Arabic: تطهیر) a reason for physical cleanliness (Arabic: پاکی) of Imams (peace be upon them), such that their holiness blood would be clean (Arabic: پاک), and are Olama's opinion like this?
A: These kinds of verses are related to their holiness' dignity, not physical cleanliness, and if their holiness themselves became dirty, they would clean that.


11. What does the Wrath of God mean?
A: The Wrath of God means his revenge and torment which are different regarding to the sinners, in other words, those who commit a particular sin or crime have got a particular revenge and torment.


12. Will the Zohur of Imam Zaman (A.S) take place after the incidence of the shout (Persian: صیحۀ آسمانی), and wouldn't he come back before that?
A: One of the certain signs of Zohur is the shout.
13. Were Imams (A.S) de facto wise from their birth? And did they actually find God?
A: What turns out from Hadith-s is the very same thing.


14. Who is Ma'az Ibn Jebal?
A: Ma'az Ibn Jebal was one of the influential figures among the prophet's (S) companions and his holiness sent him to Yemen for judging, his holiness had said to him valuable words, but he balked at helping his holiness Ali and Lady Fatima (A.S) afterwards the holy prophet (S) passed away, and he was despised by those two great people.


15. The Great Patience that is ordered in Quran, what kind of patience is it?
A: The Great patience means that do not show impatience with difficulties, and ….

 

 

 

 

 

Estefta'at

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1. The best religious practice

Question: What is the best religious practice, in your eminence opinion?

Answer: As it has been narrated in some Hadith-s, saying prayer is the best practice after gaining knowledge of God.

 

2. The Ibtidai Jihad

Question: Is the Ibtidai Jihad (A kind of Jihad to promulgate the religion of Islam through countries which are not enemies of Islamic countries) permissible?

Answer: Its not permissible, in our opinion.

 

3. The Mu'ataati marriage

Question: Is the Mu'ataati marriage (a kind of unofficial marriage that the Sigheh is not verbally approved by the parties) recognizable?

Answer: Marriage needs to be approved verbally and the Mu'ataati one is not recognizable.

 

4. Revealing a secret

Question: Please say about permissible cases for revealing secrets?

Answer: Revealing other's secret is Haraam unless something important involves. For example, if the secret is not revealed, the life of a believer will be put in danger.

 

5. Saying prayer in Karbala

Question: What is your opinion about whether saying daily prayers completely or incompletely in the holy city of Karbala, or around the holy shrine, or in Koufa Masjid?

Answer: The traveler needs to say prayer incomplete in the holy city of Karbala, but around the holy shrine of his holiness Imam Hussein (A) (within two and half meters from the holy enshrine) and the whole Koufa Masjid the traveler is at liberty to say prayer complete or incomplete.

 

6. Wozu (performing ablutions before saying prayer) with the remnant of pen on skin

Question: Do the remnants of pen on hands’ skin invalidate the Wozu?

Answer: No, it doesn’t unless they prevent the water from reaching to body's skin.

 

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