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What is the best mustahabb (recommended) act a Muslim can do?

It is very hard to actually determine what the best mustahabb act is and we will explain why that is so: Different actions have been considered the best mustahabb act in different hadiths. Awaiting the help and aid of Allah (swt) [1] , prayer [2], sending salawat on the prophet (pbuh) and his progeny (as) [3], quenching the thirst of the thirsty [4], the love of Imam Ali (as) [5], ... Read More »

What is the starting point for purifying the soul?

Purification means to clean your soul of impurity. The Quran has mentioned purifying the soul in various verses but one should know that the basis and starting point of purification varies from person to person. For a person that is not Muslim, the first essential step will be to convert to Islam.  For believers, it would be to become well aware of the necessity of purifying the soul. Clearly, pondering ... Read More »

Please inform me about evil spells. Do they possess any reality?

Even though spells aren’t superstitious and may have substantial effects, not every person has the power to cast spells. Moreover, most individuals who claim to have the knowledge of casting spells are bogus; they look at this skill as a tool to trick people and make money. The best way to neutralize a spell is to seek refuge in Allah, rely on Him and recite certain surahs of the Quran, ... Read More »

Which supplications are ones that are quickly answered and give one what he/she is asking for without much delay?

Many supplications or duas have been narrated by the infallible imams (as) that are considered of those that are quickly answered; here we will only list them without mentioning their texts: 1- The dua of Tawassul 2- The dua of Faraj 3- The dua of Ism A’dham 4- The dua of Muqatil bin Suleyman from Imam Sajjad (as) 5- A dua with the name of “Sari’ul-Ijabah” (which literally means ‘quickly ... Read More »

How does one get cleansed from sin?

There are many ways to receive forgiveness and pardon. We will mention a few of them here: 1. Repentance and rededicating oneself to the path of God (contingent upon its conditions). 2. Doing outstanding good deeds which cause forgiveness of sins. 3. Abstaining from the cardinal sins; this in turn results in the forgiveness of the lesser sins. 4. Tolerating the tribulations and misfortunes of this world, difficulty of the ... Read More »

What is the difference between justice and equality?

Sometimes ‘justice’ is confused with ‘equality’ and it seems that the meaning of justice is that ‘equality should be maintained’, whereas this is not so. Equality is not a condition for justice. Rather, rights and priorities must be considered. As an example, justice in a classroom of students is not that they all receive equal grades and justice between two workers is not that they receive equal wages. Rather, justice ... Read More »

What are the most important characteristics of a citizen in Islamic society?

As the last divine religion, the enlightening school of Islam is the most complete and inclusive religion of all. Therefore, in Islam social rules and regulations have been considered just like as personal rules. Islam believes there are principles and rules a Muslim should observe in his social life and interactions in a society and the same in the liabilities s/he has against others and society in which s/he lives. ... Read More »

Why is the inheritance of women half of that of men?

Why is the inheritance of women half of that of men?

Before answering this question, it is necessary to remember that the rule that states that the portion of inheritance of a man is twice that of a woman is not true across the board. In some cases we find that men and women take an equal sum of inheritance, like for instance the father and the mother of the deceased who take an equal amount of inheritance. In this case ... Read More »

Essence Deficiency of Women

The second question is thus: Some of the religious expressions raise doubt in regard of common identity of the woman and man, like the phrase saying that the women having defective intellect and shortage in faith… etc. Studying every and each one of these samples is quite out of scope of this research and discussion, but I can give some criteria and rules through which we can judge and issue ... Read More »