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Questions tagged [shiism]

The Shia (Arabic: شيعة‎, Shīʿah) represent the second largest denomination of Islam and adherents of Shia Islam are called Shias or the Shi'a as a collective or Shi'i individually. Shia Muslims believe in Imamat as one of the five pillars of Islam and this belief makes them different from other Muslims. Imamat means only Allah has the right to select the political leader and Caliph for Muslims.

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How many hadiths are in کتب الاربعه ? (Main Shia Books)

On the whole, کتب الاربعه or Kotob-al-Arba’ah (four books) are deemed as the name of four Shiite books which is remarked as the most authentic book(s) of Shia. (Even these can be investigated as an ...
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How does the Shia school of belief justify Matam (Self-flagellation) and Tatbir (Striking oneself with sword)?

Allah says in Qur'an: And do not kill yourselves. Verily Allaah is All-Merciful to you. [Surah An-Nisaa: 29] And He says: And do not throw yourselves into destruction with your own hands. [...
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What does “the first, then the second, the third and the fourth” mean in Ziyarat Ashura?

It is stated in Ziyarat Ashura: O my Allah, let the curse I call down on the head of the first tyrant stick like a leech; and stay put for ever on the first, then the second, the third and the ...
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How to know if Mosque is Shia or Sunni?

I was researching to find some mosques in an area/state and came across one that provides Nikah services. When reading their document in terms of a Marriage contract, it had the word Shi'a in it and ...
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According to Shi'ites, what type of government is suggested by Islam?

Nowadays we have three prevalent forms of government in Islamic Ummah: Kingdom Democracy Shia's Wilayatul Faqeeh My questions is, what type of government is suggested by Islam? Is there an outline ...
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According to Shi'a Islam, did Fatimah (daughter of Prophet Muhammad) die naturally, or was she killed?

Someone asked me why Fatimah passed away in just 90 days or less after her father passed away: How did she die... my friend said she died naturally but I said she died due to an accident behind ...
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Why does Shia say اشهد ان علیا ولی الله in Adhan (call to prayer)?

Did this practice exist during Prophet's time? Or does this count as an example of unlawful innovation in Islam?
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Is Tawassol (recourse) allowed in Islam? (Shia view)

Allah, the exalted, says in the Noble Quran as such: وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ ﴿٧٩﴾ وَإِذَا مَرِ‌ضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ ﴿٨٠ "And it is He who feeds me and gives me drink; and ...
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Can I join Asar with Zuhr according to Shi'ite jurisprudence?

I work in an IT firm and my duty period is usually 8-5. My office is about 50km's away from my home. I get my lunch break at 1.00 PM so I can pray Zuhr without any problems. But since I usually work ...
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What is the ruling of touching the logos (slogan) which have Allah's names? (Shia view)

As you can see, there are some logos (slogans) of the word Allah on many things such as flags. For instance there is a slogan of it on the flag of Islamic republic of Iran. I wonder if it is Halal if ...
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Why Taasuaa (تاسوعا) is important for Shia?

There are two days that are so significant for Shiite as "Taasuaa/تاسوعا And عاشورا/Ashura" ... Actually usually they use and name these two days successive. (I am aware that Imam Hussein martyred at ...
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Can a woman be an Imam Al-Jama'ah for other women? (Shi'a view)

I'd like to know if a woman can be as an Imam al-Jama'ah in Wajib (mandatory) prayer? (actually can she be as the imam al Jama'ah of other women?) (Note: I am looking for Shia viewpoint)
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Are the heaven of the children (who die) the same as the main Jannah who Momenin go? (Shia view)

I have heard that children won't go to the heaven which Mo'menin (believers) will go (I mean the children who die before the age of puberty). In truth, they will go to another place which is not as ...
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Why did Umar forbid Mutah (temporary marriage) after the death of the prophet?(shia view) [closed]

In a famous sermon,the second caliph 'Umar banned mutah after the death of the Prophet (PBUH) with the following words: "Two mutah were practiced during the time of the Prophet [i.e. temporary ...
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What is hujjat? Who is hujjat of Allah now?

Is this what 'hujjat' is? in every era there must be one person to guide people and to help them obtain spiritual growth and fulfill their responsibilities towards their society. Who is 'hujjat' ...
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Did Imam Ali (R.A.) reach the skies before the Prophet did, according to the Shi'a?

I have heard from a Shi'a friend that when the Prophet ascended to the skies to meet Allah at the night of Esraa and Miraj, Imam Ali (R.A.) was already there and was presented to the Prophet by God. ...
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Is it true that all the infallibles are destined to receive martyrdom?

It is a commonly held belief (observed from the words of imams (sermons)/speakers of religious gatherings), that all the fourteen infallibles are destined to receive martyrdom. Is that true? If yes, ...
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How does Iran justify women in the police force? (Shia View)

This wikipedia article mentions that some 400 women joined the Iranian police force between 1979 and 2003. This answer gives a pretty good explanation of women working outside the home. It seems to ...
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Interpretation of verse of “وَابْتَغُواْ إِلَيهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ ”?

According to Shi'a Islam, what does "الوسيله" in the following verse include? How can it be interpreted from the ahadith? يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَابْتَغُواْ إِلَيهِ ...
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Why is Laylatul Qadr interpreted to hazrat Fatima?

There are some hadiths which interpreted Laylatul Qadr to hazrat Fatima like the following. Why is it interpreted to hazrat Fatima? قال الصادق (علیه السلام):’’ انا انزلناه في لـيلة القـدر’’، الليلة ...
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Was Lady Fatimah (a.s.) higher than many other men? (Shia view)

Was Lady Fatimah (a.s.) higher than many other men? (Shia view) Is there any narration or source to prove the matter?
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Is it permissible for men to watch sports of women via Television? (Shi'a View)

I was wondering if it is permissible(Halal) for boys to watch the sport matches which their players are young girls. Note: I’m looking for the viewpoint of Shi'a about it.
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Why eating cheese (alone) will be the cause of some diseases? (According to Shia hadiths)

As far as I know, there are several traditions from Shia that mention regarding the harms of eating cheese (lonely), since seemingly it is remarked that you'd better eat the cheese with walnut. I ...
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What/who is “the straight path” (صراط المستقیم)? (Shia view)

With respect to the verse 6 of the first Surah of the holy Quran (i.e. Surat-al-Fatihah), Guide us to the straight path (6) path of those you have gifted (7) (اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ ...
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Legal status of mut'a in Sunni and Shia sects

What is the Islamic and legal status of mut'a in Sunni and Shia schools of thought? What are the conditions for it means the circumstances in which it is halal and haram. Please also describe the ...
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What is the Salah of Imam Hussain (a.s.)?

I've heard that there is a Salah as the Salah of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) But I don’t know how its circumstance is. Does anyone know how it is? (notice: It doesn't mean that it is said prayer ...
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What does Islam say about Intercession (Shafa'a)?

What is the meaning of intercession in Islam? Are there certain people who have the privilege to do it? It (shafa'a) is mentioned in a number of locations in the Qur’an. Either positive or negative, ...
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Why does Shi'a Islam differ so much regarding Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, compared to Sunni teachings?

It is well-known that Sunnis treat the closest companions of the Prophet (i.e., Abu Bakr, Omar Ibn Alkhattab and Othman Ibn Affan (Radiya Allahu Anhum رضي الله عنهم اجمعين)) with the greatest of ...
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Why Shoyookh (Shaikhs) of Shia put an Ammamah (turban) on their heads?

Usually, the Shoyukh (Shaikhs) or Aalims (scholars) of Shia put an Ammamah or turban on their heads, what is the purpose of this act? And why some of them wear it in black color and many of them wear ...
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What is the recommended age for marriage, Shia view?

Is late marriage good for boys and girls? What is Islam Commands? What is God (Islam) Solution? I ask for Shia view.
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Why do Shias do things differently?

What I understand the reason for separation was a dispute over the succession of the Caliphate (I could be wrong), how did this turn into Shias doing things (praying, adhan etc.) that differ from ...
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Did God create the earth for the sake of the Prophet and his family only?

I posted a question earlier and I got a reply that states a part of a Hadith: Why do Shia care about Hussain and not Hasan? Then the Lord, Almighty Allah said :"O My angels! O Residents of My ...
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Purification verse 33:33

I was referred to this verse as evidence of infallible Imams: "And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular ...
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What are the sources of Legislation in Shia Islam?

TLDR: What sources of legislation are valid in Shia Islam? Given that Shia Islam varies greatly (asharis vs. rafidees). I will explain by an analogy in Sunni Islam what I'm looking for. In Sunni ...
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Is tatbir (striking oneself by sword) unanimously declared haram by Shi'ite scholars?

In this question, I asked justification for tatbir (Striking oneself with sword) and Matam (Self-flagellation) in Shi'ite sect. The answer I received is that tatbir and any kind of harming to body is ...
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Is “imam” greater status than prophet?

As salaam aalaikum, Many Shias say that being an "imam" is greater than being a prophet. They normally quote the following verse where Ibrahim (pbuh) prays to be an "imam" after he became a prophet. ...
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How does the Shi'ite view of Infallibility of the Prophets and the Imams reconcile with the examples in Qur'an?

As I understand, the subject of infallibility of the Prophets (peace be upon all of them) is dealt differently in Sunni and Shi'ite theology. I believe it is necessary to present my understanding of ...
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ًWhat are the sins that was stated in Duaa Kumail?

In Duaa Kumail ben Ziad you can read this: اَللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي الذُّنُوبَ الَّتي تَهْتِكُ الْعِصَمَ، اَللّـهُمَّ اغْفِـرْ لِي الذُّنُوبَ الَّتي تُنْزِلُ النِّقَمَ، اَللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ...
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What do Shias mean by taqiyya?

I heard that Shias use a word taqiyya, in the al-Kafi book by Kulayni Imam Sadiq is quoted as saying: ... taqiyya is my religion... (Reference: الكافي للكليني (329 هـ) الجزء2 صفحة219 باب التقية). I ...
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Why is location of Fatima the daughter of Prophet Mohammad not known?

Why is the tomb of Sayada Fatima Zahra(a.s.) hidden? I know she asked Imam Ali(a.s.) to not show her tomb for some guys who have tyrannize and abuse Her and Her family. What is the goal of not ...
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Basically, is “sexual intercourse“ (with wife) a positive or negative action? (Shia view)

I know it is not Haram to have sexual intercourse with wife, but I wonder is it a positive act? I mean: is it recommended(mustahab)? Or Makrooh (it means better not to do)? Any related hadith? (...
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An Infallible cannot commit sin but can he make a mistake?

I know infallible means a person who doesn’t commit any sin. But I wonder if it is related to the mistake as well? Actually I mean is it possible for an infallible to make any mistake? (Since I assume ...
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Is it permissible to build a building taller than Kaaba around it?

I have heard that it is not permissible to make any buildings taller than Kaaba around it. For instance there is a very tall clock as a very tall building which has been built so taller than Kaaba. (...
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What's the point of having twelve Imams when one could be enough?

What's the reason behind having twelve Shia Imams when just one could be enough? Allah could have kept Ali (as) alive for as long as He wanted like He has Muhammad al-Mahdi (as) and had him serve ...
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Who was Allah's hojjat on Earth when Mohammad (saww) went to maraaj?

In Shia Islam there is this belief that there has to be one hojjat of Allah on Earth. He could be described as the decisive argument of Allah over mankind Further description found in the question ...
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Does an Imam seizes to be Allah's hojjat after he passes away?

When an Imam passes away after transferring the office of Imamah to his successor does he seize to be Allah's hojjat, as well as Imam?
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What is the source of this fitwa: “Whoever kills one Rafezi (7 or 10 Shia), He'll go to the Jannah”

Fatwa: من قتل رافضيّاً واحداً(سبعة او عشرة شیعه) وجبت له الجنّة Whoever kills one Rafezi (7 or 10 Shi'a), He'll definitely go to the Jannah I see this fatwa in the internet and there are a ...
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Dhikr/Zikir in islam?

Va As-salamu alaykum brothers I am here because I am very confused about Dhikr/Zikir in Islam. Today I was at a friend and I saw a video that he watched. It was a few of our brothers that was doing ...
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Can I be Shi'a while still believing that Allah has blessed the khoulafaa (Omar, Othman, Abou Bakr)?

I found Du'a made by Khomayni (Shi'a) دعاء صنمي قريش asking Allah to take Khoulafaa (Omar, Othman, Abou Bakr) into the eternal hell. I also saw many Shi'a fatwas which say that العشرة المبشرين بالجنة ...
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A.S or R.A? Which one is right?

In Shia view, people use (Alayh Al Salam = A.S.) after the name of Imams, but in Sunni view, (Rathi Allahu Anh = R.A.) is used. What is the reason behind or how do we know which one to use in this ...