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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What exactly do shia scholars mean with 'aql (intellect)? Explain with examples!

Even if the meaning is to some extent clear from "How Aql is different from Qiyas?" but a clear example or two to make clear how this source of fiqh is applied would be very helpful to understand it ...
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Can a Shia wife perform matam even if her Sunni husband prohibits?

If I am a Shia girl married to a Sunni boy who doesn't want me to do matam (mourning) only, should I follow my husband or perform the matam no matter what?
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Sins that are done in confusion

What if a person is unable to understand what he is doing or feeling and in order to figure it out if he does that thing (which is a sin) but he did not have that intention (the intentiom to tale ...
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What great thinkers and mystics does Imam Khomeini have in mind?

In a commentary on the Jihad al-Akbar, Imam Khomeini has written: You are mistaken to consider the world of hidden realities, where the secrets of this world are to be unveiled and your deeds to be ...
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How is the mentioning or honoring of Ibrahim by later generations interpreted? (Shia or Sufi View)

I'm a bit curious about the interpretation of the mentioning/honoring of Ibrahim (), especially from the Shi'a and/or Sufi perspective (not excluding other interpretations, but I have no access/...
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Why do Shia hold Aql (intellect) in a higher position in comparison with other sects?

As you possibly know, Aql/Aghl (intellect) is regarded as one of the sources of Fiqh in Islam. In Shia Islam, there are four sources of Fiqh: Qur'an, Sunnah, Ijmaa’ and Aql. (www.wikifeqh.ir) But as ...
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A question about Shia

Sorry for my bad english first of all. I'd like to know which family of the Prophet is loved by the Shia? For example do they also like the children of Abbas? If not, why not?
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Shiism- who leads prayers during Imam-e-zamana, when he's present in the masjid/praying place?

Sunni scholars have consensus that leader of Muslims leads prayers when hes present. I want to know stand of Shia regarding lead of prayers when Imam-e-zamana (Imam Mahdi) is present.
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Is it permissible to make shabih(replica) of taboot (bier), zari and a'lam(Islamic flag)?

Shias (mostly in South-Asian countries) make replicas of taboot (biet), zari, zuljana and a'lam (Islamic flag) during Muharram processions. From where has this practice started and is it allowed in ...
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Do Nizari Ismaili Shias believe in the infallibility of all the Imams?

From Wikipedia: The Nizari Ismailis have always maintained that the Imamah (also known as 'Imamat') can only be inherited from the current Imam to a direct descendant in a father-to-son (or ...
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When is Laylatul-Qadr? (Shia view)

I am aware that there could be few days as foreseen days to be Laylatul-Qadr or the night of decree (such as 19, 21, 23, and 27 of Ramadan), but I wonder which day is right? (According to Shia's ...
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What are the names of Shia hadeeth books?

Asalam-o-alekum, I need the names of hadeeth books acceptable by Shia scholars. Also want to know if their Arabic version and Urdu/English translation is available on PDF. Also I need book which has ...
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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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Is Mutah allowed for the married persons?

One of the rational arguments that is put forward in favour of Mutah / temporary-marriage is that it helps to keep one away from falling into the sin of Zina, when he is not able to marry permanently. ...
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What is the Shia position on 'Umar ibn 'Abdalaziz and his reign?

For sunni's the reign of 'Umar ibn 'Abdal'aziz is considered as a time of Justice. And he is wdely considerd as the fifth of the rashidi caliphs. I've heard that he made a statement (the verification ...
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Does a married man require his wife’s permisssion to perform mutah? [duplicate]

Does a married man require his wife’s permission to perform mutah
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I am addicted to masturbating, will god forgive me?

I love Allah. I am a very religious person. I love people and try to help them as much as I can, but I masturbate. I tried it one day and ever since that day I can't stop. When I first started, I didn'...
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Did fatima bath before her death so that none washed her body?

I read in ibn al jawzis work talbis iblis that shiism believes fatima washed herself before her death so that it would suffice for funeral wash. (Page 177 english translation) Is this narration ...
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What is the correct definition for “Shia”?

السلام عليكم Is Google given definition correct? one of the two main branches of Islam, followed especially in Iran, that rejects the first three Sunni caliphs and regards Ali, the fourth ...
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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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Why arent Qasim, Abdullah, Ibrahim and Mohsin not considered among imams?

Qasim, Abdullah were born to khadijah from loins of Prophet, Ibrahim to maryam, prophets slave. Muhsin was third son of fatima and Ali. My question is Hassan, Hussain are taken as imams, why arent ...
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Shia view about three righteous caliphs (Other than Ali R.A.)

There is a Sahih Hadith stating the names of ten (10) people who the Prophet (SA) stated that they will be in Paradise. These names include the names of four righteous caliphs, Abu Bakar RA, Umer RA, ...
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According to Ayatollah Khamenei, after engagement can both partners talk to each other and respect to the boundaries of Islam?

After engagement can both partners talk to each other and respect to the boundaries of Islam? Answer in the light of the fatwa of Ayatollah Khamenei.
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What is the status of Hussain bin Ali, When Ali bin Abu Talib was Imam?

If Hussain is Imam, and Ali is also imam what is the status of Hussain when Ali is imam? Searching Google isnt helping in anyway. I'm asking this because , one of the members commented that muhsin ...
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Did Ali ibn Abi Talib restore Fadak to himself when he became the leader of Muslims?

We hear from Twelver Shia that the first 3 caliphs of this nation or the first caliph of nation denied Fadak to Fatima Searching Google doesn't give satisfactory answers. Why didn't Ali set right ...
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Which Imam of Shia has more hadiths?

As it is clear, there are many narrations from Shia Imams. (As well as the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). I couldn’t exactly figure out which Imam has the most hadiths? Or in other word, most ...
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For the sake of argument if fadak was to be inherited who are the inheritors other than fatima?

Some people only champion for the cause of fatima, if fadak was to be inherited who are the beneficiaries? Why people dont stand up for the cause of other beneficiaries? I feel fatima and prophets ...
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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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Shia view of Sufism

What are the views of Shia Muslims regarding the principles of esotericism that is promoted by Sufism? I would like to disregard more fringe values purported as Sufism such as drinking and ...
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What is Sunni’s view about the conflict between suggestions (imarat) and practical principles?

In case of conflict between suggestions (imarat) and practical principles, Shia Islam largely believe in precedence of the imarat. So my question is: “What's the view by other schools (Sunni scholars)?...
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I accidentally ate some non halal chicken, what should I do?

Heres the situation: I went to a restaurant and ordered a "Vegetarian" dish. I have been to that restaurant many times and always have had only "Vegetarian" dishes. The dish I ordered also comes in ...
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Is this hadith by Imam Jafar Sadiq on Sufism authentic?

al-ʾImām al-Ṣādiq (عليه السلام) was asked about the sufis, he replied: "They are one of our enemies. Whoever is inclined to them is one of them, and will be gathered with them on the Day of The ...
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Is there a process to become a Shia Muslim from Sunni Muslim?

I'm currently a teen Sunni Muslim who wants to become a Shia. I have researched myself and found that my heart is on the Shia side of Islam and I agree with more of the Shia side. Although is there a ...
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Sunni's view on Ghadir Khumm

Shia's view on Ghadir Khumm produces the idea that Ali is the only legitimate successor directly after Muhammad. What is the Sunnis view on this? why don't they consider Ghadir Khumm as serious as ...
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Is the rank of Imams (spiritually) higher than other prophets? (Except Prophet Mohammad (s)) (Shia view)

I know that the rank of "Prophet Mohammad" (s) is higher than Imams and other people, but somebody orally told me that: the rank of the Imams (I mean 12 Imams of Shiite[Shia]) is spiritually higher ...
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What is the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite Mosque?

I am considering converting to Islam at a mosque in my area. I have never been to a mosque before, so this will be my first time. I'm not sure what type of mosque this mosque is I am not sure wether ...
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Which Quranic ayat state the number of Imams is 12?

While discussing the no. of imams with a friend of a different sect, we had this friendly argument. She says that the no of Imams are not clearly mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Whereas, I for sure ...
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Can Shi'a tafseer books be categorized in similar categories as those of Sunni scholars?

Mainly Sunni's make a distinction between two main categories of tafseer works: tafsir bi-al-ma'thur (Arabic: التفسير بالمأثور‎, literally 'received tafsir', also known as tafsir bi-al-riwaya Arabic: ...
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Why do the Shi'as believe that their Imams can provide divine guidance?

We all know for sure that Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alayhi wassalam was the last Prophet and the seal of the Messengers and he received the final revelation or the "Divine Message". I and most Sunnis ...
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Common Hadiths between Sunni and Shia

As far as I know, Sunni and Shia share some common hadiths. Is there any book that compiles all those common hadith?
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Current Shia sect that rejects Uthman's edit of the Quran

I understand that in Shia Islam the first three Rashidun are grasped as unlawful political successors of Muhammad in leading the Ummah and in any case unfit to lead justly by their verity to replace ...
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According to Shia Islam, does Allah communicate with Iblis in a human voice, and if so whose voice is it?

Al Islam writes that Allah spoke to the Prophet in voice of Ali during Mi'raj: The Prophet replied, "My Lord spoke to me with the voice of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib and said, `O' Ahmad! I am an Entity ...
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Is pausing my wudu allowed if I have to leave the room and come back while in the middle of wudu?

I was making wudu and all I had left were my arms and feet but my dad was upset with me and he told me to come down immediately even though I was almost done. When I finished talking to him, I went ...
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Are Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei authorities in Shia Islam?

Alhamdolellah I've converted to Islam, and Shia Islam because of Imam Hussain (pbuh). To be honest, one of the big reasons that I converted to Shia Islam was Iran's Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah ...
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Who is Seyyed (سید)? (Shia view)

As probably majority or even all of you are aware, (except the prefix name of Seyyed or Sayyid which means mister), there are many people (Muslims) who are named as Seyyed or Sayyid at the initial ...
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What do Shi'a Muslims do in Ashura? And why they do it?

Why do Shi'a Muslims hit chests, slapping cheeks, hit shoulders with chains and, hit heads with swords and shed blood during Ashura? These reprehensible things forbidden by the Prophet (peace be upon ...
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Shias believe the successors to Muhammad must be from the Ahl-ul-Bayt. Aren't the four Rashidun caliphs related to the Prophet?

Shias believe the successor of Muhammad has to be from the Ahl-ul-Bayt( Family of the Prophet). Abu Bakr as-saddiq and Umar ibn al-Khattab were father in laws of the Prophet. Othman ibn Affan is also ...
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Did Shia imams or their wives practice mutah?

Shia allow mutah marriages. Why do Shi'as allow mut'ah marriage?. 9th to 11th imam only, first 8 imams are also imams for Sunnis so i reject mutah on their part.
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Fish not Permissible - “Kanta” (Shia view)

I have a Shi'a co-worker. Recently, our team planned a team lunch, and he mentioned that he doesn't eat fish, because of something called "kanta" (in Urdu). He said it's due to certain communities/...
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Is blowing the foods Makruh? (Shia view)

It is said that it is better not to blow the foods. In other word, it is said that blowing the foods is considered as a makruh practice. So, I was wondering if this is counted as a correct issue or ...

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