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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Why do Shia celebrate Nowruz?

Nowruz is a Persian new year, but why do Shia all around world celebrate it. Here is how it is celebrated at my place. We prepare special nazr of Imam Ali. The contents of which are as below: a ...
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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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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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Can a woman's hair be partially visible from Shia and Sunni viewpoints?

I see that Iran's women's hair is visible from under their headscarves. Is it allowed by Shia fiqh? Is it denied by Sunni mazhabs?
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Why 9th rabi-ul-awwal is celebrated as ed-e-zehra?

I want to know ,what is the significance of 9th Rabi-ul-awwal ? Shia believes that on this day Mukhtar-al-Saqafi had send the heads of the killer's of imam Hussein to his family, after looking at ...
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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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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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What is the status of the divorce if it were given through court stamp paper according to Shia Islamic law?

My marriage broke up in 2007 after my wife was caught cheating. She was taken away at her own request by her family and I have not seen, heard, talked or have had any other contact with her or her ...
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How has Twelver Shia evolved through the past 14 centuries, particularly during the Safavid era?

Derived from this Question and this Answer is a question about the history of the Twelver Shia branch of Islam. Would you please notify in short how did this branch evolved through the ages with focus ...
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What are the principle/fundamental differences between Sunni and Shia? [closed]

Although I do believe that the separation into sects of Islam is terrible and contradicts with the Qur'an (6:159, 30:32 and etc...) I'm interested in knowing why there is so much conflict between both ...
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What is Ayatollah Khamenei's ruling regarding men wearing short trousers in front of women (in streets or parties)?

Occasionally I see some boys or men who wear shorts (short trousers) in the streets or other public places. (Or even in the parties). On the other hand, According to Resalah-al-Amaliah (www.bahjat.ir) ...
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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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How can Shi'a Muslims know which Imam to follow?

All factions of Shi'a Muslims, despite their myriad differences, agree on the fundamental concept of Imamah: That the authority of leading the Islamic state is divinely-granted, and that not following ...
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In Shia's Islam, is it possible to make Nikkah again with that person from we recently take divorce?

When a man had given divorce to his wife, recite all seegay ( that specific words by which divorce become properly valid ) and spent 3 months which gave the time for thinking "Is the decision of ...
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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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Is Muhammad (PBUH) Infallible according to Shia Islam?

Infallible - Incapable of making mistakes or being wrong My question is, How Is Muhammad PBUH infallible according to Shia Islam because His best friends were Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA), many Shia ...
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Why did Hossein Ibn Ali not accept Yazid ibn Muawiya's as a caliph?

Why did the grandson of the Prophet, Hossein Ibn Ali, not accept Yazid ibn Muawiya as a caliph?
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Is familism part of Shia Islam?

I have formed my own perception that the Sunni interpretation of Islam is more general and cosmopolitan, where anybody from any race can enter with honour in Islam. To the contrary, Shia ...
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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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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 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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How do Shias perform Salat behind Sunni Imam?

Aoa, In my office there is majority of Sunni brothers and I perform salat behind Sunni Imam, and also during Jumaah prayers in nearby sunni mosque, but I wonder whether I am doing in the correct way? ...
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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 ...
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Is celebrating majoos nawrooz a obligatory action for Twelver Shia?

As per below reference, Shia scholar Majlisi points out importance of nawrooz for Twelver Shia. -العلامة بهاء الدين علي بن عبدالحميد النسابة دامت فضائله رواه باسناده إلى المعلى بن خنيس عن الصادق (...
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Are both your nose and forehead supposed to rest on the turbah during sujood?

When praying with turbah, I understand we place our forehead on it during sujood (as per this question), but I'm unsure of where to place my nose. One instance is the tradition Ibn Abbas narrates ...
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Can Sunnis eat meat authorised halal by Shi'a?

The city main mosque in a non Muslim country is Shi'a and the halal certification process is controlled by them. Can we eat meat from a restaurant (which is owned and staffed by Sunnis) if the halal ...
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Burial of an infalliable

It is said that only an infallible can bury another infallible, like Ali(as) did Prophet Mohammad(saww)(Death and Burial ) and Fatima(as)(Death). What's the source of this law? And why is it so?
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What is the significance of 22nd rajab in the history of Islam (Shia view)?

I have seen Shias celebrate the 22nd Rajab (the seventh Arabic lunar month) by making special cookies and sweet dishes, and by visiting each other. What is the importance of 22nd Rajab in Islamic ...
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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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On what basis do Shi'a Muslims claim that a marriage is valid even if done in the absence of witnesses?

AsSalam Aalykum. I am aware of the fact that a Sunni marriage will not be considered valid if there are no witnesses for the marriage. As far as I know, there are ahadith which stress on the ...
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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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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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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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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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In Shia religion, in salat can we give three shadah?

In Salat while sitting can we give three shadah? As one of my friends told me about that it makes salah as BAATIL (invalid) my reciting "ALI UN WALI ULLAH" in salat... I have searched and heard many ...
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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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Is it acceptable to do Wudu in the bathroom? (Shia view)

Toilet space (room) is considered as a dirty place and ordinarily this is a place for nejasah (impurities) (and its space can be polluted due to urine/feces...), on the other hand, making Wudu is ...
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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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Where will Imam Mahdi appear from? (Shia view)

It is considered as the belief of Shia school of jurisprudence that Imam Mahdi as the last Imam of Shia and likewise as savior of the world (by the intention of Allah) will appear at the time that the ...
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Is it allowed to have cyber(on internet) sex with wife?

I know cyber sex with anyone else is utterly prohibited but is it allowed with wife? I am looking in particular for an answer according to Shi'ite jurisprudence.
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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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How does nikha mut'ah end, and can I immediately marry the same girl again or does she have to marry someone else first?

How to end my Nikha Mut'ah term? At the end of my Nikha Mut'ah term, can I directly marry the same girl again or does she have to marry someone else before marrying me?
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Tafseer of “لَعَلِيٌّ حَکيم / sublime and wise” (Shia view)

In Shi'a view, all the verses of Qur'an have the inner truth represented by an Imam. I think one of those verses is the verse 4 of Zukhruf: لوَ إِنَّهُ في‏ أُمِّ الْکِتابِ لَدَيْنا لَعَلِيٌّ حَکيمٌ ...
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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) is spiritually higher than ...
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In Shiite school of thought, how is the conflict between free will and determinism resolved?

There are different verses some of which seem to clearly suggest determinism : و ما تشاءون الا ان یشاء الله رب العالمین and you do not wish unless it is wished by Allah, the lord of the ...
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In Shiism, what is the source of Imams' supreme knowledge?

Shiites believe that their [Twelve Imams] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Imams), the rightful successors of the prophet, have complete knowledge of everything. The question is: what are the ...
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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 Shia Islam's take on the deficiency in women's intelligence?

Ayatollah Khamenei's website has a video Women are stronger than men dated 2013. It's quite touching, and you can see the women in the audience are visibly moved. In this video, what he says is ...
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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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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? (...