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Taqleed in Usul-e-Deen (Beliefs)

According to modern Usuli school it is not permissible to do taqleed (of the mujtahid) in Usul-e-Deen. However this was not the view of all the Usuli scholars in the past. The Usuli school, being not based on the teachings...

Is Taqleed proven through Hadith?

The foundation of Usulism rests on Ijtihad and therefore on Taqleed (of the mujtahid). Over the centuries, the Usuli clerics have built an enormous power base on this foundation, even founding a political state. As a result, the majority...

Evolution of Taqleed

Over the centuries, as Usulism evolved so did the definition of Taqleed and its practical implications. Had this definition been based on hadith it would not have evolved over time. It has been defined and manipulated by clerics in...

Aql as explained by the Imams (as)

Aql is normally translated as "reason" or "intellect". However, the traditions of the Imams, present Aql as a very different concept. It is a lofty concept that covers a great semantic field. It is both a complex and delicate...

Shrimp – Morsel of Shaitan?

There are two hadith on "Irbiyaan" which is the term used for Shrimp in Arabic. One hadith says that it is a morsel of Shaitaan. Another says that it is a type of fish and it is permissible. Let...

Fatwa based on personal opinion

Regarding the verse from Holy Quran: "And who is more erring than he who follows his low desires without any guidance from Allah?" (Holy Quran 28:50), Abu Abdullah (as) said "It means the one who takes his religion by...

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Salat while intoxicated

I said to Abu Abdullah (as): (What about) the Words of Allah (swt) in the Holy Qura'an: "O you who believe! Do not approach the Salat while you are...

Security of the Haram (Sanctuary)

I asked Abu Abdullah (as) about the Words of Allah (swt) "and the one who enters it would be secure ". He (as) said: You have asked me about...

No deeds accepted without Wilayah

I (the narrator) was with Abu Ja'far (as), so I said: May I be sacrificed for you (as), O son of Rasool Allah (s)! (What about) the man who...

Bani Umayya involved people in Shirk

Abu Abdullah (as) said: Bani Umayya initiated the teaching (taalim) of Emaan to the people but did not launch the teaching of Shirk (polytheism), so that when they...

Momin and Kafir

Regarding the verse 3:27 of the Holy Quran: "You make the night into the day and You make the day into the night, and You extract the living from...

Why a momin’s dua is not heard

I asked Imam Sadiq (as): O son of Rasool Allah (s)! What is the matter that when a Momin supplicates, sometimes he is answered and sometimes he is not...

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