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...

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...

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...

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...

Shrimp – Morsel of Shaitan?

There are two conflicting hadith on shrimp called Irbiyaan in Arabic. One hadith refers to it as a morsel of Shaitaan. Another classifies it...

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...

Wearing Black Clothes In Muharram

Summary There are no hadith in any of our canonical collections (kutub-e-araba, wasail-us-shia, bihar-ul-anwar) where the Ahlul bayt (as) have recommended that Shias wear black...

Who are the Ulama?

This article discusses one particular hadith from Basa’ir ul Darajat (see brief note on this book at the end of the article) under the...

Aalim-e-Rabbani (Divine Scholar)

The word 'knowledge' in the scientific sense means the information or skills gained through experimentation, learning and experience. In the religious sense it means...

Clerics and the Clergy System

Nowadays we consider a clergy system to be an essential part of religion. The clerics define the identity of the religion and we regard...

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