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  1. http://islamoriente.com/ Esta fundación se ha convertido a lo largo de estos años en una verdadera promotora del acercamiento cultural entre el Mundo Islámico e Hispanoamérica a través de la difusión del Islam tal y como fuese enseñado y practicado por el Profeta Muhammad (B.P.) y la gente de su casa (Ahlul Bayt (P)). Un sitio excelente!
  2. Salam:I wrote the following some time ago regarding this subject: Do We Need Arabic To Enter Paradise? This is a question that is usually asked by those Muslims whose native language is not Arabic. Millions of Muslims from all over the world, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia, China, Russia etc. Muslims, yet they don’t speak Arabic! It is mentioned in some tradition that the language of paradise is Arabic, so, Is it possible that all these millions of persons are deprived of entering Paradise, just because they don’t speak Arabic? Speech is used as a means to convey an idea or make others understand what it is in the mind of the speaker through the medium of combined sounds. It follows that man uses speech when he is with other men, but I ask, Do we need to speak to God? Do we need to move our lips so sounds can come from them, or do we usually speak to Him from our hearts… Allah says in the Holy Quran: “...for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein” (Quran 50;16) “Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (Quran 2:62) Sayyed Tabatabai in Tafsir of this verse in al Mizan (vol 1 p 276) says: “Allah does not give importance to names like the believers, the Jews, the Christians or the Sabeans, one cannot get a reward from Allah, nor can he be saved from punishment, merely by giving oneself good titles…the only criterion, the only standard of honor and happiness is the real belief in Allah and the Day of Resurrection accompanied by good deeds” Can one be judged solely on the grounds of a language or because one was born in a geographical place where Arabic was not spoken? Allah will judge us according to our possibilities, He says: “But those who believe and work righteousness,- no burden do We place on any soul, but that which it can bear,- they will be Companions of the Garden, therein to dwell (for ever).(Quran7:42) Besides the only sin that God will not forgive is that we associate anything to him: “Allah forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth;...”(Quran 4:48) He also says: “Lo! those who merit paradise this day are happily employed They and their associates will be in groves of (cool) shade, reclining on Thrones (of dignity); (Every) fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for;” (Quran 36:55-57) Paradise is in reality a station in which whatever is wished there is immediate response, so, if in any instance Arabic is needed to communicate in the eternal Abode of Paradise, I just have to make sure that I will gain paradise by not associating to Allah any partners, belief in resurrection., and doing good deeds and rely in His mercy, once in Paradise anything that I wish will be given and so if I wish to speak Arabic, I will!! "We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for!- (Quran 41:31)I
  3. Haydh

    Salam aleikum: The following Q/A from the book:A Code For Muslims in the West- in accordance with the edicts of Ayatullah As-Sayyid Ali Sistani, p.232, may answer your question: 491. Question: Is it permissible for a woman in menses to recite more than seven verses from the Holy Qur'an ( other than the verses of obligatory prostration)? If that is permisible, is it disliked (makruh)? And does that mean that she will be rewarded for reciting, albeit less ( than normal)? Answer: She is allowed to recite other than the verses that require obliftory prostration; and when it is said, "it is disliked to recite more than seven verses," this means that the reward of such recitation will be less." The folllowing Q/A is from: http://www.sistani.org/local.php?modules=n...d=5&cid=575 Question: Can a woman who is in her menstrual period read or touch the Quran?Answer: Yes, she can read the Quran except for the those verses which include obligatory Sajdas. She cannot touch the verses.
  4. Let's Discuss Sayed Fadlullah

    Salam aleikum: It is a historical fact This is what Sayyed Fadlallah said in the sermon of November 17,2006: "Pray with them, visit their sick, and attend their funerals, so that people will say: May God bless Jaafar bin Muhammad; he educated his companions on good manners. The Imam wanted the Shiite Muslims to open up on the Sunni Muslims, which does not mean that they have to offer concessions that have to do with their faith: He used to say: Abu Bakir is twice my father since he was his grandfather from the mother's side. This does not mean that he recognizes his caliphate, but he wanted the people to take the ethical and humanitarian aspects into consideration. http://english.bayynat.org.lb/FridaySpeeches/ke17112006.htm (English) http://arabic.bayynat.org.lb/Khotbat/kh17112006.htm (Arabic) If you look in the book "Kitab al Irshad" by Shaykh al Mufid, pg.406 it says under An account of the Children of Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali 1.Abu Abd Allah Ja'far b. Muhammad, peace be on him… 2. 'Abd Allah b. Muhammad…" Their mother was Umm Farwa daughter of Al-Qasim b. Muhammd b. Abi Bakr In the book: "Peshwar Nights' by Sultanu'l Wa'izin Shirazi (a Shiite scholar) it says: "…Apart from these conditions, Iranians were grateful to Ali for his compassion regarding the treatment of Iranian princesses taken prisoner by the Arabs. When the prisoners of Mada'in (Taisfun) were brought to Medina, the second caliph ordered that all the female prisoners be made slaves of the Muslims. Ali forbade this and said that the princesses were exceptions and were to be honored. Two of the prisoners were the daughters of King Yazdigerd of Iran and could not be made slaves. The caliph asked what should be done. Ali said that each of them should be allowed to select a husband from the Muslims. Accordingly, Shahzanan selected Muhammad Bin Abu Bakr (who had been brought up by Ali), while the other princess, Shahbanu, selected Imam Husain, the Prophet's grandson. Both went to the homes of these men after a lawful wedding. Shahzanan gave birth to a son, Qasim Faqih, father of Umme Farwa, who was the mother of our Sixth Imam, Ja'far as-Sadiq. http://www.al-islam.org/peshawar/2.1.html From the book: the Life of Muhammad ibn Ali al Baqir by Baqir Sharif al Qarashi "Al-Qasim bin Mohammed bin Abu Bakr: Imam al-Baqir, peace be on him, married his (al-Qasim's) daughter, and she born him Imam Abu ‘Abd Allah al-Sadiq, peace be on him.Shaykh al-Tusi sometimes numbered him as one of the companions of al-Sajjad, and he sometimes numbered him as one of the companions of al-Baqir, peace be on him. Al-Qasim died in the year 102 A.H.[36] Tahdhib al-Tahdhib, vol.8 [36] Tahdhib al-Tahdhib, vol.8" http://www.maaref-foundation.com/english/
  5. Found Money

    Salam aleikum: Q73: Property that I find in public places like the street, market, airport, train station, harbor or taxi and whose owner I am sure there is no possibility of finding. A: Give it to charity on his behalf. (FM, pp. 420-21) http://www.shiamasjid.net/books/ContemporaryLegalRulings/
  6. Imam Reza (as)

    Salam aleikum: "The Imāms of the Household (of the Prophet), peace be on them, would give kunya to their children when young, and this is an example of Islamic education aiming at improving personality and making child feel that he or she has position with his family. Imām al-Ridā, peace be on him, was given the following kunyas: 1. Abū al-Hasan His father Imām Mūsā al-Kāzim, peace be on him, gave him this kunya.[1] He, peace be on him, said to ‘Ali b. Yaqtin: “O ‘Ali, this son of mine—and he pointed to Imām al-Ridā—is the master of my children, and I have given him my kunya.[2]” Imām al-Ridā was given the kunya of Abū al-Hasan. As this kunya was common between them, Imām al-Kāzim was called: Abū al-Hasan the past, and Imām al-Ridā was called Abū al-Hasan the second, that the people might distinguish between the two kunyas…" http://www.maaref-foundation.com/english/l.../06.htm#_T54109 You can see in the following hadith how Imam Musa al-Kadhim(as) addresses his son as: "O Abul al-Hasan" in the following hadith: "...Some narrators believe that it was Imām Mūsā al-Kāzim, peace be on him, who gave this nick-name to his son. Sulaymān b. Hafs reported: “Imām Mūsā b. Ja‘far named his son ‘Ali al-Ridā. He would say: ‘Summon to me my son al-Ridā.’ I asked him: ‘To my son belongs pleasure (al-Ridā).’ He answered: ‘My son is al-Ridā.’ When he addressed him, he said: ‘O Abū` al-Hasan.’ These are some statements about giving him this noble nick-name. Ahmed al-Bizanti gave the reason for giving this nick-name to him, saying: “He was given the nick-name of al-Ridā because he is the good pleasure of Allah, the Most Exalted, in His heaven, the pleasure of His Messenger, and of the Imāms after him on His earth..." http://www.maaref-foundation.com/english/l.../06.htm#_T54109
  7. Did Aby Baker Know How To Read And Write?

    Salam aleikum: In the book: "An unschooled Prophet" by Shahid Mutahhari the following is mentioned (note that Abu Bakr's name is not among them): By quoting authentic narrations, Al-Baladhuri narrates that at the advent of Islam there were only a few literate persons. He says: "At the advent of Islam there were only seventeen men who could write, namely: `Umar ibn al-Khattab, `Ali ibn Abi Talib (as), `Uthman ibn `Affan, Abu `Ubaydah al-Jarrah, Talhah, Yazid ibn Abi Sufyan, Abu Hudhayfah ibn Rabi'ah, Hatib ibn al-`Amiri, Abu Salamah al-Makhzumi, Aban ibn Sa'id al-'Umawi, Khalid ibn Said al-Umawi, `Abdullah ibn Sa'd ibn Abi Sarh, Huwaytib ibn `Abd al-`Uzza, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb, Mu'awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan, Juhaym ibn al-Salt, and `Ala' ibn al-Hadirami who was not from the Quraysh but rather an ally of the Quraysh." http://www.al-islam.org/unschooled/1.htm
  8. Nahjul Balagha About Mosquito

    Salam aleikum: In the book"An Enlightening Commentary into the Light of the Holy Quran" In the tafsir of the following verse: 2:26. "Allah does not disdain to set forth the parable even of a gnat, or anything greater than that. As for those who have Faith, they know that it is the truth from their Lord. …". Commentary: The purpose of a parable is to make the meaning of an abstract idea more clear and explicit with the help of a material thing in order to assist the mind in catching the idea through consideration. The more man's wisdom is dependent on his base understanding, the less vigorous strength he has to conceive the spirit and reality of things when his imagination interferes. That is why that in the Divine Book and in the words of the wise and men of letters, the essence of meanings are stated in the form of parables to make complicated concepts plain, hence through a logical thing find a way to the philosophical. A 'gnat' is a small insect which is perceptible by the naked eye. Gnat is mentioned in this verse, perhaps, to show that striking a similitude between small things or beyond it is not inappropriate for the Glorious Dignity of the Essence of Allah, but to confirm that the proportion of His Sovereignty is the same over big or small, high or low and, in general, all are encompassed by His Power and are benefited by His endless Mercy and Grace. .." "…The term 'gnat', in this verse, may refer to the greatness and fairness that is used in the creation of a gnat, this very small creature. Concerning this meaning, there is a tradition from Imam al-Sadiq (a) who said: "Verily, Allah (s.w.t.) has set forth a parable of a gnat because He has created 'gnat', with that small size it has, consisting of all that He has created in {an elephant' with that bigness it possesses, and He has added two other limbs (for gnat) in order to stimulate (the attention of) the believers to notice the delicacy and frailness of His creation and His wonderful production. " ( Nur-uth-Thaqalayn- vol. 1, p. 46, Tradition 65 ") In the context of the tafsir of these verse the sermon by Imam Ali(as) is brought also as: "...Upon the importance of the intriguing creation of living creatures, Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (a) in one of his sermons has said: "...How could it be? Even if all the animals of the earth whether birds or beasts, stabled cattle or pasturing ones, of different origins and species, dull people and sagacious men –all jointly try to create (even) 'a gnat' they are not able to bring it into being and do not understand what is the way to its creation…" http://www.al-islam.org/enlighteningv3/11.htm
  9. Is It Halal To Vote In An Election In The West?

    Salam aleikum: Sayyed Ali Khamenai: To Vote in an Election in a Non-Muslim Country Q1: Are we allowed to vote in a national election held in a non-Muslim country? Q2: If yes, then can we vote for a certain candidate who is supported by Muslims regarding certain subjects (like withdrawal from Iraq) and not for another candidate? A1&2: There is no objection to voting for candidates in a national parliamentary election for taking charge of the shar‘ī social and political affairs no matter whether the candidate is a Muslim or a non-Muslim. http://www.leader.ir/langs/EN/tree/39/index.php
  10. Human Beings & Kafir..

    Salam aleikum: This is what tafsir says: Pooya/Ali Commentary 2:161] Kufr is the rejection of truth, wilfully by perversity or indolence, or it is disbelief in that which is preached by the Holy Prophet. All disbelievers or non-Muslims are not included in this category. A clear exception is mentioned in verse 98 of al Nisa. [Yusufali 4:98] Except those who are (really) weak and oppressed - men, women, and children - who have no means in their power, nor (a guide-post) to their way. [Pooya/Ali Commentary 4:98] Those who are helpless (on account of physical weakness), and can neither contrive a plan nor do they know the way, have been promised mercy and forgiveness. Aqa Mahdi Puya says: The holy Imams of the Ahl ul Bayt have pointed out that this principle is also applicable to the followers of other religions whose mental capacity, by nature, is too weak to grasp the truth of Islam, or unfavourable circumstances, beyond their control, keep them in darkness, provided they do good and do not willfully make mischief in the land. Sayyed Tabatabai in al Mizan also mentions the following: QUR'AN: Surely those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers, these it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men all. It alludes to their persistence in disbelief and their obstinate and stubborn refusal to accept the truth. (If a man does not accept the true religion, not because of obstinacy and arrogance, but because it was not made clear to him, then in reality he is not a disbeliever, he is al mustad'af [= weak; according to Islamic terminology, a man who does not have true faith, but is not inimical to it]; his judgment is in the hand of Allah.) This theme is supported by the fact that most of the verses describing the disbelief qualify it with "belying". Look especially at the verses of the descent of Adam, containing the first law legislated for the mankind: We said: "Get down you there from all together; and if there comes to you a guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve. And (as to) those who disbelieve in and belie Our signs, they are the inmates of fire, in it they shall abide." (2:39 40) Likewise, in this verse the words, "Those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers," refer to those who obstinately belie the signs and guidance of Allah.) those who conceal what Allah has revealed. And Allah describes their recompense in these words: "these it is on whom is the curse of Allah and the angels and men all". It is a Divine Decree that every curse by anyone from among the angels or men, without any exception, shall be attached to them only. In this respect they are like the Satan, when Allah told him: And surely on you is curse until the Day of Judgment (15:35). Thus, Allah made him the target of every curse from whatever source it may emanate…" http://www.almizan.org/Tafseer/Volume2/Baqarah36.asp
  11. Delaying Namaz

    Salam aleikum: "Al-Shaykh al-Saduq-may God sanctify his soul-reports with his isnad from al-'Imam al-Sadiq-may peace be upon him-that he said: "When someone offers an obligatory salat at the beginning of its time and observes its prerequisites, an angel takes it up to the heaven. White and pure, it (i.e. the salat) says, `May God take care of you as you took care of me. I have been delivered into the custody of a noble angel.' But when someone offers it without any excuse after its time has elasped and does not observe its requisite manners, black and dark, it is taken up by an angel, while it calls out to him (i.e. its offerer), `You neglected me. May God neglect you in the same manner that you neglected me. May God not take care of you in the same way that you did not take care of me.' " [16] http://www.al-islam.org/fortyhadith/ Twenty seven hadith
  12. Divorce(talaq)

    Salam aleikum: Like BintAlHoda said "ask the imam himself whether he will accept the paper" The folllowing is the way a divorce should take place: "* What is the formal wording of divorce? - Divorce shall not be enforced, unless a particular procedure is followed. The formal wording of divorce should be recited in Arabic, for those who can speak the language, in the presence of two witnesses of impeccable character. The husband may utter the following, “My wife - mentioning her name - is hereby divorced”. If she is present, he could say to her, “You are divorced”. If there is a proxy acting on behalf of the husband, he could say, “The wife of my mandator - stating her name - is hereby divorced”. There and then, divorce becomes a reality. * Is it compulsory to mention the name of the wife? - No, it is not necessary, if she is known, identifiable, and the husband does not have any other wife beside her. However, divorce cannot be carried out, unless the wife is free from haydh or nifas, except for a wife in a marriage that was not consummated, a pregnant woman, and some cases of absent husbands. The husband is not permitted to divorce his wife, who was tahir of haydh, after having a sexual intercourse with her; he should wait until she had her next haydh and become tahir thereof. Only then can he divorce her." http://www.shiamasjid.net/books/Jurisprudence/divorce.htm "2525. The time of the Iddah of divorce commences when the formula of divorce is pronounced, irrespective of whether the wife knows about it or not. Hence, if she comes to know after the end of the Iddah that she had been divorced, it is not necessary for her to observe Iddah again. " http://www.sistani.org/local.php?modules=n...59&pid=3093
  13. Surrogacy

    Salam aleikum: The following is an opinion from the book: Islamic Lanterns by Sayyid Muhammad Hussain Fadlullah (p.371-372) "…the surrogate mother may be an unmarriageable woman (i.e. one of the maharim), since if breastfeeding exceeds 15 times or is one which 'makes flesh build and bones strengthen" makes the breastfeeding woman unmarriageable, it goes without saying that flesh-building and bone strengthening for a baby who lives in a woman's womb and feeds from her blood for nine months represent more that what comes from breastfeeding. However, this matter is not so final that we can issue a fatwa to make absolute the state of 'unmarriageability' of the breastfeeding related kind."
  14. Salam aleikum: It says in the following link: http://www.islamsite.org/school/islamicres.../dua/miraaj.htm "Allama Kafmi has written this dua'a in his book Misbah, on the authority of Imam Ali ibna abi Talib who learned it from the Holy Prophet. The Holy Prophet said: "Allah will have mercy on him who keeps this dua'a as a tawid, and recites it a great deal. He will forgive his sins and the sins of parents and his children, bestow on him countless blessings, keep him safe from misfortunes, multiply his earnings, and cure his ailments." Top improve and develop memory write the (Arabic) text of this dua'a on a clean piece of paper with saffron, wash it with pure water and drink it. Hang the written (Arabic) text of this dua'a (like a tawid) around the neck of children to keep them safe from wild and poisonous animals, and the evil of witchcraft and jinn. It is reported that at the time of mi-raj the Holy Prophet saw this dua'a written at the last post, qaaba qawsayn aw adnaa. The almighty Allah informed him that whoso recites this heavenly dua'a or keeps it written version on his person, will get countless blessings."
  15. Salam aleikum: For significance of forty Check: http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/sayrsuluk/2.htm