Day Questions

Where did the Infallibles get their knowledge from? Was it taught to them by their parents and the Prophet (peace be upon him) or was it all given to them directly from God?

It is reported in the narrations of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that their knowledge is of two kinds: one is the inherited books from Imam Ali (peace be upon him) that he wrote down from the dictation of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). The other kind is the information that they need in their everyday life which they get from Almighty Allah.

If one performs Umrah, does it forgive his sins? If yes, does this include major sins as well? Is it true that having one’s sins forgiven makes one leave the sacred place in Mecca after performing Umrah as if he or she was born again?

It has been reported that Umrah is expiation from sin and this is a presentation of God's mercy and kindness to His slaves when He legislated for them certain acts of obedience that lead to forgiveness of sins. This is common is the religious texts. Despite that, a devotee should be afraid of his sins so he may become closer to Allah's mercy and acceptance and this may be an encouragement to perform more good deeds and avoid committing sins. Almighty Allah said: "And those who give that which they give with hearts afraid because they are about to return unto their Lord; these race for the good things, and they shall win them in the race". (23:60-61)

Why is death so harsh?

<p style="text-align: left;">Since humans lived in this life, it becomes familiar to them. Death is unknown to them and scary but religious texts indicate that the outcome of a devotee is happiness. Starting from death, and when his soul gets transferred from this life, the angel of death will be kind to him and deal with him in kindness and compassion. As a person relates himself to such true concepts, his expectation from almighty Allah becomes more positive and the dark image about death becomes lighter.</p>

Is permissible to be a mediator in selling dogs?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible to be a mediator in the sale of hunting dogs. It is not permissible to be a mediator in trading other kinds of dogs.</p>