Category Doctrinal Issues
Question number 18

Q: If we say that Allah is capable of doing everything, is He capable of creating another God? And if we say that he is capable of doing so, then we will be denying His oneness and if we say that he is not, we will be denying his ability of doing everything. What is your answer?  6/20/2007 12:18:54 PM

A: This question is wrong; since we can not ask whether Allah is capable of creating another God like Him because it is impossible to have another God. That is not because Allah is incapable of creating it, but since it is impossible to have a God other than Him. Besides, the capability lies in creating what could in its nature be created and not in creating what is impossible.

Publish Date: 7/26/2007 8:56:04 PM

Q: Do the infallible Imams enjoy the Wilayat Takwiniya (universal or absolute authority)? Doe they have the knowledge of the unseen, if God, the Most Exalted wills so?  6/20/2007 12:13:47 PM

A: The term Wilayat Takwiniya means that Allah has given Prophet Muhammad (p.) and his household the mandate to run the universe or at least a part of it. The religious scholars are divided between those who believe in it and those who do not. And we tend to agree with those who do not, because if Allah does not interfere and has left the running of the universe to other distinguished creations (Angels, Prophets… etc) then they are independent is assuming their responsibilities and this is what the religious scholars have agreed to refuse. It is clear in this case that rejecting the mandate leads to rejecting the Wilayat Takwiniya. If this Wilayat means something else: That they (prophets and imams) were honoured by Allah in asking them to run the universe, although He is the real administrator and the only source of power. We say that since their role is to guide people to the right path, any other task does not conform with this role. It is also not necessary to enable them to perform this role. Miracles do not constitute a proof in this regard. The miracle is an exceptional action that Allah made certain Prophets perform to prove their case. But it is not a proof of the Wilayat Takwiniya, since it is not a constant attribute. In any case, what is relevant here is that Allah has ensured in His Holy Book that He is the only creator and the only one who runs this universe, and that He has no partners. If the angles were given a certain role in running certain affairs, they are not independent, rather, and according to the Quranic text, they follow His orders. Moreover it has not been proven that, with the exception of the angels, anybody else, especially, Prophets and Imams, have any role in running the universe. The traditions that say otherwise are either false because they contradict the Quran, or not authentic.

Publish Date: 7/26/2007 8:53:03 PM

Q: We know that man is the first living creature in the earth, so where have the dinosaurs and Jinn been at that time?  6/21/2007 11:38:52 AM

A: Man is not the first living creatures on earth, but he is the first one whom Allah has made of that species, hence, there was no human being before him, and He, the Most Exalted, has made him His Caliph on the earth. He said: I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me (51:56). The Jinn existed at that time, but they were not created to be Allah's Caliph on earth.

Publish Date: 7/21/2007 11:43:44 PM

Q: What is the ruling on those who say for example: “Ya Ali” whenever they want to lift heavy objects? Is this considered an act of polytheism because one seeks the help of the Holy persons or Ahlelbeit rather than seeking it from Allah?  11/29/2006 1:24:45 PM

A: The pious person ought to abide by the Islamic instructions of the Quran and Sunna. Thus, he has to ask only for Allah’s help in conformity with Surat Al-Fatiha: Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.

Publish Date: 12/28/2006 1:57:28 PM

Q: What is the reason beyond the major occulation of Imam Al-Mahdi (a.s)?  11/28/2006 1:39:13 PM

A: We believe that this occulation is one of what Allah made unseen. Its benefit may be paving the way for the pious people to be quite competent to make the global change in the end of time, and Allah’s knows best.

Publish Date: 12/28/2006 1:46:56 PM

Q: Is it permissible to supplicate and pray to the Imams with the intention that they are the means to Allah? If the answer is no, what is your opinion regarding this matter and what do you think about this Aya: {and seek mean of nearness to Allah}?  11/28/2006 1:02:30 PM

A: The supplication must be only addressed to Allah (The most Exalted) and this is what traditions of the Imams (a.s) have said. The Ayah refers to the means that guide to Allah and the Imams (a.s) are the guides to Allah because they know Allah, His religion and His message. Therefore, this Ayah does not mean that we have to address the supplication to the Imams and not to Allah (The Most Exalted).

Publish Date: 12/28/2006 1:42:10 PM

Q: Is Karbala better than Mecca and what is the proof?  11/20/2006 11:36:26 AM

A: Our relation with Mecca, Karbala and Najaf is associated with our relation with our broad history. It is not good to give preference to a place over the other, knowing that what was said about Mecca makes it the best place in the earth and Allah knows best. The pious people should occupy themselves with doctrinal and life issues. What was mentioned in the question does not have anything to do with Islam or Shiism.

Publish Date: 12/20/2006 3:15:22 PM

Q: Is ‘evil’ considered one of Allah’s creations? If the answer is yes, why did Allah create it, knowing that Allah is not a source of evil as the Holy Quran reveals? But, if Allah created evil, how could we then interpret His saying in the Holy Aya: “Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the Daybreak. From the evil of that which He created”?  11/20/2006 10:01:38 AM

A: Allah (The Most Exalted) has created the world with its laws and systems in a way that He made good for man, whereas, matter being limited in its nature requires the existence of negativities. This is because nothing is purely good, but, there are also negativities that man called ‘evil’ because they are harmful to him in certain aspects, while, on the contrary, they may also be good in other aspects. Therefore, the theologists say that the existence of evil is not an absolute one, which means that it is considered evil if we look at it from a certain side and considered good if we look at it from another side.

Publish Date: 12/19/2006 3:52:19 PM

Q: What is meant by this Ayah: “And he tarried not long, then said: I comprehend that which you do not comprehend and I have brought to you a sure information from Sheba”. (27:22). Does it mean that Sulaiman (a.s.) did not know about the village until the hoopoe told him, knowing that the hoopoe is one of Sulaiman’s soliders?  10/11/2006 10:32:20 AM

A: This is what is outwardly understood form the Holy Ayah and there is nothing which prevent saying that the Prophet Sulaiman (a.s.) did not know about those people until the hoopoe told him, because, it was not proved in Islam that the Prophets (p.) have the infinite knowledge of all the specific issues of the other societies in detail.

Publish Date: 12/11/2006 3:06:38 PM

Q: If I can ask Allah (The Most Exalted) and Imam Ali (a.s.) for a need, who is worthier to be asked, Allah or Imam Ali (a.s.)? Or, can we say that there is no priority?  9/18/2006 11:45:41 AM

A: Allah is the only one Whom we should ask for our needs, where as, asking Imam Ali (a.s.) only for the needs while, believing that he is the one who answers them, is considered as ascribing him as (a.s.) a partner for Allah.

Publish Date: 11/28/2006 9:03:13 AM

Q: One of Allah’s names is “Addar” (the harmful), how could Allah be harmful and is this characteristic related to the Allah’s justice?  9/18/2006 11:45:41 AM

A: What is meant by “Addar” is that Allah has the control over the harm, thus, the good and the harm are under His control.

Publish Date: 11/21/2006 12:14:38 PM

Q: What do Your Eminence think about the opinion that says that Allah (The Exalted) does not accept any good deed of any person who does not believe in Al-Wilayah (believing that the Allah has nominated Imam Ali (a.s.) to be the trustee and the caliph after the Prophet (p.)?  7/8/2006 11:07:49 AM

A: What is meant by this is that the one who knows about Willayah of Imam Ali (a.s.) and denies what the Prophet (p.) has announced in Allah’s name, out of stubbornness and disobedience, none of his good deeds will be accepted. This is because he was a stubborn person who disobeyed Allah and followed a path that is different from the right path which he had followed.

Publish Date: 11/8/2006 5:54:26 PM

Q: Could we see Allah (swt) afterlife?  4/24/2006 11:28:32 AM

A: {No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things}. (6:103). So, Allah could not be seen by our eyes because He is not physically defined like other creatures, “nothing is like Him”. Hearts can see Him through feeling His existence and through believing in Him, but people do not see Him. The evidence of His existence is seen through His mercy and favors.

Publish Date: 8/24/2006 11:17:48 AM

Q: Do you believe that Allah favored us and blessed us with Islam? If it is true, why do we say that Allah is just? How could justice be achieved when there are Muslims, Hindu, Seikh, and Christians, and every party thinks that it is the righteous one? For instance, if the Hindus were born Muslims, they would have adopted Islam without searching for the credibility of other religions In other words, at first we follow innately our religion?  4/19/2006 10:00:53 AM

A: It is true that man does not choose his religion when he is born and he is brought up to adopt his fathers’ religion, but, when he becomes a rational adult, he has the choice either to stay adopting his religion or to refuse it.

Publish Date: 8/18/2006 12:37:45 AM

Q: Is it prohibited according to Islamic law to say “o Ali” (ya Ali)?  4/18/2006 11:50:47 AM

A: It is not prohibited to say (ya Ali), as long as the supplication is not addressed to anyone except to Allah and Ahl El-Beit (a.s) are but the intercessors. Although the Niyyah (the intention) is so, it is better that one should not address in his supplication anyone except Allah.

Publish Date: 8/17/2006 9:53:38 AM

Q: Some say that the Shafa’a “intercession” contradicts with God’s justice. How could the guilty and the obedient persons be equal before Allah (The Exalted) because of “intercession”? Then, is not the belief in ‘intercession” considered as slipping away from Allah’s rulings...?  2/20/2006 12:57:18 PM

A: “Intercession” is a kind of forgiving the guilty people, and it does not contradict with justice, unless we say that forgiving contradicts with justice. However, “intercession” is like repentance does not include every guilty person, since, it must be awarded only for those who deserve it.

Publish Date: 6/19/2006 4:14:30 PM

Q: Is Fatima Az-zahraa (a.s) the lady of women in the worlds?  2/20/2006 12:31:50 PM

A: She is the lady of women in the worlds according to the Prophet’s (p.) Hadith.

Publish Date: 6/19/2006 12:51:18 PM

Q: What is meant by “reincarnation” and is there any evidence in the Quran or the Sunna that revokes this belief?  2/20/2006 11:38:55 AM

A: “Reincarnation” means the passing of the soul at death into another body. This saying has no evidence and it leads to denying the Day of Judgment. Moreover, every things in the Quran and the Sunna that talks about awarding and accounting on the Day of Judgment shows that “Metempsychosis” is deniable as it was stated in the Quran and the Sunna, otherwise, it will be necessary to call into account a soul for the acts of two or more persons.

Publish Date: 6/19/2006 8:04:48 AM