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  • Why do jurisprudents and theologians oppose the notion of wahdat al-wujud?
    11576 2012/12/23 Theoretical
    1. The notion of wahdat al-wujud [ Unity of Being ] is a monistic understanding of tawheed, the doctrine of oneness of God. It is considered one of the most fundamental concepts in mysticism and in my
  • Can something emerge from nothing?
    6269 2012/12/15 علیت و معلولیت
    Based on philosophical and mystical principles, creating something out of nothing means that the universe and the entire divine attributes are, in the level of divine essence, vanished in God s essenc

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    70715 Laws and Jurisprudence 2010/08/14
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    8843 Traditional 2009/09/01
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    16637 تاريخ بزرگان 2009/08/29
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    9026 Traditional 2012/03/14
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    7307 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/07/23
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  • What is meant by inner rules in regards to recite the Holy Quran?
    7628 فضایل اخلاقی 2014/04/20
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    6453 مواد مخدر 2012/04/17
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  • Is there any problem in the art of sculpting and painting?
    19303 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/06/10
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  • Where does the domino effect of mutanajjis items stop?
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  • What is the duty of those following the prayer, when the Imam makes a mistake?
    7168 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/01/10
    Assuming the Imam of a congregational salat either doubts the number of units (rak’ahs) recited or recites the salat in error, the ma’mumin (those following the Imam in salat) may inform the Imam in relation to the number of units, or other duty, as long as they are certain. However, ...