Day Questions

I have committed a lot of sins in my life. Those sins keep coming back to haunt me and I don't know what to do. I have been praying for Allah's forgiveness day and night. For many years now I haven't found peace of mind. Specifically, please tell me how should I know that my sins have been forgiven?

All sins can be forgiven by sincere repentance. Almighty Allah said: “Despair not of the mercy of Allah, Who forgives all sins. Lo! He is the Forgiving, the Merciful”. Yes, it is recommended to seek forgiveness whenever the committed sins are remembered but should not turn into psychological complication.

Our organization wants to ask about authentic books that shia speakers can quote reference in Muharam etc. Majalis?

It is permissible to present the incidents of the tragedy of Kerbela without guaranteeing that it is authentically took place but rather it is based on the fact that they were written in designated books for this particular topic. It is better that the speaker to observe various aspects especially the level of the understanding of the audience, the religious fundamentals and historical truths.

You mentioned that music that involves ‘tarab’ is not permissible. What do you mean by the term ‘tarab’?

‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion.