Bad Blood
Question :

I have heard that people who have born out of marriage are seen as inheriting ‘bad blood’, which means they naturally have a “bad blood line”?

Answer :

Those people do not bear the responsibility of their parents’ crime. They are judged by Almighty Allah just like He judges other people. He said: “He who does wrong will have the recompense thereof” (123:4).

Contemplation Sins
Question :

Is contemplating sin a sin?

Answer :

Contemplation of a sin is not a sin. Yes, the individual deserves godly punishment when he starts the actual act of the sin practically.

Contemplation Sins
Question :

What is the punishment for contemplating sin?

Answer :

A person desiring to commit the sin will not be punished without actually committing the sin.

Contemplation of Siins
Question :

Does the ability of the person contemplating sin to actually carry out his thoughts have any bearing on the punishment? If, for example, I want to commit adultery, but I do not know how to approach a woman. Another person may be able to do so, yet refrains from doing it. Is that person’s sin and mine of the same severity?

Answer :

The individual does not deserve to be punished for a sin just because he wants to commit it. If he is able to commit the sin but refuses to do so because he fears or respects God, Almighty Allah will reward him for passing such a test correctly.

Sins
Question :

I start an action to commit a sin. However, this action, with all my intention to sin, did not result in any sinful result. Have I committed a sin?

Answer :

If you embarked on committing the sin purposefully, then you have wronged and you should seek forgiveness from God, even if the deed did not conclude as the sinful act.

Adultery
Question :

If someone in his youth committed the sin of adultery and then repented and has thereafter not committed such sins, should he still expect punishment on the Day of Judgment?

Answer :

Certain verses from the Quran and religious texts indicate that when a person sins and afterwards repents and regrets what he has done and decides to stop committing such a sin, then almighty Allah will not punish him.

Marriage
Question :

Is marriage due to predestined? If so, it means that a person does not have a choice in their marriage and does not have free-will.

Answer :

Everything in this universe is under the godly control but Almighty Allah gave the human the ability to act and enabled him to do the act or not to do it. Therefore, the individual should choose the life partner based on what is good for him in this life and the hereafter.

The Black Stone
Question :

What should be our belief towards the Black Stone of the Ka’bah? We are told that it was brought down by angel Gabriel from Heaven, and some people say that it was probably a meteorite. What is the reality of it?

Answer :

We believe in it as the religious texts describe. It was narrated that it is a stone from Heaven. Even if it was proven that it is a meteorite, such a thing does not oppose the unseen side of it as the texts indicate.

Tawalla and Tabarra
Question :

Are tawalli and tabarri considered as one of the fundamentals of the religion, or amongst the branch issues?

Answer :

They are considered as perfections to the beliefs of the true religion.

Tawallie and Tabarri
Question :

For whom should we do Tawalli and from whom should we do Tabarri? What is the permissible or recommended way of doing Tawalli and Tabarri?

Answer :

Tawalli is friendship and love for the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) after him and their followers.
Tabarri is the disassociation from the enemies of Allah including those who are obstinate to the truth and the deviated oppressors.
The obligatory form of Tawalli and Tabarri is having them in the heart.

Reincarnation
Question :

Many people around the world believe in reincarnation. What is the view of Islam on reincarnation?

Answer :

There is no doubt that reincarnation is an invalid concept. The entity of the human being does not change after death. Almighty Allah resurrects him after his death in his original form and identity and he will be judged for his actions. Allah almighty said: "And whoso doeth good an atom's weight will see it then, And whoso doeth ill an atom's weight will see it then." (Quran 99:7-8)

Badā
Question :

What is concept of Badā' (alteration in the divine will)? Why do people dispute over the Imamah of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (peace be upon him)?

Answer :

There is no doubt that Badā' exists. Verses from the Holy Book prove it, such as: “Allah effaces what He wills, and establishes (what He wills), and with Him is the source of ordinance.” (39:13) Aside from this, there are numerous narrations, which explain that Almighty Allah’s knowledge does not change by the sequence of events. Some incidents might lead, as they happen based on their natural sequence, to a different result and its real destiny that Almighty Allah knows may not correspond to what one might imagine from preceding incidents.
Bada' can take place for any incident, including the issue of the passing of Imamate. Almighty Allah limited this position to certain personalities. However, people could conclude from certain circumstances that a different person will fill this position. Because of his piety, Isma'il, the oldest son of Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him), was seen by Shias to be the next Imam after his father’s death, and for some of them it may have been something very obvious. But Almighty Allah knew that this will not happen, and thus Isma'il died during his father’s lifetime, and the next Imam was Isma'il's brother, Musa al-Kadhim (peace be upon him).