Q&A

Animals (1)

Artificial Insemination (1)

Artificial insemination is permissible if the wife’s egg is fertilized by the husband’s sperm.

Autopsy (4)

If finding out about the killer is by no means possible except through autopsy, there is no objection to that.

Category: Autopsy

If the probability is plausible (and the way forward is dependent on it) then there is no objection.

Category: Autopsy

If it is out of compulsion, there is no objection to that, even if the compulsion is [not absolute and it is only] out of competing priority in the view of the Shari‘ah.

Category: Autopsy

It is not permissible, and this should instead be done with animals that have resemblance in their body parts to humans. If there is compulsion to do so, then it should be done with the corpses of the non- Muslim, with their prior permission. As for the Muslim dead, it is not permissible.

Category: Autopsy

Beard (1)

Shaving the beard is Haram. Trimming the beard however to a certain extent is accepted.

Category: Beard

Bloodletting (Tatbir) (4)

Tatbir is allowed on Arbaeen, Fatimiyah and other sorrowful occasions. Although it is better to keep Tatbir a ritual for Ashura alone.

The method is to simply dress in white while striking your head out of grief for Imam Hussein (as) or other sorrowful occasions

The harms that are haram in Islam are the harms that do three things: 1- Kill the human being instantly 2- Stop a body limb from working 3- Stop a human power (such as producing children) This is according to the Fiqh of Imam al Sadiq (a.s). Any other harm is not considered Haram, such as fast-food, smoking, speeding in your vehicle, etc.

As for the ritual of Tatbir (Qama Zani) it is Halal and Mustahab.

Board Games (1)

Chess in Islam is prohibited

Category: Board Games

Body Parts (1)

Allah Almighty stated that humans are an honorable creation, and they are better than other creations such as the animals and plants. The excessive foreskin that needs to be removed is as equal as the sperm which the human being was made through and the blood that is within the human. Along with urine and waste that the human produces. The human is full of negativeness, but compared to other animals, he is more honorable as mentioned in the Holy Quran: “We have honored the children of Adam and preferred them over much from what we have created”. However, in the eyes of Allah Almighty, the best human being is the most faithful of them.

Category: Body Parts

Bribery (1)

Bribery is to give money and suchlike in the case of a judgment or judicial ruling in order to falsify the truth or uphold falsehood [i.e. pervert the course of justice], and it is haram> . In other than the case of judgment or ruling it is not called bribe.

Category: Bribery

Celebrations (1)

It is permissible to do so provided that it does not cross the Islamic barriers and boundaries of ethical practices. Meaning, that it would consist of a lecture and it would be considered an educational gathering. Rather than an atmosphere of chaos.

Category: Celebrations

Cheese (1)

There is no objection to that (as long as their ingredients are not known) on the basis of the principle of “permissibility by default”.

Category: Cheese

Cosmetic Operations (1)

Cosmetic operations to change the looks of a person are only accepted and excused if the person is in serious need of one. Such as after a car accident or fire burns. Anything other than that is not accepted.

Cursing (Tabari) (3)

It is a must and a duty upon every Muslim to clarify the truth and expose the enemies of Ahlulbayt (a.s) in all conditions, except in a condition that will lead to his or her death.

That Hadith is authentic, and it is to be implemented in all circumstances except in a condition that will lead to death. As the structure of the Hadith is an order from the Prophet (saww) to his nation.

It is permissible to curse the enemies of Ahlulbayt (a.s) in public, because the Quran itself is public, and Allah has cursed them in the Quran.

Dancing (2)

Dance lessons are not allowed if there are men in the classroom. This includes the teacher as well. If music is played then it is not permissible. It is best to avoid such atmospheres.

Category: Dancing

Dance lessons are not allowed if there are men in the classroom. This includes the teacher as well. If music is played then it is not permissible. It is best to avoid such atmospheres.

Category: Dancing

Diglyceride (1)

In this case you are to contact the brand company producing these products and make sure that they are coming from a source of plants and not animals. If they are from animals, then it is prohibited to consume.

Category: Diglyceride

Eid Prayers (1)

If the mandatory criteria of Salat al-‘Eid are all met, then it is performed like the Friday prayers, with the exception that the two khutbah are performed after the salah, and they are part of the obligation. If those criteria are not met, then it is permissible to perform it forada or Jama‘ah, and it is permissible to forgo the two khutbah during the time of occultation even if the salah is performed in congregation.

Category: Eid Prayers

Endowment (Waqf) (4)

There is no difference between the Holy Qur’an, supplication books, other books, and all other properties of the mosque as far as the waqf status is concerned; the criteria concerning them is that: if properties are assigned as waqf for use specifically inside the mosque, it is not permissible to take them out, otherwise, it is permissible with the permission of the shari‘ah-compliant trustee.

It is permissible with the permission of the shar‘i trustee of the husayniyyah

It is permissible if the shar‘i-legal trustee decides to sell them, and it is permissible to change them for the better.

If those properties are not being used, it is permissible to sell them and use the proceeds for the same husayniyyah

Entertainment (3)

It is absolutely not permissible to use them

Category: Entertainment

If it does not contain a haram thing then there is no objection to it.

Category: Entertainment

There is no objection if it is not associated with a haram, and it is not liable to a religious prohibition, such as proving/disproving lineage or theft and suchlike.

Category: Entertainment

Fasting (2)

Fasting Ashura is Makrooh

Category: Fasting

You may have the option to break your fast after the duration equal to the fasting period of cities which have normal daylight hours

Category: Fasting

Fish (4)

It is not permissible to eat from marine animals anything except fish that has scale; shrimp is considered from that category [of permissible sea animals]. But other than fish, like lobster, and similarly the fish that does not have scale is haram.

Category: Fish

Yes, it matters what fish you eat as a Shia Muslim. The fish should be fish with scales and it should be caught, not killed.

Category: Fish

Canned fish, if the fish is fish with scales, it is permissible.

Category: Fish

Yes, it matters what fish you eat as a Shia Muslim. The fish should be fish with scales and it should be caught, not killed.

Category: Fish

Gelatin (2)

On the matter of the gelatine, if it is stated that the gelatine is extracted from animal then it is Haraam, (unless of course the gelatine has been manufactured in an Islamic country or it has been produced from animals which have been slaughtered according to the Islamic Shari’ah). If the gelatine is extracted from vegetable products then it is Halaal. It is important for you to know or to check in the country of your residence what is the norm when only gelatine is stated on the wrappings of a product. For example in the U.K. when gelatine is stated on the wrapping of a product, it is normally understood to be animal gelatine. Although recently manufacturers are being more particular in the information they provide and they state whether the gelatine is from animal or vegetable sources. There are also other terms used such as “gelling agent” which is usually taken from vegetable sources, unless otherwise stated. For example, pectin is a gelling agent that is taken from vegetable sources.

Category: Gelatin

According to the Fatwa of Ayatollah al-Udhma Imam Muhammad Shirazi, the gelatine is Haraam if it is made from Haraam animal by-products. Therefore the gelatine that is made from pork, or from animals that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic Shari’ah, is Haraam and therefore not allowed. [Needless to say, the gelatine that is made in Islamic countries, or if it has been made from animal by-products that have been slaughtered according to Islamic Shari’ah is Halaal and therefore allowed to be consumed by Muslims.]

Category: Gelatin

Ghusl (3)

Hijaab (2)

As for the standard and criteria for Hijaab according to the Teachings of Islam, the Hijaab for a Muslim is: To cover her hair and body such that even the shape of her body is not apparent on the outside of the Hijaab to the onlooker. This is provided that there is no kind of attraction associated with the Hijaab, for example the Hijaab clothing is not colourful such that it would attract the attention of others, the woman may not wear makeup or perfume, etc. In the case of the covering of the hands and the face, there is a difference of opinion between the Maraje’. Some of the Maraje’ consider it mandatory to cover the hands and the face. According to Imam Shirazi’s Fatwa, a woman may her hands and face uncovered provided she is not wearing makeup, or that she would not be in a situation where a man would look at her with lustful glances or would fall for her . . .

Category: Hijaab

The original color for the Islamic Hijab is black. Other colors are permissible to wear, but should not be considered as fashion. Because then the main aim of the Hijab, being a clothing of modesty, will vanish.

Category: Hijaab

Ijtihad & Taqleed (5)

It is obligatory, as a precaution, to follow the a‘lam from now on, and the passed deeds are deemed valid.

It is obligatory, as a precaution, to refer to the faqih who is more learned in rulings (ahkam), and as for political affairs and such general issues, the authority is the judgment of The Council of Maraje ‘ Fuqaha’.

Yes it is permissible.

He should follow the opinion of his own Marja Taqlid if he is not a Mujtahid.

If it is proven to them that one Marja is more knowledgeable than another Marja Taqlid, it is an obligatory precaution for them to change.

Islamic Slaughtering (1)

The person slaughtering has to be the one saying the Basmalah, and not a speaker for the knife, and the one slaughtering has to be a Muslim, whereby a machine cant be Muslim. Therefore such operations are not considered Halal. His Eminence also stated that some machines are made to act quickly to save time, and this makes the slaughtering faster than the pronunciation. Therefore in all cases this is not acceptable, and Allah is the most knowledgeable.

Islamic Taxes (12)

Do they have the right to be protected by an Islamic state and practise their “religion” even if it is totally contrary to Islam in fundamentals like the oneness of Allah (swt), or is it incumbent upon the rulers to tell them to either accept Islam or Ahl-ul-kitab and if not declare war on them? The idol worshippers and Zoroastrians, or non-Ahl-ul-Kitab are also included in the Jizyah scheme. Yes they do have the right to be protected by the Islamic state and practice their religion – but they would not be allowed to publicise for their religions. Having agreed to pay the Jizyah to the Islamic state, the ruler of the state then may not force them to accept Islam or declare war against them.

Category: Islamic Taxes

Khums must be paid in seven categories:
Work income /business profit,
Minerals,
Treasures,
Halaal and Haraam monies,
Gemstones obtained from the sea through diving,
Spoils of war,
The land that a Thimmi Kafir buys from a Muslim, in this case the former must pay the Khums for it.
Zakat is paid on nine items as given in the book mentioned above:
Wheat
Barley
Date
Raisins/Currents/Sultana — these four categories are known as the four crops
Camel
Cattle
Sheep — these three categories are known as the animals
Gold
Silver — these two categories are known as the currency

Category: Islamic Taxes

They are divided into two divisions: the Share of the Sayyid (Poor) and the Share of the Imam (AS).

Category: Islamic Taxes

You need the specific permission of your Marje’ to do that and the extent of the amount you can deal with.

Category: Islamic Taxes

Again you need the specific permission of your Marje’ for this.

Category: Islamic Taxes

You need to give it to your Marje’ or to the representative of your Marje’.

Category: Islamic Taxes

Yes it can.

Category: Islamic Taxes

It is obligatory upon the Sayyid to pay Khums if qualified.

Category: Islamic Taxes

No. They must be paid by the end of your financial year. So if your year starts on the 1st of January, then all your Khums etc. must be paid by 31st December of that year.

Category: Islamic Taxes

You need the permission of the Marje’.

Category: Islamic Taxes

Estimate what you have eaten and pay its Khums, or request from your Marja Taqlid to ignore the past provided that you will pay for the future.

Category: Islamic Taxes

It is permissible to do so, acknowledging the fact that you need to pay the Khums of the profit being made.

Category: Islamic Taxes

Islamic Unity (1)

Islamic unity and Muslim brotherhood is only possible under the Wilayah (Authority) of Imam Ali (a.s) and Ahlulbayt (a.s). Other than that, it is all a political scam. We Shia Muslims don’t only differ with other sects in prayer, we rather differ in the pillars of Islam as well. Islamic unity is only valid if all Muslims embrace the faith of Ahlulbayt (a.s).

Category: Islamic Unity

Jewellery for Men (1)

A man should refrain from Zeenah (fashion) which is special to women only.

Makeup (1)

No Make up is allowed in front of a Non Mahram in Islam.

Category: Makeup

Marriage (8)

On the question of marriage, a Muslim man may marry any other Muslim woman or a woman from the Ahl-ul-Kitab (Jews or Christians) but he may not marry a Kaffir woman. When a man and a woman want to marry, the restriction is that they must both agree to the marriage. If one of them does not agree to the marriage, then their marriage is void. In the case of marriage with a virgin girl, the permission of the father or the grandfather of the girl is also required as well as her agreement to the marriage. In your case, if you want to marry someone but your family does not wish you to, try to obtain your parents agreement for the marriage. You need their blessings for your marriage, and also in the long term, you need their support and you want to establish a good relationship between you and them as well as your in-laws. So it is in your best interest to obtain your parents agreement but at the end of the day the decision is yours and yours only.

Category: Marriage

Just to clarify the previous answer. If she is willing to marry him temporarily, (Muta) she does not need her fathers permission. If she wants to marry him permanently however, some scholars say she needs her fathers permission, and some say she doesn’t need it. And Ayatollah Shirazi says she does not need her fathers permission.

Category: Marriage

That is not permissible. Since practicing Islam without full submission to Islam is useless and not accepted in the first place because Allah states in the Holy Quran: The religion Allah accepts alone is Islam.

Category: Marriage

That is not permissible. Since practicing Islam without full submission to Islam is useless and not accepted in the first place because Allah states in the Holy Quran: The religion Allah accepts alone is Islam.

Category: Marriage

Yes it is permissible

Category: Marriage

Not permanent marriage. But with the intention of temporary marriage (Mut’ah), that is permissible. However, both the man and woman should know it is temporary. It is not allowed that only the man intends a temporary marriage and the wife believes it is a permanent one. The type of contact (Mut’ah / Munqati’ and or Da’im / permanent) needs to be clarified.

Category: Marriage

Yes, it is permissible to marry a Sunni girl. However your intention should be to try and bring her to the faith of Ahlulbayt (a.s).

Category: Marriage

Yes (although as a mostahab precaution it should be avoided).

Category: Marriage

Money (1)

No, your money is your own property and it has to be spent in a Halal manner.

Category: Money

Music (9)

All types of music are Haraam in Islam.

Category: Music

It is Haraam to allow children to listen to music in school. To use rhymes in school learning is allowed but WITHOUT music.

Category: Music

If the music during war times is produced using the musical instruments, then it is not allowed. The music of the National Anthem is also Haraam.

Category: Music

Qawwali music is also not allowed.

Category: Music

Listening to music is Haraam, whether you are alone, or with your husband.

Category: Music

Classical music is also Haraam.

Category: Music

If the lyrics sang are commonly known as songs, for example they are sang by singing stars, then it is Haraam to do so. However traditionally there are poems, lyrics or NASHEED, as referred to in Arabic, which are not commonly regarded as songs, and have normally been recited on wedding occasions are allowed to be recited in weddings.

Category: Music

It is Haraam for you to go and sit with your niece in the wedding ceremony knowing that music will be played. In fact, it may even be your religious duty before Allah to practice “Nah-y ‘An-el-Munkar” – which means to forbid evil – by reminding the future in-laws of your niece of the Haraam nature of music, and they should therefore refrain from allowing music to be played during the wedding ceremony. If they persist on doing so, you could arrange with them that music be stopped for a period of time – say half an hour – so that you, and others like you, could participate in the wedding ceremony for that period and then leave.

Category: Music

According to the clear hadith from the infallible Imams (AS), Music is Haraam. On this basis, the Fatwa (decree) of Ayatollah Imam Muhammad Shirazi is that Music is Haraam. This includes listening to music, playing musical instruments, and buying or selling such instruments. Any kind of music, which would be in the category of being “moving” music, is Haraam. Furthermore, the music that could be categorised as “not moving”, but played by the same or similar instruments, is also Haraam. In short, music is Haraam whether or not it could be categorised as “moving”. Along the same line, the “music of the human voice”, i.e. singing, even without the playing of musical instruments, is also Haraam. This is so, to the extent that even if the Qur’an is recited in a “singing” manner, this action is regarded as Haraam. Needles to say, in Islam one is encouraged, according to many hadith, to recite the Qur’an in the “best manner” to the extent that the listener would be touched by it, and that listening to this recitation would create humility in one’s heart before Allah (SWT). But this is different from when one is “singing” the Qur’an. It may be asked, “How do we differentiate between the singing of the Qur’an and the recitation or TILAWAH of the Qur’an?” The answer is this is determined by the ‘URF which is the “common definition amongst the public” or the “general consensus”. If the recitation of the Qur’an is seen as “recitation” and “TILAWAH” then it is Halaal, and if it is seen and regarded as “singing”, then that singing of the Qur’an is Haraam. Some may call the sound of sea waves, waterfall, willowing wind, etc. to be music. If this is the case then this kind of “music” is Halaal! Provided that it is not accompanied by the conventional singing or the playing of conventional musical instrument(s).

Category: Music

Pets (1)

Our Ahadith stress on the fact that angels do not visit and enter homes that have dogs in it. Blessings do not enter homes with dogs. Alarm systems and security cameras can protect you and your home better than a dog.

Category: Pets

Prayers (12)

Yes it is permissible

Category: Prayers

Referring to the translation aforementioned, the translator has not been accurate enough, since the sentence referred to in your email should read: “O Allah forgive so and so, mentioning the name of the believing men in place of so and so.” In general there are many issues that we do not know the reason for the way they are. For example we do not know the reason for the Salaat-al-Fajr being two Rak’ah, and not three or four, etc. And the reason for mentioning the men in the Qunut of Salaat-al-Witr could be of such category. However, when it is said that forty men should be mentioned in the Qunut, it does not mean exclude the women and children, but in fact to include them, since men are considered as the head of the family and to represent them. Therefore when a man is mentioned in the prayers it is intended to include that man as well as his family, i.e. the idea is to pray for forty family, each of which is referred to by the head, or representative of that family. Furthermore, one may also pray for women and children, provided you mention the minimum number of (40) men.

Category: Prayers

You are required to repeat your prayers after coming to notice this fact.

Category: Prayers

There is no problem, you may pray behind him

Category: Prayers

If the journey you are mentioning is less than three days then your prayers are Qasr.

Category: Prayers

No it is not permissible to do so.

Category: Prayers

Because only Arabic words should be stated inside the prayer, and “Ameen” is not an Arabic word, it is a Hebrew word “Amen”.

Category: Prayers

You are considered as a frequent traveler and your prayers are to be offered in full.

Category: Prayers

No it is not allowed to pray with cat hair on your clothes. The clothes must be changed and washed.

Category: Prayers

They should take out a piece of tissue or paper if possible, and perform Sujood on it. If not, then they should place both thumbs together and perform Sujood on the nails of the thumbs.

Category: Prayers

Yes it is permissible to do so. But our teachings say to look at the place of your Sujood.

Category: Prayers

You estimate with precaution and offer them as soon as possible

Category: Prayers

Sex (1)

Anal sex is allowed with her permission. Although very hated and discouraged.

Category: Sex

Smoking (1)

It is permissible to smoke cigarets and what is known as Hookah, it is however Makrooh. It can be Haram if it brings harm to the body, and the harm which is haram is: Bringing death to yourself or stopping the body or body parts from functioning. Other than that, it is not Haram and is not Islamically considered a harm.

Category: Smoking

Sports (3)

It is permissible to watch Football, providing that there is no music in the stadium when attending it to watch it live.

Category: Sports

Boxing is permissible

Category: Sports

It is permissible to watch sports on tv, providing that there is no music in the stadium when attending it to watch it live.

Category: Sports

Taharah (5)

The upper [part] is not rendered najis by the lower.

Category: Taharah

The sweat of a jonob from haram is not najis, although practicing ihtiyat} (i.e. treating it as najis) is preferable, regardless of whether the sweat was perspired during intercourse or after it, the person was man or woman, if this were through zina, or anal intercourse, or that with an animal, or through masturbation.

Category: Taharah

It is considered tahir.

Category: Taharah

Everything is tahir until you are certain of it being najis.

Category: Taharah

The tool is considered tahir.

Category: Taharah

Tattoos (2)

Tattoos are considered Makruh (disliked and discouraged). However, it is not permissible to have Quranic verses, names of Ahlulbayt (a.s), drawings of Imams (a.s), Hadiths, unislamic and inappropriate images or the likes tattooed onto the body. And if the ink was the type that remains above the skin, then it would be considered prohibited. However, if it was of the type to go beneath the skin, it would be considered permissible but Makruh.

Category: Tattoos

It is permissible to have a tattoo with the sword of Imam Ali (a.s), but is it not permissible to write the Hadith (la Fata ila Ali wa la Sayf ila Thulfiqar) next to it, and it is not permissible to write the name of Imam Ali (a.s) next to it as well. The sword alone is permissible, but Makrooh.

Category: Tattoos

Temporary Marriage (Mut’a) (10)

The permission of the father or the guardian of the girl (virgin) from the Ahl-ul-Kitaab is not a precondition to marriage if in their religion or in their common way of life (‘Urf) e.g. by law, it is not required for the girl to have her father/guardian’s permission for marriage.

To perform Mut’a with a virgin girl you must seek the permission of the girl’s father or guardian – as this is a prerequisite – even if you do not intend to engage in sex. If the father of the girl is dead, then you must seek the permission of the girl’s grandfather, or brother. You must refrain from performing Mut’a with a virgin girl without the permission of the girl’s father/guardian.

To perform Mut’a with a virgin girl you must seek the permission of the girl’s father or guardian – as this is a prerequisite – even if you do not intend to engage in sex. If the father of the girl is dead, then you must seek the permission of the girl’s grandfather, or brother. You must refrain from performing Mut’a with a virgin girl without the permission of the girl’s father/guardian.

Like any other halal issue, Mut’a is Halal and a man is permitted to marry Mut’a, and under certain circumstances it may even prove obligatory upon the individual, i.e. when he cannot marry permenantly and to avoid committing a haram act. The Mut’a marriage is not meant as a substitute for permanent marriage, so one should attempt to marry permanently and form a family etc. as soon as possible. However if under certain circumstances permanent marriage is not feasible, one may then consider the option of Mut’a if needed. Needless to say, it does not mean a married man cannot marry Mut’a. There may be circumstances when a married man may be obliged to do Mut’a, for example being away from his wife for sometime. As for the speech of the Imam (AS) to one of his followers, in fact the imam (AS) is making the first point above. The other individual was a married man, and the imam is telling him that you have a wife and therefore you do not need to do Mut’a. That is not to say that Mut’a is haram for a married man, but perhaps there was something peculiar about the circumstances of that man. So the background in that particular case must be taken into account.

The amount of the Mahr MUST be specified.

The man may act as the woman’s representative and recite the marriage formula on her part.

This depends on the norm and the common law of the land, i.e. The permission of the father or the guardian of the girl (virgin) from the Ahl-ul-Kitaab is not a precondition to marriage if in their religion or in their common way of life (‘Urf) e.g. by law, it is not required for the girl to have her father/guardian’s permission for marriage.

The man needs to pay her Mahr (dowry).

It is permissible to marry from Ahlul Kitaab. Your parents may not prevent youas a man but they can only convince you.

It is not considered ZIna, but it makes the contract void until the father approves

Water (1)

Drinking water when standing is permissible. Unless at night, it must be consumed while sitting down. This is according to the narrations of Imam Sadiq (a.s). It is Makruh to drink water while standing up at night.

Category: Water

Western Holidays (1)

A quick research will clarify for you that it is a practice far away from the teachings of Islam and our Imams (a.s). It is definitely not permissible to revive that occasion.

Wilayatul Faqih (3)

The concept of Wilayatul Faqih is a theory and has no Islamic basis from the Holy Quran or Hadiths of Ahlulbayt (a.s). However, the concept of the Shoura does (Shouratul Fuqaha).

Category: Wilayatul Faqih

Wilayatul Faqih is an unislamic theory. It has no roots from the Holy Quran or Hadith of Ahlulbayt (a.s).

Category: Wilayatul Faqih

There is no Islamic government on the face of the earth at the current time

Category: Wilayatul Faqih

Woman (4)

Wudhu (2)

The wiping of the head in Wudhu: The front quarter of the head should be wiped with the moisture remaining on the hand from wiping your arms. You then wipe from the uppoer part of your head downwards towards the face with the length ofone finger. Wiping can also be done with one finger only; although Mustahab to use all three fingers. Moisture however should reach the scalp, and your hand must not reach your forehead.

Category: Wudhu

Olive oil does not block the Wudhu or ghusl and is not considered an obstacle between the water and the skin.

Category: Wudhu

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