Day Questions

Is it permissible to pray behind an imam who cannot pronounce Arabic correctly? Is the prayer void?

If the person offering the prayer behind the imam knows the correct recitation, then following him in the morning prayers or in the first two rak'as of the Maghrib and Isha prayers is invalid based on compulsory precaution. If he is following the imam in the last two rak'as of the Maghrib and Isha then the prayer is valid. The prayer is also valid if the praying person and the imam make the same mistakes in the recitation. Following such an imam is also valid during the Dhuhr and Asr prayers if the praying person recites for himself.

I understand that temporary marriage is for pleasure. Does that mean that physical attraction and lust are permissible reasons to enter into such a contract, or are there other prerequisite motivations that one must have before two people can enter into this arrangement?

It is permissible to enter into temporary marriage for the sake of pleasure and lust via legislated means and within religious guidelines. Among the benefits of temporary marriage is that it controls sexual relation between the two sexes within specific rules and guidelines; like specifying the duration of the marriage and the dower, serving the waiting period between one marriage and another, and the child born from such a matrimony being legitimate for the couple. There is no doubt that if such marriage was common in the society, committing adultery would be minimal.

What are the beliefs of Shia? Do they differ from Sunnis’ beliefs?

The beliefs of Sunnis are not different than those of Shias with respect to the belief in the two testimonies. The difference is in the concept of Imamate – the leadership of the nation of Islam after the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) – where the followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) believe in the Imams from the Ahlulbait as the religious and the political leaders of the Muslim nation after the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny), as this is mentioned in a very clear and frank way in the tradition of Thaqalain. It is reported in the books of traditions of Shias and Sunnis that the Prophet said: "I leave among you the two weighty things, the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided".

Is it, in an online Islamic discussion, allowed to delete the opinion of another member, if it is thought to be harmful, although it is part of the discussion?

It is permissible to do so if the person is in charge of the room or the website, or was permitted by the person in charge of the room or website to do so.