Day Questions

Is it allowed to eat food prepared by a non-Muslim who is not from Ahlul Kitab [for example, a Hindu or a Buddhist]?

If they touched the food, then it is not permissible to consume it nor is it permissible to consume meat presented by them, unless it was slaughtered according to the Islamic laws, which can be known if the meat is purchased from a Muslim market.

I have heard that Mukhtar ibn Abi Ubayd al-Thaqafi started a sect called the Kaysaniyyah and that the Imams (peace be upon them) spoke against him. Is this true?

Narrations differ in the matter of Mukhtar. Some narrations praise him and others do not. In one narration, his son asked Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) about his father. Imam replied by praising him. It appears from this that he is considered as a believer and a follower of the path of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).

I heard a few narrations that tell us to hate the enemies of Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Who can I classify as the enemies of Ahlulbait? Are they Sunnis? How should I act towards them and am I allowed to respect them?

The Sunnis are not the enemies of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) even if they did not follow them or believe in their Imamate. They – in general – love the Ahlulbait. Our Imams (peace be upon them) ordered us to associate with them in kindness and to communicate with them regularly. It was reported in an authentic narration that one of the companions asked Imam Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him): How should we fare with each other, with our own people and with people who do not espouse our beliefs?” The Imam (peace be upon him) said, "You should look up to your Imams whom you follow and do as they do. By Allah, they visit their [non-followers] sick, attend their funerals, testify for or against them and return the trust to them". The enemies of the Ahlulbait are those who hate them and bear animosity with them. They are known by their names and personalities in the books of history and biographies. There were many rulers who acted with hostility against the Imams (peace be upon them) that lead to the Imams being killed, expelled and imprisoned. This can be found by referring to history books.

A Sunni man was married to a Shia woman. After some time, they were separated. She filed for divorce against him in the courts. He went to a Sunni judge and divorced her but her civil divorce is not completed yet. Is she considered as divorced? Can she remarry again?

If the divorce by the Sunni judge was based on the religious laws of the sect of the husband, the divorce is correct, even if it is not registered in a legal way. She can remarry after observing the waiting period (the Ê¿iddah).