.The Crescent of the Month of Shawwal 1439 has been Sighted at Thursday Night. Eid ul-Fitr will be Friday, June 15th, 2018. May Allah Accepts the Deeds of all Believers.

.The Crescent of the Month of Shawwal 1439 has been Sighted at Thursday Night. Eid ul-Fitr will be Friday, June 15th, 2018. May Allah Accepts the Deeds of all Believers.
2018/06/14

The crescent of the month of Shawwal 1439 has been sighted at Thursday Night. Eid ul-Fitr will be Friday, June 15th, 2018.

.May Allah accepts the deeds of all believers.

Day Questions

The concept of taqlīd has been popular recently. I am not convinced of its religious obligation. Can you help me?

The popularity of the concept of taqlīd amongst the masses in these days is due to the broad existence of means of communication which have led to the wide spread of knowledge of religious laws. It is not because the concept is new. Rather, it was present at the time of the Imams (peace be upon them) when they were directing their companions and followers, in general, to learn the religious laws. This naturally led to many people asking questions about their affairs, and it was not practical for all of them to reach the Imam (peace be upon him) and ask him in person, so they used to refer to his close companions who could be reached to gain knowledge in religious laws. There were known narrators who were giving edicts to people and the Shias used to refer to them during those days, like Muhammad bin Muslim, Zurarah, Zakariyya bin Adam and others. This need continued to exist after the occultation of the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him) until now. It is a natural need and a sensible process, as people refer to the experts in various fields like medicine, engineering and other kinds of expertise, as people are not satisfied with their own limited knowledge in these areas.

Is it permissible to enter a mosque without doing the ghusl of touching the corpse?

It is permissible for the individual who is required to perform the ghusl of touching the corpse to enter a mosque before doing so.

I feel that some people have distanced themselves from me after they came to know that I am prostrating on a Turbah after becoming Shia. Is it obligatory to use the Turbah in prostration?

It is a condition in the validity of the prayer to prostrate on earth and what grows from it if it was not used for human consumption or in clothing. It is better to prostrate on the Turbah. We advise you to openly express and explain your faith if you do not fear for yourself. Most importantly, try to deal with those who do not believe in your faith with goodness and avoid any aggravation.

Is it recommended for me to offer the sacrifice of animal on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha? I can afford to offer a sacrifice but would prefer to give charity to people in need instead.

Sacrificing an animal such as a camel or cow is recommended, and one can do so on behalf of anybody deceased or living. Giving charity to needy people instead does not replace this recommended Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny), but one can undertake the sacrifice and give the meat to the needy people.