Day Questions

These days many people have been saying that we don’t do a blind taqleed and we follow those rules of a Marja, which is not against Quran or the narrations, and not follow those who are against them. Is it a right thing to say? How do normal humans like us who are busy in daily lives can measure the verdict of a Marja on the Quran and the narration?

<p style="text-align: left;">The emulation that Shias do is not a blind emulation. It is, rather based on vision and wisdom, since everybody is asked to observe the Sharia and act upon its obligations and refrain from what it prohibits; and at the same time, a normal Muslim does not possess the specialized capabilities to know the laws of the religion. It becomes natural for those who are not experts in this field to refer to the jurist who specializes in deriving the rulings of the Sharia after exerting great efforts in order to reach religious conclusions.<br />The sources that the Mujtahid uses in the process of derivation are the Holy Quran and the narrations, so it is natural that the religious findings are not against them.<br /> This process is commonly practiced by normal people all the time, when they refer - in the aspects that require scientific efforts – to those who specialize in the specific fields, like medical doctors and engineers, and they act upon their findings and conclusions.</p>

Does your office help in with Tabligh activities?

The office has several religious propagation activities in a number of Muslim countries like Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran , Europe and other countries as per the available possibilities and capabilities. We ask the Almighty to guide us and all the active workers in the religious fields and to accept from us all these little contributions and forgive us for our shortcomings; He is indeed the Most Merciful.

Is it necessary to perform the Friday prayer in a mosque? And is there any difference in which mosque?

No, it is not necessary that the Friday prayer be offered in a mosque.

For someone with a flatulence problem, where he cannot control the excess passing of gas, he is told to perform the wudhū for every prayer. Is this still the case if he prays Isha right after Maghrib, or Asr right after Dhuhr?

If he joins between the two prayers as in the question, he does not need to repeat the wudhū. If he separated between the prayers, he should do the wudhū again before the second prayer.