Day Questions

If a woman has conceived a child before marriage and she marries the same man whose child she is bearing, what will be the ruling about the child?

The said child is that of the father by whose sperm he was conceived, as well as being the mother’s child. The child belongs to both of them, but does not inherit the father as he was born illegitimately.

I came across many traditions of Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) about Ghusl, Purification and Ablution in an authentic book. These traditions are being highly descriptive and specific about fundamental things in Fiqh. Is it permissible for me to follow the rulings of imams (peace be upon them) about the aforementioned things and follow the ruling of my Marja in other matters that cannot be found in traditions through authentic sources?

You should follow the scholar that reached the level of Ijtihad and fulfills all the other conditions of the Marji, since the derivation of the religious verdicts from the traditions require a great amount of knowledge and experience, and the religious jurists are those who have the experience and knowledge that they gain from full time learning of these particular subjects.

What is the ruling on smoking shisha or cigarettes just outside the mosques and Islamic places of worship?

It is permissible to smoke in the places adjacent to the mosques and Islamic places of worship.

I wanted to ask your viewpoint of Islamic unity with Sunni?

There is no doubt that Islam is one religion that was revealed by Almighty Allah to the Seal of Prophets (peace be upon him). He suffered much pain and harm in order to deliver the message of Islam to the nation. He directed his nation to the right direction after his death when he ordered them to guard the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). He guaranteed that if both were adhered to, they will never be misguided. Part of the nation of Islam abandoned the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and the differences between the nation of Islam became a reality. We, as followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) should act upon their teachings and uphold their directions to the right path, while dealing with the rest of the Muslims with good manners and etiquettes, and not raise the differences or cause hatred against them, since we all believe in Almighty Allah and His Messenger and the common religious obligations, like prayers, zakat, fasting, pilgrimage, etc., in order to preserve the general entity of Islam. The teachings of the Imams (peace be upon them) emphasize this in various ways.