Day Questions

Can a brother or any relative of a girl – apart from her guardian – arrange her marriage?

<p style="text-align: left;">If she appointed him to act on her behalf and she approved the marriage, then the marriage is valid.</p>

If someone says that khums is not obligatory, is that person out of Islam?

<p style="text-align: left;">If denying the obligation of khums means a denial of its obligation in the unused amount of the yearly income, then this does not affect the person being regarded as a Muslim. However, denying the khums in an absolute way is a clear rejection to the Quranic verses and the tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny).</p>

Is it compulsory to grow a beard in Islam? Did any of our twelve Imams emphasize on growing a beard?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is prohibited to shave the beard, and there are narrations from the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that state this.</p>

Is there any sin in having sexual intercourse in the direction of qibla?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible but disliked.</p>

Why do we pray on the rock? And is it prohibited to pray on carpet like Sunnis without a rock?

<p style="text-align: left;">Prayer is not valid on the carpet since prostration - based on the jurisprudence of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) - must be on natural earth like soil, stones, rocks and similar materials, or on what grows on earth provided that it is not consumed for food or worn as clothing. It is narrated - in both Sunni and Shia books of traditions - that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: "Earth is made for me as a place of prostration and a purifying agent". Some Sunni books of narrations state that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) used to have a piece of cloth in which he put soil in it and he opened it and prostrated on the soil.</p>