Day Questions

If somebody was fasting and intended to break his fast – for example if somebody decided that he cannot continue the fast and poured some water to drink – but then changed his mind and decided to fast again, is his fast still valid or not?

If he broke the intention of fasting and decided to break the fast, even if he did not actually break it, his fast is void and he has to make it up. However, he should still refrain from the things that break the fast – such as eating and drinking – for the rest of that day. He does not have to pay kaffara.

How did qunoot come about?

The scholars of the Shia school of the thought unanimously agree that the qunoot is recommended in all obligatory prayers. This is proven by many narrations of the Imams (peace be upon them), and it is narrated in some narrations of Sunnis as well.

To me, all the mujtahids are equally knowledgeable and God-fearing, and I cannot distinguish between them. What should I do?

It is not possible for non-expert Muslim to find out the most knowledgeable and God-fearing, he should refer to the experts to determine this. If you could not ascertain the most knowledgeable, or the most God-fearing, based on what the experts inform you, then you can choose one of marjas and follow his edicts.