The Seventh Annual Summer Camp

The Seventh Annual Summer Camp
The religious propagation department in the office of his iminence is conducting its seventh Summer Camp for the Muslim youths of non-Muslim countries, in order to spread religious awareness amongst them. The participants will be taught various subjects, such as the Islamic beliefs, laws, history, the Quran, etc., in the Arabic language. For further information, please visit the following link:

Day Questions

Can a man shave his mustache and beard? Is your ruling based on Ihtiyaat - precaution?

It is not permissible to shave the beard as a verdict and not as a precaution. It is not permissible to follow others as long as the ruling is a verdict and not a precaution. It is permissible to shave the mustache and it is sufficient to leave a little bit of hair as a beard.

What is the opinion of his Eminence in regards to Wilayat al Faqih? Does he believe in absolute or limited Wilayat?

His eminence (may Allah prolong his life) does not believe in the absolute guardianship of the religious jurist.

Are Druze and Alawites considered Muslims or not?

They do not usually declare their beliefs, but if they believe in Islam and in the two testimonies, then they are considered as Muslims. If they believe in the divinity of other than Allah, then they are non-Muslims.

What is the wisdom behind having so many Marjas instead of just having one?

Referring to the religious jurists in finding the rulings of the Sharia is one of concepts which have certain limitations and conditions, for which one must refer to the religious legislator, Almighty Allah. The religious texts explain the general qualities of the scholars whom one should refer to. This concept was implemented during the time of the Imams (peace be upon them) themselves, who guided the believers to refer to certain scholars amongst the disciples in various parts of the Muslim world. The followers of the Ahlulbait continued for the subsequent generations to refer to the scholars who fulfilled the criteria described by the Imams (peace be upon them). Since there are more than one scholar who fulfills these qualities, the individual should refer to the one who is most knowledgeable, and determining this is a subjective task for each individual. Therefore, the believers will naturally come to different conclusions and have different Marjas to follow.

If I doubt whether I have missed a prayer or not, is it possible to offer the qadha of that prayer with the intention that if I did not actually miss it, it will be offered as a recommended (nafilah) prayer.

Such an intention is not correct. However, one can offer the prayer with the intention of fulfilling one’s obligation, so if he did not actually miss the prayer, he will gain the rewards of submission to Almighty Allah in removing any doubts about his obligation.