Day Questions

Is there any Islamic teaching regarding on how to manage the baby placenta after birth? Does it need to be buried?

It is not obligatory to bury it. It is considered najis based on an obligatory precaution.

Can a Shia girl marry with a Nasibi?

Based on an obligatory precaution, it is unlawful for the Shia female to marry a Nasibi man. A Nasibi is the one who bears enmity with the Imams of the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them). It is permissible to marry the girl to a member of another Muslim sect, other than the Nasibis. However, this is prohibited in the case of fear that the Shia woman may be misguided because of such a marriage, although the marriage contract is considered to be correct and valid.

Is it permissible to eat at western based fast-food chains in Muslim countries?

If they use meat from non-Muslim countries, then it is not permissible to eat there. If they use meat from Muslim countries, then it is permissible.

If I have an intention between midnight and dawn to make a long journey in the month of Ramadan, should I begin fasting after dawn?

If the person intended before dawn to travel that day, and he travelled before zawal time (the time halfway between sunrise and sunset), it is permissible to break the fast during such a travel. If he did not break his fast during such a travel and came back before Zawal, he must renew the intention and continue the fast.<br>If he did not intend at night to travel but intended after dawn to travel, he is not permitted to break his fast and his fast in valid.

I have been working and I was not able to make any savings from my earning, except that in the month of Dhil-Qa’dah I saved some money and I anticipate saving some money the following months too. Will I pay my religious dues for the Islamic year (Muharram-Dhil-Hijjah) even if I only just started to save some money, or will I pay them when a year passes from obtaining the savings (i.e. next Dhil-Qa’dah)?

If the beginning of Muharram is the first day of your khums fiscal year then khums is payable at the end of Dhil-Hijjah, even if you started saving in Dhil-Qa’dah and did not save anything before that. The khums fiscal year begins when one gains any money in his life, even when he was a child. If you know that day then this is when you pay khums on any profit that remains unspent, even if you received the money days before this date. If you do not know that day exactly, then you should refer to the religious authority, i.e. the marji that you follow or his agents, to determine a day to be the start of your khums fiscal year.

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