Day Questions

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

It is prohibited to shave the beard, and there are narrations from the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) that state this.

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.

Certain branches of fast-food outlets in the Middle-East advertise the food as Halal, so can we eat in those places?

If one finds it probable that the sold meat produce is slaughtered in a religiously accepted way then it is permissible to consume it. It is not permissible to eat if one knows that they are lying.

What qualification should be imam of congregational and Friday prayers have? Is it necessary that he had studied in the Seminaries of Qum or Najaf?

It is necessary in the imam of the congregational prayers to fulfill certain conditions, such as being adil – i.e. to be adhering to the religions laws – and he should be able to recite correctly, and be aware of the religions laws on what is permissible and prohibited. It is not necessary for the imam of the congregational prayer to have been a student of the seminary of Qum or Najaf or any other seminary.