Injection on the Body
Question :

If an injection is applied on the body and it is wiped clean with alcohol, is it necessary to wash this area before praying and change the clothes which have come in contact with the alcohol?

Answer :

Yes, the body and clothes will need to be tahir before offering the prayer.

Death is Inevitable
Question :

Given the death of every creation is predestined, is it permissible to smoke Sheesha, for example, which decreases one’s lifespan?

Answer :

As long as the individual is able to refrain from what could cause his death, he should protect himself. If he did not and performed what led to his death, he will be held accountable for making such decisions.
One’s pre-destined death by Almighty Allah does not make him unaccountable for such negligence towards himself, as long as he is able to prevent himself from the causes of death.

A Lady Pulling out her Hair
Question :

Is there any kaffarah for a lady to pull out her hair in grief and mourning?

Answer :

It is prohibited for the woman to do so. The kaffarah for doing so is either giving ten needy people 900 grams of food each - staple food items such as dates, flour and rice - or clothing them; if neither of these are possible, then she should fast for three consecutive days.

Child's Support
Question :

How are the expenses of the child's upbringing calculated in the Sharia?

Answer :

It is obligatory on the father to support the children by providing them with food and drink, clothes, medicine, housing and all that they need for their living.

Following the Most Knowledgeable
Question :

Is it necessary to follow the most knowledgeable religious scholar?

Answer :

Yes, it is obligatory to follow the most knowledgeable Mujtahid.

Muslim Wedding
Question :

Can we be present at an Islamic wedding, where people are performing Islamic songs?

Answer :

All kinds of songs are prohibited except ones performed by women for women in weddings without the presence of men and without music.
It is permissible to recite nasheeds which would not cause ‘tarab’ in religious ceremonies or social happy gatherings. ‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion.

Muslim Wedding
Question :

Can we be present at an Islamic wedding, where people are performing Islamic songs?

Answer :

All kinds of songs are prohibited except ones performed by women for women in weddings without the presence of men and without music.
It is permissible to recite nasheeds which would not cause ‘tarab’ in religious ceremonies or social happy gatherings. ‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion.

Permission of the Father
Question :

I have made an oath a few years ago but I now regret having made it, and I would like to cancel it since I find it inconvenient to fulfil it. My understanding is that my father can forbid it, then it would be cancelled. Is this true?

Answer :

The oath that is obligatory to fulfil is the one which is preceded by the permission of the father. If the son made the oath without informing his father or getting his permission, it is not obligatory to fulfil it.

Muslim Wife
Question :

If a man who is married to a Muslim wife, contracts temporary marriage with a Christian or Jewish woman without the knowledge or permission of his Muslim wife, will he have committed a sin?

Answer :

The marriage is correct and he has not committed a sin.

The Invitation of a Believer
Question :

If one fasts a recommended fast, and a believer invites him to eat, before or after the time of the Dhuhr prayer, and he does so, does he still get the reward of the fast?

Answer :

It has been reported that if one breaks his recommended fasting because of accepting the invitation of his fellow believer, Almighty Allah will give him the reward of fasting that day.

Qunoot
Question :

How did qunoot come about?

Answer :

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

Facebook
Question :

Facebook is a famous social networking website which has been used by the enemies of Islam in their propagation against Islam and in insulting the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) and the Quran. At the same time it is being used for good propagation and information sharing, and in defending Islam. However, it is argued that it is used more for evil than for good. What is His Eminence's view on this?

Answer :

It is permissible to use it.

Bad Blood
Question :

I have heard that people who have born out of marriage are seen as inheriting 'bad blood', which means they naturally have a "bad blood line"?

Answer :

Those people do not bear the responsibly of their parents' crime. They are judged by almighty Allah just like He judges other people. He said: "He who does wrong will have the recompense thereof" (123:4).

The Diffrence between Khums and Zakat
Question :

Please could you explain why it has become widely circulated that the Shias pay the Khums, while the payment of Zakat is not common amongst them, although I know that they are both equally obligatory?

Answer :

Zakat is among the obligations that have been emphasized by the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Not paying it is considered among the major sins for which Allah has promised hellfire.
The jurists have explained the conditions and rulings about Zakat in their books. Zakat is obligatory on the following three groups of properties:
(1) Gold and silver minted coins.
(2) The four crops: wheat, barley, raisins and dates.
(3) The four livestock: camels, cows, goats and sheep.
Gold and silver coins are not used as tender nowadays, so the Zakat on this group does not apply. The Zakat on the other items are not obligatory unless their quantity reaches a particular threshold, which most people do not possess nowadays. One can see that the application of obligatory Zakat is much less than Khums, which is obligatory on all net income, as Allah has said: “And know that whatever thing you gain, indeed a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the Messenger and for the kinsman and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer” (8:41).The condition of the obligation of Khums, which is the existence of a net income, applies to almost everybody, however little it may be. On the other hand, Zakat is only applicable for those who own at least a particular amount of the mentioned crops and livestock.

The Wives of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him)
Question :

Are the wives of the Prophet included in Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them) according to the 33rd verse of Surah al-Ahzab?

Answer :

The verse does not include the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) since the wife – based on Arabic custom – is not included in the term “household” usually. This term refers to the genealogy of the man and his relatives by blood. It was narrated in the book “Lisan ul-Arab” that Ibn Sayyidah – an expert in Arabic linguistics – stated that the term “ahl” refers to the tribe of the man and his blood relatives. Apparently, this meaning was clear during the first era of Islam, since history did not mention that the aforementioned term is given to the wives by the companions of the Prophet. It was not used by the wives of the Prophet themselves. Aisha – for example – led an army to fight Imam Ali (peace be upon him) and her supporters were trying to gain the support of Muslims by any possible mean. Yet they did not mention that she is a member of the Ahlulbait.
It appears from numerous traditions narrated by Muslims in general that the Messenger of Allah used this phrase to refer to Ali, Hasan, Husain and Fatima (peace be upon them). Ahmed bin Hanbal narrated in his book (Al-Musnad) from Umm Salama that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) told Fatima (peace be upon her), “Call for me your husband and your two sons”. She did so, and he then placed a blanket over them and then he placed his hand over them and said: ”O Lord, these are the Aal of Mohammad, so place your blessings on Mohammad and the Aal of Mohammad. All praise and glory belong to you.” Umm Salama raised the blanket to join with them. The Messenger of Allah prevented her and said: “Your future is good”.
Many other traditions narrated by Sunni scholars mentioned clearly that the noble verse (33:33) was revealed while they were under the blanket.
In addition to that, what some of the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) did clearly indicates that they were not purified from committing sins; some verses of chapter 66 (al-Tahreem) were revealed condemning Aisha and Hafsa since they aided one another against the Messenger of Allah. It was also narrated that one of the Prophet’s wife, Qutaila bint Qais left the religion of Islam after the death of the Prophet and got married to Ikrama bin Abi Jahl.

Spending The Money Before Paying Khums
Question :

If I have £100 on which khums is due on, and I put aside £20 from it as khums to pay it at the end of the year, am I not allowed to spend the remaining £80 before the £20 is paid?

Answer :

When it is possible to pay the khums to whoever deserves it or to the agent, one should hasten to do so. One can use the rest of the money whether he paid the khums or not.

Unemployed
Question :

I am currently unemployed and looking for work. Is khums obligatory on me to pay? Who do I pay it to?

Answer :

Khums is obligatory once a year. It is on what exceeds the expenses during the year. One should refer to an agent of the marji', and determine a fixed yearly time to pay khums after calculating it.

Lying about the Age
Question :

Is it permissible for one to conceal his real age from a group of people even if he is not in danger? Is it considered as lying?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to conceal one’s age, as it is not considered to be lying. Lying is giving false information.
Lying about one's age is Prohibited.

Lying
Question :

Is it permissible to lie to a non-believer?

Answer :

It is not permissible.

Insulting Believers
Question :

What are the Islamic rules about swearing or cursing others?

Answer :

It is prohibited to swear at a believer.