The Private Parts
Question :

What is the private parts of a female that must be hidden from the view of another female?

Answer :

They are the vagina and the anus.

Using Razors by females
Question :

Is it permissible for females to use razor blades to shave their body hair?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Cosmetics
Question :

What do Muslims think about cosmetics? What kind of cosmetics can they use?

Answer :

There is no specific kind that is forbidden to use. However, it is unlawful for a woman to reveal her beauty in the presence of non-mahram men, except for the kohl applied on eyes and the ring on the finger.

Reciting the Names of the Infallibles
Question :

Is it permissible to recite the names of the infallibles (peace be upon them) just after the prayers?

Answer :

Yes, it is recommended to offer the Salam on every one of them (peace be upon them) after the prayers.

Paying the Zakat to an Appointed Person
Question :

Is it permissible for Zakat to be given to a particular appointed person in the Community? What if the appointed person or group does not spend the Zakat money as per Islamic guidelines, can we pay them the Zakat?

Answer :

It is permissible to give the zakat to the appointed person if he is trustworthy to pass it to whoever deserves it. If one is not sure of his trustworthiness, his payment of Zakat to him is invalid.

Gas Incontinence
Question :

When a person has gas incontinence, is he supposed to perform one wudhu for every prayer? Or can he perform one wudhu for two prayers if they are performed together one after the other?

Answer :

If he has a specific period in which he can perform the wudhu and the prayer without passing wind, he should wait for it and perform the wudhu and prayer within this period.
If he does not have such a period, then he should perform the ablution before the prayer and offer the prayer, and when he passes wind during the prayer, he should suspend the prayer and perform the wudhu and continue where he stopped. Based on an obligatory precaution he should not do anything that invalidates the prayer when performing this wudhu, such as talking and the like. However, in such a situation if one does anything that conflicts with the form of the prayer or turns away from Qibla, for the purposes of performing wudhu, it will not invalidate the prayer. If one has such a condition, he should make appropriate preparations to ensure that the acts of wudhu during the prayer are minimal.

Wiping All Toes
Question :

Do all toes need to be wiped during in wudhu, or just the last toe?

Answer :

It suffices in the correctness of the wudhu to perform what is considered as wiping, even if it is on one toe.

Washing the Necessary Parts
Question :

If one thought that he was washing the necessary parts of the wudhu, but years later realized that he had been missing some of them, is it obligatory on him to repeat all of those prayers that he performed with this wudhu?

Answer :

If one doubts the correctness of the wudhu but at the same it is probable that he washed the necessary parts without intending to do so, then he can assume that the wudhu is in order and he does not need to repeat the prayer. If he knows that he did not wash a necessary part of the wudhu, then it is invalid and he must repeat the prayers that he performed with such wudhu.

Eid
Question : Is it obligatory to pray Eid Prayer?
Answer : Eid prayer is not obligatory in our time but recommended.
Doubts in Washing Properly
Question :

During wudhu, I always become doubtful as to whether I am doing the washing properly e.g. whether or not I am wiping my arms in a manner where it is reaching everywhere, which leads me to be very meticulous in my wudhu. May I ignore this doubt?

Answer :

If the doubt is conventionally normal, and not a type of waswasah, one should pay attention to it, and therefore wash until he is certain that during the washings the water has reached all parts of the face or arm. If the doubt is a type of waswasah, then one should ignore it.

Eid prayers
Question : Is it allowed for an imam of congregational prayers to offer Eid prayer in more than one place or in the same place more than once?
Answer : It is permissible to do so with the hope that it is desired by Almighty High.
Definition of Waswasa
Question :

The problem with people with waswasa in wudhu is that they do not distinguish between waswasa and normal doubt. So how can one define waswasa so it can be ignored?

Answer :

One can recognise waswasa by some signs, like when one is having his doubts in situations much more than other people in similar situations. Also, one can determine it when his inner feeling is that the religious worship is correct, but he still has worries and tensions that prevent him from accepting his internal certainty.

Obeying the Parents
Question :

Is it obligatory for the son to obey his parents?

Answer :

It is obligatory for the son (or the daughter) to obey the parents if the disobedience leads to ‘uqooq’, i.e. it is considered an offense and aggression against them. It is also obligatory to obey them if the son (or the daughter) expect that his disobedience would cause harm to them. Otherwise, it is not obligatory to obey the parents, although it is better to do so anyway.

Mad Husband
Question :

After marriage, the wife came to know that her husband is mad. Could you please advise me whether that marriage was valid? If it is valid, can the wife demand a divorce from her side?

Answer :

The wife has the right to annul the marriage due to the insanity of the husband, whether he was insane before the marriage or became so after it.

Commentary of Quran
Question : Can you refer to me an authentic commentary of the Quran for understanding the Holy Book in the light of teachings of the Prophet and His Progeny?
Answer : Scholars have authored many commentaries of the Holy Quran that depended on the traditions of the Imams (peace be upon them), like Tafseer al-Qummi, and like Tafseer al-Burhan in which the author combined all the traditions of the Ahlul-Bayt, also Majma’-ul-Bayan in which the author Sheikh Tabrasi repeatedly mentioned the traditions of the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) with respect to the Quranic commentary.
Weekly Salary
Question :

I know that when a person receives income then he has to pay one-fifth of it after expenses for the year. However, if I receive a weekly salary and I pay the khums from it every week, have I paid the obligatory khums for the year?

Answer :

If one pays khums every week from his weekly salary, then he does not have to pay khums at end of the khums year. If he did not do so, as he is permitted to delay the payment of khums until the end of the khums year, then he can pay the khums from the remainder of his earnings after the payment of the yearly expenses.

Limitations
Question :

What are the limitations on looking at and speaking to a woman that I wish to marry?

Answer :

It is permissible to look in the normal conventional way, but it must be without sexual enjoyment.

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.

Before Marriage
Question :

I would like to marry a religious girl, but it is difficult to ascertain whether a particular girl is religious or not by a visit or a couple of visits. What do you suggest?

Answer :

You can find out about how religious and chaste a girl is by asking her relatives and friends, and by asking about her family in general.

The Imamate of the Ahlulbait
Question :

How can we prove the imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) from the Holy Quran?

Answer :

The imamate of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) can be proven from the holy Quran by a number of ways.
Amongst them:
- "Your guardian can be only Allah, and His messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor due while bowing down (in prayer)." (Quran 5:55) This verse was revealed at the incident where Imam Ali (peace be upon him) gave his ring as charity while he was bowing in prayer. The verse joined his guardianship to the guardianship of the messenger of Allah, which is the leadership of the Muslim nation, i.e. the Imamate.
- "Nor does he speak of (his own) desire" (Quran 53:3). The verse indicates that what the Prophet says is from Almighty Allah. The orders of the Prophet were to follow his household when he said in this commonly known narration: “I leave among you the two weighty things: the book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you are attached to them both, you will never be misguided." The Prophet also ordered us to follow Imam Ali in the famous narration of Ghadeer: "Whosoever’s master I am, Ali is his master." In another narration, the Prophet said: "Ali is your master after my demise," and many more narrations.