Funeral of Non-Muslims
Question : Can I go to the funeral of my non-Muslim friend?
Answer : It is permissible for the purpose of good companionship.
The Obligation of Work
Question :

When is it obligatory for a man to work?

Answer :

It is obligatory for a man to support himself and his dependents, and if he cannot support them without work, then he must work.

Exposing the Neck
Question :

I always cover my hair and sometimes my neck gets exposed; is it haram or not?

Answer :

It is obligatory to cover the neck in the presence of non-Mahram.

Parents
Question :

I find it difficult to obey and treat my grandparents exactly like my parents and sometimes behave wrongly with them, while I do not do bad with my parents. Is the status in Islam of grandparents same as the parents?

Answer :

Although it is not obligatory to treat the grandparents in the manner one should treat the parents, and the strong ties that one has with his parents may not be with one’s grandparents too, there is no doubt that one should deal with the grandparents in a good manner.

Non-Shia Muslim
Question :

Is it permissible for non-Shias to make use of your edicts without becoming Shia Muslims?

Answer :

Our edicts are based on the teachings of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) through the narrations that reached us in reliable ways, which all Muslims are required to act upon. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) ordered the nation of Islam to refer to the Ahlulbait and follow them in the famous well-known narration that is reported by numerous ways in the books of Shias and Sunnis: "I leave among you the two weighty things: the Book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided."
Acting upon this narration, as well as other similar narrations, to follow the AhlulBait is not obligatory on the Shias only, but it is an obligation on all Muslims.

Non-Shia Muslim
Question :

Is it permissible for non-Shias to make use of your edicts without becoming Shia Muslims?

Answer :

Our edicts are based on the teachings of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) through the narrations that reached us in reliable ways, which all Muslims are required to act upon. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) ordered the nation of Islam to refer to the Ahlulbait and follow them in the famous well-known narration that is reported by numerous ways in the books of Shias and Sunnis: "I leave among you the two weighty things: the Book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided."
Acting upon this narration, as well as other similar narrations, to follow the AhlulBait is not obligatory on the Shias only, but it is an obligation on all Muslims.

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.

Forced to Divorce
Question :

If a person’s life is threatened and is forced to give a divorce, is this divorce valid according to religious parameters?

Answer :

If he was forced to divorce his wife solely because of the threat, then the divorce is invalid. If he decided to divorce her willingly because he was convinced that continuing the relation with his wife would lead to trouble as a result of the current circumstances of the marriage, then the divorce is valid.

Missed Prayers
Question :

If someone has missed fasts during the month of Ramadan and missed prayers as well, he should make up the fasts before the next Ramadan. Does he have to make the prayers before the next Ramadan as well?

Answer :

One must make up the missed prayers, whether they were missed during the holy months or not. They should be made up as long as he is able to do so. There is no designated time for it. So, the make-up can be delayed, but it should not be considered as neglection of the orders of Almighty Allah.

Animal Sacrifice
Question :

Is it obligatory to give one-third of the sacrificial animal as charity?

Answer :

It is not obligatory to give one-third of the sacrificed animal to charity; it is recommended to do so.

Muddy Water
Question :

Is muddy water or water containing sugar and salt sufficient for making oneself tahir from najasah?

Answer :

It is possible to use water to make things tahir, if the percentage of salt, sugar and mud in it is so low that it is still conventionally called water.

Paying Back Stolen Money
Question :

When I was younger and did not care about what is permissible or not, I took some money from my father’s company, while I was working for him. Do I have to admit this to him?
I took out a loan for my father and he was supposed to pay it back in a year but he could not. So if I agree to make the repayments every month instead of him paying it, can I repay him in this way without telling him that I took money from him all those years ago? Or should I tell him?

Answer :

You should pay back what you have taken from him, and it is not necessary for you tell him what you had done in the past. The monthly payments can be considered as repayments to him, if you are paying on his behalf, rather than contributing.

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.

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 tobacco, 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.

Tearing One's Clothes
Question :

Is it prohibited to tear one’s clothes? And is there any kaffarah if one does it?

Answer :

It is prohibited for the man to tear his clothes in mourning over his child or wife, and the kaffarah for doing so is 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 he should fast for three consecutive days.
Tearing the clothes for other than that is not prohibited, like a man tearing his clothes in mourning for his brother, or a woman tearing her clothes in mourning her husband, son, or brother.

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.