Duties Towards Neighbor
Question :

what is our obligation towards the neighbor?

Answer :

It is prohibited to harm the neighbors, it is highly recommended to be kind with the neighbors and to deal with them in a good way.

Magic in a Bag
Question :

A few days ago, I was cleaning my terrace where I found a bag in which there were several pieces of paper and threads, which imply magic. What should I do with it?

Answer :

One should look for its owner and give it to him. With despair of finding the owner, one should give it as a charity on the owner’s behalf. If the papers have the name(s) of Allah written on them, one should dispose of them by placing them in a river or the like. You should not be afraid of its effect and depend on Almighty Allah, and recite Ayat-ul-Kursi as it is known that it is beneficial in such cases.

Backbiting
Question : It has been written in your website that it is permissible for believers to commit backbiting in those cases in which the person sins publicly. Does this mean that only criticism in respect of him committing such sins openly can be done, or does backbiting him regarding all his sins and misdeeds become permissible?
Answer : When a person is committing sins openly and in public then his personal sanctity is no longer recognized and his backbiting is then allowed, even in respect to sins that he does not commit in public.
Backbiting
Question : It is prohibited in Islam to backbite a believer; does this apply to a person who says that he is a Muslim when asked but he openly commits sins, such as consuming unlawful food and drink, being in forbidden relationships, etc. Does the prohibition of backbiting apply in respect to him?
Answer : If the believer commits sins openly then it is allowed to backbite and criticize him.
Backbiting
Question : Backbiting is prohibited in Islam. So how can a man raise his voice against a cruel person or tell other people about the wicked nature of any person or system? If the wicked person was an oppressive ruler, is backbiting such a person permitted?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible to backbite a person who is openly committing sins, and amongst the greatest of sins is oppression and aggression.
Playing Chess
Question :

Is playing chess and black gammon, without betting, permissible?

Answer :

It is not permissible to play betting games even if it was without betting.

Playing Cards
Question :

My family and I (father and brothers) play cards just for fun and of course without betting. Please advise me.

Answer :

It is not allowed to play chess, cards or any similar games that are based on competing and making money.

Transgression against believers
Question : I committed a big sin and had sex outside the marriage, and after that I am now not able to concentrate, everything gone upside down, and I am feeling so guilty about myself, only one thing is coming in my mind that I cannot live with this guilty anymore and want to finish myself.
Answer : It is not correct to commit a greater sin because of committing a lighter one, since committing suicide is greater than adultery. You should repent from what you have done as Almighty Allah forgives all sins.

You can guard yourself by getting satisfied through marriage whether it is permanent or temporary. May Allah help you pass this hardship.
Transgression against believers
Question : Are there any cases/situations in which Islam permits suicide?
Answer : Islam does not allow suicide in any way or form.
Stealing
Question :

Before I started practicing Islam and I didn't care about permissible and prohibited things. I used to work for my father and while I was working I unlawfully took some money from his company. 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 couldn't. 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 but it is not a must to tell him what you have done in the past. The monthly payment can be considered part of your repayment to him if you are not contributing but you are paying on his behalf.

Stealing
Question : When I was in school I went to a supermarket with my friends and I stole a magazine, this again was before I was practicing Islam. Now the supermarket isn't there and there is a new one. So, my question is how should I atone for this? Should I give money to charity on their behalf?
Answer : You should look for the shop owner and pay him/her the said amount and you do not need to inform the owner why you are paying when you find him/her. If you could not reach him/her, it is enough to be prepared to pay the owner his/her dues when possible.
Paying the amount as a charity on behalf of the owner when he/she can not be reached is a good thing but it is not mandatory and does not remove the obligation on you to satisfy the owner whenever you can reach him/her.
Could not Find the Owner of a Stolen Item
Question :

What should a person do if he has stolen something and he cannot find the owner? Is it then sufficient if he pays the value in Sadaqa? What if it is a big company or the like, and it is hard to find out how he should pay it back?

Answer :

Yes, it can be paid as charity on behalf of the item’s owner but it is not obligatory if the owner is unknown. It is sufficient to intend to give it back when the owner is found, although it is better to pay it as charity on the owner’s behalf.
If one stole from a big company, then the owner(s) are known. He should turn the item or its value to the manager or deposit the amount in the company's bank account where the owner(s) can access it.

Ingratitude to Parents
Question : If the parents of a person does not want their duty-bound (baligh) son to do something that is recommended and the son does not perform that act in front of them, is he allowed to do it in a way that his parents do not get to know about it and they do not get hurt emotionally? For example, the parents tell the son not to go to the mosque and pray in congregation, can the son go in a way that his parents do not get to know about it and they do not get hurt emotionally?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible for him to do so without them knowing.
Ingratitude to Parents
Question : What can you advise me if my parents forbade me to pray?
Answer : It is not obligatory to obey them in this matter. One must offer the prayers. One can compensate this disobedience to them by pleasing them in being good to them in matters that do not contravene the Islamic laws.
Parents
Question :

If the tradition that Paradise is under the feet of mothers is authentic, how can it be understood? Does it mean that the mother of a child has more rights to her child than the father, for example?

Answer :

The mentioned tradition does not mean that the mother has more rights over the child than the father. Some narrations indicate that being good to the mother is more emphasized than being good to the father.

Father's Obedience
Question :

Is it obligatory to obey one’s father in choosing a wife for marriage?

Answer :

Disobeying the parents in such a matter is not considered as ingratitude (Uqooq), but one should refrain from breaking the relationship with them because of such an issue.

Mother Does not Wear Hijab
Question :

My mother does not wear Hijab. Whenever I advise her on this matter, she gets angry with me and does not listen. Is it permissible for me to stop advising her?

Answer :

If she does not accept your advice, then you may stop advising her. You should know that her continuation in committing sins does not remove the obligation on you to be dutiful to her and treat her well as a mother, since it is obligatory to be dutiful to the parents whether they are pious or not.
When you treat her nicely – in accordance to the religion teachings – she might feel the mercy and goodness in the religious teachings, which may become a reason for her guidance and obedience to the religious obligations and duties in the future.

Rights of Parents
Question :

I want to become a religious scholar and acquire religious education, but my parents are not happy and want me to continue secular education. Is it obligatory on me to obey my parents in this situation?

Answer :

It is not obligatory to obey the father. What is obligatory is to be dutiful to him and to have a good relationship with him. Nevertheless, we advise you to convince him and take his permission as much as is possible as this is one of the means of receiving divine blessings.

Permission
Question : My mother has recently told me that if I do something – which the Sharia clearly allows – she will not forgive me and ask Allah Almighty not to forgive me as well. Would I be committing a sin if I disobeyed her, considering that the act is allowed by the Sharia?
Answer : It is not obligatory to obey your mother in all what she asks from you. However, it is obligatory to be dutiful with her and deal with her nicely.
Parents
Question :

If a person's parents used to be wrong-doers, but now have repented, but the son's memories of how they used to wrong people enrages him, what would be his position on the Day of Judgment because of his feelings?

Answer :

One should deal with their parents in a kind and dutiful way, even if they have committed bad deeds in the past.