Qunoot
Question :

How did qunoot come about?

Answer :

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

Unity
Question :

I wanted to ask your viewpoint of Islamic unity with Sunni?

Answer :

There is no doubt that Islam is one religion that was revealed by Almighty Allah to the Seal of Prophets (peace be upon him and his progeny). He suffered much pain and harm in order to deliver the message of Islam to the nation. He directed his nation towards the right direction after his death when he ordered them to guard the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). He guaranteed that if both were adhered to, they will never be misguided. Part of the nation of Islam abandoned the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) and the differences between the nation became a reality. We, as followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) should act upon their teachings and uphold their directions to the right path, while dealing with the rest of the Muslims with good manners and etiquettes, or cause hatred against them, since we all believe in Almighty Allah and His Messenger and the common religious obligations, in order to preserve the general entity of Islam. The teachings of the Imams (peace be upon them) emphasize this in various ways.

Ta'weedh
Question :

Is the ta’weedh allowed in Islam?

Answer :

If the ta’weedh consists of supplications and verses of the Quran, then it is permissible.

Violence
Question :

Does Islam reject violence?

Answer :

Islam stressed on guarding the values of morality, wisdom and dialogue. Almighty Allah said: “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way” 16:125. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: “leniency is not used with anything and not made it better and is not striped from anything and made it worse”. And he also said: “Islam enchains betrayal, so a believer does not betray”. The teachings of Islam stressed on guarding lives and protecting innocent people and to avoid criminal actions and unjustified violence.

The Islamic World and the West
Question :

How do you see the relations of the Islamic world with the west?

Answer :

Presumably, there should be a review of the backgrounds of the past positions and start a new era of relations and sensible dialogue that reserve the legitimate rights and participate in world peace and security away from any extremism and transcendence that used to govern the relations in the past.
We encourage Muslims to present the real Islam and its humane concepts without adopting the attitudes of the Muslim rulers of the past centuries, since those rulers – in general – were like all rulers who care about their own welfare and did not mind using Islam and distorting its image to protect their rule.
We can see the true Islam clearly in the biography of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them) through the many incidents in history. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) refused to use force with those who refused his authority, although he was the legitimate leader, and gave them the chance to express their peaceful opposition. In all his wars, he was not the one to start the fight. We see the same in the life of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him). Although he rose to reform, he did not start the fight with the Umayyad army sent by the ruler of Kufa, Ibn Ziyad. He insisted that he will not be the one to start the fight. Indeed, it was the Umayyad army that started the fight against him.