Prayer in Usurped Area
Question :

I offered the prayer in an usurped place without knowing that it is actually usurped. Is my prayer valid?

Answer :

Yes, it is valid provided that other conditions of the prayer are fulfilled, such as the intention of seeking closeness to Almighty Allah.

Covering the Hair During Prayers
Question :

Is it permissible if sometimes a bit of hair shows during prayer from underneath the headscarf of a woman?

Answer :

Women must cover their hair entirely during prayer; the prayer is valid if she noticed after the prayer that a bit of hair was not covered during the prayer.

Prayer on a Usurped Place
Question :

A person is a tenant of a property owned by a Shia Waqf organization. That person refuses to pay the agreed rent amount. Can such a person offer prayers in his house where the arrears are still outstanding and are such prayers valid?

Answer :

If the said property is used by a person without paying its due rent then he is considered as a ghasib (usurper) and the prayer in such a place - if he is attentive of the fact that it is prohibited - is void.

Prayer
Question :

Is it permissible to offer prayers without a shirt?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Covering the Head
Question :

Is it obligatory to cover our head when offering prayer?

Answer :

It is not obligatory for men to cover their heads during prayer.

Perfume During Prayer
Question :

Is my prayer valid if the perfume that includes alcohol just touches my clothes?

Answer :

Alcohol is Najis if it causes intoxication and the prayers is void when the clothes become Najis with alcohol or any other kind of Najasah. Yes, if the person does not know that alcohol is Najis, then the prayer is valid.

Time of Morning Prayer
Question :

When does the time for Morning Prayer end?

Answer :

The time for Morning Prayer does not end until sunrise.

Prayer in the Outdoor
Question :

Sometimes, when I am travelling or commuting, I have to pray on the outdoors somewhere by the street; otherwise the prayer time will end. Is this permissible?

Answer :

It is permissible to offer the prayer in the streets, but one should take off his shoes.

Praying in the Same Room
Question :

If a man and a woman are praying in the same room, how far apart they must be from each other.

Answer :

It is permissible for the man and woman to pray next to each other, although it is disliked. Such dislike can be avoided when the position of the man is ahead of the woman, in such a way that when she prostrates her forehead would be adjacent to his knees. It is better that the man's position is ahead of that of the woman's by a distance of a step.

Prayer on Top of the Ka'ba
Question :

What is your ruling regarding offering the prayer on the top of Ka'ba or inside it?

Answer :

It is permissible in both of the mentioned cases.

Prostrating on the Rock
Question :

Why do we pray on the rock? And is it prohibited to pray on carpet like Sunnis without a rock?

Answer :

Prayer is not valid on the carpet since prostration - based on the jurisprudence of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) - must be on natural earth like soil, stones, rocks and similar materials, or on what grows on earth provided that it is not consumed for food or worn as clothing. It is narrated - in both Sunni and Shia books of traditions - that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) said: "Earth is made for me as a place of prostration and a purifying agent". Some Sunni books of narrations state that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) used to have a piece of cloth in which he put soil in it and he opened it and prostrated on the soil.

Najis Clothes During Prayers
Question :

Is it permissible to keep a Najis cloth, which has become Najis due to blood, urine, or semen, etc., in a pocket while offering prayers?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to do so.

Redness in the Sky
Question :

Is the lack of redness in the sky one of the signs of the time of Maghrib?

Answer :

The time of Maghrib prayer is the setting of the sun. If there is doubt about it, then one should wait till he is certain that the sun has set. The disappearance of the redness in the eastern sky is an indication that the sun has indeed set.

Best time for the Prayer
Question :

What is the method to determine the best time for Fajr (Morning) Prayer?

Answer :

It is best to perform the Fajr prayer immediately after the break of dawn.

The Turbah with the Name of Imam Hussein
Question :

Is it permissible to prostrate on a Turbah that bears the name of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) or the image of his shrine?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

The Color of the Turbah
Question :

If the color of the Sajda-gah (Soil of Karbala on which we bow our head in front of God) is changed, Can we pray on it and is the prayer valid?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to prostrate on it.

Isha Prayer timing
Question :

If I offer the Maghrib prayer immediately after sunset, can I offer the Isha prayer immediately afterwards?

Answer :

Yes, you can.

Prescribed time for Dhuhrayn and Maghribayn prayers
Question :

What is the prescribed time for Dhuhrayn and Maghribayn prayers, and when does it become obligatory to perform them as Qadha?

Answer :

The Dhuhr and Asr prescribed time ends at sunset. The Maghrib and Isha prescribed time ends in the middle of the night, which is the halfway point between sunset and fajr time. Beyond this time, the prayers should be offered with the intention of Qadha (making up lapsed prayers). However, if the Maghrib and Isha prayers have not been offered in their prescribed times due to forgetfulness or sleeping until the middle of the night, then their time is extended until Fajr time, and once Fajr time enters they will become lapsed and will need to be offered as Qadha.

Prayer
Question :

There is a scholar in my city who I consider reliable, who prepares prayer time tables for those in the city. Is it sufficient to depend on his timings?

Answer :

If his information leads to you having sure knowledge of the time of the prayer, then you can rely on his timetable.

Prostrating on Rough Sand
Question :

Is it allowed to prostrate on rough sand or it must be rigid?

Answer :

It is permissible to prostrate during prayers on sand whether it is rough or rigid.