Day Questions

Is it possible to change one’s Marja because the first Marja’s verdicts are very difficult to follow in comparison to the second Marja’s verdicts?

After choosing a certain Marja who is qualified to be followed and following him, you should continue following him, until it is proven to you via religious evidence that indicates that there is a more knowledgeable living Mujtahid than the current Mujtahid. It is not permissible to pick verdicts from another Marja just because it suits you.

Many years ago, when I was 12 or 13 years ago, I stole something from my relative. I was immature then, but I know what I did was wrong and deeply regret it. Admitting this to them will create major problems between families. I have sincerely repented from this kind of sun, but is this enough?

You should return what you took from them. If those items are not present, you should give something similar. If this is not possible, then the value of the stolen items should be given. They don’t need to know it’s from you, or that it is you returning what you had stolen.

Is it permitted to buy and consume spawn of fish which have scales?

It is a condition in the permissibility of consuming the eggs of the fish that they are taken from the water alive. If purchasing the spawn is not for the purpose of eating them, then it is permissible to do so even if the fish was not taken from the water alive.

During the prayer, after reciting Surat al-Fatiha, does the second surah have to be decided upon before reciting "Bismillah al Rahman al Raheem"?

Yes, one should decide which chapter to read before reciting the Bismillah. However, the overall choice that originates from repeatedly reciting a particular chapter is sufficient. For instance, if he is used to reciting Surah al-Ikhlas (chapter 112), then it is sufficient if he read it without fully being aware of this decision.