Day Questions

Some people claim that both the Sunni and Shia authentic books of ahadith contain such narrations from which it is proved that the Holy Quran present in our houses is not exactly that Quran that was revealed upon the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny). Is there any truth to this?

The mentioned narrations are rejected by Shias and Sunnis, which suggests the lack of credibility in these traditions. Muslims were paying attention since the very early days of Islam in memorizing the Holy Book, reciting it, teaching it and spreading it. It was reported that the month of Ramadan is the spring season of the Holy Book, referring to the best time of the year. It was a common practice to recite the entire Quran during this month. Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (peace be upon him) recited the Holy Book ten times during the holy month. It was also narrated that Imam Ali Al-Ridha (peace be upon him) did the same. Since the earliest days of Islam, there were certain reciters who specialized in the recitation of the Quran and they taught it to others. As such, the Book was widespread amongst the Muslims in general, not to any special class in the Muslim society, and they went to great lengths to preserve the words of the Quran without any changes and alterations. All of this indicates that the Holy Quran which we currently have, reached us from generation after generation. Therefore, the claim that you refer to in your question is meaningless and rejected.

What is the position of smoking cigarette, since it has real side effect, and WHO - World Health Organization - warns that Tobacco smoker are liable to die young?

Smoking cigarettes is not prohibited since it is not prohibited to consume harmful things. Yes, it is prohibited to consume what leads to direct and immediate major harm to the human's health like getting sick with incurable kind of disease or lose of an organ or death.

If I am sitting in a place in a cafe and a person is sitting with me with wine or beer, should I go away from that particular place because he has an alcoholic drink?

You should not use same dining table with a person drinking alcohol. If you and that person are dining separately – e.g. you are both using separate trays – but using the same table, or happening to be in the same place, then it is not obligatory to avoid the table.

What is the ruling if I forget Tashahhud in the second rak’a and realize after getting up?

If he forgets the first Tashahhud and remembers it before the bowing (ruku') of the next rak’ah, he should return to sit immediately and perform the Tashahhud; he should also perform the prostrations of forgetfulness, after the prayer. If he remembers that he missed it after the Ruku, he should continue the prayers and he should make the Tashahhud up within the prostrations of forgetfulness.