Non-Shia Muslim
Question :

Is it permissible for non-Shias to make use of your edicts without becoming Shia Muslims?

Answer :

Our edicts are based on the teachings of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) through the narrations that reached us in reliable ways, which all Muslims are required to act upon. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) ordered the nation of Islam to refer to the Ahlulbait and follow them in the famous well-known narration that is reported by numerous ways in the books of Shias and Sunnis: "I leave among you the two weighty things: the Book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided."
Acting upon this narration, as well as other similar narrations, to follow the AhlulBait is not obligatory on the Shias only, but it is an obligation on all Muslims.

Non-Shia Muslim
Question :

Is it permissible for non-Shias to make use of your edicts without becoming Shia Muslims?

Answer :

Our edicts are based on the teachings of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) through the narrations that reached us in reliable ways, which all Muslims are required to act upon. The Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) ordered the nation of Islam to refer to the Ahlulbait and follow them in the famous well-known narration that is reported by numerous ways in the books of Shias and Sunnis: "I leave among you the two weighty things: the Book of Allah and my progeny; as long as you follow both of them, you will never be misguided."
Acting upon this narration, as well as other similar narrations, to follow the AhlulBait is not obligatory on the Shias only, but it is an obligation on all Muslims.

Hatred to Non-Muslims
Question :

I am a Christian living in the United States. I am curious as to why so many Muslims hate Christians. I have been to many Islamic Web sites on the internet, but no one can answer this Question. I have spoken with a Muslim friend who grew up in Saudi, and he told me about his education and what is taught to young children. It seems to me that what is taught is hatred towards Christians and Jews. How is this Justified?

Answer :

What you have mentioned in the Muslims’ hatred for Christians and Jews does not represent Islam’s position towards the Abrahamic religions. It is rather the result of political conflicts and manoeuvring, where disputes are made to look like they are between religions. It is unfortunate that politicians use anything they can for their own agendas, even religion, which is a set of values and ideals expressed with affection, peace and justice. The followers of the Abrahamic religions used to live side by side with Muslims in history, and there was peaceful coexistence between them. These relationships were only disturbed by political frictions, and had nothing to do with religion.

Spending The Money Before Paying Khums
Question :

If I have £100 on which khums is due on, and I put aside £20 from it as khums to pay it at the end of the year, am I not allowed to spend the remaining £80 before the £20 is paid?

Answer :

When it is possible to pay the khums to whoever deserves it or to the agent, one should hasten to do so. One can use the rest of the money whether he paid the khums or not.

Weekly Salary
Question :

I know that when a person receives income then he has to pay one-fifth of it after expenses for the year. However, if I receive a weekly salary and I pay the khums from it every week, have I paid the obligatory khums for the year?

Answer :

If one pays khums every week from his weekly salary, then he does not have to pay khums at end of the khums year. If he did not do so, as he is permitted to delay the payment of khums until the end of the khums year, then he can pay the khums from the remainder of his earnings after the payment of the yearly expenses.

Unemployed
Question :

I am currently unemployed and looking for work. Is khums obligatory on me to pay? Who do I pay it to?

Answer :

Khums is obligatory once a year. It is on what exceeds the expenses during the year. One should refer to an agent of the marji', and determine a fixed yearly time to pay khums after calculating it.

Calculations of Khums
Question :

I work and I do not know how to pay the khums out of my money. I get £300 every week; do I pay khums every week, every month, or after I pay my expenses?

Answer :

It is obligatory on every duty-bound individual to determine a khums fiscal year and calculate the remaining money after covering his expenses and pay the fifth of the remainder.

Limitations
Question :

What are the limitations on looking at and speaking to a woman that I wish to marry?

Answer :

It is permissible to look in the normal conventional way, but it must be without sexual enjoyment.

Before Marriage
Question :

I would like to marry a religious girl, but it is difficult to ascertain whether a particular girl is religious or not by a visit or a couple of visits. What do you suggest?

Answer :

You can find out about how religious and chaste a girl is by asking her relatives and friends, and by asking about her family in general.

Refusal of Getting Married
Question :

If a person does not want to marry anyone, and performs the rest of his religious duties properly and also protects himself from sin, is it fine to live like this? Or is it compulsory to marry?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to live like that as marriage is highly recommended and not compulsory, although Islam strongly recommends it in many narrations, like when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "There is no deed in Islam that Almighty Allah loves more than marriage."

Muslim Wife
Question :

If a man who is married to a Muslim wife, contracts temporary marriage with a Christian or Jewish woman without the knowledge or permission of his Muslim wife, will he have committed a sin?

Answer :

The permission of the wife in the said case is required based on compulsory precaution.

What is it?
Question :

Please explain to me the contract of temporary marriage (Mutah).

Answer :

Mutah is a marriage contract between a man and a woman where they agree on establishing a marital relationship with the stipulation of a dower, for a certain period of time. The said relation ends when the mentioned time elapses. Muslims have agreed on this legislation, but the second caliph prohibited it during his caliphate, and this became the reason for the differences in opinion on it, as history and jurisprudential books explained.

The Guardian
Question :

Who is the girl's guardian?

Answer :

He is the father and the paternal grandfather.

Wife Gives Permission
Question :

If a Muslim man is married temporarily to a Muslim woman, is it permissible for him to enter into temporary marriage with a Christian woman if the Muslim wife gives permission for such?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible based on the said scenario.

Things that can be a Dower
Question :

What kind of things can the dowry (mahr) be in an Islamic marriage?

Answer :

Anything that has a value and is permissible to earn from, by selling or leasing for instance, can be set as dowry, even if it is a little. It can be a tangible item, or a debt that is becomes liable for, or a service, such as to sew a garment or recite the Quran.
As for those things which are not permissible to make one’s earning by, such as musical instruments or pigs, it is not permissible to make them the dowry.

Christians beliefs
Question :

Are Trinitarian Christians polytheists?

Answer :

The followers of this belief are considered tahir, and all rulings that apply to Christians apply to them.

Sexual Desire
Question :

Does temptation and the feeling of sexual desire towards a woman require ghusl of janaba?

Answer :

Ghusl does not become obligatory because of this.

Intention
Question :

Before ablution I recite the intention by saying "I intend to perform wudhu for the sake of Allah". Is this correct?

Answer :

Intention is one of the conditions of the wudhu, but it is not obligatory to recite it. The intention is an act of the heart and not verbal.

The Witr Prayer
Question :

Is it permissible to offer the prayer of Witr in the sitting manner?

Answer :

The obligatory prayers must be offered while standing with the ability and freedom of choice, and it is not obligatory to offer them while standing with a justifiable excuse. Recommended prayers like the Witr prayer can be offered in sitting position, however it is recommended to offer it in two rak'as then.

Rubbing the Hands
Question :

Is it allowed to rub one's hands on one's face after Qunoot in obligatory prayers?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible, but it was reported in texts narrated by the Ahlul-bait (peace be upon them) that it is not recommended.