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Is it permissible to offer the prayer of Witr in the sitting manner?
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.
Is it allowed to rub one's hands on one's face after Qunoot in obligatory prayers?
Yes, it is permissible, but it was reported in texts narrated by the Ahlul-bait (peace be upon them) that it is not recommended.
I understand that it is a condition of prayer that the body should be steady before reciting Dhikr in the bowing, and scholars have emphasized this point saying that prayer is void without this. What exactly is meant by steadiness?
There is nothing more required than being steady in the conventional and natural sense.
Can I recite one verse or a few verses of the Quran after Al-Fatiha in the prayers?
One must recite one full chapter after Al-Fatiha in obligatory prayers. Reciting one verse or a few verses is not sufficient. It is sufficient to do so in recommended prayers.
Is it permissible for me to recite two Surahs after Surah al Fatiha?
Based on an obligatory precaution, one should only recite one Surah after Surah al-Fatiha. But one can recite a further Surah if it is not intended to be a part of the prayers, but just as additional recitation of the Holy Quran.
I am a Muslim Shia. I am planning on marrying a Muslim girl who became a Shia recently. She is willing to learn more about our rulings of prayers. Can you explain to me?
The detailed rulings on the prayer is mentioned in the books of religious rulings and edicts. We can point out some differences to consider, like the following:
a) Reciting the ‘Bismillah…’ in the chapter of al-Fatiha.
b) Reciting one full chapter after the chapter of Fatiha, including ‘Bismillah…’
c) Prostrating on earth or what grows on it, provided that it is not consumed for food , or worn as clothing.
d) Wiping the feet in wudhu, instead of washing them.
e) Wiping the head and feed with the wetness of the wudhu from washing the arms.
f) In performing obligatory Ghusl, it is a condition to start with the head.
When reciting a surah after Surah al-Fatiha in the first two Raka’at, do the Surahs have to be in ascending order or in any order? Could I read Surah al-Ikhlas in the first rak’a and Surah al-Kawthar in the second, or vice-versa?
Yes, it is permissible, and there is no obligatory order.
Is any dhikr permissible in bowing and prostration?
It is sufficient in the bowing position to recite "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih", or "Subhanallah" three times. It is also sufficient to recite any sort of "dhikr" that consists of praising Allah, like "Alhamdulillah" thrice, reciting Takbir thrice or reciting "La Ilaha Illallah" thrice, provided that the said is equivalent to "Subhanallah" three times. The same applies to prostration except that "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" is to be recited instead of "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih". But, it is not sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Aala wa bi-Hamdih" in bowing, nor is it sufficient to recite, "Subhana Rabbiyal-Adheem wa bi-Hamdih" in prostration.
Is it permissible to recite the names of the infallibles (peace be upon them) just after the prayers?
Yes, it is recommended to offer the Salam on every one of them (peace be upon them) after the prayers.
Which takbeers are obligatory and which are recommended in prayers?
The obligatory takbeer is only the takbeerat'ul-ihtam. The rest of the takbeers are recommended and not obligatory.
While doing the prostration in a prayer, is it prohibited or disliked (makrooh) to touch the elbow on the ground?
It is permissible and not disliked.
Is it allowed to recite any dua in the Arabic language when one is performing an obligatory prayer?
Yes, it is permissible, and it is permissible to do so in any language.
In prostration, is it obligatory that only the big toes should be on the ground, not the smaller ones, so we should lift up the smaller toes?
It is sufficient that the tip of the big toe is placed on the ground in prostration.
If a woman in her menstrual period hears the verse with the obligatory prostration, is she obligated to perform the prostration? Is it possible to do so without a hijab, and on a carpet?
Yes, it is obligatory on her to prostrate when hearing the verse of prostration. It is permissible without hijab, and based on an obligatory precaution it should 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.
If a woman considers that offering prayers with hands closed on the breast is obligatory or recommended, then is her prayer valid?
If the woman did this while not being aware of its being wrong, then this does not affect the validity of her prayers. If she was aware that it is not legislated and insisted on doing this then the prayer is invalid.
If the verse of prostration is recited while I am in the middle of a prayer, what should I do?
If he attentively listened to the verse of prostration during the prayer, he should move just his head down to signify prostration, and his prayer will not be invalidated. If he only heard the verse, then he should still do the same based on compulsory precaution. If he does not do so, he has committed a sin, but the prayer is not invalidated.
How can one offer the prayer if it is not possible for one to bend down in prostration?
If prostration cannot be done as stipulated, based on compulsory precaution one can bend as much as possible and place the forehead on what is permissible to prostrate upon.
I am pregnant and I have some weeks to give birth. Am I excused from prayer as I just feel so lazy and tired most of the time and I do not have the energy to pray?
It is obligatory on you to perform the prayer in a way that does not cause you harm and hardship, even if it is performed while sitting.
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.
Is it permissible to recite Surah Al-Fatiha in the third and fourth rak'as in the daily prayers?
Yes, it is permissible to recite the Surah Al-Fatiha in the third rak'a of the Maghrib prayer and in the third and fourth rak'a of the Dhuhr, Asr and Isha prayers.