Day Questions

I came across many traditions of Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) about Ghusl, Purification and Ablution in an authentic book. These traditions are being highly descriptive and specific about fundamental things in Fiqh. Is it permissible for me to follow the rulings of imams (peace be upon them) about the aforementioned things and follow the ruling of my Marja in other matters that cannot be found in traditions through authentic sources?

You should follow the scholar that reached the level of Ijtihad and fulfills all the other conditions of the Marji, since the derivation of the religious verdicts from the traditions require a great amount of knowledge and experience, and the religious jurists are those who have the experience and knowledge that they gain from full time learning of these particular subjects.

If on the first night of marriage the wife is having menstruation period, is sex forbidden?

It is prohibited to have sexual intercourse in the time of menstruation. Other sexual activities are permissible.

I got married, but did not consummate the marriage, so I am still a virgin. My husband is not in the same country. He might divorce me without asking whether I am in my menstruation period or not. Would the divorce be valid?

It is irrelevant whether you are in the mensuration period or not in the validity of the divorce if the marriage was not consummated, i.e. sexual intercourse did not occur.

I am having a very hard time trying to figure out which hadith books are reliable; can you recommend any to me?

The books of narrations combine different kinds of hadiths. There are authenticated, acceptable and weak ones in each book. Differentiating between them is not possible except by the scholars who are well-versed in the criteria of determining the reliability of the narrators.