Day Questions

When I am saying the adhan at the beginning of prayer do I add "Ashhadu Anna Aliyyan Waliyullah" and is it vital? Or is the belief that he is the Wali of Allah enough and does not need to be recited in adhan before prayer?

It is recommended to recite "Ash hadu Anna Aliyyan Waliyullah" in the Adhan, but not with the intention that it is part of the adhan. It is recommended just like reciting the blessing upon the Holy Prophet (the Salawat) after mentioning his name in the adhan.

When I go to study in the Islamic seminary of Najaf, what do I have to study to become a mujtahid?

A believer should aim to fulfill the religious responsibilities of upholding the orders of the Sharia; one of them is learning the Islamic laws and teaching them. This could be achieved by learning more about the religion – and not necessarily reaching the level of ijtihad – by which a believer could serve Islam. One could serve the religion and be a role model amongst his society, family and friends by being obedient to the Islamic laws and by spreading the religious teachings in the areas where he resides. Therefore, ijtihad is not a goal that a student should have from the beginning. Ijtihad is a talent that can be achieved by studying and with the guidance of Almighty Allah. A student of Islamic studies should study hard and make use of his time as much as possible. If he achieves this, then he can thank Almighty Allah for this bounty. If he does not, he can still serve the religion.

I know that you do not have any doubt in the verity of the Quran which is in our hands nowadays and all Muslims are sure of that, whereas, some people think that the order of the verses has been changed which I find clearly contradicts the Quran and hadith of Ahlulbait (AS).Therefore, I would like to know what is your opinion concerning the current order of the verses in the Quran and was it set by the Prophet(s) and compiled in his lifetime?

There is no doubt that Almighty Allah protected the holy Quran from any changes or alterations and such protection played an important role in guarding the religion and protecting it from alterations and changes. The reason for that might be the fact that the verses of the Holy Quran were collected in one book and guarded during the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and continued to be like that generation after generation until today.

If the body of the deceased is crooked, is it necessary to straighten his body and legs for burial, or do we bury him the way he is?

If his body is bent like that permanently in such a way that it cannot be placed straight, then it is not obligatory to straighten the body.