Day Questions

Is it permissible for a man to beat his children?

It is not permissible for the father to beat his child, except for the sake of discipline and correction. This must be limited to the need to achieve this purpose. It must be applied gradually with reasoning and should not exceed the need for the sake of revenge and retaliation or due to belittling the child because of his weakness. One must be careful to discern between the welfare of the child and his own emotions such as anger or frustration. The narrations of the Imams (peace be upon them) report that it is permissible to beat the child five or six hits, while emphasizing on leniency. One should not exceed this number unnecessarily.It is not permissible for the father to beat his son or daughter after they reached the religiously recognized age of adulthood. He must limit his means of discipline by advice and suggestion.

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.

If a person finds something lost, can he donate it as charity on behalf of its owner immediately? If the owner is later found is he entitled to claim it back?

If the value of the found lost property is less than the value of a sharia-defined dirham, i.e. approximately the value of 2.975 grams of silver, then he is permitted to take ownership of it or to give it as charity on behalf of its owner without the need to announce it. If its value is more than the mentioned amount, one must make an announcement for a year. After the year ends, the finder has a choice of keeping it safe for the owner until he is found, or giving it as charity on behalf of the owner, or taking ownership of it. If one does not have any hope in finding the owner, then it is not obligatory to make an announcement for a year, but he cannot take ownership of it and he must donate it as charity on behalf of the owner.

You mentioned that music that involves ‘tarab’ is not permissible. What do you mean by the term ‘tarab’?

‘Tarab’ means the psychological interaction with the music or singing, whether it leads to joy, sadness, pride or any other emotion.