Day Questions

If I see menstrual-type bleeding for two days, then it stops for a day, and then the bleeding starts again and continues for another five days, will I consider all of it to be menstruation, or will I consider the first two days to be istihadha?

<p style="text-align: left;">The bleeding is not considered as menstruation unless it lasts for a total of three days - even if it is separated with gaps - within a period of ten days. In the said circumstance, all of the bleeding will be considered menstruation.</p>

Is it appropriate to engage in sports activities like cricket, football, tennis etc. on the eve or day of Ashura?

<p style="text-align: left;">Engaging in such activities on the night or day of Ashura is not in accordance to what has been narrated from the Imams (peace be upon them) in the exhortation to express grief and sadness over the tragedy suffered by Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), his household and companions on the day of Ashura.</p>

In regards to travelling during Ramadan, is the specified distance 22 km from your location to the destination, or is it from the edge of the city in which you live?

<p style="text-align: left;">The distance is considered from the edge of the city if the city is small. In large cities, the distance is considered from the edge of the area where the individual resides. The distance is 23 km.</p>

What is the opinion of His Eminence on the shortening of trousers to the ankles?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible for men to do so.</p>

You mentioned that it is permissible to take interest from non-Muslim banks, while it is not permissible to do so with Muslim banks. On the other hand, interest is forbidden in the Quran absolutely. How can this be explained?

<p style="text-align: left;">Almighty Allah has made it prohibited to deal with interest in general, but the traditions of the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them all) can explain certain exemptions to this general ruling. It has been reported in these narrations that there is no prohibition in dealing with interest between a husband and his wife and between a father and his son, and it is permissible to take interest from non-Muslims.<br /> The real reason behind such rulings have not been explained in the narrations. The wisdom behind the latter exception could be that non-Muslims accept such dealings for themselves, as they give and take interest in their dealings without hesitation or seeing anything wrong with it.</p>