The Prophet - Peace be upon him-
Question : What proof is there that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) was created from light?
Answer : It is mentioned in many narrations that the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) were lights created before the creation of Adam (peace be upon him). To this effect, the Ziyara of Jame’a includes the passage: “Allah created you as lights around His throne until he blessed us with you…”. This does not mean that they were created from this material light. It is rather, a metaphysical meaning that the narration referred to it. Allah Knows best.
Inheritance of the Father
Question :

My father is still alive and he has given some property to me. Now, my sisters say that they want inheritance. Is there any inheritance from a living person?

Answer :

There is no inheritance from a living person. If you received the property and it became under your control, then you own it. It is not considered as part of your father’s inheritance after his death. If you did not receive it, then it is considered as inheritance after the death of your father.

Hijab
Question : What should those girls do whose parents forbid them to wear the hijab?
Answer : It is obligatory on the woman to wear hijab regardless of the position of the parents. It is prohibited to obey them in this case.
Creator of Human's Deed
Question :

Are humans creators of their deeds, or is God the creator of the human's deeds? If the latter is the case, then how can humans be judged for their deeds that God programmed them to do?

Answer :

There is no doubt that humans act out of their choice and their will. Thus, the good-doer is praised and the evil-doer is dispraised. If humans were like machines such that their acts are under compulsion, then praising those who do good and dispraising those who commit bad deeds would be meaningless. However, all of this is within the boundaries of Almighty God’s power. He gave the human beings the freedom of choice and will hold them accountable for it, and He can take this ability away from anyone whenever He wishes, and there is no power or strength but from God Almighty.


The Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) explained this belief in their famous narration: “There is no compulsion [from Allah on the humans], nor there is complete delegation (from Him for them without them being under His power), but a matter in between.”

Pre-cum
Question :

Is the liquid that comes out of the penis before ejaculation najis or tahir?

Answer :

Yes, it is Tahir.

Zakat on Cats
Question :

We have two cats; both are over four years old. Are they liable for Zakat?

Answer :

There is no zakat on cats.

Zakat on Cats
Question :

We have two cats; both are over four years old. Are they liable for Zakat?

Answer :

There is no zakat on cats.

Drawing Cartoons of People
Question :

Is it permissible to draw people from Islamic history, including the 14 Infallibles (peace be upon them), without their faces showing, for the purpose of using them as illustrations in Islamic books for children?

Answer :

The said is permissible, although hand drawing of figures that have life is prohibited, but it is permissible to do so via the computer.

Mortgage Payments and Hajj
Question :

A person is saving up to use the money on mortgage payments, and they are for the next fifteen to twenty years. If the amount saved is sufficient to go for Hajj, is it obligatory for him to go?

Answer :

If he has money to pay the mortgage payments, apart from the costs for Hajj, Hajj becomes obligatory on him.

Guest During Ramadan
Question :

If a guest comes during the month of Ramadan, can I feed him, as he is not fasting?

Answer :

It is permissible to feed the guest during the day in the month of Ramadan if such a thing does not violate the sanctity of the month or encourage committing a sin.

The Obligation of Work
Question :

When is it obligatory for a man to work?

Answer :

It is obligatory for a man to support himself and his dependents, and if he cannot support them without work, then he must work.

Tawallie and Tabarri
Question :

For whom should we do Tawalli and whom should we do Tabarri? What is the permissible or recommended way of doing Tawalli and Tabarri?

Answer :

Tawalli is friendship and love for the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon him) after him and their followers.
Tabarri: is the disassociation from the enemies of Allah including those who are obstinate to the truth and the deviated oppressors.
The obligatory form of Tawalli and Tabarri is having them in the heart.

Wounded Parts of the Body
Question :

If a part of the body is wounded and treated with alcohol-based medication, and it is impossible to wash that area with water, is it necessary to perform tayammum instead of wudhu?

Answer :

If the najasah is in the parts of the wudhu then one must perform tayammum instead.

Takbeeratul-Ihram
Question :

Which takbeers are obligatory and which are recommended in prayers?

Answer :

The obligatory takbeer is only the takbeerat'ul-ihtam. The rest of the takbeers are recommended and not obligatory.

Qunoot
Question :

How did qunoot come about?

Answer :

The scholars of the Shia school of the thought unanimously agree that the qunoot is recommend in all obligatory prayers. This is proven by many narrations of the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), and it is narrated in some narrations of Sunnis as well.

Injection on the Body
Question :

If an injection is applied on the body and it is wiped clean with alcohol, is it necessary to wash this area before praying and change the clothes which have come in contact with the alcohol?

Answer :

Yes, the body and clothes will need to be tahir before offering the prayer.

Missed Prayers
Question :

If someone has missed fasts during the month of Ramadan and missed prayers as well, he should make up the fasts before the next Ramadan. Does he have to make the prayers before the next Ramadan as well?

Answer :

One must make up the missed prayers, whether they were missed during the holy months or not. They should be made up as long as he is able to do so. There is no designated time for it. So, the make-up can be delayed, but it should not be considered as neglection of the orders of Almighty Allah.

Kaffara for Using Perfume
Question :

What is the kaffara of eating or using perfume in ihram?

Answer :

It is prohibited for the person during ihram to use musk, amber, saffron and waras; it is also prohibited to use camphor based on obligatory precaution. It is disliked to use other kinds of perfumes and scents.
The kaffara for eating food that contains such scents is to slaughter a goat or sheep for the needy people. When one eats more than once, he should repeatedly pay the kaffara. Based on an obligatory precaution one should give the said kaffara for other usages of the mentioned perfumes and scents during ihram.

Mahram of a Child Resulting from Adultery
Question :

What is the Islamic ruling of the Mahram relations of the child resulting from adultery?

Answer :

When the child is older, it is prohibited for him to marry any of his Mahram relatives.

Istibra after Ghusl
Question :

When one urinates after ejaculation for the purposes of istibrā, and afterwards some drops of blood are seen to be discharged too, is the istibrā correct and is the ghusl performed afterwards correct too? Or should one wait until the drops of blood stop?

Answer :

If he performs istibrā from semen by urinating, the process of istibrā is correct, even if blood was discharged after that. He can then perform ghusl and ensure tahir water reaches all parts of his body. Similarly, if the blood stops for a short period of time and he performed ghusl during that time, the ghusl is correct even if blood is discharged after that.