Day Questions

I am in the process of selecting a marja to emulate, and have been recommended His Eminence Sayyid al-Hakeem. Can I rely on his book of Islamic laws in order to decide to follow him?

It is obligatory on individuals to follow the most knowledgeable when possible and that can be determined by referring to the experts who are able to determine who this is. It is not permissible for lay people to base the choice of their marja on learning about his verdicts and feeling comfortable with them.

Is it permissible for me to keep a dog as a pet?

It is permissible to keep a dog. But dogs are najis, and one should make sure that the body and clothes are purified in order to perform the prayers if they have come into contact with them with dampness.

I am a 22-year-old male who lives at home and goes to university. I dearly love my parents and financially support them as much as I can. However, my father doesn’t give me any privacy. He shows no trust in me and most of the time doesn’t allow me to go and do the things I want to do. Alhamdulillah, I observe my religion in a strict way, and I haven’t committed any act that would warrant my father to act so distrustfully. My friends are also religious Shia Muslims. My questions are as follows: (1) Even though I am 22 years old, is my father still allowed to not let me leave the house and go out with my friends or run errands? (2) Even though I’m an adult, is it permissible for my father to invade my privacy? (3) Is my father permitted to forcefully make me attend non-religious events?

The relationship between a father and his son should be based on mutual respect and love, since the father usually cares about his son and tries to raise him righteously. It is natural that the father watches his son’s behavior and tries to learn about his friends in order to protect him from making mistakes. The son should understand this and appreciate it. With the development of more trust between the two, the following and control decreases gradually when the father sees the good behavior of his son. If the father askes his son to do what does not correspond to the rulings of the Sharia, the son is not obligated to follow him although it is obligatory for the son to deal with his parents with good manners and respect.