2022-11-28 19:14:43

Islamic Law (Fiqh) - 05

This course is a continuation of Islamic Law 04 that was offered in the year 2020-2021. We will continue the Book of Transactions. We will continue examining the legal details of buying, selling and renting. This course is instructed by Sayed Mohammad Baqer al-Qazwini and meets on Mondays at 7 pm EST. [...]
2022-11-19 22:16:11

Q. A dog liked a spoon or fork. How do I purify it?

A. You rinse it with sand/dust then wash it with water twice. [...]
2022-11-19 22:16:11

Q. Is it haraam to not reply to the Salam from your enemy?

A. If they are Muslims and you have a personal dispute with them, you should still reply back to them. But if they are evil enemies of God then yes you can decline to reply back to them. [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:58

Q. Does Islamic law require me to have a beard? Are there any Qur'anic verses to support this?

A. We don’t have a verse on it but we have hadiths that command Muslim men to keep a beard. A minority of Shia scholars believe it’s permissible to shave clean (as they believe those hadiths were circumstantial given the conditions of those times), but the vast majority state it’s not permissible [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:57

Q. Why do Sunnis say “Ammeen” after Surah al-Fatiha in prayer? And why don’t Shias say it?

A. Sunnis have hadiths in their books that state it’s mustahab (recommended) to say it. The Imams of Ahlulbayt (a) have said that it’s not part of Salat and it’s not mustahab to say it, and the Prophet (s) never said it nor did he ever command his companions to say it. [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:57

Q. Upon reciting a verse with a mandatory sajdah, is it mandatory to prostrate instantly? And do we have to do sujud on the ground or can we just lift the turba and bring it to our forehead?

A. It is mandatory to prostrate immediately after reciting those verses, and one must actually prostrate on the ground for it to count as Sujud. Standing and lifting the prayer tablet to the forehead does not count. [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:56

Q. When we recite a verse that contains a mandatory sujud in the Qur’an, do we have to recite anything while prostrating?

A. You are not required to say anything in this Sujud, but it’s recommended to say the following: لا إله إلا الله حقا ، لا إله إلا الله إيمانا وتصديقا ، لا إله إلا الله عبودية ورقاً ، سجدت لك يا رب تعبدا ورقا ، لا مستنكفا ولا مستكبرا ، بل أنا [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:56

Q. Is it haram to listen to classical music?

A. Scholars differ in their opinion on classical music. Many of them say if it’s calm, classical music, and it’s not the type that’s used in entertainment gatherings like concerts or discos, then it’s halal. [...]
2022-11-19 21:56:56

Q. If a boy stole an item before the age of religious puberty, does he have to return the stolen item now that he is an adult? If it is obligatory to return the item, and he does not have access to the owner, what can he do to rectify his mistake?

A. Yes, the stolen goods must be returned to their owner, even if it happened during childhood. The owner of the stolen item must be searched for until he is found. If he is unable to find the owner, then you give the goods or their value to charity on behalf of [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:38

Q. Why are atheists considered Najes (ritually impure)?

A. The foundation of our life on earth is belief and faith. It defines the most important aspect of our life. Non-believers can have a big negative impact on believers. Islam discourages believers to get too close to non-believers and have an atheist roommate or take an atheist as a best friend, [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:37

Q. What kind of singing is haram? Sometimes we read the Qur’an and Americans say we are “singing” the Qur’an. So, does that make reciting the Qur’an haram too?

A. Singing that has been mentioned in our Hadiths is called Ghenaa’ غناء in Arabic. Whatever is considered in one’s soceity to be Ghenaa’ then it’s haram, since the hadiths forbid us from the label Ghenaa’. In English, singing is a more general term. The birds sing. When we say the Adhan or [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:37

Q. Am I allowed to keep a dog as a pet in my house?

A. It is not haram to keep a dog as a pet in your house. However, you must know that a dog makes your house najes if it gets wet or licks anything in the house. Hence, you must make sure that the place where you pray on, your body and your [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:37

Q. I have heard that if someone drinks alcohol, he cannot pray for 40 days. Is that true?

A. No, this person is still obligated to pray. If he prays correctly while sober, his prayer will be valid. However, he might receive a lesser reward for the prayer because he drinks. [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:37

Q. Is laser hair removal haram?

A. No it is permissible. [...]
2022-11-19 21:37:36

Q. Can I wear a silk tie?

A. Wearing pure silk for men is prohibited in Islamic law. There are two exceptions: 1- If the piece of cloth is too small to cover the private parts, then it can be made of pure silk and men can wear it. 2- If the silk is not 100%. A man can [...]
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