Day Questions

Is it prohibited to tear one’s clothes? And is there any kaffarah if one does it?

It is prohibited for the man to tear his clothes in mourning over his child or wife, and the kaffarah for doing so is giving ten needy people 900 grams of food each - staple food items such as dates, flour and rice - or clothing them; if neither of these are possible, then he should fast for three consecutive days. Tearing the clothes for other than that is not prohibited, like a man tearing his clothes in mourning for his brother, or a woman tearing her clothes in mourning her husband, son, or brother.

Is it true that if the congregational prayer is some distance away and I come into the prayer hall and the Imam is in the bowing position, I can do Takbeeratul-Ihram and bow down where I am and walk in the state of bowing to join the congregation?

When present in the place of congregational prayer, one can recite Takbeeratul-Ihram - even if not close to the group of the congregation - and walk even during prostration to join the congregation.

Is there any evidence of our Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him) in the Quran?

It is not correct to expect to have evidences of beliefs from the Holy Quran explicitly and in clear text form. It is clear that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) is perfect and infallible. In addition to that, Allah explicitly declared that he “he does not speak of (his own) desire” (53:3). Because of this, the Muslims believe in all that is established to be the Prophet’s words. And we find traditions of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) in the Muslims’ books about Imam Mahdi (peace be upon him) and that he is from the offspring of Imam Husain (peace be upon him).