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.

The Diffrence between Khums and Zakat
Question :

Please could you explain why it has become widely circulated that the Shias pay the Khums, while the payment of Zakat is not common amongst them, although I know that they are both equally obligatory?

Answer :

Zakat is among the obligations that have been emphasized by the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Prophet and the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them). Not paying it is considered among the major sins for which Allah has promised hellfire.
The jurists have explained the conditions and rulings about Zakat in their books. Zakat is obligatory on the following three groups of properties:
(1) Gold and silver minted coins.
(2) The four crops: wheat, barley, raisins and dates.
(3) The four livestock: camels, cows, goats and sheep.
Gold and silver coins are not used as tender nowadays, so the Zakat on this group does not apply. The Zakat on the other items are not obligatory unless their quantity reaches a particular threshold, which most people do not possess nowadays. One can see that the application of obligatory Zakat is much less than Khums, which is obligatory on all net income, as Allah has said: “And know that whatever thing you gain, indeed a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the Messenger and for the kinsman and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer” (8:41).The condition of the obligation of Khums, which is the existence of a net income, applies to almost everybody, however little it may be. On the other hand, Zakat is only applicable for those who own at least a particular amount of the mentioned crops and livestock.

The Wives of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him)
Question :

Are the wives of the Prophet included in Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them) according to the 33rd verse of Surah al-Ahzab?

Answer :

The verse does not include the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) since the wife – based on Arabic custom – is not included in the term “household” usually. This term refers to the genealogy of the man and his relatives by blood. It was narrated in the book “Lisan ul-Arab” that Ibn Sayyidah – an expert in Arabic linguistics – stated that the term “ahl” refers to the tribe of the man and his blood relatives. Apparently, this meaning was clear during the first era of Islam, since history did not mention that the aforementioned term is given to the wives by the companions of the Prophet. It was not used by the wives of the Prophet themselves. Aisha – for example – led an army to fight Imam Ali (peace be upon him) and her supporters were trying to gain the support of Muslims by any possible mean. Yet they did not mention that she is a member of the Ahlulbait.
It appears from numerous traditions narrated by Muslims in general that the Messenger of Allah used this phrase to refer to Ali, Hasan, Husain and Fatima (peace be upon them). Ahmed bin Hanbal narrated in his book (Al-Musnad) from Umm Salama that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) told Fatima (peace be upon her), “Call for me your husband and your two sons”. She did so, and he then placed a blanket over them and then he placed his hand over them and said: ”O Lord, these are the Aal of Mohammad, so place your blessings on Mohammad and the Aal of Mohammad. All praise and glory belong to you.” Umm Salama raised the blanket to join with them. The Messenger of Allah prevented her and said: “Your future is good”.
Many other traditions narrated by Sunni scholars mentioned clearly that the noble verse (33:33) was revealed while they were under the blanket.
In addition to that, what some of the wives of the Prophet (peace be upon him) did clearly indicates that they were not purified from committing sins; some verses of chapter 66 (al-Tahreem) were revealed condemning Aisha and Hafsa since they aided one another against the Messenger of Allah. It was also narrated that one of the Prophet’s wife, Qutaila bint Qais left the religion of Islam after the death of the Prophet and got married to Ikrama bin Abi Jahl.

Spending The Money Before Paying Khums
Question :

If I have £100 on which khums is due on, and I put aside £20 from it as khums to pay it at the end of the year, am I not allowed to spend the remaining £80 before the £20 is paid?

Answer :

When it is possible to pay the khums to whoever deserves it or to the agent, one should hasten to do so. One can use the rest of the money whether he paid the khums or not.

Unemployed
Question :

I am currently unemployed and looking for work. Is khums obligatory on me to pay? Who do I pay it to?

Answer :

Khums is obligatory once a year. It is on what exceeds the expenses during the year. One should refer to an agent of the marji', and determine a fixed yearly time to pay khums after calculating it.

Lying about the Age
Question :

Is it permissible for one to conceal his real age from a group of people even if he is not in danger? Is it considered as lying?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible to conceal one’s age, as it is not considered to be lying. Lying is giving false information.
Lying about one's age is Prohibited.

Lying
Question :

Is it permissible to lie to a non-believer?

Answer :

It is not permissible.

Insulting Believers
Question :

What are the Islamic rules about swearing or cursing others?

Answer :

It is prohibited to swear at a believer.

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 Cash
Question :

Is payment of Zakat on any amount of money obligatory and what are the conditions to be met, if any?

Answer :

It is not obligatory to pay the Zakat on cash, as it is not one of the nine things upon which Zakat is obligatory. However, it is obligatory to pay Khums if the necessary conditions are met.

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.

Bad Blood
Question :

I have heard that people who have born out of marriage are seen as inheriting 'bad blood', which means they naturally have a "bad blood line"?

Answer :

Those people do not bear the responsibly of their parents' crime. They are judged by almighty Allah just like He judges other people. He said: "He who does wrong will have the recompense thereof" (123:4).

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.