The Elbow on the Ground
Question :

While doing the prostration in a prayer, is it prohibited or disliked (makrooh) to touch the elbow on the ground?

Answer :

It is permissible and not disliked.

Prayer in Usurped Area
Question :

I offered the prayer in an usurped place without knowing that it is actually usurped. Is my prayer valid?

Answer :

Yes, it is valid provided that other conditions of the prayer are fulfilled, such as the intention of seeking closeness to Almighty Allah.

The Father
Question :

If a woman has conceived a child before marriage and she marries the same man whose child she is bearing, what will be the ruling about the child?

Answer :

The said child is that of the father by whose sperm he was conceived, as well as being the mother's child. The child belongs to both of them, but does not inherit the father as he was born illegitimately.

The Father
Question :

If a woman has conceived a child before marriage and she marries the same man whose child she is bearing, what will be the ruling about the child?

Answer :

The said child is that of the father by whose sperm he was conceived, as well as being the mother's child. The child belongs to both of them, but does not inherit the father as he was born illegitimately.

Child Birth
Question :

What are the religious rules for the parents following the birth of a child?

Answer :

A number of things are reported to be recommended following the birth of a child, amongst them are the following:
1. Bathing the baby as ghusl for him. Apparently, the one bathing the child is required to have the intention of ghusl.
2. Covering him with a white cloth, and it is disliked to use a yellow one.
3. Reciting the Adhan of the prayer in the right ear and the Iqamah in the left ear.
4. Placing water from the Euphrates River and a small amount of the earth of the grave of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) on the top and the bottom of his mouth. If the said is not available, rain water can be used instead. Also it is recommended to place honey and date on his jaw from the outside.
5. Choosing a good name for him. It was reported that the most truthful names are those which indicate servitude to Almighty Allah, like Abdullah and Abdul-Raheem. And the best names are the names of the prophets (peace be upon them) and their best is Muhammad. It has been reported also to name the baby "Ali". It is also reported that poverty does not enter a house where its residents are named Muhammad, Ahmad, Ali, Hasan, Husein, Ja'far, Talib or Abdullah, and amongst the females Fatima. It is also reported that it is recommended to name the baby boy at his birth "Muhammad" for at least seven days, and after that either continue naming him that or change it at that time.
6. Cutting the hair of the baby on the seventh day, donating its weight of gold or silver to the needy.
7. Circumcising the boy on the seventh day.
8. The "Aqeeqah": the sacrificing of a sheep, a goat, a cow or a camel. It is better to choose a male animal for the boy and a female animal for the girl.

Sexual desire
Question :

How can I control my sexual desire?

Answer :

It has been reported in the narrations the recommendation to get married. If this is not possible, one can decrease the sexual desire by fasting.

Phone Sex
Question :

Is phone sex allowed between husband and wife?

Answer :

It is permissible between the husband and his wife.

Mistakenly Eating Pork
Question :

What is the Kaffara for mistakenly eating pork?

Answer :

There is no Kaffara for this.

Mistakenly Eating Pork
Question :

What is the Kaffara for mistakenly eating pork?

Answer :

There is no Kaffara for this.

Glycerine
Question :

There is a substance widely used in the food market – for example, in cakes and muffins – called Glycerol (Glycerine), as a humectant or sweetener. Can I eat the cake if it contains this substance?

Answer :

If the said material contains a substance prohibited to consume then it is prohibited to consume it; otherwise, it is permissible to consume.

How to Perform Tayammum
Question :

How should one perform tayammum?

Answer :

Tayammum should be performed in the following method:
One should first strike the inside of his hands upon the earth once.
He should wipe, with both of his hands together, his forehead, and the two sides of his face from the place where the hair grows to the bone of the eyebrows.
He should wipe the back of the right hand from the wrist to the fingertips, with the inside of the left hand. Then he similarly wipes the back of the left hand with the inside of the right hand. It is best that he strikes the earth for a second time and then repeats the wiping of the two hands.

The Power of Divorce
Question :

Does Islam allow the wife to have the power to divorce her husband?

Answer :

Islam has not established marriage in such a way. Islam has legislated marriage in a manner that gives the husband the right of divorce, as well as the financial obligations and other responsibilities.

Short Pants
Question :

Can a mature man wear short pants (up to his knees or a little above), in public?

Answer :

It is not part of the pubic area that men should cover when they are in public unless such a thing subjects the person to be humiliated then it becomes prohibited.

Innate Believing in Allah
Question :

I would like to know if the fact of believing in Allah is innate.

Answer :

There is no doubt that believing in Almighty Allah is innate. This belief grew up with the human being. Such feeling could be weakened or even dissolve as a result of outside affections like the environment or substantial subjection to fallacies. Having said that, many people who live in an atheistic material environment when they face crises, this innate belief strengthens in them as they are compelled to believe in Allah and seek refuge and help from Him. The Holy Quran confirmed this truth in many verses. Almighty Allah said: "And when harm touches you upon the sea, all unto whom you cry (for succor) fail save Him (alone), but when He brings you safe to land, you turn away, for man was ever thankless" (17:67).

Prayers in Kufa and Karbala
Question :

What are the rulings of the prayer of the traveler in Kufa and Karbala? Do they have the choice of offering full prayers? Is Najaf considered to be within Kufa?

Answer :

The traveler is permitted to choose between offering a full or shortened prayer in the “haair” of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), and based on an obligatory precaution it is the place under the dome above the holy grave of the Imam and not beyond this area. This ruling does not include the city of Karbala at large.
As for Najaf, it is not within the city of Kufa, so this law does not apply and shortened prayers is obligatory on the travelers in Najaf.

Reciting One Verse
Question :

Can I recite one verse or a few verses of the Quran after Al-Fatiha in the prayers?

Answer :

One must recite one full chapter after Al-Fatiha in obligatory prayers. Reciting one verse or a few verses is not sufficient. It is sufficient to do so in recommended prayers.

Before the Marriage Contract
Question :

I have been engaged for two months now, but our marriage contract has not been undertaken. Can I touch or kiss my fiance at this stage?

Answer :

Touching or kissing is not allowed until after the marriage contract is completed.

Without Lust
Question :

If I intend to marry a Muslim man and I want to understand his personality and his religious thoughts, is it permissible to have a conversation with him over the phone or chat on the internet?

Answer :

It is permissible to talk or chat without lust.

TV Shows
Question :

Is it permissible to watch movies and TV shows, where female actors are in it?

Answer :

It is permissible to watch them, unless it causes lust and desire.

Divine Revelation
Question :

Did divine revelation continue for the Infallible Imams after the Prophet (peace be upon them all)?

Answer :

The Prophethood and divine revelations of legislations ended at the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), but some narrations indicate that angels speaks to the Imams (peace be upon them) and inform them what takes place and what will take place. The Quran also speaks of the continuation of the descending of the angels during the Night of Qadr every year, which indicates that there is someone that receives certain information that night, which is clearly the Twelfth Imam (peace be upon him) in our time. This is further evidence from the Quran of his existence.