Day Questions

Should the woman perform ghusl after having a wet dream? Is the substance released considered najis like semen?

If the female releases a liquid when she reaches the peak of sexual arousal, i.e. the orgasm, then based on an obligatory precaution she is considered to be in the state of janaba, even if this takes place while she is asleep. The obligatory precaution in this case means that she should perform both the ghusl and wudhu before offering prayers and she should consider the liquid to be najis and purify her clothes and body if they came in contact with it.

Given the death of every creation is predestined, is it permissible to smoke tobacco, for example, which decreases one’s lifespan?

As long as the individual is able to refrain from what could cause his death, he should protect himself. If he did not and performed what led to his death, he will be held accountable for making such decisions. One’s pre-destined death by Almighty Allah does not make him unaccountable for such negligence towards himself, as long as he is able to prevent himself from the causes of death.

Is the supplication of "Nadi Ali" authentic?

This specific text is not amongst the supplications that have been narrated from the Infallibles (peace be upon them). However, it is permissible to recite it in order to seek intercession from Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, for the fulfilment of one’s needs and wishes. All matters are in God’s power, but he made the Prophet and his progeny (peace be upon them) intercessors.

If a man has a gold tooth, is his prayer valid?

It is permissible to have a gold tooth if it is not conventionally considered as beautification. If it is considered as beautification, then based on an obligatory precaution one should refrain from having one and the prayers with it is invalid.