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  1. praying with sunni

    as salam wa alkium brothers and sisters, i just want to ask a question that i got different answers for when i asked the people around me. There is a masjid near my house only 5 minutes drive from my house and i can walk there in a few minutes, its mostly sunni people there and i was wondering is it okay to pray with them ? like when they have their gathering prayer and Friday prayer is it okay to pray alongside them,i do my own wuthu i don't put my hands up or anything my hands are still on my sides and i say "Allah huma salli ala muhammad wa alaa muhammad" when it needs to be said during prayer silently though so they don't hear out of respect. i told some people that live near me and some said its okay and some said its not okay. the problem is the shia masjid is 30 minutes away from me and i cant always go there. this one is closer to me and its easily accessible, and i been going a few times and the people are very nice and knowledgeable, can you please answer with some sources or hadiths if not any common sense will do.
  2. Assalamualaikum, I will be traveling to the Middle East in a couple weeks in shaa Allah, and I have a bunch of questions regarding prayer. Keep in mind I am a relatively new convert, so please be patient with me. 1) I read that all prayers during travel are 2 rakat. What counts as "travel"? I will be traveling for around 14 days, going in between cities, staying a couple nights in each and going around either to nearby cities or exploring the city I am staying in each day. Is "travel" simply the plane rides and bus rides, or the whole trip, since I am not staying in the same place the whole time? 2) Part of my trip will be in Jerusalem, and I plan to pray at Al Aqsa in shaa Allah. I was warned by a Palestinian friend of mine, however, that it is very dangerous if I pray like a Shia there and I should do taqiyyah and perform my prayers like a Sunni. Given recent events, it is even more dangerous to be praying noticeable differently at Al Aqsa, as people might suspect me to be a Zionist actor and become violent. Do I have to make up prayers later that are performed in taqiyyah? 3) Just in general, what are the rulings on praying salat at a Sunni mosque with Sunnis? The nearest Shia mosque to me is 3 hours away, and I cannot drive. The nearest Sunni mosque is 15 minutes by bus. If I prayed Jummah there, would I follow the imam or do it the way we do it? Would I stand in line with all of the others, or just quietly do my own thing in the back? Background note, I am a woman, so since congregational Jummah prayers are not obligatory upon me, I have not been going to the mosque. 4) If I am in a situation where I am unable to find pure water or dust for wudu, should I pray anyway, or would they not count? Is impure water better than nothing? 5) What's up with sutrahs? Do we use those anymore, or does a prayer rug essentially outline the space necessary for salah? JazakAllah khair and thank you for your patience with me.
  3. Assalamualaikum, Is it better to do something that could be wajib but may be haram, or to abstain from it because it could be haram but may be wajib? Let me explain (brothers be warned, this is a menstruation question). I am a woman whose menstruation is unpredictable. I never know when it will start. Most of the time, blood is just very brief spotting rather than the start of a period, but obviously sometimes it's actually the start of menstruation. I also can't tell by the color or consistency of the blood which one it is. Whenever this happens, I'm always thrown into an ethical dilemma. Salat is wajib, but it's haram during menstruation. So I panic -- should I pray, or should I not pray? If I pray and I'm on my period, I have done something haram. But if I don't pray and it turns out I'm not on my period, I have done something haram. Normally after around 20 minutes of agonizing over this question, I opt to pray. Usually this is the right decision, but occasionally I am wrong. Rarely, I am confident that yes, I am in fact starting my period, and opt to not pray. I have been wrong, though. I am leaning towards that it is better to pray and be wrong than to not pray and be wrong. Would you agree or disagree?
  4. Nafila Prayers

    Can the nafila rakats for the prayers be offered after fard for dhuhr, asr, maghrib, and isha. And is there nafila prayer for Salat Al Jummah
  5. ZUHRAIN PRAYER,

    here the time for zuhr is 11 50am, i offer my namaz at 12 or 12 30 at max. Can i perform my asr salah at that time too. i am follower of agha khamnaei...
  6. Doubts about najasa

    Selam aleykum. Does any one know the rulings regarding unknowingly wearing 'najis' clothes during salah, fasting reading quran etc etc. Or in general just being najis yourself. Recently I have started to pay more attention to the concept of Tahara and am always doubtful if the clothes I'm wearing are najis or not, or whether the floor is najis etc etc. I make sure to be very cautious and wash some clothes by hand ( ones that potentially could have najasa on it as I'm doubtful about it making other clothes in the washing machine najis. However, other members of the family could put najis clothes in without my knowledge (this is another doubt) and make my tahir clothes najis. And if i 'assumed' it was pak according to ruling and later found it was najis would my prayers, fasting etc become void? Even though im putting in extra effort to be careful I find myself getting more anxious during salah that i'm standing infront of god in a najis state or i could be potentially touching the qur'an with najasa on me (ofcourse i do wudu.) And i almost Always get doubts about my wudu too. I do it twice now adays but its making my skin really dry T_T. Even then i don't mind the extra effort as long as im ASSURED i'm all pak. But i'm still not. Pls halp T_T
  7. Doubting doubts

    Assalaamualeikum, I have a problem with my doubting mind tendency, it seems like focusing on every act in prayer does not help me to get rid of my shakk problem. This suffering leds me to a question. I am in taqleed to Sayyid Sistani, one of his verdicts says Now please look at the phrase frequently doubts, for example, one might consider single doubt in three prayer successions and three doubts in single prayer to be condition that katheer al shakk rules may apply. Now, if I get three same shakks in single namaz or one same shakks in every three prayers succesions happened to me, and consider this as a unity of "three same shakks" and it is preceeded directly by another distinct shakk, 1. will I not be able to ignore a new doubt if i get shakk in the other act, because since I get the unity of "three same shakks" even after the preceeding distinct doubt, I have been considered as a particular-doubting person? 2. Is my understanding of the rule makes a good sense in namaz? Since it is kind of very difficult to list all of event in namaz, not even just to remember that one is in state of katheer al shakk or not. This problem just causes a doubt for a doubt in my mind. 3. If not, how must I do regarding this verdict? I mean, how is this rule exactly applied in one's prayers? I suggest the rule of Sunni brothers regarding to doubts is simpler since their parameter is just are the doubts is felt like a waswas or not, and as far as I know, not considering which act the shakk happens to. I hope Allah will give me guidance from your answers Jazakallahu Khayran Katheeran
  8. Asr and isha prayer

    Salam Within our school it is mustahab to join the two prayers at noon and afternoon (dhuhr and asr) and the two prayers at dust and night (magrib and isha). However, we also find traditions in our litterateur that the holy prophet (s) and the pure a'immah (a) from time to time would pray each of the five daily prayer at their specific time. Can anybody please elaborate on if both times are mustahab, and if so, which one is the 'most' mustahab or have the most fa'daila. With Salams
  9. tired

    salam alaykum! When i was a child I got abused by my father. He used to abuse my mother and siblings too. sometimes he would just leave me and my family for a long time, like a half year. He would go to our homeland, iraq. After some time we decided to move there. We lived there a year and then moved back. Time passed, he changed. He's not abusing me anymore. Not long time ago my brother started to abuse me. One time he even wanted too kill my mother, i know its crazy. He was out of he's mind. My mom did forgive him. But now we moved back to iraq. I really don't want to live here but i want a change. I used to pray but not all the time, its on and off. I was in a really dark place. No one was there for me not even my mother. Whenever I would tell her in tears that I'm feeling sad and she'd say "you are so unthankful go away". But after the years passed i started to sin. I lost my faith. I believed in Allah SWT of course but I wasn't really righteous or so. I've been suffering a lot. But after all this time I started to pray. I've become more righteous. But the thing is my mother, she always says something or does something to push me away. I'm so tired. I'm really trying to be good with her. I admit i'm not the perfect child. i have my mistakes. but It feels like she doesn't even love me, seriously. I feel very unloved in my family. Its not like i've been the devil or so hahah. I'm understanding to my parents, i don't get them upset, i don't get angry at them unlike my brother. He has never been understanding he has just been a huge pain in the ass but still they love him more. I'm not jealous i just want to know why? have i done something to make them hate me? whenever i ask them they say that they love me even more than my brother. I know its a lie, I'm not a fool. I'm just tired not having anyone by my side. and now when i've moved to iraq it just made things worse. I really want to move back. I'm just so tired, I'm exhausted. Seriously i wouldn't mind if someone would kill me and that makes me sick, because i should be grateful for breathing. I'm really trying to have patience. When i didn't pray i was really depressed and i felt empty but now I pray but still i feel exhausted but not depressed. Not like before. What should i do? can i even do anything? Is Allah trying to test my patience?
  10. prayer

    Salam alayikum! Whenever I pray it feels hard to breathe and I feel this huge pain in my heart. Even when its cold I feel warm, sometimes I even start to sweat. Can you give me an answer why? I would really appreciate an answer.
  11. I am looking for a book or text about : what is being said in Salaa For example Allahu Akbar : and its meaning and some information I want to understand these holy words much better and correct current mistakes I prefer a book from al-islam.org a (old) forum on this website is a good second option or some other shia place May Allah grant you succes and thank you
  12. Timing of Nawafil Prayers

    Salaam Aleikum, As far as I know, if one wishes to pray the nafilah prayers for Dhuhr and Asr, then he/she should begin with nawafil Dhuhr, Dhuhr, nawafil Asr, then Asr. However, I was wondering if it is possible to first pray Dhuhr and Asr, then Nafilah Dhuhr and Nafilah Asr. That is because I heard that we should pray the wajib prayers before the Nafilah. Thank you all, and may Allah bless you.
  13. Tarik As-Salah

    What is the criteria for a person to be called "tarik as-salah" (the one who abandon performing obligatory prayers)?
  14. Is dua really effective?

    We often hear about the importance of dua, dua being the weapon of a believer etc. There are recommendations of the best methodology of dua, some of it's conditions, and how to increase our chances of getting it answered etc. Eg. have wudu, praise Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, thank him, be sincere, and for better chances of acceptance supplicate during thahajjud in the middle of the night, before breaking fast, after the obligatory prayers, in Qunoot, in Sujood, in congragation, in the Masjid, on Fridays, before the sunset, when it is raining etc, when alone, etc. But does dua really work? Do we have any empirical evidence for it? Do we have any proof of it? Because if you look at countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and how the people there all make supplications with sincerity day and night. You know, "Oh Allah bless us of the good in this world and the next and save us from the hell fire". "Bring peace and harmony to our country", "Bless me with wealth, knowledge, etc". Yet what do we see? Chaos, bloodshed, poverty, ... Compare that to say the Scandinavians, Australia, Canada, where almost non of the people supplicate there, majority are either atheists or not religious, yet they are living a peaceful, comfortable and blissful life. So does dua really work? Please explain. Thanks
  15. I recently started watching Rurouni Kenshin and have been thinking to myself if what I am watching is haram because their are some haram elements such as the music in the background and mild sexual references and so on. I pray five times a day and read Quran and Dua, but I'm not sure if I could better spend my time doing something more productive. I also wanted to ask is what I'm doing a waste of time? The Quran speaks of all the good we should do while we are on this earth is watching something like anime beneficial, negative or neutral. Islamically after you finish your obligations (prayers) listen to some Quran and Dua should you further strive to learn more about Islam or is their leeway to watch tv, anime etc.
  16. Dua of the Day

    Selam alaycom, Inshalla everyone here knows how to do (and does) the obligatory acts of worship. However, there are many recomended acts that you might not know about. Inshalla I'll be posting some recommended daily duas, prayers, amaal and ziyarats here. This first one here is a gift from me, :angel: that some of you might need in other forums here on shiachat. Dua for scorpion bite At the place of scorpion bite salt should be poured and then recite Sura “Al-Kafiroon” (Ch: 109), Sura “Al-Falaq” (Ch: 113) and Sura “Al-Nas” (Ch: 114) one time each. Peace, Um Ali
  17. Prayer

    My question is how do i concentrate while praying? Idk why but the moment I stand on the prayer mat or the moment when I start praying I start thinking about other stuff that is going on in my life I've tried so hard to concentrate but I just can't I somehow start thinking about something else. And sometimes I don't feel like praying and it feels like my imaan is very low like at that moment I want to pray but at the same time I don't because I feel lazy what should I do then? And just so you know I'm 16 so I don't think I should feel lazy or anything because I'm quite energetic for my age but Idk why but I sometimes feel lazy when it comes to namaz and.one more thing, the prayers that I prayed without concentration did they get accepted or not? If not then should I pray them again? And why do I not feel satisfied after praying? Please do answer. ☺️
  18. NEW to Islam, need Help

    As-salaamu 'aleikum, I reverted to Shia Islam 1 year ago and wanted to ask if someone could list me highly recommended Prayers and Duas, their times when to be prayed, and location, etc. For example: I want to know good daily prayers like the prayers on Friday. I don't know anything about these. Or special actions that should be done on special days of the week. You know... just give me everything you know and are sure about ^^ I'm gonna list the things i have learned so far, or I'm learning, or i know that i want to learn. Just so that it is not repeated. I know the benefits and times of recitation for the following prayers: - 5 daily Prayers, Salat al Layl, Ayat al Kursi, Dua Imam e Zaman, Dua al-Ma'rifa-tul-Imam, Dua al-Ghareeq, Dua al-Ahd, Dua al-Nudba, Thank you very much for your help. Please also state good literature for a beginner (hadith, other books) The GOAL for me is to build a SOLID BASIS, a steadfast and consistent level of iman, because i had problems with that (flactuations). I need a good routine of Prayer, Dua, Deeds, Actions etc. Please don't state the obvious like: Reading the holy Book, or saying Takbir ( xxx times a day), etc. That is what I'm trying to achieve anyways. Thank you! May God bless you and give you the same reward for every word i recite or read.
  19. Ghosl required???

    Assalamun Alaykum, I have an ongoing problem with my prostate which is preventing me from doing namaz without worry. At times upon urinating, drops of semen is somehow mixing with the urine and exiting through the same way? I don't masturbate nor am i sexually active with anyone or in a marriage. My question is will these void my purity of doing namaz and wudu? and if so, do i have to do ghosl every time semen comes out? I'm still waiting to see a doctor. Many thanks.
  20. Combining prayers

    Salam alaikum brothers and sisters. I am a revert now for maybe 4 months and I am having some trouble understanding what is permissible or not. My wife is Sunni muslim of african decent and I am of the USA. She lives in the EU and Im in the US for now(working of immigration process). Ive been recently combining my zhuhr and asr prayer together and sometimes the maghrib and isha prayer. When i started this i actually combine the two so zhuhr and asr 8 rakat and 7 for maghrib and isha. This is not all the time but most of the time because of convenience and work. Is this acceptable? My wife says that I have to separate them but from the research ive done online this is acceptable and some say no. Some sunni brothers told me that this is acceptable as long as the reason is valid. On this site I have read that this is an acceptable practice no matter the reason. Why the differences? Is it a cultural or regional thing and or sunni and shia thing? Can someone give me a little guidance here with references. Thank you all! and Ramadan Kareem
  21. Salam. First of all I apologize for my bad english. I'm writing this post because I don't know what else to do. Yesterday muslim friends invited me and my family to their house for dinner. I take every precaution I can to avoid eating or drinking something that may contain alcohol. Someone served me food in a plate where there were traces of vinegar (and I knew it), but I don't know if this vinegar has alcohol in it, as many vinegars has today. When this person gave me the plate, I thought I shouldn't eat it because I didn't know if the vinegar has alcohol, but anyways I ended eating the food. I know vinegar is halal, but I've read that some vinegar has traces of alcohol (even extra alcohol added) in it and this types of vinegar are haram. Now I'm feeling very very very guilty, I feel like I shouldn't eat that because I wasn't sure about the alcohol. If I ate any tiny amount of alcohol my prayers and duas won't be accepted for 40 days. I feel very sad because tomorrow begins the month Ramadan, and I've been waiting for laylatul qadr for many weeks mostly because I have a very special request that I wanted to do dua for. The month of Ramadan is the month where prayers and duas are accepted, and now my prayers won't be accepted. I don't know what to do, I was waiting for this month and now I ruined it just few days before it begins. I want to know if I commited any sin, and if I didn't, how can I get rid off this thoughts? I really want to do my personal prayers and duas in this blessed month and I want them to be accepted, but I ruined it. 1) I did not eat anything with vinegar to be sure I don't let any alcohol enter my body, but the plate where my food was served had traces of it. In case the vinegar had extra alcohol in it, did I commit a sin because I did not investigate before eating from the plate? The reason I feel guilty is because it was not fully unintentionally. Before eating I thought it could have alcohol and should not eat from that plate, but I did not care because lately I'm being very obsessed about every food. 2) If one doubts if the food has alcohol and still eats it, the rule of 40 days still applies? I wan't to know if my prayers won't be accepted in Ramadan because of what I did yesterday I'm sorry for the long post and for repeating the same thing over and over, but I feel very sad and disappointed with myself. Please, if someone can help I would appreciate it so so so much. I know my post may be silly, but this all thing about the food is driving me crazy. I try to avoid even chocolates, cakes and any dessert because they have vanilla in it and I don't know if the vanilla they use has alcohol in it. I reached the stage where I avoid even the bread because I think brewer's yeast is haram and I'm not sure if they use baker's yeast or brewer's yeast to make the bread.
  22. The Method of Offering Prayer

    Salam everyone, I would like to know what we are supposed to say when we are praying non obligatory prayers. For example I read somewhere that we can "offer a two-unit prayer" to Allah for desires fulfillment but what we are supposed to say before we start the two rak3at ? For the obligatory fard we say "nawaytou ana sali fard ..." but what do we say for the non obligatory prayers ? thank you.
  23. Duas for my prayer to be answered

    I have a wish that I want God to answer, I heard reciting Dua Tawassul, Ziyaret Ashura and Sura Yasin for 40 days is good as well as Dua Ellahi Kayfa Adooka 100 times. Is there anything else which I can do? Thanks
  24. (bismillah) Assalamualikum. My husband and I are new to Shia Islam, and we have some questions about fasting. I have looked around this forum at similar posts and only grown more confused, so if someone could please spell out the answers clearly, that would be wonderful. 1. I will be traveling in the Middle East for 10 days this Ramadan. Is it okay if I do not fast those 10 days (and make up the fasts later)? 2. For the rest of Ramadan and beyond, I will be working in New York City. My daily commute is 2 hours by train each way, plus some time on the subway. I read something about 30km being the limit for traveling while fasting, and if that limit is exceeded, fasts become invalid. Is that true? Do I really have to not fast because of my long commute? What are the rules for fasting while traveling? 3. My husband is an Uber driver. His work hours are 10pm-7am. He is constantly driving for all of the shift. Would his fasts be invalid? What should he do if that is the case? We can't just not work for the entirety of Ramadan. 4. Before I became Shia, I had converted to a different denomination of Islam from atheism a few years before, and I could never fast all of Ramadan because my body got too sick to function. After a few weeks I would give up on fasting and instead donate a lot of food to the local soup kitchen. Is that permissible in Shia Islam? Should we just donate food in place of fasting because we have to be traveling constantly during Ramadan? 5. How do prayers work on a plane? I've never had to deal with praying while changing time zones before. Jazakallah khair in advance!
  25. Need prayers !!

    Im in shock and state of stress , my 1st u/s was all ok everything was fine report shows fetal pole cardiac flicker seen and i was 5 week preg that time. Now i went to follow up and dr not able to see anything in abdominal u/s she done tvs and said weak cardiac flicker slow growth 7 weeks preg dr said anything can happen no positive hopes follow up after 2 weeks me and my hubby went for second opinion they told me nothing is visible even on tvs even no fetal pole no cardiac activity only yolk sac gestational sac which shows 7 weeks 4 days !! We are so confused what happened in just 2 weeks and why both dr telling different story. I don't have any cramping or bleeding. Please i request u all to pray for us we already suffered a great loss last year in 7th month of preg . And Any specific dua for this?
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