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  1. Is a student obligated to pay khums, assuming he earns an amount of money which he is able to save after incurring expenses? Or is it sufficient that the head of the family is paying? If a person has failed to pay khums and has an amount of money saved (after all the expenses are calculated) what amount is he required to pay as khums, provided he does not know how to separate his yearly savings on which khums is payable? For instance, in 2014 say I earned $2000 and in 2015 I earned $3500. After all the deductions, I have $3000 saved in 2014 and 2015. But I havent paid Khums in 2014 or 2015 and wish to pay it now. What amount should I allocate, considering I have failed to track my yearly expenses?
  2. Walayskumus Salaam, dear brother. I do not strictly follow any Marjah, yet. Will need to do more research.
  3. Salaam. Is a student obligated to pay zakat and khums, assuming he earns an amount of money which he is able to save after incurring several expenses? Or is it sufficient that the head of the family is paying? If a person has failed to pay khums and has an amount of money saved (after all the expenses are calculated) what amount is he required to pay as khums, provided he does not know how to distinguish between his yearly savings and assets on which khums is payable? Thank you. May the infinite mercy of Allah be upon each of you.
  4. In my opinion, the role of a lawyer is, broadly speaking, three-tier: one, to ensure representation; two, to ensure justice; three, providing legal advice, amongst other services. Assisting a guilty person in escaping from the jaws of justice does not fit into the job description of a lawyer, though inadvertently a lawyer often ends up doing just that. Criminal practice would be extremely restrictive and financially unviable for a Muslim, true; unless, of course, he resorts to defending only a few specific class of clients who are genuinely innocent and deserves representation. But the essence of this discussion is this: Assuming that the person being defended is guilty of the charges framed against him, does mere representation in the court or providing legal advice to him amount to immoral, unethical or illegal (from an Islamic perspective, of course) act on part of the lawyer? Does conformation with due process, with the only aim to uphold the rule of law and principles of justice, amount to moral and legal condemnation? Where should one draw the line?
  5. Thank you for sharing your views on the matter but I find the responses rather conciliatory and inconclusive. Isn't there any clear guideline on the matter, besides the ones quoted?
  6. Thank you, dear Hameedeh. The book has proven to be most enlightening. Could you please suggest me a few on law and jurisprudence?
  7. Would it be correct for me to interpret, and conclude, that Islam has made the practice of smoking haraam?
  8. As-Salaamu Alaykum. Do certain practices amongst the Twelvers have a more cultural aspect to it than religious? For instance, what is the basis of conforming to such practices as organising and participating in processions, matam and zanzir?
  9. As-salamu alaykum, dear brothers and sisters. There is an age-old global stigmatisation surrounding lawyers as being deceptive, immorally corrupt and greedy. As insulting as it may sound, it is worth noting that, like any other fabrication, it is not without its share of truth and falsity. However, like any other profession, the legal profession has been given a bad name due to certain lamentable individuals and their equally lamentable practices. In my humble opinion, however, this profession remains to be amongst the noblest ones. On that note, let me ask you this: What practices are condemned, morally and legally (with sharia and teachings of the Ahlulbyt as the comparative standards ), by Islam for legal practitioners? I would really appreciate if lawyers, judges, academics and law students contribute to this discussion. If possible please share personal experiences. I thank you in advance for taking the trouble of contributing to this discourse. May infinite blessings of Allah shower upon you.
  10. As-salamu alaykum, dear brothers and sisters. I consider this to be a rare privilege for me to stumble across this site and I piously hope that my association with the site would prove to be constructive. Let me pose a very important question to the learned members of this site, which I believe would be beneficial to the mass: What is the stance of Qur'an and the Ahlulbyt (AS) on 'halal' income? Allow me to exemplify. It is my understanding that any financial gain by way of deception, or derived from interests, are strictly haraam. Is there an exhaustive list? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, is there any definite criteria that would allow one to assess whether his income is halaal or not? I thank you in advance for taking the trouble of contributing to this discourse. May infinite blessings of Allah shower upon you.
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