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Salaam1

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  1. Based on the visibility curves, it was possible to sight it with optical aid in Southern Canada. The sighting in Virginia was made by someone with experience in using binoculars for sighting, and maybe the Canadians looking for the new moon didn't have the same level of expertise. But scientifically, it was apparently possible to sight it.
  2. All of the USA and most Canadian cities are within the area where it is visible with optical aid. Ayatullah Khamenei allows sighting with optical aid, so for his followers the sighting in Virginia does apply to most of North America as well. Ayatullah Sistani does not allow sighting with optical aid, so for his followers the sighting in Virginia is disregarded.
  3. (salam) Ayatullah Sistani's website at http://www.sistani.org/local.php?modules=nav&nid=2&bid=61&pid=3188 says: But if you follow a different marja, you should check on his rulings.
  4. Salaam1

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    (salam) I use the Pray Times add-on for Firefox. It just requires that you have Firefox running all the time, but that's not a big deal. http://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4270
  5. (salam) I believe it is explaining that if you are standing facing qibla and the body is on the ground in front of you, the face should be to the right of qibla and the feet should be left of it.
  6. (salam) The booklet at http://www.al-mubin.org/attachments/029_BOOK%20-%20Summary%20of%20the%20Rulings%20of%20Salat%20al-Jamaat.pdf should help answer your questions.
  7. And a couple of points just for the sake of clarification: 1) When praying furada, you should recite the surahs silently (whereas you would not recite them yourself when praying in Shia jamaat). 2) You cannot pray the Friday Prayer as furada, because according to Shia fiqh it requires a jamaat of at least 5 people. And because it's just two rakaats, you can't pray Dhuhr at that time either. If you're going to join Sunnis in the Friday Prayer then do a sunnat prayer or a qadha Fajr prayer. Then afterwards you will still need to recite the Dhuhr prayer. As for a turbah, you could possibly use a tasbeeh made from wood or clay or some other material from the earth. There's some info at http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=234914904 ... check with your own marja, though.
  8. (salam) Facebook's website says: So at the very least, you should use that process to report the abuse to Facebook. If the person is being harmful (rather than just annoying), then you should get in touch with your local police.
  9. (salam) Welcome to Islam and to Shiachat. :) Here is Dua Wahda... It has the Arabic text and English translation, but not the transliteration of the Arabic pronunciation. If you're not able to find that anywhere else, let me know and I can give it a shot. DuaWahda.pdf
  10. And the result....... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/...d.html?ITO=1490 Ooof! Didn't Ramadhan teach them anything about patience? :wacko: :lol:
  11. (salam) The website for Bayt-ul-Qaim is http://www.bqic.org/
  12. (salam) I think your best option within Canada would be a smaller city in Southern Ontario, like Kitchener or London (Ontario). Neither of these cities is "big", so you could easily get a home in the outskirts of the city to satisfy your requirement for nature and wide open spaces. The main drawback is that the Islamic facilities are not as extensive as in the big cities, but you'd be only 1-2 hour drive from Toronto if you need to go there occasionally. Here are the websites for the Shia centre in Kitchener and London, as well as the Wikipedia pages for the cities so you can learn more about them. http://www.kitchenershiacentre.org (website for new centre...they have a different place right now) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitchener,_Ontario http://www.almehdiln.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London,_Ontario I think most of their programs are in English, but I'm not sure.
  13. (salam) Good point. http://al-islam.org/laws/najisthings.html#89 says: "89. The dead body of a human being is najis. Similarly the dead body of any animal whose blood gushes forth with force is najis, irrespective of whether it dies a natural death, or is killed in a manner other than that prescribed by Islam. As the blood of a fish does not gush forth, its dead body is Pak, even if it dies in water." I don't know whether that applies to just fish with scales or to all seafood that doesn't gush blood. Haram/halal vs. najis/pak make a difference when you're just handling food (i.e., you don't have to do wudhu if you touch a haraam but pak fish), but when it comes to eating them I don't see why there would be a difference between haraam and najis. A few years ago I asked Ayatullah Khamenei's office about a similar situation for sandwiches: So based on that answer, if you do know that the knife was in contact with najasat then even a veggie sandwich sliced by the same knife would not be halal. I figure the same applies to sushi.
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