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  1. Salam As per Ayt. Sistani, one of the recommended ghusls is : 19. the ghusl for shaving one’s hair (ḥalq); https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2190/ Like Friday ghusl, this ghusl suffices for wudhu. But is this talking about halq after umrah/hajj, or is it just any shaving of head?
  2. Ws. If you have gloves on, then ghusl is not required. If you are only holding bones, then again ghusl is not needed. If the ghusl does become wajib, it would be Ghusl mas-e- mayyut (touching of dead body), but this can be easily avoided.
  3. بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Get the point ?
  4. The Quran is not silent about the successor of Prophet. In fact, it is not silent about anything at all. It is a detailed explanation of Everything (including succession to Prophet): لَقَدْ كَانَ فِى قَصَصِهِمْ عِبْرَةٌ لِّأُوْلِى ٱلْأَلْبَـٰبِ‌ۗ مَا كَانَ حَدِيثًا يُفْتَرَىٰ وَلَـٰكِن تَصْدِيقَ ٱلَّذِى بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَتَفْصِيلَ كُلِّ شَىْءٍ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةً لِّقَوْمٍ يُؤْمِنُون "In their history verily there is a lesson for men of understanding. It is no invented story but a confirmation of the existing (Scripture) and a detailed explanation of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for folk who believe." (12:111) I'm surprised how someone can believe that Quran would remain completely silent on a matter as serious as the topic of succession to Prophet ! A better approach for Sunnis would be to see if they can find any explanation in the Quran to back their argument that Prophet (s) didn't appoint a successor, rather than accusing Quran of being silent on this very important matter.
  5. Again, I am not disagreeing with you. There are other very high ranking Islamic personalities who chose to remain single and never got married, but they all had justifiable reasons. A person imprisoned for life in a jail with no possibility of marriage or mutah has a valid reason to be celibate. Imam Musa Kazim (عليه السلام) was in dungeon for years and they tried to seduce him with a beautiful woman. Instead of sin, he could have married her or did mutah with her, but he chose to not even look at her. Maryum (عليه السلام) was unmarried. Masooma Qum was also unmarried. Amongst other people, Bint-ul-Huda of Iraq also remained unmarried. List goes on.... The point is intention. If the reason why a person choses to remain single is valid, then it is not just acceptable but he may also be greatly rewarded for showing life-long patience.
  6. I understand and agree. Some people may have valid and genuine reasons to remain unmarried for the entire lives. Prophet Isa as. is an example from Allah himself. I was only talking about people who remain unmarried without any reasonable justification.
  7. I think marriage is not entirely about what we feel about it or how much we need it or don't need it; I believe it is mainly about how would Allah view us if we intend to stay unmarried. I think deliberate intention to stay unmarried without a valid reason may be considered as an insult to Allah (naoudobillah). The reason for this I believe is that being "single", "alone", "independent" are specific characteristics of Allah himself. He has not chosen a spouse for himself and He has no children and He is so proud of being single that He wants us to repeat this concept in our minds and say it from our lips and read it aloud many times in a day in surah Ikhlas and also in prayer standing before Him in Salah. He is proud of having no need for a spouse and He considers this as His purity, His greatness, His cleanliness, His independence. Now there are some traits of Allah which He wants us to develop in ourselves too, like Allah is generous and forgiving and He wants us to be like that too. But there are his other traits which He does not, at all allow us to develop. He is independent and in no need for a partner/spouse and He is so proud of this that He does not allow His creations to feel the same way and become partnerless. That's why Allah says He has created everything in pairs, but He himself is not part of a pair. He is One and does not like that His creations try to mimick him and stay single. He is pure and clean because He has no spouse, but for us humans He has chosen the opposite. i.e, a person becomes pure and clean when they get married. Allah says: And indeed We sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad (ﷺ)), and made for them wives and offspring. It is reported the Prophet said: 'Whoever wants to meet Allah pure and purified, let him marry free women." "Holy is He Who created all things in pairs, of what the earth grows, and of themselves, and of what they know not." (Quran 36:37) So I believe the issue with staying single is the fear that Allah would consider that you are trying to copy Him in his majesty and cleanliness and independence. He does not permit this, rather He has chosen the opposite for us, to show us how different we are to Allah in his purity. Perhaps that's why He allows multiple wives for men, and also allows women to get new husbands if they get divorced or widow, so that nobody other than Him can claim to be so pure and clean, that they have no need of a spouse. In short, one should get married if he can, otherwise Allah might consider his unmarried, partnerless, celibate life to be an insult to himself, as if one is trying to copy Allah in His unique characteristics.
  8. BBC News - Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53140914
  9. I make these decisions sometimes twice in a day.
  10. This is an issue I face every single day of my life. Not a day goes by when I have to think about what is the right answer to the questions you have asked. I see dying covid patients almost daily. It is an extremely complex issue and just like you mentioned there is not much input from marjas. I have to make End of Life decisions myself and many, many times I wonder what is the Islamic rule for the scenarios I came across as routine in my work place. When to stop antibiotics, when to deny NG feed, when to stop checking obs (bp, temp, heart rate etc) for a patient when he is dying, but might survive for a few more hours if the treatment is not stopped. Unfortunately, the British medical practice is based on quality of life rather than longevity. If the doctor feels a 90 years old woman with dementia, bed bound, nursing home resident, very poor baseline, does not converse, might live for a few more days if antibiotics are given but will most likely die on this admission to hospital, they would stop the treatment and let her die early because they would feel her quality of life is so bad that early death would be in her best interest. So we do "best interest" meetings with the family and the final decision about treatment is decided. I can talk on this for hours. I wanted to start this topic myself...I can actually write a book on this topic and my experiences with dying patients who have been started on comfort care pathways only and made palliative. It is a very dangerous profession to be in, when your decision may be considered by Allah as murder. There is no easy answer and no clear guidelines from marjas, just vague rules. I only rely on the rule that treatment can't be de-escalated if there is even a slight change that giving treatment will prolong life even for one hour, even if that prolonged life means the patient will physically suffer more, will be in pain or have difficulty breathing etc. Ofcourse, palliative / anticipatory medications to help with these End-of-Life symptoms are there, but may not be sufficient. What should I do if family insists that no IV fluids are given to their mother who is in coma, when you know that the fluids will improve her hydration and protect her kidneys and may lengthen her life by a few days, but she will nevertheless not come out of unconsciousness before she dies? I have tens of questions like these, situations which I face daily. In fact I have to get ready for work right now, otherwise I can continue on this for on and on. May Allah guide us.
  11. Answer to this topic is in Dua Kumail from Imam Ali(عليه السلام). ___ My Protector, so how should he remain in the chastisement, while he has hope for Your previous clemency? am kayfa tu-limuhun-naru wa huwa ya-malu fadhlaka wa rah-mataka Or how should the Fire cause him pain while he expects Your bounty and mercy? am kayfa yuh-riquhu lahibuha wa anta tas-mau' saw-tahu wa tara makanah Or how should its flames burn him, while You hearest his voice and seest his place? am kayfa yash-tamilu ‘ailayhi zafiruha wa anta ta’lamu dha’fah Or how should its groaning encompass him, while You knowest his weakness? am kayfa yataqalqalu bayna at-baqiha wa anta ta’lamu sid-qah Or how should he be convulsed among its levels, while You knowest his sincerity? am kayfa tazjuruhu zabani-yatuha wa huwa yunadika ya rab-bah Or how should its keepers torture him while he calls out to You, O Lord? am kayfa yar-ju fadhlaka fi i't-qihi minha fatat-rukuhu fiha Or how should he have hope of Your bounty in freeing him from it, while You abandonest him within it? hayhat ma dhalikazh-zhan-nu bik Far be it from You! That is not what is expected of You, wa-lal-ma’rufu min fadhlik Nor what is well-known of Your bounty, wa-la mush-biha lima ‘amal-ta bihil-muah-hidina mim bir-rika wa ih-sanik Nor it is similar to the goodness and kindness You hast shown to those who profess Your Unity. So I declare with certainty that were it not for what You hast decreed concerning the chastisement of Your deniers And what You hast foreordained concerning the everlasting home of those who stubbornly resist, You wouldst make the Fire, all of it, coolness and safety, And no one would have a place of rest or abode within it. But You—holy are Your Names—hast sworn that You wilt fill it with the unbelievers, Both Jinn and men together, And that You wilt place those who stubbornly resist therein forever. And You— majestic is Your eulogy— said at the beginning and wernt gracious through kindness as a favour, that a believer is not like unto him who is an evil-liver.
  12. Yes, but you cannot just pick it up from there. It is the property of the centre. If you pick up without permission and pray on it, I'm not sure but it might be considered praying using usurped item thus making the prayer invalid. If the centre management allows then that's fine.
  13. Yes, right ... but the consummation is not a requirement for walima. Usually the walima is on the day after the wedding night but many couples don't consummate their marriage on their first night for a variety of reasons, but the walima goes ahead.
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