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  1. Salam, Came across this dua today, I was wondering what's the story behind it and said it? An imam (as)? Jazakallah
  2. Salam, I have a question concerning the ritual bath (Ghusl). In the previous years, I used to do Ghusl without washing my back completely; only a small portion of it was washed. Are all my previous Ghusls considered void and I have to repeat all my prayers? If possible, post a fatwa from sayed khamemei too. Thank you wassalam.
  3. (salam) When the leader of a prayer congregation shortens his prayer because he is traveling, what are the followers of the prayer supposed to do? I always thought we were supposed to wait until right after the Tashahhud is recited and then stand up and finish on your own--and this is what I've always seen everyone else do too. But at the Islamic center we go to, there is a fairly religious and influential family and I've noticed that they don't do this. They instead sit in a crouching position and wait until the imam has finished his entire prayer (said Allahu Akbar 3 times), then they stand up and finish their prayer. They crouch like this: <--- lol at this drawing! My mom asked the daughter about it one time and she said that's the way you're supposed to do it when the imam is making traveler's prayer, but they're the only people I've ever seen do this... What is the correct way? have you ever seen anyone do this?
  4. I actually made this same post back when I first became a member of ShiaChat but, as good as the replies were, I still didn't have a complete answer that fully helped me so here I am with the same question. (I also understand that there are other posts highlighting the same problem as mine. Tbh I have seen most of them and unfortunately, they also have not helped which is why I am making this post again. I understand this may be frustrating for some, and to those members I apologise, but I feel this is a topic of upmost importance). Anyway, even though I'm sure you've probably guessed what my problem is, I struggle when it comes to pronouncing whilst in prayer. I am not Arabic, and am not fluent in speaking Arabic, in fact (as an Iranian) I sometimes even struggle to pronounce words in Farsi ! This should go to show how poor my pronunciation is lol. On my previous post, and on the other posts I had a look at, I noticed a handful of brothers and sisters trying to help by saying that those with poor pronunciation should not worry and that it is the act of worship that counts. However I have seen Sistanis rulings on pronunciation in prayer and I need to improve my pronunciation, otherwise I fear my prayers are falling on deaf ears. Having said that, I am not sure where else to look. I have seen most of the youtube videos and though they helped, it was only Surah Al-Fatihah that I really improved at (but after hearing my recording I noticed there was still so many problems). What's more, having not watched those videos in about 2 months, my pronunciation has gone as bad as it used to be. Personally I believe my best bet is to sit down with an individual who can fluently speak arabic and get help one on one, as that way I can also be told if I am repeating the words correctly. But my question (and sorry it's taken me so long to get to it lol) is who and where? Would going to a Sunni Mosque be the answer (I believe Shia Mosques don't tend to have too many Imams around and about and I'd like to think that with the Sunni sect being so much larger, that it would), or am I better off seeking help elsewhere. In particular I would really appreciate any answers from anyone who has struggled to come to grips with pronouncing arabic in the past as hopefully they will be able to relate to this problem far better (or so I'd like to think) but any replies from anyone is very much appreciated. Once again, sorry for the long post and I hope to hear from as many of you as soon as possible :D
  5. Salam Alakom Dear Brother's & Sister's, Ramadan is almost done, it is really hard to let go but there is not much time left of these blessed days, let us spend the last couple of days we have in praying for all our dear brother's and sister's out there that still do not have a bite to eat, clothes to stay warm, or a roof on thier head! The days of blessings, of hasanat are running away from us! I ask for you Dua' as well :)! If you can please remember me in these last couple of days I would forever be in your debt if you remember me in your prayers! Please and Thank You. Hopefully I am posting this in the appropriate section, hopefully I am not asking much of my family here, I am still new here :)! Femanallah, nasalakom al-Dua!
  6. As Salaam Alaykkum, I'm a revert and my parents aren't aware of my intention to be a Muslim. I can go to mosque to pray only for asr and dhuhr because a mosque is opposite to my school. I just join the Muslims making their way towards the mosque. But if I am sweating after playing, should I change cloths just before prayer? My Muslim friends bring cloths but, my mother asks y I need extra cloths? Just wudu would do to purify me? Or anything else I should do?? Regards, Saleem Khan.
  7. Okay its almost time for prayers and i have a small cut. I cant wipe the blood off since I am still bleeding. I've read that some Muslims say that flowing blood and blood on clothes invalidates prayer.. Are they serious!?!?! So my prayers wont count since im bleeding? thats so frustrating, its like everyday im finding a new thing that somehow invalidates prayers.more frustrating is that we cant all agree on exactly what the rule for it is... makes it seem like Islam is such a difficult religion to follow. So is it true that blood invalidates prayers? How could something so basic and vital be considered impure? I mean, i've heard the followers of Hussein would pray while they were being hit with arrows .
  8. Salam alejkum, Firstly I apologise for flooding the topic with questions. I have a few questions regarding congregational salah for fajr, dhur, asr, maghrib, isha and jummah. What are the rules the Shia way? 1. Do you recite surah al-fatiha and second surah behind the imam when he does or do you just listen? Does this differ between each raka'a? 2. Do you recite while going into ruku, sujoud and the salaams as well? jazakAllah.
  9. Hi guys, hope everyone's having a good. For several weeks now I've been after the full Imam Mahdi prayer (same one recited by Ahmadinejad during his UN speeches) with no luck yet. Where can I find the Arabic, phonetic and English translation? Thanks in advance.
  10. In the following video Hassan Allahyari states that neglecting your daily prayers is a major sin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nWypVOthlU To be honest I have neglected my prayers a lot this past year. Is there no salvation for me? I've have the feeling that Allah (swt) abondened me. What should I do? Even If I do start my prayers. How will I be accepted in Djanah if I did not pray since the day I learned it?
  11. My pronunciation in prayer is terrible. I'm aware that this is an important issue, one that can even invalidate prayer which is incredibly worrying for me. Nevertheless I can't quite seem to get the hang of certain letters and words in Arabic. I've watched several videos on youtbe and had my brother help me and yet, though I know I have certainly improved, I am far from perfecting my pronunciation. What would you advise me to do. Are there any classes that I could attend or any particularly good videos that I may have missed, or maybe even books that could help? Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks for reading (and responding)
  12. salaam, i have a question concerning salaat istikhara. i want guidance concerning marriage. i found online 2 dua's for istighara; one specific for marriage. can i use any of them, or do i have to use the onefor marriage, does it make any difference? also i really feel like i want this person to be my halal. and i did istkhara before i got to know him. i decided to know him better just bcus of his deen, and Allah is my witness! now i do have feelings for him (we know each other one year now). lately there have been some issues, but i still feel like i want him and that i can accept him as he is. i decided to do istikhara again. i'm left with a feeling that i am very scared to loose him although i have been asking Allah for peace of mind (does this mean anything?); also after the 2nd istighara i had a dream. i went to a maulana because i thought there might be something wrong with him or with me and that maybe he could make dua for me to find my peace. He told me that i said something to upset him. So after that (and after the istikhara) we "fixed" this issue. i have been doing istikhara still (already 5th time). after this i have not seen anything else happening (nothing getting better between us). i feel the same way towards him and i'm still afraid to lose him. i asked someone else to do the istikhara for me also. My question now, is it allowed for me to ask the maulana if this person is meant for me, bcuz i believe he can know this. i know that no one can predict the future but i also know that there are ways this can be done. is this haraam? can i use this method as an answer to my istikhara? i don't want to do anything Haram, but as a human being i wish to know and ask Allah for patience every time. Also how long before i start seeing results, is there anything said about this matter? Also beside the dream, i didn't have any other 'sign" or feeling or anything. am i doing something wrong or is this how it usually goes. i'm new with istikhara so please guide me. salaam and thank you.
  13. (salam) (bismillah) There is a prayer of Imam Ali a.s where he a.s has prayed that "O, Allah if the thing i am praying for is good for me then please accept my prayer and if that is not good for me then donot accept my prayer, even if i do'nt like it because yoh have the knowledge of the unseen and i donot have" One of my friend was going abroad and he asked me to pray for him when i gave this prayer to him he raised a valid and interesting question which i could not reply. The question was that "Why i pray this way I can pray that make things good for me even they can go wrong in Your knowledge because O, Allah you can do every thing". What you say in response to his question?
  14. www.shiatranslation.org Every Worship has an Esoteric and Exoteric Aspect Every [act of] worship has an esoteric and spiritual aspect to it. Hajj, for example, is not merely those actions that the pilgrims perform. Similarly, the esoteric dimension of ṣalāt is not merely the common movements [of ṣalāt]. Additionaly, the narrations of the Prophet (pbuh) and Ahlul-Bayt (pbut) clearly indicate this reality. The following narration probably sheds some light onto this point: Imam Ali (pbuh) says, "If the person performing ṣalāt knows what descends upon him from the Glory of God, he would be dismayed to lift his head up from prostration." Imam al-Sadiq (pbuh) said, "When a person stands up for ṣalāt, mercy descends upon him from the highest heavens to earth, and the angels surround him, whereby one [of the angels] calls out, "If this person [praying] knows what [bounties] are in ṣalāt he would never abandon it." Meaning that he would not leave the ṣalāt if he was to realize the esoteric reality of ṣalāt along with the meanings that the ṣalāt embodies within the presence of God, the Glorified and Exalted. Two Forces Exist in Every Human The person must live a state of anticipation for ṣalāt, for the pious believer who wants to reach the esoteric reality of ṣalāt must live this premonition before the time [of prayer] enters, yearningly anticipating the ṣalāt. The major events in life, and the lofty meanings initiate [primarily] by instilment and then transform into reality. The person must not become fatigued of constant instilment, for wayfaring towards God, the Exalted, is a diametric movement in the nature of the human due to the presence of two factors [in the human]: firstly, a driving force; and secondly, a preventing force. We must realize that there is a driving force which drives the wayfarer towards an opposite direction from what he desires [spiritually], meaning that it compels him to: lean towards temporal desires, lax towards the temporal realm, give precedence to the temporal over the ethereal, give precedence to the desire over the intellect, and give precedence to the immediate interest over the future interest. I would like to add that [the act of] worship is [a form of] dealing and interaction with the invisible world, and if the invisible world remains purely invisible, then it is no longer a driving force for the human. He who believes in God and the origin and return but does not live true realization by presence in his heart, would, naturally, not journey towards God, the Exalted, in an active manner and thus will attempt to go against the current. The swimmer who wants to swim against the current would initially require struggle, hardship and combat until he becomes accustomed to swimming with the wave thus overcoming the obstacles. Preliminary self preparedness is Necessary Hence, entering the ocean of ṣalāt requires preliminary self preparedness. Prior to the time [of prayer] entering, it would be beneficial for the person to create a barrier between himself and ṣalāt, i.e. creating a transitional area as a barrier between the two dimensions: Thus it is neither ṣalāt, nor is it interaction with others. For this reason, it is seen that the noble Qur'an emphasizes on the [following] reality: Performing tasbih prior to sunrise and sunset. The person must sit in the prayer area before the sun sets.. in an area where he prepares himself to be in the presence of God, the Exalted, while performing some tasbihat, tahlilat, and other recommended acts whereby he gradually dissuades from interaction with the elements of this world. Therefore, the ṣalāt of the believer begins a while before the [actual] time, for the righteous [people] and saints prepare themselves to meet the Lord an hour or so before, whereas the [ṣalāt] time surprises the laymen, and they even probably (deep inside) wish that the time does not enter, so that [the ṣalāt] doesn't spoil their [worldly] leisure! Now, if it was necessary to pray in the house - not in a house of God, the Exalted - then he must prepare an empty location for worshipping in his house to assert his anticipation and lenience to meet his Master. continuation of part I will be coming soon ... http://shiatranslati...temid=4〈=en
  15. Assalam Alaikum! I am new to Islam and I was wondering if there are any brothers or sisters that could explain prayer and/or du'a for all us new reverts out there! Perhaps any new links or images. It would be greatly appreciated!
  16. As salam aleikum Sorry for bringing another thread regarding validity of prayer, but there I go. As I was sitting for tashahud, I felt a small pain in my left foot which I was relying on. As I stood up after prayer I noticed a very small cut on my foot with blood which seemed to have dried. I realized that even after reading many times about it, I never got to know rulings about blood in prayer. Once again, I came across rules that got me confused. http://www.al-islam.org/laws/rulesofnamaaz1.html Can you please have a look to rules 856 and 858 : Thess two are clearly contradictory to me : my situation can apply to both, and I really don't know what is to be understood here. My small cut was smaller than a dirham, yet it could have been washed easily... What is the logic behind these rules ? Any answer appreciated. Salam aleikum
  17. (bismillah) (salam) I thought this was truly immense so I wanted to share it with you all from the book - http://lib.ahlolbait...n-Musa-Al-Rida/ Al-M’m¡n sent Raj¡’ b. Ab¡ al-Dahh¡k to Medina in order to bring the Im¡m to Khuras¡n. The latter went and accompanied him on the road from Medina to Maru. He has reported the following about his acts of worship: “By Allah, I have never seen a man more (earnest) than him in seeking protection in Allah (the Great and Almighty), mentioning Him in all his times, and fearing Him. When he rose in the morning, he performed the morning prayer. When he finished his prayer and said the taslim, he sat in his place of prayer and (began) glorifying Allah, praising Him, saying: ‘Allah is Greater! There is no god but Allah! O Allah bless the Prophet and his family, may Allah bless him and his family.’ He continued these phrases until the sun rose. Then he prostrated himself in prayer for a long time. Then he went to the people to speak to them and to preach to them until it was forenoon. Then he renewed his ablution and returned to his place of prayer. When the sun came near to descending (from its midday zenith), he stood and prayed six rak‘as. In the first rak‘a he recited the sura al-Hamd and the sura qul y¡ ayyuh¡ al-k¡fir¡n. In the second rak‘a he recited the sura al-Hamd and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad. In every rak‘a of the four-rak‘a prayers he recited the sura al-Hamd lill¡h and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad, and then he recited the taslim. Then he recited his personal prayer in the second rak‘a before the kneeling and after the recitation. Then he said the adh¡n (the call to prayer). Then he prayed two rak‘as. Then he said the iq¡ma (the declaration of standing for prayer) and performed the noon prayer. When he recited the taslim, he glorified Allah, praised Him, and said: ‘Allah is Greater! There is no god but Allah!’ He continued these phrases for a long time. Then he performed Sal¡t al-Shukr (the prayer for giving thanks). In it he said: ‘Thanks be to Allah,’ for one hundred times. When he raised his head, he stood and prayed six rak‘as. In each rak‘a he recited the sura al-Hamd lill¡h and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad. After each two rak‘as he recited the taslim. Then he said his personal prayer in the second rak‘a before the kneeling and after the recitation. Then he said the adh¡n (the call to prayer). Then he prayed two rak‘as and said his personal prayer in the second rak‘a. When he recited the taslim, he stood and performed the afternoon prayer. When he recited the taslim, he sat in his place of prayer, glorified Allah, praised Him, and said: ‘Allah is Greater! There is no god but Allah!’ Then he prostrated himself in prayer and said one hundred times: ‘Thanks be to Allah.’ “When the sun set, he performed the ritual ablution, said the adh¡n and iq¡ma, and performed the three rak‘as of the evening prayer. Then he said his personal prayer in the second rak‘a before the kneeling and after the recitation. When he recited the taslim, he sat in his place of prayer, glorified Allah, praised Him, and said: ‘Allah is Greater! There is no god but Allah.’ He recited these phrases for a long time. Then he performed Sal¡t al-Shukr (the prayer for giving thanks). Then he raised his head and did not say anything until he stood and prayed four rak‘as, finishing each two rak‘as with the taslim. Then he said his personal prayer in the second rak‘a before kneeling and after the recitation. In the first rak‘a of these four rak‘as, he recited the sura al-hamd and the sura qul y¡ ayyuh¡ al-k¡fir¡n. In the second rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamd and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad. Then he recited the taslim. Then he sat and recited personal supplications until he entered into evening. Then he broke the fast. Then he stayed until about third of the night passed. Then he stood and performed the night prayer in four rak‘as. Then he said his personal prayer in the second rak‘a before kneeling and after the recitation. When he recited the taslim, he sat in his place of prayer mentioning Allah, the Great and Almighty, glorifying and praising Him, saying: ‘Allah is Greater! There is no god but Allah!’ He said these phrases for a long time. After saying his personal supplications, he performed Sal¡t al-Shukr, and then he went to bed. “At the last third of night he got up glorifying and praising (Allah), saying: ‘Allah is greater! There is no god but Allah!’ And he asked Him for forgiveness. Then he cleaned his teeth with the misw¡k (cleaning stick for teeth). Then he performed the ritual ablution. Then he stood and performed the late night payer. He said eight rak‘as. After each two rak‘as, he recited the taslim. In the first two rak‘as of them, he recited the sura al-hamd and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad thirty times. “Then he performed the prayer of Ja‘far b. Ab¡ T¡lib, which is four rak‘as. After each two rak‘as, he recited the taslim. After the second rak‘a of each two rak‘as, he said his personal prayer before kneeling. He regarded it as (part) of the late night prayer. Then he performed the other two rak‘as. In the first rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamd and the sura al-mulk. In the second rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamd and the sura hal at¡ ‘al¡ al-ins¡n. Then he stood and performed the two rak‘as of al-Shafa‘. In each rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamd one time and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad three times. He said his personal prayer after the second rak‘a. Then he stood and performed (the prayer of al-witr), which is one rak‘a. In it he recited the sura al-hamd, the sura qul huwa Allah ahad three times, the sura qul a‘¡dhu bi Rab al-falaq one time, and the sura qul a‘¡dhu bi Rab al-n¡s one time. Then he said his personal prayer before the kneeling and after the recitation. He would say (the following) in his personal prayer: “‘O Allah, bless Mohammed and the Household of Mohammed. O Allah, guide us through him whom You guided, make us well through him whom You made well, attend to us through him to whom You attend, bless us in that which You have given, protect us from the evil of what You decreed, for You decree and none decrees against You. Verily he whom You befriend is not lowly, and he toward whom You show enmity is not exalted, blessed are You and high exalted!’ “Then he said seventy times: ‘I ask Allah’s forgiveness and seek repentance from Him.’ When he recited the taslim, he sat and recited supplications for a long time. When the dawn approached, he stood and prayed the two rak‘as of the dawn. In the first rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamad and the sura qul y¡ ayyuh¡ al-k¡fir¡n. In the second rak‘a he recited the sura al-hamad and the sura qul huwa Allah ahad. When the dawn broke, he said the adh¡n and the iq¡ma and performed the prayer of the early morning in two rak‘as. When he recited the taslim, he sat and recited supplications until the sun rose. Then he performed Sal¡t al-Shukr (the prayer for giving thanks).” Just reading this left me in total awe.. I’ve purposefully paragraphed every time ‘then’ is mentioned to display how many acts of worship were actually carried out by our Holy Imam (as)..I think a serious reconsideration of our daily worship needs to take place; a serious reform within ourselves so we act with total obedience to offer servitude to our Lord. I mean look at our Imam (as) and this is purely out of love! Who are we to say ‘we’ve done enough’..
  18. Salam Alaykom! I have heard ,and I am pretty sure it is wrong but I would like to have the correct anwers, that the prayers becomes wajib for girls at the age of 9 and for boys at the age of 16. I understand that the girls get into puberty far earlier than the boys, but not at the age of 16?! So my question here is, when is it wajib for boys and girls to pray and fast? At what age and why? Thank you, and may Allah bless you all!
  19. If God is needless of anything, even our prayer, then why does he want us to pray? You might say that, yes, it doesn't benefit God but it benefits "us". Well ok, let's go with this... What if I don't want this benefit? Why would I be punished for it? Its like me Telling someone to do a chore, but it doesn't affect or benefit me in the slightest bit. Though, I tell the person that if he doesn't do this chore then I will kill him. Wheres the logic in this? Thanks.
  20. (salam) Ramadhan Kareem To All, I started reading the quran today and i had a couple questions.. 1. Can you read the quran anywhere or just on a prayer mat? 2. Do you have to read quran outloud? Or can you just read it in your head? Please answerr i cant wait to read on!! :D I follow al sistani if that is any help to anyone (wasalam)
  21. Asslamoalaikum, 1. I heard that if some one offers his Qadha prayers instead of "Namaz e Shab" at night and then offer two Rak'at "Namaz e Shifa" and One Rakat "Witr" then his Namaz e Shab and Qadha Prayers both are offered. Is it true? 2. My second question is that to offer Namaz e Shab Is it necessary to sleep for sometime before offering? Sometimes i do not sleep till midd night or even after midnight then can i offer Namaz e Shab without sleeping and getting up or not? I am Muqalid of Ayatullah Ali Sistani (Hz). Please provide me any reference in this regard from him specially or from any other scholar.
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