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  1. Rumour has it that Witchcraft do prevent prayers from being answered. Living in an environment where witch craft is prevalent. How do one ultimately protect or curre self from witchcraft influence?
  2. Guest

    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
  3. Salamu Alaikum In Tashahhud, there is a mustahhab part said after the salawat which is "wa taqabbal shafa'atuhu wa arfa' darajata" (وتقبل شفاعته وارفع درجته). My question is, I've seen many people and have done myself open hands as if it's a dua while saying this. Is this recommended, or even permissible?
  4. Salaam alaikoum dear brothers and sisters, It's highly recommended to perform the night prayer. This prayer has a lot of benefits and will help you in this life and in the hereafter inshaAllah. Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said: “Staying awake in the (last part of the) night is healthy for the body, pleasing to the Lord Almighty, a means of Divine Mercy and adherence to the akhlaq of the prophets (a.s.). (al-Khisal: 121) My question is how do you spend or how would you like to spend your night in worship? Do you read, study, pray in the night? And how much time do you use for it? What are your personal experiences and miracles/benefits? Jazzakum Allahu khayr!
  5. Salams, What are the proofs for the distance required to shorten the prayer or break fast? I’ve seen something that suggests 8 farsakh was a day’s journey, so why should we only shorten our prayers after a days journey by modern modes of transport, such as the car, since it’s the most common.
  6. Salamum alaikum all, I wanted get some perspective on what the Shi'i position is on imams or prophets making minor mistakes? I have heard many prominent lecturers state Imams make NO minor mistakes and therefore do not accept hadith of the Prophet (AS) praying an incorrect number of rakaats. To me this seems a form of ghuluww (exaggeration) and this is echoed by the hadith attributed to Imam Ridha (AS) below. It also agrees with common sense if you think about it, the only one who makes no mistakes is God indeed. Of course sins are a different matter, we know Imams (AS) are free of "rijs" and therefore do not commit minor or major sins - we are talking about minor human mistakes here and whether they form part of Isma (infallibility). It seems to be some of the ghuluww elements are still with us more than we would like to admit. In a hadith narrated by Imam Ridha (AS) in Uyun Akhbar by Sheikh Sadooq. If you have a copy of the English translation it is book 2 page 454: On the authority of Abi Salt al Harawi that he told Al Reza "O son of the Prophet of God! There are people in the vicinity of Kufa who think that the Prophet (S) never made any mistakes when saying his prayers". The Imam (AS) said: "May God damn them! They lie. The only One who makes no mistakes is God - the One and Only" Sheikh Sadooq further says "I have recorded whatever has been narrated on the subjects of boasters and those who believe in turning over the affairs in the book Ibtal al-Ghuluw wal Tafweedh". Thanks
  7. salam everyone, i was wondering if eyelash lifting is permissible with wudu? or eyebrow feathering?? i recently found out that eyelash extensions isn't i follow sayed sistani. thank you in advance
  8. Guest

    Where to pray?

    Dear All, I would love to have your thoughts on a dilemma of mine. I was born into a moderately religious family; however I have stopped praying around the age of 24. This wasn't because of disbelief or atheism, as I still and continuously thought about God and fasted in Ramadan; but because I lost my motivation in praying, which felt like a mechanical exercise to me at the time. Well, this was more ten years ago, and in the past years I tried many times to get back into the habit of prayer, rather unsuccessfully, as I always stop after a few days when I get carried away with work and life. I am, as always, thinking to try again and my question is the following: where do you all pray in daytime? I am shia and I have no issues in combining my prayers into three chunks, but I am struggling to find a place where I can pray during daytime. I live in London and I work in an office for most hours of the day, often working from 9am to 9pm and commuting a minimum of 2hrs a day. When I get home by 10pm I hardly have energy to eat and say a few words to my family before I collapse. I do not wear the hijab, I never was, and generally people don't recognize me as a religious person (whatever this means - different things to different people) until they get to know me really well. I am very reserved and I am quite new at my recent job - I do not want to introduce myself as 'the muslim girl', praying in the corner of the meeting room and having people gossip behind my back. It is an open-plan office and there are no hidden corners. There are also no other muslims. I just had a little research on google where I could pray around the area - all mosques are quite far away, they wouldn't really fit into my lunchtime. There are however a few beauty salons around with Iranian people working in them. A rather random idea - would you find it very weird if I approached these people asking them if I could sometimes (every day??) visit their salon to pray there, if they had a quiet corner? It would be surely nuisance, and a lot of Iranians are in fact anti-religious. Another crazy idea - there is a church at the end of my road, what would happen if I sent a very polite email to the vicar asking if they could tolerate a muslim silently praying for a few minutes? Or am I mad? My only problem is that most of these churches, including this one, is closed during daytime. Any other ideas? Where do you all pray?
  9. hi everyone, i was wondering if having eyelash extensions is permissible when doing wudu? im talking about the ones that are stuck separately right next to the real eyelashes, it does not touch the skin? also if it depends on who you follow, i follow sayed sistani. thank you in advance
  10. Bismillah i Rahman i Raheem Salaam un Alaikum I was recently told that the proper time to perform the Asr prayer is 2 hours after the Zuhr, according to Ayatollah Sistani. However, many Shia apps often tell me the time for Asr, about 4 hours after the Zuhr. I would like to know for sure what Ayatollah Sistani says about the timing of the Asr prayer. JazakAllah Alaikum us Salam
  11. Salaam I have a simple question to ask. Is it alright if one cries while performing their prayers (Salaah)? As in, does it invalidate the prayer or no? JazakAllah W. Salaam
  12. So something interesting was brought to my attention this past weekend. While it made practical sense to me I still thought I would run it past everyone here and ask to get a general opinion on it. A Shia brother mentioned that he intentionally seperates his prayers for Zuhr/Asr & Maghrib/Isha. He told me that he prays his Zuhr prayers at the time on his calendar (Shia calendar which does not list seperate times for Asr & Isha the way a Sunni one does). He waits some time (an hour or so) before he reads Asr and for Isha he waits an hour or so (he says he prefers to read Isha later in the evening after his kids are asleep, it allows him time for reading Quran, etc...). Naturally, this struck me as a little out of the norm for Shia. I do want to mention that this did seem more practical from a prayer perspective should time allow for it. What's everyone's opinion on this ?
  13. Salaam, In Ayatollah Sistani’s Islamic Laws book it says: 856. “...If his body or dress is stained with blood, spread over a space lesser than a dirham (which is almost equal to the upper joint of the thumb)...” However, another rule in the book says: 858. “If blood on the dress or the body of a person who is praying, originates from a small cut or wound which can be healed easily, and which can be washed clean, then his namaz is void.”Is rule number 856 ALWAYS unconditional? Because rule 858 looks like it could contradict 856...I have a tiny pimple at the back of my head and when scratching my head I noticed a tiny amount (less than dirham) of dried blood in my finger nail, and there was some pus too after I used tissue to wipe pimple.Can I pray in this sstate because of rule 856? The blood was an extremely tiny amount... However after reading rule 858, now I’m confused on whether I need to wash the back of my head or not...I do not know when and how long it will heal, or if it’s already healed. I can’t see it. Usually any sort of blood that’s less than a Dirham in size would be washed easily and its source would probably heal quick. So what do I do know? If someone can clear these rules it would be great...
  14. Guest

    URGENT DUA Please Pray For Me

    Bismillah and Salaam everyone. Hope you are all healthy and well inshAllah. I have come in need of all your prayers inshAllah. I am hoping that through your prayers as I am a sinful human, maybe Allah will help me (not saying that He does not). I have been struggling with anxiety recently and once in a while it comes down hard. I have a hard time swallowing food and at random times trouble breathing. I want you all to pray for me, my health, and my life to get better inshAllah. If you can please, keep my family, and all those who are going through any kind of pain and struggle as well. My life in terms of mental, physical, and economic health is not so well. Alhamduillah none the less. I have been not feeling the same as I once used to and it scares me. If any of you is currently visiting the kaaba, the holy prophet, or any of our imams A.S. If it is not too much to ask please do a special request prayer for me there and if you can please donate any sum of money on behalf of me to whoever or whatever you wish be it for the sake of the shrine or for the poor. God bless you all, and thank you so much for this. I will as always keep you all in my prayers as well. Wa Salaam.
  15. I learned how to pray when i was a child. But I had forgotten over time. I can't even remember how it happened. I feared telling my parents, because I did not want to get in trouble (I was still a child) and to much time passed by. I could not ask people around me, as they would get me in trouble, and I mean, I would have been in such a huge amount of trouble, and I wont list the details. It's just bad. So I tried and tried to search online, but i was still to young to know words and terms to search and when i did, it was in English roman letters, i could not understand the pronunciation. And if it were in Arabic, it would be people making false prayers for Shia's. (By the way, I am shia). Eventually, i made friends with good people who did not judge me or spread rumors about me. And helped me through with praying again. Alhamdullah, i have worked hard to be a good Muslim during the years I did not pray. But I began to feel like a complete Muslim when I started to pray. Here is another problem, the way my parents teach Salah, its forceful and not good. In fact, I don't think any of my siblings pray and don't care. During the time i did learn, it was horrible. I don't blame myself for how things came to be. And my Arabic is absolutely terrible, i did not know how to read or write and lacked speaking skills, so i could not even search in Arabic. Or in the end, i was just terrible at it. But I did put effort, and it did put me through a depression throughout the years, id cry in secret, because I did not know how to pray. Again, I worked hard to be a good Muslim, while telling Allah to forgive me and promising ill start eventually and never miss another salah. What I am curious about is, do I need to make up those prayers I had missed? I don't even remember when it happened, how it happened. I don't mind making up all the salahs, because they were salahs i wanted to perform to begin with, i never tried to miss it on purpose, and now that I pray, I don't miss a single one. Still, if I do not need to make any up, I would like to know. I follow Sayed Sistani if it helps. I thank anyone in advance for responding and helping
  16. Salaam, A few weeks ago I read somewhere that one should specify in namaz whether it's an "a'da" or "qadha" prayer. Normally, my niyyat for prayers is as follows: I verbally or mentally say, "I pray ____ namaz, ___ rakats, wajib qurbatan ilallah", and if I need to pray qadha (sadly), I would just add the word "qadha" before the word "wajib". But now, I also add "a'da" before the word "wajib" for prayers that are being offered during the right time...Is this necessary when you know you're reading the namaz during the right time? Recently, I read some texts of past scholars such as Imam Khomeini that indicated that niyyat is just a natural and like an in-built phenomenon occurring before performing any voluntary action, and that it's impossible for any voluntary action to even occur without a niyyat (https://www.al-islam.org/adab-as-salat-disciplines-of-prayer-second-revised-edition-imam-khomeini/section-three-secret-niyyah#chapter-1-truth-niyyah-worship). Also, on Ayatollah Sistani's website it says that, "It is not, however, necessary that he should make the niyyat pass through his mind, or should, for example, utter: "I am offering four Rak'ats of Zuhr prayers Qurbatan ila-llah." ". I encourage you to visit the link Al-Islam.Org link I sent in this paragraph, the reading is not too long. Looking at this information, does this mean that one can just walk up to the musallah, instantly say the takbir, and then start the namaz??? If it's not possible to perform any voluntary action without niyyat, and if Ayatollah Sistani says that one doesn't need to pass it through his mind, then what even is niyyat? How is niyyat performed? Do I need to WILLFULLY try to perform the niyyat? If niyyat is a natural and automatic phenomenon, why are we always told to make sure to “do” niyyat, without niyyat namaz is void...etc ?. What does it mean to"do" it? Why is the importance of the “performance” of niyyat stressed so much, as if expecting us to make some conscious willful effort to do something...I don’t get what Ayatollah Sistani means by saying that it’s not necessary to pass it through your mind, how else do you do it then? It's always emphasized about how niyyat is an essential component of namaz, it is a rukn of namaz and all, and one can't pray without it. But how exactly is it done? (I know that when one is doing prayer, it shouldn't be to showoff or some other bad reason like that, it should be completely for the pleasure of Allah)... I think for now I’ll be sticking to the “verbal” or “conscious willful thought” approach to niyyat... If any knowledgeable brothers or sisters could explain and clarify this matter it would be great.
  17. Asslamoalaikum Wa Rehmatullah Hae Wa Barakatu. My Question is that I came to know that one can not offer prayer in a room where pictures are hanging. In my room there are pictures handing behind me when I offer prayer and certain on my left side on the wall and on right side on the wall. Can I offer prayer in this room. There is no picture in front when I face Qibla. Please specially tell the fatwa of Ayatullah Ali Al Sistani (hz)
  18. Asalaam Alaikum- Question~ A Sister friend of mine had this sent to her from another sister, I told her I am not sure of its validity but it is deemed false in a couple of Sunni Fatwa sites. Can anyone think of a source or is this just bogus? e THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER... Read it and tell me if you think the punishment part is right, we all know that not offering our prayers (salat) is HARAM! But little do we know the punishments that we will face... The Prophet peace be upon him narrated. "Convey from me, even if its one verse (Ayah)" Maybe forwarding this message to others can be beneficial for your Intercession on the Day of Judgement. The punishments of the one who doesn't pray. The Prophet peace be upon him narrated: "Whoever shows heedlessness (negligence) in praying salat, Allah punishes them with fifteen kinds of punishments" Six punishments in this lifetime. Three punishments while dying. Three punishments in the grave. Three punishments on the day of Judgment. Six punishments in this lifetime: 1 - Allah takes away blessings from his age,(makes his life misfortunate) 2 - Allah wipes out the virtues of righteous people from his face. 3 - Allah does not accept his Dua's. 4- He will be detested by all creatures on Earth. 5 - Allah does not award him for his good deeds. 6 - He will not be included in the prayer & Dua's of the righteous. (good people) Three punishments while dying. 1- He dies humiliated. 2-He dies hungry. 3- He dies thirsty. Even if he drinks the water of all the seas, he will still be thirsty. Three punishments in the grave. 1- Allah tightens his grave until his chest, ribs come over each other. 2- Allah pours on him fire with embers (red colour, hot coal made of immensely heated firewood). 3- Allah sets on him a snake called "The Brave" "The Bold" which rolls all around his body & crushes him. Three punishments on the day of Judgment. 1- He will be dragged face down over hot burning coal to the hellfire. 2- Allah gives him an angry look that makes the flesh of his face fall down 3- Allah judges him strictly and orders him to be thrown in hell. Those who do not offer their prayers of: FAJR: The glow of their face is taken away. DHUHR: The blessing of their income is taken away (even if he has millions, he will be poor). ASR: There is no strength in their body. MAGHRIB: They are not benefitted by their children. ISHA: The peace of their sleep is taken away. a beautiful duaa for thanking Allah for every moment "Allah humma Ainni ala zikrika wa shukrika wa husni ibadatika"
  19. as salaam alakim! I'm confused on what people mean by calling on independently, does it mean a prayer or dua?
  20. Guest

    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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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
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