Question and Answer

Answers by Allama Sayyed Mohammad Moosawi Saheb


Q. Can you say a Dua in Qunoot other than in Arabic (i.e. in your own words) in a Wajib (obligatory) Namaz?
A. In a Wajib (obligatory) Namaz one can say Dua in Qunoot. He can ask Allah Ta’ala anything in his own language.
Q. Can a person achieve the status of a “Shia” without offering night prayers?
A. There are various stages of faith for a true believer. One who believes in all the fundamentals of Islam, including the belief in Twelve Imams of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) is a Shia. One who performs all obligatory acts and abstains from sins is a better Shia. And one who offers all recommended acts and helps others and acts according to the ways of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) in all aspects will be a complete Shia.
Q. What should a person do, who, in the course of his prayers, doubts whether or not he has performed Wuzu (ablution)?
A. His prayer is void and he should perform ablutions and then offer prayers.
Q. What is the difference between ‘Hasad’ and ‘Ghebtah’?
A. Whenever someone hears of a blessing which Allah has granted another person, he is in either of the two state: he experiences ‘Hasad’, that is, jealousy, which is disliking the fact of another receiving the blessing and favouring the idea of the other person being deprived of that thing even if he is not a beneficiary in the bargain. Or he experiences ‘Ghebtah’, that is he vies for the blessing without having any ill-feeling towards the person who is enjoying it. The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) says: “A Mo’min vies for a thing and Munafiq feels jealous”.
Q. Is a woman deprived of her children after divorce?
A. A woman’s relationship with her children is not severed by divorce. The male child up to two years of age will remain with the mother and the female child till she completes 7 years of age. Their maintenance will be borne by the husband. Later, they will return to the father and the mother will have the right to visit them periodically, as per mutual agreement.
Q. It has become a custom for newly wedded Muslim couples to spend the first night in a hotel-room. Would it be permissible if liquor is being sold on its premises?
A. If liquor is served on an adjoining table, it would be ‘haram’ to eat food in that room. But if one’s room is separate, they themselves don’t drink liquor and their going to that hotel does not amount to supporting it by their patronage, it would be permissible for them to stay in such a hotel.
Q. Does Islam prohibit the display of photographs at home or at office?
A. No. It is permitted to have photographs of religious leaders and family members. But it should not be that of a non-related woman (Na- Mahram) without Hijaab or any photograph of un-Islamic nature.