Your Questions Answered


Q. What should one do in case of discovering seminal discharge in the morning and there being insufficient time for taking a bath for morning prayers?

A. When the time left for a prayer is so little that after having ghusl (bath), the whole prayer cannot be finished in time, the person should perform tayammum and then offer his prayers. And the person will offer his later prayers after having ghusl (bath).

Q. And if he travels before noon, having intended to do so and decided on the trip the night before?

A. There is no fasting for him on this day. He will break his fast after reaching the hadd al- tarakhkhus and he is obligated to offer its qaza after that.

Q. Is the wearing of Ehraam necessary for women?

A. Women may assume Ehraam in any dress, with the exception of clothes made of pure silk.
Q. Is it valid for women to take a vow to assume

ehram before the miqat without her husband’s permission? In general, what is the rule about a woman’s vow taken without her husband’s permission?

A. A woman can take a vow without her husband’s permission in his absence. But caution lies in her abstaining from taking a vow without his permission when he is present, and if she takes such a vow it would not be valid.

Q. Can a son take Khums out of the property of his father who does not want to pay Khums due on his property, without his knowledge?

A. The person cannot take khums out of his father’s property without the permission of the religious head.

Q. I listen to a tape recorder, radio or television emitting the voice of a reciter of the Qur’an, reciting a verse which demands prostration. Should I prostrate?

A. Certainly not. You are not obliged to prostrate yourself except when you hear it (the verse) from the reciter himself, not on his recorded tape.

Q. How does one refute the claim by some non- Shia scholars that the fort of Khaybar was conquered by someone other than Amir al- Mu’menin Hazrat Ali (a.s.)?

A. The fact that Amir al-Mu’menin Hazrat Ali (a.s.) conquered the fort of Khaybar is so well-known that only an ignoramus can deny it. For instance, Sa’d Waqqas has been quoted by Sahih Muslim (Vol. 7, p. 120) to be desirous of possessing at least one of the three virtues of Hazrat Ali (a.s.) and one of them pertains to his victory at Khaybar.

Q. What is the order about the water which splatters on the body while washing impure things?

A. If the impure thing is washed with ‘kur’ water (about 384 litres) or running water, the water which falls from it or splatters, after the washing with which it becomes pure, will be considered as pure.

Q. Is conjugal union allowed in Istehaza?

A. There is no problem. 32