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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 hours ago

Tayammum is the obligatory alternative  instead of ghusl or wudhu in certain situations, like:

1. When there is not sufficient water for either ghusl or wudhu.

2. When there is sufficient water, but there may be a barrier to getting, or using it.

3. When there may be a possibility that using water for ghusl or wudhu might deplete your supply of water, so much so that there may not be sufficient quantity of water to quench one’s thirst, including members of your family, relatives, community and even the livestock.

4. When there is not enough time to perform ghusl and pray an obligatory prayer in full and within its time.

5. When obtaining water could lead to putting oneself in an untenable situation.

6. When water has changed in both colour and property to the extent that you find yourself in real in a state of revulsion when using it.

7. When your responsibility is to use the limited quantity of water to remove the najasah from the mosque.

8. When you fear you become sick if you use water for ghusl or wudhu, or if using water could worsen your ill health. However, this should be the case when the matter does not come under the subject of wiping (mas’h) over a jabirah (lit. splint: a generic name used for any form of dressing any part of the body after injury or illness), especially when there is a risk of worsening the condition of the injury or ailment if the dressing is removed, and the part of the body is not among that which is covered by the ruling concerning.

Wassalam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 1 day ago

as salam alaikum

there is no problem for Muslim girls to practice sports in a healthy and halal environment, and actually some physical activities are encouraged by Islam provided that women do not expose themselves to non-mahrams in un-Islamic way. Unfortunately nowadays many "sports" lost their original spirit and became synonymous of "shows" and a justification for promiscuous activities. That is something definitely haram that Islam disapproves of.

Islamic groups, communities and institutions should encourage and promote sports in segregated environments, where possibly Jama'ah Prayers are also arranged in their due timings, to develop both spiritual and physical well-being.  

With prayers for your success.

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answer updated 1 day ago

This is found primarily in the Sunni hadith collection of al-Bukhari. (I am not saying the idea has never been adopted by any Shi'i but this is the main reference.)

In the Shi'i hadith book Man La Yahduruhu al-Faqih, it is related that al-Fudayl asked Imam al-Sadiq (A), "The people are saying that most of the people in Hell will be women." Imam al-Sadiq said, "How could that be true, when a man can marry a thousand women from this world there, in a castle of pearl." (Ok maybe this might be a little strange to some people, but the point is, he is refuting it.)

Anyway, the idea that more women or more men will be in hell contradicts the ethos of the Qur'an, which does not judge people by gender, ethnicity, origins, etc, and instead judges people based on their inner purification/beliefs and outer deeds. The tone of this hadith also contradicts what is known of the character of the Prophet (S). The Prophet (S) was so shy that he hesitated to say "no" to someone or criticize someone unless necessary; why would he rail against women? This is more like the way ordinary people talk to each other - in particular, women when they complain about men, or men when they complain about women. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 day ago

It is a matter of respect to the female not to be seen bending her body in front of a man, even if he is her father or husband or son or brother. Although we can not say for sure that this is the only reason, as the rules from Allah (SWT) are based on our benefit which best known to Him and we might not be able to understand all of it.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 day ago

Islamic rules are the most realistic rules known in the human history. It save guards the interest of human beings in all the stages of their life and avoids them any expected or unexpected harm. Marriage of the virgin girl can be influenced by her emotion because of her delicate nature which can be misused by some men. That is why, a condition was put to assure that her emotions are not been misused. Nevertheless, this condition of her father's permission is not an absolute condition, but it has exceptions and exemptions e.g. when the virgin girl is mature enough and emotionally stable, and she needs to get married to a suitable believer, and her father is refusing the marriage for reasons which are not approved by Islam, then she will be entitled to get married to a suitable believer to save herself from sin.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answer updated 1 day ago

1. Du'a (supplication to Allah) is a direct link between the human being and his Creator , Allah (SWT).

2. Du'a is a vital need for every one who believes in Allah (SWT) and confesses his need to Allah Who Has the full ability to fulfill our needs.

3. Du'a is the realistic way to deal with life with all its challenges which can never be met but by help from Allah (SAW).

4. Du'a is the weapon of all the prophets and their followers.

5. Du'a is a continuous practice of the prophets and Infallible Imams.

6. More faith leads to more Du'a and vice versa.

7. Du'a is the spirit of worship as the Hadeeth says.

8. Du'a makes the believer feel more peace of mind as he trusts and relies on Allah (SWT) and endless Power and Mercy.

Wassalam.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 2 days ago

Bismillah 

Thank you for your question and sorry for your loss. In our traditions it is reported that a miscarried child will refuse to enter heaven without its parents. The imagery that the Arabic word for refuses uses, is the same refusal that children have to sometimes the simplest of issues, where they will not budge until the grown up has to bow to their will. As such the loss of children at the stage of miscarriage is a gain for both them and you, and you will be reunited with them at the gates of heaven. 
 

There are no specific narrated dua to prevent miscarriages that I know of, so recite the duas that you identify with and those which express your feelings. Seek closeness to Allah through understanding these tests as He only tests a person for their own improvement.

May you always be successful and may He provide you with plentiful offspring.

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Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 2 days ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Practical irfan is a complex area and each person depending on their constitution and the specific path that they are to embark on, have a program that is suitable for them.

As such the closes thing to step by step guides are generally concerned with what a person may experience in terms of states as they progress, rather than guiding people as to how to practice at those stages. Some well known books are Manazil al-Sa'irin of Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari and Risala fi sayr wa suluk of Mehdi Bahrilulum. But like i said generally these books are not written in what would be expected in a step by step guide book.
 

It is usually recommended that a person begins their journey by performing the obligatory acts and refraining from forbidden ones, improving their akhlaq and following the general practices of spirituality, such as praying salat al-layl, fasting mustahab fasts, practicing a level of mubasiba and muraqaba and paying attention to the important times of year, while supplicating for a spiritual guide to take you on the path of irfan, as a certain level of expertise and experience is needed to safely walk that path.

May you always be successful 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 days ago

The chain of transmitters from Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (AS) are mentioned
in books of E'lm Al-Rijaal like Rijaal Al-Kishshi and many similar books of
narrators like :
1. Wasael Al-Shia by Al-Hurr Al-Amili
2. Kitab Al-Najaashi
3. Rijal Al-Toosi
4. Al-Fihrist by Al-Toosi
5. Fihrist Muntajab al-Deen al Qummi
6. Ma'alim al-Ulama by Ibn Shahr Aashoob
7. Al-Tahreer al-Taawoosi
8. Rijal Ibn Abi Dawood
9. Jami' Al-Ruwaat by Al-Ardabili
10. Tanqeeh Al-Maqal by Al-Mamaqaani
11. Rijal Al-Kalbasi by abi Al-Huda Al-Kalbasi
12. Thiqaat Ar-Rijal by Hibat Al-Deen Al-Shahrastani
13. Mo'jam Rijal Al-Hadeeth by Al-Sayyed Al-Khoei
14. Khaatimat Kitab Wasael Al-Shia by Al-Hurr Al-Amili
15. Al-Mausoo'ah Al-Rijaaliyah Al-Muyassarah by Sheikh Al-Turabi and
Sheikh Al-Rahaee

Wassalaam.

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Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answered 3 days ago

as salam alaikum

the order present in the universe is an empirical fact that no sound mind can dispute. The earth, the sky, the clouds, the rain, the sun, the moon, etc., and all the living beings on the planet, all interact with each others and works according to specific sets of rules and criterions. This indicates, at least indirectly, the presence of a Creator who created and sustains the world.

Also, if the world was just the product of accidents we may ask ourselves: who/what created those accidents?  Who/what put them into motion? A thing cannot be created by itself because it would imply its existence before its existence which is an impossibility. We cannot also suppose that physical matter always existed with no cause because corporeality depends on temporary qualities such place, color, movement, stasis, etc. that need to be caused by some external agent (otherwise they would be already attached to their subjects). We conclude therefore that there is one Creator for the whole universe upon Whom the whole creation depends.

With prayers for your success.