Islam

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 50 countries.

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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 3 days ago

They must pray facing the direction of the earth because Ka'bah is on the earth.

Timings of prayers are either according to the nearest point to them which has day and night in 24 hours, or to perform the five prayers in approximate timings in every 24 hours. Fasting is the same like the timings of prayers. 
Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 6 days ago

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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 weeks ago

Ayatullah Sistani and Ayatullah Khoei and Ayatullah Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and most of our great scholars say that playing chess is forbidden, based on very clear evidence from the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS). In Wasaa'il al-Shia , Volume 17, page 323 , you can see at least eight authentic Hadeeths stating that chess is forbidden,bwhile no single Hadeeth allowing chess. Some people claim that sime Ulama said that chess is allowed. That claim is not correct. Those Ulama never said that chess is always allowed but only if it is used and understood in the society as a mean to activate thinking. That is a conditional permission only under such situation and for those who do their Taqleed.

Every Mo'min after all must follow the verdict of his Marje' of Taqleed.

The question of : Why? Is the same for all the Islamic rules. All Islamic rules are based on the benefit for the human beings. Every forbidden act is very harmful whether we know the details of the harm or not. Why men are not allowed to wear gold or pure silk? Allah and His messenger and Ahlul Bayt know the harm. We believe in whatever Allah ordered the Prophet (SAWA) to convey to us.

People's opinions differ from time to time and due to different reasons, but true religions does not change.

Wassalam.

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 weeks ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. Jurists have come to different conclusions on the permissibility of playing chess based on traditions that indicate its impermissibility. For those that allow chess, the main thrust of the arguments I have seen is that while at the time these scriptural sources were proclaimed and recorded, chess was a tool for gambling and that is no longer the case. So chess was not forbidden as a game in itself, but that it was associated with gambling. 

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 weeks ago

Doubts come from our worst enemy, Shaitan. Shaitan wants to disturb the believers and deceive us. Doubts should never harm the believer who thinks in a proper way. You write that some of the doubts are very nonsensical. This means that you know that it is nonsense. Such nonsensical doubts need no effort to refute as you know that it is nonsense. Any doubt which you think it disturbing you, needs to be refuted with evidence. You can ask authentic scholars or refer to authentic books or websites.

We in Shia Islam don't have any question with out proper answer, and no doubt is left with out logical reply.

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 2 weeks ago

No, it is not a valid reason in Islam to refuse a marriage proposal from a suitable person who is good believer with nice morals, just because of his living too far. 
Wassalam.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 month ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Yes, you are allowed to dress a cat with clothes, and there wouldn't be any problem with that. 

And Allah knows best.

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 month ago

Bismihi ta'ala

I have addressed this question in a series of presentations that might be useful to you, in shaa Allah. 

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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 month ago

It depends on your circumstances. If you are surrounded by people who can harm or might harm you if you speak out the truth, then you need to be careful and don't disclose any thing which can harm you or harm any other believer.

in general, political matters which are controversial should be avoided.

Our responsibility is to convey the message of real Islam to those who don't know it, avoiding any issue which can be rejected or create difficulty which does not help spreading the message of the truth.

Wassalam.

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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... Answered 1 month ago

It is allowed and he would probably be happy about the marriage, however, it is understandable if the family wishes to postpone it. Also, some cultures have viewpoints about these things (which are not specifically prescribed by Islamic law but could be taken into consideration although it is not required to adhere to cultural viewpoints). 

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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... Answered 2 months ago

I feel it is good to introduce people to the teachings of the Ahl al-Bayt (A) through the hadith transmitted from the Imams. So, a good collection of hadith, such as _The Scale of Wisdom: A Compendium of Shi'i Hadith_, or the book that was circulated a couple decades ago, _A Bundle of Flowers_.

Some of the translations of books by Ayatollah Motahhari are also quite lucid and accessible.

Also sharing du'as like Du'a Kumayl.

One really knows more about what Shia Islam is about by reading these types of things and getting a sense of the worldview and understandings behind them, and what the tradition of scholarship is like, rather than some of the more polemical issues (such as the details of how to do wudhu or disagreements over specific personalities), unless the person has a specific interest in certain formal matters of sectarian debate. The essence of the differences between Sunnism and Shi'ism really goes beyond the types of sectarian issues that are debated about, but this sort of thing can be much harder to put into words.

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Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb, Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb has a BA in Law from Guilan University, Iran and has also undertaken Hawzah studies in Qom. He is a Cultural Affairs director of Ethics Group of Al-Mustafa Open... Answered 2 months ago

Salaam
Read the wise words of Sheikh Leqa'ee here:
https://www.al-islam.org/articles/islam-first-and-last-religion-mansour-...