Salah (Prayers)

Salah ("worship", ‏صلاة‎; pl. ‏صلوات‎ ṣalawāt; also salat), or namāz (Persian: نَماز‎) in some languages, is one of the Five Pillars in the faith of Islam and an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim (Male & Female, with certain exemptions based on Taqwa). It is a physical, mental, and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at prescribed times.

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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 12 hours ago

Bismihi ta'ala

I will list only the daily nawafil:

Nafilatul-Layl:
Amount: 8 rak'ahs. 
Time: Before Fajr time.

Nafilatul-Fajr:
Amount: 2 rak'ahs.
Time: after fajr time, before salat al-fajr. 

Nafilatul-Dhuhr:
Amount: 8 rak'ahs.
Time: dhuhr time, before salat al-dhuhr. 

Nafilatul-'Asr:
Amount: 8 rak'ahs.
Time: after dhuhr, before salat al-'asr. 

Nafilatul-Maghreb:
Amount: 4 rak'ahs.
Time: after salat al-maghreb. 

Nafilatul 'Isha`:
Amount: 2 rak'ahs. 
Time: after salat al-'isha`, sitting down.

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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 6 days ago

She must perform Ghusl and Wudhu and pray and fast. Ghusl is obligatory before Fajr for medium Istihadha.bin excessive istihadha Ghusl is obligatory three times; before Fajr prayer and before Dhuhr prayer and before Maghrib prayer.

She is not allowed to leave fasting or leave praying just because of Istihadha.

'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 6 days ago

Namaz must be performed as the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) performed it in Arabic as he said: Pray as you saw me praying.

You can recite any supplication in your mother tongue if you wish but Namaz is a unified recitation in Arabic for all Muslims.

'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 6 days ago

We have option to recite with clear voice (Jahr جهر) or whispering (Ikhfaat إخفات) in Tashahhud and Salam and Thikr of Rokoo' and Thikr of Sujood in any prayer.

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 1 week ago

Bismillah

Thank you for your question. It is not obligatory to recite the tashahud loudly in prayers.

May you always be successful 

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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 3 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

If you pray the nafilah prayer, then that is the mustahab thing to do, to pray it on its time, and then pray the wajib prayer, and with doing this, you will not be deprived of anything. 

You will gain the reward of the nafilah prayer, and the reward of praying on time, which in reality that is what you are doing. 

Therefore, there is no need for you to pray the nafilah prayer before its allocated time. 

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 3 weeks ago

Bismihi ta'ala

There are a few highly recommended things at the time of iftar, when you are going to break your fast. 

1. Praying on time. Prior to adhan, be ready for prayer, so when you hear the adhan, you pray on time. 

2. Before you break your fast with food/water, recite this:

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمْتُ وَ عَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْتُ وَ عَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ

Allaahumma laka sumtu wa a'laa rizqika aftartu wa a'layka tawawkkaltu

O Allah, I fast for You, and I break the fast with the food You give me, and I rely on You.

There is another narration, from Imam Ali (a.s.) that says when he broke he fast he would say:

بِسْمِ اَللَّهِ اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ صُمْنَا وَ عَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْنَا فَ‍تَقَبَّلْ مِنّٰا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ اَلسَّمِيعُ اَلْعَلِيمُ

3. Once you recited this dua, recite Surah al-Qadr, and then break your fast.

4. It is also recommended to pay sadaqah at the time of iftar. 

With prayers for your success.

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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

Yes. In the most authentic books of Hadeeth known as Al-Tahtheeb by Al-Shaikh Al-Toosi, volume 3, page 81, there is an authentic Hadeeth narrated by Hammaad ibn Easa. This Hadeeth has the procedure of Salaat from Takbeer to Salaam in a single narrative.

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 month ago

Yes it is permissible to do that, even you can keep Najis leather or any other Najis items in your pocket during Salah as far as Najis items are not wet because wet Najis item will make your pocket Najis which will invalidate your Salah.

Wassalam.

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Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answer updated 1 month ago

It is because of different ahadith.

The position of the hand in prayer may not be very important, but a scholar must determine who he should refer to after the demise of Prophet to receive the his Sunnah, and  he should know that who is his Ulolamr. Should he refer to the Ahl al-Bayt or he can refer to the companions of the Prophet, even though some of them, they don't know deeply about Islam?

The followers of Ahlulbeit are called Shia and the followers of companions are called Sonni.

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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 2 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Engaging in haram acts does not mean one abandons their devotion to Allah ta'ala and their 'ibadah. 

Indeed, it is even more important to stress on that, for the purpose of hopefully empowering oneself to become more obedient to God and stay away from sin. 

Yes, this man should continue to pray, fast, and perform everything else required by him as a Muslim. If done in the correct way, they will also be valid as well. 

With prayers for your success. 

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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 2 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Numerous reverts I have interacted with did face similar issues, where they feared backlash, and had to conceal their Islam. They would pray in secret, and so on. 

In answering your question, in your circumstances, your prayer will indeed be valid.

What I would like to recommend is that you correspond with other fellow reverts from your same background, and find feasable ways in how you are able to overcome some of the struggles and difficulties you might be facing. 

May the Almighty give you strength, and bless you for your accomplishments.