Murder

Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter. Manslaughter is a killing committed in the absence of malice, brought about by reasonable provocation, or diminished capacity.

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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 11 months ago

There is no  doubt that killing a human being is one of the most
dangerous major sins. But we read in the Holy Qur'an in chapter 39 Surah Zomar, verse 53 : "O My servants who have transgressed themselves
(by committing evil deeds and major sins) despair not of the mercy of
Allah . Verily Allah forgives all the sins. Truly He is oft
forgiving, most merciful'.

Any sinner who sincerely repents and seeks forgiveness, Allah (SWT)
who knows what is in the hearts has mentioned in the Holy Qur'an that
He forgives all sins. That does not mean wasting the rights of the
victims' family which is ordained in Islam. But as far as the
relationship between the sinner and Allah (SWT) is concerned, Allah (SWT)
forgives all those who repent sincerely.

Wassalaam.

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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 year ago

The soul will continue on its journey to the next phase of its existence, whether or not the body is buried. If it were necessary for a body to be buried in order for the soul to progress, the earth would be packed with lost souls since so many people throughout time have died and have not had burials!

However, it is likely that performing the appropriate funeral rites may ease the transition into the next phase of existence. 

If you are concerned about someone's soul, you could pray for it. 

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Abbas Jaffer, Sheikh Abbas Jaffer is an optometrist by profession and has a Master’s degree in Islamic Sciences. He is a part time lecturer at the Islamic College in London and is currently writing his doctoral... Answer updated 1 year ago

The Haj is wajib to perform for a person who is able (mustati').

Despite the very regrettable action of the regime in power in the region, our Maraje' have not guided otherwise.

The constant Shi'a presence is vital in this global gathering of Muslims and you should go if as soon as you are able.

Regards

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 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Among the calamities that have befell the Muslim Ummah is that oppressors have usurped positions and taken control of holy places. This dates all the way back to the Umayyad Dynasty. 

As you have read, during a certain time in the Abassid era, Ziyarah of Imam Husain (a.s.) was restricted, and if one was to visit  they would have to offer their hand to be cut off. People still went. They sacrificed everything to keep holy places full of the true followers of Islam. 

This is how we need to think of visiting the holy land of Meccah and Medinah. If we vacate it from our presence, it will further strengthen the enemies of Islam. It is for this reason that all our Jurists, and throughout history, have always said Hajj is wajib should one meet the fiqhi requirements of 'Istita'ah

I believe it is a wrong misconception that performing Hajj pilgrimage validates the Saudi regime, or any other fallacy arguments that would deprive one from performing their Wajib obligation. 

Please re-think your decision, and refer to the juristic views of our Fuqaha' in regards to the obligation of Hajj, and how we will be able to contribute so much by our presence in the holy land of Meccah and Medina.

And Allah knows best.

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Sayed Mohammad Saleh Qazwini, Sayed Mohammad Saleh Qazwini has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of the Islamic Seminary of Qom, Iran. Answered 1 year ago

This is a verse in the Quran. (Quran 2:191)