congregational prayers are much more better than praying alone. The reward of praying in congregation is many folds more which can be hundreds or thousands of times.
Congregational prayer has conditions including the conditions of the Imam of Jama'at. Woman can lead women only in prayers and she should stand in the first row with other women and not to stand ahead of them.
It should not be a complete shape of the animal.
Fasting during the 11 months of the year apart from the obligatory fasting of the Month of Ramadan is from the most recommended acts. Hadeeth states that recommended fasting is a protection from hellfire and it leads to Paradise. Recommended fasts are many including :
1. Three days in every lunar month. It is better to fast the first Thursday and last Thursday and first Wednesday of the middle ten days of the month.
2. Eid al-Ghadeer as Hadeeth says that fasting the day of Ghadeer is like performing hundred Hajj and hundred Umra.
3. Birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).
4. Day of 27 of Rajab.
5. Day if 25 Thilqa'da ( Dahw al-Ardh).
6. Day of Arafah which the 9th of Thil Hajjah if you are not traveling and fully able to perform the A'maal of Arafah.
7. Day of Mubahalah ;24 of Thilhajjah.
8. The whole month of Rajab and the whole month of Sha'ban or parts from them.
9. Day if Nawrooz.
10. First day of Muharram and third day and seventh day from it.
11. Every Thursday if it does not clash with Eid.
12. It is very good to fast in the birth anniversary (Wiladat) of Ahlul Bayt and gift the reward of it to Ahlul Bayt (AS).
Allah The Glorious knows everything which is necessary for human beings, that is why He orders us to do it as a compulsory act and not an optional act e,g. Praying the daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan, paying Khums and Zakat, etc.
Wearing Hijab is compulsory on every Muslim female because it is essential to protect her dignity and save her and the society from harm. Allah says in Quran: O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and women of the believers to draw their cloaks ( veils) all over their bodies, so that they will known ( as pious women) so that they will not be harmed. (Sura 33, Verse 59).
We as Muslims believe in the Absolute Wisdom of Allah (SWT) which means that every order from Him is based on full wisdom for our benefit.
Reading other verses in Quran (Allah has created every moving animal from water) (24:45)
and (It is He, who sends down water from the sky and with it We bring forth plants) (6:99) clarifies that Jinns and angles are not included. We can not take just one verse on a subject and leave other verses on the same subject to understand what Quran says about that subject.
It is obligatory on every Muslim to perform every obligatory Salat within its designated time. Salat Al-Fajr (Morning Prayer) is being neglected by many persons now a days because of the timing of the office hours and Business hours which made many people don’t get up for morning prayers. This cannot be an excuse at all because the Fajr prayer is obligatory under every circumstance. The narration from the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him and His Holy Progeny) that the person who sleeps and does not perform morning prayer will be called from the sky “O Looser”.
These are some steps which can help the person who wants to perform morning prayers in time:
1) To avoid sleeping late and try to sleep early to have enough hours of rest than get up fresh for morning prayer
2) Avoiding overeating specially before sleeping as overeating can make the person heavy and not able to get up for morning prayer
3) A firm decision in the heart with string will power to get up for morning prayer. This decision will help the person to get up as the narration from Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (A.S.) said “No body is weak when the will power is Strong”
4) Reciting Quranic verses which are the Last Verses in Surat Al-Kahf ( QUL INNAMA ANA BASHARUN MITHLOKUM YOUHA ILAYYA ANNAMA ILAAHUKUMBILAAHUN WAAHIDI FAMAN KANA YARJOO LIQAA'A RABBIHI FALYA'MAL 'AMALAN SAALIHAN WALA YUSHRIK BI'BAADATI RABBIHI AHADA) . It is very useful to help the people who wants to get up.
5) Avoiding the posh bed which makes you sleep more. Try to sleep on a bed which does not make you sleep more than what you need.
6) Trying to get the help of your family members or friends to call you or knock on your door or awake you up for the morning prayer.
7) Using the Alarm in every possible way and now a days you can even use the voice of Adhaan (Azan) that will be in your room which might help you to get up for morning prayer.
8) Before going to bed, repeat “Astaghferullah Astaghferullah Astaghferullah” that will help in omitting the sins because one of the bad effects of the sinful act is to make the body lazy and away from worshipping Allah. Those who commit sins and don’t seek forgiveness will fell very heavy when the time of Salatul Laly comes or even the time of Salatul Fajr also comes.
9) Remembering the great reward of Performing the Morning Prayer as the Hadeeth from The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him and His Holy Progeny) says that the morning prayer is better than whole world “Rak'ata al-Fajr Khairun minad Duniya wa ma Fiha”
10) Remember that performing Salat al-Fajr increases your income and not performing it decreases the income and can cause poverty or financial hardships.
This phrase kadhalik Allahu Rabbi کَذَلِکَ اللّٰهُ ربّي) means Indeed this is how my Lord is. Such an expression is said after the reciting of Surah al-Ikhlas, because of how profoundly lofty the words and meanings of this small but very important surah is.
So, when you recite this surah, you affirm, acknowledge and confess to what you just said by saying kadhalik Allahu Rabbi.
According to our narrations from Ahlul Bayt (a.s.), saying this phrase after Surah al-Tawhid is mustahab, and it can be said once, twice, or three times. The phrase كذلك الله ربنا has also been mentioned as well.
And Allah knows best.
In regards to chess specifically, and playing it of course with no gambling, this is a fiqhi matter, where our esteemed Maraji' have different verdicts.
For example, A.U. Seyid Sistani (may Allah prolong his life) says that it is absolutely haram.
As for A.U. Seyid Khamenei (may Allah prolong his life), he says if it is commonly seen in the custom of people ('urf) as a gambling instrument, then it is haram, and if not, then it is halal.
You must refer to your Marja' taqleed for this fatwa.
And Allah knows best.
Yes, a brother's ex-wife's nephew is a non-mahram and she can marry him as long as all the other conditions and requirements are met.
Of course, it would be a good idea to consult with her brother, and other family members to see firstly whether he is a good suitor, being religious and having high moral standards, and secondly if the issues they had that made their marriage fall apart will affect her relationship with the brother's ex-wife's nephew.
With prayers for your success.
This is something that the couple should have outlined prior to their marriage, especially if the husband or the wife does not have any interest in having children. After marriage, although the husband or his mother cannot "force" the wife to have children, she should see this from a different perspective.
Our religion encourages us to have children, and many of them. There are numerous narrations from Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) that stress on having multiple children, and praises a woman who bears children. Motherhood is the most honourable thing a person can achieve, so what would want a wife to avoid having such a status.
She does not need to be forced. She only needs to look within and realise that it is going to be the greatest thing in her life.
It will also keep her marriage and strengthen the bond between her and her husband.
If, for example, she is having trouble with her husband, and she does not know whether her marriage will last or not, so she thinks pregnancy will be a bad choice. Or there is violence in the household, and she does not want to have a baby to be in such an environment. Or other situations that would jeapordise her relationship with her husband, then she must be very frank and straightforward about this.
Most important for her to know is building a family is the most valuable thing a person can do.
With prayers for your success.
Among the obligatory things a husband must do is to financially provide for his wife. This is called nafaqah, and it is wajib upon the husband, irrespective of whether the wife has savings, an external income or work payments.
What the wife earns outside of nafaqah is hers and she has no obligation to provide for the household. If she wishes to contribute, then that is her choice and out of her own good will.
The nafaqah that the husband must provide for is the essential payments for a household and a family, based on their status. This would include accommodation, furnishing the house, food, bills, medical bills.
There is no specific percentage for how much nafaqah needs to amount to, as it would all be based on their individual circumstances.
Of course, the husband also has the responsibility of providing nafaqah to other dependents, like his children, grandchildren, parents, etc.
This is the shar'i ruling for nafaqah, but we know that for a marriage to be successful it's not just about money and demanding, because that will ruin a relationship. The husband and wife should aim at accommodating for each other to strengthen their household, religiously, morally and spiritually. They should try to be patient if they go through financial restraints, and work on overcoming it together as one family.
And Allah knows best.
Allah does not like bad deeds and ordered people to avoid and refrain from any bad deed but He does not force people to do good and refrain from bad as He has given every human being the intellect and ability to opt. Allah did not stop Cane from killing his brother Able, nor stopped the criminals from killing the pious. Every one takes his decision on his own and will get the result of his own act.