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What is the implication if the wife has swallowed her husband's semen? Are her prayers not accepted for 40 days as in the case of consuming alcohol?
In our jurisprudence, semen of any sort is najis, and therefore it cannot be consumed, and it is haram to do so.
In this case, if she has done so intentionally, then she must repent to Allah ta'ala. If it was not intentional, then there is nothing for her to do.
In both cases, her prayers and other acts of worship are valid and accepted, as long as they are done in the correct and valid way.
And Allah knows best.
Are a man's parents more important in Islam than his wife and kids? How should he balance his responsibilities between them?
If a married couple, in their early stages of their marriage do not define how they are going to live their lives, especially with their interaction with each other's families, then there will be many ongoing problems.
Defining your relationship with your family, and your in-laws, is very easy, even if they might be difficult to deal with.
Your primary position is your obedience and loyalty to your parents. This is the Islamic principle, and that's how you live as a Muslim. Even if it means you are uncomfortable, or it isnt really what you want, but if it makes your parents happy, then that's what you should do.
As for your parent-in-laws, they are now like your parents, so you treat them as you would treat your own parents.
This is applicable to the husband and to the wife, equally.
Let's be less sensative, and more accomodating to them as elders, from a different generation, from a different mindset. And all for the greater good, of keeping peace and harmony.
Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a.s.) says: Do good and obey your parents so that your children will do good and obey you.
I've also come across a tradition about how cursed a spouse may be if they were to force their spouse to choose between them and their parents.
Of course parents are more important. Not just more important that our spouse, but more important than ourselves.
What if the husband/wife has no consideration, and cannot combine between their family and their parents. This is why it is so important for us to learn Akhlaq.
You should never allow yourself to be in the situation where you have to choose between your spouse or your parents. You should also never put someone else in such a situation.
Balance happens when you respect boundaries, and as I said, you have defined your relationship. You pay utmost attention to your husband/wife, and at the same time to accommodate to the needs of your parents and family members. You also never discriminate, and treat your in-laws the same.
You have your own life now, and you are trying to build that, but you wont be able to create a loving caring atmosphere at home if you break bridges with others. That's why we shouldnt think that way, who is more important you or your parent, or who do you love more, your son or your daughter and so on.
We accomodate to each person around us in the befitting way, based on shar' and akhlaq.
With prayers for your success.
Why is masturbation considered a major sin and what are the references for it? Are there any exceptions? Is it allowed between a husband and wife, who are prevented from being together by circumstances outside their control, privately over live video?
According to the narrations, masturbation is a sin and is compared to doing zina with oneself.
We have an example of when Imam Ali (as) had to discipline someone for doing so:
“Once a person was caught masturbating and was brought to Imam 'Ali. The Imam punished him by beating his hands until they turned red; then he made an arrangement for his marriage on government's expenses.
(Wasa'il, vol. 14, p. 267; vol. 18, pp. 574-5)”
Some non Muslim doctors and teachers may try to encourage such acts and say they are ‘healthy’ but such advice which contradicts the divine teachings is worthless.
Masturbation is usually associated with haram acts such as pornography and can turn into an unhealthy addiction which affects one both physically and psychologically.
A Muslim should try their upmost to have self control and dignity. Therefore, seeking marriage whether permanent or temporary is necessary to protect one’s private parts.
A husband or wife may mutually stimulate each other’s private parts; for example, the wife masturbating the husband and vice-versa. If they are away from each other then they cannot use their own hands for such an action until being together.
May Allah swt grant you success
According to Ibn Tawoos in al-Iqbal, the wife of Hazrat Abbas, Lady Lubabah Bint Obaidullah Ibn Abbas, was in Karbala and she witnessed the tragedies and was taken as captive with other ladies and children of Ahlul Bayt (AS) to Kufa then Shaam. She was crying day and night in the tragedies of Karbala and passed away in Madina shortly after returning back. Her children were then looked after by their grandmother Lady Ummul Banin.