Do I break fast with Sunni husband at sunset or nightfall?

Question: My husband is Sunni and according to his Fiqh he can break his fast at sunset. He

Difference between ‘Imsak’ and ‘Subh’ time on calendar for fasting?

Question: In my Ramadhan calendar there is a column for ‘Imsak’ time and another one for ‘al-sobh’ prayer. If I drink water after Imsak but before al-sobh time is my fasting void? Answer: I will begin with some clarity to the meaning of ‘Imsak’, which is ‘to refrain from whatever that voids your fasting, such

Can I chew gum while fasting?

Question: I read a recent Fatwa from his eminence Ayatullah Sistani that it is permissible when fasting to

On saying ‘Ramadhan’ without the ‘month’ prefix

Question: I read in a book that it has been narrated from the Commander of the Faithful Imam

Do I have to vote in non-Muslim country’s elections?

Question: I am an Australian Muslim. There is an election coming up on 18 May 2019. I am contemplating on writing to the Electoral Commission in order to be exempted from voting. I would like to know if Islamically I can be exempted from voting in a non-Islamic country? Answer: Attending or not attending an

Meaning of Prophets admitting they don’t have knowledge of Unseen?

Question: What does it mean when Prophets and Imams admit that they do not have knowledge of the

Is reward of reciting Holy Qur’an from physical book applicable to screens?

Question: There are ahadith (narrations) like the one below that state that reading the Holy Qur’an by looking at the

Did Imam Ali allow Taraweeh prayers?

Question: A video has been circulating around recently of a public speaker claiming that ‘Taraweeh’ was an innovation that Imam Ali (as) had initially forbade, but that once some of his people insisted, the Imam allowed them to practice it. Is this correct? Answer: ‘Innovation’ البدعة  (as opposed to ‘Prophetic tradition’السُّنة) in the religious context means:

Is the so-called ‘Eid-e-Zahra’ fact or fiction?

Question: Some Shias celebrate a supposed eid called ‘Eid-e-Zahra’, which is said to be on the 9th of

Is Arbaeen walk to Karbala an innovation?

Question By the Grace of God I have been going for the Arbaeen walk in the last few years but recently a very disturbing and confusing video has been forwarded to me showing a public speaker who calls the walk a carnival and an innovation similar to Salat-al- Tarawih. He said this is an innovation

Does Islam accept the modern polytheism?

Question: I was listening to a public speaker who was saying (I’m including whole passages so that I

Is truth subjective? Are all religions correct and true?

Question: I was listening to a speaker who claims: “Truth is a subjective thing, I have never personally believed that the Shi’a are the truth. The truth is a subjective thing that everyone arrives at in their own capacity as individuals, communities or a humanity in large. The truth is available for Shi’a, Sunni, Hindu

What does ‘Salawaat’ on Prophet Muhammad & his family mean?

Question: What does Salawaat mean, and why does it hold such a high importance in our faith? Answer: The Almighty Allah (SWT) orders in the Holy Qur’an all believers to join Him and the angles in sending Salaam and Salawaat to the Holy Prophet (SAW): إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا “Verily,

Is Laylatul Raghaib really mustahab to observe?

Question: Laylatul Raghaib is said to be a special night that falls on the first Thursday night of

Was Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha a pedophilic relationship?

Question: A friend of mine is very anti-Islam and has a very negative attitude towards Islam and Muslims. One of his arguments is about the age of Aisha, one of the Prophet’s wives. He says that she was only 9 years old when the Prophet Muhammad married her, while he was much older, and hence

When is the date that Sayyeda Ma’soomah of Qum passed away?

Question: Is the date of the passing away of Sayyeda Fatima al-Ma’soomah of Qum (a.s) – the sister of the 8th holy Imam (a.s) – on the 4th of Rabi ul Awwal or some other date? Answer: About the year of the passing away of Fatima al-Ma’soomah (a.s) there is no dispute that it was

Does God reject my dua if I eat haram food?

Question: I recently had a nice conversation with a few brothers regarding the topic of haram (forbidden) food

Is the world ever left without the presence of a representative of God?

Question: In your lecture “The glad tidings of Ahmad’ in the eHawza, you mentioned that there was no

Does Islam oppose modern day science?

Question: How does Islam view modern day science? Some Islamic scholars argue that while advancements in science in the last two hundred years may have brought about great progress for many humans on the material level, this has come at the expense of spiritual progress and moral values. Do you agree with this? Answer: Science

Why did Husayn ibn Ali revolt against the caliph Yazid?

Question: Why did Husayn ibn Ali revolt against the Ummayad caliph Yazid? Do we have any explicit historical statements from Husayn in this regard? Answer: Imam Husayn did not revolt against Yazid, but rather, he refused to give him allegiance.  He could not give Yazid allegiance because his person and actions were the embodiment of