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I am having a brown-pink colored discharge 10 days after a miscarriage. Should I perform a ghusl for nifas and follow the rules of slight istihadha, or if it’s not blood, should I consider myself pure and perform obligatory prayers without having to change pads and do wudhu before every prayer.

Answer

If the discharge is blood, you must perform ghusl for nifas and observe the duties of slight istihadha until your blood discharge stops completely.

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  • ghusl
  • menstruation
  • prayers
  • wudhu

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When praying what should a person do if they do not know whether the time for the prayer has passed or not (i.e., become qadha)? When does the time for each of the daily obligatory prayers end?

Answer

1. When you are in doubt about whether the time of prayer has expired or not, you make your intention without specifying the prayer as ada or qadha.

2. Fajr prayer time ends at sunrise. The time of dhuhr and asr ends at sunset. The time of maghrib and isha ends at the middle of the night.

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  • prayers
  • qadha

What is your question?

During the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. Is it against the rules of Islam to stock up on supplies and food?

2. If there is a woman who recently found out that she is pregnant, but due to the pandemic she fears for her life and that of her child, is abortion permissible in such a case?

3. Can we leave our home out of fear for the pandemic or would this be considered a lack of trust in God?

Answer

1. Reasonable stocking up on food and necessary items is permissible as long as it does not amount to harming others, albeit by causing a shortage in those items.

2. Terminating the pregnancy is not permissible in this case.

3. If the necessary measures of protecting yourself and your family from this infectious pandemic require travel or relocation, then there is no problem with it, rather it might be obligatory in some cases.

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  • abortion
  • food
  • traveling

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Does it in any way lead to reduction of reward if a person delays the prayer to eat first due to hunger?

Answer

There is greater reward if a person prays closer to the beginning of when the prayer is established.

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  • prayers

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What are our obligations with respect to paying khums on gold? Do I need to pay for any gold not worn in a year. I have also heard it only applies to gold in solid form (e.g., gold coin). Also, how do I determine how much to pay?

Answer

1. Gold that was part of a dowry is exempt from khums.

2. Gold that was purchased with money from which khums has already been paid is exempt from khums.

3. Gold that suits the woman’s shan or standard of living as determined in Islam, which was received as a gift or purchased with money from which khums has not been paid but was worn for some time during the year (even if it was left unused in the second year) is exempt from khums.

4. Gold that suits the woman’s shan or standard of living as determined in Islam, which was received as a gift or purchased with money from which khums has not been paid, and was worn periodically during the year in which it was received, but was then unused for the remainder of the first year, then khums must be paid on it based on obligatory precaution.

5. Gold that suits the woman’s shan or standard of living as determined in Islam, which was received as a gift or purchased with money from which khums has not been paid, and was not worn at all, then khums must be paid on it.

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  • jewelry
  • khums
  • money

What is your question?

I am deaf and also cannot speak, I would like to recite adhan and iqamah in my newborn child’s ears. What should I do?

Answer

You can delegate another person, such as your father or one of your siblings, to recite the adhan and iqamah in the baby's ears.

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  • adhan
  • iqamah

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During the coronavirus pandemic, is it allowed to use half of the portion of the Imam (Sahm al-Imam) to supply basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter and prevent people from becoming infected with the disease? Can this be used in advance even though date of khums is still far away?

Answer

There is no problem in spending from the sahm al-Imam portion to help believers who are in dire need for basic necessities provided that the religious criteria of distribution are observed.

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  • clothing
  • food
  • khums

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My grandmother has dementia that is very advanced and irreversible. She cannot make healthcare decisions for herself, so I have to make it for her. Her dementia is so advanced that she does not recognize her own family members, does not eat food or drink water (except maybe once a day), and she is also incontinent.

1. If her heart were to stop due to natural causes, is it required to perform CPR on her and also place a breathing device. The chance of her surviving is very low with these procedures and it will result in a great deal of pain. Is it Islamically appropriate for me to deny resuscitation and life-support?

2. I would like to place my grandmother in hospice care, where they try to make the patient as comfortable as possible, but do not give them any medications that will increase their life. For example, if she has high blood pressure, they will stop giving her high blood pressure medicine in order to avoid the side effects of these drugs. Instead, they will give her only medicine that will decrease her anxiety and pain. These medicines will calm her down and allow her to relax as she passes away naturally from her advanced dementia. Is it Islamically permissible for me to place her in such a facility?

Answer

1. It is obligatory to take all possible measures to keep the patient alive, even if it results in their pain, because preserving their life is a priority.

2. There is no problem in placing her in the hospice provided that doing so does not lower her chance of survival. Moreover, it is your obligation to make sure your mother is in good hands, and that she is safe with good treatment, and you feel reassured that you fulfilled her rights as expected by Islam.

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  • medical issues
  • medication
  • permissibility

What is your question?

If there are two distinct options, which is better to do, give charity in the name of a deceased person or pay someone to do obligatory hajj on their behalf?

Answer

Preference must be given to pilgrimage over charity.

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  • deceased
  • hajj
  • obligation

What is your question?

Given the grim circumstances that the coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the world in, is it allowed to use half of the portion of the Imam (p) (sahm al-Imam) for supplying basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter in India and for preventing people from becoming infected with the disease?

Can this be done in advance even though the due date of khums has still not arrived?

Answer

There is no problem in spending from the sahm al-Imam portion to help believers who are in dire need for basic necessities, provided that the religious criteria of distribution under the current pandemic conditions are observed.

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  • clothing
  • food
  • khums