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If I buy gifts for my family and my khums due day arrives before I give my family these gifts, do I have to take out khums on the cash value of the gifts? If I have to take out the khums, let’s say the value was $100 and I take out $20, can I consider the $80 in my calculations for khums for the following year?

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Khums is due on the gifts that you purchased during the current year because they remained in your possession. In the following year when you give the gifts to your family, you can consider them part of your expenses for that year, hence you can consider the $80 in your khums calculations.

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  • khums

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I entered a temporary marriage with an Ahlul Kitab lady who used to fornicate. We decided on a specific duration and mahr beforehand, which were confirmed in a text message. She couldn't recite the marriage formula in Arabic completely, and so, she read it in English when we met. I remember having accepted the marriage proposal but cannot recall if this was done during her pronouncing the formula or when she finished. I confirmed this fact later with her and she affirmed that she had pronounced it and that I had accepted after. Were my actions valid with regards to temporary marriage?

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Your temporary marriage contract is considered correct, since the woman recited the formula in her language and you accepted. If you feel guilty for not learning the proper way of conducting a temporary marriage, all you need to do is seek forgiveness from God Almighty, for He is indeed all-forgiving and all-merciful.

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  • temporary marriage
  • validity

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A girl became Shia so her parents removed her from their house. In this case, is she considered free to marry without the permission of the wali?

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A virgin girl who has reached the age of religious obligation (buloogh) and is capable of determining what is in her interest is free to choose her legitimate spouse, yet because she is not in charge of her life’s affairs, her guardian’s consent is required if she wishes to get married. Even if she is in charge of her life’s affairs, she must obtain her guardian’s consent based on obligatory precaution. However, if her guardian (father or paternal grandfather) refrains from taking charge of her affairs, especially marriage, then she is permitted to get married without his consent.

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  • marriage

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What is the religious significance of soyem (third day after death) and Arbaeen (40 days after death). We usually arrange a family gathering in these days and pray for the forgiveness of the deceased.

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Arranging a gathering for reciting the Holy Quran and praying for the forgiveness of the deceased is a recommended practice in Islam that can take place any day of the year. As for designating a day like the 3rd, 7th, or 40th, or after one year, these are cultural norms, and since they do not conflict with the teachings of Islam, it is permissible to hold and attend such gatherings.

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  • deceased

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Is it permissible to eat rennet (enzymes) that is used in making cheese?

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If you know that the enzymes are extracted from the stomach of animals that are not Islamically slaughtered, or from unlawful to eat animals such as pigs, then it is impure and unlawful to eat. However, if the enzymes are microbial or you do not know their source, then there is no problem in eating it.

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  • hair
  • halal
  • permissibility
  • rennet

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Does intention always matter with the actions that one commits? Is the severity of someone’s sin always based on their intention?

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A person's intention (behind any action) simply means that they embark on the action knowingly and purposely. Therefore, if the action is disobedience against God, Glorified and Exalted, the person has committed a sin, and the more they insist on it, the graver it becomes. Hence, one must strive to avoid all sins, and hasten to repentance whenever they commit a sin.

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Is it permissible to use dating apps to find a temporary or permanent marriage partner?

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The use of dating apps to find a partner for marriage whether permanent or temporary is permissible if it does not entail any form of sin such as gazing or speaking lustfully.

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  • marriage
  • temporary marriage

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If someone jokingly says “I’m your god” and another person laughs at this person’s statement, will the latter have sinned for encouraging the person making the false statement?

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One should advise that person to not make such a statement even if they were joking. If laughing encourages the person to continue making such false statements, then it might be counted as a sin. Therefore, one must repent to God Almighty and avoid such gatherings that promote wrong beliefs.

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  • permissibility

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Some technology companies have a service department, like an online music service, that generates profit for it. People buy songs from this store and also pay money to listen to continuous streams of music at a fixed monthly subscription fee. Is it permissible to invest in stocks of this company? If one already has the stocks, should they sell them because of obligatory principle?

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It is not permissible to invest in companies that generate part of their profits from unlawful transactions unless it is a small ratio like 1% of the whole or less, for example. Even then, the small ratio (i.e., the profit earned from unlawful transactions) cannot be owned and should be given to needy people.

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  • music
  • permissibility
  • stock market

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Are we allowed to eat in non-Muslim restaurants where cooking of non-halal foods occurs with the same utensils and equipment?

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You can eat it as long as you do not know that the food has become impure (i.e., by mixing with the haram food).

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  • permissibility