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Is a prayer valid/correct if a person says alhamdulillah or other dhikr after the second sajdah (i.e. while sitting) in the first or third rakahs?

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It is permissible to recite any dhikr during salat as long as you do not intend it as an [obligatory] part of salat.

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  • prayer
  • ruku
  • sajdah

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How many months after the month of Muharram is it considered makruh to hold engagements or weddings?

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It is permissible to have a wedding ceremony on any day as long as it does not coincide with sad occasions of our beloved divine leaders (pbut), although it is better to hold any happy celebrations such as wedding ceremonies in months other than Muharram and Safar during which time many of the tragic events in the history of Ahl al-Bayt (p) occurred.

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  • nikkah

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Can a person fast on the day of Arafah?

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Yes, it is recommended (mustahab) to fast on the day of Arafah.

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  • food
  • mustahab

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I am a medical student and I got accepted for a part-time job as a phlebotomist. During the job interview they told me I need to wear a lab coat with short sleeves (only up to the elbow). As far as I know gloves are also not allowed and I will have to work with male patients as well. There are absolutely no exceptions. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know if I can continue with this job even if it requires my arms to be exposed.

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Exposing your arms to non-mahram males and touching them without any barrier such as gloves is not permissible. The only exception are cases of necessity such as saving someone's life or if it imposes an unbearable hardship.

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  • patient
  • student

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If a woman usually has a lot of discharge during the time when she is not menstruating, is it obligatory upon her to do ghusl before every prayer? Is the discharge considered najis?

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If the discharge is not blood and is not due to sexual arousal it is considered pure and does not require ghusl.

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  • discharge
  • ghusl
  • menstruation

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Is it permissible to think about sex?

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It is not permissible if it leads to an unlawful act. Moreover, a believer, male or female, should not think about things that can affect their spiritual purity and cause them to be weak when encountering an unlawful act.

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  • sex
  • sexual arousal
  • thinking

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If a woman thinks about sex and has discharge, either because of the thoughts or because of her natural menstrual cycle, is it necessary for her to do ghusl? Furthermore, if she is fasting, is her fast invalidated?

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It is najis if the discharge is the result of an orgasm (i.e. sexual arousal), and therefore requires ghusl, and also invalidates fasting. If the discharge is not due to sexual arousal but it came out in large amounts, based on obligatory precaution it is deemed najis and requires ghusl, and invalidates fasting. If it was not due to sexual arousal and the amount of discharge is very minute it is considered tahir and does not require anything.

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  • discharge
  • ghusl
  • najis
  • orgasm
  • sexual arousal

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If I do istibra and thereafter feel movement [of fluid] in my urethra after urination, would I consider the liquid that comes out tahir even if I feel the movement more than once at separate times?

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Any liquid that comes out after Istibra is considered tahir as long as it is not urine or semen.

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  • bathroom
  • istibra
  • semen
  • urine

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I have a question regarding slaughtering the animal during Eid al-Adha in the U.S. How should I divide or distribute the meat equally if I do not know any poor/needy families around us in the U.S. Also, do we need to slaughter two animal for each individual or one with niyyah for both (i.e. my wife and I)?

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Adha qurban or animal sacrifice is not wajib on non-pilgrims and you can share one with your wife and distribute it as you like.

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  • eid
  • meat
  • slaughtering

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When we join prayers (like dhuhr and asr) is it obligatory to say adhan and iqamah before the second prayer? Can we join prayers without reading adhan and iqamah?

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Iqamah is mustahab (recommended). Adhan is also mustahab, however only once if you are joining two prayers (e.g. only before dhuhr if joining dhuhr and asr).

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  • adhan
  • congregation
  • iqamah
  • prayer