Moulana Online - Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi of the SABA Islamic Center

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  • Q1 - If there is a resident Alim at a center in a particular city, is it true that no other alim can enter that city without the resident alim's permission? Is it true that an alim outside the city cannot give speeches (or conduct rituals) in any center within that city without the permission of that first resident alim?

    To elaborate further, is it true that the city's Shia center activities become governable by that first Alim in terms of what alim is allowed to visit and speak (or lead rituals) in that city by virtue of the fact that he is was the first Alim?

    A - A resident alim does not have the authority to prevent speakers or other alims from entering the city; he does not have the right to monopolize the city. An Alim can be responsible for one center but he does not have authority over a whole city. In other words, if a center invites a person to speak or conduct religious rituals, then out of courtesy the resident alim of that city should be asked his permission but this authority or even courtesy is not inclusive of the whole city or other centers which he is not responsible for, he only has jurisdiction over the center to which he is responsible for. However, if an alim simply wants to visit a center without conducting a lecture or assuming religious responsibilities, then the resident alim of that center does not have the authority to keep him away from that center. In other words, he does not need his permission to enter the center let alone other centers which he is not responsible for.

  • Q2 - if someone is agree to nikah with me happily and we both have wish to do nikah but we are unable to have eyewitnesses because we are at distant places and her family will not accept me and we can't meet up-to sometime but if we do nikah our-self by keep remembering God through social media and make ALLAH our eyewitness. And by heart and remembering Allah we accept each other husband and wife....
    is we are husband and wife?

    A - The laws of marriage are very clear. You must have permission of the girls father or vakil if she has not been married before. Please see the other conditions marriage by clicking here:

  • Q3 - I have an anal fissure, it is a disease similar to piles. It makes me bleed while passing stool. The amount of blood varies sometimes. It isn't too much sometimes it is around half a glass. Can I fast with this condition? 

    A - Blood does not break the fast but if fasting is harmful for your health then you cannot fast.

  • Q4 - Is taking a bank loan that you can afford on a house or real estate business considered Riba? 

    A - Taking out a loan with interest it is only permitted in certain circumstances such a first house that you cannot afford without the loan.

  • Q5 - Please brief me about aqeeqah of my 2 child's I have 1 daughter and a son. Please brief me ahkaam of aqiqah in detail or suggest me some readable resources for the above Thanks allot. 

    A - Aqiqah is to slaughter sheep or any other animal that is usually slaughtered on the seventh day of the childs birth to protect them from trials. It is not enough to pay the amount of the aqiqa, but it is okay to hire someone or give someone money to perform the sacrifice. It is mustahab to feed this meat to the momineen (believers). The family of the child should not eat from the meat. It is good to shave the head of the child and give the equivalent weight of the hair in sadaqa (charity)in gold or silver. If one is not able to do the aqiqah on the 7th it is still musthab on the father to do so until the child is baligh.

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