FAQ -Frequently Asked Questions

This Page is dedicated to a series of questions  asked by people in order to understand Islam better. Anyone who wishes to ask a question can email sharmeen.f.merali@gmail.com  or abuabbas99@hotmail.com. Your answers will be dealt with shortly.

Question on Khums

Salaams, I would like to ask in regard to Khums: If a person is paying every
end of the year khums, and just a week before he goes on a leisure trip does
he need to pay 20% khums on flights and accommodation


If the payment is supposed to be made withing the financial
year and it is actually paid and the trip is something that for a
person like him is normal the cost is counted as the expenditure of
the same financial year and khums will not apply to that.

-Answered by Shaikh Shomali


Question No – 1. From hundreds of DUAS made by Imams Ali AS which dua asks Imam’s wasila to Allah swt ?

Answer No – 1
Since the duas made by Imam Ali aren’t collected separately in a book, it is difficult to restrict the domain of search only to his duas. It should be noted that many of duas have been narrated from other Imams. The second point is how to define tawassul. From a general point of view even saying salawat in a dua is an example of tawassul, because according to many hadiths the requests accompanied with salawat will be replied by God because of the status of Prophet and Imams before Him. From this point of view almost all duas contain tawassul. But one may mean clearer examples by the term of tawassul. Then giving answer to this question requires a full survey of all duas in Mafatih al-Jinan and other books, because there are hardly ever certain key words to be searched in the texts. I had a brief look at some parts of Mafatih. Among the duas made by Imam Ali I found only one example in the Dua of Sabah, where Imam Ali says (اغفر لی ذنوبی کلها بحرمة محمد و آل محمد). Yet there are more examples in duas made by other Imams like:

The dua of Thursday:  بمحمد المصطفی صلی الله علیه و اله استشفع لدیک) and (و اجعل توسلی به شافعا یوم القیامة نافعا),
the prayer of Imam Ali (narrated from Imam Sadiq): (اللهم بمحمد سیدی و بعلی ولیی و بالائمة الراشدین علیهم السلام اجعل علینا صلواتک و رافتک و رحمتک و اوسع علینا من رزقک …)
the prayer of Lady Fatima (فانی لم آتک بعمل صالح قدمته و لاشفاعة مخلوق رجوته اتقرب به الیک بشفاعته الا محمدا و اهل بیته صلواتک علیه و علیهم)
and (اسالک بحق محمد و اله الطاهرین ان تغفر لی ذنبی العظیم)

The examples mentioned above are a very small part of what could be found in sources. Surely the best and most famous example is the Dua of Tawassul.


Question No – 2
. From hundreds of DUAS made by Imams Ali As which dua  asks help direct from Imam’s ?

Answer No – 2
Asking direct help from Imams is very rare in our narrated duas.

The only example I could find in Mafatih is the famous dua of (اللهم عظم البلاء) when it comes to this phrase (یا محمد یا علی یا علی یا محمد اکفیانی فانکما کافیای و انصرانی فانکما ناصرای). Actually this dua has not been made by Imam Ali.


Question No – 3. Why did  Imam Hussein As, his family and his swahaba’s not pray Asr namaz in the day of Ashura ?

Answer No – 3
The historical accounts of the day of Ashura describe how Imam Husayn and his companions performed Zuhr prayer in the battlefield.
According to Ansab al-Ashraf V.3 p195, after Zuhr prayer the enemy, who had been keeping shooting them with arrows while praying, launched a more severe attack. I guess this attack didn’t allow the small army of Imam Husayn to say the second prayer in jamaat. So they must have said their prayers alone, even probably on the horsebacks. Naturally the historical accounts don’t detect or report such matters, so failure to find a historical reference for this fact doesn’t refute this idea.


Question No – 4. Who is the husband of Umme Kulthum As, daughter of  Imam Ali As ?

Answer No – 4
Husband of Ummu Kulthum was Mohammad son of Jaffar bin Abu Tablib (as)


Question No – 5. Why don’t Alims kiss the Zari, lash and don’t do zanjir ?

Answer No – 5
According to the sayings of the Prophet and his ahl al-Bayt, certain manners and etiquettes are religiously recommended for visiting the graves. Besides that there are some general instructions that are not exclusively implemented in a certain form. For example we have been highly recommended by Imams to have mourning ceremonies for Imam Husayn and show our deep sorrow and sadness over this great event. There are several possible forms for showing one’s sadness, but any community or even any individual might choose the ones that fit their customs and cultural habits. Cultural customs not only differ from one society to another, but also from a certain cultural class of a society to another. Yes, as I said in the beginning, there are certain manners and forms that have been particularly advised such as crying for Imam Husayn regardless of variety of cultures. By the way some of the examples mentioned in the question are practiced by Ulama like kissing the graves of Imams.


Question  No – 6 Solar power is part of renewable energy source that is not only green but  also cheap in the long run. Is it  permissible to use water heated by electricity generated by Solar power especially for wodhoo and Ghusal?

Answer No – 6

Making wudu or ghusl with water heated by direct sunlight is not haram. rather it is makrooh, so it is better to avoid.
But regarding solar power it is neither makrooh nor haram.

All questions have been answered by Shaikh Muhammad Husein Khoddami , Qum al Muqaddasah.



We normally receive funds paid by Momineen as Rade Madhali. Firstly I need to understand the Shari Interpretation of the Term.

I have at the moment treated the funds in hand as Liability. Does this require special permission from the Marja for this particular fund.

Assuming somebody holds an Ijaza which specifies the Hukok collected can be used in any way that pleases Allah (SWT). Does it mean
that this can be an authority based on Ijaza to spend the collection.

Answer by Kumail Rajani,  Qum al Muqaddas :

1. Radd al Mazalim: to return the potential financial harm done to any one.
This is just for the sake of ahtiyat. Else, if u know that I took money from x, I have to give him/her.

2. There is no need of ijaza in it. U can give it to needy without seeking a particular permission from Marja


As it is confirmed that we cannot use Israeli products and there is no means of common research on Israeli products other then Internet, so can we rely on information available on Internet about Zionist products and avoid them, if yes then is it obligatory on me to make a list of following products and distribute among people in a country like India ? If it’s not obligatory on me and If I am distributing this product list then am I doing something wrong or haram ?

Answer by Leader of Islamic Revolution of Iran:

1. If you will get full information about which good is Israeli by referring to the internet, you may use it and avoid these goods. However, it is not necessary to investigate about this issue.
2. It is not mandatory to distribute the list of these goods and products. However, doing so is not haraam.