Office Of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed M.S.Al-Hakeem


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General Issues
Q [1]  What is the ruling on the punishment of apostasy and blasphemy?
Applying the Sharia-defined punishments is the duty of the infallible Imam (peace be upon him).
Q [2]  When I was young and non-baligh, I broke my a company laptop which my late father entrusted to my elder brother. I have since then apologized to my brother, but my father never knew about it. I am not sure whether the laptop was owned by my father or he was borrowing it from the company, nor am I sure of its vale. What is my duty in respect to the loss I caused?
If your father was aware of the incident and he was accepting with what happened, then you are not liable for this loss.
Q [3]  If someone sends me a message via text message or online that says "Salam Alaykum" is it obligatory on me to message them back saying "Wa Alaykum Salam"?
It is not obligatory to reply to the said greeting, although it is better to do so.
Q [4]  Assuming that I have general permission to do something such as using a washroom, if I do something that goes against its conventional usage or is at least very uncommon, but the owner did not explicitly forbid me from doing so – for example, I ate in the washroom which is not generally done – have I commit a sin if I do not ask for permission to do this? Or does it suffice that I have general permission and he did not explicitly tell me not to do said action?
It is sufficient in the permissibility of using the property of others having knowledge that the owner would not mind if knows of such usage.
Q [5]  A person makes a phone call to someone and records the phone call without telling him, later he publishes the recoding on the internet. Is this permissible?
It is not permissible to do so if the call was based on the assumption of privacy or if the content of the recording harms a believer and violates his sanctity.
Q [6]  Is it wrong to desire to have a prostration mark? Or is it seen as Riya?
Simply desire to have it is not considered as insincerity, Riya, since Riya is when the action is with the intention of showing others. Having the prostration mark may or may not happen, so our advice is to ignore this issue and not focus on it.
Q [7]  At times I am plagued by doubts and uncertainty, and wonder if it would be possible for you to advise me of a duaa from the Imams (peace be upon them) to remove doubts that I have?
The best way to avoid doubts is to ignore them. It has been narrated that a person will not be held accountable because of excessive doubts. A believer should not pay attention to doubts as doing so is considered as a decrease in one’s faith.
Q [8]  If the names of Allah that are written in English become Najis, is it obligatory to purify them?

Yes, it is obligatory.
Q [9]  There was a turbah in my pocket and my pants got wet. Some turbah turned to mud and some residue basically became stuck to my pants. What am I expected to do in this situation? Is it alright if I were to wash it off, wipe it off and such? Or must I leave it?
Try to dispose of the mud in running water or place it in the garden or the like.
Q [10]  Is it a sin to lie down or sleep with the feet facing qibla?
This in permissible.

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