Miscellaneous Issues of Prayers | Islamic Laws by The Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei


Miscellaneous Issues of Prayers


Q 719: How should one wake ones family members for morning prayer?

A: In this case, there is no particular way with respect to family members.


Q 720: What rule applies to the prayer and fasting of those who belong to different groups that are jealous of and even hostile to one another for no reason?

A: It is not permissible for a mukallaf to nurture envy, enmity and hostility towards others, but doing so does not invalidate ones prayers and fasting.


Q 721: If combatants on the warfront cannot recite the FatiHah or perform prostration or ruku due to the intensity of battle, how should they say prayer?

A: They should perform prayer in any possible way and if they cannot perform ruku and prostration, it will suffice to do them through gestures.


Q 722: At what age must parents teach their children the rules of Islamic law and the rites of worship?

A: It is mustaHabb for the guardian of children to teach them the rules of Islamic law and the rites of worship when they reach the age of discrimination.


Q 723: Drivers of some passenger buses that travel between cities do not care about their passengers prayers. So they do not stop the bus at the passengers request so that they may perform prayers. That may cause the passengers prayers become qada. What is the duty of bus drivers in this respect, and what is the passengers duty concerning their prayers in such a situation?

A: If the passengers fear the lapse of a prayers time, it will be obligatory for them to ask the driver to stop the bus at a place appropriate for praying, and it will be obligatory for the driver to accept their request. If he refuses to stop the bus for an acceptable reason, or no reason, the passengers, if they fear the lapse of the prayers time, should perform the prayer on the bus while it is moving, and observe qiblah, standing position, ruku and prostration as much as possible.


Q 724: Does the statement, "One who drinks wine has neither prayer nor fast for forty days" mean that it is not obligatory for them to perform prayer during that period, and that they should make qada for what they miss? Or does it mean that they should do ada (perform it in time) as well as qada? Or that it is not obligatory for them to make qada and ada will do, though its reward is less than the other prayers?

A: It means that drinking wine prevents the acceptance of prayers and fasting, not that it exempts them from the obligation to perform prayers and fast on time and it becomes obligatory for them to perform their qada instead, or that it is obligatory to perform them both ada and qada.


Q 725: What is my shari duty when I see someone performing some acts of prayer wrongly?

A: You have no obligation unless his mistake is a result of his ignorance of the rule, in which case it is obligatory to guide him.


Q 726: What is your opinion concerning the praying persons doing shaking hands with each other immediately after the prayer? It is noteworthy that some eminent scholars have said that nothing is narrated on this subject from the Immaculate Imams (a.), and therefore there is no basis for shaking hands. But at the same time, we know that shaking hands increases friendship and affection among those who gather for prayer.

A: There is no problem in shaking hands after the salam and finishing the prayer. In general, shaking hands with a believer is mustaHabb.