Pearl of Wisdom

when asked about what was popularly held among people that the studying of the stars [astronomy)' was prohibited and harmful to religion, said, 'It is not as they say. It [i.e. astronomy] does not harm your religion.' He then said, 'You are looking into something [a science] where too much of it cannot be achieved and too little of it cannot be benefitted from.'

Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
al-Kafi, v. 8, p. 195, no. 233

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Question : #628 Category: Salaat / Prayers
Subject: Prayers
Question: I read Friday congregation prayers with our fellow brothers and sisters from the Sunni school of thought and I am Shi'a, and because I was worried about what they might think/do I place my forehead on just the prayer mat and not on a Torbah, earth, stone, leaf or hand. Is my prayer still accepted for placing my forehead on just the prayer mat?
Answer: Not prostrating on the permissible items makes a prayer invalid, whereas praying on carpet is considered void.

However prostration on carpets in the case of Taqiyah (dissimulation) or out of necessity is permissible and there would be no objection in it.

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