Maulana Qasim Rizvi
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Name: Maulana Qasim Rizvi
Age: 45
Location: Sydney
Expertize: Any General related queries
Question:janab kya shabbarat m patakhe podhna jaiez ha iske piche kya history hai?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Iski koi tareekhi haisiyat nahi hai
Is Shab ke Aamal hain us din ke roza mustahab hai
Question:can tayammum be performed on the sand from the beach?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Salamunalaikum
Yes it can be performed
Wassalam
Question:I work in a school and have non Muslim friends. I take care not to eat anything offered by them. but now they keep forcing me. I am still avoiding. now they are after me to come visit them for ganpati, if I don't eat anything and don't get involved in their pooja, can I visit them?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Avoid visiting them in polite way
Yes eating anything made by them is not allowed but anything dry or fruits you can eat
Better you may have relation of the exchange of the gifts like perfume chocolates etc
Question:my school organizes many workshops and one such workshop they had ganpati clay workshop in which children have to make clay ganpati and I had to help them. for practice I was told to make ganpati with clay. I hated it but had no other option. so in my mind I thought that I am just making an elephant and not ganpati. please tell me if I did anything wrong.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If it was an Elephant that was different story but they asked you make Ganpati is their Bhagwan which they worshiped. Speak with school authority and explain them in dignified way inshallah they will understand.
Question:Assalamualaikum
Is it permissible to eat at a Non-Muslim's house, if we don't know who prepared the food?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If non Muslim is ahle kitab then you can eat but still it is better to refrain. non veg absolutely you are not allowed eat whether he claimed that it was Halal
At non Muslim like hindu's house only when you are sure that it is not prepared by him and it was not touched by him with wet hand. it is nearly not possible
Question:what should one do if circumstances suggest strong possibility of magic?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Walaikumussalam
Recite ayah 75 to 82 from sura yunus after fajr and Isha for the protection from magic
Wassalam
Question:Am a revert from the Ismaili community. Alhamdullilah. One question that seizes to fail my mind is that what is the difference in praying with hands folded or praying with hand by side? Where is it stayed for this? Any Quran is verses? Pls enlighten me.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: As quran commanded for the prayer now question is who will teach that how to pray none other than Rasul saw it is a practical act as Allah said in quran
لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا

Certainly you have in the Apostle of Allah an excellent exemplar for him who hopes in Allah and the latter day and remembers Allah much.
Sura ahzab ayah 33
When quran said establish the prayer rasul the role model and teacher he said صلو كما رايتموني
Pray the way I'm praying and Rasul saw he used to pray with hand by side
And our chain is not broken after him all our imams they offered in same manner then our maraje and ulama
Our other brothers they are praying in four different ways and no one has claim that it is musalla of Rasul saying that following imam Abu Haneefa or Abu Malik or Shafai or Imam Humbal but we are having 12 Imams and praying the way Rasul offered so all offered in same manner .
In quran no of Rakat of salat and the other methods are not mentioned. Allah sent the Rasul saw to show the practical