Maulana Qasim Rizvi
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Name: Maulana Qasim Rizvi
Age: 45
Location: Sydney
Expertize: Any General related queries
Question:Medicines for toothache which contain 96% ethanol. Are they halal to use ?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: It is permisible to take it in case of necessity
Question:I have a belt I wear that I do not know whether it is real leather or not. I live in and it was bought in the UK (I have heard that may affect the ruling, as it’s a non-Muslim market). Do I treat it as Najis, e.g. with regards to wet contact, or not performing Salah in it? Another question about leather: I have leather sofas in my living room and in the summer I may get sticky contact with the sofas. I was wondering if that counted as wet contact with Najis leather and thus if I need to wash that part of my body?

Is it true that if I go to a majority-Muslim country, all food can be considered Halal, and I need not ask whether the food actually is? E.g. Morocco, Palestine, Malaysia, etc.

Ayatollah:Taqi Modarresi

Answer: If it is pure leather then do not wear at the time of prayer and do not touch with wet hand because it was purchased in UK and you are not sure that either it is halal or not. If from Muslim country then there is no issue in it.

Now issue of food in Muslim country from Muslim Resturant you don’t need to ask.
Question:Is it permissible to allow our children to visit churches, temples, synagogues, places of Shirk (polytheism), etc.? Or must we prevent them from doing so?

Ayatollah:Taqi Modarresi

Answer: You must give proper knowledge of your religion but better do not encourage to visit other places of worship to protect from the influence of shirk.
Question:which is better to do recite surah ikhlas after fatiha in first 1 rakat or second rakat? I hear a lot of sheiks recite it in first rakat but i do it in second rakat.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You may recite sura Ikhlas in any of first two Rakat after surah Fatiha. But it is highly recommended to recite.
Question:Are there any books in english i can read on quran and when the verses and surah were revealed and where.

Also are there books of rijal in English?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: I have not seen any in English but you may read translation of Tafseer Al Mizan where you may get answer of all above questions.
There are many books on the subject of Rijal in Arabic and Persian best is Mujam Rijal of Aayatullah Syed Abul Qasim Al Khoi but it is not in my knowledge that there is any book in English because I’m reading source books which are either in Arabic or Persian.
Question:I have a question regarding fish, as i came across people who say that nazr cannot be given on cooked fish? How far it is true according to fiqh.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: There is no objection on it