Maulana Sayed Zafar Abbas
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Name: Maulana Sayed Zafar Abbas
Age: NIL
Location: United Kingdom
Expertize: Aqaid, History of Islam, Fiqh and Akhlaq
Question:I have for a very long time felt lack of motivation and dedication to practice the deen. Although I never gave up on my salah and I try to read qur’an as much as possible. I just feel hopeless and I have a hard time finding peace within myself. I really don’t know what to do in order to get myself together and I’d love some advice from you.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Try to have some short term achievable goals both in your personal life as well as professional and spiritual. Write them down and have them in front of you daily. You can keep it on your phone as a reminder.

Help them as a way to get motivation for when the times are tough.
Question:Why is it recommended to fast for those who are not married? I heard it is to control desires. Also, is it Haram to not get married?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Fasting reduces the intensity of desires.
It is wajib to get married if by not doing so one will fall into haraam.
Question:janab agar koi insan shia hai woh apne suut ke paiso se notebooks free me baat raha hai to kya ham woh suut ke paiso wali notebooks le sakte hai?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Le sakte hain
Question:What if there is difference in opinion with Wakeel of Ayatullah regarding the moon sighting? What should one do

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: One must gain personal satisfaction regarding moonsighting as long as the criteria have been followed
Question:Is machine cut of chicken halal in Canada because only halal machine cut is available here

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Question: Meat companies slaughter a large number of chickens at one time [that is, simultaneously]. Now if the person running the slaughtering machine is a Muslim, who says takbír and says the name of Allãh only once at the time of slaughtering all the chicken [simultaneously], is it permissible for us to eat those chickens? If we have doubt about these chickens being halãl, can we [ignore that doubt and] eat them and consider them pure (tãhir)?
Answer: If he repeats the name of Allãh as long as the machine is continuing to slaughter, it is sufficient. In the event of doubt about its being halãl (a doubt which arises concerning the mentioning of the name of Allãh), it can be considered pure and be consumed.
Question:How can one concentrate and focus whilst praying salat ?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Try to prepare before the time of salat. When you do wudhu think of washing off not just the physical body but of cleaning the soul.

Then try to do salat in a place where there are no distractions. Pronounce each word carefully reflecting on the meanings.
Question:i always have bad dreams they either involve animals such as cats, dogs, rats, snakes attacking me or being on me and not getting off or dreams of people i know dying. most of the time my dreams are not pleasant. just 2 nights ago i had a dream of a black dog attacking me, does this mean anything? should i pay sadaqah? if so how do i pay it?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You should recite 4 Qul, Ayatul Kursi and Tasbeeh of Zahra (as) before sleeping.

Also sadaqah is giving any amount of money or goods to a person in need. No specific amount.
Question:I am a few years old in the madheheb of Imam Jaffer. How do I pay khums, when and to who. Please let me have all the conditions

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2285/
Question:When I see brown discharge on the 9th day of my period is it hayz?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Hayz is usually thick and warm and its colour is either black or red. It is discharged with a pressure and a little irritation.
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