Maulana Sheikh Mateen
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Mateen
Age: 35
Location: Virginia, US
Expertize: Aqaed and Salah related Fiqhi queries
Question:I have read in forums online that the modern day Shia faith is distorted from the one espoused by classic scholars like Saduq, Mufid, etc. How can we explain the present day Shia faith and the difference from early Shia islam. Are some/most of our practices based on weak sources and fabrications and have we abandoned the Shia Islam as it was meant to be practiced for a one filled with Ghulluw and Bida?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Our Shia faith is preserved by our scholars from generation to generation.
Question:I have read that the normally narrated narration of Imam Hussain and his companions being without water for three days/nights is untrue and there are sources that say that the group even had water to do ghusl the night before Ashura. What view is historically accurate and can you please cite the source?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: I have never read anywhere that they had water. All of the reports that I have seen said they died thirsty.
Question:If we do dua for something and it keeps getting delayed whereas all your other duas get accepted, so does that mean we should keep asking Allah dua that is not being accepted or leave it?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Asking Allah for things is in itself a good action. Continue asking Allah, but the reason for delay could be a number of things that are unknown to us.

We have a narration from Imam Sadiq (as) that states “if one were to see the reward in the hereafter for all of the prayers that were not answered in this world he would wish that none of his prayers were ever answered at all!”

Sometimes a request we asked for may not happen and we think it is bad but in reality it might have been good. We may have prayed to get a certain job, but in reality that job might have been bad for you.

It happens sometimes that you want to go somewhere and your tire gets flat. You get mad because you will be late, your tire costs money and takes time. Maybe if you would have not had the flat you could have been in an auto accident but you avoided it.

So, Allah may be protecting us from something unknown to us and we should thank him in all situations.

We should always seek Allahs forgiveness as well. We see that one of the keys to having your dua accepted is true and sincere repentance. We see that we read in Dua Kumayl:

Question:My question is that we as shia read namaz as zohrain and maghribain which is allowed, but on the day of Ashura, Imam Hussain a.s offered zohr and asar prayers separately. So we get more sawab offering them separately? and when we're offering namaz as zohrain or maghribain so what are the times that these namaz get Qaza? if we offer zohrain at the time of asar so the zohar namaz won't be qaza right?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: I have not come across where Imam Hussain (as) offered them separately.

There is no extra reward in offering them separately.

We offer them together because it is best to pray them at their earliest time. Asr time is right after the amount of time that it takes salat ul zuhr to be completed. Same for Isha sets in at the time after maghrib would have time to be completed.

The time salat ul zuhr or maghrib becomes qadha is when there remains only sufficient time left to make salat ul asr and salat al Isha respectively.

I hope this makes it clearer for you inshallah.
Question:When we hear the masaib of Ashura every year, in there we are told how Imam offered the zohr prayers while his companions shielded him from the arrows. Then when Imam a.s was doing jang then at the time of asar he stopped for namaz which is also when his Shahadat was. I hear this from every moulana who reads the masaib. So wasn't it like this?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: He prayed Salat al Khawf which is salat in the time of fear. This could have been a reason he would separate them.
Question:My question is that we as shia read namaz as zohrain and maghribain which is allowed, but on the day of Ashura, Imam Hussain a.s offered zohr and asar prayers separately. So we get more sawab offering them separately? and when we're offering namaz as zohrain or maghribain so what are the times that these namaz get Qaza? if we offer zohrain at the time of asar so the zohar namaz won't be qaza right?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Its actually better to make them together because you’re making them at their earliest time. If you separate them then you are delaying the second prayer. Imam made them separately in this occasion due to a reason that necessitated it.
Question:There is channel that shows live namaz e maghribain from samarra. In there they give a short gap in between maghrib and isha. What is the reason for that?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: To allow for time to make the supererogatory (nawafil) prayers And also to say certain recommended dua
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