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 a question regarding this quote circulating on the internet of Imam Ali purportedly saying this quote:

"Asceticism is not that you should not own anything, but that it should not own you."

Is there a source for this quote? And is it 'sahih'?

How does one properly attain 'zuhd' from wordly desires and how can one achieve that 'middle road' of enjoyment of life and ibadat of Allah (swt).

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: I am not sure of this hadith as i have not seen it.

As for achieving the middle road one should not be extreme in either direction. One should balance their things in life.
Question:I just want to ask that talking to a na mehram on social media is right or wrong?
And talking for a business deal or showing the right path to a man then also is it wrong?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You should limit your interactions on social media with non mahram as much as you are able, especially private messages should be avoided when possible. If a man is approaching you wanting to learn Islam please refer him to a brother who can assist him.
Question:If a girl is working and she saves money and she wants to give khums so can she give khums? As she is under the kafalat of her parents. However her earning supports her family. So she is eligible to pay khums or not?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: As long as the girl has reached the age of being baligh then she is obligated to fulfill her wajibaat and khums is one of those.
Question:One should give a khums on savings and gold or all the remaining ration like wheat rice of my family

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Khums must be paid on seven things:
1. War booty
2. Mineral wealth
3. Buried treasures
4. [Wealth from] diving
5. Licit wealth mixed with illicit wealth
6. Land purchased by a non-Muslim citizen (dhimmi¯) from a Muslim
7. Surplus income
Question:1. Can a container used to make wine be purified?

2. Also for clothes soiled with alcohol?

3. Also the use of the alcoholic mixture resulting from bakers yeast and sweetened water. Would this make anything najis, seeing it's intent is not for intoxication?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: 1. A utensil which becomes najis because of alcoholic beverage, should be washed three times, with no difference between Kurr, lesser, or running water.

2. Once with water

3. Is this alcohol the intoxicating kind?
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