Maulana Sheikh Mateen
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Mateen
Age: 35
Location: Virginia, US
Expertize: Aqaed and Salah related Fiqhi queries
Question:Is Ekamt is Wajib before Namaz?
and Tasbih is also Wajib after Namaz?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: No they are both Mustahab.
Question:What is the permissibility of listening to Quran, nasheed, latmiyat, etc as a background such as cooking, showering, using the bathroom, and such.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: There is no harm in hearing them in the background. For example if the Quran is playing in another room and you happen to hear it while in the bathroom. However, deliberately playing the Quran in the bathroom where you relieve yourself would be seen as a disrespect towards the Quran and one should refrain from anything that disrespects the Quran.
Question:I want to know the shia view on evolution. Do animals evolve and is it possible that apes are evolved from humans?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: We do not believe in Darwins theory of evolution that man evolved from monkeys. Sheikh Osama Attar has done some lectures on this topic which are available on YouTube. The Quran does speak of a group of people that Allah transformed into apes and swine due to their rebellion.
Question:I would like to know regarding the stages of Iman in reference to a narration i heard that said Hazrat Salman Farsi was on the 10th stage of Iman while Hazrat Aba dharr was on the 9th. Also, I would like to know if sinners like myself can aim to acheive those stages of Iman like the above mentioned companions or the stage of irfan? what are the early steps to be taken in order to purify one's soul with the aim of higher station of iman in the eyes of Ahlulbait (as)? I have recently started getting into Ilm al Kalaam with one of the main sole purpose of refutation of my belief amongst my atheist and pagan freinds. Can you please also recommend few books and literature for the beginners on the topics of kalam?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes we can reach high levels of piety by following the examples and advice of the Ahl ul Bayt (as). We must avoid sins as much as possible, seek forgiveness, fulfill our obligations and also try to add more supererogatory acts of worship.

As far as books of Theology, i would recommend Principles of Faith (Usul e Deen) by Ayatollah Wahid Khorasani and also Faith of Shia Islam (Aqaed Imamiyya) by Allama Muhammad Ridha Muzaffer. A good YouTube series to watch would be: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFF83513F53A767BA
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