Maulana Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli
Age: NIL
Location: London, UK
Expertize: Quranic commentary, social, historic, moral and jurispreudential areas of revelance to Muslims in the West
Question:I was wondering if it is permissible for a woman to change her last name to that of her husband's. If not, can the husband's last name be added at the end with a hyphen

Ayatollah:Sadiq Shirazi

Answer: Yes there is no problem in doing so
Question:Recently, a brother in faith did this. I wanted to know if he did the correct thing and if this is allowed in Islam :
The brother recently opened a new catering business. However, in order to get good cooks for his business , he told 2 cooks who were currently working in other restaurants , that he would pay them a higher salary if they worked for him. In this way, he got them to leave those restaurants and work for him. Is this allowed?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: As long as he was truthful and honest, there is no problem in this
Question:If you accidentally recite Surah Qadr as well after Surah Fatiha in the 3rd rakat does that make your salah void?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If it was not intentional and you did not believe it’s part of salah then you prayers are valid
Question:Are university loans permissible to take if you have to pay them back with interest.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes
Question:I am little confused. Regarding what type of niyaz to serve azaadars. Its true we should give what we can for Maula

But when someone from our community passes away we keep simple food And when its majlis of Imam (as) can we keep good tasty non veg fried foods etc or variety of foods or should it be simple?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Salaam alaikum

Other than day of Ashura, it’s a good thing to serve the lovers of Imam Hussain respectful and nice food
Question:I have a question about the following verses in the Quran:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَسْأَلُوا عَنْ أَشْيَاءَ إِنْ تُبْدَ لَكُمْ تَسُؤْكُمْ وَإِنْ تَسْأَلُوا عَنْهَا حِينَ يُنَزَّلُ الْقُرْآنُ تُبْدَ لَكُمْ عَفَا اللَّهُ عَنْهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ حَلِيمٌ

(Sahih International)
O you who have believed, do not ask about things which, if they are shown to you, will distress you. But if you ask about them while the Qur'an is being revealed, they will be shown to you. Allah has pardoned that which is past; and Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing.

Sura Al-Ma'idah, Ayah 101

قَدْ سَأَلَهَا قَوْمٌ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ ثُمَّ أَصْبَحُوا بِهَا كَافِرِينَ

(Sahih International)
A people asked such [questions] before you; then they became thereby disbelievers.

-Sura Al-Ma'idah, Ayah 102

My question is, what sort of questions are these verses telling us not to ask and how would one become a disbelievers as a result?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Some of the questions are related to issues beyond human capability to understand, such as before creation where was God, how long etc

Also questions that are not sincere or ones that create corruption
Question:Despite the differences between sunni and shias I see mostly shia scholars are never against a sunni shia marriage and sunni scholars are always strictly against it. Why is that so?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Jurisprudentially there is no problem with it unless the person marrying a Shia is a Nasibi. However ethically a number of factors need to be kept in consideration and assurances taken etc
Re other Muslim scholars, they would need to be asked themselves. Shia Scholars have also by far been the most advocates of unity for over 1300 years.
Question:Is khums payable on cash gifts received by a couple at their wedding? The social norm is to give a card with money inside per family that attends. Is khums obligatory on this wealth ? (just received a couple of months before khums date)

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes, it should be added to income and included in khums calculations when the khums time is reached
Question:I am residing in Dubai and have been buying Indian/Pakistani mutton/beef but now as it’s not available near by so can I buy Australian/Brazilian mutton/beef/lamb?

Everything is written Halal meat but I was comfortable with Indian/Pakistani meat.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If you are confident that it is zabeeha and that there is not reliable information saying otherwise then you can buy the meat
Question:Will we be questioned on the day of Judgment for our thoughts and whispers or solely just our actions?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Our deeds will be subject to accountability
If our intentions are good we may also be rewarded for it (without actions if we couldn’t do it for eg)
However our thoughts will impact us in this world negatively
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