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:Lately here in the west, as I presume you've heard, there is a bit of controversy within the Sunni community regarding individuals who deny the Nuzul of Isa (AS). That being said, as I know a fellow Shia who was roped into this belief, what is the Shia view on an individual who rejects the Nuzul of Isa (AS)? I have seen many opinions from amongst the sunnis that such a person is anything from a kafir to a man of knowledge! However I would like some clarity on our belief regarding such a person.

Ayatollah:Wahid Khorasani

Answer: Such a person with such a belief is wrong. If they insist and spread this they are committing sin and should be intellectually and evidently challenged with proof
Question:A few days ago a friend was speaking about the Adam and Eve story and how it is a flawed story and evolution proves that. What would be your answer to this.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: As Muslims we believe in the Quran to be the word of God and absolute truth. The story of Adam and his creation is clear in the holy book. Scientific theories are theories. Quran is fact
Question:اعيش في دولة اجنبية مع عائلتي.. قمنا مؤخرا بتعبئة طلب من اجل الحصول على معونات مادية لوالدتي بسبب كبر عمرها وحالتها الصحية. قامو بسؤالنا ما اذا كان لديها راتب تقاعدي من البلد الام ام لا. هي لديها راتب بسيط جدا وانا انوي ان اذكره عند تعبئة الطلب. لكن عائلتي لا ترضى بان اذكره لسببين. اولا لانه من المحتمل جدا ان لا تحصل والدتي على الاعانة المادية في الدولة الاجنبية وثانيا لانه في نظرهم انه من حقنا ومن العدل ان نحصل على المعونة بحكم ان فردين من العائلة يشتغلون ويدفعون الكثير من الضرائب للدولة ويستفاد منها الكثير من الشباب المتكاسل والعاطل عن العمل. وانا في حيرة من امري
١- هل من الحرام عدم ذكر راتبها التقاعدي؟
٢- لو لم اذكره وحصلت على المعونة.. فهل هذا يعتبر من الكسب الحرام؟
نرجو الافادة وشكرا جزيلا مقدما

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: ١. نعم على رأي سماحة السيد يجب الصدق و عدم الكذب أو التدليس في هذه الأمور
٢. على فرض عدم الصراحة، ينبغي منكم الاتصال بمكتب المرجع للحصول على اجازة من الحاكم الشرعي
و دمتم بخير
Question:I don't know why I have this certain doubts about Allah.
Even though I know that I shouldn't have this doubts as a shia or as a muslim. It is really I thought for me or is it only from shetan what should I do when I have this doubts. How to prevent my self from falling into doubting allah swt.
I know there is no god except Allah. I have all dalil ( proof) scientific , philosophic etc but my heart is not accepting Allah existence.
I’m so confused. I don't fill the test ( khushu khuzu ) of my salat. When I try to pray it feel that No one listening to me. It like I’m speaking alone.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You need to increase your knowledge by reading books, listening to lectures and visiting cemeteries
Think about your beginning and end. Dedicate time to reflection and pondering
Associate with scholars and the learned
Have a positive atmosphere around you that reminds you of Allah
Increase spirituality by visiting shrines of holy individuals such as the Prophet and his family
Keep praying to Allah for guidance and conviction
This certainty in the heart is not a process that comes through intellectual reasoning but rather a private journey
Question:Can you please tell me the difference between Marja, Ayatollah, Mujtahideen and Ulama

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Marjie: A mujtahid who publishes his Manuel of Islamic laws and declares he can be followed

Ayatollah: Sign of Allah. A person who has reached ijtihad

Mujtahid: a scholar who reaches ijtihad, meaning they can extrapolate islamic law from Quran and Hadith etc (after studying for many years)

Ulema: comes from Arabic alim, ie knowledgeable person
Question:From my understanding, although it is permissible to combine dhuhr & asr as well as maghrib & Isha into 3 daily prayer times, it is recommended to separate them into 5 daily times as our imams ع did. Is this correct? Should I aim to separate them and if so, why do all masjids (in London) combine them in congregational prayers? Should we not aim to follow in the footsteps of the ahlul bayt ع?

Also what is the importance of the 2 rakat tahiyat al-masjid when entering a masjid (in terms of its reward and if it’s mustahab, is it makrooh to not pray these rakat? And what is the meaning of it? Is it to literally greet the mosque or I have also been told it is a way of sending blessings upon the people who maintain the masjid itself?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes it is sometimes recommended to separate if you can, however also to combine is good, since it’s a sign of the practice of the Shi’a and needs to be preserved.

The centres do so due to practicality

Re the2 unit prayer for mosques, it’s recommended for every mosque, to honour that place and signify its importance. The mosque will testify that you prayed there on qiyama day.
Question:My question is whether we as Shi’a believe Buddha was a prophet of Islam? I have heard that it is possible Buddha is one of 124,000 however have not been able to find a good answer.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: This is possible but cannot be confirmed. Many of the Prophets we don’t have their names (perhaps about 100 or so).
Question:My question is on latmiya. I find it difficult to understand why beating ones chest or body is permissible if our imams ع who came after Imām Hussain ع never did. To the best of my knowledge, none of our imams have been narrated to be involved in latim or tatbir. So I struggle to see why it’s a common practice considering it is a risky practise as it can be considered self harm.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: There is no evidence at all that it’s not permissible. In Islamic law, everything is permissible unless we have clear instruction otherwise. Also some quran verses point to this taking place,eg wife of Ibrahim slapping her cheeks. In addition, it’s a form of expressing grief and sorrow. If it causes excessive harm then it becomes prohibited
Question:Sometimes when I feel like speaking to Imam E Zamana and discuss my problems with him, I write my feelings on a paper. Everytime it is not possible for me to put the letter in the river as it is recommended for an Ariza. so can I just keep the letters to myself instead of letting them in water? Will my problems reach Imam E Zamana if I keep the letters with myself?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes inshallah. If Allah wills he will read them
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