Maulana Sheikh Nuru Mohammed
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Nuru Mohammed
Age: NIL
Location: Kenya
Expertize: Theology, Philosophy, Spirituality and Quran
Question:One is not allowed to abandon reciting surah at-tawhid after having begun reciting it in salat. Is bismillah considered part of the surah and if one reads bismillah intending to recite surah at-tawhid, is he allowed to change his mind and recite another surah

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Bismillah is indeed independent part of the Quran. One is not allowed to recite Surah in salat without Bismillah. Doing so will renders the recitation incomplete.

Yes you are allowed to change your mind to recite different Surah

Yes you cannot abandon it unless if you are stuck and you don’t know what to do. In that case, you are allowed to recite new chapter with new Bismillah
Question:My family has been having a lot of problems for the last decade. We belong to a family where people don't pay much attention to superstitions and black magic kind of stuff however when our circumstances kept getting worse, we were told by many people that our family is under black magic spell. Kindly help me as what can i do about it and how can we get rid of it?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Sorry to hear about your family situation. Allah is Great and He will make it easy for you and your family.

“ dua is the weapon of a believer”
You need dua to be able to overcome the challenge insha Allah.

I would recommend the recitation of the following:

1. Dua jawshan sageer and kabir
2. Chapter Yasin as much as you can
3. Dua tawassul and Ziyarat Ashura
Question:What are the rules with reading a quran? Do you have too wear a hijab to read a quran? And are they other rules?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: It’s not wajib to wear Hijab when reading Quran so long as you are alone or with close family members. However, it’s a sign of respect be in Hijab

Other Etiquette of reading Quran:
Face the direction of Qibla
Sit humbly and respectfully
Look into the Quran while reciting ( pay maximum attention)
Be in wudhu
Question:Is there any significance or reason if we see our marhumeens in our dreams?
My husband saw his marhum father twice in his dreams. Is there we need to do something for the Marhum?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: It shows the bond between between them and also the need to remember his father in his duas
Question:How do we gain marifat (knowing) of Allah swt exactly? How to become sinless or reduce sin so much that it is only done on occasion? How to come to love Allah swt?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: This is an excellent question. Knowing God involves doing the following:

1. Know yourself in the sense that you know your weak points and trying to work on it.
2. Understand the teachings of Qur’an and try to implement the teachings. Read few verses of the Quran daily and reflect on them
3. Befriend and associate with people who always remind you of your duty to Allah.
4. Take care of your daily prayers, it’s timing etc
5. Be discipline - meaning do what you know it’s right and try to stay from what’s wrong.

Doing the above will not only help you know Allah but make it easy for you to stay away from sins
Question:I want to understand how is it that everything that happens in our life goes according to Allah's plan when at the same time we have free will to make choices in life? Does Allah SWT make it so that whatever we choose He makes it work into His plan?


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You answered the question at the end.

The choice is in our hands. Whatever we choose, gets activated by Allah.
Question:I am embarrassed to say this, but today when I thought of Allah's SWT presence I got tense. I have been trying very hard constantly to do the wajibaat and avoid the haraam, but I feel like I have little to no success in some areas. This causes me to feel an ongoing sense of guilt, frustration, tension, and a low self esteem particularly when I remember Allah's SWT presence. No matter how hard I try, I never feel good enough for Allah SWT. Mind you I have been religious for over 6 years and watch Islamic lectures regularly to increase my understanding.

I understand that this life is a test and all and that Allah SWT is forgiving, but when I think of Allah SWT I think of the sins that I do and the wajibaat that I do not fulfill despite my great efforts to strive in Allah's SWT way. Its at that moment that all those feelings (guilt, frustration, low self worth, tension) come back. I am sure Islam is the right religion after doing my own research, but I feel like no matter how hard I try there are always sins that I do that I cannot avoid or wajibaat that I cannot fulfill. I have gone to great lengths and tried many different things to become a better Muslim, but despite my great and constant efforts I can never be good enough.

I am tired of feeling this way and tired of finding that my great efforts have little to no results. Islam feels like its too difficult sometimes because of this.

I need help please. I don't know what else to do at this point.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Wslm my dear Brother
Ramadan Mubarak to you and all your loved ones. This is indeed an excellent question and there is nothing wrong with the question. I do understand how it feels when you expect certain result but without avail.
My humble advise to you is that you should not get discourage at all. Allah knows and sees your effort. Be rest assured your effort will not be in vain. Keep making the efforts and eventually the door of Allah’s presence in your heart would be eventually opened. Never think you are not good enough. You are good enough and Allah definitely appreciates your humble efforts.

Few suggestions

-Make sure to do more istigfar
- Recite and reflect on few verses of the Quran daily for softening of the heart
- Night prayers is also an excellent option to add in your basket of act of worship if you are able
- Go to Sajda now and then and ask for divine intervention.

Allah is forgiven and He will not let you down
Question:What is the purpose of life. We hear of people dying and being unwell in hospital everyday, what is the point then to get married, have kids, enjoy life? After hearing all these I always tend to get scared and question myself what is the point?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Indeed life has a great purpose. And that’s to represent Divine beauty by reaching perfection. Death according to Islam is not the end of life but rather a transition from lower type of a life to another.
Challenges in life are very unpleasant, however they are there to equip us with mechanisms to realize the goals of life which was stated above. Therefore, do not get discouraged. Every challenge is a learning curve.
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