Maulana Sayed Zafar Abbas
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Name: Maulana Sayed Zafar Abbas
Age: NIL
Location: United Kingdom
Expertize: Aqaid, History of Islam, Fiqh and Akhlaq
Question:I would like to know if there was a special prayer and/or duaa i could perform before an exam ?
I usually start my exam with Al Fatiha.

Also, I would like to know if I am allowed to perform Tarawih with sunni people (so in groups) since I do not speak arabic and can’t do them at home alone.

Ayatollah:Fadhlallah

Answer: http://www.duas.org/student.htm

Shia do not pray Tarawih because it is not in the Quran or the practice of the Prophet or Imams.
Question:My parents do not wish for me to study any professional degree (engineering or business) since they don't want me to work in any private firms. The only fields I am open to are medicine or to work as a teacher. They say that living with them I cannot work anywhere except the option given to me but once I am married then i can do as my " husband" wants.
I do understand that working in a non-muslim country especially for women is difficult but living in (removed) which specially caters to Islamic moral codes, I don't understand the problem my parents see. And if there is something wrong according to the islamic laws then how no way out of this does it become fine once I'm married.
i dont want to fight with my parents but i see no way out of this. Is it Islamically wrong for a woman to be career oriented?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer:

Islamically there is nothing wrong with being career orientated. You should try and explain to your parents regarding this. However even then if they don’t agree you cannot go against their wishes if this will hurt them.

Question:Hum india mey rehte hai. Agar hum chamde ki belt ko gile haath lagaye to kia hamara haath na paak ho jayega kia?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Jee haath pak karna hoga
Question:Jis par gusal e janabat wajib ho or is din Friday bhi ho to kon sa gusal karna chayea?
Gusal e janabat or gusal e juma

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Dono ki niyyat ki ja sakti hai ek hi ghusl mein
Question:Some of the clothes sold in the UK have a label attached to them and the material of the label seems to be leather. I don't know whether this leather is from an animal slaughtered islamically or non islamically since these clothes are made in countries such as India. If I were to put this in the washing machine, when it comes in contact with water, would the other clothes become najis as well?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If you are sure that it is real leather then yes it would be najis and would make other items najis if wet.

If you are not sure then you can assume it is tahir and no need to investigate.
Question:From Islamic perspective/ sharia, do we have a duty to stand up and protest against the oppression shown to Palestine, or to shias of Bahrain or the people of Yemen? We follow Ayatullah Sistani but is it a required duty? We live in US and apparently our tax dollars are also being used to kill Yemenis, so what are our obligations regarding this?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Standing for all the oppressed is a religious duty mentioned in many verses and many narrations.
Question:Is it permissible for me to work at a restaurant where they prepare food with pork and what if i wear gloves to avoid the najasa

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: See the following Q and A from Agha Sistani:

Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim to sell pork to those who believe it is permissible for them like the Ahlul Kitãb?
Answer: It is not permissible to deal in pork at all.

Question: Is it permissible to work at a store that sells pork in the sense that the Muslim supervisor asks one of his employees to give pork to the customer?
Answer: It is not permissible to sell pork, even to those who consider it lawful, be it directly or through an intermediary. As for handling pork for those who consider it lawful, there is problem in it; however, based on obligatory precaution, one should refrain from it.
Question:What is the niyyat to perform ghusl e janabat and how to perform it

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2165/
Question:Is it okay to pray if we have a cat at home and there might be cat's fur around or on the dress ?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: We can have cats but you cannot pray with the cat hair on your clothes.
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