Maulana Sheikh Jehad Ismail
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Jehad Ismail
Age: NIL
Location: Lakemba, Australia
Expertize: Quran, youth issues, marriage and jurisprudence
Question:A man says 'bismillah' loud before surah alhamd and another surah in his prayers. Does she say loud the 'bismillah ' too or she says 'bismillah ' in a whisper?


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Answer: She can say it loud to the extent that she can hear it herself and perhaps a person close to her enough to hear it.
Question:I recently got a job at this company. unfortunately I have been finding it difficult to make prayer arrangements although it is possible. I can either go to pray at a public park or a meeting room at office. My question is - do I need to seek permission to use the meeting room for prayer? Or can i assume that they will be ok?


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Answer: You can use it without seeking permission as you are part of the set up. If the room is there for the use of people working there then it’s allowed to be used by you.
Question:I would like to ask if as a photographer it is allowed to take photos of actors or musicians for a job


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Answer: If it to promote acts of indecency and to promote and help them spread haram it’s not allowed
Question:Can we eat breads and jam which have codes, but they can be animal or plant based. If we don’t know what it is, can we eat it?


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Answer: If you don’t know what it is you can and you are under no obligation to investigate those codes.
Question:I need to save money to buy a house and it will take me 2-3 years to save for deposit. I am already 39 years old and here in Australia the banks and lenders make it difficult for you to borrow after 42 yrs of age. Given that this would be my first residential home and I do not have any other property or investments and given that it is high time that my family must have our own house am I eligible for a Khums exemption while I am saving for the deposit in the next 2-3 years?

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Answer: Yes it is. Since it’s your first residential home that you want to housee your family in, its khums exempt
Question:I wanted to know more about the nature of Allah. How much is His capacity to forgive. Say a sin is repeated again and again to the point where hopelessness sows its seed, is He forgiving of that too or does His displeasure means He will not help one out. Say a person did something they shouldn’t have done and now they are stuck, Will His displeasure mean His turning away or will He still be open to help and forgive? How soon does He punish? And what is the difference between punishment and trial?


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Answer: Allah forgives everything except shirk. His mercy encompasses everyone however a person must try his level best to refrain from acts that violates gods law at any cost. Love to almighty Allah is not just by lip service it’s by abiding and respecting His laws.
Question:1) Forwarding hadeeths, it's hard to go into books and verify authentic hadeeths. What should we do if we want to propagate Islam? Should we forward it by just asking writing book reference?

2) Creating youtube channel and making short Islamic clips from the majalis of well known scholars, despite in this age we can't know when this scholar is going to change his faith ? Won't I be responsible for putting such a scholar majlis when he was good ?


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Answer: In both examples you have a responsibility to ensure the authenticity of what they say and preach
Question:What was the relationship between Imam Ali and the 3 caliphs? Some of our shia brothers say we don't have to be angry on them, because Imam Ali was in good terms with them. And they respected alot Imam Ali. Is this true? As they say Imam Ali protected and gave water to the 3rd caliph when he was surrounded by his enemies in his last days.

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Answer: In order to understand the relationship between Imam Ali and the previous 3 Khalifs, one needs to understand how Imam Ali prioritised the importance of safeguarding Islam as opposed to his personal interest. When Imam Ali realised that Islam was under threat, he let go of anything personal and went full on to protecting Islam. In doing so he had to be present in the life of the first three in order to ensure that Islam was neither eroded nor altered. Yes he cooperated with them, yes he worked along their side and yes he did lend his sincere advice to them to ensure that Islam remains intact and we today as his followers should follow his example when it comes to dealing with our brothers from other school of thought.
Question:How do we deal with parents who bully us emotionally and spiritually? Also— if the abusive parent does dua against you is it accepted?


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Answer: You try your level best to be polite but if the abuse becomes physical or sexual it must be stopped immediately and you must seek legal intervention to stop such harm on yourself. No Dua is accepted if it’s not based on a just and sound cause.
Question:I was reciting Dua e Abo Hamza Sumali (on my phone). I scrolled to check how much is left to be recited. When scrolling back up i lost track of where I was and so I left it in between

For what I did above, will this be counted as a sin? And what to do in such circumstances

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Answer: No sin at all. Read again whenever you have time.
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