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:How does one tell a sibling that they don’t want to attend there wedding as their will be music, I think throughout the whole wedding until they may talk. I also think there may dance at the end as I attended a cousins wedding in the past, they had that. The sibling said it will be similar to that cousins wedding. My family are not religious and I have been blessed to follow the path of the Ahlulbayt (as). I have gone in the past to cousin wedding and I felt bad attending, as I did not know that it would happen. I have nothing against my sibling and are happy for them to start a new life of marriage. I don’t want to attend as I don’t want to put myself in an position that disobeys Allah swt. I also don’t feel comfortable attending, it will cost a lot of expense to actual attend the venue as it is out of London. I don’t feel comfortable as I will be the only one wearing a hijab, I am proud of wearing my hijab, but not attending a function like this. The sibling may cause an grudge as they may not want to talk to me for not attending the wedding. We are not close siblings. I know that you need to keep good relationship with family members even if you don’t get along with them, at least the minimum.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You are under no obligation to attend. You can call your sibling getting married wish them the best and explain to them that you can’t attend not because you don’t want to but due the the nature of the event and what will take place.
Question:I am facing grave problem because of my excessive and uncontrollable anger and foul-mouth.I am trying a lot,making dua but I cannot control myself. Even I lost my control and beat my loved one(wife). I want to get rid of this calamitity of my life. Please provide me with advices.

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: You should enrol in a professional anger management course.
Question:Are shia allowed and encouraged to read the bible and if so will it have any benefits?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You can. As for benefit, it will depend on the basis of the moral aspects
Question:It's been months since I feel this distance from God. It's a kind of distance I've never felt before. I have tried everything. From crying in the majalis to crying in solitude in front of God, asking for help from Imam Mahdi and Bibi Fatima but I would cry at night, yet I would either miss a prayer or get involved in some sin.I don't know where to go, what to do, who to seek help from. I'm tired of being away from God. I need him but I'm still not able to get him. I can't even pinpoint what exactly is going so wrong that my deperate call for Him at night to bless me with his Qurb and Marifah and forgive me is not answered and neither does that crying last.

The feeling and fear of being away from him stays, yet I still get involved in sins.
Please guide me

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: My sincere advice is that you need professional counselling. Seek a good Muslim counsellor to help you through your problem.
Question:Last night I took to reading the 27th dua in the sahifa and as I read its translation, perhaps due to my lack of knowledge in the aspect of Islam's view and treatment of disbelievers; much of it's excerpts left me deeply disturbed; and to quote a few:
"O Allāh, make the wombs of their women barren, dry up the loins of their men, cut off the breeding of their mounts and their cattle, and permit not their sky to rain or their earth to grow!"

"O Allāh, mix their waters with pestilence and their foods with maladies, hurl down their cities, harass them with peltings, hinder them through drought, place their supplies in the most ill-omened part of Your earth and the farthest from them, bar them from its fortresses, and strike them with constant hunger and painful illness!"

What could be deduce from these as Imam clearly mentions the names of some races like Byzantines, Indians, etc? The aforementioned excerpt and the rest of the dua reads about the protection of muslims and the destruction of idolaters and disbelievers, however aren't we meant to live in peace with our 'brothers in humanity'? Apologies, if the query seems too outlandish. I have been in a dilemma ever since I read the Dua, please help me clear my doubts and misjudgements.


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Each and every Dua must be read in context. If the Dua is directed at enemies fighting against Islam and trying to annihilate it, then in that context it’s allowed otherwise it can’t be read or used for any other purpose and if the Dua is a general one then in that case it goes against the spirit of the Quran and the Imams do not say anything that goes against the Quran and if it is attributed to the Imams and contradicts the Quran the Imams declare that they did not say it
Question:Can you please advise if alcohol is in the system and one recites Jamaat Salah, does the connection carry through that person?
Also, would his Salah be accepted based on at least one person in the Jamaat being accepted? By alcohol in the system I mean if one has consumed alcohol within 40 days.

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: Yes it’s fine
Question:How do I deal with my whole family while being in taqqiya and in future if I have babies, how do I raise them to follow Ahlul Bayt AS and not follow what their father follows?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Firstly keep practising taqiyyah till you find yourself strong enough or independent enough to practice your faith.
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