Maulana Sheikh Mateen
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Mateen
Age: 35
Location: Virginia, US
Expertize: Aqaed and Salah related Fiqhi queries
Question:What is the ruling of gifting 2 nafila prayers to the ahlul bayt (A.S), what should be the intention?

Secondly, what if I cannot continue this act in near future, will I be punished for it?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Make the intention when starting the nafl salat to gift the reward of that salat to whichever of the masumeen (as) you want.

This is a mustahab act and no punishment if you do not do it, unless you made a oath or vow by Allahs name to do it then abandoned it
Question:Why is there a never ending disparity on the day if Eid El Fitr? What is the way forward to have this uncertainty resolved?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Because it depends on sighting of the moon
Question:I wanted to know that when in namaz at tashahud I ashhadu an laa ilalaha illalah wahdahu laa sharika la wa ashhadu Anna Muhammadin abdhu wa rasulu and after that I recite Ali an wali Allah

Is it permissible?


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Not in the view of your marja’ Sayed Sistani
Question:My Aqaêd is me a born Shi'â (deen-al-fitr), what is the shahada of to be Shi'â and next life?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: If you are born a Muslim there is no need for you to pronounce shahdatayn to become a Muslim.
Question:What is the difference between Khums & Zakat?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: Zakat is obligatory (wājib) on ten things:
1. wheat;
2. barley;
3. dates;
4. raisins;
5. gold;
6. silver;
7. camels;
8. cows;
9. sheep [and goats];
10. business goods, based on obligatory precaution (al‐iḥtiyāṭ
al‐wājib).


Khums becomes obligatory (wājib) on seven things:
1. profit from earnings;
2. mined products;
3. treasure troves;
4. lawful (ḥalāl) property that has become mixed with unlawful
(ḥarām) property;
5. precious stones that are acquired by underwater diving;
6. spoils of war;
7. land that a dhimmī1 purchases from a Muslim, based on the
well-known (mashhūr) juristic opinion.

For more details please refer to the Islamic Law book of a jurist
Question:Is cloth is compulsory on body during mating?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: No
Question:I've come out as a Shia to my family and they loathe that I am one. Each time I mention that I am or I hint at it. My family yells and curses at me. They say that God never said to make sects and that I am misguided. They say that the practices I follow is full of "bidah". My mother has threatened to never speak with me as well.

I will never revert back as I know the truth and Allah has guided me towards such truth despite these threats.

What advice do you have for the Shia with family members that are not understanding? What about the claim that the Prophet never created sects?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: The term Shia literally means follower. It is a term that Allah used in the Quran to refer to the followers of his Prophets. An example was Prophet Abraham (as) who was mentioned in the Quran specifically as the shia of Noah (as):

"And most surely Abraham was among the Shia of him (Noah)" (Quran 37:83)

Imam Ali (as) said “Allah has favored the word Shia by using it in the Holy Quran. Then verily He says ‘And verily Ibrahim was one of the shia of Noah.’ And you are amongst the shia of Muhammad (sawa). This name is neither restricted to a particular group nor is it a newly adopted religion.”

In another verse, the Quran talks about the Shia of Moses

"And he (Moses) went into the city at a time when people (of the city) were not watching, so he found therein two men fighting, one being of his shia and the other being his enemy, and the one who was of his shia cried out to him for help against the one who was of his enemy" (Quran 28:15)

Thus shia is an official word used by Allah in His Quran for His high ranking prophets as well as their followers. This is also a term that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sawa) used for those who had love for Ali (as) and followed him as the successor after the Prophet (sawa).

The Messenger of Allah said to Ali: "Glad tidings O Ali! Verily you, your companions and your Shia (followers) will be in Paradise."

Sunni references:

* • Fadha'il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v2, p655
* • Hilyatul Awliyaa, by Abu Nu'aym, v4, p329
* • Tarikh, by al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, v12, p289
* • al-Awsat, by al-Tabarani
* • Majma' al-Zawa'id, by al-Haytami, v10, pp 21-22
* • al-Darqunti, who said this tradition has been transmitted via numerous authorities.
* • al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar Haytami , Ch. 11, section 1, p247

Therefore, we see the Messenger of Allah (sawa) used to say the phrase "Shia of Ali.”

The Messenger of Allah (sawa) said: "The Shia of Ali are the real victorious on the day of resurrection"

Sunni references:

* • al-Manaqib Ahmad, as mentioned in:
* • Yanabi al-Mawaddah, by al-Qundoozi al-Hanafi, p62

The Messenger of Allah said: "O Ali! (On the day of Judgment) you and your Shia will come toward Allah well pleased and well-pleasing, and there will come to Him your enemies angry and stiff-necked (i.e., their head forced up).

Sunni references:
* • al-Tabarani, on the authority of Imam Ali
* • al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, Ch. 11, section 1, p236

A more complete version of the tradition, which has also been reported by Sunni narrators, is as follows:

Ibn Abbas narrated: When the verse "Those who believe and do righteous deeds are the best of the creation (Quran 98:7)" was revealed, the Messenger of Allah (sawa) said to Ali: "They are you and your Shia." He continued: "O Ali! (On the day of Judgment) you and your Shia will come toward Allah well pleased and well pleasing, and your enemies will come angry with their heads forced up.” Ali (as) said: "Who are my enemies?" The Prophet (sawa) replied: "He who disassociates himself from you and curses you. And glad tiding to those who reach first under the shadow of al-'Arsh on the day of resurrection." Ali asked: "Who are they, O the Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "Your Shia, O Ali, and those who love you."

Sunni references:

* • al-Hafidh Jamaluddin al-Dharandi, on the authority of Ibn Abbas
* • al-Sawa'iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar, Ch. 11, section 1, pp 246-247
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