Maulana Sheikh Mateen
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Name: Maulana Sheikh Mateen
Age: 35
Location: Virginia, US
Expertize: Aqaed and Salah related Fiqhi queries
Question:We consider our 12 Imams higher than the Prophets except Prophet Muhammad.
But Prophet Ibrahim was also made an Imam by Allah. How are our 12 Imams still at a higher rank than Hazrat Ibrahim?

Ayatollah:None

Answer: Prophet Ibrahim earned the level of Imamate through tests yet the 12 Imams were always Imams since birth.
Question:I want to study Shia Islamic Medicine and Hijama full time from Iran or Iraq. Does any Hawza in Iran or Iraq offer these courses?

Ayatollah:None

Answer: This is not something which is taught in the howza. You may be able to find a private teacher for that there.
Question:I want to know the real reason we don’t pray salatul isha and asr separately. My parents somewhat explained to me that it’s because it’s was inconvenient for the Muslims to pray them separately and it made it difficult for everyone to pray on time. What is the accurate reason?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: It is fine if you pray them separately. We pray together and also separate. Sunni’s also do the same.
https://www.al-islam.org/articles/laws-and-practices-why-do-shiah-combine-prayers
Question:I cannot read or understand any Arabic, however I was hoping to find out whether the blessings/rewards of reading the Quran are still applicable if it is read in English?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes there is definitely benefits in reading the Quran even in English
Question:I want to be closer with our Imam. I already started few duas like ziyarate ale yasin but I dont know what to do exactly for when he will come inshallah. I mean how to prepare ourselves ?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Advice on how to get closer to Imam Mahdi (aj) - Sayed Murtadha Shirazi Arbaeen 2012

The first thing he replied was that this is an easy thing to say, but in reality it is not an easy task to accomplish. He continued to say that we needed to pray to Allah and ask Him to open our container and expand our capacity, so that we can receive the knowledge pertaining to Imam Mahdi (pbuh). Being among those who are close to the Imam means having a very high level of knowledge and piety, so we must be prepared mentally and spiritually to understand, comprehend and accept this knowledge.

He proceeded to say that one of the ways that we can gain proximity to the Imam is to fulfill all of our obligations (wajibat) that Allah has asked from us. Next is to stay away from all of the things Allah has forbidden us from doing (muharramat). This reminds me of the first thing he told me when he said that it sounded easy but in reality, was not an easy task at all. Last of all he told me that to become close to the Imam we should be careful of how we treat others. We should always treat others well, with respect and give them their due rights. We should never be oppressors and mistreat people.
Question:Is there any dua or namaz for toubah ?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Yes a two rakat namaz with intention of tauba. There are some dua for tauba which can be found in sahifa sajjadiya
Question:How you perfom the salaat istikhara? And how can I see if the thing that I'm asking for in the duaa is good or not? Am I getting a dream or an another sign

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: https://www.al-islam.org/printpdf/book/export/html/38019
Question:My question is when you finish prayer, is it right to say allah u akbar whilst turning right left right

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: After saying your salam you should should look forward and do takbir three times.
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