Maulana Syed Ali Zafar Zaidi
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Name: Maulana Syed Ali Zafar Zaidi
Age: NIL
Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
Expertize: Islamic Philosophy, Aqaid, Fiqh, Quranic Sciences, International politics
Question:I was reading about Mongolian people , or about Gengis Khan and his army. It’s stated that he killed many many innocent Muslim. So my question is :

1. Is it true that Imam Ali (a) told the Shias of their time, not to fight with these people (Gengis Khans army)

2. Is this saying of Imam Ali(a) written in a Hadith?

3. Is there a book i can read about this topic about Gengiz Khan and shias?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: I didn’t see such hadith from Imam Ali (a.s) but it’s true that Sadaat had very closed relationship with Mongolian and when Abbasids were loosing their power in Islamic world and it was 11 century Changez Khan (Gengis Khan) got victory over many Citiesin Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan( Marv) he gave honor to the Sadat and in Baghdad Khwaja Nasirudin Toosi he asked people not to fight with Mongolians and when Ghazi Khan became Muslim he ordered not to kill any Sadat and opened a new institution Dar as Sadat to protect them.
Therefore it has mentioned in History that Mongolians never fought with Sadat and gave high honor and respect. Also Sadat had very prominent posts and positions during their emperorship that is the reason many Sadat moved to Indians Subcontinent during the invasion of Mongolian in these area and today we have big number of Sadat living in India and Pakistan and Iran.

You can read more on this subject in the following boos:

1 . رشیدالدین فضل‏الله همدانى، جامع التواریخ، ص 223 .
2 . ابوالقاسم عبدالله بن محمد کاشانى (القاشانى)، تاریخ اولجایتوص 99 .
3 . رشیدالدین فضل‏الله همدانى، مکاتبات رشیدى، مکتوب شماره 8، ص 19 .
4 . غیاث الدین بن همام‏الدین حسینى خواندمیر ، حبیب السیر فى اخبار افراد البشر، ج 3، جزء 1، ص 28 .
5 . عطاملک جوینى، تاریخ جهانگشاى جوینى، ج 1، ص 200 .

I don’t have english books but these are persian references.
Question:My mom has been reading ziyarat Ashura from a book named Nemol Amal, written by Mohammad Hussain Naqar Pakri for years. In that book , it’s not written that you come to the part of cursing the enemies of the Ahlulbayt you should say it 100times nor does it says that one should go to prostration while reading this line.

My questions are:

1. Is it MUST to say certain things in Ziyarat Ashura 100times +go down in prostration?

2. My mother didn’t knew up till now, she is worried that all these years she had been reading it wrong. Is her Ziyarat Ashura which she read after every obligated prayer accepted?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Of course when any Ziyarat or Dua and even Tasbeeh of Bibi Fatima (s.a) has been introduced to be recited we should do same. But in case of Ziyarat e Ashara if you have not enough time you may recite at least one or ten time rather than 100 but not reciting at all means you have reduced the Ziyarat from your side while traditions says it has those parts too. Also we must recite “ Allahuma Lakal hamdo Hamdash Shakerin..... in Sajdah.
But as for as you’re mothers case inshallah she will get the sawab of this Ziyarat as she has recited because she didn’t know but from now she has to recite complete Ziyarat from the authentic Dua book.
Question:Kya wehshat e qabr wali namaz roz padh sakte h ye niyat karke ki kahi na kahi kisi momin ki tadfeen to hui hogi.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Haan bilkul parh sakte hain.
Question:Humhe Namaz Imam e zamana ko hadiya karna hai toh uss ki niyat kya karni chayeh?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: 2 Rak’at Namaz Parhta hoon Hadiya e Imam Zaman (a.s) QURBATAN ILLALLAH.
Question:Kya hum masjid se quran laa kar padh sakte hai?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Agar masjid ki authorities ki ijazat ho agar woh kahen to la sakte hain kionke agar Quran Masjid ke liye waqf hai to nahin kar sakte.


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Question:My son 20's years age says he is athiest. As perants what is out responsibility, as in to hold his responsibility education and other wordly responsibilities. As parents how should we behave with him

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Please find a good reliable Maulana or a scholar who has good knowledge of Islam and can have ability to talk with your son and please find out the core issue why he became against the Religion. Is there any question in his mind that he has not received proper answer or any traditions or custom which he saw and didn’t find any logic behind him. Also please check his friend circle and social medial friends.
Question:Quran ko chalte chalte padh sakte hai?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Ji bilkul parh sakte hain agar raste main dekh kar parh rahe hain to apni safety ka khayal rakhen aur behtar hai ke aisi soorat main audio se sun len.
Question:Jab koi shakhsh janabat ke halat me hota hai to kya woh Insan najis hai? Aur najis hai to kya wo sabhi chizo ko chu e bhina hone ki halat mai to najis hogi?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Ji bilkul Jannat ki halat nahin Insan Najis hota hai. Magar yeh najasat ek batini Najasat hai( ismain jism najis nahin hota agar Insan apni sharmgah se semen ko dhul le to fir uske badan per najasat nahin rahti). Lehaza Janabat ki halat main kuch choone se woh cheez najis nahin hoti. Magar Janabat ki halat main Quran ke alfaz ko Allah ke naam ko (kisi bhi zaban main hoon kion na likha ho) Anbiya aur Aimmah (a.s) ke naam ko touch karna haram hai. Baqi sab kuch touch kar sakta hai. Magar Janabat ki halat main ziyada der baqi rahna makrooh hai. Khana pina makrooh hai. Agar khana chahta hai to kam se kam agar is waqt Ghusl nahin kar sakta to wudhu kar ke khana pina chahiye.


We know there are two types of Impurities(Najasat), Physical and Spiritual.Those that are related to physical body we call them “Hadath al Asghar” and this which are related to our spirit is called “Hadath al Akber”. Now if a person has passed wind from rear or had urination or released himself, he has to clean only that area let’s say Urinary parts and anal region and for Namaz has to do Wudhu. Incase of passing wind even no need to wash that part just has to do Wudhu.
But Incase of Janabat, Hayz, Nefas, Istehaza, and touching the dead body he/she has do wajib Ghusl before Namaz or touching the letter of Quran or entering into the mosque etc but in this case his outer body is not NAJIS therefore if he/she sits or touches any object that would not become Najis as he/she has NO AYN e NAJIS ( original najasat).
Question:22 Rajab ko kunda ku manaya jata h?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Brief introduction of 22nd Rajab according to Shia historians:
In the book of Masar al-Shia, Sheikh Mufid (r.a) has considered this day as the day of the destruction of one of the enemies of the Prophet (pbuh). Also the book of Iqbal al-A'amal also quotes where Sheikh Mufid (r.a) who has considered this day as the day of joy for the believers, It has been reported that on the 22nd day of the months of Rajab gratefully annihilated one of the pharaohs of the time and the enemies of the Holy family of the Prophet (pbuh), therefore it is recommended to fast (Mustahabb) as a Thank God for the destruction of the enemies of the Holy family of the Prophet (pbuh).
Reference: 1-Sheikh Mufid,Muhammad bin Muhammad, Masar al Shia, page 59,Sheikh Mufid conference, Qom.
2-Syed ibne Taoos, Iqbal al A’mal, page 667, Dar al Kutub al Islamia, Tehran 1367
While there is no direct and clear thing as the Nazr of Imam Sadeq (AS) on 22nd of the Rajab has been discussed in the authentic Shia hadith sources, but the best part about this Nazr or any community wide Nazr is the perfect opportunity to meet random Shia families and making new friends as a Silatur Rahm. Where you are meeting just to hang out, eat some snacks and sweets together and sit there on your friend's table meeting people, all in the name of Ahlulbayt (a.s).
Needless to say, we should forget about what other Shia communities say, either they are from majority Shia countries or different background so they can’t feel or understand the benefits of this Nazr. But we have to built a strong network among our Shia community as we are in minority.May Allah accept and give us opportunity to remember Ahlul Bait (a.s) in all our gatherings.

‎الامامُ الرِّضا علیه السلام : «رَحِمَ اللّهُ عَبْدا اَحْیا أمْرَنا،»[قال الرّاوی:] فَقُلْتُ لَهُ: «فَکَیْفَ یُحْیِی أمْرَکُمْ؟» قالَ: «یَتَعَلَّمُ عُلُومَنا و یُعَلِّمُها النّاسَ، فَإِنَّ النّاسَ لَوْ عَلِمُوا مَحاسِنَ کَلامِنا لاَتَّبَعُونا.

Imam Ali Ar Redha(a.s) said: “May God have mercy on the servant, who keeps alive our commands.” And when he was asked :how do we keep alive your commands? then he said: “Teach our sciences to people and when they would learn our beautiful words and it’s merits they would not go away from us.
Question:Is there a way to tell whether an act is innovation (bida')? For instance, offering namaz wahshat for a non specified marhum even out of its time between Maghrib and isha.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: As far as Mustahab namaz is concerned, there is no restriction for its timing and other related issues as it is said for wajib namaz. Therefore it’s not an innovation if anyone with the Niyyat of reja offers salatul wahshat for a Momin who has passed away.
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