Maulana Syed Ameer Ali Rizvi
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Name: Maulana Syed Ameer Ali Rizvi
Age: NIL
Location: Lucknow, India
Expertize: Islamic Philosophy, Mysticism and Theology
Question:Sometimes I cant control my thoughts like something really horrible or haram come in my mind accidentally and suddenly. Is it the wasswassa of shaytan? Is it considered as a gunnah?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes of course this is waswasa of Satan try to cut and discontinue it whenever these type of thoughts come in your mind but there is no sin just for your accidental thoughts untill you commit a sin practically, related to that bad thought. Recite 'La hawla wala quwwata illa billahil Aliyyil Azeem" whenever such thoughts come in your mind.
Question:If the sunrise is at 5:20 am for example, Is it the last time of kaza of namaz soubh? I can still do takbir a 5h19 for example? Or I have to finished at least 1 rakat before 5h20?

What is the fiqh law please?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Yes, the qaza time is the same as sunrise timing for Fajr Prayer. If you complete your first rakah and enter in the second rakah before Qaza timing then your namaz is considered 'Ada'.
Question:I had this class fellow who usually go into arguing with me regarding me being shia. Today he said rasool is not noor and is basher (nazubillah). Can you please explain me this in the light of Quran so I can answer him back?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: In Surah Maedah, Verse no. 15 Allah says that A light (noor) and obvious book has come to you from Allah.
Ali ibn Ibrahim Qummi narrates that the light is Holy Prophet PBUH, Amirul momneen and Aimma.
Tafseer-e-Qummi, Vol. 1, P. 172


Also see: Tafseer e Qurtabi, Vol. 6. p. 117. In this Tafseer, one of the interpretations of the noor is given as Muhammad PBUH.
Note: This commentary on Quran is written by one of the famous Ahlu sunnat scholars and commentators.

You should ask your class fellow that what does the noor mean in this verse except our Holy Prophet PBUH?
Question:I went through a word - Musahiqa in Mikyalul Makarim. Can you please explain me? Also the word Mutawatir

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Musahiqa is the sin committed by Lesbians.

Mutawatir (مُتَواتِر meaning "successive") narration. A successive narration is one conveyed by narrators so numerous that it is not conceivable that they have agreed upon an untruth thus being accepted as unquestionable in its veracity. The number of narrators is unspecified.[22] A hadith is said to be mutawatir if it was reported by a significant, though unspecified, number of narrators at each level in the chain of narration, thus reaching the succeeding generation through multiple chains of narration leading back to its source. This provides confirmation that the hadith is authentically attributed to its source at a level above reasonable doubt. This is due to its being beyond historical possibility that narrators could have conspired to forge a narration. In contrast, an ahaad hadith is a narration the chain of which has not reached a number sufficient to qualify as mutawatir.
Question:If I am travelling to US from Aus for example on Saturday morning, zuhr of Saturday will occur while on plane. Now when I land in US it is still Saturday morning there and Zuhr of Sat will occur a second time for me. Now please guide me which Zuhr to pray and which one to leave or pray both? What will be the niyyat in both cases?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: If you are travelling to US from Australia for example on Saturday morning and Zuhr of Sat occurs on the plane then you have to offer your zuhr prayer on the plane according to the rules of offering prayer on the plane but as far as I know that you can't reach to US from Aus in Saturday morning because the distance is 9437 miles and flight takes approx 16.85 hours to reach US from Aus and the time zone is -7:00 and +10:00 UTC for US and Aus accordingly. Suppose that now it is Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Aus and Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm in US. Therefore when a person will move for US on Saturday from Aus then it'll be friday in US. as a conclusion the zuhr prayer will not be repeated.
Actually there is a general ruling that the same obligatory prayer shouldn't be repeated if offered at one place even if a person reaches by plane from a country to another country suppose if a person flies from Afghanistan in the morning and he has offered his fajr prayers either at Airport or in the plane and when he reaches to Pakistan for example there is now time remaining for fajr prayer; in this case he has no need to offer fajr prayer again.
Question:I am single parent, husdand expired two years back. I have two daughters studying in school. My monthly salary is 10 k. There is no saving. My brother helps me monthly. Is khums and zakat wajib on my salary or on my savings. What about the amount of life insurance money of my husband do i have to pay khums on that amount ?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Zakat is not wajib on your salary but if you are saving any amount after one year on a specific date which you have assigned for yourself as a khums paying date, then after deduction of your expenses which are in the range of your social and financial status you have to pay khums meaning 20% of the saving amount or other savings like grains etc. The total of the 20% savings will be divided into two equal parts, one of them is sahm e Imam (a.j.) and to be given to any marja or his representative to collect the sahme Imam or any organization having permission from Marja to collect the sahm e Imam and the other part will be given to any needy sayyed.

If you have received insurance money, then after passing one year from the date of receiving, if the money is not spent in your necessary expenses then it has khums to be paid after one year.
Question:My friend needs to take a loan of Indian rupees 1 million for business purposes but he believes paying interest on bank loan is haram

What is the alternative halal solution to take loan from the bank?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If there is no way and option other than taking an interest based loan from a bank then he can take with the niyyat (intention) that I will not pay the interest on the loan until I'm compelled to pay it by the bank through the law and ruling of the country for example.
That means he should keep the intention in his heart not to pay the interest except that he is compelled to do it and he shouldn't pay the interest with pleasure and wish but due to compulsion.
Question:What is the best way to ask a father for his daughters hand in marriage? Any specific way that Ahlulbayt have recommended? What shall one say to the father?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: The best way is to find a mediator for this task and if it's not possible for you then ask him allusively at a private location, not in front of people except in the case when it is necessary to ask infront of others. Try to follow the norms of the society in this regard.
Question:What is Hadees e Qudsi

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Hadith e Qudsi (sacred hadith) is the hadith; which meaning and content is revealed by Allah but the words and sentences are chosen by Holy Prophet PBUH himself and Allah sends those meaning to his prophet through afflatus or in the dream.

http://alhassanain.org/m/english/?com=book&id=592
Download the full book with English translation from the above link
Question:I was wondering if soy or oyster sauce are halal? Sometimes I wish to make some food that contains these sauces for rich texture and taste but I'm worried it may have alcohol. What's the best way to know if it is alcohol free

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: The only doubt to have Alcohol doesn't put it in haram category of edibles but we should make sure that these type of sauces have Alcohol or not. It may have a little amount of Alcohol in some European countries but you should check the ingredients details to be sure and confirm or simply google it which may help you in this regard. Sometimes Alcohol word is not used but it's chemical or scientific name is used so check from all aspects to make sure but omly a doubt should be neglected.
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