Sheikh Mohammed Mehdi
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Name: Sheikh Mohammed Mehdi
Age: NIL
Location: Sydney
Expertize: Beliefs (Aqeeda), Comparative religion and Qur’an.
Question:What is the best time for studying? Like when should I study? Also what is the best day for studying? What foods are good for studying in the Islamic way?


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Studying in the early hours of the morning after sunrise and also before you sleep, you need a quiet environment for study. To get a stronger memory for your studies. Eat honey first thing in the morning and eat walnuts whenever you eat cheese.
Question:I have a question what is Ilm e Jafr. I heard some people have it. How do you achieve it?


Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: What it is علم الجفر, is knowledge that has been taught from Prophet to Prophet of Prophecies and things to transpire. This was exclusively dictated to Imam Ali (as) by the Messenger of Allah (S).
This is different to what is commonly known today, ilm al jafr today is like Nostradamus or The Simpsons predicting the future. Every time something happens people will say it has already been mentioned in the jafr.
So no you can’t acquire it, don’t believe those that claim to know these things they are merely charlatans and will be exposed eventually.
Question:I'm curious how will Imam Mehdi die as he will probably be martyred like every other Imam but if he dies, won't that mean the Earth would be left without a hujjah?

Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: There is some contention surrounding this subject. We do know that the Imam (as) will die, as every soul shall taste death.
We believe in الرجعة (the return). That the Imams will return, a narration says that he will be buried by imam Husayn (as). So therefore the will still be hujjah until kingdom come.
Question:I live in a family of five and don't get much privacy and I often find myself doing dua and speaking to Allah and the Imam in the shower is this permissible? I don't mean to be disrespectful when I do it, I just feel closer to Allah. When I do it another time, I feel tired or don't feel too comfortable or spiritual as I don't get much privacy. I also tried speaking to Allah during salah but I don't enjoy praying.

My second question is how do I enjoy praying and stop wanting to rush?


Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: There is no problem with conversing in the shower, it’s disliked to talk when one is relieving themselves however.
Do avoid rushing prayers remember two things.
1. That you may die after the prayer is concluded.
2. That whatever you want is in the hands of the one you are praying to and not in anyone else’s hand. So why would you rush your meeting with the main connection to all your needs?
Question:I am in debt which I am struggling to repay and at the same time I want to get married for which I need money which will again put me in debts. I need to avoid sins but it looks very difficult. Please advise


Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: A debt is a great concern, it affects our affairs in our day to day life. You need to firstly ask Allah to assist you in repaying your debt. And ask him to assist you to get married. Then you need to write out a plan as to how you intend of repaying the debt. And then work with the plan you have designed. As for avoiding sins, it is difficult, but try your best to abstain. And if you fail repent and start again. Allah’s door never closes.
Question:Is tafakkur or contemplation a prequisite in learning?

Ayatollah:Khamenei

Answer: Reflection is important for many things especially before acting upon them. As for learning what is most important is forbearance and patience. Without this one can’t learn.
Question:I make different flag designs for fun or for friends of mine. Is there any ruling on using animals on a flag? More specifically I would like to use an Eagle, is that allowed?


Ayatollah:Khomeini

Answer: You can’t sculpture an animal but you can draw one
Question:What is the ruling if for example you had doubt if it was your first or seconds sajdah and you could not make up your mind so you treated it as your first as per ruling but in the following rakat your dhaan tells you it was 2nd sajdah so now you have a strong feeling you did 3 sujood

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If you are doubtful, ignore the doubt as the time has passed, if you are certain that you have made an extra sajdah then continue prayers and do sajdata al sahw after completion of the prayers.
Question:Had a question about istibra. Below is the method from Ay Sistani:

Answer: Istibrāʾ is a recommended (mustaḥabb) act performed by men after urinating in order to be confident that no urine is left in the urethra, and its not compulsory to perform. It is performed in a number of ways; one way is as follows: after urinating, the anus is first purified if it has become impure; then, the middle finger of the left hand is slid three times from the anus up to the scrotum; then, the thumb is placed on the penis and the forefinger is placed under the penis, and the thumb and forefinger are pulled three times along the penis up to the point of circumcision; finally, the end of the penis is pressed three times.

Is it okay to do just part 2 and 3 and skip part one - the Anus part




Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: You are not putting your finger in your anus. The anus is the starting point, and no you can’t skip it.
Question:Had a question about food ingredients

1) For non meat products, are we suppose to check the ingredients all the time, for ingredients that may have alcohol or animal material or something not allowed

2) I was look at ingredients of nuts and it said it may have some fish ingredients. Upon research, it looked it the fish food category was inclusive of haraam fish am I allowed to eat these nuts ?

3) About Qiblah : after seeing the direction can I pray everyday at home without having to use a compass to exactly see the direction when I know the direction by head but not 100%


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: 1) You should check the ingredients on a product you don’t usually consume, but this doesn’t mean to contact the company, so on and so forth. If it is non meat, there is no obligation as long as you feel satisfied that this product would not contain meat products.

2) You should avoid eating these nuts.

3) Yes, as long as you are facing the direction of the Qibla within the quadrant angle of the direction.
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