Sheikh Mohammed Mehdi
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Name: Sheikh Mohammed Mehdi
Age: NIL
Location: Sydney
Expertize: Beliefs (Aqeeda), Comparative religion and Qur’an.
Question:My husband owns an accounting firm and he has been approached by a party whose business is online gaming (betting). He has been asked to register a company for them, get them a businesd license and get them a TIN (taxpayer identification number) certificate. Is he permitted to the above for this company knowing they do gaming/betting?
Also, is he permitted to do accounts of such a company once it is registered?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If he is registering a business for this client and this business can be used in any way regardless; then it would be permissible. But if he is registering and licensing it for gambling then this would be considered assisting them in what is unlawful and thus it would be forbidden.
I would avoid such a company like East avoids West, it has damnation written all over it.
Question:Over the years I've developed this bad habit of excessive sleeping. I wake up early but still during day I cannot control my sleep. I really despise it but I'm not able to help myself.
I've read about Prophet (saww) and Aimmah's saying regarding sleeping but still not able to stop sleeping in the day.
Please help.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: Cold shower and go for a walk, works a charm. It’s a habit, you need to unlearn, get busy and you won’t sleep.
Cold showers will wake anyone up.
Question:I often post jokes on my social media accounts. They are read by both men and women. Am I doing something haram if a woman reads it and laughs?
Also if some woman texts me saying something funny related to the jokes, replying her would be haram as well?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: In the first case, no it would not be forbidden.
In the second case, it is questionable, it is forbidden if it will lead into sin. It’s better to avoid such a thing.
Question:My wife and I are planning to have our first baby soon and I’ve read that it’s good for us to read Quran to the baby while they are in the stomach.
I’ve read some pretty specific recommendations about what to read in some books (e.g. recite Surah Maryam daily, recite Surah Yusuf 40 times and blow on apple and eat it ... etc), but there doesn’t seem to be any sources to these recommendations, which makes me doubt their authenticity.
So I was wondering if know of a list which details the surahs to read during pregnancy? Or is there no specific recommendation?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: There are many recommendations for a pregnant woman.
I wouldn’t follow anything that isn’t sourced.
But there is no loss in reciting the Qur’an in general.

After daily prayers, recite Surat al-Kawthar (108), Surat al-Qadr (97) and the long Ŝalawāt with the hand on the stomach:

أَللٌّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عَجِّلْ فَرَجَهُمْ وَ أَهْلِكْ عَدُوَّهُمْ مِنَ الْجِنِّ وَ الإِِنْسِ مِنَ الأََوَّلِينَ وَ الآخِرِينَ.

“O Allāh (SwT)! Bless Muĥammad and the family of Muĥammad, and hasten their release from suffering, and destroy their enemy, and curse their enemies from among the jinn and humankind from the beginning to the end (of time).
Question:Is it permissible for a girl to engage in sports and other physical activities?
What are the do's and don'ts that she must follow while playing it in front of male coaches and spectators?

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: A girl can be involved in sport and physical activities as long as religious guidelines are upheld. It is forbidden for her to play intent of male spectators according to Sayed Sistani.
Question:Do shias believe Quran isn't preserved? I follow shia way of Islam but I am a revert and still trying to find my way. Hence, my question.


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: The popular opinion of our scholars is that the Qur’an has been preserved. Suffices to say all Muslims read the same text. If the Qur’an was tampered with it would become evident like as in the case of the bible.
Question:I want to write down Quranic verses I can use to explain our faith to others. I'd want to compile them in english in a notebook where it has different topics. If I don't write in Arabic, but translated version, do I have to have wudu all the time I write?


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: No you don’t need to be on wudu for this, but it is always better to be on wudu.
Question:I heard we are not allowed to draw animate objects. Is this in shia islam?

Its not like my drawings would ever be able to compare to Allahs creation.

Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If it is non sculpted there is no issue
Question:There is a lot of confusion with what type of Music one can listen and what Instruments are allowed. These days even on Islamic channels we have music in backgrounds being played even if a Ziarat Documentary is being shown. Qawali in old days had very simple instruments and now days a huge variety is used within in. I want to have clarity please.


Ayatollah:Sistani

Answer: If you find no clarity then abstain from it all as a precaution. Sayed Sistani’s ruling states that if the music is like the music played in places of entertainment and amusement, then it’s forbidden.
If you can’t determine, then practice precaution.
Just because it is on an Islamic channel or in an Islamic state doesn’t make it permissible. We should practice precaution where we are unsure.
Question:Is looking at porn the same level of haraam as looking at pictures of women? And how can an individual stop this had habit? I've tried praying 5 times including Tuhajjid. I tried fasting then but somehow I keep going back.


Ayatollah:N/A

Answer: Looking at any image with lust is forbidden, other than that of your wife. Porn addiction is like any other addiction you need to deal with it harshly or it will remain.
One way to abstain is to make an oath that if I look at any images I will fast the next day.
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