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The Light

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  1. Salam,

    For those of you who don't know, tabeedh, unlike taqlid, is following more than one marja

    It's been quite some time, I've been thinking why we are stuck with the taqlid of one marja. For example, I follow ayt. Sistani in fiqh, and I want to follow someone else besides him who is of equal status in knowledge according to the "ahlul-khibra", In my case I've heard ayt. Khamanai being that marja.

    What if there are things that sayed Sistani doesn't allow at all, while sayed Khamanai allows it and makes life much easier. After all, why do we Shias even combine prayers? It's because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) allowed it and as the prophet (s) said "that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) doesn't want hardship for us in religion". 

    I think this would be interesting to discuss.

  2. Salam,

    I am posting on behalf of a relative, and they don't know English, so they asked me if I can help them find answers.

    My relative had some land a few years ago, they spent a lot of money on the land in terms of planting trees, maintenance etc. The land went up in value and sold it, because times were hard and kept it for living expenses. A year had passed since the selling of the land, and they still had a surplus of the money remaining after their yearly expenses.

    Now, because they had spent a lot of money on the land apart from its purchasing price, they're not sure if the value increase would be considered capital gain.

    The confusing part for them is on what do they need to calculate the khums:

    1- the whole selling value of the land sold? 

    2- on the capital gain, if there was any if the actual expense of maintaining is deductible?

    3- Or the surplus of the money he kept after one year?

    I tried contacting ayt. Sistani's office, but didn't get a sufficient answer. All they said khums is applicable.

    The other problem they have is, since this was a few years ago, for some reason they thought khums was not applicable on this, and now as times are difficult, they can't afford to pay the khums if number 1 and 2 are applicable. Can they pay it in smaller amounts throughout their life?

    Thanks in advance.


  3. 9 hours ago, Ibn Al-Shahid said:

    Not necessarily. I wouldn't encourage anyone to get a degree unless it's engineering or medical. Anything else can be learnt through cheaper institutions (online and such), mentorships and internships. It is an insane idea to be in debt for that amount. 

    I agree with you to some extent. With the exception of law, one should go to university only if it's a STEM degree.

    "cheaper institutions" are usually of low standard, and majority of internships require you be in your final year of study or a fresh graduate.


  4. Btw, I emailed Najaf.org website directly, and this is their response:

    "It is permissible to take money from the bank that is financed by non-Muslim government or private funds but not with intention of loan. The knowledge that the bank will sooner or later force him to pay the capital as well as the interest does not affect [ the lawfulness of ] his taking the money".

    So, it's basically the same as what Moalfas stressed on, the intention is the key here.

  5. A lot of people like myself, need to go through formal education to get to where they want to be. Especially if it's a technical field. Some careers require you to have a degree of some sort, otherwise you cannot get your foot into the door. Or at the very least, it's very difficult.

    If you're saying, 'well there's a million things you can do to provide sustenance for yourself', then I would say that's not feasible in this era. Not everyone has the aptitude or means to run a successful business. Sure, I'd love to be my own boss. I tried, but I never succeeded.

  6. 3 hours ago, Moalfas said:


    It is permissible to obtain a student loan through UCAS but your intention Niya must not be to pay back with interest. I.e. Your Niya is to obtain the loan to further your education for instance. 

    You still must pay it back according to the loan conditions they stipulate etc 

    All the Shia students in the United Kingdom go with the process with no issues. 

    Find below the answer from Sayed Sistani's website:

    Question: Can I a take bank loan knowing that the bank will charge interest?

    Answer: Taking an interest based loan is not permissible except for when it is very urgent; it is necessary that he should do so with the intention that it is a transaction without return, even if he knows that he will end up paying the capital as well as the interest. And he should not do so with the intention of getting the loan with the condition of paying interest.
    As for your question regarding Khums, I will quote Sayed Sistani's website:
    Khums is obligatory in what has surpassed his annual needs,
    So it applies to money and property/valuables that you haven't used for a whole year. This does not apply to a loan that is paid as fees directly to the university. But could apply to the maintenance loan that you receive and keep if the money is not used/needed for a whole year. 

    Thanks for the answer, It clears out most of my questions. 


    1 hour ago, 2Timeless said:

    Is education considered very urgent? 

    Also, isnt it haram for the student to get the loan with the intention of paying interest, when the whole loan itself lies upon the student agreeing on paying interest when they start earning enough money? 

    This is the part where we have to investigate more. I don't think education can be considered urgent, but it is important for using it to have better career prospects and provide for one's family.

  7. Salam,

    I'm seeing conflicting views on this matter, so I want to become 100% certain before making a decision.

    What is Ayatallah Sistani's ruling on getting student loan from the government, with the conditions that:

    1- You don't need to start paying the debt until after you graduate.

    2- You don't pay anything until your income goes over a certain threshold.

    3- It only covers the tuition fee and not mainetenance, eg cost of living.

    4- After 30 years, the outstanding balance will be written off, regardless of how much is left.

    5- Interest accrues from the first payment the government sends to the university.

    Also another question, regarding khums. In some other threads, I read that I need to pay khums on student loan? Cause the government doesn't pay the loan directly to my account, but rather directly to the university. This could be applicable in the case of maintenance loans?

    I need to make a quick decision, that's why I didn't ask directly from their website.

    Thanks for taking the time to read it.


  8. 9 hours ago, Mohammed-Mehdi said:

    Answer: It is not permissible to do anything in connection with alcohol or wine.

    Ok, I think I found some rule that gives some permission. There's a Q & A in Ayt. Sistani's code of practice, work and investment section, question 288:

    "288. Question: Is a muslim allowed to work in grocery stores that sell liquor in one of its sections, and his work is only as a cashier?

    Answer: He is allowed to receive the price of the items other than liquor and also the price of liquor, if the buyers are non-Muslims."

    Is there a contradiction or am I missing a point, in where "liquor" is different than alcohol or "receiving price" means something else?


  9. 9 hours ago, Mohammed-Mehdi said:

    Hope this helps:

    : What is the ruling on a Muslim working in a restaurant in which he must serve alcohol to patrons of the restaurant?

    Answer: It is not permissible to do anything in connection with alcohol or wine.
    Question: I am running a store and I have non-Muslim customers who want me to sell them alcoholic drinks. Can a Muslim buy and sell intoxicating alcohol to non-Muslims?
    Answer: It is not permissible to buy and sell alcohol.

    Thanks for your answer, but this doesn't directly answer the question.

    When someone works in a retail store, the only purpose of that store is not to sell only alcohol, but everything. Alcohol only is a small percentage of items that are sold. In addition, the cashier only handles the monetary transactions, and he/she does not profit from that which is sold, but only works for a salary. 

    It's better to ask a marjaa regarding these issues.

  10. 19 hours ago, Abu Hadi said:

    IMHO these hadith are not authentic. 

    If hadith contradict Quran, we are told to throw hadith out (i.e. they are not authentic)

    In the Holy Quran, in several places (i will get the exact ayat if requested) it says the people of Jannat will have 'whatever they want' or 'whatever they wish for'. So unless someone wants to be homeless, they will not be. 

    Yeah, I was also thinking about contradiction. It also contradicts the belief itself that in even the lowest level of Jannah, every believer will have a kingdom of his/her own.

  11. 20 hours ago, ireallywannaknow said:

    Wa alaikum salam,

    Sorry I don't know the answers to your questions and I have never heard of this. However maybe visiting Imam Hussain (as) does not only include those who can physically go to his shrine, but maybe those who make the effort to recite his ziyarah from wherever they are. In that case is would make some sense to me because there is no excuse to not have recited his ziyarah during your entire life if you are a follower of Ahlulbayt. If you are a Muslim who is ignorant of the ahlulbayt, that is a different case. 


    You do have a good point there.

  12. :bismillah:


    I hope everyone's last days of Ramadan are going great.

    As it is known that when believers enter Jannah, even the lowest ranked believers will have a kingdom, which includes blessings such as having mansions, gardens etc. However, I've come across narrations from a lecture that say that some people in Jannah will be homeless and there are two reasons for that. 

    1- Always missing salat ul asr.

    2- Never visiting the shrine of Imam al Hussain (as) throughout one's life without a valid reason.

    Does anyone know the source of these narrations and their authenticity?

    Aside from the authenticity, I can understand the first reason, because it is the wajibat after all, so I can imagine that as a valid reason for someone being homeless in Jannah.

    Now, the second reason sounds odd to me. Going to Karbala is not wajib and one can still love and follow the teachings of ahlulbayt(as) without doing the ziyarah, right? I am in no way, shape or form trying to undermine the significance of the ziyarah of Imam Hussain (as). It is one of the goals of my life to go to Karbala one day. Just want to understand it better, because I think the followers of Ahlulbayt, aren't the only ones going to Jannah, so it's hard to imagine only them having mansions in Jannah and a huge number of other muslims being homeless who don't even believe in the ziyarah of Imam Hussain(as).

    Wanted to know the opinions of more learned individuals.

  13. On 5/23/2018 at 8:39 PM, Rayhana80 said:

    How do u know your cousin is into black magic and all? You are trusting a mullah and making assumptions that he did all that. Mullahs play a big part maligning people and creating fitna among relatives. You have said yourself that you have spent so much money to get rid of black magic. Brother, honestly prayers need no money, you don’t need a mullah to protect yourself from back magic. All you need to do is to stay Tahir and pray on time regularly. Recite four qul and Ayat ul Kursi and Quran as much as you can and ask for Allah’s help. 

    This is an old thread, so I'll reply anyway.

    Obviously, you haven't read my posts properly. We came face to face, and it was pretty evident that he did it. 

    I know people think I'm some kind of lunatic for believing in these things, but the evidence is there in the Quran about black magic and jinns etc.

    I'll challenge anyone to a debate who says that black magic is just bogus and only people with mental illnesses (yes, someone accused me of having a mental illness in this thread) believe in, to blame their problems on others.

  14. 3 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

    Ramadan & Muharram can be matched with Nowruz which after 1982 both of them matched with Nawroz & here is not any contradiction with. Awruz

    Aah, you're right. Forgot that Nawroz is a Solar Hijri calendar event. Kinda got it mixed up. So, yeah the reappearance that might take place in Ramadan or Muharram according to narrations, could coincide with Nawroz in that year. 

  15. 19 hours ago, ChattingwithShias said:

    'm pretty sure this is not authentic, and it seems all over the place, interesting nonetheless:

    84 – It is narrated from Shaykh Ahmad bin Fahd in Al-Muhazzab and others have narrated from Mualla bin Khumais from Imam Ja’far Sadiq (as) that he said: “The day of Navroz is the day when the Qaim and Wali Amr of us, Ahle Bayt (as) will reappear and the Almighty Allah will make him victorious over Dajjal and he will impale Dajjal at Kinasa in Kufa. We expect deliverance every year on Navroz, as it is our day, which the people of Fars have preserved, but you have wasted it.”


    Bihar Anwar pg 203 ch 31 (The Promised Mahdi English Translation of Biharul Anwar volumes on Imam Mahdi a.s.) – Part II

    Me too, doesn't seem authentic. There are many other narrations, which say that Imam Mahdi (as) will reappear either in Ramadan or Muharram.

  16. 10 hours ago, Abbas. said:

    Rather than judging your father in public, I would suggest that you focus on your goal of becoming an independent and a sincere Muslim who pays due taxes.

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your advice, but my intention wasn't to judge, but to give the readers a gist of the scenario, so they can give me advice on how I can approach this problem. Because, the actions of my father directly affects me and my family. Let's say as an example, my dad, is someone who doesn't fast or listens to haram music. Well, I couldn't care less, because it doesn't affect me. So, yeah, I wanted to make it clear to myself, and make sure I have nothing to do with this, because at the moment everything is wishy-washy in my life.

  17. On 3/22/2018 at 10:13 AM, Hidaren said:


    In Karbala Imam Hussein(as) wanted to talk to his enemies but they didn't listen by shouting, roaring, ... Imam Hussein(as) informed them of the reason of their deeds:"Your stomaches is filled with haram earnings."

    But it doesn't mean that people have no will. Because everything Yazid ibn Muawiyah(la) ate, spent, ... was based on haram earnings and other haram things but his son which was fed by haram all og his life is Muawiyah ibn Yazid or the secod Muwaiyah.

    He rejected to become caliph because he believed anyome rather than Ahlulbayts(as) would usurp the caliphood.

    Ja'far kazab was the grandson, son, brother and uncle of 4 infalliable Imams no haram food or earnings was given to him by his family but he claimed to be the 12th Imam.

    Always the choice is YOURS.

    That's a brilliant example. Haven't thought about it much before, actually. 

    That's right, things aren't that black and white in this matter.

  18. On 3/22/2018 at 5:04 AM, Abu Hadi said:

    If your father earned money thru haram, there will be consequences for this, either in this life, the next life or both. Because you are connected to him by circumstances, as well as blood, these consequences may 'spill over' onto you in this life, because that is the nature of this life. But that doesn't mean you are responsible before Allah(s.w.a) for these consequences. Actually, he is doing thulm on you by exposing you to the consequences of his evil actions. But if you are patient thru these trials and make sincere efforts to disconnect from him financially and earn your money in a halal way, Allah(s.w.a) will increase your sustenance and you will eventually be free of these consequences that he may be suffering. 

    I see, that does make sense.

  19. 2 hours ago, Abu Hadi said:

    You do not get his sins, supposing the money is haram money. At the same time, if you are reasonably sure that this is haram money, and now that you are old enough to realize what the situation is, you should not take anything from your father except what you need to survive(i.e. food, clothing, shelter) until you can earn your own money, and you should try to do that as soon as possible. It seems that you are trying to do that, so I think you are ok based on what you said. 

    As far as the problem you have in your life, everyone has problems in their life. Whether they are good or bad, rich or poor, earn money from halal or earn money from haram. The world is not a place where people do not have problems. There are two differences between people which may lead you to believe that there are people that don't have problems. 

    1) As someone trying to be a mumin, it is not encouraged to openly complain about your problems to anyone but Allah(s.w.a). If you think someone can help you, you should ask them for help but without complaining or being ungrateful. If they help you, you should thank them and thank Allah(s.w.a) for helping you thru them. If they don't help you (and they have the capacity to help), you should still thank Allah(s.w.a) and ask him to give you Sabr. So there are some people who you think have no problems when actually they have alot. 

    2) If you are grateful to Allah(s.w.a) for what he has given you, whether it is a little or alot, He(s.w.a) will increase it for you. He will either give you actual things (money, property, etc) or He(s.w.a) will give you the Sabr to endure not having lots of material things. Either way, He(s.w.a) will give you. If you have Sabr, then things that seem like huge problems to other people will not seem like huge problems to you. Allah(s.w.a) will make these small in your eyes, so you will not act as if you have alot of problems, even if other people think that you do.   

    Thanks for your insight. 

    I should've phrased my first post better, as I said "All my problems in my life, could be a result of this". Not all my problems, as you said there is no one who doesn't have problems in their life, be it whatever background, but I sometimes suspect that some hardships we are facing could be a worldly consequence of haram sustenance. We may never know for sure.


  20. I think I should add to make things more clear and I should've said it first (my bad), is that I understand that sins don't transfer from father to son or vice versa, but the key thing I am concerned about is the worldly consequences of a father's sin on his family. Because, I heard many times that if a father persists on sinning, then something might happen to that father's offspring as a form of punishment. Additionally, I've also heard that sustaining yourself through haram food, has negative effects on the soul, and because of that duas might not get answered.

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