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Maisam Haider

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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Received reply from Ayt. Sistani office:
    Subject: Taraweeh with fourada intention.
    Question: Bismillah
    Salam alikum
    Is it permissible to stand in taraweeh congregation with Sunnis by doing a fourada (personal) niyyah (intention) ? Would it be permissible if one has to perform taqqiyah and what will be the rule if there is no compulsion of taqqiyah? 

    Thank you
    Wasalam.
     
    In the Name of Allah, the Most High
     
    If you are offering your own prayer, there is no problem but taqiyah does not apply in countries like United Kingdom.
     
    May Allah grant you success.
    www.Sistani.org
    Istifta Section - Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani
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    I read my own prayer and did not do any taqiyah (prayed with open hands and kept turbah). The answer confirms that Alhumdolillah my decision to attend taraweeh did not mean that I was supporting that biddah in any way and there is no problem in what I did.
    This answer from Ayatollah Sistani also shows how dangerous it is when people assume that any particular action is forbidden based on their own thoughts and views. That is very problematic. Most people here very wrongly assumed that even a forada intention in taraweeh is forbidden. Such assumptions can be very misleading and one should resort to asking the marja rather than believing that what they think has to be right. 
     
  2. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam alikum
    After more than two months, I have received another reply from a different office of Ayt. Sistani which confirms the first reply: 
    A Sunni friend invited me for iftar and then requested me to also join him for taraweeh prayer at his mosque. I tried to decline his offer but he insisted so much that I had to accompany him unwillingly. Although I stood in the congregation, I did my own niyyut and read a fourada prayer. I left as soon as it was possible for me.

    My question is whether my action of joining taraweeh in this situation would be considered a sin. If yes, is there any specific kaffara for this, apart from asking forgiveness from Allah?
     
    یک دوست سنی برای افطار مرا دعوت کرد و بعد از من خواست با آن ها نماز تراویح بخوانم. من ابتدا عذرخواهی کردم ولی او خیلی اصرار کرد و در نهایت من همراه آن ها نماز خواندم ولی نیتم نماز فرادی بود. آیا گناهی مرتکب شده ام؟ اگر بله آیا کفاره لازم است؟
     
     
    In the Name of God, the Most High
    اشکال ندارد.
    There is no problem in it.
    May Allah grant you success.
    www.Sistani.org
    Board of Istifta - Office of His Eminence, Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Faruk in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    The reply from Syed Sistani's office is for United Kingdom, not Malaysia. 
    There is no problem in reading your own prayer in taraweeh congregation in United Kingdom without doing any Taqqiyah. Some Shias will find this concept hard to digest.
  4. Disagree
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam. Nobody here denies that Taraweeh is biddah. This is not the point of the topic at all. The question is about "fourada intention" and now we know there is no problem in this, contrary to what everyone here was assuming. Ofcourse, it doesn't mean that it is recommended but the important point is that it is not forbidden. 
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Received reply from Ayt. Sistani office:
    Subject: Taraweeh with fourada intention.
    Question: Bismillah
    Salam alikum
    Is it permissible to stand in taraweeh congregation with Sunnis by doing a fourada (personal) niyyah (intention) ? Would it be permissible if one has to perform taqqiyah and what will be the rule if there is no compulsion of taqqiyah? 

    Thank you
    Wasalam.
     
    In the Name of Allah, the Most High
     
    If you are offering your own prayer, there is no problem but taqiyah does not apply in countries like United Kingdom.
     
    May Allah grant you success.
    www.Sistani.org
    Istifta Section - Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani
    -------------
    I read my own prayer and did not do any taqiyah (prayed with open hands and kept turbah). The answer confirms that Alhumdolillah my decision to attend taraweeh did not mean that I was supporting that biddah in any way and there is no problem in what I did.
    This answer from Ayatollah Sistani also shows how dangerous it is when people assume that any particular action is forbidden based on their own thoughts and views. That is very problematic. Most people here very wrongly assumed that even a forada intention in taraweeh is forbidden. Such assumptions can be very misleading and one should resort to asking the marja rather than believing that what they think has to be right. 
     
  6. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from OrthodoxTruth in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    I was invited by a Sunni colleague for iftar at his home. I was the only Shia there and there were couple of Sunnis. They had a short snack for iftar and then had maghrib prayer; then they decided to have proper dinner only after returning from taraweeh. I declined to go to for taraweeh but they insisted and in a way forced me to go with them. Unwilling I stood with them in jamaat but did my own niyyut (intention) for forada prayer. After a few rakaats, I slipped away and went out of the mosque.
    I highly regret going for taraweeh because it is a biddah. I later asked several scholars and all said that it strongly prohibited to attend taraweeh. I feel regretful for this and wish I had somehow managed to escape before they could force me.
    May the ever lasting curse of Allah be on the one who started this biddah. 
  7. Disagree
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from OrthodoxTruth in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    I do not know what the fiqh rule is for taraweeh; it might possibly be prohibited. However praying with Sunnis in congregation even in their mosques is recommended according to Syed Sistani for the sake of unity. Taraweeh may be an exception. But to say that listening to their Qur'an recitation is also prohibited is clearly wrong. 
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from shia farm girl in Question on the different recitations of the Salwaat and when to say each...   
    I asked a scholar about this. He said All three are correct but have different backgrounds/reasons. 
    1. This is most natural sounding to Arab people in their everyday language. But is technically incorrect from tajweed point of view. But this is how an Arab would speak normally. (Din-wa)
    2. This is correct from tajweed point of view and is the best/proper way to read it. (Diw-wa). However Arabs do not speak like this normally in their everyday language. 
    3. This is not wrong but not recommended either because we should not separate Muhammad from Aale Muhammad. (Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad)
     
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Question on the different recitations of the Salwaat and when to say each...   
    It is a rule of tajweed that when a word ends in tanween and there is a waw after it the tanween sound "merges" with the waw...as long as you don't stop at Muhammad. That means 2 is the correct and most proper way. However , Arabic speaking individuals find it unnatural because they are used to speaking 1, which is incorrect tajweed wise, but sounds more natural for Arabs. 
    For non Arabic speaking individuals, they learn the classic Arabic and thats why speak the proper way which is 2.... Muhammad -iw-
  10. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in I need some advice on a serious matter.   
    In Islamic fiqh, it is important to find out whether the culprit was aware of the specified punishment for that crime or not. For example, if a person Steels something and is caught, then the Islamic punishment would be cutting off his fingers (provided about 40 other conditions are met). But if he was unaware of the fact that the punishment can be cutting of fingers, then his fingers cannot be cut. He might be given some other punishment which the jurist would decide (?maybe lashes). But the point is...in order to reach a judgment for the punishment of a crime, the pre hand knowledge of the culprit about the possible punishment needs to be taken into account. 
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in I need some advice on a serious matter.   
    At 13, he may not be baligh but if he was engaging in a sexual act, then he would atleast be mumayuz and could be liable to some punishment (but that would depend on a lot of factors, including whether witnesses would be required, and whether he realised that his action could be punishable etc). 
    Once a non baligh boy who was maybe 11-12 years old commited a theft. He was caught and brought to Imam Ali (عليه السلام). The Imam did not cut his hand but instead chopped off some flesh from the sides of his fingers. This means a 13 year old could get punishment too for zina (provided all conditions are fullfilled). 
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from AStruggler in Question on the different recitations of the Salwaat and when to say each...   
    I asked a scholar about this. He said All three are correct but have different backgrounds/reasons. 
    1. This is most natural sounding to Arab people in their everyday language. But is technically incorrect from tajweed point of view. But this is how an Arab would speak normally. (Din-wa)
    2. This is correct from tajweed point of view and is the best/proper way to read it. (Diw-wa). However Arabs do not speak like this normally in their everyday language. 
    3. This is not wrong but not recommended either because we should not separate Muhammad from Aale Muhammad. (Muhammad wa Aale Muhammad)
     
  13. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam 
    I think you misunderstood me. I am not  seeking any forgiveness from the answer of any marjaa. Nor I am waiting for their reply to feel forgiven. 
    However it is important to know what the rule is regarding this matter because we cannot automatically assume that since taraweeh is biddah, so it would be "haram" to even join that congregation with forada intention. It is likely that it will be forbidden, but one has to know the actual rule. 
  14. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam 
    Thank you AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola. For your kind words and acknowledging the situation I was in. 
    Every Shia understands Taraweeh is an innovation and no Shia would attend it under normal circumstances. My situation was however quite unusual in that I was a guest at someone's house and was asked by a group of Sunni men to join them for taraweeh, before the dinner. Because they had suddenly made this plan and were leaving immediately, they gave me little time to think or to come up with my own excuse to avoid it. Nevertheless, they asked me repeatedly and I kept on refusing again and again. I even said to the host that I will go back home (this meant refusing to have dinner with them). At this the host looked very sad when he realised that I wanted to leave without having food with them. He said to me " please don't do this. " At that point, in just those few seconds I had to make a decision...
    1. I thought whether I knew of any fatwa which categorically makes joining taraweeh haram (even with fourada niyyah). I didn't remember any fatwa like that in the few seconds that I had. 
    2. I had to decide very quickly whether it would be Islamically appropriate to decline having food with your host after attending his house. 
    3. I recalled that Syed Sistani recommends Joinning Sunnis in jammat for unity. 
    With these three thoughts in my mind, and with the Sunni men getting in their cars, and the host waiting for me to get in his car aswell, I made the decision to go with them. 
    At the taraweeh, I made my personal intention and read my own prayer. As soon as I got the opportunity, I left the mosque and went outside. Later when the host finished as well, we went back to his place for dinner. 
    While I pretended to join them in taraweeh, I sent curses to the one who began this biddah in the first place. I regretted standing with them and I had an inner feeling that I had most certainly done a wrong action - that this is like supporting biddah. I felt extremely unhappy with my decision to attend the taraweeh and wished I had categorically down right refused the host by saying that Shias do not read taraweeh. But did I have time to explain this at that moment when he was stood waiting for me to get into car...? I don't know. 
     
    Later, I asked a few scholars who all said that taraweeh cannot be attended under any circumstances at all - unless one has to practice taqqiyah. This made me even more regretful and I feel disgusted of my action. However the scholars did not quote any exact fatwa making taraweeh categorically haram to attend for Shias.
    I then sent the same question to Najaf.org and Sistani.org. They normally reply quickly when the question is simple - but it's been several days and I haven't received any reply from either office. Could it mean that although it is easy to understand that taraweeh should be avoided so as not to support this biddah, the actual fatwa making it haram may not be that simple?. I will continue to await their reply and seek forgiveness from Allah. 

  15. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam 
    I think you misunderstood me. I am not  seeking any forgiveness from the answer of any marjaa. Nor I am waiting for their reply to feel forgiven. 
    However it is important to know what the rule is regarding this matter because we cannot automatically assume that since taraweeh is biddah, so it would be "haram" to even join that congregation with forada intention. It is likely that it will be forbidden, but one has to know the actual rule. 
  16. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam 
    Thank you AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola. For your kind words and acknowledging the situation I was in. 
    Every Shia understands Taraweeh is an innovation and no Shia would attend it under normal circumstances. My situation was however quite unusual in that I was a guest at someone's house and was asked by a group of Sunni men to join them for taraweeh, before the dinner. Because they had suddenly made this plan and were leaving immediately, they gave me little time to think or to come up with my own excuse to avoid it. Nevertheless, they asked me repeatedly and I kept on refusing again and again. I even said to the host that I will go back home (this meant refusing to have dinner with them). At this the host looked very sad when he realised that I wanted to leave without having food with them. He said to me " please don't do this. " At that point, in just those few seconds I had to make a decision...
    1. I thought whether I knew of any fatwa which categorically makes joining taraweeh haram (even with fourada niyyah). I didn't remember any fatwa like that in the few seconds that I had. 
    2. I had to decide very quickly whether it would be Islamically appropriate to decline having food with your host after attending his house. 
    3. I recalled that Syed Sistani recommends Joinning Sunnis in jammat for unity. 
    With these three thoughts in my mind, and with the Sunni men getting in their cars, and the host waiting for me to get in his car aswell, I made the decision to go with them. 
    At the taraweeh, I made my personal intention and read my own prayer. As soon as I got the opportunity, I left the mosque and went outside. Later when the host finished as well, we went back to his place for dinner. 
    While I pretended to join them in taraweeh, I sent curses to the one who began this biddah in the first place. I regretted standing with them and I had an inner feeling that I had most certainly done a wrong action - that this is like supporting biddah. I felt extremely unhappy with my decision to attend the taraweeh and wished I had categorically down right refused the host by saying that Shias do not read taraweeh. But did I have time to explain this at that moment when he was stood waiting for me to get into car...? I don't know. 
     
    Later, I asked a few scholars who all said that taraweeh cannot be attended under any circumstances at all - unless one has to practice taqqiyah. This made me even more regretful and I feel disgusted of my action. However the scholars did not quote any exact fatwa making taraweeh categorically haram to attend for Shias.
    I then sent the same question to Najaf.org and Sistani.org. They normally reply quickly when the question is simple - but it's been several days and I haven't received any reply from either office. Could it mean that although it is easy to understand that taraweeh should be avoided so as not to support this biddah, the actual fatwa making it haram may not be that simple?. I will continue to await their reply and seek forgiveness from Allah. 

  17. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    I was invited by a Sunni colleague for iftar at his home. I was the only Shia there and there were couple of Sunnis. They had a short snack for iftar and then had maghrib prayer; then they decided to have proper dinner only after returning from taraweeh. I declined to go to for taraweeh but they insisted and in a way forced me to go with them. Unwilling I stood with them in jamaat but did my own niyyut (intention) for forada prayer. After a few rakaats, I slipped away and went out of the mosque.
    I highly regret going for taraweeh because it is a biddah. I later asked several scholars and all said that it strongly prohibited to attend taraweeh. I feel regretful for this and wish I had somehow managed to escape before they could force me.
    May the ever lasting curse of Allah be on the one who started this biddah. 
  18. Completely Agree
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Abu Nur in I need some advice on a serious matter.   
    In Islamic fiqh, it is important to find out whether the culprit was aware of the specified punishment for that crime or not. For example, if a person Steels something and is caught, then the Islamic punishment would be cutting off his fingers (provided about 40 other conditions are met). But if he was unaware of the fact that the punishment can be cutting of fingers, then his fingers cannot be cut. He might be given some other punishment which the jurist would decide (?maybe lashes). But the point is...in order to reach a judgment for the punishment of a crime, the pre hand knowledge of the culprit about the possible punishment needs to be taken into account. 
  19. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Sirius_Bright in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    I was invited by a Sunni colleague for iftar at his home. I was the only Shia there and there were couple of Sunnis. They had a short snack for iftar and then had maghrib prayer; then they decided to have proper dinner only after returning from taraweeh. I declined to go to for taraweeh but they insisted and in a way forced me to go with them. Unwilling I stood with them in jamaat but did my own niyyut (intention) for forada prayer. After a few rakaats, I slipped away and went out of the mosque.
    I highly regret going for taraweeh because it is a biddah. I later asked several scholars and all said that it strongly prohibited to attend taraweeh. I feel regretful for this and wish I had somehow managed to escape before they could force me.
    May the ever lasting curse of Allah be on the one who started this biddah. 
  20. My Prayers
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    I was invited by a Sunni colleague for iftar at his home. I was the only Shia there and there were couple of Sunnis. They had a short snack for iftar and then had maghrib prayer; then they decided to have proper dinner only after returning from taraweeh. I declined to go to for taraweeh but they insisted and in a way forced me to go with them. Unwilling I stood with them in jamaat but did my own niyyut (intention) for forada prayer. After a few rakaats, I slipped away and went out of the mosque.
    I highly regret going for taraweeh because it is a biddah. I later asked several scholars and all said that it strongly prohibited to attend taraweeh. I feel regretful for this and wish I had somehow managed to escape before they could force me.
    May the ever lasting curse of Allah be on the one who started this biddah. 
  21. Disagree
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Standing in taraweeh with personal intention   
    Salam
    Is it permissible for a Shia to stand in a Sunni congregation reading taraweeh, while the Shia makes his own intention and reads some other mustshib prayer (not taraweeh) ? 
  22. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from shia farm girl in Zina and why it’s haram   
    Yes pork would become permissible because he has no other option. But sexual sins will still not become permissible. For example, if an unmarried person is imprisoned for life and will never be able to get married or do mutah, it will still remain haram for him to do any sexual sins like masturbation. This is because fullfiment of sexual desire is an optional thing, it is not a necessity of life. Sexual desire can be suppressed to the point of being like non-existant, like our Imams(عليه السلام) did when they were imprisoned. 
  23. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from shia farm girl in Zina and why it’s haram   
    22. It is reported that Imam ‘Ali (‘a) said in one of his sermons: “If you like, I will tell you about Jesus the son of Mary (‘a). He used a stone as his pillow, wore course clothing and ate rough food. His stew was hunger and his lamp in the night was the moon.
    His shade in the winter was the east of the Earth and its west. His fruit and his basil is that which grows from the Earth for the cattle. He had no wife to try him, and no son to grieve him. He had no wealth to distract him, nor greed to abase him. His mount was his feet and his servant was his hands.”23
     Nahj al-Balagha, 1, 227
    https://www.al-Islam.org/jesus-though-shiite-narrations-Mahdi-muntazir-qaim/conduct-jesus
  24. Like/Thanks
    Maisam Haider got a reaction from shia farm girl in Zina and why it’s haram   
    An example is Prophet Isa(عليه السلام). Although his celibacy is not a role model for us, it does teach us that it is possible for a man to live a healthy, completely chaste and completely sex-free life - when the situation so demands. Other examples could be our Imams (عليه السلام) (particularly Imam Musa Kadhim[as]) who spent decades in dungeons away from their wives; yet when they were given the opportunity to indulge in sin, they showed such remarkable chastity - as if their sexual desires were non-existant. 
    This means although Islam highly encourages marriage and halal sex, it also tells us that sex is not a necessity of life and one must be able to live an entire life without it and without indulging in any sin. 
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    Maisam Haider got a reaction from Mahdavist in The Difference Between Nikah and Muta'a   
    Imam Ali ((عليه السلام).)  was asked about intercourse, so he said: [It is] shame that is lifted, loins that are joined and the closest thing to insanity. Persistence in it makes one senile and revival from it brings regret. When lawful, its fruit is a son who, if he lives, subjects [one] to trial and if he dies, causes sadness.
    Ghorar al-Hikam
    The best pleasures of this world
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