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Few question and answers

Postby smak786110 » 17 Nov 2006, 20:12

Few question and answers from Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Fazel

Q2: Can I watch English or Bollywood movies?
A2: There is no objection to watching such movies if they are not
morally and religiously offensive.
Now read the answer he allowed with condition and we all know 99% of
movies are morally and religiously offensive.
But there are people who will see all the movies, incourage others by
taking name of Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Fazel Lankarani , that he

Because sinners always search the reason of committing the sins and
those who have enimity for ahlulbaith always search the reason to
prohibit azarai , matam, azadari procession. So dear lovers of
ahlulbaith always learn from scholars and ahlulbaith and not from
self made ulemas who use the name of ahlulbaith and mujtahds for
their personal gains..
Beating Chest & Zanjir Zani

Q1: Why do Shiites beat their chests during Muharram? What is the
A1: Beating chest is one of the important expressions of lamentation
and a means of showing disgust and hatred to the oppressors. Not only
it is not a mistake but it also plays an important role in reviving
and continuing the goals of the Imam (a.s.).

Q2: It so happens that people beat their chests and their backs with
chains and their bodies turn red and even start bleeding. Is it
A2: It is permissible and even preferable provided that it does not
cause significant harm to the body.

Q3: Some men take off their clothes and become partially naked while
beating theirs chests in front of women. Is it permissible?
A3: It is necessary for women to avoid looking. Of course, if men
know that women would look at their bodies, it is not permissible for
them (men) to take off their clothes.

Q4: Are beating chest and Zanjir Zani out of Riya (insincerity)
A4: They should avoid insincerity while performing rituals.

Q5: Some people are seen half-naked during Muharram while
flagellating themselves in an extreme manner in front of non-Mahram
individuals? Is this act permissible?

A5: Chest beating tradition in its customary and normal form does not
have to be opposed, however, in the said situation women should avoid
Blood Matam

I have a question about blood matam or what is known as Qama zani
or Tatbir? What is your ruling about using blades, knives, swords and
spilling blood during mourning rituals? Is it permissible?
A1: The philosophy of mourning during 'Ashura, is to respect the
symbols of Religion and remember the suffering of Imam Hussain (a),
his companions, and his uprising to defend Islam and prevent the
destruction of the religion by Bani Umayyad dynasty. These rites
must be done in such a way that in addition to serving that purpose,
it draws the attention of others to these lofty goals. Obviously,
Qama Zani does not have such a role and the enemies of Ahlalbayt
misuse it. So those actions which are not understandable for the
enemies of Islam and causes misunderstanding and contempt for the
religion must be avoided.


Q: Is it legally preferable to wear black clothes when mourning for
Imam Husain and other Infallible Imams (a.s.)?
A: Since it is considered respecting the signs (of Allah), it has
legal preference. Moreover, prominent scholars such as late Ayatollah
al-Uzma Broujardi used to wear black Qabaa (a long robe worn under
Aba) during Ashura.

Q: Is wearing black clothes makrooh (undesirable) when lamenting and
mourning over the martyrdom of the Infallibles?
A:: Since wearing black clothes is a sign of expressing grief and
lamentation, which is highly desirable, therefore praying in a black
cloth is not makrooh.

Q: What is the fatwa about the flags which are used during Azadari
(lamentation) ceremonies? Some of these flags have lines and drawings
on them.
A: It is permissible to use them in Azadari.

Q: Is beating drum allowed during Azadari?
A: If drum is beaten in such a manner that it is suitable for
gatherings of amusement and entertainment or is considered contempt
and disrespect to the Infallible Imams, it is haram, or else, there
would be no objection in it.
Q: What is your ruling on a group of mourners using musical
instruments in a competing manner against another group?
A: The ruling about using musical instruments was explained above.
Rivalry or competition however does not change the answer. Rather, if
a competition is out of Reya (insincerity) and there is no intention
of seeking nearness to God, and it causes unrest for others, it is
not permissible.
Q: What is the philosophy behind the mourning for Imam Hussain (as)?
A: The philosophy of lamentation for Imam Hussain (as) is to revere
the divine observances and to commemorate the Imam's innocence and
self-sacrifice as well as that of his companions, in their defence of
Islam. If there had not been such an uprising, the Umayyad dynasty
would have completely annihilated Islam. It is for this reason that
to remember the tragedy of Ashura is cited in numerous narrations.

Q: Which Imam (as) or his companion was the first to practise any
form of masochism such as hitting oneself with metal chains
(zanjeer), or make a flag -referring to Al-`Abbas' flag- (`alam) as a
sign of the events of Karbala, or to produce and carry the coffin
(taboot) among the believers during the commemoration in order to pay
respect for Imam Hussain (as)?
A: These are all symbolic styles of mourning, and it is not
necessary to have a certain decree issued by our Imams (as) for the
way in which we mourn. However these ceremonies should be undertaken
in a way whereby they keep alive the memory of Ashura, attract the
attention of others and incorporate all the ritualistic aspects. They
should not be conducted in such a way as to cause misunderstanding or
blasphemy against Islam, the holy dignity of Imam Hussain (as) or his
companions. We should avoid deeds, which are not understandable to
the enemies of Islam. Commemorating ceremonies do not necessarily
need to be ordered by the Immaculate Imams (as), as they are held
today. The important message of practising (zanjeer) is that we are
all Shi'ite, and are ready to devote ourselves in the path of Allah
(swt) and for Imam Hussain's (as) purpose

Chatting with a na-mahram on the internet

Q1: Is it permissible for a girl to chat with a na-mahram on the
A1: If there is a fear that a girl or a boy may be drawn towards sin,
it is not permissible. Normally chatting ends up in a sin for both


Q1 What is the fatwa about co-education? Is co-education
A1 If there is an evil in co-education, it is not allowed and Islam
does not permit it. Normally, co-education is coupled with evil.

Q1 Is it permissible for a boy to have a girl friend?
A1 It is not permissible for a boy to make girl friends as he might
fall into a sin or indulge in sinful acts.


Q1 : I want to know where in the Holy Quran or Hadith it is said taht
listening to music isprohibited?

A1 The Holy Quran says, "And of men is he who takes instead
frivolous discourse to lead astray from Allah's path without
knowledge, and to take it for mockery; these shall have an abasing
chastisement." Surah Luqman 31: 6
It is clear that songs and music which are exciting and stimulating
and suitable for gatherings of vain entertainment take one away from
the remembrance of Allah, the Glorious and lead one astray. Many
traditions (Ahadiths) have been related on this. You can refer to
Hadith books, like Wasaail al-Shia.

Q1 I would like to know which musical instruments is permitted for
playing or listening in Islam.
A1 The musical instruments which are specifically for Haram usage,
meaning which are only for usage in/ for immoral and vain gatherings
are Haram, and if it is not such, it is permissible.


Q1 Is Zanjir Zani permissible during Muharram? It should be noted
that by the word Zanjir Zani I mean Zanjir (chain) only with no
knives or cutting tools attached to it. (Many people in the Indian
sub-continent ask this question while they mean the chain with
knives. Unlike the sub-continent, the word Zanjir is used to give its
literal meaning in Iran and other Persian countries).
A1 Zanjir-zani is permissible.

Q1 If according to astronomical calculations sighting of the
crescent is not possible in Stockholm on the completion of 29th
Ramadhan but the crescent for Eid-ul-Fitr has been ascertained by
being sighted at a location in Russia that shares the same latitude
as of Stockholm, is it permissible to break the fast and observe Eid-
A1 Scientific and astrological calculations are not sufficient
except for when one who gains certainty through it. {Read the answer
to the first question.}

you can refer http://www.lankarani.org/eng/index.html

Note: those who are not in his taqleed are free to follow their marja
but shoud not use his name to justify their own personal thoughts and
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Postby Syed Kazim » 17 Nov 2006, 20:25

Thnx smak786110 for th effort, but most of us follow Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Al-Husaini Seestani! so...if you could put his rulings here!
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Postby smak786110 » 17 Nov 2006, 20:50

Yeah thts true we follow Agha Sistani...But I think most rules which are common are almost same...isnt?? :lol:

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