A letter from a young guy to his eminence and his reply [to it]

 

 

 

Pray for me in this period of mourning for the Lord of the Martyrs

I had started to commit the terrible sin of masturbation since I was 12 years old before I became sexually matureand I became sexually mature when I was 13 years old and from then on I've very badly got into the habit of the sin. I've tried to break the habit of doing it for 100 times so far, but after two or three months I've got back to it. I want to get out of this habit but I can't. I want God to forgive me. I don't know if he forgives me or not. I'd like to be in good health so that I can study to serve a useful purpose among Ali-Ibne-Abitalib Shiites,butI can't. I'd like to read Quran, but I can't. I'd like to pray at midnights like I did in my childhood, but I can't. I'd like to go to masjid but I can't. I'd like to study, but I can't. I want to stay away from sins but I can't. Everybody says to me that you can't because you don't want to. I swear to God I want, but I can't. I want to get out of the habit, but it seems that I am predestined to go to hell. It couldn't be possible to not go out, it couldn't be possible to not surf the net, It couldn't be possible to not go to Sile-ie-Rahim, It couldn't be possible to not go shopping. Each of these activities could involve sexual excitement for me. It has been saidit is Haram to quit doing Sile-ie-Rahim, but whenever I go somewhere or somebody comes to our house, it makes me to commit the sin. It has been said it is Haram to keep yourself aloof from people, but it also makes me to commit the sin either. It has been said if you can enjoin the Ma'ruf and forbid the Munkar or if you can propagate Islam and yet you don't, it would be Haram so what is Halal in this world? I want to do Siga, but my family sees me as an adulterer. I want to give up masturbation so you tell me what do I have to do? 

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Estefta'at

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1. The best religious practice

Question: What is the best religious practice, in your eminence opinion?

Answer: As it has been narrated in some Hadith-s, saying prayer is the best practice after gaining knowledge of God.

 

2. The Ibtidai Jihad

Question: Is the Ibtidai Jihad (A kind of Jihad to promulgate the religion of Islam through countries which are not enemies of Islamic countries) permissible?

Answer: Its not permissible, in our opinion.

 

3. The Mu'ataati marriage

Question: Is the Mu'ataati marriage (a kind of unofficial marriage that the Sigheh is not verbally approved by the parties) recognizable?

Answer: Marriage needs to be approved verbally and the Mu'ataati one is not recognizable.

 

4. Revealing a secret

Question: Please say about permissible cases for revealing secrets?

Answer: Revealing other's secret is Haraam unless something important involves. For example, if the secret is not revealed, the life of a believer will be put in danger.

 

5. Saying prayer in Karbala

Question: What is your opinion about whether saying daily prayers completely or incompletely in the holy city of Karbala, or around the holy shrine, or in Koufa Masjid?

Answer: The traveler needs to say prayer incomplete in the holy city of Karbala, but around the holy shrine of his holiness Imam Hussein (A) (within two and half meters from the holy enshrine) and the whole Koufa Masjid the traveler is at liberty to say prayer complete or incomplete.

 

6. Wozu (performing ablutions before saying prayer) with the remnant of pen on skin

Question: Do the remnants of pen on hands’ skin invalidate the Wozu?

Answer: No, it doesn’t unless they prevent the water from reaching to body's skin.

 

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