Questions and Answer

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Q. Is it necessary that there should be a curtain
  between a Namahram (one other than a close
  relative)  male  and  female  while  performing
  Namaz?
A. It is not necessary. When people go for Hajj or
  to any of the shrines of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.), they do
  not see any strict segregation. It is done only to
  avoid the chances of sin which arises from inter-
  mingling. For the same reason, it is better that
  in an open room or hall, men should pray ahead
  and women behind.
Q. Is it permissible to leave a gap of time between
  tawaf and the prayer of tawaf?
A. It is obligatory to perform the prayer of tawaf
  without leaving a time gap, and the criterion of
  whether  there  is  a  gap  or  not  is  common
  judgement.  Accordingly,  it  is  not  improbable
  that a gap of few minutes for the performance
  of a daily prayer would be considered a harmless
  gap.
Q. If somebody does not remember how much he
  has earned in the past many years and now he
  wants to take out Khums what he is to do?
A. He has to make a rough estimate. Otherwise he
  is to refer to Naeb-e-Imam or his representative
  to solve his problem.
Q. ‘Waseela’ i.e. asking Allah (s.w.t.) though the
  Waseela of the 14 Masoomeens (a.s.) and other
  highly pious people – is this mentioned in the
  Holy Qur’an?
A. Waseela  is  mentioned  in  the  Holy  Qur’an  in
  Surah No. 5 (Al Ma’ida) Verse No. 35, “O you who believe! Fear Allah, and seek for him the

  waseela”
  And also in Surah No. 17 (Al Esraa’) Verse No. 57,
  “those  who  pray,  seeking  a  waseela  to  their
  Lord.”
Q. Is  it  necessary  that  while  saying Takbeeratul
  Ehram or wherever “Allaho Akbar” is said in the
  Namaz, one should raise both hands?
A. It  is  mustahab  (recommended)  to  raise  both
  hands   while   saying   “Allaho   Akbar”   during
  Namaz. But it is not Wajib (obligatory). There
  are  two  ways  of  doing  it.  (1)  By  making  the
  thumbs of both hands reach upto the ears, and
  (2) up to the neck.
Q. Is it correct for a woman and a man to pray by
  the side of one another behind the Maqam (of
  Ibrahim)?
A. There is no problem so far as there is a distance
  of at least a wajab (about 20 centimetres) or the
  man stands a little ahead of the woman.
Q. If one puts his money in Fixed Deposits is Khums
  to be paid?
A. Applicability of Khums depends on ownership.
  His ownership does not change and hence he
  has to pay Khums. Khums is not dependant on
  any conditions of cash or kind or in hand. If he is
  the  owner  he  has  still  his  obligation  to  pay
  Khums.
Q. I wanted to know the dua for the sajdah that
  comes across during reading The Holy Qur’an.
A. Any zikr can be recited in the sajda of reciting
  the Holy Qur’an or listening to it if the verse