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Q1: Can I play card games?
A1: The cards used in card games are means of gambling; according to Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani playing with them is forbidden even if it no property is involved.
Q2: Is it permissible to play chess game?
A2: It is not allowed.
Q2: Are the games of football, tennis, volleyball etc. allowed?
A3: There is no objection to playing these games.


Q1: Gelatine is used in many capsules. Can we take such capsules when it is for medical purposes?
A1: If the gelatine comes from pork then it is impure and forbidden. But if it is extracted from halal animals then it is permissible (halal).
Q2: Does the gelatine go through a chemical process of change that we would be permitted to eat products made with it? This is for gelatine taken from cows, which have not been slaughtered according to Islamic rites?
A2: No, it is not chemically transformed and if it comes from a mayyeta (dead unslaughtered) animal, it is not permissible to eat it.
Q3: Is gelatin halaal if we believe it has undergone istihala, or we don't know if it is from haraam meat?
A3: Yes, it is pure.


Q1: What is the ruling on men wearing pure gold and silk?
A1: It is not permissible.
Q2: Can a woman wear her gold ornaments when going out of her home?
A2: She can wear them but she must conceal them from non-mahram (male strangers).
Q3: What is the ruling on men wearing items which are gold plated and made of silk mixed with other material?
A3: Wearing gold plated objects is not permissible for men but there is no objection to using mixed silk.


Q1: What is your fatwa about network business like goldquest? Is the income halal?
A1: Taking part in business activities such as diamond or goldquest business is not permissible.


Q1: Is it permissible for women to visit graveyards?
A1: It is permissible and there is no objection in it.
Q2: Our community men go to our Muslim cemetery on the day of Ashura after Zuhr and Asr prayers? What is the Islamic view on this?
A2: Among the narrations of the Holy Prophet(s) and the Infallible Imams (a.s.) emphasis has been placed on visiting the graves of believers and asking for forgiveness and mercy for them. Therefore, the aforementioned custom is a good tradition (Sunnat Hasanah). Of course, in regards to the day of Ashura we do not have any special proof or recommendation.


Q1: Can I perform wudhu after an obligatory ghusl?
A1: Ghusl is sufficient for wudhu and wudhu is not lawful.
Q2: Can a woman make the niyah of two ghusls (e.g. ghul-e janabah and ghusl haiz) with one ghusl?
A2: Yes, she can.
Q3: Should I perform ghusl after I have seen some some discharge which I am not sure to be semen? I felt the discharge when I saw accidentally the picture of a naked woman.
A3: Ghusl is not obligatory and if you have been in the state of wudhu, you can offer your prayers without renewing it (wudhu).
Q4: Is Mustahab ghusl sufficient for wudhu?
A4: Wudhu is necessary.


Q1: Are gifts liable to Khums?
A1: If they are not used in a year, khums should be paid on them.

Governance of Jurist

Q1: What is wilayat-e faqih (governance of jurist)?
A1: Wilayat-e-Faqih means that at the time of the Greater Occultation, as stipulated by Imam Mahdi(a), the Faqih has some rights and authorities with which the problems of the Muslims would be solved.
Q2: Do the decrees (fatawa) of the wilayat-e-faqih override the decrees of other marja’s? If they do, then why do we need other marja-e-taqlid?
A2: The Wilayat-e-Faqih's decrees are, in the affairs related to the government, prior to the decrees of other faqihs, unless a certain faqih considers the wilayat limited. However independent of the Wilayat-e-Faqih, all the faqihs have reached a consensus that when a certain faqih has his own opinion, another faqih is not allowed to concern himself with it.
Q3: If I live in a foreign country, which is not under the rule of the wilayat-e-faqih, what are his duties to me and what are my duties to him? Should different countries have different wilayat-e-faqihs?
A3: According to the Iranian constitution, the wilayat-e-faqih can exercise his control across his own country, but religiously the wilayat-e-faqih is not confined to a particular region; therefore, a faqih (jurisprudent) can intercede, when it is advisable for Islam and the Muslims, even if he is not present in that country.


Q1: I would like to know the reason why games of chance are prohibited?

A1: In the Qur’an, it is asserted as to why games of chance are prohibited. In Islam all forms and means of gambling are not acceptable. If one looks into this reason one can quickly see that money is lost, and a large amount of time and energy are expended on a useless pursuit. Therefore, even if such a form of gambling does not include money, such games of chance are still prohibited (haram). Gambling is prohibited in the Qur’an and mentioned as the Devil’s deception, which sows hostility among people. The Qur’anic chapter Al-Maidah says: "Indeed the Devil wants to create hostility and rancour among you by wine and gambling and stop you from remembering God". In this Holy verse the reason is given for the prohibition of gambling in that it leads to hostility and animosity. This is a clear matter, as hostility will arise between two people whereby one acquires the capital or property of the other without effort. Furthermore, the prohibition of gambling is clearly stated in the traditions mentioned in Wasa'el-ol Shia, Vol. 17.
Q2: What is your ruling on playing with instruments of gambling however just as a game and play with no betting or wagering? What is the ruling on these games played on the computer to pass time?
A2: It is not permissible to play with instruments of gambling but it is permissible on computer, if no property is involved.