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Fiqh – Marja Yousef Saneis syn i frågor

Here are some of Grand Ayatollah Yousef Sanei views

using gambling instruments without betting

Q1004: What is the case of trading cards, playing them, and watching others playing them?

A: following some of the most learned religious jurist, I believe that playing with gambling instruments with no intention of gambling and with the purpose of playing and amusing oneself is legal, but if the purpose is to gamble at cards, it will be certainly illegal.

Q1005: What is the case of the money earned through gambling? And what if the money is given to charity?

A: The money earned through gambling is illegal, whether it is little or a lot, whether one uses it him/herself or gives it to charity, as gambling itself is illegal; it must be notified that fire (here the illegal act and the illegal money) does not extinguish fire (here divine punishment), as it is said in the Holy Quran, “and Allah accepts the good from the God-fearing and the Righteous”.

Contest and Shooting

Q1006: What kinds of the common contests are considered legal according to the Islamic rules?

A: Generally, any game, contest etc., with gambling instruments will be illegal if it is along with gambling and betting, but if it is just some kind of amusement, such as soccer, volleyball, skiing etc., it will not be illegal, and there is no evidence to render the prizes which are prepared through Mubah acts for such matches illegal, and they are basically legal and permissible; and in such cases, there is no difference between the prizes awarded by others and the one’s which are prepared by the players themselves, and even in the latter case, it is not accounted as gambling; therefore, it is not illegal.

shaving the beard

Shaving One’s Beard and Hairdressing

Q1017: Is it permissible to shave one’ beard with a razor or a shaver?

A: In my view, it is not clear whether it is illegal to shave the beard or not and it does not seem to be illegal, although it is better to avoid it as a precaution.

Q1018: Having her husband’s permission, a woman works as a hairdresser and earns livelihood. Are the job and the earnings legal?

A: The job and the earnings are legal.

Q1019: If a hairdresser knows that the woman on the face of whom she is putting make-up, intends to show herself off to some non-Mahram men, will the payment made by such a woman be legal?

A: If the hairdresser is certain that her client is putting on make-up just to show off to non-Mahrams and to do illegal things, she must avoid putting make-up on her face and the payment made by such a person will be illegal as a precaution.

Q1020: Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to go to a hairdresser or dress-maker who is one of the People of the Book?

A: In this regard, there is no difference between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim one; but it is better to avoid going to non-Muslim hairdressers for make-up, because they might tell their husbands about the characteristics of Muslim women.

the purity of all human beings including kafirs

On the question of the infidels, he pronounces, “Most apparently, their purity is like the purity of Muslims. Yet, the antagonists among them who fight Muslims because of their adherence to Islam or their belief in Islam (and not for any other reason) are deemed adversaries in religion who, like a few of the infidels, having gained certainty of the validity of Islam continue to deny it, are bound to be unclean.

Here is his view of Music, if you want to know

About the question of music, His Eminence holds that the prohibition of music and lyrics is based on the content and thus, any voice, lyric or music which does not promote laxity and immorality and does not misguide human beings or blemish the visage of Islam, is not forbidden.

Here is what Imam Khomeini had to say about him

“I would like to thank the current Supreme Judiciary Council. These gentlemen worked hard, bore a heavy burden and diligently served for three years. They had never coveted any office. They are the notables of the clergy. They abandoned their serene mode of life. They came to an environment where hard work was demanded undergoing suffering and shouldering immense responsibility before God. Now, it does not really matter to clerics with an Islamic outlook whether to occupy the position of a chief justice of the High Court or the Prosecutor General or to take on any other work… Now, I would like to put this heavy responsibility on the shoulders of Ayatollah Yusef Saanei and introduce him as the country’s Prosecutor General. I have brought up Sheikh Saanei like a son, Sheikh Saanei used to actively attend my seminary sessions for long years .He specifically used to personally exchange views with me for which I derived much pleasure from his vast knowledge. He is a prominent personality among the clerics and a man of learning.”

Later, when His Eminence resigned the post of the Prosecutor General after a period of sincere and unfailing efforts, Imam Khomeini remarked in a speech on the sixteenth of Mordad, 1364 Hegira (July, 4th, 1985),

“I feel sad and regret the departure of Sheikh Saanei. I hope he will prove effective wherever he may be in the future. I appreciate and thank him for his efforts and hard work. I have known him for many years. He is a learned man, devoted and diligent.”

And again, speaking at a gathering of the members of the High Court and the officials of the Judiciary Branch on the eighteenth of Mordad, 1364 Hegira (July, 6th, 1985), the Imam commended Ayatollah Saanei in the following words.

“… The post of the Prosecutor General, as you all know, is among the difficult and sensitive areas [of responsibility] and Ayatollah Saanei, who is an erudite man of learning, whom I have closely known for years and whom I have known to be a good and active person, has held the post until now and I thank him for his efforts.”

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