The Official Website of the Office of His Eminence Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Husseini Al-SistaniUpdateshttp://www.sistani.org/Statement » Commenting on the decision of the United States to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli entity<p>In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the Ever-Merciful<br />Commenting on the decision of the United States to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli entity, an official source from the office of Sayyid Sistani in the holy city of Najaf said:<br />This decision is denounced and condemned. It has hurt the sentiments of hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims, but it will not change the fact that Jerusalem is an occupied land that should return to the sovereignty of its Palestinian owners no matter how long it takes. The efforts of the ummah ought to be combined and their voices should be united in this struggle. Allah is the guardian of the victory.</p>http://www.sistani.org/english/statement/25870/G. A. Sistani in Media » Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani Receives UN Special Representative for Iraq Ján Kubiš in Najaf<div> <p>The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, was received today by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani in Najaf.</p> </div> <div>“I am extremely honoured that I was once again received by His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. It is a great honour for us - the United Nations - and for me personally. We had an in-depth discussion about what is on the agenda of the country, of Iraq, and I was listening to the points His Eminence was making as a guidance for future activities and future steps.”<br /><br />SRSG Kubiš congratulated His Eminence, the people and the Government of Iraq on the victory against the terrorist Daesh structures, emphasizing that this victory was for the whole of Iraq and the world, and that the Marjaiya’s fatwa that mobilized patriotic popular forces was instrumental in defeating the terrorist Daesh.<br /><br />SRSG Kubiš appreciated in particular the human aspect of His Eminence’s calls and sermons on human and social issues, including care for the families of the martyrs and survivors of the fight against Daesh, a better future for the youth, the voluntary return of the internally displaced people to the conditions of safety and security, protection of civilians and resolute action against perpetrators of criminal acts and violators of human rights.<br /><br />Following the appeal of His Eminence to take all steps to ensure a rapid, voluntary return of IDPs to their homes with dignity, to enable at least a minimum level of reconstruction and delivery of services, and to ensure the appropriate level of security that would protect civilians against terror, and create a barrier against the return of terrorism, SRSG Kubiš confirmed that the United Nations will accelerate its support to this end. He also shared the view of His Eminence that it is important to ensure the full implementation of the PMF law that would i.a. guarantee that weapons are exclusively in the hands of the state and under its control or that the PMF should not be involved in the elections.<br /><br />In reference to the unwavering support by His Eminence of the full respect and implementation of the Constitution and the laws of united Iraq, Mr. Kubiš confirmed to His Eminence that the UN fully shares this approach, also as regards the Baghdad–Erbil relations, including guarantees of the full constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and its people, or the timely holding of the general elections.<br /><br />The government’s reform programme, including fighting corruption, has the full support of the United Nations, the SRSG said. He pledged continuous UN assistance and joined His Eminence in urging the government to resolutely move to prosecute individuals accused of corruption and retrieve the embezzled funds which should be used to fulfill the people’s needs.</div>http://www.sistani.org/english/in-news/25703/Question & Answer » Is khums payable on kitchen utensil, household gadgets, sofa and appliances?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is khums payable on kitchen utensil, household gadgets, sofa and appliances?<div>If they are used within a year, khums is not be payable on them.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25649/Question & Answer » Is khums payable on the money which I have saved to buy a house?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is khums payable on the money which I have saved to buy a house?<div>If having a house is necessary in common view and not having a house will put you into difficulty that is not normally bearable, in this case, Khums is not payable on the money which you save for buying a house. In case you have a house already, khums should be paid from the savings. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25648/Question & Answer » Is khums payable on the money which I have lent to my friend?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is khums payable on the money which I have lent to my friend?<div>If a year has passed over it, khums should be paid from it.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25647/Question & Answer » Is khums payable on my last year's bank balance?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is khums payable on my last year's bank balance?<div>Khums is not payable, if you paid khums from your balance last year.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25646/Question & Answer » Is it obligatory to pay khums from my jewelry?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is it obligatory to pay khums from my jewelry?<div>If you have used them within a year after you bought them or received them as gifts, khums is not payable. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25645/Question & Answer » Can I give khums to my parents? <div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Can I give khums to my parents? <div>It is not permissible as they are your wajibun-nafaqa; it is obligatory for you to provide for their food, clothing and medical expenses, if they do not have a source of income. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25644/Question & Answer » I am sayed and my brother is poor. He needs money...<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">I am sayed and my brother is poor. He needs money to support his family and children. Can I give him my Sahm-e Sadat from my khums?<div>It is permissible to give him Sahm-e Sadat.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25643/Question & Answer » Can I give my Sahm-e Imam to a local mosque for its reconstruction and renovation?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Can I give my Sahm-e Imam to a local mosque for its reconstruction and renovation?<div>You should fix the amount that you want to give and then ask for ejaza (permission) from your Mujtahid.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25642/Question & Answer » Can I perform Jumu'ah prayers with Sunnis?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Can I perform Jumu'ah prayers with Sunnis?<div>You should perform Zuhr prayer separately; performing Jumu'ah prayers with them is not enough. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25640/Question & Answer » Is it permissible to recite the third testimony (Shahadat Salisa) in Tashahhud?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is it permissible to recite the third testimony (Shahadat Salisa) in Tashahhud?<div>You should perform the Tashahhud in the same as explained in the book of Islamic Laws (Resalah). Find the book on our website.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25555/Question & Answer » Is it permissible for a woman to get her eyebrows tattooed? <div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">Is it permissible for a woman to get her eyebrows tattooed? <div>Since the tattoos are done under the skin, there is no problem. However, if they are considered zinah (adornment) in common view, she must cover them from non-mahram men. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25554/Question & Answer » What is the Islamic law about tattoos? Do they affect the wudhu and ghusl?<div style="background-color:#ffd;color:maroon;">What is the Islamic law about tattoos? Do they affect the wudhu and ghusl?<div>Tattoos are permissible and they do not affect wudhu irrespective of whether they are permanent or temporary.http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/25553/