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Salamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following question was kindly provided by Mulla
Asgher.

Wasalaam,

Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, 'Aalim Network


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QUESTION:

I am an American Shiite muslim living in the gulf.  I have always had
Muslim house maids, following the previous rulings of Ayatollah Khui (RA)
and Ayatolla Khomeini (RA), who maintained that as an obligatory
precaution, christians and jews are najis.  However, I have recently heard
that Sayyid Sestani rules that the people of the book are tahir.  What are
the current opinions of the ulema?  Is it possible to bring a Christian
maid or not? 


ANSWER:

According to Ayatullah Seestani, Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi and Ayatullah
Fadhlallah, Christians and Jews are not Najis.

Asgharali M.M. Jaffer



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