Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour

Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental Studies. He was raised in Iran and holds a BA and an MA in Sociology from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. He has also studied at Queen Mary College London and the London School of Economics.

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answer updated 3 months ago

No, it is not true and there is no evidence for that. The person who has stated it has long claimed that he has the correspondence and has deposited it in a safe box in London, which is ludicrous. The truth of the matter, as explained by Ayatollah's son, was that one of the Iranian students of Einstein, professor Hesabi, meets Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Qum. Knowing that he was a student of Einstein, the Ayatollah asks him about the Einstein's relativity theory. After a detailed explanation and some technical questions by the Ayatollah the latter finally says:

سلام مرا به آقای انیشتین برسان و بگو شما موفق شدید از فیزیک روزنه‌ای به متافیزیک باز کنید

"Convey my regards to Mr Einstein and tell him that you have managed to open a widow from Physics to Metaphysics."

That is all. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 5 months ago

Wudu is a worship and cannot be replaced by ordinary washing or shower. The recommended ghusls are described in books of fiqh and you cannot make ghusl out of those described.  

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 5 months ago

The punishments of Allah are consequential not conventional. In other words, as the Quran mentions, they are the consequences of our actions, or as some believe they are the embodiment of our actions returned to us. Its pain is to change something in the heart and soul so that the evil doers can have a change of heart and attitude and be capable to accept the mercy and blessing of God and go out of hell. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 5 months ago

There is no difference in this regard between any of the grandchildren. As long as a child lives his or her children or the children of other siblings would not inherit. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

There are no castes in Islam. Q: 49:13 says:

O mankind! Indeed We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most God wary among you. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-aware. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

Sayyed Ibn Tawus reports a hadith from Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq that if you wish prolongation of the life of your friends, your family members and yourself, recite the following dua:

اَللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ اَللّهُمَّ اِنَّ رَسُولَكَ الصّادِقَ الْمُصَدَّقَ صَلَواتُكَ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ قالَ اِنَّكَ قُلْتَ ما تَرَدَّدْتُ فى شَىْءٍ أَنَا فاعِلُهُ كَتَرَدُّدى فى قَبْضِ رُوحِ عَبْدِىَ الْمُؤْمِنِ يَكْرَهُ الْمَوْتَ وَاَكْرَهُ مَسآئَتَهُ اَللّهُمَّ فَصَلِّ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَجَّلْ لِوَلِيِّكَ الْفَرَجَ وَالْعافِيَةَ وَالنَّصْرَ وَلا تَسُؤْنى فى نَفْسى وَلا فى اَحَدٍ مِنْ اَحِبَّتى

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answer updated 6 months ago

Salamun alaykum

Yes this practice is considered as gambling. In general any practice which involves a prize achieved from the property of the participants is gambling. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

Salamun alaykum

No this is not true. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

Salamun alaykum

If the prize is provided by the money collected from the message rate, then it would be a gamble and is not permissible. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

Salamun alakum

There are no slaves today in the Muslim world, and thus the question is out of context and bears no benefit. 

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 6 months ago

Salamun alaykum

Verse number 89 of Sura al-M'idah has clearly legislated the compensation for a broken oath. 

"The atonement for it is to feed ten needy persons with the average food you give to your families, or their clothing, or the freeing of a slave. He who cannot afford] any of these [shall fast for three days. That is the atonement for your oaths when you vow. But keep your oaths. Thus does Allah clarify His signs for you so that you may give thanks." (5: 89)

According o this verse, the compensation of an oath in our time would be to feed ten poor individuals or provide clothing for them. In case this is not affordable, he person must fast for three consecutive days.  

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Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental... Answered 7 months ago

Salamun alaykum

Peoples' rank may be elevated in Barzakh, however, not due to any voluntary act they perform there since the book for their actions is closed. It may be elevated because of some good work that they have left behind and the effects of it reaches them after their death, or due to charities or acts done on their behalf by their friends or relatives. There may also be other causes like breezes of mercy coming from the Lord every now and then.