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Salaamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following question on Ariza was kinldy provided
by Moulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi. 


Mustafa Rawji
Acting Moderator, 'Aalim Network


        When we write an ariza to the Imam, we have to throw it in the water
or dig a small hole and keep the ariza in the ground.  Now I think that you
should not go and dig the hole and see if the paper is there, but my brother
is curious and he wants to see if the paper is still there or if it isn't

        I would be grateful if I could get an answer to this question.  I
would like the question to be answered according to the fatwa of Ayatullah


	Ariza is basically a du`a which, instead of saying, you write it
down on a piece of paper. There are ahadiths where the Imams have told us
that we can write down our prayer (du`a) in a paper and put it in a well
or a river. See for example, a similar hadith in the last section of
Mafatihu 'l-Jinan under the section "ruq`a-e hajat". 

	How it reaches how is not our concern. The God who can hear our
voice, surely has the power to know the du`a we have put in writing. As
for the curiosity of your brother; I would strongly advise against opening
up the ariza or ruq`a-e hajat. If he believes in it, then he should not
touch it; if he does not believe in it, then he does not have to write an
ariza--it is not wajib. 

Sayyid M. Rizvi

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