Tuesday April 13, 2021 AD Sha'aban 30, 1442 AH
Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani
Due to the fact that this year (1442 lunar year), the month of Sha’ban began on Monday, March 15, 2021, the month of Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, or on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Therefore, if the sighting of the crescent is confirmed anywhere in the world on Monday, April 12, 2021, the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan will be Tuesday, otherwise it will be Wednesday. If the sighting of the crescent is confirmed on Monday, it will be announced here Insha’allah. Therefore if not announced, the sighting is not confirmed.
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What is his honor’s opinion about the religious law of chess game?

Any game in which there is a winner and a loser is abominable[1], except for the cases which clearly promote the readiness of the Muslims for jihad[2], and if the loser has to pay the winner, it will be considered as gambling and is forbidden. In addition, in cases which chess is not considered as gambling, since it used to be the game of oppressors in the past, and is now a symbol of the Satanists and freemasons, it has even more intense abomination, but the appearance of his honor Allamah Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani’s (may God protect him) opinion is its forbiddance; as some of our helpers have narrated from his honor that he has even refused to sit on a checked carpet and has said: “this is the seat of the Satan”.

↑[1] . [Translator note: Makruh]
↑[2] . [Translator note: Holy war]
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