Hindu Religious Leader Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qum

Hindu Religious Leader Visit to the Office of His Eminence in Qum
1970/01/01
The Hindu religious leader, Swami Agnivesh and his accompanying delegation visited the office of his Eminence, the religious authority Sayyid Al-Hakeem in the city of Qum. He was welcomed by his Eminence, Sayyid Riyadh Al-Hakeem, where the latter presented some of the teachings of Islam based on verses from the Holy Quran and the life of the Prophet and the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them). His Eminence also explained the position of the religious authority (Marjaiyya) and the importance it places in the stability of societies of various religions and the necessity of cooperation between the religious scholars in activating the noble humane values and taking the path of reasoning and moderation in the face of extremism and violence. The guest expressed his pleasure in the meeting and in the dialogue and discussions that took place, and he stated that this meeting resulted in a new understanding of the teachings of Islam that corresponds to logic and noble humane values, as opposed to the image he previously had about Islam which originated from obscurity as well as from the practices of some extremists. He expressed his eagerness in conducting future meetings and to establish a joint effort for the welfare of humanity at large. The visit of the Indian delegation came on the invitation of the Al-Hikmah Foundation, an organization under the care of the office of the religious authority Sayyid Al-Hakeem. The invitation was part of the project of his Eminence to establish a liaison with the religious leaders and scientific and cultural dignitaries worldwide.

Day Questions

How does one purify their heart from the darkness of their sins?

Repentance, which is regretting the committing of sins and the determination to refrain from them in the future, is one of the reasons of the mercy of Almighty Allah. Seeking forgiveness from Almighty Allah and continuing to do so whenever one remembers the sin helps the purification of the heart. Performing the good deeds leads to the cleanliness of the heart as well. Almighty Allah said: “Good deeds annul ill-deeds” (11:114).

What is the punishment for masturbation?

Masturbation is prohibited, and one can relieve himself from the divine punishment by asking Him for forgiveness and repenting to Him.

I own some items at home. Do I pay khums for these every year even if I have used them?

If they were used, then it is not obligatory to pay khums for them. Otherwise, they are subject to khums once.

Is it better for a woman to offer her Prayers at the Mosque or at her house?

The women's prayer at home is better than her prayer at the mosque.