His Eminence Meeting with Dr. Swami Agnivesh a Hindu leader

His Eminence Meeting with Dr. Swami Agnivesh a Hindu leader
The grand authority his Eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem met on 29 of Jamadi-ul-Awwal 1434 with Dr. Swami Agnivesh, a leader of the Hindu Arya Samaj movement of India and a human rights activist, who was a guest of the Al-Hikmah Foundation in Najaf Al-Ashraf. During their lengthy meeting, they discussed the issues of extremism and bloodshed under religious and racial pretenses, which communities are suffering from. The guest expressed his deep concerns due to the subjection of the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt to persecution and killings. He also mentioned that one of the reasons of his visit to Iraq was his compassion with Imam Husain (peace be upon him) and to learn from him. His Eminence emphasized that real Islam is not what the extremists are claiming it to be, as they are giving a bad image and hold strange and deviated views, in order to serve specific regional and international agendas. His Eminence condemned the killings and destruction that the extremist groups have perpetrated as a way of expressing their position and seeking attention, no matter whether the casualties are Muslims or not. He also called the academics and activists to visit Iraq and learn about Islam directly in order to obtain the real picture of it. He agreed with his guest to continue their co-operation for the sake of humanity at large.

Day Questions

One performed the divorce in the presence of his wife’s father and the husband of her paternal aunt, on the demand of his wife for divorce. Is the divorce valid?

If the said two people are believers, and they adhere to the laws of Islam in a regular way and do not insist on committing sins when they commit any, then they are considered as ʿādil witnesses for a divorce. If the rest of the conditions are met, then the divorce is valid.

Is meat permissible to consume whether bought from Muslim or non-Muslim supermarkets?

It is permissible to consume it, even if it is taken from a non-Muslim if that non-Muslim took it from a Muslim and the Muslim treated it as a religiously lawful slaughtered meat.

Why do we pray on stones (turbah) and Sunnis do not? How can it be possible that they do not even have one document or narration on this issue? How is that when Muslims at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) prayed in congregation and did not know that praying on sand/stone is obligatory?

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) has said: “Indeed, Earth is made for me (by Almighty Allah) a place of prostration and a mean of purification (in tayammum).” This narration and the like clearly indicate that it is obligatory to prostrate on natural earth like soil, stones and the like, instead of carpets and rugs. Sunnis do not act upon these narrations either because of misinterpretation or they do not rely on them.