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

Can a divorced woman remarry without the permission of her father?

She does not require the permission of the father for the second marriage, if her first marriage was consummated, although it is better to correspond with the family as this preserves the links of love and respect within the family.

Is it possible for a person to take a medicine that contains alcohol? Is there a limit to the content of alcohol in the medicine?

If the quantity of alcohol that causes intoxication in the medicine is considerable in such a way that the person that uses the medicine is recognized as a consumer of alcohol, then it not permissible to use the medicine as a cure, unless one needs it in order to save his life. If the quantity of Alcohol was so little and conventionally considered as negligible then it is permissible to use the latter in order to cure the illness in the cases that the cure is limited to such a way.

A patient is going to have surgery to remove the bladder because of cancer. The surgeon will make an artificial opening in her abdomen where the urine will come out without her control. Therefore, she will always have a bag connected to the skin around that opening to collect the urine continuously. The bag is secure and dry and there will be no leak to other parts of her body or clothes. How should she do wudhu?

The ruling for such a person is the same as that of somebody who is always in the state of hadath. So she will join between Dhuhr and Asr with one wudhu, and the same with Maghrib and Isha. However, if there is a period – during which she has sufficient time to perform wudhu and pray – in which she is not releasing urine, for example when the bag is being changed, then she should perform the wudhu and the prayer during this period.

If a couple in the West are not officially married and they have a child and they get married after a year, can their child lead prayers since they were together but just not officially?

If the parents were non-Muslims at the time of conceiving the child, and if the relationship between them was legitimately recognized by their religion, then the child is considered to be from a legitimate birth and can lead the prayers. If the relationship was not religiously recognized in their religion, then he cannot lead the prayers even after embracing Islam. If the parents were Muslims at the time of conceiving the child and the relationship was governed by a religiously-accepted marriage contract – even if it is verbal and not recognized by the state – then the child is recognized as their legitimate child and therefore he can lead the prayers. If there was no such religious contract, then the child is not from a legitimate birth and then cannot lead the prayers.