The Meeting of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with His Eminence

The Meeting of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General with His Eminence

The grand authority, his eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem (may Allah prolong his life) met on the 4th of Moharram, 1435 with the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Mr. Nickolay Mladenov in the Office of his eminence in the Holy city of Najaf.

His eminence stressed on the necessity to expose and condemn the bloody systematic campaign against the followers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) worldwide, and specifically in Iraq in an unprecedented way. It is supported by some regional countries and other countries; where the terrorists are provided with various killing means, political cover and incitement verdicts using public media.

His eminence called the United Nations to act upon its duties and respond to these massive violations as clear examples of genocides and crimes against humanity.

Mr. Nickolay Mladenov promised to convey all of this to the United Nations Secretary General and present it to the Security Council.

Day Questions

How does a student of Islamic studies reach the level of ijtihad?

<p style="text-align: left;">Ijtihad is a talent gained after reaching a level of knowledge through which a student of religion is able to know the religious ruling from its rightful sources, i.e. the Holy Quran and the narrations of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them). It is natural for this to require a long period of time and dedication, in addition to piety and God-fearing in such a way that one becomes sincere in his research for the truth, as it is prohibited to give an edict without knowledge, as the religious teachings emphasize.</p>

Two persons performed temporary marriage, without the consent of the father, on the basis of no intercourse. They later fell in sin and committed intercourse. Is this considered adultery? And can they later be married?

<p style="text-align: left;">What they have done is prohibited, but it is not considered as adultery. They can get married permanently according to the Sharia.</p>

If one masturbates for some time and didn't know that he has to perform Ghusl because of the ejaculation; does he have to repeat all the fasting days and make up his prayers that he performed without the Ghusl?

<p style="text-align: left;">Masturbation is a prohibited act and should be avoided with seeking forgiveness from the Almighty Allah and repenting to Him. The prayers that the person knows that he did after masturbating and before performing Ghusl should be repeated. It is not required to make up the fasts.</p>

Is there any concept of adult breastfeeding in Islam, so that the person becomes Mahram?

The breastfeeding that makes the person Mahram is for children under the age of two. After the age of two years, breastfeeding has no such effect. What has been reported in some books of such an effect from women breastfeeding adult men has no basis in Islam.

My husband is Sunni, while I am Shia. How should I pay the khums?

You should pay the fifth of the yearly net income that you personally own after accounting for the expenses, plus the khums of any unused items, during the year.