The Participation of His Eminence in the Walk of Arbaeen 1436

The Participation of His Eminence in the Walk of Arbaeen 1436
2014/12/10

His eminence, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed Al-Hakeem (May Allah prolong his life) participated in the walk to the holy city of Karbala amongst the millions of visitors on the occasion of Arbaeen, 1436.

On the way, he visited some of the Shia-Muslim and Christian families displaced from northern Iraq, who were residing at the many Mawkibs (rest stops for the visitors of Karbala) along the way. The refugees extended their gratitude for the visit and the help provided by the Marjeiyya.

Day Questions

What is the proof that wearing black clothing is permissible in mourning Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), considering there are some narrations from the Imams (peace be upon him) that tell us not to wear black clothing, as it is the clothing of Pharoah or the people of Hell? I ask this because some Muslims from other sects point out this inconsistency in order to criticize the Shias.

It is important to notice the following issues in answering this question: First: Those who dislike the followers of the Ahlulbait do not care whether the Shia wear black clothes, but what bothers them is that believers mourn the oppression that took place against the Ahlulbait. By this, they ignore the orders of Almighty Allah and antagonize the Prophet (peace be upon him) intentionally or unintentionally, since Almighty Allah considered the love for the Ahlulbait as the reward for the Prophet’s efforts in guiding mankind when He said: “I ask of you no recompense for this, but to love my kinsfolk.” (42:23) and the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered us to love his household, and he is the one who cried and mourned for what will happen to his Ahlulbait after Almighty Allah informed him about what is going to happen to them. Therefore the objection is not against the wearing of black. Rather, their objection is against the sorrow and grief that we have for the Prophet and his household (peace be upon them all). Lots of people wear black clothes and nobody object such a phenomena. Second: Some narrations forbid the wearing of black clothes by itself, but not for the sake of mourning. Other narrations state also that it wearing black was a symbol of Abbasids, and the forbidding from wearing black could be for this reason. In a narration, Imam Ja’far Al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) stated after he wore the black clothes when he was called to meet the Abbasid caliph – as it was obligatory at that time to wear black clothes in the presence of the caliph: “I wear it although I know it is the dress of the people of Hellfire,” in reference to the Abbasids. After the end of the Abbasid state, this attribution ended. Third: Even if it is disliked to wear black clothes, even if it is not the symbol of the Abbasids, there is no doubt that it is recommended to wear black clothes if it was to express the grief in the mourning for the Prophet and his household (peace be upon them) since this a form of commemorating them and expressing grief for them and for the tragedy that took place. This has great benefits to the religion and strengthens it in the hearts of believers, whether this is achieved by wearing black clothing, or hanging black cloth in public areas, and the like.

I would like to know of His Eminence the Islamic position on certain forms of animal exploration as vivisection, bullfights..Etc?

Vivisecting an animal is allowed for exploring a scientific fruitful truth. As for bullfights, it is a must to forbid it because of the torture to the animal without a reasonable reason also it includes wasting the animal and it is a religious prohibition

Do Mujtahids differ in the laws of the prayer? For example one tells us to pray this way and another tells us to pray another way?

It is natural to have different derivations as people differ in their understanding of a single text, whereas the Mujtahids deal with numerous texts, plus the fact that as time passes further away from the time of the texts, fallacies and probabilities increase. From this, the mission of a Mujtahid becomes harder and his responsibility becomes greater in protecting the religion in a correct way and to the greatest possible extent. The oppressors and the liars throughout the times have made obstacles for us in obtaining the truths from the Imams (peace be upon them) which made the mission of the Mujtahids more difficult. Therefore some variations are to be expected.

Is it permissible to see the sex positions shown by dolls (non-living things)?

It is not permissible if this causes lust and desire.