The Visit of the EU delegation

The Visit of the EU delegation

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem met with a delegation from the European Union, led by Jan Figel, the EU Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief outside the EU, on Tuesday 9th Jamadi-ul-Ula 1438.

Mr Figel reviewed with His Eminence what the EU has presented as humanitarian aid for the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation, while appreciating the role of the Marjeiyya in the safety and protection of people and their property.

His Eminence called the international community for a forceful intervention to fight terrorism who wish to eradicate and destroy all those who do not share their views, and His Eminence made clear that the Marjeiyya cares greatly in protecting the lives of innocent civilians, women, children and their properties.

The delegation was accompanied by the EU ambassador in Baghdad, Patrick Simonnet, who also expressed his gratitude to the religious Marjeiyya that provided the opportunity for this fruitful meeting.

استقبال طلبات التسجيل في الدورة الصيفية العاشرة للشباب المغترب وغيرهم

Day Questions

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?

<p style="text-align: left;">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.<br />If the relationship was not religiously recognized in their religion, then he cannot lead the prayers even after embracing Islam.<br />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.<br />If there was no such religious contract, then the child is not from a legitimate birth and then cannot lead the prayers.</p>

If I do not want my wife to be pregnant, is it permissible for me to use contraceptives to prevent such a pregnancy? Is the ruling different with a wife in temporary marriage?

<p style="text-align: left;">Yes, it is permissible to do so, whether the wife is in temporary marriage or permanent one.</p>

If I do not make skin contact with a woman, can I put my hand around her coat?

<p style="text-align: left;">If it is without pleasure, then it is permissible. Otherwise, it is not permissible.</p>