The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia

The Visit of Believers from New Zealand and Australia
2016/12/28

His Eminence called the Shias of other communities to preserve their identity and to be attentive towards keeping the symbols of Islam alive, and to continue to visit the holy shrines as much as possible.

On Tuesday, 4 Rabi-ul-Akhir 1438, His Eminence the Grand Ayatullah Sayyid M. Saeed Al-Hakeem (long may he live) called the Shia communities living in non-Muslim societies to protect their identity and their faith through contact with the Islamic centers and organisations and Shia websites in order to be aware of their original religious culture. It is expected that these religious cultures should be respected in those lands through the presentation of good ethics and praiseworthy traits as taught by the Infallibles (peace be upon them). His Eminence gave this advice to a group of believers from New Zealand and Australia.

Similarly, His Eminence emphasized the need for the believers to give due importance to gatherings to remember the Ahlul-Bait (peace be upon them) and their teachings, and to actively participate in them, and to uphold such gatherings in their areas. This is alongside the importance of them visiting the holy shrines often, as much as possible, in order to preserve their faith and further entrenching it in their souls.

To conclude the meeting, His Eminence placed great value on their sacrifices and efforts to come to visit the holy sites, and prayed to the High and Powerful Lord to grant them such opportunities in the future and to show them the blessings and bounties of such actions. He further requested the visitors to pass his greetings and prayers to the believers in their countries and to pass on this advice to them.

Day Questions

If a married girl is not willing to continue her married life, if she runs away forever and does not return, will she be considered divorced or will she remain in wedlock to her husband?

<p style="text-align: left;">Her running away is not sufficient as a divorce. She is still considered as married. We advise her to try to solve the conflicts with her husband with reason and wisdom, and avoid any actions that have negative consequences.</p>

I have started my business last year on credit basis and by the Grace of Allah I have completed one year of our business this year. So please tell me how I should calculate khums from business earnings even if I still have debts to clear.

With the assumption that you paid khums on the capital money before you used it for the business, at the end of the khums fiscal year the debts and all other paid expenses for that year are deducted from the profits and khums is due on the remaining balance. If the balance is zero or negative, no khums is due for that year.

Is it permissible to offer the prayer in the dark when one cannot see what he is prostrating upon?

<p style="text-align: left;">It is permissible to pray in the dark if prostration is done on what is permissible to prostrate upon. If prostration is not done so, then the prayer should be repeated based on compulsory precaution.</p>

I would like to ask about the musical instrument the Organ. According to your view, are we allowed to listen to a musician who plays the organ?

If the music by nature involves rapture or enjoyment, then it is prohibited to listen to it whether it is from this particular instrument or any other ones.