The Visit of the Ambassador of Japan and a Number of Intellectuals and Researchers

The Visit of the Ambassador of Japan and a Number of Intellectuals and Researchers
2017/01/28

His Eminence Sayyid Al-Hakeem receives the Ambassador of Japan with a number of intellectuals and researchers from Japanese universities.

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Hakeem received a delegation of intellectuals and researchers from Japanese universities, headed by the Ambassador of Japan in Baghdad, Fumio Iwai, on Monday 24th Rabi-ul-Akhir 1438. During the meeting, his Eminence emphasized on the fact that the culture of the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt follows the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny). He explained that the Holy Messenger and the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) applied those teachings on themselves first, and directed their followers towards the path of these very teachings and this great culture which holds high humanitarian values.
His Eminence added that "due to this, it is noticed amongst the followers of the Ahlul-Bayt that there exists a state of communal and humanitarian coherence and connection between them, and a person who is committed to the teachings of the Ahlul-Bayt (peace be upon them) lives in a way that he is mentally content and psychologically stable and firm, a state "that may not exist in other communities.
His Eminence concluded by emphasizing on the importance of communication between different communities in order to know each other and to learn the cultures of others in a direct way, as direct discussions and meetings hold important benefits.
The Ambassador of Japan, on his part, as well as the other members of the contingent, expressed the great honor of being a part of this fruitful and beneficial meeting.

Day Questions

If a man approaches me for marriage and wants to see me without hijab, is this permissible?

It is permissible for the man to see the woman who he wishes to marry. Based on compulsory precaution, what may to be uncovered by her should be limited to what is usually uncovered at home like the arms, the head and part of the chest, and not to exceed that. It is also permissible to wear such clothing that one can tell her size and shape from it and not to exceed that.

Is wearing a silk tie prohibited if it does not touch the skin?

It is prohibited for men to wear natural silk even if it does not touch the skin.

How do you see the relations of the Islamic world with the west?

Presumably, there should be a review to the backgrounds of the past positions and start a new era of relations and sensible dialogue that reserve the legitimate rights and participate in world peace and security away from any extremism and prepotency that used to govern the relations in the past. We encourage Muslims to present the real Islam and its humane concepts that coordinate with human nature without adopting the actions of the Muslim rulers in the past centuries since those rulers – in general – were like all rulers who care about their own welfare and did not mind using Islam and distorting its image to protect their rule. We can see the true Islam clearly in the biography of the Prophet and the Imams of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) through the many incidents in history. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) although he was the legitimate leader, he refused to use force with those who refused his authority and gave them the chance to express their peaceful opposition. In all his wars, he was not the one to start the fight. The same can be said about Imam Hussein (peace be upon him). Although he rose to reform, but he did not start the fight with the advance guards of the Umayyad army that was sent by the ruler of Kufa, Ibn zyad when Imam was advised by his own companions to do so. Rather, he insisted that he will not be the one to start the fight. Indeed, it was the Umayyad army that started the fight against him.